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Memories Of Busy Hong Kong

Create: 03/19/2017 - 17:37
Memories Of Busy Hong Kong

Memories Of Busy Hong Kong.

In Hong Kong, we went to a McDonald's because we had Malay media crew members from Bernama and NTV 7 with us. One of the guys wanted to eat fillet o fish which was a safer bet than many porky places around Hong Kong.

I believe it is much easier finding halal restaurants in Hong Kong these days. Anyway, I was chomping on a burger and a Hong Konger or Hong Kie seated opposite me kept looking at me or the bottom of my seat.

Hate To Burst Your Bubble

Create: 07/22/2015 - 20:18
Hate To Burst Your Bubble

Can we bring back old-fashioned, conservative bubble blowing?

I also know it is accidental and rare but when it happens, those elongated bubbles can be a bit awkward in a family park.

Olympus OM-D, ISO 200, f4, 1/1000 sec.

Punk Rave

Create: 07/19/2015 - 16:50
Punk Rave

At the raffia string barrier to the rave party, one guy asked what 'house music' do I like. A question that was to serve as a secret handshake for admission. I told him the DJ is playing techno, not house. (I like techno too, though).

Reminiscing a bit: I spent a year, almost every night, at the decadent and legendary Backroom KL , the clubbing venue that was famous globally, in its relatively short lifetime.

It was finally busted for opening past 9 am daily and for clubbers possessing every known designer and recreational stimulant.

Buka Puasa At KLCC Park

Create: 07/15/2015 - 21:23
Buka Puasa At KLCC Park with the Azri family

Since I was at the Petronas Twin Towers, I went for a walk at KLCC park after I finished my business. Wonderful to be able to enjoy the sunset and changing hues of the sky.

On the way back, I stumbled upon a Malay family breaking fast at one corner of the park.

Naturally, I asked permission to photograph them. I explained that it is a rare and blessed moment to have culture, architecture and a dusk sky so beautifully juxtaposed. The Azri Family graciously agreed.

Buka Puasa At Capital

Create: 07/15/2015 - 13:05
Buka Puasa At Capital, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman

Also from last night, a sketch of the old-school coffee shop in Batu Road. The long-time kopitiam serves halal food.

Real-time sketching from the middle of a busy road can be dangerous. I used a sketch filter on the pic instead.

Sony Alpha a7R, ISO 3200, f7.1, 1/200 sec.

Waiting To Break Fast Outside KL Sogo

Create: 07/14/2015 - 21:31
Waiting To Break Fast At KL Sogo

Nice to see the department store providing mats for the public.

Can you see the number of people in the crowd checking their phones? :-)

Photography Notes: This is a very tough nightfall scene for any camera to handle.

The Sony Zeiss FE 55mm - A7R combo handled it with ease and beautifully.

Sony Alpha a7R, ISO 1250, f1.8, 1/250 sec.

Simply Red

Create: 07/11/2015 - 14:47
Red Red Watermelon Juice

I asked the operator and he said he extracts (or blends) the juice from the watermelons without adding water or sugar, as other sellers would.

The stall brands itself as Kaw-Kaw Tembikai Blend. Kaw is the Hokkien word for thick.

Sony Alpha a7R, ISO 125, f4, 1/200 sec.

A Hipster's Bazaar

Create: 07/11/2015 - 13:16
Red Velvet Cakes at the Putrajaya Ramadan bazaar

Putrajaya's Ramadan Bazaar is refreshingly different and somewhat bizarre. It is more a showcase of clever marketing tactics, than of food.

Many of the stalls have banners with hipster catchphrases such as 'the real original', 'no additives', 'infused' and 'yogurt-fied', for example.

Quite a few proclaim a small town's name where the dish and seller supposedly originate; leaving you wondering why they are not selling in their home towns.

If in doubt, one can always ask via their Facebook (and 'like' symbol) displayed on the stall.

The Last of the Mohicans

Create: 07/07/2015 - 18:27
The Last of the Mohicans

As such, I wasn't expecting cooperation when I asked to take a picture of him standing next to the barbecue fire.

I had to. The scene behind him had such wonderful ambience and I needed him to complete the picture. What an opportunity for a mood shot at a ramadan bazaar, I thought to myself. He shouted back "No"

Before I could respond, he asked: "Why me?"

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