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Flag Vault

Create: 02/19/2017 - 12:40
Flag Vault

Flag Vault.

The Chingay part of the annual Johor Bahru parade is seldom photographed before sunset. By the time the temple procession and floats move into the city, it is usually way past nightfall. To catch the giant flag bearers in daylight, I went to the starting point in a village. That turned out to be near impossible as every surrounding road was closed for the massive event.

Raise The Black Monopod

Create: 02/19/2017 - 12:36
Raise The Black Monopod

I was taken aback by the sheer number of monopods fighting with joss sticks for space at this temple procession. The new crowdscape of raised cameras is an inevitable sign of the times, I suppose. For the uninitiated, a monopod is a one-legged telescopic camera stand, as opposed to the three-legged tripod.

Many of the dSLR video shooters were using monopods to get a higher P.O.V. or simply to get above the crowd. The trend will become even more prevalent as more new cameras come with remote control and monitoring via smart phones.

Multi Faith And JB

Create: 02/19/2017 - 12:31
Multi Faith And JB

Three years ago I caught the sending off or launch procession for the Chingay Festival from the temple in town to the prayer site off town. The JB Taoist procession passed near the very old Catholic church.

I positioned myself and waited for the juxtaposition of icons from the two different faiths. The annual event took place this morning. There was another religious harmony factor involved which I found out when I visited the church a few days later.

Whoa - Souped Up Cars On Thaipusam Chariot Night

Create: 02/08/2017 - 21:45
Whoa - Souped Up Cars On Thaipusam Chariot Night

I really don't know how to write the captions for this pic. You know the cars that we see parked under the bridges in Putrajaya? Their intent are to show off their car's sound system or I.C.E. (in-car entertainment system), I think.

I always expect see some owners waving jumper cables because battery drain will be no small issue. Haha.

You know how some Yindians like to decorate or accessories their cars in the most gaudy fashion? What happens when they combine the two loves?

What A Lulu

Create: 02/08/2017 - 19:02
What A Lulu

The roads were peppered with mysterious stationery cars that stalled in the middle of the road, it seemed.

Jugjet found his Lulu moment when he realised he was tailgating illegally parked or driverless cars. All of a sudden, I saw a LuLu.

Like a Lulu, I felt like a 'Jakun' seeing the bright lights of Las Vegas for the first time. Lulu is also a local slang word for noobiness or a numbskulled person but usually used affectionately.

Big Boy's Toys

Create: 02/08/2017 - 15:08
Big Boy's Toys

Big Boy's Toys.

My friend, assistant and helper for the night, Jugjet Singh Randhawa taking pictures with his iPad. He said the results are better than those from his phone. It was his first up-close participation and he enjoyed it.

The red FRU or riot control police's double decker truck is like a big boy's toy. So is the iPad, I guess. I

A Smashing Time

Create: 02/08/2017 - 15:04
A Smashing Time

A Smashing Time.

The ritual of smashing and breaking coconuts on the procession route seems very aggressive and wasteful. Ironically, it symbolises the surrender of one’s ego at the feet of the presiding deity Lord Muruga.
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it leaves a trail of debris which were promptly cleaned up by an accompanying Alam Flora crew.

Panasonic Lumix GM-1, ISO 3200, f4, 1/50 sec.

#thaipusam #chariot #procession #coconuts #ritual #streetphotography

Police Stop

Create: 02/08/2017 - 14:58
Police Stop

Didn't know the new Campbell Police Station or Balai Polis dan IPD Dang Wangi is now shaped like a mosque after reconstruction. Maybe, IT IS a mosque. It looks majestic and beautiful. I remember it used to be a tiny wooden shack beside Campbell Complex.

Hindu members of the police station put up a kiosk (tent) in front to welcome the passing chariot and deity tonight. That made it one of the stopover points where extended prayers and rituals were carried out. Here; the silver chariot and procession is approaching.

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