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Getting A Good Shave At Cendol Ibrahim Banting

Create: 02/02/2017 - 15:10
Manual hand-Poered Shaver At Cendol Ibrahim Banting

The traditional ice shaver used by mobile hawkers used to be the planing type made of wood and an embedded blade. I remember when I was a kid, the grab handle for the ice was a wooden ice pick with rows of nails to dig into the ice.

The hawket than slide the ice back and forth on the shaver as seen here.

Nowadays, almost all cendol and ABC sellers use a motorised electric shaver which is modified from the hand cranked circular version.

Selfie Epicenter - FGS Dong Zen Jenjarom

Create: 02/01/2017 - 21:36
Selfie Epicenter - FGS Dong Zen Jenjarom

The selfie and posing epicenter at Dong Zen was concentrated at the area where giant roosters stood. I like how the temple made a cascading water fountain out of three large ceramic dining bowls with cockerel emblems.

The rooster bowls were significant in ancient Chinese society when agriculture played an important role. The cockerel motifs paid tribute to the rooster as a symbol of hard work, abundance, wealth, fertility and prosperity. Another cultural observation is the prominence of the colour red in wardrobe for CNY. Red symbolizes good fortune and joy.

Water Disruption in Selangor December 2016 - A Resource Page

Create: 12/19/2016 - 20:26

Water Disruption in Selangor due to maintenance work at the Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) substation in Bukit Badong. Water cut in Klang Valley or Selangor and Kuala Lumpur expected from 19th December to 24th December 2016.

This page will act as an all in resource to news, updates and information.
The link to this page is http://www.mycen.com.my/malaysia/water_disruption_december_2016.html

A Simple Plan

Create: 12/12/2016 - 23:53
A Simple Plan

The monkeys, they have a plan. When they see a sack of bananas, they don't snatch it directly. They launch a coordinated sneak attack. One guy lifts her skirt while another grabs her from the back, hoping she'll drop the stash. This candid moment came about when Carmen was sitting on the ledge as I fine-tuned the camera's fill-flash settings.

Behind and below is a beautiful view of mangrove swamps and the Straits of Malacca. On a very clear day, one should be able to see Sumatra from up here.

Going Home For Raya

Create: 07/09/2015 - 15:07
Going Home For Raya

I started on this journey on Federal Route 1 on March 29. I have since covered Rawang, Serendah, Ulu Yam, Rasa, Kuala Kubu, Kerling, Kalumpang, Hulu Bernam, Tanjung Malim, Behrang, Slim River and many tiny places in between.

To tell the story, I visited quaint little towns, rustic villages and wandered through dusty roads and jungle trails. Camped in tents, stayed at dodgy 'rumah tumpangan' (lodging houses) but also at comfy hotels, chalets and motels. Met friendly and warm people from all walks of life.

Man In The Tree

Create: 04/30/2015 - 15:20
Man In The Ciku Tree

Sharing more outtakes from the earlier leg of the road trip. Saw a man plucking cikus (sapodilla) on top of a tree during exploration deep inside a village in Ulu Yam. I will continue with the journey after the long holiday weekend.

Someone asked me: Why carry the very expensive Sony A7R and its heavy arsenal of Zeiss lenses when it is safer, easier to use lighter, less expensive mirrorless systems?

The Junkyard Dog Sleeps Tonight

Create: 04/29/2015 - 16:51
The Junkyard Dog

The faithful junkyard dog finds a comfy spot different from the usual rusted metal, cardboard and other junk.

Saw this dog during my exploration of Hulu Bernam area recently. The junkyard dog is a popular movie trope often used to set up a scene with impending sinister activity or hostility.

For all its movie reputation of aggressiveness and alertness, it possesses a less-recognised attribute in real-life. Unconditional loyalty to owners who provide scant creature comforts.

Olympus OM-D, ISO 200, f5.6, 1/160 sec.

Map - Federal Route 1, North of KL

Create: 04/27/2015 - 22:32
Map Of TV Smith's Federal Route 1 Travel

What was supposed to be a 100 km journey for this stretch took more than 1000 km as recorded by my GPS and odometer. Every town or place on this route is like a treasure chest waiting to be discovered and opened.

The extended mileage was because of the multiple up-down trips back home and to various accommodation locations. There were also numerous detours and excursions to branch roads and such.

Sub-trips sometimes yield little for the camera but were still worthwhile for the additional info I gather from locals about the geography and history.

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