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Tough Fruit On A Tough Vehicle

Create: 06/24/2015 - 01:33
Durians On A Land Rover Defender

Something piqued my interest when I was walking down the street in Slim River town. I saw a Land Rover with a Tooley Electro Mechanical batch on its tailgate.

The now defunct English company from Church Street, Earl Shilton, Leicester used to do conversions for Land Rover vehicles.

Vehicle owner and durian seller Halim at first thought I was examining the durians he was selling from the back of his vehicle.

Anguish Of Attachment

Create: 06/23/2015 - 13:32
A child crying for his mother after she sped off to run another errand

Mummy has more errands to run and the boy is not allowed to follow.

I must commend the mother for not letting the kids run to the shop on their own, even though it is just a short distance. She waited until the busy father came out to get them.

Too many times, we see a driver letting kids wander to the doorsteps on their own because it is near. A curious child can run towards the middle of the busy street instead. Or in this case, run after the bike.

Forgotten History: Battle of Slim River

Create: 06/23/2015 - 10:48
A family on a motorcycle

Continuing my stroll down main street, I met this family on a bike. The mother is dropping the kids in front of P.K.Mohamed Mastan & Sons.

I learned that the Indian-Muslim grocery shop was founded before World War 2. They stressed their grandfather settled here before the Japanese Occupation; perhaps as a reminder of the turbulent history the town went through.

The Battle of Slim River was fought here in 1942. Some 500 soldiers from the British Indian Army lost their lives fighting the invading Japanese Imperial Army. 3,200 men were captured.

Stare Down At The Cowboy Town

Create: 06/22/2015 - 12:14
Slim River Main Street is like a cowboy town

Mani Store in Slim River sells fresh cow's milk, among other things. The Indian family business started 78 years ago with a small herd. They now run a ranch with 180 cows, supplying milk to its own shop and to a government agricultural agency.

I spoke to the lady proprietor who is a devout Anglican Christian. Funny to hear from a cattle ranch owner that Slim River is a cowboy town. Not in the lawless sense but in its visual representation of a one-street town with rustic shops, I guess.

Lemon Has A Less Glamorous Cousin Called Lime

Create: 06/21/2015 - 20:46
Blue Lime and Blue Lemon at the Pasar Ramadan are the same drink

Was exploring the Ramadan bazaar at Peel Road Kuala Lumpur when I saw Blue Lime. I asked the girl why is it not Blue Lemon like in Slim River? Sasha explained that lemon sounds more glamorous than lime. "Tu nama glamer saje" and she laughs.

The KL version lean towards aquamarine while the glamorous Slim River version is Avatar (movie) phosphorous blue.

I Want To Know What Blue Lemon Is

Create: 06/19/2015 - 17:57
Blue Lemon drink is popular at the pasar juadah in Slim River

In my life there's been yellow and pink
I don't know if I can face it again
Can't stop now, I've traveled so far, to this Slim River town

I want to know what blue lemon is, I want you to show me
I want to feel what blue lemon is, I know you can show me

Blue Lemon is the most popular drink at the Slim River Ramadhan Bazaar but nobody gave me a straight answer. Finally at one stall, the lady said: "It's just colouring".

Sony Alpha a7R, ISO 100, f7.1, 1/320 sec.

The Cheerful Durian Seller

Create: 06/19/2015 - 12:15
The Durian Seller

Under the blazing sun and fasting, Norsiah Nordin is trying to eke out a living selling durians harvested from her own trees. I really respect that. Not just for her fortitude and adherence to religious obligations but also for her sunny disposition by the roadside.

Makcik wanted to give me a bunch of durians for taking her pics. When I declined, she wanted to give me cash to go print her pics at the 15-minute 'instant print' shop down the road.

On The First Day Of Ramadan

Create: 06/18/2015 - 20:41
A stall selling kuey teow goreng at the Pasar Ramadan bazaar in Slim River

Was good spending the first day of the fasting month observing life in Slim River. The day culminated at the Ramadan food bazaar in the middle of town.

The traders were friendly, generous and their food tasted good. A mother-daughter team seen here selling stir-fried kuey teow (flat rice noodles).

I like how the daughter sneaked in a smile behind the serious mother :-)

Sony Alpha a7R, ISO 320, f4, 1/250 sec.