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Son Of A Hotel Owner.

Create: 05/23/2017 - 09:39
Lok Ann Hotel. Chinatown

Son Of A Hotel Owner.

I had a childhood friend whose family operated a hotel with the grand sounding name of Hotel De Luxe.

When he went to London to study, his reputation as a hotel owner commanded a lot of respect. His uni mates thought it must be a legendary hotel like the ones in Hollywood or Rome, housed in an art deco building. He told them the hotel had a casino.

In reality, it was a 'rumah tumpangan' or a budget lodging house above the family's coffee shop or kopitiam. The casino was the mahjong table in a corner. Lol.

I Saw A Stegosaurus With A Beer Belly, Man Boobs And Spine Plates

Create: 05/16/2017 - 10:50
I Saw A Stegosaurus With A Beer Belly, Man Boobs And Spine Plates.

I Saw A Stegosaurus With A Beer Belly, Man Boobs And Spine Plates.

I was driving in Port Klang town when I thought I saw a human Stegosaurus from the Jurassic period. I stopped my car and got down to have a closer look.

It turned out some form of ancient Chinese and Egyptian cupping therapy. According to the Malay 'medicine man', the bamboo tubes suck out bad 'wind" form the body.

There is a 'snake oil' salesman outside each of the three lottery shops.

Of course, you don't have to look like a dinosaur or flash your manboobs to the innocent public.

Protection Of Mother

Create: 05/14/2017 - 15:03
Protection Of Mother

"What did you just say to my mom?" The wide eyed, startled and angry kid seemed to be asking me.

Me: "Told her she's really beautiful and have very nice features like that of a Bollywood star".

I wished I could tell her that but I don't think she'll understand me.

I must brush up on my geography, too. When I asked her which town she comes from in Myanmar, I couldn't figure out what she said and spelt. Not her fault. I'll carry a paper map of Myanmar next time.

Al Fresco Dining At Jonker Walk

Create: 05/08/2017 - 00:44
Tambah Tau Pok in Jonker Walk

The curry or laksa mee street food hawker at the connecting road to Jalan Tokong from Jonker Street. So awesome to be at so close to a tokong or Chinese temple built in 1645.

I always request for extra toppings of "tau pok" or tofu or fried soy bean curd puffs when eating curry noodles soup. It is always nice when the tofu puffs soak up the santan soup or gravy and become softly bloated. A sign at the stall proclaimed the dish as "Laksa Mee Hee Kiow Mee". Hee Kiow might possibly be Fish Mix in Hokkien.

The Junkyard Dog Sleeps Tonight

Create: 05/02/2017 - 22:20
The Junkyard Dog Sleeps Tonight

Scrap collectors hauled in a discarded mattress or two. 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.

Colours Of Yonker

Create: 05/01/2017 - 23:01
Colours of Jonker Street

Colours Of Yonker.

While searching for images to illustrate the recent feature on Hotel Puri Melaka, I found a forgotten folder. It contains street photography (my favourite genre) images photographed in famous Jonker Street in Melaka. On that bazaar and ancient street, there are so many hidden nooks and crannies with delightful and very colourful subjects and backgrounds.

Nasi Padang in Jakarta

Create: 04/22/2017 - 15:52
Nasi Padang in Jakarta

Nasi Padang in Jakarta was scary. Wanted to buy my local driver dinner since it was my last day. It was just me and him (seen here in blue) and the restaurant brought out enough dishes to feed a village. Was relieved they only charge for plates that were partially consumed or touched.

Nasi Padang gets its name from the West Sumatran town of Padang, famous for the culinary rice dish or buffet. Turned out to be an awesome experience.

The Ignorant Sakai

Create: 04/20/2017 - 23:52
Jakarta Street Image

Sakai is a local idiom to describe a person who is a country bumpkin or someone who has never seen common things. It is a somewhat derogatory term for the indigenous tribe it was named after.

A Sweet Love Story

Create: 04/19/2017 - 18:25
A Seeet Love Story

The joys of street photography is not just in capturing people with your camera. It is about meeting, engaging strangers, to listen to their life stories, if they are willing to share. Inter racial marriages seem to be more common in small towns and I was happy to hear a new perspective. A sweet love story.

Meet The Family.

Puan Saudah's husband Ameer and daughter Ramizah came to join the conversation. Looking at my pics on the iPad, the man noted he knows one of the guys I photographed. It was Gurcharan Singh from the Sikh Temple in Kalumpang.

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