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[Video] Pekan Sari – Temerloh

Pekan Sari (Sehari) in Temerloh Pahang is a place where all kinds of goods and commodities can be found and sold at a reasonable price.

In fact this Pekan Sehari is said to be the longest and biggest in the whole of Pahang.

The sellers normally come by riverboat early in the morning, and take their place before the customers arrive about 7:00 in the morning.

Sunday mornings are busy when boats come and go ferrying passengers and goods to the Pekan Sehari.

Krabi 2017

This is my family 4 days & 3 nights vacation to Krabi, Thailand. We go there by air and there are a lot of Malaysian go to Krabi by road just 5 hours from Malaysia – Thailand border. The flight take around 1 hours from KLIA.

We stay at Krabi Heritage Hotel at Ao Nang. Ao Nang seem to be the main place of attraction because the Krabi town itself kinda have nothing special. 1st day we just sight seeing around Ao Nang town and the beach and we go to Gastropod Fosil Beach to buy some souvenir. The souvenir is a bit cheaper compare to Ao Nang town.

Second day we charter a boat and go kinda of Island hoping without exactly hoping to the Island because the conservation fees for each Island quite expensive. Stop at middle of the sea at Chicken Island for some snorkeling. Lunch and some swimming at Phra Nang beach, no conservation fees here.

 

3rd day we rent a car and go to Emerald Pool and Hot Stream pool. These place are about 60km from Ao Nang around 1 to 1 1/2 hrs journey.

The last day just a free and easy session and waiting for the delay flight at the airport.

Overall, a nice place to visit, place to stay are around Ao Nang town and beach, this is where the main attractions are. The hotel quite cheap during off season, it is even cheaper is just go there by walk in without prior booking. Foods are simply expensive not because of the exchange rate, it just expensive… Nasi Lemak Telur Mata is around RM10, most of the food are above RM10 where the same food we can buy in Malaysia 2 or 3 times cheaper.

All images captured with Panasonic Lumix GM1 + Panasonic 20/1.7 and 12-24mm lens

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

This is my first ever visit to Sabah. This is not a planned trip, found out that Air Asia got a cheap flight to Kota Kinabalu and I just booked it. Stayed for 4 days 3 nights. Stay at Sri Iskandar Hotel, recommend to book the place thru Agoda, I got the family room for RM84 per night (Actual price RM130). The hotel condition is great for the price and they just renovate the place, highly recommended to stay there. The hotel is just a walking distance to Filipino Market (700 meters) and the daily night market is just in front of the hotel.

I never ate lobster before, people says it is cheap in Sabah, so for the first day my mission is to eat the lobster. The seafood here at Todak Waterfront are very cheap and the price include the preparation of the dishes as well. We ate there while watching the sunset.

Day 2, we go for Island hopping, you can go probably up to 4 islands, but 3 islands are consider hectic enough. We just go for 2 islands, The Island of Sapi and The Island of Manukan. I prefer the Sapi, the clear sea and coral are more beautiful, great for snorkeling. Manukan are great if you want to have a family day, got better facilities and guest houses.

The cost for Island hopping is RM23 per person for an island, every extra island is RM10. RM3 per person for the conservation fees plus GST. Overall, for 2 islands we paid around RM40. For Island hoping you can go thru Jesselton Point or thru Sutera Habour jetty which is more expensive.

Day 3, we rent a car and drive to Kundasang about 95km (2 1/2 hours) from Kota Kinabalu to see the majestic Mount Kinabalu. First location is Desa Dairy Farm. This where most of the tourist come to take a picture with Mount Kinabalu at the background. Unfortunately, the weather that day not very nice and we unable to see the peak of the mountain.

Along the way down back to Kota Kinabalu we stop at couple of destination, The Kinabalu Park and the upside down house at Tamparuli.

We also made a short trip to Sutera Harbour. I always want to see the jetty and all the private yacht there.

The last day, we made a last minute shopping at Craft Market also know as the Filipino Market.

Our flight was scheduled at 3.30 pm, unfortunately it was delay for 4 hours!!!

Overall, we had blast in Kota Kinabalu. Social media app like Facebook (where I got the contact number for car rental service), ride hailing app like Grabcar and Waze made our trip a lot easier. 

All images captured with Panasonic GM1. Lenses used, Panasonic 20/1.7, 12-32mm and Olympus 45/1.8.

 

Broga Hill 2016

Been wanting to climb the hill for so many years… and after losing so much weight and my fitness level at my ever best, I decide to test my fitness by finally climbing the infamous Broga Hill.

Me and my friend start hiking at around 6.15am… and reach at the first clear scenic level after 28 minutes. Well the problem with hiking with photographers is, it takes an awfully long time to move and reach to another level… too many awesome sceneries. We reach at the target point (1150 ft above sea level) after 1 hour 46 minutes.

(Image credit: Wan Mad Photography)

The climb was smooth, however going down felt harder than climbing up… my quad is burning. The hiking pole was my savior, there are few times that I lost footing and that pole saved me.

(Image credit: Wan Mad Photography)

Bukit Broga, also known as ‘Bukit Lalang’ – after the local species of grass that grows abundantly here, is a hill in Semenyih, at 400 meters high and 40 minutes away from Kuala Lumpur on the trunk road to Broga. It can be reached a short distance later after University of Nottingham, where the entrance starts at left from an oil palm estate opposite a rabbit park. Famed for its incredibly panoramic views (especially at dawn) along with easy accessibility on foot, the hill is a popular tourist attraction among locals (http://www.naturemalaysia.com/broga-hill.htm)

All images shot with Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 and Samsung Galaxy S6.

IKEA Cheras

Home decors exhibited at the newly open IKEA in Cheras.

All images captured with Samsung Galaxy S6.

Melaka – World Heritage City

On the weekend, got a couple of wedding to attend in Melaka, decided to spent a night there and do a little street and river photography.

All images shot with Panasonic GM-1 attached with a cheapo (last year was RM$80.00) Fujian 35/1.7 CCTV lens.

More about the lens: http://www.haria-penang.net/bobtaharv2/?p=1793

More about the camera: http://www.bobtahar.com/?p=1561

RMAF Museum | Muzium TUDM

This is the Royal Military Air Force (RMAF) Museum at Sungei Besi about 10 minutes from Kuala Lumpur City Center.

The museum hold airplanes and jet fighters that was in service with RMAF. Some of the planes you can aboard and imagine how a fighter pilot feel flying these planes.

All images was shot with Panasonic Lumix GM1 attached with Lumix 12-32mm, 20mm/1.7 and Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm/1.8.

Penang Street Art – Fujian 35mm F1.7 Lens Test

Just bought a cheap nifty manual CCTV lens, The Fujian 35mm F1.7. Read some great reviews about this lens and on how interesting the lens characteristic are.

The lens were meant for CCTV and for the old 16mm video recorder, however its start getting popular with the rise of mirrorless camera. Since the sensor on mirrorless camera is closer to the lens mount, with adapter the lens is very much functional. What you don’t have is the auto focus and exposure data.

The characteristic of this lens are, center sharpness, soft edges and on some lighting condition a white halo in the middle that create a dreamy looks. The bigger the camera sensor the bigger portion of soft edges and the smaller portion of the center sharpness. Using on the DSLR is not recommended because the sensor is farther away from the lens mount and you may not obtain focus.

After using this lens, I am starting to love it and on how it handles. The focus ring is very smooth and with the help of Lumix GM1 peaking focus, manual focus is a breeze. The weight and the size are perfect for the GM1. Love the color rendition produce by this lens.

I bought the lens from HERE. The lens have two version the one with 6 blade aperture and with 12 blade aperture which I bought. The adapter is very important, some adapter is too thick that when mount to your camera it wont focus infinity or can not focus past 5-6 feet. The one I bought got no such issue. The package come with 2 close up ring for your macro photography needs.

If you got the time to visit Penang, make a trip to Georgetown to see these street art exhibition. This LINK here will guide you to all the arts. My advice is to visit early in the morning around 8am on weekend before the street got heavy traffic. Due to the constant development, some of the arts are no more there.

Trip to Mumbai, India.

This is my unplanned trip to Mumbai to send my sister that being posted for a job there.

June to early October is a monsoon season in India but fortunately the last 4 days I was there, it only rain heavily in the early morning and in the evening.

Some tips for visitor… if for a short trip… buying a prepaid SIM card is a waste of time. India have a very strict rule for foreigners using prepaid phone line… a lot of paperworks… most Malaysian working here use locals to buy the SIM card.

When driving, you’ll received a lot of honking… not because they mad at you but they want to go through… they don’t use signal. Also… brace yourself for the Mumbai crazy traffic!

Use Autorick to move around Mumbai especially in suburb (autorick is prohibited in South Mumbai). Autorick rider seem to be more honest than taxi driver.

Mumbai has large Muslim community… so halal foods are easier to find.

All images shot with Panasonic LX7 (http://youtu.be/d4lfFkX4lBU). Highly recommended compact camera for travelers who want to travels light. Fast lens (F1.4) and very responsive and most importantly have full manual control similar to DSLR.

Bukit Bintang Light Trail

Slow Shutter Light Trail photography at Jalan Bukit Bintang.

Shot with Nikon D7000 with Tokina 11-16mm F2.8.