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sakura

Monday, March 16th, 2009

the last thing i expected from a casual photography outing one beautiful saturday morning with my fellow colleagues was appearing in the evening edition of a local daily the very same day… guang ming caught us during our portraiture and landscape photoshoot at the sunway tunas area which was lined up with blooming sakura trees… anyway it is cool to have been featured in a newspaper :)

do click through to my high resolution gallery for more colourful photos of cherry blossoms… they were taken around altera in bayan lepas and sunway tunas on a few different occasions :)

2009-03-10-15 – In Bloom

update:
well to be honest… those aren’t sakura or cherry blossoms contrary to the popular belief of most locals… but rather they are called tabebuia rosa or amapa… and tabebuia roseo-alba or white ipe…

occasus

Sunday, December 7th, 2008

day 7 of our borneo tour… we headed to bintulu which was a couple of hundred of kilometres south of miri… driving on the trunk road required much alertness… especially when overtaking slow-moving long vehicles at blazing speed in a kancil over a bumpy road… anyway… our first destination of the day was similajau national park… we had a short jungle trek for some hours…

click here for day 7’s album

being the sunset fan i am as some of my friends may have already known… we went back to tanjung batu to catch the fading light… the tide was high and the waves were extremely strong… hench the usual beach was inaccessible…

we hung around the town at night… and had a good rest for my final day in borneo… we made our way to niah caves early in the morning as it was yet another long drive… we spent about five hours or so exploring the caves and as usual i was shooting to my heart’s content… there are three caves in this national park namely traders cave, painted cave and great cave…

click here for day 8 – niah cave’s album

it was about four plus when we left niah… and i raced back to miri as fast as i could…  just to catch what would be the most amazing sunset by the beach that i had ever seen… and i left miri that night with sweet memories of a wonderful eight days in borneo covering many destinations both remote and urban…

click here for day 8 – taman selera beach’s album

golden

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

armed with a map… we drove to brunei on day 5 of my borneo tour… driving was strenuous and boring at times i must say… more so during the following days as i began to feel weary… but it was still exciting and interesting to road trip to new places… plus having a car made it really economical and convenient to get around anytime we wanted…

our first stop was at excapade sushi in kuala belait for lunch… where we could barely finish our lunches… i over-ordered and underestimated the size of their sashimi chunks… which turned out to be pretty huge… and worth every dollar :)

from my previous post… i realised most people didn’t read closely enough to understand that each photo was a link to the full album… and since i have endless photos… even more unposted and hidden within my hard disk… i’d better have a huge bold link so you guys wouldn’t miss out the best part of the post… the photos!

click here for day 5’s album

it was another hour’s drive or so before we reached the capital… bandar seri begawan… and we were greeted by the landmark sultan omar ali saifuddin mosque right in the heart of the city…

after exploring around the city… and strolling through some pretty dead shopping complexes… we drove to the jetty overlooking the brunei river and the famous kampung ayer which is dubbed the venice of the east… to be honest… i didn’t know about the place as i had not been researching enough… perhaps an over-dependence on my tour guide… :)

it was a blessing in disguise that we decided against taking a boat ride and tour of this village because it soon poured heavily… we didn’t manage to visit it the following day either but i guess there wasn’t much to miss… or perhaps i’m just convincing myself :P… we found our way to gadong… where the night market is… and where the mall is… erm… the mall’s name is the mall… :)

we had our dinner of some local delicacies that we took away from the market… after a shower… i could not resist driving out to take the famed golden-domed jame’ ‘asr hassanil bolkiah mosque in all its glory…

the next morning… we went to the riverside kianggeh market to get some local delicacies as souvenirs to bring home… we then adjourned to the arts and handicraft centre… which was filled with very expensive  stuff for sale such as cloth… pottery… and i-forgot-what-else…

click here for day 6’s album

our next destination was the royal regalia building… which housed the king’s possesions and the various gifts from heads of states… this was much more interesting to see… most of the stuff on display were pretty grand… one would not expect less as they were fit for a king…

the chair above reminds me of what xerxes was sitting on when he was going to war in 300… below is the dome of the royal regalia building…

after a couple of hours of admiring the king’s stuff… we walked across the road to taman haji sir muda omar ali saifuddin… or the king’s garden in short… :)

after lunch… i took a long drive back to miri… and after a sumptuous seafood dinner at night… we went to taman awam miri… which has a cool canopy walk… or rather… a suspension bridge…

caving

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

after a (record?) long absence… here i am attempting to write a little something about my week-long vacation in borneo last month… it was indeed a very fun and adventure-filled time-off in the remote jungles… far from urbanization and modernization… one of the things i realized during my time there was the fact that although i had to hike and trek for miles and hours… drive on bumpy and winding trunk roads with overtaking maneuvers i normally wouldn’t attempt… i felt more fresh and alive than ever at the end of the day… as compared to sitting in front of a desktop for the whole freaking day… which led me to strongly believe that the monitor is draining all my energy away… boy do i miss being detached from cyberspace during the whole vacation…

since everyone seems to be on facebook… i uploaded all my photos there for better visibility and convenience… so by clicking on the photos in this post… you will be able to access each of the respective albums… i have about a dozen of them i guess :)

i flew from penang to kl and then to miri on the first day of my trip… met up with my travel friends for dinner at one of the famous seafood restaurants in the heart of the city… and had coffee c special which was a deliciously unique blend of coffee (duh), evaporated milk and wheatgrass :)

click here for day 1’s album

we woke up early the next day to watch sunrise at canada hill… which overlooks miri city… and is the site of the grand old lady… miri’s first oil well… after a brief breakfast… we headed to the airport…

maswings had some technical problems with their lousy fokker propeller plane which massively disrupted our itinerary on day 2… we wasted half a day at the airport when we could be exploring mulu… so by the time we reached there in the evening instead of in the morning… we could only participate in the night walk around the jungle… and all we got as compensation was a restricted-choice lunch… which made us and the other affected passengers pretty pissed of with mas…

click here for day 2’s album

our first destination of day 3 was wind cave… prior to that… we stopped by the penan village along the river… as we rode on a longboat to the caves…

click here for day 3 – wind cave’s album

next was clearwater cave… which was a few hundred metres away… i think i’ll let the photos do the talking since i’m not quite sure how to elaborate about stalactites and stalagmites… and besides… i was hardly paying attention to the guide as i was too engrossed with obtaining the right exposure in such challenging and dark situations without a tripod :P

click here for day 3 – clearwater cave’s album

after lunch… we were treated to more fascinating rock formations in both lang’s cave and deer cave… two of the major caves in the mulu national park… which have a lot of historical and ecological significance… for instance… deer cave is the longest cave passage in the world… while the sarawak chamber is the world’s largest natural chamber… i can’t really recall the rest but suffice to say… mulu has been gazzetted as a unesco world heritage site for the preservation of its diversity of flora, fauna and geological formations…

click here for day 3 – lang’s cave’s album

click here for day 3 – deer cave’s album

the major highlight of the evening was the bat exodus… where millions of bats flew right above us as we watched in excitement… after that… we trekked back to our hostel for a sumptuous dinner accompanied by a bottle of local tuak (rice wine)

we went for an early morning walk and a rather tiring climb up to moonmilk cave on day 4… and then it was a long and sunny boat ride to the long langsat stream where the waters were clear and shallow… it was refreshing to bathe in the mini waterfall… and walk along barefooted with the slippery stones forming a natural foot reflexology path…

click here for day 4’s album

mulu was a whole lot of fun… it would be pretty impossible to post all the photos within a single post like this without it running extremely lengthy… as such… don’t forget to click on the photos above which will link you to the facebook photo galleries of each place i visited…

next up… brunei and bintulu… meanwhile… it’s time to catch up on some sleep… :)

sunrise

Monday, October 27th, 2008

a couple of my new fellow photographers and i went in search of sunrise at sungai pinang… besides the breathtaking view atop mount kinabalu… i think i have not purposely gotten up just to watch the sun rise… although i have stayed up many nights till the next day during my time in uni… but i digress…

my nd8 somehow always doubles up as a tobacco filter and hence the very warm sunrise photos… the crescent moondown shots were taken without it though… :)