kuala lumpur, malaysia, market, pantai dalam, Photography, urbanscape

After a long hiatus of shooting, finally managed to get myself out of bed early on Sunday morning and go out shooting. This morning, we decided to go to Pantai Dalam, somewhere near the Komuter station. Johan mentioned that he passes by the place almost every Sunday and never stopped by, so it’s good time to go.

 

The market reminds me of the places I’ve been in Vietnam and Indonesia, old school type market but surrounded by development. Pantai Dalam itself located in Kuala Lumpur – near the border to Selangor. From the view, I can see a lot of government housing(not so sure if it’s low cost) – right next to PJ Section 5(a lot of old school bungalows).

Government Housing at Pantai Dalam

As a lot of other places, usually train station is the centre of “attraction” where a lot of business are located. The place is extremely busy, with cars parked by the road side. Hardly has room for two cars to pass by.

Quite a challenge to navigate!

 

What’s excellent is the fact that the people are extremely friendly. In fact, we can see the smiles in their face whenever we approach them to take pictures. In places located at the fringe, they hardly encounter photographers nor tourist. Obviously it does not help with some of my kakis who looks like Koreans or Japanese.

Happy faces greeting us. Am sure the corn is lovely!

 

In fact the conversation that we had, sounded like this…

Lady: Awak dari mana nie (Where you from?)

Johan: Dari sini… Bukit Gasing (from here, just Bukit Gasing)

Lady: Oh.. Hehe

There’s a lot of stuffs that was sold in the market, from meat to vegetables – right to clothing and second hand shoes. There’s also quite a number of medicinal and aphrodisiac stuffs – but doubt I would be interested, at least not yet.

Few pictures deserve the light of the day. But my hit rate getting worst. Definitely because I’ve not been shooting much. Need to shoot more!

Butcher

 

Smoking Fish Seller


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bang, bangladesh, child labor, I Love Malaysia, malaysia, Photography

Child labor is something that is quite a norm for third world countries. Few years ago, I did a trip to Bangladesh for photography. As usual, my interest brought me to the corners of the country. Caught this picture, and of course this is one of the many I’ve seen with my eyes.

What I can say is that it’s appalling but at the end of the day, families in those country has no choice but to get their sons to help out in order to make ends meet. That’s why it’s not surprising when we see a lot of Bangladeshi immigrants come to our country(Malaysia) and willing to “work like a dog”. Do whatever the boss says! I guess because the environment back home would not be much of a difference anyway.

We in Malaysia should feel fortunate with what we have. Yes, we might be the richest country in the world nor do we live in the best environment, but all in all – as bad we may think our situations, there are a lot of countries that are worst.

Anyway – this year I have not gone, nor do I have any plans for a photography trip. I should do, at least once. Work been catching up I guess… Gosh. It’s so sad when somebody commented to me – why you keep recycling your old photos. The answer is of course I don’t have time to take any. But I guess – time is all relative. I should make time for it.. Some how .. Some what

 

craft, I Love Malaysia, machete, maker, malaysia, mentaus, parang

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Saturday, I was at my parents house – I watched one of TV3 oldest documentary – Majalah 3. It was quite interesting! The topic of the week is about Mentaus Craft – a small company in Negeri Sembilan that specializes in Parang(Machete) making.

The episode show’s the whole process of making parang! Seriously – I always see the ironsmiths making the swords in TV show, and never a local person in Malaysia makes a parang. I always thought the parang is made using machinery(which I believe still do for those commercial ones).

If you have the opportunity – please head over to this link  on www.tonton.com.my hosted by Media Prima to watch the full episode on Parang Making. If I have the opportunity, I would love to visit the small factory in Kampung Mentaus in Negeri Sembilan, and make a photo documentary on the Parang. In fact – I should buy a parang (don’t know what I am gonna use it for) and make a full photo documentary on it!

In the show – the entrepreneur in focus – Zamri said that he sells about 20-30 parang a month via the Internet. With the help of Google straight away I arrived at his site –  http://zamri-tukangparang.blogspot.com !

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The parang that his makes does not look half bad, though I hardly use any Parang in my life. From the catalog of the parang – I can see that the steel he uses is from scrap metal. It’s quite funny to hear he mention the type of metal he uses… instead of 30% steel, 40% this and that.. He uses… “Besi Paku Keretapi” or “Besi Spring Landrover” – which in English means “Railway Tracks Nail Steel” or “Landrover Springs”!

But hey! The parangs are not cheap at all. Each parang cost between RM150 to 1000 bucks! But kudos to the Zamri! Really proud to see a fellow Malaysian venturing into a craft which is dying. According to him – he was burnt during his younger days. As he explored the villagers in Kelantan and Terengganu, he saw a lot of small factories making crafts. And these factories make decent money to survive. Therefore he started his own business in his Kampong.