Segambut Dalam – A Kampung in a Concrete Jungle

Photography

This morning I had the opportunity to visit Segambut Dalam. Segambut Dalam is an area next to Mont Kiara, somewhere further up from Gardens International School and next to Kiara 1888 condominium.

I have passed by this place many times, but never had the inkling to visit as I don’t think it is any different from the kampungs that I’ve been too.

Moving into the kampung, I am greeted with a series of flags. I can sense the patriotism is very strong in this area. As we can see – there is a juxtapose of urban and kampung feel here.

As any other places – food places is an abundance here. This is the first restaurant that I’ve seen here. It is empty though. It is quite surprising that it is closed for Sunday morning. I would imagine that the restaurant will be filled with guests from both the kampung and outside.

The sewerage system in this place is rather non-existent. Honestly – I don’t know and too afraid to ask. The drains in between the houses are dirty and filled up with rubbish. I do not want to imagine the types of diseases one can be infected by such poor sanitation.

The picture below shows two male fixing a broken pipe. According to them the pipe was leaking and they had to break down the cement floor to reach the pipe. I guess they know what they need to do.

As I looked upwards, there was this lady who is hanging her laundry. By the look of it, it does seems like the house is big and spacious. I can attest that the house is bigger than mind. Thing to note is that the houses here are “temporary” and the land owner can take it at any time. Of course – we have heard so many stories on the “disputes” between land owner and the occupier. But I guess, time will tell whether such incidents will happen here. I hope not.

The photo below shows a middle aged man who has stayed in this kampung for more than 20 years. He is originally from Indonesia but has settled in Malaysia for that long. He holds a red IC – which is defined as permanent residence. I guess – he is still waiting for his time to get the blue IC. He did mentioned that his kids are all considered citizens as they are born here.

The scene is very typical, can see how close are the neighbours to each other.

The photo here taken right outside of their house. The lady invited us to a wedding reception – not far from this Kampung. I guess – it was too early before we can go there!

As we walked deeper into the Kampung, met this two females. One just “landed” in Malaysia (less than a year) while the other have stayed in this Kampung for more than 70 years. The older lady mentioned that she was born here and back in those days, the Kampung (and Mont Kiara included) are all rubber estates. Something that learnt. She also mentioned that she used to be a rubber tapper than but now there are no more rubber to tapped.

As we walked further in, bumped into this man. Very lively. Same as the lady – also born in the Kampung. He was sharing his experience on how he helped the father tapped the rubber back then. He also said that the big monsoon drain used to be a river, and he used to take a bath there before going to school. The river – of course used to be much more cleaner that what it is now.

We continued walking and boom – I saw a sundry shop. Saw a couple that was talking to each other. They said that they were from Keramat Permai before. A place not far from where my parents stayed. In fact – that place was just behind my primary school. That place no longer exists as development has taken place.

On the other side of the road, there were another bunch. It does looked like it was more “luxurious”, but that was just on the side of the road. As I ventured inside, I saw this guy who has a somewhat run down “hut”. He said that the house was used to be occupied by a whole bunch of Bangladeshi. He moved in to take over the house after the Bangladeshis left. He said that the water comes from the hill behind. Not sure how true is that!

As I walked in, I saw this chicken “farm”. Its just a whole bunch of cages filled with chickens. And of course there was a group of men who was just relaxing. I had a long chat with them. Most of them are from Indonesia and has settled in Malaysia for a long time. This is where they call home.

Following are just other photos that I took.

It was really a fun outing indeed. I had so much fun and of course sweat a bit given that I have not taken photo for a while. I need to visit this place again at night as I do like the effect of fluorescent lights. Will be very nice indeed 🙂

Malaysian Flatiron

Photography

On Sunday – I went out for a walk. After a heavy brunch and Sangeetha, needed to walk off all the calories. Thank god I brought out my camera 🙂 Its one of those rare Sunday afternoon that I took my camera out. Partly due to the fact that I wanted to shoot more photos. I have not been using my camera much, thus bringing it out will push me to use it more often, rather than keeping in on my table (not even in a drybox, since my drybox died!).
The following photo above is the Malaysian Flatiron, located not far from Petaling Street (Chinatown), few steps away from Pasar Karat. No idea what the significance of Pasar Karat though. Perhaps I need to do a bit more research.

The photo below is the original Flatiron. Shoot this photo back in 2008 – when I went to New York for a holiday. One of those days that I took 3 weeks off to spend hell a lot of money and ate hell a lot of food!

Obviously – not so the same, but almost the same 🙂 I guess given how small is the Malaysian Flatiron, the narrowest corner is definitely not usable 🙂

 

 

 

 

Pudu Market – Tired

Photography

Markets in Malaysia(perhaps around the world too) start operating very early. I suspect it starts about 4 to 5 in the morning. It’s pretty early. One of these days, I should get my butt out and visit this market. One of my concern is safety. We’ve been hearing stories about mugging and robberies in KL, thus going alone very early during the day probably not the best idea. But we shall see!

Anyway – the picture in this post shows a person that is visibly tired. The time is probably about 9am, and the guy would have been working for more than 4 hours. Working in the market is hard labor. Despite having a lot of foreign workers, the owner definitely would need to put in the hours. I cannot imagine the days when one does not have any extra pair of hands to help him. 

Chicken@Pasar Chow Kit

Food, Photography

Chicken is the most popular protein in the typical Malaysian diet. Almost every Malaysian will consume chicken at least once every week. I myself – would prefer chicken over beef due to its cost and health benefits.

There are generally two ways to buy chicken:

  • Supermarket – where the chickens are from large suppliers such as Ayamas and Ayam A1. Chicken are bred and processed centrally.
  • Market or pasar – where the chickens are slaughtered in the market and sold later part of the day.

There are also instances where the chickens in the market are supplied by corporations. Chicken in Malaysia generally are halal. I have been to many markets(pasar) in Malaysia and have not seen non-halal chicken.

The following photos are taken during my recent visit to Pasar Chow Kit. As mentioned in the earlier post, my visit was not planned. When I was young, my mum will bring me to this market almost on a weekly basis. I was not a fan of the market as it was dirty back then. The floor is wet and filled with holes. I don’t remember having to come back with clean feet as I would stepped into the holes and get my feet dirty.

The market itself is divided into many sections. On Saturday I went to the wet section. Reason being is that I parked my car in Kampung Baru and walked over to the market. The nearest entrance was the wet section.

The following photos are from the market itself. I can safely say that most of the workers there are friendly. There has not been any instance where the workers would hide or act negatively towards me. In fact they will invite me to come inside and take photos. As it was pretty early and I was still sleepy, I spent very little time here. I would love to come back again to shoot here.

The photo below shows the worker preparing the chicken for sale. The chicken that has been slaughtered will be cleaned here. I did not catch how they process the chicken from the point of slaughter to clean up. I have seen it before in Pudu Market though/

Noodle Maker in KL

Photography

Yesterday I woke up pretty early for a Saturday morning. I was not planning to ride on Saturday this week, therefore I decided to drive out to go for a quick street shoot. Initially I wanted to go to Pasar Sentul, but I took the wrong turning, I ended up going to Pasar Chow Kit instead.

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As I was walking along the inner alleys of the pasar, I bumped into a small noodle factory. It has this huge machine that rolls dough into yellow noodle. I believe the factory supplies the noodle for the whole pasar.

The photo below shows the uncle showcasing his rolled dough. I am not particularly sure what’s the mix of the dough, but I can guess it’s egg, flour, water, oil and some other chemicals!

Thats my dough

There was a problem with the machine so the uncle pushed the rolled dough back into the roller. Just comparing this to my noodle maker, the process  I guess is similar 🙂