Saturday, February 21, 2015

20 February 2015 Photo Walk

This fine morning, I woke up at 7am and brilliantly decided to drive to KL for a photo walk in Pasar Seni since the sun was up and shining. Hence I did just that.

First stop was Sultan Abdul Samad building.

Ah, the sun's golden rays. I haven't appreciated it this much before.

Despite being a public holiday, finding free parking in town is bloody difficult. In fact it's next to impossible. Hence after 20 minutes of driving around, I settled for parking at Lorong Panggung, where I still had to pay a RM2 'angpau' to a Malay jaga. In this area, it's best not to park illegally because there is a traffic police headquarters nearby. And yes, the police DO work on public holidays.

Curry noodles at Westlake Restaurant nearby. For RM6.50, it's not bad at all.

Petaling Street was relatively empty except for a handful of hawkers who couldn't care about taking a holiday.

Ah Po selling peanut deserts. From the newspaper clippings, I guess she's being doing it for a long while.

Despite Kuala Lumpur being a relatively vibrant city, the homeless still roam around, and they try whatever they can to lie down and take a break.

On Chinese New Year, many people come here to pray to the most popular god among the Chinese deities - Guandi alias god of war.

Unfortunately outside the temple, the Indians take advantage to 'reserve' the pavements for parking purposes. They demand a fee to be able to park there although they have no jurisdiction over the space at all in the first place. So far, I only seem to find this occurrence in Malaysia, this doesn't happen in Australia, Singapore, or Korea for instance.

Thankfully the worshipers are oblivious to the presence of photographers.

The temple attendants have to clear the joss sticks from the vat, although technically you're supposed to wait for the stick to burn till it finishes.

 You're supposed to knock the gong once at this temple.

On the second day of Chinese New Year, a lion dance is scheduled to be at this temple.

The worshipers still continue to arrive despite the lion dance performance.

If you take an orange from a lion, you're supposed to be lucky.

'Kicking' the lazy lion.

The second pit stop was Sin Sze Si Ya temple just down the road built by Yap Ah Loy, the founder of Kuala Lumpur.

The temple has a more 'peaceful' environment.

That's all for my photos today. Not sure what I'll do tomorrow, but if I can wake up early, I will ~

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Langkawi revisited 2015 - Day 3

Well it was the last day of my short trip. Got out of the hotel before 10am and decided my trip wasn't complete without photographing the big eagle.

Looking towards Kuah Town. On the right you can see Baron Hotel. The building in grey is still under construction because it was the site of a temple. I guess they finally got them to move.

A popular hot spot for tourists to chill.

The fountain is in an utter state of disrepair. The local council couldn't give a damn about it, I suppose.

Had brunch at the Nasi Kandar shop in town.

I remembered paying 9 bucks for the meal and drink. Food in Langkawi has never been cheap - in fact its already increasing. Sigh.

That's all for my short escapade so far. I'll be back, in a few more years I hope.


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