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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Bagan Pasir Sunset

Date: 24/3/2012
Location: Bagan Pasir, Tanjung Karang, Selangor, Malaysia

I saw an entry showing a photo of really nice rocky seaside of Bagan Pasir in Wakjan's blog, then I asked for direction from the blog owner because I think sunset view from there would be magnificent! Luckily he is very helpful in giving me direction to the place, complete with a map! So during one fine Saturday afternoon, my sister and I, together with a friend stays in Tanjung Karang, went to Bagan Pasir with a mission. To shoot the sunset (plus some experimental job!)!

Getting there was quite easy (thanks to the direction given by Wakjan and my friend who is Tanjung Karang local), but once we arrived, I had to drive at a very narrow route with the sea just a 1 foot away on our left and a sloping ravine, also just 1 foot away on our right. I hesitated to go further as the route seems to be narrower and narrower but the sun was setting very fast so I have to chase it quick, until we asked the locals who were using the same route and they confirmed that the route will be wider in the front.

So I continued driving until yes, we found a wider spot and parked my car and starting to set up the tripod and camera. The timing: perfect!


So here are the photos I shot. Settings of each photos put in caption are just for reference.

1. 14mm, F/8, 1/500 sec., ISO-640 (7:10pm)

2. 14mm, F/22, 1/125 sec., ISO-250 (7:11pm)
3. The spot where I parked my car. 14mm, F/5, 1/250 sec., ISO-160. (7:12pm)

4. 14mm, F/6.3, 1/320 sec. ISO-160. (7:14pm)

5. 25mm, F/8, 1/400 sec., ISO-160. (7:16pm)

6. 42mm, F/10, 1/400 sec., ISO-160 (7:16pm)

7. 17mm, F/22, 1/125 sec., ISO-250 (7:17pm)

8. HDR (2 exposures)
9. 42mm, F/6.3, 1/200sec., ISO-160 (7:21pm)

10. Cropped from 23mm, F/22, 1/2 sec., ISO-250 (7:23pm)
11. 23mm, F/4.5, 1/100 sec., ISO-160 (7:29pm)

12. 23mm, F/4.4, 1/40 sec., ISO-160 (7:31pm)

13. 23mm, f/22, 4 sec., ISO-160 (7:34pm)

14. 23mm, F/22, 15 sec., ISO-160 (7:36pm)

15. Cropped from above

16. 26mm, F/4.7, 1/25 sec., ISO-800 (7:39pm)

17. 26mm, F/22, 15 sec., ISO-600 (7:42pm)
18. 26mm, F/11, 15 sec., ISO-160 (7:43pm)
 I packed my stuff after another few shots after this. But just right after I switched on my engine, I saw this magnificent view of crescent moon. So here is the handheld-in-car-while-pressing-brake-barefooted photo.

19. 42mm, F/5.6, 1/2 sec., ISO-400 (7:51pm)
Khalas. After this we rushed to the nearest Petronas to perform Maghrib prayer.

~The End~

Monday, April 23, 2012

Cameron Highlands Revisited: A Short One

Date: 21/4/2012
Location: Cameron Highlands

My family (not all) and I went to Cameron Highlands for a truly short visit there. In fact we had some thing to be settled in Kampar, and after that off we went to the highland to spend the rest of our Saturday there. And the time was considered right because my mum's birthday was the day before, so we can celebrate her birthday as well.

In fact I planned to go to places I've never been before, like Sungei Palas Tea Plantation and Cameron Highlands Night Market. But unfortunately we had to cut it short due to some reasons. We just passed the Night Market area and spent just a while at Sungei Palas. Thus, here are the photos of our very short vacation to Cameron Highlands.

1. My youngest brother in front of Cameron Valley Tea Bharat Plantation signboard.

2. Mum, dad, youngest bro and sis.

3. This was found at Cameron Bharat Tea Plantation area

4. Another flower planted. Names will be updated later.

5. View from the tea plantation. It was a bright and hot afternoon.

6. Roses at Equatorial Hotel

7. Camellia japonica

8. Yellow flowers from climbing plant

9. Orange blooms

10. Creeping Hedera helix.

11. We had tea and scones at Raju's. My mum kinda like the food here because they are less sweet.

12. Ripened strawberries

13. Raju's straberry farm

14. Open deck at the upper floor.
At 5, we went to Sungei Palas Tea Plantation. The road going to the tea plantation is very narrow and one has to be extra careful. But the view of mossy slope by the road was magnificent! No photos though because obviously I was the one who drove. Just unfortunate for us since the place closed at 4.30. So we and some other people who also missed it just stopped by the narrow road to snap some photos.

15. View from the road corner (the widest spot found to stop for a while)

16. Tea plants 

17. Surrounded by teas!

Right after this we went back to Subang. But seriously I never get enough of Cameron Highlands. Will come back soon. Will come back soon.

~The End~

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Island Called Temasek Part 6: Day 2 (Final)

Date: 25/12/2011
Location: Singapore


Continued from here...


We went to the Riverside Point to experience another Singaporean night in the city.

1. Building with colourful windows

2. Ixora as street/buffer planting
3. Clarke Quay 

4. Street sculptures. 

5. People sitting by the riverside

6. Fisherman's Market

7. River cruising point at the other side of the river

8. Moving boat

9. Riverside Point

10. Covered pedestrian street

11. People waiting their turn to hop on cruise

12. Entry point to more happening spot

13. LED in-ground lighting at pavement

14. Mexican bar and restaurant
15. Wooden-like colourful building

After this, things went almost out of control. People were singing and drinking and some already drunk. So we decided to leave for a more quiet place. Tanjong Pagar Railway Station.
The station closed on 30th June 2011 but since the main building of the railway station was gazetted as the national  monument on 9th of April 2011, it will be preserved and conserved. Just, unfortunately for me for missing the glorious moment of the station since my last year's backpacking on train plan had to be cancelled.

16. The quiet building of the former famous railway station

17. Looking haunted, isn't it. :D

18. I bet nothing beats eating nasi lemak and mee rebus in such place

19. Parking lot and building around the railway station.


Next, we were brought to Marina Barrage. It is in fact a dam in Singapore built across the mouth of the bay, between Marina East and Marina South. Officially opened on 1st of November 2008, it was Singapore's fifteenth reservoir. Impressive huh for a small island country? I read it all here by the way. Heheh.

20. On the way up to the upper floor. Very windy up here.

21. Many people were here. They came for kite flying, picnic, hangout. 

22. View from above. Very very windy and can you see the flying kite?

23. Constructions here and there

24. Marina Barrage


Khalas. End of our holiday in Singapore. A very nice holiday indeed, thanks to my dear friend. :)

After this we were sent back to JB but before that we stopped at a makan place for supper!

I'm always looking forward to another day trip on weekend again to Singapore since it is not that far from KL. Hopefully soon. Very soon. *Kissing the little red book!

~The End~