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A short trip to KL Malaysia

I am getting a bit bored with the usual routine of my shift work and I really needed a good break.  Opportunity came twice actually.  Once is a gathering with my old Lion Dance buddies but that was just one night and I ended leaving the party early as I need to work the next day :P

According to my calendar, I have 3 off days from July 1st till 3rd.  3 days in Singapore, doing nothing is a bit unbearable.  And I have no idea where to shoot.. Singapore is really small .

Luckily one of my colleague is going back to his hometown in Kuala Lumpur (KL). So another colleague and I, tagged along for a short trip in KL.  Lots of foods and photography is just what I need from the mundane routines.

So we were off on 1st July in the morning.  I travelled light this time around.  A total of 2 bodies and 3 lenses.  One digital A900 and a film body Dynax7.  The lenses I chose for this trip was my Minolta 16mm fisheye and 35mm f/2.  The last lens I took was the lensbaby composer.  I recently saw the result of the aperture competition and the slot aperture intrigues me to cut my last blank aperture disc as a slot.  Pretty good results.

I love history and I adore old buildings.  We visited the Pudu prison which is in the process of being tored down for "progress".  I find it a bit sad though that we always have to destroy part of our history due to the need of progress... Yes, we need the land but can't they find a way to salvage one of the buildings in the prison complex to serve as a future reference?  I guess we just like to forget the old and welcome the new.  This is always true in South East Asia.  Thailand and Singapore has it own share of tearing down old buildings or retrofitting/refurnishing "heritage" sites into a modern building.. Why can't they just leave it as gritty old buildings? 

Besides the Pudu prison, we took a long walk along the prison wall and around the pudu market area.  Taking everything in.  Its always fun to walk in an unfamiliar environment.  The next day we went to the Batu Caves (never been there before) and its another intereseting venue to shoot.  I will visit there again if there is an opportunity, this time with my MF gear :P

KL has changed a lot too.  I used to go down to KL for buisness trip in my old job under bizwebs.  Almost at least 4 or 5 times a month.  The last trip I went was in 2006 if I remember correctly and I nearly can't recognise some of the places.  The bus-station (Pudu Raya) is now under renovations and we have to take the buses at Bejaya Times square.  Prices has also increased.. hahaha.. but still much cheaper to what we have here.

Anyway, the rest of the photos of the trip are posted on my facebook.  Do take a look if you are interested.  I am still in the process of sorting out my digital shots.. So you might want to check later to see more updates..

1 comment:

Keong_hing said...

Hi Lee,
I read your blog almost every week. I too have a thai wife living in Chiang Rai. We have just bought a land and in the process of building a house. I have added you on the facebook. Hope we could be friends and someday we could meet in Chiang Rai or Mae Sai. Or maybe in Singapore too. By the way, I am living in Jurong west extn.