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Monday, February 21, 2011

Museums in Kuching City.....

Honestly,I have found the most reasonable air fares directly from the official airline websites.And if you subscribe to their newsletter or like their facebook or twitter you are always informed of the upcoming discount or package well in advance,sometime even before it's out in the press for e.g.

Firefly Airlines

We have an EXCITING announcement tomorrow that involves NEW routes and LOW fares! How low can we go? Check back tomorrow (Feb 22) after 3pm (local time) for the juicy details... :)

Firefly Airline is flying to KCH from KLIA .....



The Sarawak Museum.....

If you have no time to travel to the entire Sarawak, you owe a visit to the Sarawak Museum. Some travelers commented that simply spend an hour at Sarawak Museum is as good as traveling to the entire Sarawak for a week. There are simply too many things to tell you about Sarawak in this museum. It’s located right in the city centre, and within a walking distance from major hotels in Kuching, especially Merdeka Palace Hotel. The best part of it is, the entrance to Sarawak Museum is free of charge, and no ticket purchase needed, nothing, so why not?


The rear view of Islamic Museum.....

The Islamic Museum is open daily from 9 am to 4.30 pm.It is located on Jalan P.Ramlee in the beautiful restored Maderasah Melayu Buildinh (1930).It is also accessible from the rear of the Sarawak Museum's new wing.The Islamic Museum present a clear picture of the rich historical heritage and special culture of the Muslim community in Sarawak and throughout the Malay-Indonesia archipelago,the traces connection with the development of Islam in the rest of the World.The museum consists of 7 galleries set around a central courtyard garden.each with a different theme.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Shopping Mall in Kota Samarahan.


We have SPRING about 2 years ago in Kuching .'The Spring Shopping Mall'.(open two years ago)


It summer in the year 2012 in Kota  Samarahan. 'The Summer Shopping Mall' expected to complete in year 2012.


This little wooden white house in Kota Samarahan and very soon it will become the super hyper mall.Perhaps the owner become rich too, incase the present landlord have sold the land to the VVIP,VIP's and the Politician i am sure they are making tons of monies .


I am staying about 500 meter from this place.The booming of Samarahan District would greatly enhance the economy activity here .

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The Summer Shopping Mall will be a three-story commercial building and schedule to be open by 2012 and hopefully its will provide job-opportunities for the surrounding communities and also will boost the value of properties nearby.

Olympus E-620, lens Zuiko 14-54mm f2.8-3.5  & presetting pop art.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

My Camera built-in Art Filter.


I had a chance to play around a little bit with a couple of the E-620's built-in art filters. 

Pale light color,soft focus and Pop art.


& light tone.grainy film and Pin hole.I did  not do any post-processing at all to the above images.In my camera Art Filters entice users to be artistic by allowing them to apply stylish effects at the touch of a button.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Hidden History@ Indian Mosque Lane in Kuching.


The India Street derives its name from the fact that it has always been a street occupied by the Indian Shops. Most of the Indians are from the southern and northern India. At first, it was called as the Kling Street in the 1850’s, but the Third White Rajah of Sarawak, Sir Charles Vyner Brooke changed the name to India Street in 1928.
In 1992, the street was closed to vehicular traffic and converted into a pedestrian mall.




A small passageway (locally known as “Lorong Sempit”) that connects India Street Pedestrian Mall and Gambier Road.  A popular short-cut for shoppers who patronized the area. Built originally as the access to the Indian Mosque located between the Mall and Gambier Road. The doors and steps which marked the beginning of the passageway from the Mall side have been restored in their original state since early seventies.


Indian Mosque Lane is a narrow passageway locally known as "Lorong Sempit".This small lane lead to Gambier Road.The lane is so narrow that at section only one person can walk pass at anytime.



If you follow this passageway you'll pass a small Mosque hidden away in the middle of the city. The Mosque's structure has undergone many changes since it was originally built by Kuching's Indian Muslim community in the mid 19th century.


Outside view of Indian Mosque.


Photo Above - Masjid Bandar Kuching ( Masjid India - The Indian Mosque) is the oldest in Sarawak


The time for prayers is marked by the sounding of a drum, known locally as the ‘bedok’.(Photo Above) That drum has been in use for 50 over years.

The hidden history of Indian Mosque in Kuching.

Inconspicuously sandwiched between India Street Mall and Gambir Street,  the mosque covered an area of 16,004 square feet.

The mosque was built in 1837 by Indian Muslims from southern India. The originally walls and roof was made of nipah palms. In 1876, belian wood planks replaced the nipah palms walls. The name was changed to Masjid Bandar Kuching in the 1960’s from its original name Masjid India (Masjid Tambi).
Other than the Indian Muslim community, at that time when there was no road transportation yet, the

Malay Muslims from the costal villages also come to the mosque to pray and rest when they come to trade in the city.

In those days when there were no roads to the costal, the villagers travel by boats and would berth their sampans by the river beside Gambir Street wet market  and visit the mosque for prayers. Sometimes, they lodged in the mosque before returning to their villages. To this day, Masjid India provides shelter to tired travellers.

The time for prayers is marked by the sounding of a drum, known locally as the ‘bedok’. That drum has been in use for 50 over years.
Being in the heart of the city, it is a convenient place of worship for Muslims working in the area and shoppers  On a Fridays, the congregation could swells to over 1,000 while on ordinary weekdays some 400 gather for prayers.

The mosque also started the first religious school in Sarawak back in 1940’s. The Madrasah Islamiah remains in operation.

A committee Lembaga Amanah Khairat administrates the Masjid India, and whatever funds collected will be used to maintain the mosque. Funds for maintaining the mosque come from rent collected from 23 neighbouring shops owned mainly by Indian Muslims who sold groceries, spices, cloth and books. Two Chinese shopkeepers also operate their businesses in the area. These family businesses have been handed down through the generations.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Welcome Ramadan Al-Mubarak



Ramadan come again. Muslims in Malaysia start fasting to-day Wednesday 11 August,2010 and so do other muslims around the world although the date may not be exactly the same.

I would like to wish all muslim brothers and sisters in Malaysia and around the world, Selamat Berpuasa/Happy Fasting. May all our ibadah be acceptable to Allah and may we always be blessed with His mercy and compassion even more in the holy month of Ramadhan. Insyaallah.

“O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become Al-Muttaqun (the pious).

(Fasting) for a fixed number of days, but if any of you is ill or on a journey, the same number (should be made up) from other days. And as for those who can fast with difficulty, (i.e. an old man, etc.), they have (a choice either to fast or) to feed a poor person (for every day). But whoever does good of his own accord, it is better for him. And that you fast, it is better for you if only you know.” (2:183-84)

Abu Huraira related that the Prophet said: Allah the Majestic and Exalted said: “Every deed of man will receive ten to 700 times reward, except Siyam (fasting), for it is for Me and I shall reward it (as I like). There are two occasions of joy for one who fasts: one when he breaks the fast and the other when he will meet his Lord” (Muslim).


Thursday, June 10, 2010

Spaoh District.

Just  had a walk in a traditional area of the kampong Spaoh . I took some random snaps of what I saw around the village and this wooden house attract my attention.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Walking Down Memory Lane in Sibu.


This building used to be a cinema before I left Sibu 25 years ago.To-day its a shop.


So long ago we didn't have any money to go to the movie,so we did try to see the movie free.This is where the Lido cinema in Sibu and its the Hotel now.I still remember sneaking into the cinema for free movie.


The old Rex Cinema.

Yeah...I miss the old cinema those day 0.50 cents for a movie for front row seat.


Cathay Cinema .Now its Star Cineplex.

Life during school days are full of mischievous fun....Skip class and go to the cinema in school uniform to watch Hindi movie.Those were the days of 60's & 70's.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Kuching Waterfront-Solar Energy.



The new Kuching City waterfront extension is environment friendly,They are install with eco-friendly electrical power or solar energy.This is clean energy and lower cost to the city council to run the new two water fountain build near to the waterfront.

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The solar panel and the fountain but the ugly building is yet to be make over to new image.(perhaps the owner is looking forward for sponsor from the city council)

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What about the local people of Kuching.,are they environmental friendly .Oh my God, just look at the rubbish.They don't even bother to say thank you (not to me) but to the government who have spend so much on tax payer monies to beauty the little city of Kuching.

Sunday, April 4, 2010


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Framing is one of the ten basic tips to take better picture. And the most interesting part the method is adopted by amateurs and professionals alike and it never looks boring if it is done effectively. I am still in learning process & below is the list that I read from one of my secret mentor and idol  , you can visit  his blog ZAIN's PIX & TEXT

Framing serves a couple of purposes in composition that can make your picture stand out from the rest. Among the purposes of framing, are:

    * It directs the viewer’s vision straight to the subject
    * It gives a sense of depth and a perception of three-dimensionality to the two-dimensional picture
    * If the frame has some similarities to the subject it creates a harmonious combination
    * It adds more interest the picture and diversifies the viewpoint
    * Framing can also act as foreground interest for the subject at the background

Normally wide angle lens is used when framing in order to get the maximum depth-of-field by rendering both foreground and background sharp. But there is no hard and fast rules. Sometimes out-of-focus framing succeeds in bringing out the subject without the framing competing for attention especially if the framing has little relevance to the main subject.

Landscape and architecture photography almost always adopts framing in composition with proven success although it is not limited to only the two genre of photography above.


This is my trial on framing and you can see here the similarities in shape between the frame and the subject maybe create harmony in picture beside acting as frame.

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I don't know if this fence frames  that I try on both picture above can present different viewpoint to viewer instead just common postcard style snap shot.Perhaps most photographers out there can do better then me.


The flyover ahead can acts as a composition frame to the subject that is the Satok building.


The fence again used as frame.


The plant framing the building.

Anyway I did not stop here as I'm keep on practice & practice.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Art with my Olympus DSLR.


Here are some shot taken this afternoon in the city.I wanted to practice food shots but most of the food shop already at rest after lunch.


This Kuching City high rises has pretty interesting architecture if you get a chance to shoot along the streets.I tried using monotone,sepia direct from my camera.


Some people may argue that you can mimic those effects(Monotone/Sepia B&W) on some photo editing software.


That is true but the advantage of doing this in camera is that it applies the effects in relation to the current exposure,making it more real and natural.


This is the effect from the art filter (Grainy film B&W filter) direct from my camera.

All the above photos are snap using my Olympus E-620 with Zuiko ED lens 14-54 f2.8-f3.5.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Housing in Kuching.


Almost 90% still empty...NO BUYER ??.

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The gate is closed due no tenants ........

Anyone agree with the below statement ( from the public).

I am dead against anyone buying any properties in Kuching and this is for a variety of reasons.
Among them:-
1. Cos do not justify what you get
2. Kuching have been over built
3. Buyers are enriching the developers and the ruling family
4. Buyers are paying for inefficient and out dated construction technology and via this Sarawak/Kuching contractors take 30-40 percent extra time to built houses and this is translated to hefty labour and holding cost for the developers/contractors and subsequently pass on to buyers
5. Many buyers are buying for investment and hoping that it will appreciate in value and subsequently resell it. The question is how many have actually make money investing in residential houses!!
On the Tribunal, it will take a long time and I suggest DAP start a column blacklisting Property Developers and their Directors instead as have been done by ad-hoc bodies in Semanjung in the Past.
It is a shame that we cry when we discover we are fleeced by this unscrupulous developers when no one is high lighting the present mirco economics of the housing situation in Kuching.

Is it true that Kuching have been over just look at the empty apartment (pic above) still empty since completed about 10 month ago (if I'm not mistaken).

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Politic -SALCRA Building.

By its look and the artist's impression of the complex, the cost of constructing the complex must be in the millions of ringgit. The question is, from where the fund to build the complex had come from? If it has come from the land of the participants, are the participants in the know? Have they no say in the way income generated from their land would be used?

The above remark is by one unhappy public about this buidling .Maybe this is just a political talk in Sarawak.


Another unhappy comment from the public about this building....

By the way, Salcra's building currently constructed at Kota Semarahan is built at the expense of NCR land owners. Landowner should at this point time pursue to file for Writ of Seizure and Sale over the building for non-payment and/or breach of contract as dividends pay-out. How's that sound...?

To me beside UNIMAS administration building this SALCRA building consider as the tallest building in Kota Semarahan.

Greeting 1Malaysia to all Sarawak politician..Cheers !!!!.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Kuching's Shopping Mall Generation.

Yesterday I talk about construction workers at work in one of the shopping mall which is still under construction.To-day let us see Kuching's shopping mall generation.With good economy and influence of globalisation,a new generation is emerging in Kuching.People are more fashion conscious,they wear branded cloths,almost everyone have mobile phones,go to clubs and have a completely new attitude that come across in the way they talk and behave.


The Spring shopping mall.


Green Heights Mall.


Wisma Satok,Wisma Serberkas and Tun Jugah Shopping Mall.


Boulevard Shopping Mall.


Open December 2009 The Hill's shopping Mall.