Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Year of 2014 – A year of reflection

Year of 2014 is certainly a year of reflection of oneself, a year of re-evaluation of my whole life purpose and values which I always stand for and valued for.

I can’t emphasize enough that 2013 seems to be flying off the shelve, time was running so fast that I don’t even have the luxury to sit quietly with a cool, clear mind to think about the future.

But all thanks to that tiny pockets of free time lately --- those midnight chat with my partner, those get together with close mates and the series of incidents: Receiving news of passing of close relatives (to heaven); mate’s aunt who was seriously ill and lose the quality of life and the ex neighbour that had a stroke which strike the unsuspecting family’s morality. And the most recent incident where I have never expect that my ex-colleague’s brother is in the fatal MH370 flight…

All these occurrences have made me thinking, are you living your life today to the fullest as if it is your last? You will never know when it is your calling (to leave this world), there will be no foreword warning most of the time…

So let me ask you this… when is the last time you have been telling your parents, or family you love them? What about your mates? When is the last time you meet them all? Any phone calls? Did you spend more time with them or just indulging your time in work or some superficial entertainments, can’t be bothered to even pick up the phone to reach your loves one?

Perhaps now it is time to pick up the phone and call your loves one, telling your mates you love and care for them… to spend more time with everyone that you love and care, before it is too late.

I inspired to pen all these feeling down after watching the movie “The Journey”, which struck my heart and feelings, hence this post followed by photo showcase of my hometown- Penang shot during the last Spring festival. Penang is full of nostalgia to me and hopefully the photos will show you a bit of my roots.

And to my family and my mates from all over the world, just want to say I love you all and I do care and think about you too. Let’s meet up whenever we have some free time ok? Cheers!

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Those little square unit apartments are home sweet home to many families.

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The iconic and unmistaken KOMTAR building in Georgetown.

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A typical pre-war building.

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There is always something behind those windows.

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Let’s have cakes, and reflection of cakes.

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Cosy cafe in Georgetown. My hometown is transformed for the better.

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Art gallery above the cafe. Would love to have my photos exhibit there someday.

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Wall mural galore

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Friends get together-- no need fancy dresses, no need pretentious food. Just good chats, that’s bliss.

THE END.

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Photoshoot Session: Where is Kuala Lumpur? A Kuala Lumpur Photo Shoot Tour PART 3

This post is the continuation from the previous post that featured Chinatown, KL Train Station and KLCC Twin Towers. Read the previous post here: http://www.georgelimphoto.com/2012/08/photoshoot-session-where-is-kuala.html

After the city street photography journey, we decided to do something a little bit different – by getting ourselves drenched in sweats by climbing 272 steps in Batu Caves.

Batu Caves, which literally translated as Rock Caves is situated in a towering limestone formation, 13 kilometres north of Kuala Lumpur. A lot of visitors come here mainly for 3 things: to pray in the temples which are built in the cave, to soak in the view of the impressively built staircases and the gigantic golden statue of Hindu God Muruga, and to explore the cavities of the lime stones formation.

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The surrounding stores at the foothill sell the ever so aromatic jasmine flower garlands with orchids tied at the bottom. The garlands looked incredibly vibrant and pleasing to the eyes.

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And of course, who else is selling those garlands other than the cool and hippie man with his shades on!

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The meticulously sculptured roof of the temples at the foothill are well worth your second look and admiration.

A climb of 272 steps up to the temple cave itself is a true fitness test to all the visitors. And the bonus round to test your agility and problem solving mind would be those spell bounding monkeys that roam on the stairwells. Don’t be fooled by their cutesy look, those are not your ordinary monkeys. Those are the monkeys that can differentiate between Pepsi and Coke cans; and threw coconut shells down the stairwells just like bowling balls and hitting the people at the staircases like the bowling pins.

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Once we have scaled the stairs, we are welcomed by the great sunshine that shined through the open space of the cave.

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The view from our back was even more impressive! We spent a couple of minutes there trying to avert the crowd in our photos and also exchanged knowledge on photographic tricks that can be used in this unusual lighting situation.

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After the eventful morning, we drove to Putrajaya for an obligatory shot of the Prime Minister Office Building before heading to KLIA. Under the blazing sun on our back and looming clouds just right in front of the PM office, we managed to grab a shot. It really felt like in the Amazing Race where we just shoot and run. Ha!

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All in all, we did enjoy the photoshoot sessions immensely. I learned a lot from my mate and hopefully in the future I can make sure of the newly acquired techniques.

Stay tuned for my next travel trip photos: The mystical Borobudur…

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Revisited Batu Feringgi Beach, Penang, Malaysia

All thanks to the frolicking of social media and its ease of use, I noticed the trend of sharing information between people has shifted from blogosphere to Facebook and Twitters. Admittedly, I too has been part of the paradigm shift recently whereby I posted up photos soon after the photo shootings. The ease of sharing and with the almost immediate responses from your friends are simply amazing.

However, nothing beats the blog that enable you to share your artworks with the public and searchable through Google, right? I reckon it still has its magic.

Anyway, I made a quick trip to Penang island recently and re-shot the beach photos as I reckon I can improve the outcome of the shooting result. AND here they are! You may compare it with the first result I had, shot in about 2 years ago. Enjoy!

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Sunset Shot – White Balance set at daylight and F16. Loving the warmth of this shot!

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Lomo effect of Batu Feringgi Beach, Penang. Added Provia film effect. Especially for the lomo lovers out there!

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Peaceful reading by the sea.