Monthly Archives: April 2014

Photo-Essay: Chow Kit Wet Market (Old Building)

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by Authors: Mahfuz Jaffar

Chow Kit Wet Market is also known as Pasar Raja Bot by locals opened since 1955 is the largest and oldest wet market in Kuala Lumpur.

It is located at Jalan Chow Kit (Chow Kit Road) off Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman.

Chow Kit Wet Market is not a place for the faint-hearted, this place is intense. A wet market (for the uninitiated) is one where the ground is perpetually wet with running rivulets of water and ice, which is constantly being splashed on the fish and other foods to keep them fresh. The market is shaded by funky ceilings, sometimes draped with cloth and over-sized, colorful umbrellas.

It’s an olfactory overload at this lively and culturally-enriching market as you wind your way past rows and rows of packed stalls. Fresh produce, exotic fruits, tofu, an abundance of gorgeous chilies, bags of spices, piles of eggs and a staggering array of weird and wonderful things to eat. Then there are the meat stalls, with a variety of animals at every stage of the butchering process, and seafood, still in the tank or flapping on the table where you can get pretty up close and personal with your food here.

Photo-Essay: Nocturna Tokyo

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by Authors: Khairil Faizi Abdul Majid

Tokyo, known as the most expensive city until recently overtaken by our neighbour Singapore.

Tokyo (東京 Tōkyō?, “Eastern Capital”) (Japanese: [toːkʲoː], English /ˈtoʊki.oʊ/, About this sound listen (help·info)), officially Tokyo Metropolis (東京都 Tōkyō-to?),[5] is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan.[6] Tokyo is the capital of Japan, the center of the Greater Tokyo Area, and the most populous metropolitan area in the world.[7] It is the seat of the Japanese government and the Imperial Palace, and the home of the Japanese Imperial Family. Tokyo is in the Kantō region on the southeastern side of the main island Honshu and includes the Izu Islands and Ogasawara Islands.[8] Tokyo Metropolis was formed in 1943 from the merger of the former Tokyo Prefecture (東京府 Tōkyō-fu?) and the city of Tokyo (東京市 Tōkyō-shi?). Source – Wikipedia.

This series is mostly centred around Akihabara on one of my night rambling in the big Metropolitan. Most of the shots were taken around 8.00pm – 10.00pm – thus being called Nocturna Tokyo (Tokyo Night). I have to catch the last train to Hachioji at the Shinjuku Station before 11.00pm. Most shots were observation of the crowd and street scene. But most importantly, it is safe and the Metro is always full of human interest.

Photo-Essay: Rezeki Ku Di Sini

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oleh Pengarang: Hadi Nik

Pasar Karat Jalan Petaling. Umumnya ramai telah mengetahui lokasi sebenar Pasar Karat ini berada. Apa yang menariknya di sini ialah cara mereka berniaga setiap hari.

Beralaskan surat khabar lama sebagai hamparan, berbekalkan beg sandang yang penuh dengan barang-barang lusuh untuk dijual, tawar menawar menjadi agenda utama di dalam urusan jual beli di sini.

Lorong gelap yang terasing dari hiruk pikuk kota raya, mewarnai setiap detik dalam hidup mereka. “Rezeki Ku Di sini”, begitulah ungkapan yang terpalit di dalam hidup mereka. Beralaskan lantai batu tar, berbumbungkan langit nan terbentang luas. Biarlah apa orang kata. Pedulikan apa orang cerca. Bagi mereka inilah tempatnya. Inilah kisah mereka. “Rezeki Ku Di Sini”.

Photo-Essay: Kuala Lumpur – Antara Dua Wajah

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oleh Pengarang: Dr. Muhammad Yamin Ismail

Hidup di Kuala Lumpur memerlukan kemahiran secukupnya untuk survival kehidupan. Jalan menuju kesenangan hidup menuntut ketekunan dan disiplin. Kegagalan melakukannya menyebabkan kehidupan yang serba kekurangan di kota kosmopolitan ini. Kata Winston Churchill, “Kita membentuk bandar dan bandar membentuk kita.”.

Photo-Essay: Cambodia Muslims

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by Authors: Dr. Muhammad Yamin Ismail

Islam is the religion of a majority of the Cham (also called Khmer Islam) and Malay minorities in Cambodia. According to Po Dharma, there were 150,000 to 200,000 Muslims in Cambodia as late as 1975. Persecution under the Khmer Rouge eroded their numbers, and by 2009, the Pew Research Center estimated that 1.6% of the population, or 300,000 people were Muslims. In the mean time Khmers represent the largest ethnicity in a population of about 14 million.

The Cham people are concentrated at the Kampong Cham Province and Kampong Chnang province in Cambodia. They follow Islam and uphold its pillars. The Cham Muslim community in Cambodia runs religious schools and headed by a Mufti.

Today, Muslims are able to practice their religion normally and out in the open. This commenced in the People Republic of Kampuchea era where Islam was given the same freedom as that of Buddhism, the official religion practiced by the majority of Cambodians. During Khmer Rouge, many of the mosques and schools building were destroyed and they need a financial aid to rebuild those buildings.

Photo Essay: Lebuh Ampang – Little India

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by Authors: Mahfuz Jaffar

Other than Brickfields, there is one other place in Kuala Lumpur known for the title “Little India” along Lebuh Ampang Street. Lebuh Ampang was once a ‘kittinghi‘, a traditional money lending establishment set up by the Nattukottai Chettiar, a community from South India and founders of modern banking in Malaysia.

Lebuh Ampang has been taken over by restaurants and shops.

Photo-Essay: Fun Fair

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oleh Pengarang: Nor Azmi Ismail

Apa yang terbayang dalam fikiran anda jika ada orang bertanya apa itu Fun Fair..? Sudah tentu anda bayangkan cahaya lampu yang bergermelapan berwarna-warni, pelbagai jenis permainan sama ada untuk kanak-kanak dan untuk golongan dewasa dan muzik yang bingit.

Fun Fair atau di setengah-setengah tempat dipanggil Malam Pesta Muda Mudi selalunya di adakan untuk warga setempat bersantai bersama keluarga di malam hari selepas penat bekerja. Lokasi Fun Fair selalunya di pinggir bandar dan di pekan-pekan kecil supaya penduduk setempat tidak perlu ke bandar atau kota mencari hiburan. Fun fair selalunya di adakan pada musim cuti persekolahan. Seminggu sebelum Fun Fair bermula pihak yang menganjurkan Fun Fair akan membuat pengumuman menggunakan pembesar suara menaiki lori atau van mengelilingi kawasan berhampiran tapak Fun Fair untuk menghebahkan Fun Fair yang akan dianjurkan nanti.

Permainan yang biasanya kita lihat di mana-mana Fun Fair adalah roda berpusing atau feris wheels, bumper car, merry go round.. baling tin minuman menggunakan bola tenis, Dart, baling gelang besi, Rumah Hantu dan kadang-kadang penganjur akan menjemput artis untuk menghiburkan hadirin yang hadir. Fun Fair biasanya bermula dalam pukul 8 malam dan selalunya berakhir dalam pukul 10 atau 11 malam. Pada masa dahulu setiap pengunjung dikehendaki membayar tiket untuk masuk, namun kini tiada lagi bayaran yang dikenakan untuk masuk cuma pengunjung dikehendaki membeli token jika hendak bermain permainan yang disediakan.

Fun Fair bagi saya adalah satu majlis suai kenal atau beramah mesra penduduk setempat disamping dapat bersantai bersama keluarga. Namun kini agak sukar untuk kita berjumpa Fun Fair di kawasan setempat kerana ianya telah diambil alih oleh taman tema yang lebih moden dan selesa, menyediakan lebih banyak permainan dan lebih mudah dihubungi oleh perkhidmatan awam.