Monthly Archives: May 2014

Photo-Essay: Muncar Fishing Village

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by Authors: Dr. Muhammad Yamin Ismail

Four weeks ago I was in Muncar, Banyuwangi, East Java.

Muncar is a fishing village about one hour’s drive from Banyuwangi. The villagers were descendants of Madura. The views of fisherman activities in this village can be seen here with various ornamental and decorated traditional and modern fishing ship. Their fishing boats were beautifully decorated.

More than 90 percent of Muncar population are muslims. They were very friendly and hospitable, especially when I said my name is Haji Yamin from Malaysia, so its a delightful place for street photography. Besides being a fisherman, they also sell foods infront of their house or in the pavements.

Photo-Essay: Deira – Life of the Immigrants

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by Authors: Yusri Yusof

Dubai of United Arab Emirates (UAE) is well known all over the world as one of the fastest growing cities in the Middle East, synonymous with grand architectural designed skyscrapers. Unfamiliar to many, Dubai population is dominated by expatriates which encapsulates around 85% of total figure where only 15% of its population are Emiratis. The vast numbers of expatriates are mainly from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh followed by Philippines and other countries. The city itself is vibrant and dynamic, much helped by the immigrant workforce which mostly involved in construction, trading and services.

To portray a different outlook of Dubai, I took a walk in the town of Deira which still holds many historical values and the origin of Dubai itself can be traced here. Deira used to be the centre point of Dubai before the skyscrapers in Sheikh Zayed Road took over the limelight. There are many immigrants who first came to Deira to earn a living, but eventually settled down as traders and businessmen in various sectors such as food business, tailoring, gold trading, wholesale of spices, perfumes, clothes, and many more.

Deira is located alongside Dubai Creek, historically known as one of the trading ports in Persian Gulf. As I walked along the streets in Naif, Al Khaleej, Al Sabkha, and Al Buteen, I observed many interesting characters minding their own business in this place they call home. When approached, they were jovial and friendly, always asked me where I come from and being myself, I don’t mind being chatty and managed a few conversations with them. As we talked, I could see in their eyes, although they looked content and happy with their life in Deira, deep inside I know how much they missed their home country.

Photo-Essay: Kuliah Pagi Jumaat

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oleh Pengarang: Dr. Muhammad Yamin Ismail

Kuliah pagi Jumaat di Kota Bharu, ribuan para hadirin yang datang dari segenap pelusuk negeri dan negara, dengan pelbagai latar belakang, tekun mendengar pengajaran ilmu yang disampaikan, saya menghabiskan masa separuh hari di sini, terpegun dengan suasana, bersama sebuah kamera.