Thursday, December 31, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
While backing up my files into an external hard disc, I stumbled upon this photo, which I shot a couple of years ago at Alexis (Bangsar Shoping Centre) during one of our group buka puasa.
I like candid shots.
This photo was used in one of my friends wedding slides.
I brought only the 50mm fixed lens with me during the event. I had to walk very far to capture everybody into one frame – so far and they thought it was funny.
15 years from now, we all will look back at this photos and remember the good old days.....
Monday, December 28, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Stone has been quite a regular Sunday lunch partner.
Today we selected (or was it my idea?) to have nasi beryani at Restaurant INSAF on Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman.
After lunch we decided to go for a drink at the colonial restaurant. It was established circa 1920.
Time hasn’t moved much.
(Extracted from The Malaysian Life)
As usual I make a point to visit KuWe when I go back to Kuala Teengganu. I like to listen to his gossips (trust me! he knows a lot of secrets!), business ideas, stories of Terengganu and his younger days growing up in Dalam Kota. It’s hilarious history lesson over a cup of coffee and keropok lekor or what ever I can grab on the way to Pura Tanjung Sabtu.
Potrait of HH Sultan Zainal Abidin III. KuWe's great grandfather.
KuWe gave me a special tour of the newly renovated one of the suites, Rumah Atas Tol.
I learned these trades are quite geographical even within Kuala Terengganu. You can only find copper/brass-smith in Kampung Ladang in Kuala Terengganu.
I am quite curious as what had been the determining factor for such a phenomena.
In fact, Ladang is also where traditional keris-makers used to reside and base their crafts trade. Ladang was like, the metallurgy super-corridor of Terengganu at one point of time or possibly the centre of the today East Coast Corridor.
I met Mi, a brother to the coppersmith in Ladang who helps his brother to run their cottage copper workshop.
You can roll you eyes when I say this, but I can see clearly, it’s the passion that drives it.. and I can sense he feels responsible to continue his family craft tradition.
It’s in their blood.
Still, the facilities in the workshop are quite “primitive”. Not trying to change the traditional way or their scopes, but the place can be better with proper workshop organization. It needs a subtle commercial / industrial setup.
The government have not done enough to ensure these craftsmanship preserved, properly.
Sometimes they can’t use the kiln (oven) to bake their craft simply because air naik – flooded.
The state in which the industry is in now is not even close to economically viable. If you look at the cost of labor and other resources and material, there is no way they can survive well without government assistance.
They need their basic infrastructure. It should be modernized with time without losing the essence and the spirit of the crafts.
As a rakyat, I wonder where all the Wang Ehsan went….
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
I have been very busy lately.
That should explain why choratchoret has been ignored for quite sometimes.
I was inspired several times on what to write while driving to Kuantan every week, but by the time I reached the hotel room, I will normally be busy with diner meeting and preparations for the regular Tuesday morning conference call with the head-office.
Every Tuesday I have to attend 2 long calls at 7.45am and 9am. Each is about 1 hour long and by the time the calls are over with all the implementation plan, I will rushing to the mine deep in remote Pahang then back to KL.
Very punishing, yet rewarding – Quite ironic, kan?
Bella Italiana has some progress. It is about 80% completion. I hope to update this soon. This (almost) final stage is critical, and from my little experience, it takes the longest as it involves very fine details and a lot of sourcing for small-small parts.
I promise to update it soon.
Watch this space!
Kalau sudi lah.
I have been working with TPR for a couple of years. I have to admit that I didn’t get involve until the completion – due to work and priorities. I am proud, nevertheless. Loads of credits to TPR for her perseverance to make this happen.
I am happy to see quite a bit of my photography work has been used in the book, too bad a lot of them are quite small to see the quality of my work. Another thing, I am not that happy as all the photos, and photographers’ credits are lumped together so nobody could really tell which photos belong to which photographers.
I am proud to be part of the team effort, in the process to preserve Terengganu heritage and culture.
Check it out. It’s being sold in bookstores near you.
The coffee table book – Kulit Manis, A taste of Terengganu Heritage - will be officially launch on December 20th by DYMM Tunku Ampuan Besar Negeri Sembilan Darul Khusus Tuanku Aishah Rohani,YMM Tengku Ampuan Bariah Terengganu, at Mayang Sari ballroom and foyer of the J W Marriott Kuala Lumpur
A Taste of Terengganu’s Heritage, retailing at RM250 each will be available at leading bookstores nationwide.
Check it out!