Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Clan Jetty, George Town Penang Malaysia 2017

Clan Jetty, George Town Penang Malaysia by Travis Chau on 500px.com

Clan Jetty is still remains as it was over 100 years ago. Mainly by immigrants Chinese who settled here years ago. It's a very interesting place to photograph. I just sat at the jetty and enjoy the sunset. As someone told me to see a sunset is a privileged. I have so many of that in my life. I'm very lucky man am I? 

It's an effort to find the place. So look in your guide map of George Town and make sure you come here around sunset or sunrise. That's when the best light and the sky could turn on a show just for you. 

Monday, 27 February 2017

Penang Hill, Penang Malaysia 2017

Penang Hill, Penang Malaysia 2017 by Travis Chau on 500px.com

I'm posting some of the photo from Malaysia even though I'm in Bangkok right now. I bought a big SD card in Penang. I"m still haven't filled out the card as yet and it has all the photos from Bangkok. I post more photos so Bangkok when I have fill it up. 

Anyway Penang Hill was amazing site at sunset and twilight hours. I was there two times just to experience it all. Both time missing the sunset. Not because I was late but the train run that you catch to go up the hill run on time. I think half an hour. I timed myself for the sunset but when I got there I have to wait for the train.

I did a few selfies when I was up there as well. Just for those Facebook shots that people seem to enjoy these days. I had a beer up there just to round up the trip. Ofcourse after I have finished with the photos. 

Friday, 24 February 2017

Penang Sunrise, Malaysia 2017

Penang Sunrise

A wonderful walk along the harbour of Georgetown where old trading ships used to roam this water. The reminiscences of the area still linger on if you have a great sense of imaginations. Imagine all the steaming boat in the late 1800s and early 1900s with the cargo full of spices from South East Asia. All heading to Europe. How things have change since then and just within one century.

All the local seamens, mostly from Mainland China with the Manchu Imperial wick running around loading and unloading the cargo. It must have been a wonderful site. Life would have been tough back then with the lifespan of people less than 50 years young. 

That's a wonderful things about travelling as you learn more about the history of the area you visited. It's better than reading the best book on travelling. It simply best to experiences it yourself. That's why I have met so many people with this travelling bugs. And it's hard to get rid of, but why would you?

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Malaysia a unique blended.



I'm round up my trip to Malaysia today with the trip back to KL before boarding my flight to Bangkok. That's when my real trip to South East Asia begins. On this trip I really want to go to Buddhist Temples from around the world. Especially the Southern Branch of Buddhism. 

As a Buddhist this trip has special meanings to me not just another holiday. As I go through the temples and know what those signs and symbols means. Anyway I was surprised that there were so many temples around Malaysia even though the majority of the population are Muslims. 

The national flower of Malaysia is the Hisbicus a beautiful tropical flower. Where three instinct cultural share a common ground. Living in harmony with nature and with each others. Other countries should look at Malaysia for leadership in this regard.

Malaysia is a worthwhile visit destination if you want to witness the diversity of cultures living in harmony with each other. And ofcourse the foods and the vast historical perspective on the world spices trading route of the past. Step back in time with George Town, Penang and you never though you even in Malaysia.

There's also the Malacca which on this trip I have passed as Malaysia was not on the big list for me to do this trip. Also the beautiful and unspoiled natural beauty of Langkawi for those nature lovers as well. And that just in the Malay Peninsula, so much to do and see and yet so little time.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Georgetown Penang, Malaysia 2017



Georgetown is a very interesting town to photograph if you into old architecture buildings. I stayed right in the heart of it and basically when I walked out I step back in history. The doors in this photo are just one, there's so many unique main doors like the one in the photo that you could actually filled you memory card with just doors.

Also there are temples from Chinese to Hindu scatter around all over the world heritage area. It probably takes you a few days to walk the whole area. I say 4 days just to give you four directions to tackle. I usually don't take photos around midday sun. So a few hours each day to photograph. Also great with the weather as the heat and humanity can get to you in SE Asia. 

Saturday, 18 February 2017

National Mosque, KL Malaysia 2017



I was looking for the Merkeka Square where all the historical buildings were for a few days. Finally I knew the way to get there and it was so closed to where I was staying that it was easy to get up early for the soft light shots.

Friday, 17 February 2017

KL Speedster Malaysia 2017



What more interesting things about taking photo of historical places and architecture is taking photo of the people on the street in their environments. This shot was taking after I was through with taking architecture photography.

I have to keep myself entertain while I have a camera in my hand. Try to do that with you Iphone photographers out there? Photography is a craft okay, so learn it with proper tool. I was a phone shooter before learning how to take good photos while overseas. Never again do I make that mistake again.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Thean Hou Chinese Temple, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia 2017



An amazing price to have if you into Chinese architecture building. It was an effort for me to get to this place as I was using public transportation and walked there for 30 minutes. There was a small climb to the temple otherwise the walk was tolerable in the KL heat.

This was a travel photograph not a true photography as I taken this photos pretty close to midday sun which is horrible for photography. When you travel that's the best you could do then take the photo anyway. It's part of your memory.

The view from the 3rd floor back to KL downtown really makes the trip worth your time. As for the temple itself? The photo said it all isn't it? One funny thing I've found out was the temple also a wedding celebrate. There were young Chinese Malay couples getting get the legal certificate done at the temple. Most of the brides wore white dress which I would weird. I guess the want to contrast with the temple.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Suria KLCC, A shopping complex like you're never seen before!



An amazing shopping complex. This is where you can shop till you drop. All the major international brands are all here if you budget allow. Oh they have a fountain and light show every night just to draw in the crowd. It's best to see it from above in the food court area or if you lucky higher than that.

I'm in George Town Penang right now and try to get my head around the area. Penang is listed on the UNISCO World Heritage site. Some of it anyway. I'm staying in Love Lane which is a backpacker main lane. It takes a while to get use to any city. There so much to photograph here especially if you into architectures and old buildings. And Penang is famous for its foods as well. So I'm in luck.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Goodbye KL Here Comes Penang, Malaysia 2017



Last day in KL. I'm catching a bus early to Penang which is roughly 4-5 hours bus drive. It is a common bus route and the price is quite cheap. If you are a foodies then Penang is the place to be apparently.

Also today also Valentine's Day right? Oh well Penang is my Valentine. I love KL but I have a new lover now sorry KL. Have to catch you next time. So far I have been in KL for 7 days. Feel like I can get to any tourist hot spots now. I have set out to photograph all the places I wanted to photograph and still have time to enjoy it. 

So my trip to KL is accomplished. I'm not sure when I'll be back to KL to photograph her again but you still be in my heart no matter what KL. Goodbye KL and bring on Penang.

Monday, 13 February 2017

KL Tower, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia 2017



My guide to navigate the streets of KL. From my hotel window I could see it so when it comes to go somewhere I just use this as a rough guide. I haven't been to the top as yet. Apparently the view from there is beautiful. But they over charge tourists for the admission fee. I'm a backpacker right now not a flashpacker.

So I'll skip it this time, but if you have the chance go up and have a look. Sunset please and the place I think open till 10pm everyday. Funny how KL working hours, 10am to 10pm. I just got use to the time now and I'm ready to leave KL. Also I think I got a hang of the public transport system here as well. 

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Petronas Twin Tower Sunrise, KL Malaysia 2017



The first on my bucket list to do in KL Malaysia was to capture this landmark that makes KL famous all over the world. If you go to KL the locals are very proud of the tower. And so should they. It is a architecture marvel especially during sunrise or sunset.

I was there for both occasions, for sunrise there was no crowd at all. So my suggestion is for you to enjoy the place at sunrise by yourself. Then enjoy it again at sunset just to round up your day with the crowd. 

Yes I have to woke up early and walk, I am still on Sydney time so it wasn't too hard. But finding the place in KL streets at night was fun. It took me at least 45 minutes to walk there but it's worth it right? If you can't walk then take a taxi or if you lucky then book your hotel close by the attractions then it's only 5-10 minutes walk. But I am on a budget right now so just a bit of exercise in the morning doesn't hurt. 

I'll post more photos of this attractions tomorrow with a few perspective that you might not seen before. There's a reason why people have camera and there's why there are photographers. Some people take photos but how good is their eyes for good photography is another debate altogether. 

The reason why I took up photography was I was a phone shooter before when I was on a big trip to Vietnam. But didn't have much interesting photos to share. I went home and borrow my sister camera and start teaching myself how to photograph. I started on a Canon EOS 7D, wow that was 5 years ago which was my last overseas trip.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

This is the Year of the Roosters, NU Sentral KL Malaysia 2017



I was born in the year of the Rooster. The traits of a Rooster in Chinese horoscope is determine, hardworking, persistence and ofcourse like to wake up early to called the morning. But more importantly they love to travel. I just make up the last one.

The best thing about shopping complex like the one in show above is the air conditioning. Especially with the heat and humidity of KL. I usually photograph the one that I want for the day and around midday local time I start to head to the mall for some relief or go back to the hotel and rest. Edit some photos, exchange social media and update the blog. 

The Chinese community control most of the commerce in KL and Malyasia. There's so many shopping complexes like this one that you will find one in all the major attractions. The one that I like is below the Petronas Twin Tower. This is where you find recognisable world brands that you find in any big cities. And yest they have great decorations as well.

The NU Sentral locate convenience right off the main train hub of KL. So if you just got off the train from the International Airport then you could actually go shopping straight away and fill up those suitcases. I'm on a budget so no much shopping for me on this trip. :)

Friday, 10 February 2017

Thaibusam Batu Caves, KL Malaysia 2017



I didn't know about this event when I was in Sydney. I read about it on the plane and I though great I must visit the temple for this event. It's amazing. Some people went along way to showcase their beliefs. It was a privileged to have witnessed it. Some of the stuff were too graphics so I won't show it here on my blog. But definitely go the KL in Thaibusam which around this time every year I think. 

My tip is get there early as the heat and the crowd will be more tolerable. Train is best option but there is a big rush to get back. The organisers don't seem to know how to handle big crowd so be warned.

The view from the top of the stairs up the cave is amazing but I wasn't not there to really enjoy it. I have to come back another time when the place is more peaceful. But if you into the festivity then Thaibusam is a must do in your bucket list. I have two tick off in one day. Amazing!

Chinatown Kuala Lumpur Jalan Petaling, Malaysia 2017

First time posting something up for 2017. Happy New Year and a VERY Happy Chinese New Year. The festive is still strong in Asia even though the New Year has passed for over a week. I'm guess the Chinese celebrate the whole month not just the first day or three days. Guess what? I'm posting this from my hotel right above Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur or KL as the local like to call it.

I've been in KL for 2 days actually less than that, the first day just a transfer from Sydney to KL that took up the whole day. The photo above were when I woke up to Sydney, Australia time and was ready to work. Funny how your body clock work. It's look like I be posting up more beautiful photos for you guys from abroad. 

I have a shot list of the photos I want from the city. But nothing concrete as I want to open up the opportunity for something unexpected and sometime surprising things to happen. You just couldn't rely all of your planning on Lonely Planet right and some Youtubers. I did my research before I bought my ticket to KL and Malaysia. Any just a short update and Happy New Year once again.