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MALAYSIA DAILY LIFE

Collection pictures of Malaysia daily life.

34 pictures and featured on Chinese New Year, QIngMing Festival, El Nino phenomenon, wet season, Malaysia police day, Holy Week prayer and daily life taken in the capital of Kuala Lumpur city center.

Photo by Daniel Chan

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PENANG DAILY LIFE

A very nice professional lady photographer give me an advice once about my career and I always keep it in my mind. -The problem with news photography is that you are always competing with other photographers, All I can say is develop sharp elbows and be pushy. Just keep shooting and trying different things until you’re comfortable with your own style. The only other thing I would add is, find a long term story that you want to work on, and stick with it. Study other photographers’ work, analyse how they have grown from the beginning of their work to where they are now.

3 weeks back, I’ve been assigned to Penang Island for an assignment on Penang Heritage in Georgetown. I spent 3 days walked around Georgetown and captured some daily life pictures at Little India, Chulia Road, Chew Jetty, China House and Fort Cornwallis.

As you know, GeorgeTown is the capital of the state of Penang in Malaysia. Named after Britain’s King George III, George Town is located on the north-east corner of Penang Island. The inner city has a population of 510,996 and the metropolitan area known as George Town Conurbation which consists of Penang Island, Seberang Prai, Kulim and Sungai Petani has a combined population of 2,251,792, making it the second largest city in Malaysia.

GeorgeTown has been ranked as the most liveable city in Malaysia, eighth most liveable in Asia and the 62nd in the world in 2010 by ECA International and On 7 July 2008, George Town was formally inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is officially recognised as having a unique architectural and cultural townscape without parallel anywhere in East and Southeast Asia.

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ANWAR IBRAHIM SODOMY 2 FINAL APPEAL

Supporters gathered in front the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya to supports the opposition leader final appeal on the charge of having sodomised his fomer aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan seven years ago. Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will serve a five-year jail term from 10th Feb, 2015 after the Federal Court upheld the Court of Appeal’s earlier decision
his political career has been filled with ups and downs. However, the latest guilty verdict handed out to him by the Federal Court, could spell his exit from the political scene, although he has vowed to continue his fight and struggle.

Photo by Daniel Chan

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A TRAVEL EPIPHANY: RATTLING TOWARDS BANGKOK

In an age of instant gratification, a rail journey may not be most holidaymakers’ carriage of choice, especially those on short vacations. However, it may still appeal to some who have the time to kick back and enjoy the scenery. I took a 33-hours train ride from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok and chronicled my fellow passengers along the way to captured the daily life on people who are abroad the same train. 

From KL Sentral, my first stop is at Padang Besar, Kedah for customs checked and after that the train continued to Hat Yai, Thailand. It takes 13 hours and the distance from KL Sentral to Hat Yai is 532KM. 

From Hat Yai, I bought a train ticket and continued my journey to Bangkok with State Railway of Thailand train and it takes 20 hours and the distance from Hat Yai to Bangkok is 941KM.

SRT was founded as the Royal State Railways of Siam (RSR) in 1890. Construction of the Bangkok-Ayutthaya railway (71 km or 44 mi), the first part of the Northern Line, was started in 1891 and completed on May 23, 1892. The Thonburi-Phetchaburi line (150 km or 93 mi), later the Southern Line, was opened on June 19, 1903.

My photo essay published in TheRakyatPost new media site.

http://www.therakyatpost.com/new-media/2014/08/10/travel-epiphany-rattling-towards-bangkok/#ixzz3AYI3Gip1

 

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RAMADAN 2014

Collection of my Ramadan pictures I took during the month of Ramadan in Kuala Lumpur.

Across a wide belt that stretches halfway around the globe, the world’s estimated 1.6 billion Muslims will mark the beginning of Ramadan this weekend. The holy season is marred by unprecedented turmoil, violence and sectarian hatreds that threaten to rip apart the Middle East, the epicenter of Islam. Ramadan is a Muslim holy month of fasting during which Muslims abstain from food, drink and other pleasures from sunrise to sunset. Ramadan is the time Muslims believe God started to reveal the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad. For believers, Ramadan is meant to be a time of reflection and worship, remembering the hardships of others and being charitable. Islam is based on a lunar calendar, so the start of Ramadan on the Gregorian calendar varies each year. Once the new crescent moon has been sighted, observance begins. The new moon at the end of the month signals Eid al-Fitr, a three-day festival marking the end of fasting. The majority of Shiites tend to mark Ramadan a day later than Sunnis, although this Ramadan is an exception and a rare event where Shiite and Sunnis will mark Ramadan together.

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A Muslim woman prepared foods at a Ramadan break fast event on the first day of fasting in the holy month of Ramadan at Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur,  Malaysia, Monday, June 30, 2014.  Photo by Daniel Chan

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A  man is seen prepared foods at a Ramadan break fast event on the first day of fasting in the holy month of Ramadan at Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur,  Malaysia, Monday, June 30, 2014.  Photo by Daniel Chan

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Children from different orphanages are attended a Ramadan break fast event on the first day of fasting in the holy month of Ramadan at Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur,  Malaysia, Monday, June 30, 2014.  Photo by Daniel Chan

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Two Muslim boys carried foods for break fast at a Ramadan break fast event on the first day of fasting in the holy month of Ramadan at Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur,  Malaysia, Monday, June 30, 2014.  Photo by Daniel Chan

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Muslim women prayed after theRamadan break fast event on the first day of fasting in the holy month of Ramadan at Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur,  Malaysia, Monday, June 30, 2014.  Photo by Daniel Chan

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Malaysian Muslim students takes a break while waiting for breaking fast during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday, July. 1, 2014. Photo by Daniel Chan

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A Muslim boy reads Koran during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday, July. 1, 2014. Photo by Daniel Chan

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A Muslim man sells traditional Malay outfit and kain pelikat (sarong) for men during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday, July. 1, 2014. Photo by Daniel Chan

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Malaysian Muslim gathered and cooks bubur lambuk for sale during the holiest month of Ramadan at Kampung Baru in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, July. 9, 2014. Photo by Daniel Chan

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A Muslim man prepared bubur lambuk for sale during the holiest month of Ramadan at Kampung Baru in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, July. 9, 2014. Photo by Daniel Chan

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A woman break fasting in the train during the the trip to Thailand from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, July. 10, 2014. Photo by Daniel Chan

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A couple stands infront the Ramadan decoration at Publika in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, July. 10, 2014. Photo by Daniel Chan

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A Muslim woman trying out a myriad of head scarves from the colourful choices on display for the upcoming Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, July. 11, 2014. Photo by Daniel Chan

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A Muslim boy break fasting during the break fast event at Tasik Sri Permaisuri in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, July. 20, 2014. Photo by Daniel Chan

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Muslim people prayed on Friday prayer during the holiest month of Ramadan in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, July. 25, 2014. Photo by Daniel Chan

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Muslim people shops at the bazaar Ramadan during the holiest month of Ramadan in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, July. 25, 2014. Photo by Daniel Chan

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A Muslim woman shops for head scarf at the bazaar Ramadan during the holiest month of Ramadan in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, July. 25, 2014. Photo by Daniel Chan

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Muslim people shops at the bazaar Ramadan during the holiest month of Ramadan in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, July. 25, 2014. Photo by Daniel Chan

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A Muslim vendor cooks Lemang, a glutinous rice stuffed in bamboo sticks and cooked over a charcoal fire at Rawang outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, July 27, 2014. Photo by Daniel Chan

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A Muslim vendor cooks Lemang, a glutinous rice stuffed in bamboo sticks and cooked over a charcoal fire at Rawang outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, July 27, 2014. Photo by Daniel Chan

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A traditional dance performance at The Curve shopping mall during the holiest month of Ramadan in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, July 27, 2014. Photo by Daniel Chan

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A traditional dance performance at The Curve shopping mall during the holiest month of Ramadan in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, July 27, 2014. Photo by Daniel Chan

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A Muslim boy plays while his family offer prayers at their relatives’ graveyard during the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, July. 28, 2014. The Eid Al-Fitr, one of the holiest religious practices, is celebrated with prayers and family reunions and other festivities among Muslims all over the world. Photo by Daniel Chan

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A Muslim man is offer prayers at their relatives’ graveyard during the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, July. 28, 2014. The Eid Al-Fitr, one of the holiest religious practices, is celebrated with prayers and family reunions and other festivities among Muslims all over the world. Photo by Daniel Chan

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A Muslim man and his daughter offer prayers at their relatives’ graveyard during the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, July. 28, 2014. The Eid Al-Fitr, one of the holiest religious practices, is celebrated with prayers and family reunions and other festivities among Muslims all over the world. Photo by Daniel Chan

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A Muslim man is offer prayers at their relatives’ graveyard during the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, July. 28, 2014. The Eid Al-Fitr, one of the holiest religious practices, is celebrated with prayers and family reunions and other festivities among Muslims all over the world. Photo by Daniel Chan


SWISS DREAM CIRCUS

The Swiss Dream Circus from Switzerland performing for the first time in Malaysia at Mutiara Damansara, giving the opportunity for Malaysians to witness the world-class circus, which is a collaboration of performers from 9 different countries. Swiss Dream Circus was formed on year 2000 by Marco Baumgartner from Switzerland, he made his debut performance as a juggler when he was only thirteen. Throughout his entire youth, Marco travelled around the world with various circus artists and soon caught the circus fever. This was when he conceptualized the idea of building a circus in Asia. After a period of intensive market research, he settled upon setting up his first show in Singapore and that was how Swiss Dream Circus was born. Together with his close friend clown Andre, one of the most successful Swiss clown and Stephan Balle, he realized this dream in the year 2000.

A circus is a company of performers that may include clowns, acrobats, trained animals, trapeze acts, musicians, hoopers, tightrope walkers, jugglers, unicyclists and other object manipulation and stunt-oriented artists. The term ‘circus’ also describes the performance which has followed various formats through its 250 year modern history. Philip Astley is credited with being the ‘father’ of the modern circus when he opened the first circus in 1768 in England. Early circuses were almost exclusively demonstrations of equestrian skills with a few other types of acts to link the horsemanship performances. Performances developed significantly through the next fifty years, with large scale theatrical battle reenactments becoming a significant feature. The ‘traditional’ format, whereby a ringmaster introduces a varied selection of acts that mostly perform choreographed acts to traditional music, developed in the latter part of 19th century and continued almost universally to be the main style of circus up until the 1970s.

My photo essay on Swiss Dream Circus published in http://www.therakyatpost.com new media website.

http://www.therakyatpost.com/new-media/2014/06/19/living-dream/

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