Posts Tagged ‘photography’

Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

This was taken from the walkway on the skytrain in Bangkok. I guess this is the advertising world equivalent of “location, location, location.”

I wish my car would this. A sure, nice way to beat the traffic 🙂

ps: note the infamous Bangkok traffic on the bottom right-hand corner.

Onwards and Upwards!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers

I took this picture during a random walk in Koto Gadang, West Sumatra, a place known for its silverworks and Dutch-inspired houses. While Koto Gadang means “big city”, it was actually more of a quiet and small village. But coming from hectic Jakarta, I enjoyed the quiet moment to just amble around and take in the beautiful scenery. I was pleasantly surprised with this photo, and something about the colours and the texture of the wooden house/flowers, just takes me back to that quaint village.

Koto Gadang, West Sumatra

Weekly Photo Challenge: Entrance

This is the imposing entrance to the equally majestic Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus), the train station in Mumbai, India. This is where the 2008 terrorist attacks took place, and it is also the shooting location for the movie Slumdog Millionaire. I did my own version of Jai Ho there too 🙂

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai, India

Weekly Photo Challenge: Mountains

The power of mountains! This is the child of that infamous volcano Krakatoa… and while the mom is quietly sleeping away, the child is still busy being active and creating havoc, like all normal kids. I actually spent a night on the foot of this mountain and climbed half-way up while hearing it rumbling. Glad I survived!

Anak Krakatoa, Sunda Strait

Weekly Photo Challenge: Broken

This is another picture taken during my trip to Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan. The first settlements were along the rivers, where they built wooden houses on stilts. I guess with the recent developments, some of these river houses were abandoned as people preferred the concrete houses built more inland. Here goes my interpretation of a “broken home” 😀

River Houses (Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Colourful

I guess this is what they mean by never judge a book (or a house) by its cover. It may be all shabby wood outside, but hidden inside is a bright spark of blue — caught only because the window was left open. I guess when time’s tough, it’s better to paint the inside rather than the outside… then the owners can enjoy it more from within, no? 😀

Barito River, Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan

These houses, built on stilts along the river, are one of the attractions of  Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan. Kalimantan is generally a swamp area, so if you pay close attention you’d notice that even houses in the city are actually built on stilts on top of the swamps. We took a tour-de-barito in the early mornings, and it’s not unlike the gondola trip in Venice… except this one is slightly smellier, and more “intimate” as you can actually see the local inhabitants doing their general business by the river, e.g. bathing, washing, as the river is basically an extension of the houses. With the floating markets and barges passing through the river, it’s easy to see just how important these rivers have been – and will always be – to the people of Kalimantan.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Hot

A few months back I went on a walking tour around Jakarta’s Old Chinatown. It was my first excursion to see that side of the city, and did enjoy it very much. The walk was quite exhausting — broken pavements, heat, humidity, crazy drivers — but it is refreshing to see the vibrant and strong Chinese culture and the big group of people joining in the tour itself. It gives me hope that diversity, cultural and heritage values are still preserved in the midst of all these skyscrapers, malls and sporadic interfaith/culture conflicts.

I took this picture in one of the Chinese temples we visited. I was aiming to get the combination of colours and shapes, but I think the candle flames — including the small flames seen through the window — will fit the “hot” topic 😉

Hot Flames @China Town, Jakarta