Malaysia, as many might have known, is a tropical country located in Southeast Asia. We are not blessed with four seasons like those countries with the temperate climate. In Malaysia it is “summer” all year around while the foliage is constantly evergreen.
Below is my response to the latest Weekly Photo Challenge: Everyday Life
This photo was taken at Marang Central Market, Terengganu. It is a common sight in Terengganu and Kelantan if you find the traders manning almost all stalls in the market are ladies. In this picture a lady customer makes payment to a lady traders buying local produce as well as common household foodstuff.
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Do read Sadia Naheen’s reflection on my photo below in Light and Composition Magazine entitled An Ode to Headscarves here.
I took this photo somewhere in Kuala Lumpur at one of the shop dealing especially in headscarves. The demand for headscarves has sharply increased for the past 10 years or so thanks to greater awareness about Islam in Malaysia. It is muslim ladies’ obligation to wear hijab or headscarf to cover their body and hair in front of men other than their father, brothers, uncles and husband.
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This is said to be the place where Kuala Lumpur first started. It is located close to the river confluence where the miners first landed and soon the immigrant Chinese traders began to set up sundry shops to cater to the miners before they made their way up the jungle tracks to the various mining areas notably in Ampang and Pudu area.
Not so long after that this small town dramatically progressed from a seedling town to a bustling metropolis. And the man who was responsible for its progress was none other than the famous Chinese Captain, Yap Ah Loy. The original township centred around Yap Ah Loy’s large market and gambling sheds while his house, a large wooden structure, was located at the end of the Square.
In 1882, citing health reasons and claiming that the site was state land, Frank Swettenham wanted Yap Ah Loy’s market and gambling sheds demolished. As a compromise, Yap Ah Loy removed his gambling sheds and was allowed to rebuild his market provided it had brick piers and a galvanized iron roof. However, he was only granted the land title for life and, upon his death in 1885, the Government took over and relocated the market. The site vacated by the original market became known as Old Market Square.
In 1907, AB Hubback, a Government Architect, presented to the Sanitary Board design guidelines for shophouses to be erected in the Square. This has resulted in a gracious symmetry for the Square as a whole. The three-storey shophouses are ornate examples of ornate Neo-classical designs, as evidenced by the decorative plaster garlands, roof-top gables and balustrades.
Later, two classic Art Deco structures, the Mayban Finance Berhad building and the Clock Tower, were built. The Tower was erected in 1937 to commemorate the coronation of King George VI.
On the Lebuh Pasar Besar side, the corner shophouse, Sin Seng Nam Restaurant, has very fine stepped Dutch gables. Note the interesting entryways where wooden bars serve as security doors and also provide ventilation. In earlier times, the restaurant was well patronized by planters and known as the Vatican.
Jeram Linang Waterfall in Pasir Puteh, Kelantan is just approximately 15km from my parents’ house.
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I have to admit that I was not so happy with the result I have got when I first shot sunrise at Pantai Air Tawar a couple of days ago. Perhaps the lighting at that time was not so flattering and I arrived there a little late. Two days later I went there again much earlier with the hope that I could bag different and hopefully better pictures. Here goes….
This time I think the lighting is better as the colour is richer and the cloud more dramatic.
I would appreciate your comment and opinion which one is preferred.
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I stumbled on a couple of boys enjoying fishing on the abandoned pier in Kuala Besut at dusk. They provided much needed subject for my silhouette shots against the sunset which would otherwise be just ordinary sunset shot.
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Sunrise at Pantai Air Tawar, Besut, Terengganu.
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Sabak Beach in Kelantan, besides being widely known as the first location where the Japanese Army landed in then Malaya in their endeavour to conquer Asia, it is famous for its gaily decorated fishing boats as you can see in the pictures below.
A picture is worth a thousand words, so I just let the pictures do the talking.
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One of the most prominent landmarks of Kuala Lumpur in yesteryear apart from the Sultan Abdul Samad Building must be the old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station whose function has now been replaced by the new and modern KL Sentral since 2001.
The old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station was designed by AB Hubback with significant Mughal architectural style. The same architectural style was also applied to the KTM Headquarters located across the road, the Sultan Abdul Samad Building and the Masjid Jamek (it was also designed by AB Hubback). In other words it was the contemporary architectural style at that time.
This majestic railway station complex was completed at a cost of 23,000 dollars and began its operation on 1 August 1910.
Mughal architecture is one of the exotic revival architectural styles that was adopted by architects of Europe and America in the wake of the Romanticist fascination with everything oriental. It is a mix of Islamic, Persian and Indian influence.
Mughal architecture has several significant features that are pretty easy to identify.
Take note of key-hole arches, ogee arches and horseshoe arches featured on this handsome building. These arches form a repetitive pattern on a straight row on each floor. Key-hole arches, horseshoe arches and ogee arches are among the features that identify Mughal architecture.
Next, look out for onion-shaped domes sitting on top of the buildings of Mughal architectural style. In fact domes are the most conspicuous characteristics of Mughal architecture.
Below the big domes are the chhatris – a flat plate that holds the dome. In fact, ‘chhatri’ means canopy or umbrella. Chhatris are commonly found in Hindu as well as Mughal architecture. The chhatris here are supported by eight pillars.
Let your eyes run along the roofline. This type of roof-balcony, with its holed-wall is another feature of Mughal architecture, and is very suitable for the climate in Malaysia. The wall with holes is called ‘jali’ and they use repetitive patterns.
If you look into the main porch, you will see that the ceiling is very high and wide, to suit the tropic heat and allow for airflow to cool the place. After all, this is a railway station, where thousand move in and out daily.
This architectural masterpiece is said to be the most photographed railway stations in the world! I don’t have the verified source to support the claim though. However , judging by its majestic architecture and the British Raj image it represents it is surely one of the most photographed railway stations in the world.
It was gazetted as a heritage site on 14 April 1983.
I have photographed this heritage buildings a few times both in the early morning and in the late evening. It is during that time the building would look so majestic resulting from the dramatic and contrasty light of the warm low-angled light. This will also result in interesting shadow interplay thanks to its multi-faceted geomatric design.
Photographing it was a sheer joy. I hope this architectural gem would be well preserved by the government and more effort should be taken to ensure that it is put to good use befitting this grandiose edifice.
Do enjoy the photos and I welcome any comments and criticism. More pictures of the Old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station can be found here.
The old KL Railway Station acts as a foreground interest framing the modern Kuala Lumpur skyscrapers in the background visible among them are KL Tower, Menara Maybank and Petronas Twin Towers.