Early morning in Kuala Besut

Some early morning shots of Kuala Besut that I took last Friday. Kuala Besut is just 13km away from my parents’ house in Kampung Seberang Jerteh.

Fishing boats moored at one of the jetties in Kuala Besut

Fishing boats in Kuala Besut

Fishing boats on the river bank

A yellow light fishing boat

A lady trader selling local produce and products at the wholesale wet market in Kampung Lampu near Kuala Besut

At the Kampung Lampu wholesale wet market

Goods change hands at the Kampung Lampu wholesale wet market

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Rough and fierce waves at Bukit Keluang Beach, Besut, Terengganu

Rough, big and fierce waves at Bukit Keluang Beach in Besut, Terengganu.

Bukit Keluang Beach in Besut, Terengganu

Bukit Keluang Beach in Besut, Terengganu

Bukit Keluang Beach in Besut, Terengganu

Bukit Keluang Beach in Besut, Terengganu

Bukit Keluang Beach in Besut, Terengganu

Bukit Keluang Beach in Besut, Terengganu

Bukit Keluang Beach in Besut, Terengganu

Bukit Keluang Beach in Besut, Terengganu

Bukit Keluang Beach in Besut, Terengganu

Bukit Keluang Beach in Besut, Terengganu

Bukit Keluang Beach in Besut, Terengganu

Bukit Keluang Beach in Besut, Terengganu

Chinatown of Kuala Terengganu

Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to take photos of Chinatown of Kuala Terengganu. The lighting and weather on that day were very favourable to me. The fine weather and clear sky in the early morning resulted in beautiful lighting with warm cast as well as flattering constrast.

The history of Kuala Terengganu Chinatown dates back to the 15th century while the existing buildings that are still around boast more than 200 years of history. Kuala Terengganu’s tiny Chinatown is a compact area centred on Jalan Kampung Cina (also known as Jln Bandar). It’s home to the usual array of small Chinese shops and restaurants, as well as Terengganu’s oldest Chinese temple, the Ho Ann Kiong, dating from the early 1800s, though much restored since.

Kuala Terengganu Chinatown was first established by the Chinese community in the late 18th century. It was once a hub for commercial activities that helped shape Kuala Terengganu into what it is today. The Chinese built the traditionally designed shop houses according to their place of origin in Mainland China. The buildings have been declared a heritage site by the United Nation’s UNESCO under its World Monument Watch Programme to ensure beautification and preservation of this pre-colonial heritage.

The Chinese have been living harmoniously with the majority Malays in the state. They blend with the local culture and heritage, speak fluent local dialect and share the likings of traditional delicacies while retaining their identity. Souvenir shops, restaurants, electronic and grocery shops lined the colourful buildings. It is also home to two grand temple or toapekongs, the Ho Ann Kiong and the Tien Hou Kong.

To all my Chinese friends and Chinese readers, I wish all of you a happy and prosperous Chinese New Year. Gong Xi Fa Chai.

The entrance of Kuala Terengganu Chinatown

The entrance of Kuala Terengganu Chinatown

Kuala Terengganu Chinatown in the early morning

Kuala Terengganu Chinatown in the early morning

Kuala Terengganu Chinatown is bathed in the warm low-angled light of the beautiful early morning sun light

Kuala Terengganu Chinatown is bathed in the warm low-angled light of the beautiful early morning sun light

A shophouse bearing Art Deco architectural style

A shophouse bearing Art Deco architectural style

One of the shophouses in Kuala Terengganu Chinatown with Utilitarian architectural style

One of the shophouses in Kuala Terengganu Chinatown with Utilitarian architectural style

One of the shophouses with Neoclassical architectural style mixed with Chinese-influenced motiffs

One of the shophouses with Neoclassical architectural style mixed with Chinese-influenced motiffs

Beautiful and cartoonish

Beautiful and cartoonish

Another gaily decorated shophouse

Another gaily decorated shophouse

Whitewashed windows

Whitewashed windows

Classic and typical Chinese shop

Classic and typical Chinese shophouse

A brick shophouse is attached to a more traditional wooden shophouse in the same row of shophouses

A brick shophouse is attached to a more traditional wooden shophouse in the same row of shophouses

A more plain and less decorated wooden shophouse exists side-by-side with the opulent ones.

A more plain and less decorated wooden shophouse exists side-by-side with the opulent ones.

Fishermen of Penarik Beach

Penarik Beach located about 55km north of Kuala Terengganu is famous among local as well as foreign tourist for its pristine white sandy beach and turquoise blue sea.  It is still untouched by development unlike the beaches on the west coast of Peninsula Malaysia.  What makes this beach more interesting besides its beautiful seascape is it is also home to conventional offshore fishermen.  Penarik Beach is located in Kampung Penarik whose inhabitants are made up of mostly fishermen.  Last week I stopped by at this beautiful beach on the way back to Jerteh, my hometown, from Kuala Terengganu and managed to capture a couple of photographs of the fishermen’s activities there.  It is a dying trade and I believe in the not too distant future this scene will vanish forever at the expense of the so-called development.

Penarik Beach, Kampung Penarik, Setiu, Terengganu

Penarik Beach, Kampung Penarik, Setiu, Terengganu

Fishermen of Penarik Beach

Fishermen of Penarik Beach

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The fishermen push ashore a fishing boat belonging to one of them before unloading the daily catch

The daily catch is sold fresh from the sea to the waiting customers.

The daily catch is sold fresh from the sea to the waiting customers.

The regular customers wait for the fisherman that they regularly deal with to come back from the sea with his catch

The regular customers wait for the fisherman that they regularly deal with to come back from the sea with his catch

The beach becomes temporary marketplace where fishermen immediately sell their catch they brought back fresh from the sea to the waiting customers

The beach becomes temporary marketplace where fishermen immediately sell their catch they brought back fresh from the sea to the waiting customers

Fishermen coming back from the sea meet their family members as well as their waiting customers

Fishermen coming back from the sea meet their family members as well as their waiting customers

Weekly Photo Challenge: Everyday Life | Marang Central Market

Below is my response to the latest Weekly Photo Challenge: Everyday Life

Weekly Photo Challenge: Everyday Life

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.

If you are interested to buy this photo you can place order direct at my website.  Photos are sold as print at various sizes and as digital download.

Comment and criticism are also welcomed with open arms.

Sunrise at Pantai Air Tawar, Besut – Part 2

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….

Sunrise at Pantai Air Tawar - Part 2

Sunrise at Pantai Air Tawar – Part 2

Sunrise at Pantai Air Tawar - Part 2

Sunrise at Pantai Air Tawar – Part 2

Sunrise at Pantai Air Tawar - Part 2

Sunrise at Pantai Air Tawar – Part 2

Sunrise at Pantai Air Tawar - Part 2

Sunrise at Pantai Air Tawar – Part 2

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.

Thank you in advance.

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