World Press Photo 11 Exhibition in Melaka

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heritage state Melaka hosts world's largest press photo exhibition, World Press Photo 11

heritage state Melaka hosts world's largest press photo exhibition, World Press Photo 11

visitor at the exhibition

visitor at the exhibition

Good news for all photo lovers in Melaka! From yesterday on, heritage state Melaka hosts world’s largest press photo exhibition, World Press Photo 11 for ten days. This most popular photo event in the world only happens in four locations in Malaysia and Melaka is one in the list.

The official opening day of World Press Photo 11 exhibition in Melaka was yesterday on the ValEEntine’s Day. I was glad to be there on its launching and witnessed the spectacular photos which have stunned thousands of readers in last year’s most shocking news events.

A good photo can tell a thousand words of a story. The photos in the exhibition share important stories including those of survival, global issues and cultural differences, acting as a platform for visitors to gain more knowledge about what is going on in the world. Each of the photos is unique and different yet all stunning.

I would recommend this exhibition to friends especially those who like photography to pay a visit. This is a good opportunity to learn and explore photojournalism which can also help with almost all types of photography. The exhibition really opened my eyes to so many new and different possibilities in photography.

So, to go to the exhibition, it is held at the Balai Seni Lukis Melaka building (next to the post office of Dutch Square Melaka) from the 14th February until the 23rd. Be quick and be there since the exhibition is in the town now, and after that it will move on to its final two locations which are Sabah and Penang.

Below are the selection of the winning photos and information obtained from the exhibition (WARNING: Some may find certain images disturbing). Click to continue viewing.

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Lion motherly love: cliff-hanging rescue

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mother deliberates from the top of the river bank whilst the cub calls for help and hangs on tight (photo by Jean-Francois Largot)

mother deliberates from the top of the river bank whilst the cub calls for help and hangs on tight (photo by Jean-Francois Largot)

Clinging on for dear life to the side of a vertical cliff, the tiny lion cub cries out pitifully for help.

His mother arrives at the edge of the precipice with three other lionesses and a male. The females start to clamber down together but turn back daunted by the sheer drop.

Eventually one single factor determines which of them will risk her life to save the youngster – motherly love.

as the cub loses his grip he's snatched by the scruff of the neck! (photo by Jean-Francois Largot)

as the cub loses his grip he's snatched by the scruff of the neck! (photo by Jean-Francois Largot)

Slowly, agonisingly, the big cat edges her way down towards her terrified son, using her powerful claws to grip the crumbling cliff side.

One slip from her and both animals could end up dead at the bottom of the ravine.

Just as the exhausted cub seems about to fall, his mother circles beneath him and he is snatched up in her jaws.

and she beats a powerful and hasty retreat up to safety (photo by Jean-Francois Largot)

and she beats a powerful and hasty retreat up to safety (photo by Jean-Francois Largot)

She then begins the equally perilous journey back to the top. Minutes later, they arrive and she gives the frightened creature a consoling lick on the head.

motherly love: The mother gives her son a lick to say that all is well in the pride following the drama (photo by Jean-Francois Largot)

motherly love: The mother gives her son a lick to say that all is well in the pride following the drama (photo by Jean-Francois Largot)

The dramatic rescue, captured by wildlife photographer Jean-Francois Largot, was played out in Kenya’s Masai Mara game reserve.

Despite the presence of wardens to deter poachers, day-to-day life for the lions is not without its dangers … as the cub learned the hard way.

[source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2041813/Lion-cub-saved-mum-cries-pitifully-help-caught-camera.html]
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诚实为上

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Leaving quietly (photo by Jennifer)

Leaving quietly (photo by Jennifer)

有个年轻人去一家公司应征,并且幸运的进入第二阶段的面试,而面试将由董事长亲自主持。

年轻人怀着忐忑不安的心情走进董事长办公室。

董事长一看见年轻人,眼睛为之一亮,又惊又喜的站起来,握住他的手说:“原来是你,我找你找了很长很长的时间。”董事长激动得转过身,对在场的几位主管说道:“各位,向你们介绍一下,这就是救我女儿的那位年轻人。”

年轻人的心狂跳不已。董事长将他一把拉到自己旁边坐下,说:“我划船技术太差了,居然让女儿掉进湖里,多亏有你相助。当时我只顾女儿的安危,没来得及向你道谢。”

年轻人竭力抑制自己的情绪,说:“很抱歉,先生,我从未救过您女儿。”“肯定是你!我记得你脸上有块痣。年轻人,你骗不了我的。”董事长仍是一脸感激。

“先生,我想您肯定弄错了。”年轻人惶惑地站起来,“我没有救过您女儿。”

对方凝视着年轻人,忽然,他笑了起来:“好!年轻人,我欣赏你的诚实,明天来上班吧!”

后来年轻人问公司的一位主管:“救董事长女儿的那位年轻人找到了吗?”那位主管大笑起来:“董事长根本没有女儿。”

诚实永远是人生畅行无阻的通行证,习惯是养成的,先从平常的生活中培养诚实的美德,以至于在紧要关头才不会有挣扎。

[文:摘自蒲公英月刊]
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Hokkien New Year 2012

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Hokkien New Year eve (Bai Tian Gong) at Chris's place

Hokkien New Year eve (Bai Tian Gong) at Chris's place

Today, the 9th day of Chinese New Year is also the significant day to all Hokkien. It is the Hokkien New Year and yesterday the eve celebration known to the Hokkien as ‘Bai Tian Gong‘ (in Chinese, 拜天宫) was held in many places of Malaysia. Although I am not a Hokkien, I still share the joy and celebrate the festive and last night I was invited to Chris Baba’s place for the celebration.

Copy-and-paste the story behind the festive from the Bai Tian Gong‘s post published two years back:

During a Chinese New year of the Ming Dynasty, there was a bandit raid in the province of Hokkien. These intruders however robbed and burned down villages, attacked and killed the villagers. The people of the villages were in fear and escaped from their burnt villages during the night.

Some of the villagers then hid themselves among the sugarcane fields. Needless to say, those villagers prayed to Heaven God (Tian Gong) for salvation during their hideout. The pursuing intruders spent many days trying to locate and hunt them but to no avail. On the ninth day of that Chinese New Year, they finally gave up and returned to their region.

The Hokkiens then happily emerged from the sugar cane fields, and praising the blessings of the celestial deities and owing gratitude to the sugarcane plants for saving them from destruction. Thus, in all Hokkien celebrations, the sugarcane plant is given prominence.

Realizing that it was also the 9th Day of the Chinese New Year and coincidentally the birthday of Heaven God, they decided to make votive offerings and prayers to the Jade Emperor for their salvation. There are many version of the Hokkiens’ Bai Tian Gong stories. Whichever it is, the hokkiens believe that our life and prosperity are granted by the Heaven God.

On the eve of the 9th day, a pair of sugarcane plants are used by the Hokkiens usually placed one on each side of the offering table or the front door of the house. The pair of the sugarcane symbolises unity, cooperation and strength. The sugarcane itself is a symbol of harmony and a token which can bring good and ‘sweet’ results. The very straightness of the sugarcane stem also ensures that the Hokkiens can become a clan of honest and sincere people.

Chris is from the Baba-Nyonya family, and they always have their unique tradional sets of rites and rituals. Since many of the Baba-Nyonya are Hokkien and worship Ti Gong (天公), the Heaven God, the celebration of Bai Tian Gong to them is a great grant event and loaded with complex ceremonies. It would be difficult to see such a great preparation for celebration nowadays, due to modernization and exposure to western ideas, many of the younger Baba-Nyonya generation prefers to skip some the ceremonies.

Anyway, many of Chris’s relatives and friends gathered at his place for the great celebration. I met Henry my old friend over there. Then I was served with a bowl of delicious Hokkien noodle prepared by Chris’s mom and it was simply awesome! I managed to capture some photos of the little girl of Chris and the settings of Bai Tian Gong.

I didn’t wait for the countdown at Chris’s place but got back home at 11:30 p.m. On the 12:00 midnight, I stood at my house door and observed the Hokkiens ring in the New Year with extravagant firecrackers and fireworks.

Happy Chinese New Year to everyone especially our Hokkien friends. May the year of the dragon be prosperous and happy for everyone!

May all beings be happy.

delicious homemade Hokkien noodle by Chris's mom

delicious homemade Hokkien noodle by Chris's mom

old friend Henry

old friend Henry

Chris's little baby, Abby

Chris's little baby, Abby

'Amma' and Abby

'Amma' and Abby

fly kiss

fly kiss

like dad like daughter

like dad like daughter

oil lamp (left); bamboo skewers of preserved papaya and cherries on top of the chanab as offering (right)

oil lamp (left); bamboo skewers of preserved papaya and cherries on top of the chanab as offering (right)

paper crafts, four of the Eight Immortals (Taoists' saints, in Chinese 八仙)

paper crafts, four of the Eight Immortals (Taoists' saints, in Chinese 八仙)

paper crafts, the other four of the Eight Immortals

paper crafts, the other four of the Eight Immortals

complex table setting of offerings

complex table setting of offerings

skewers of offerings and each has a meaning

skewers of offerings and each has a meaning

flowers offering

flowers offering

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Enter the Dragon

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Happy Chinese New Year to all! (1Malaysia prosperity dragon at the entrance of Jonker Street)

Happy Chinese New Year to all! (1Malaysia prosperity dragon at the entrance of Jonker Street)

Happy Chinese New Year! 新年快乐!

Sharing the shots captured for the past two days in Melaka, places like Dutch Square, Jonker Street, Jalan Hang Kasturi (also known as Tofu Street), Jalan Kampung Pantai and Melaka Raya. During the outing, I also tried to photograph the dragons in town as we are entering the year of dragon in two days time.

Thanks to all friends for your visits and comments here to make juesatta a better site. Hope that we will fill you always with sEErenity. Enjoy the year of dragon and wish you and family good wealth and health.

May all beings be happy.

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