Mirrored Melaka River at night

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mirrored Melaka River

mirrored Melaka River

Few days ago, I took a slow drive around the town for relaxation on my way back after a full working day. It was midnight and I passed through the bridges in Melaka heritage city. I noticed the water of Sungai Melaka (Melaka River) was so calm and so its surface appeared mirror-like. Glad that I had my camera with me, however the bad news was I left the tripod at home.

To get steady night shots without tripod, it was challenging. I had to relax my body, hold the camera tight to solid surface and pressed the shutter softly. And it was lucky that the traffic was minimal in the middle of night which made the shooting easier, or else each time traffic came across the bridge it shook.

The night atmosphere was calm and quiet, and I was enjoy capturing the reflection.

May all beings be happy. Sharing the results,

view from Jambatan Tan Kim Seng (Tan Kim Seng Bridge)

view from Jambatan Tan Kim Seng (Tan Kim Seng Bridge)

view from the other side of Tan Kim Seng Bridge

view from the other side of Tan Kim Seng Bridge

Jambatan Chan Koon Cheng (Chan Koon Cheng Bridge) built 1908

Jambatan Chan Koon Cheng (Chan Koon Cheng Bridge) built 1908

Chan Koon Cheng Bridge

Chan Koon Cheng Bridge

old building by the river of Melaka

old building by the river of Melaka

Discovery Cafe of Melaka

Discovery Cafe of Melaka

new boutique hotel, Casa Del Rio Melaka

new boutique hotel, Casa Del Rio Melaka

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Let’s go Cambodia – Russian Market

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the joy of Phnom Phen's Russian Market

the joy of Phnom Phen's Russian Market

The first morning in Phnom Penh, we went to Russian Market, the place where the Russians would hang out during the Vietnam war. The market has been known by its English name since 1980s, and is popular shopping heaven in Phnom Phen among tourists, local expatriates and Cambodians alike.

Russian Market is really big and is the place we could find all manner of hardware goods, antique furniture, traditional carvings and handicraft, hand-woven silk, music, movie and computer CDs, silverware, gems, books and maps, backpacks and bags and shoes and clothing, drinks and cooked food. You name it, you get it.

for Japan earthquake relief

for Japan earthquake relief

Here, some basic bargaining and haggling skills will be needed as nobody pays the first price. Of course it was not difficult for us as we practice it most of the time in Malaysia.

A wide range of real and fake items sold in the market. Some authentic branded shoes and clothing, though not all, can be found at very inexpensive price, as they are manufactured in Cambodia somehow rejected due to quality control issues.

Most of our friends purchased souvenirs here, and some had their shirt, pant or dress tailor-made here at very reasonable price and thumbs up quality. They purchased the fabric there, handed to the tailors and had their clothing picked up on the following day.

The place was flooded with tourists and locals. Please be warned of the market’s heat and narrow passageways in search for shopping buys. So those who are claustrophobic might find it difficult to survive the market. The conditions add to the ambiance of an Asian market however.

I chose to take photos rather to shop. Few minutes of walk I got so sweaty even wearing a thin t-shirt. However I loved weaving my way around the market with my camera and finding lots of interesting people and things to shoot.

Few hours of walk, I did not finish even half of the market. We had to leave to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum as schedule and many were still demanding for more time extension. Therefore the guide took us there again on the following day for last minute shopping, just before we headed to Phnom Penh International Airport.

Russian Market is simply crowded, cheap and a lot of fun!

May all beings be happy. Sharing some photos I captured back there after the click:

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Lorna go bald: I’ve touched base with humility

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HELLO THERE: Lorna having a light moment with a patient at the child cancer unit of the Sarawak General Hospital yesterday. Earlier, Lorna had her head shaven. (Photo courtesy of Datuk Lorna Enan Muloon)

HELLO THERE: Lorna having a light moment with a patient at the child cancer unit of the Sarawak General Hospital yesterday. Earlier, Lorna had her head shaven. (Photo courtesy of Datuk Lorna Enan Muloon)

KUCHING: Going bald for charity has been a “life-changing” experience for Datuk Lorna Enan Muloon, who has had long hair since she was two years old.

Speaking to The Star after shaving her head, the social worker was in good spirits, starting off talking about how she looked like a Shaolin monk.

“All I need is a yellow robe. But on a serious note, even after this, I can’t say I can ever fully understand what kids with cancer have to go through. But I feel so touched.

Source of courage: Lorna meeting a child in the Sarawak General Hospital before she shaved her head. (photo: The Star)

Source of courage: Lorna meeting a child in the Sarawak General Hospital before she shaved her head. (photo: The Star)

“They’ve given me courage. This experience has made me better. I’ve touched base with humility.”

Lorna said she did it because she believed understanding the plight of others was best learnt through personal experience.

“I really wanted to be with these children. I say it again and again that I cannot fully understand their emotional turbulence. I know, at the end of the day, I’m only shaving my head. I know that is a very different experience.”

Asked if she felt Malaysians were caring enough, she said she believed so.

“A lot of people do charity. I think it’s great. We must always remember to support one another.”

And how does being bald feel like?

“Good question! Well, so far people say I look younger. I’ve never had a bald head since I was a baby. But I don’t mind.”

For Naza Group chairman, Datuk Wira SM Faisal, who sponsored Lorna RM50,000, the work of cancer non-governmental organisations, like the Sarawak Children’s Cancer Society (SCCS), was especially meaningful.

His father, the founder of the company, died of lung cancer in May 2008.

“Any charity is good, but for today, I’m donating to SCCS because I truly believe in good cancer care for society’s most vulnerable,” Faisal told The Star.

“My own dad passed away at just 53 years old so I sort of understand how much cancer takes out of patients and their families.”

Children have amazing fighting spirit, Faisal said. All they need was care and love, and children would face cancer as well as any adult, he said.

“I’m really hoping to see the society’s centre when it is done. I want to see the playgrounds. My other wish is that maintenance is constantly carried out.”

Faisal was one of seven donors, who each pledged RM50,000 to Lorna’s donation drive. Three weeks ago, Lorna announced her intention to join the wildly popular Go Bald event.

“Lorna and I are old family friends. Once we heard about her intention, there was no question we would chip in,” Faisal said.

Lorna’s other big donors include the Bollywood superstar Datuk Shah Rukh Khan, Teo Ah Khing Foundation, Tan Sri Ling Chiong Ho (Shin Yang Group executive chairman), GLC Foundation and Island Circle Development Sdn Bhd.

At a total of RM500,000, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak pledged a ringgit-to-ringgit matching grant, doubling the amount.

Personal sacrifice: Lorna posing for a photo with children undergoing cancer treatment at the Sarawak General Hospital in Kuching yesterday after she shaved her head for the Sarawak Children’s Cancer Society’s Go Bald campaign. In an exclusive interview with ‘The Star’ on page S3, Lorna said going bald was a life-changing experience. (Photo courtesy of C M Leong)

Personal sacrifice: Lorna posing for a photo with children undergoing cancer treatment at the Sarawak General Hospital in Kuching yesterday after she shaved her head for the Sarawak Children’s Cancer Society’s Go Bald campaign. In an exclusive interview with ‘The Star’ on page S3, Lorna said going bald was a life-changing experience. (Photo courtesy of C M Leong)

[source: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/6/26/sarawak/8977605&sec=sarawak]

Related story: Lorna ‘heads in’ RM1mil for Go Bald

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World Blood Donor Day 2011 at Multimedia University Melaka

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"Saving one's life now, save your own later." (copyright: Ben Chen)

"Saving one's life now, save your own later." (copyright: Ben Chen)

Organizing by Malaysian Red Crescent of MMU Melaka with collaboration of Hospital Melaka, IT Society MMU, Usrah Society MMU and Arabic Language Society MMU on the 28th June 2011 from 9.00am to 5.00pm at MMU Main Hall.

It is also opened to outsiders to feel free and contribute and join our mission.

The opening ceromony will be conducted at 12.00 noon by our guest of honour, Y.A.B Datuk Seri Haji Mohd Ali Rustam(Chief Minister of Malacca state).

World Blood Donor Day takes place on 14 June each year but we are organizing it on 28 June 2011. The aim is to raise global awareness. World Blood Donor Day is also an opportunity to celebrate those who already donate blood, in response to the worldwide increase in demand for voluntary non-remunerated blood and plasma donations.

Giving blood makes it possible for many people to lead normal healthy lives. Every year thousands of patients require blood transfusions in our hospitals, because they are undergoing surgery, recovering from cancer or have been in a serious accident. More than 1 million new people are diagnosed with cancer each year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.

Date:- 28th June 2011

Time:- 9.00 am- 5.00pm

Venue:- Multimedia University, Melaka

[source: http://blooddonation.lenskid.com/]
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Mummy orangutan makes leaf umbrella to protect baby from rain

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Leaf shelter: Mummy orangutan protects baby from the rain

Leaf shelter: Mummy orangutan protects baby from the rain

As everyone knows, getting caught in a summer shower can leave you a little under-prepared, with newspapers and briefcases often used to cover heads.

And life in the jungle is no different for this inventive orangutan mother and her child in the rainforest of Tanjung Puting National Park in the Indonesian province of Kalimantan, on the island of Borneo.

Gathering foliage from the ground at the first sign of rain, the adult orangutan made an impromptu rain hat that coupled as an umbrella for her little one.

Adding extra protection from the heavy tropical rain the concerned mother tucked her unimpressed youngster as far under her arm as she could to shield her from the shower.

[source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2002702/Orangutan-mother-invention-seeks-shelter-jungle-downpour.html]
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