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[caption id="attachment_5215" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Newborn (by Yannis Charatsidis)"][/caption] "The question is not 'Can they reason?' nor 'Can they talk?' but 'Can they suffer?'" - Jeremy Bentham Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. Many of us bought our beloved "pets" at pet shops. We had guinea pigs and kept beautiful birds in cages. We wore wool and silk, ate McDonald's burgers, and even fished. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question "Why should animals have rights?" In his book Animal Liberation,...

[caption id="attachment_5200" align="alignleft" width="450" caption="Happy birthday to Cinda"][/caption] A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun, and today, the editor of juesatta, Cinda has started a new journey. It's a special day for Cinda and the all of us. Cinda is always a kind and faithful friend, someone who always cares about others more than herself. Not only does Cinda create laughter among us, rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. Happy birthday to Cinda and hope all your birthday dreams and wishes come true. We'd also like to express our gratitute and thanks to...

[caption id="attachment_5183" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="地球村 - 马来西亚国庆节快乐"][/caption] 今早翻开了报纸《星洲日报》,我看见了一个熟悉的名字--曾昭智。他写了一篇“甲王朝治国理念的启示”的文稿,刊登在全国版的言路,发表他对我国马六甲皇朝时治国的理念与精髓。 曾昭智先生是我读书打工时的老板的股东,也算是半个老板。他为人没有架子且非常友善。记得打工时,曾老板很注重团队精神,差不多每个星期都约我们整组人一起吃晚饭。一方面促进员工们的友情,另一方面听取我们工作上的诉求或建议。他要求我们有话直说,十分开明。 自从几年前曾老板的儿子遭遇不幸后,他淡出了生意,过着半退休的生活。虽然我再也没有看见曾老板本人,却偶尔看到他缴稿到报刊的短文,作出对社会世事的评论。今天我再次看见了曾老板的文稿,而在这个富有意义的一天,刊登于全国版。 全文如下: 先父常对我说,我是家中最幸福的人了,因为我是在1957年独立后出生,理所当然是马来(西)亚公民,不必如兄姐般,须另申请公民权。因此,我是这块国土的子民,绝不是“寄居者”或“乘客”,国家宪法可以证明这一点。 我不是道地马六甲人,因为我在幼时跟隨父母举家从柔佛搬来的。倘若以一些有心人对土著与非土著的片面评断,我应该是马六甲的“外来人”了。然而,我却不曾遇过、听过,任何马六甲土生土长的人,把我当成外来人看待。我也不再把柔佛当成我家,因为我已定居於此,就是这么简单。 马六甲在15世纪全盛期,王朝版图涵盖整个马来半岛,苏门答腊东部,以及暹罗南部,堪称本区域之强国。马六甲与中国的关係始於明朝,至今已有600年,並曾接受过这个“外来者”的保护,以抗拒暹罗人的入侵,友好关係在郑和七下西洋时更臻最高峰。 这里有一条別名叫“Harmony Street”(和谐街)的街道,因为该街100米不到的距离间,並排了3座宗教场所:建於18世纪的古兴都庙,同样建於18世纪的回教堂,还有一座建於17世纪最古老的青云亭。不同宗教,种族,文化的人们,在这条街上和谐共存数百年,可见当时马六甲王朝之民风包容与宽厚。最为特殊的,要数该老回教堂了。因为在其屋簷下,还刻了相当显著的华人婚礼常用吉祥字“囍”,这验证了各族人民当时的宗教包容精神。市郊的一个老回教坟场,里头立有一座凉亭,亭內石碑刻有“蔡氏兄弟建於清朝宣统二年”的字样。 市內闹街与Hang Kasturi英雄墓隔邻的华人百年老庙;圣约翰山麓的华人古墓与回教老墓相依为伴了数百年,这些都证明了些甚么?我也还清楚记得儿时玩伴Abu,如何在其甘榜家中教会了我我星期一至星期天的马来文名词。 生活在这个曾见证了本区域古老歷史的马六甲,各族的集体记忆都是温馨的。15世纪时期,因为大家的和平共处努力建国,才会有当时的辉煌国势。 当下大马当政者,是否应该溯本逐源,探討马六甲王朝苏丹满速沙全盛时期的治国理念与精髓,看看先哲的治国政纲,给予了我们甚么样的启示? 我国向来都是以多元文化而闻名,却因为一小撮人为了势力与私利,作出了不负责任且破坏了种族之间和谐的言论,导致各族间的友情逊色于马六甲皇朝时期的那份和谐温馨。各族人的肤色也许不一样,流着的血却同样是红色的,流出的泪却是一样苦涩的。这世界也只有一种人,那就是地球人。我们的国,我们的家,就在这个地球村。 今天,是马来西亚独立53年后的国庆日。愿人人能够放下傲慢,走出偏见,互相体谅与包容,制造出一个温馨团结的家园。 亲爱的朋友们,祝国庆节快乐。Selamat Hari Merdeka....

[caption id="attachment_5159" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Anita, the model at the Lisbon Hotel of Portuguese Settlement"]Anita, the model at the Lisbon Hotel of Portuguese Settlement[/caption] Two weeks ago, I received a call from Anita, a good friend of Henry and Jaron. She was the model for a portraiture shooting on the next day, and invited me to join the session with another two photographers. Since it took place at Portuguese Settlement where near to my house, I'd decided to come round. [caption id="attachment_5152" align="alignright" width="400" caption="Anita, the model"]Anita, the model[/caption] Next evening when arriving at Portuguese Settlement, I was surprise to see the other two photographers being Loo-Wei and Max, the two friends from photonian. Max is one of the founders and also the one who introduced me to group. He takes photography seriously but always willing to share his knowledge with others. He is probably one of the friendliest yet craziest guys I know from the group. It had been quite some time since Max and I had a shooting together, therefore we were so excited. We began the shooting session with Anita at the jetty area then moved to the sea front of Lisbon Hotel. With the patience and tolerance of Anita, Max and I were trying on shots from different angles and settings. Sadly it was cloudy and sunset was hardly being seen. What we could get was the soft light of the cloudy sky instead the mixture of lighting from the sunset. After an hour of shooting, it was getting darker when we had to stop. While walking our way through the Lisbon Hotel to the car park, we passed by a large patio with a beautiful fountain. The fountain is illuminated with lights and it just came to our thoughts to shoot with these lights. Besides, Anita was ready to get soaked. By blending the motion of water and natural lighting available, we got some nice shots. Spending a few minutes at the fountain, we then headed off. After sharing some of the shots I took, Max gave me some comments which were valuable and constructive to me. I really enjoyed shooting with Max and definately looking forward for another outing with him. And many thanks to Anita too for inviting me and also being nice and patience throughout the whole session. Luckily she didn't get sick after getting wet that evening. May all beings be happy. Share some shots I took.

[caption id="attachment_5118" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="流连摊"][/caption] 飞往槟城的那一夜,地面上刮起了强劲的风,飞机尝试降落好几次都不成功,机身强烈的晃动,最后一次尝试降落,飞机即将接触地面的那一刹那,我以为再也见不到槟城老家了。 飞机折返吉隆坡,待风停后再把乘客送往槟城。在槟城等待接机的爸爸显然不知道空中发生了什么事,很兴奋的告诉我他已经在外头等我们了。我只好说:“爸,夜深了,也不知道下一趟机几点才能到达槟城,你们先回去吧。” 爸和妈每次听到我回家都回很兴奋。尤其是每年的这个季节,即榴莲季节,也是我的生日。最近几年都兴致勃勃地吵着爸要吃榴莲。很多时候朋友们都不明白为什么我一定要回槟城吃榴莲,甚至还有人不知道槟城盛产榴莲。 飞机凌晨两点终于在槟城降落,爸和妈急急开车来接我回家。回到家已累到不成人形,休息一会儿又要赶早上茶楼,上茶楼喝茶也是回家的例行公事,我每次都回跟姐姐们说,陪两老上茶楼,志不在吃,乃在陪。 早晨天气凉凉的,爸开着他的老爷车走在亚依淡朝浮罗山背的路上。宛延的山路,一座座的榴莲山从车外晃过。时间还早,榴莲摊都还没开,好不容易看到了一档批发兼零售的榴莲摊,一问之下有红虾和葫芦,也就是此行我们志在必吃的榴莲品种。槟城美味的顶级榴莲,就在路边的榴莲摊吃到了。爸看我吃榴莲吃得开心,只吃了那么一两颗就停手了。妈也舍不得吃,眼睛直盯着榴莲看。我和朋友对望了一眼,吃了一个大概,就推说吃不下,让妈吃。 这里真好,到处充满人情味 爸妈在浮罗山背附近一个叫公巴(Teluk Kumbar)的小镇上交了30年的书,在这一带走动时常都会碰到自己的学生。开榴莲摊的、管榴莲山的、经营海鲜餐厅的,这些学生也都已经是五六十岁的阿伯阿婶了。爸爸兴致勃勃的走走停停,看到熟悉的榴莲摊就停下来聊天。谈到兴致,就说要上学生的榴莲山。我一夜没睡好,说真的要上山的意愿并不高,但是看到爸和妈兴高彩烈的样子,也不好扫他们的兴。 10年前上过的榴莲山,10后还是老样子。山路边的榴莲树依然伫立在那儿。不同的只是,爸和妈都老了,无法走上去,我们是开着车子上山的。爸爸的学生看到爸爸,高兴得不得了,采了好大一篮子比苹果还大的水蓊和两个尖不辣(cempedak)坚持要送给爸爸。只可惜榴莲已经送下山去卖了,吃不到。随行的朋友说,啊,这里真好,到处充满人情味。的确,在吉隆坡居住了这么多年,我还是会想念槟城的人情味。 车子满载着充满人情味的水果,下山了。爸爸说明年还要再来,我心里想:爸爸啊,我明年一定会回家吃榴莲的。只希望那时候你们还能够载着我,一起去吃榴莲。 文:裴拉(吉隆坡),刊登于星洲日报副刊...