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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.

Street photography – panning shots in old town Melaka

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street photography outing in old town of Melaka with, from left: Iu-Lung, Timothy (blocked), and Denny

street photography outing in old town of Melaka with, from left: Iu-Lung, Timothy (blocked), and Denny

The 11th of August was Awal Ramadan, the beginning of Islamic month of fasting. Within these 29 or 30 days per lunar sighting of Ramadan month, participating Muslims all over the world refrain from eating and drinking from dawn until sunset. It is intended to teach Muslims about patience, humility, and spirituality. Thus the significant first day of Ramadan is declared public holiday for the states of Johor, Kedah and Melaka.

a street view of Jalan Tukang Besi

a street view of Jalan Tukang Besi

On this first day of Ramadan last week, everyone in Melaka was having a day off and so to the students, Timothy, Iu-Lung, and Denny, whom I met from photonian. They then organised a street shooting around Jonker Street and were inviting others to join. Since I was having lunch at Jason’s house, which near to that area, I called up Timothy to join them and was hoping to learn from them. Timothy, Iu-Lung and Denny are no Malaccan but from Bintulu, Tampin and Kuala Lumpur relatively. They are current students of the Multimedia University in Melaka, and they are really passionate in photography.

The three of them display great skills yet diverse in their style from each other. Tim, who is active in the university’s photography event always likes to try new thing and produce outstanding masterpieces. On the other hand, I came to know Iu-Lung after seeing his name and photos in the paper and magazine, receiving good feedback from others. It also gave me a good impression on his black and white photos. Denny whom I just knew, showed a dynamic of passion in photography during the outing.

After we met and gathered at Jalan Tukang Besi, we began our shooting along the street, targeting craft-men whom hardly be seen nowadays. We were looking particularly for an elderly doing rattan at Jalan Kampung Kuli. His workplace was next to the Makam Hang Jebat (Hang Jebat’s grave). It is shame to say that I did know the grave’s existence prior to the outing till I was told and brought there by the three students from other states. And unfortunately we didn’t manage to see the rattan man as he was already off business on the day. Feeling disappointed, we continued  on our search of a craft-man.

the elderly craft-man checking on a sewing maching

the elderly craft-man checking on a sewing maching

We then headed to Jalan Kampung Pantai. I remember there is an elderly craft-man who repairs sewing machine at his shop right opposite the fabric shop I went a week ago. And yes, the craft-man was there on business that day and he was fixing a sewing machine when we reached. We were happy to meet our objective – taking photos of a craft-man. With the old craft-man’s consent, we snap some of his photos before we moved to my last stop, Lorong Jambatan.

The street leads directly to the famous bridge which known by the locals as Gui Men Guan in Chinese, meaning hell gate. It’s believed that many had been killed during the world war Japanese invasion or suicide here by jumping into Melaka River. As it is dead end, no car would drive into this street.

panning shot of the family love on a bike

panning shot of the family love on a bike

When we arrived there, a family of few members was spending some precious time together and the kids were cycling back and forth along the street. They were friendly and happily greeted us on our arrival. The kids were not camera-shy but to continue cycling. It came to my mind immediately to shoot panning photos of the kids on bikes instead of taking racing cars. So I turned down the my camera’s shutter speed and started to do panning shots of the family’s cycling moments. We enjoyed there capturing the shots of the people, building and the bridge.

It was late then I had to leave for my next appointment. Timothy and friends continued their journey to other streets and I believed they’d got really amazing shots of the old town of Melaka. I really enjoyed the walk around and snap outing. It was also a great pleasure to join these energetic and passionate young men especially having the same interest in keeping the aspects of history before they disappear altogether.

Thanks to Timothy, Iu-Lung and Denny for spending a good time together. May all beings be happy.

Hit the jump to see panning in action:

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布料店与妈妈

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与妈妈(穿黑衣)到Jalan Kampung Pantai的一间布料店。照片里的另外两位是老板和老板娘。除此,还可以看到怀旧的车衣机。

与妈妈(穿黑衣)到Jalan Kampung Pantai的一间布料店。照片里的另外两位是老板和老板娘。除此,还可以看到怀旧的车衣机。

好久没有打中文字了。上个星期,难得比较得空,便与妈妈到Kampung Jawa吃潮州粥。这两个月,都吃了很多的潮州粥。可以说,平均一个星期吃一次。

那天吃了之后,妈妈说想买些布料,缝件裤子给妹妹。我们便到Jalan Kampung Pantai一间历史悠久的布料店。恰好想拍些Kampung Jawa的街景,便带了相机,想想何不拍些布料店的照片?

下了车,进了布料店,发现这件布料店和里面的装潢都很旧,历史也许比我的年龄还长。最引我注目的是,店后墙上挂有一张刑福兴老师的挥春墨迹:一家欢笑春风暖,四季平安淑景新。好不温馨!

问了老板,原来老板和福兴老师研究过书法。福兴老师是孔教会的书法老师,写的字总是那么的洒脱,看了很舒服。想想:我也好久没见到福兴老师了。

布料店后面的窗外就是马六甲河了,再看看窗边挂着的福兴老师的挥春、上面古老的时钟、右边的鲤鱼图、左边春字帖、加上一个传统日历,还真有春天的气息。顿时,让我想起了以前婆婆的家,也有那么个气氛。人说:这种睹物思旧的心情是“物是人非事事休,欲语泪先流。”

妈妈和店老板与老板娘聊了一会儿,才知道老板与老板娘都认识我的婆婆。其实也不奇怪。以前婆婆的家离这间店不远,而且街坊们都认识婆婆和她亲切的笑容。最近,我也见到了认识婆婆的人,都说婆婆是个慈祥的老太太。

妈妈选了些合适的黑布料,我也要求说想有件运动裤,希望妈妈能做一件送给我。她答应了,便多买些布料,然后打道回府了。

好久没有和妈妈这么出来了。才知道,当时身为游子的我,离家那么多年都没有好好照顾妈妈。现在回到家了,更应该多陪伴身边的家人。

看见妈妈选布料时,手上的皱纹如层层的布料,多么的感叹。。。

刑福兴老师的挥春墨迹:一家欢笑春风暖,四季平安淑景新

刑福兴老师的挥春墨迹:一家欢笑春风暖,四季平安淑景新

层层的布料

层层的布料

老板正在剪着妈妈所选的布料

老板正在剪着妈妈所选的布料

老板娘在忙着车缝庙堂的布条

老板娘在忙着车缝庙堂的布条

色彩鲜艳的布料

色彩鲜艳的布料

镜中的老板娘

镜中的老板娘