Thursday, April 22, 2010

.last week in record.

Gua berada di Penang Burmah Road untuk merayakan Songkran (Tahun Baru Thai). Perayaan ini dirayakan dengan menyimbah air ke atas kawan kawan (atau siapa-siapa saja) untuk membuang nasib malang tahun lepas. Gua duduk tepi dengan HP gua, bertekad tidak mahu basah dan mahu memperkenakan orang yang lalu sahaja.

Satu jam kemudian, gua balik dalam keadaan basah. Basah KUYUP. Tahun depan gua bertekad nak pakai plastik beg satu badan. Tapi takut orang panggil gua KONDOM.

Ini rambut terbaru gua yang poyo. Kalau anda nak tahu apa itu poyo, tengok kamus. Gua tak bisa layan orang bodoh. Dalam 15 minit lepas gua letak gambar ini dalam MukaBuku, gua jadi confuse... Ada orang kata keren, ada lagi kata capek. Satu saja yang cakap gua ada muka 'direktor'. Bukan direktor syarikat. Direktor filem lucah. Gua esok nak gunting botak.

Maybe diorang masa itu akan panggil gua pelakon pulak. Jangan pelakon filem lucah udah.

Sebahagian daripada projek kecil-kecilan aku. Tak sabar untuk mengumumkannya. Sekarang gua rasa hanya 40% saja siapnya. Mungkin May atau Jun gua umumkannya. Sabar ya.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Swiss Garden fun...

Last week, I was offered the chance to shoot for Swiss Garden International, Pangkor. I took on this challenge to create a more diverse portfolio. Needless to say, I got something out of the experience also.

I sat there at first and I was prepared to setup everything for the 1st hour. Always remember that setting up your lights, getting your white balance and exposure should be taken into account especially if you're working with big clients. I was a bit apprehensive, I have to admit it wasn't easy going into a work like this. But I knew music would help the mood. The first thing I sat down was to blast my music. The only thing is that maybe I need to diverse my song selection.

We shot for a couple of hours and the experience was great. I need to take on my communication skills better. Learn to interact and put people at ease, communicate the things I want better.

Anyway, here are some of the results.

What did I do after the shoot? We headed out for a true ROCK STAR experience.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Medan, Indonesia.

Medan, Indonesia. A place that surpisingly looks a lot like the suburbs of Kelantan, Terengganu and Hatyai. Immediately once I touched down, I was out in 5 minutes. It was a small airport. Polonia Airport is comparatively smaller a few times compared to Penang airport and maybe ten times of KLIA. There were touts once I stepped out of the place. Everyone was haggling me with their services from the traditional Becak to the more modern car rentals. I glided past them simply ignoring. I found both my friends sitting at one corner. We headed out in a taxi.That night we were supposed to hang out at Kesawan Square or Merdeka Walk. I rented a ride, they call their Toyota's here KIJANG. Don't ask me why, I have no idea. But the ride was delayed. It only arrived at 3AM. I was dead tired by then but we talked and hanged out in the house.

At 3AM, we headed out to Penatapan to munch on Corns. According to the locals and my guide, not many ppl know about the place. Especially not tourists. The road to the hill was winding and it took us an hour plus to reach the place. Not much because it was far but mainly because of the infrastructure. The road condition was so bad with potholes every 500 meters some sooo deep I could swear it might burst a few tyres. There was no lamp poles and not much road signs. But the ride was worth it, the place was cooling and the corn was something you'd enjoy. It was crazy OHSEM.

jagung enak from Penatapan

The next morning, we headed out to Parapat, the pier transit to Samosir of Danau Toba. The ride will take us 5 hours or so. One thing I noticed about the people here is their love for car horns. They use it to communicate everything from warnings to thank you's. And boy, every 1-2 minutes you can hear a distinct horn somewhere either from ur ride or from someone out there. They also lack respect for the authority. A RM10 (20,000IDR) is more than enough to get out of a traffic violation. Police here in Malaysia will ask for at least RM20 or RM50.

There wasn't much to see during the whole ride. I slept most of the way. There were some beautiful scenery but nothing you couldn't find at Cameron or along the road to Kelantan.

Town of Parapat.

Leaving the dock, the houses on the right are inns built to
resemble the traditional houses here. To Samosir!

a closer look at the inn.

bye bye fisherman.

I was only mesmerized by the people and their lack of 'topi keledar' when riding motorcycles. I had a hard time there referring to their transports. Their vans who act as buses are called 'angkut-angkut', motorized trishaws are called 'becak', their motorbikes are called 'motorkar' and their cars are called 'mobil'. They also do not refer to the washroom as 'tandas', simply 'toilet'. I find that amusing as 'toilet' is originally an English word. They assimilate a lot of English language into their own language.

view from inside an 'angkut-angkut' with Hans and Jandri, my local guides.

The dominant religion over here seems to be Christian as I've seen many churches and cemeteries but not much mosques as compared. Their food are also more chinese than malay cause although a lot of roadside stalls do not sell 'pork' but they're not exactly halal too. Only a pinch were halal and I had a really hard time distinguishing them unless the stall was owned by a lady wearing a tudung/headscarf.

ferry to Tomok, Danau Toba

We stayed overnight at Parapat in this cheap motel and headed to Tomok with a ferry the next day. Tomok is a town in Samosir, Danau Toba catering mainly to tourists looking for souvenirs and their history. Something like the Makam Mahsuri in Langkawi cause I distinctly remembered a tomb there which was some kind of tourist interest too. It was dirty and as soon as we docked at Tomok, I saw this pork seller culling a pig beside the road. It was rather un-appetizing to say the least.

The infrastructure of the houses in Danau Toba are usually as the picture above with sharp pointy roofs. They're built by the 'Suku Batak'. The people here are less concerned about their race. Their main characteristics that define them and that separate them are their clans or Suku. There's the Suku Jawa, Karo etc...

Pantai Chermin, bokehed.

We left Danau Toba around 1PM and headed to Pantai Chermin. Pantai Chermin is a lot like Batu Ferringhi except with more people. There was a theme park but by the time we reached, it was time to close so we hanged out at the beach.

There, I took some sunset shots and a view of the different shacks being rented out for people to chill out. A lot of families bring their children here. After a couple of hours being wet, we headed back to Medan for a trip to Merdeka Walk and Kesawan Square which I missed on the first day.

Merdeka Walk is actually the substitute for Kesawan Square cause Kesawan Square closed down a couple of years back according to them thus Merdeka Walk was built to accomodate the loss of Kesawan Square. Merdeka Walk reminded me a lot about Danga Bay. To Penangites, maybe Gurney Plaza's cafe area beside the plaza. The place where ppl hang out and sip coffee with Wi-Fi. Basically a place to date and hang out with good expensive food.

The next day I went to Palladium in a becak for a movie. We watched Clash of the Titans and ate more PORK before heading to Polonia airport. I was dead tired and I missed the comforts of home. It was a crazy 4 days and 3 nights.

p/s: one thing I find weird in Medan is the houses and public toilets do not have toilet flushes. Kinda old skool right?
p/s/s: click on image to enlarge.

Thursday, April 1, 2010


you know that thing yesterday where I said I'll feast? I lied. Yeah, it's not exactly an April Fool's joke but more like my friend wiggled out of it. Understandably of course since it was a family affair.

So, I'm still Clashless.

.random lessons.

When we look down, we know how big we are. When we look up, we realize how small we are. When we look in front, we see the obstacles and l...