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By: Amir Ridhwan

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Monday, 27-Aug-2007 15:44 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Sabah Part 3: Island

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On the 4th day we had a city tour where our guide Jude took us to the museum and the lookout point. Upon seeing the breathtaking view of the island clusters, we asked Jude to drop us at the Jesselton Point where we can take a boat to visit the islands.

We took a package to go to 3 islands- Mamutik, Sulug and Manukan. All three are very beautiful and how I wish I had a CPL and an 11-22mm Zuiko lens. There was an option to snorkle at Mamutik but instead I went for a jungle tracking up the little hill at the northern part of the tiny island.

At Jesselton Point

Mamutik jetty.

Mamutik jetty from the other end.

Sulug has no resident. There was not even a jetty there and we disembarked the boat by the sandy beach. The good this about this island is that it is the least touched by human. Mas collected some dead crustacean shells and I went to take photos of mating snails.

May the best snail wins. The beach on Sulug island is crowded with these hemophrodites.

Nice jetty at Mamutik

Manukan is quite large with chalet facilities. I did not spend much time there as it was almost evening.

At the Manukan Isle

Island hopping rate begins at RM17 for a round trip for one island per person. You can charter an entire boat which can fit up to 8 people.

Monday, 20-Aug-2007 12:51 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Sabah Part 2: Kota Kinabalu market

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After a 2-night stay in Kundasang we went down to KK for another 2 nights stay in Shangri-La Downtown. The hotel was located not far from where the main attractions are. Just after our arrival I took a walk to the famous Filipino market at the waterfront which was about 15 minutes walk.

Grilled fish. Very fresh and the smell is alluring from afar. I didn't try though.

The grilled seafood stall.

Actually the Filipino market is a single storey building that houses a lot of small stalls selling souvenirs and trinkets. Next to it is the wet market where everything is very cheap and ultra fresh compared to what you can get in KL. The vegetables were sold at RM1 for a big bunch and the fresh fish can go as low as RM2/kg. At one part of the market was where they sell foodstuffs. Most are selling grilled seafood at really low prices- squids, prawns, calamaris, garupas, seabasses and many more!

The fish market is very lively. This uncle sells several kind of crabs such as the flower crab and the rock crab.

That is one really large fish!

As twilight creeps in the market is still bustling with activity.

Just after a while I was really taken by how warm the Sabah people are. If in Kundasang I only met people directly involved in the tourism industry, now I am meeting with so many locals who are just what they are. Most of them do not mind being photographed. Some even posed for me, probably thinking I am a reporter from some magazine. A few of the fishmongers even asked me to wait a bit so they can bring out their catch of the day to be photographed. You don't get this kind of treatment very often elsewhere.

A feeble attempt at capturing sunset. This is my first attempt at sunset.

Probably Mas can take better sunset than me.

Cultural show in a seafood restaurant by the waterfront.

Local kids at the market site in the morning.

"Take this and go shoot something else!"

I find the KK waterfront very exiciting for photospree. The people there are really sporting and their wares are definitely exotic.


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Tuesday, 14-Aug-2007 13:50 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Sabah Part 1: Nature in the highlands

Mt Kinabalu in the morning
Nephila kuhli
Gasteracantha hasselti
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For years I have always romanced the idea of visiting the north of Borneo. Images of the rainforest that carpets the land surrounding Gunung Kinabalu have been so compelling. It is like a nature's haven or a lost paradise. While writing this entry, I cannot help to think that less than 12 hours ago I was still in Sabah, sipping the sweet saline air that is so much fresher than the toxicated KL atmosphere. Perhaps one day I will return there.

OK, enough of garbage talk. The first part of this trilogy is on the highlands and its surrounding forests. I spend 2 night in Kundasang which is not far from the base of Gunung Kinabalu. My agent, Exotic-Adventure, arranged for a tour to the Poring hot springs and to the Kinabalu park. If you are a frequent visitor to my fotopage, you would have correctly guessed that my personal mission there was to hunt for spiders.

Alas I didn't find a lot of spiders there, at least not as many as I have expected. I did found several species that I have never documented before such as the Nephila Kuhni and Gasteracantha hasselti. It could also be that I was not looking hard enough as I was supposed to be on vacation. Whateever it was, I offloaded more than 1000 frames.

Poring area.

On the second day we were there, my guide Mavreen and her driver Michael took us to Poring. The place is famous for 2 things- hot spring and a string of 4 canopy walkway suspended 60 feet above the forest floor. I went to take a stroll at the canopy walkway but didn't take a dip at the hot spring. Instead I went bug hunting among the bushes.

While taking shots of the Nephila kuhli, one of the many local guides there came to me. He was guiding a group of Korean tourists but took some time out to introduce himself as Justin. Apparently he is an avid photographer and a member of Asia photography society. After I showed him some of my macro shots he towed me into the forest edge in search of a horned moth (later found out it's the lantern bug). It took him just 3 minutes to find one.

Our guide Mavreen with Mas.

Gasteracantha hasselti.

A lantern bug.

A chameleon.

Nephila kuhli.

Kinabalu Park.

The next day we went to Kinabalu Park. I had the impression that it is going to be some kind of wildlife sanctuary trekking but we only went of a walk in some kind of botanical garden. There was not many spiders but harvestman was abundant. I wanted to go off into a stray forest trail I found but I don't think our guide Zamri would approve to such time-wasting idea. Infact we were accompanied by a retired British couple Dick and Cristine who were both chemists and studied at the University of Bristol. Talk about fate, that was where my dad studied under the Commonwealth scholarship in the 50s and where my nephew will be going to study medicine. Dick carried a Canon IXUS and an EOS1000 with a Tamron medium telephoto. He was amazed at how I simply changed lenses between the 35mm macro, 14-45mm kit lens and the 40-150mm in the wild. Behold the power of Olympus anti-dust system!

Mas and some kind of flower.

Mating moths. Very naughty moths.

Before having lunch at Kundasang.

Gasteracantha sturi.

At Kinabalu park. The white dude is Dick.

Wednesday, 8-Aug-2007 17:27 Email | Share | | Bookmark

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I dropped by my sister-in-law's place on Saturday and the first thing little Humairah asked was if i brought along my camera. The photogenic girl is never camera-shy and posed tirelessly together with her elder sister Tasnim.

It was fun photographing the little sisters though I found it to be quite challenging for 2 reasons- they are constantly moving and the facial expression varies. The good thing is that they are not going anywhere, unlike spiders who can just disappear the moment you lift the camera up.

Duo pics.

Now the solo pics.

All images were taken in their home. The brother, Iqbal, was sleeping hence missed the photo shootout.

Sunday, 29-Jul-2007 13:17 Email | Share | | Bookmark
People on Zuiko Digital 40-150mm f3.5-4.5

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I had this lens for about 3 weeks and becoming fonder of it every time I take a peek through its elements. I know it is too early to give a judgement since I am still on the learning curve but it seems that the lens lives up to its reputation. For Olympus DSLR users, this lens is a must have unless you can afford the 50-200mm f2.8-3.5 behemoth that costs RM3.9k.

I went to KLCC just now as Mas was looking for a book at Kino. While waiting for her I skimmed through the pages of National Geographic's Greatest Photographs which is a 1.5"-thick gem that screams RM126. I wish I can have that. I believe that you can purchase all the equipment you can buy yet you need to spend some for knowledge and inspiration.

Later I spent around 20 minutes at the foyer in front of KLCC and took some photos, inspired by...

Bored little girl

Love during hot and cold times.

Moving forward.

Family lunch.

Family time.


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