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Archive for March, 2009

Decadence

Gears: Leica R6 and Summicron-R 35/2.0 Location: Pulau Ketam, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia


It was a very fine morning, the river was so calm, soothing to my heart, so I decided have another shot at the Crystal Mosque coupled with the main landmark of the “city”, the Bukit Besar. The ruling government have been trying so hard to justify building such a monument for the people, well I guess this presentation wont help much.


Yacht Club vista

Gears: Leica R6 and Summicron-R 35/2.0 Location: Heritage Bay Club and Marina, Pulau Duyong, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia

This facility has been developed by the government to cater to the yachting teams and officials who attend the annual Monsoon Cup held late in every year. I should come to this yacht club during sunset more often. I like the reflections on the glass walls.


A tribute to seafarers

Gears: Nikon D50 and Nikon 50mm F/1.8 AF-D Location: My brother's house, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Seafarers can refer to ethnic groups living by the sea in Southeast Asia, and also other sea living ethnic groups in the world. The ethnic group name refers to a large distribution area along from the islands of Indonesia to Burma, which sometimes being group as Sea Gypsies.

In the South China Sea area, the ethnic group name is called as Orang Laut, which literally means the sea people in Malay. These malay peoples of Southeast Asia traced back the forefathers coming as far as Yunnan (now a province of China) some 5000-10000 years ago, they were seafarers that migrated along rivers such as Mekong and Irrawady to the Andaman Sea, South China Sea and various locations in the Malay archipelago. In the 15th century, large numbers of Malay Seafarers converted to Islam. You can read more from the source at Wikipedia

Southeast Asia and Australia give archaeologists some of the best evidence for ancient sea crossings, not just by Palaeolithic humans but also by Neolithic peoples and even spice traders contemporary with the Roman Empire. New discoveries, some controversial, are pushing back the dates of human colonization of this region and are expanding our knowledge of early island networks. These finds are also illuminating the first steps in some of the longest prehistoric open-sea voyages of colonization on record–from Southeast Asia to Polynesian islands such as Hawaii, Easter Island, and New Zealand, and perhaps also from Indonesia to Madagascar–during the first millennium A.D.

To understand the implications of these discoveries, one must be aware that the Indo-Malaysian Archipelago contains two very different biogeographical regions. The western islands on the Sunda Shelf–Sumatra, Java, Bali, and Borneo–were joined to each other and to the Asian mainland by landbridges during glacial periods of low sea level. Hence they supported rich Asian placental mammal faunas and were colonized by Homo erectus, perhaps as early as 1.8 million years ago. The eastern islands–Sulawesi, Lombok, Flores, Timor, the Moluccas, and the Philippines–have never been linked by landbridges to either the Sunda Shelf or Australia, or to each other. They had limited mammal faunas, chance arrivals from Asia and Australasia… (A publication of the Archaeological Institute of America)