October 31, 2008

Slideshow for Oct 08


October 28, 2008

Beautiful Classical Bali Temple

Location: Pura Ulun, Danu Bratan, Bali, Indonesia (8° 16' 60 S 115° 10' 0 E)
Date: 8 May 2001; 1.50pm
Camera: Canon EOS 500N (analogue) on slides and scanned

Ulun Danu Bratan is situated on the shores of the lake, Danu Bratan. The temple is supposedly half-Hindu and half-Buddhist dedicated to Dewi Danu, the Goddess of Lake. It is being looked upon as a source of irrigation for much of southern Bali and pilgrims from all over Bali pay homage to the temple to ensure continued and steady supply of water to the island.

The temple houses an intricately carved Buddhists stupa, an elegant 11-tiered meru (multi-roofed shrine) dedicated to Vishnu, a seven-tiered meru dedicated to Brahma and a three-tiered meru that houses a lingga to Shiva. There are also two small shrines inside the temple complex. It is one of the most picturesque temples in Bali, though not the holiest.

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October 15, 2008

Fishing off the jetty at Pengerang, Johor, Malaysia

Location: Sungei Rengit, Johor, Malaysia (1° 21' 0 N, 104 ° 13' 0 E)
Date: 18 April 2008 6.40pm
Camera: Canon 400D with Sigma 17-70/f2.8-4.5

Sungei Rengit is a small fishing town in the Pengerang region in the south east corner of Johor state of Malaysia. It is a relax, quiet little town where fishing off the South China Sea is the main livelihood. Most fishermen go out to fish in the wee hours of the morning and return just after dawn. As a result seafood in and around the town is fresh, cheap and abundant. The people which is a mix of mainly Malays and Chinese are extremely friendly.
This part of Johor is like a playground for Singaporeans who go over, mainly in the weekends to cycle the quiet countryside as well as to enjoy the seafood and fresh fruits, which are much cheaper than what they would have to pay across the Straits. Visitors and cyclists with their bikes get across the border on what are known as bumboats; the ride takes about an hour. This part of Johor is also a golf haven for avid golfers as there are top quality two golf courses within the vicinity


October 13, 2008

Away traveling

Hi friends and visitors,
YOu may have noted that there are not many new articles lately nor are there any updates on materials such as slideshow and "photo of the month". The reason is that I am traveling for the last couple of weeks and will continue doing so for another two weeks. Updates and new photos/articles will be on the way once I return.


October 12, 2008

Baking Naan- Uigher staple food at Turpan, Xinjiang, Chinai

Location: Baking naan atTurpan, Xinjiang, China (42° 55' 60 N, 89° 10' 0 E)
Date: 20 May 1999; 1.10pm
Camera: (analogue) Canon 500N with negatives and scanned

One of the staple of the Uighur people of China is the naan bread. This is fairly similar to the South Asia continent naan except that it is round in shape and very thin. It is normally not flavoured with garlic etc as the South Asian version but just a sprinkling of cinnamon and light spices. They are baked the same way by placing the flour inside an earthen oven (in this case called a Tonur).

The naan is delicious when it is warm and freshly baked. Otherwise they are slightly hard but as they are thin, they are actually not that tough. Naans are kept at homes and eaten as and when wanted to, just like bread.