Marizan's FotoPage
Canon Buff ~ Papparazi Wanabe
By: Marizan Nor

[Recommend this Fotopage] | [Share this Fotopage]
[<<  <  [1]  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15  >  >>]    [Archive]
Thursday, 15-Dec-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Bukit Merah Lake Town Resort #5

... come ere honey ...
... side pose & thanks ...
... now hang on ...
View all 4 photos...
The Eco Park

The Eco Park is one that makes the resort different from many others. BMLTR is one that responded to the new marketing trend of Eco Tourism. The Mini Zoo was nicely laid out. Within it, you have the Bird, the Reptile, the Mammal and the Marine Parks. The walks along the parks were pleasant and educative. The jungle vegetation lends a natural animals spotting setting. The animals too don’t appear to be as stressful as those in traditional zoo.

The main lake is a haven for fresh water fishes. At the jetty, if you throw a handful of fish feeds into the water, schools of Lampam Jawa (Grass Carp) will scramble to the surface from the deep water below. For the fishing enthusiast, if you left your gears behind, you will end up cursing yourself. So don’t leave home without them. For the photographers, make a u turn and come back.

Have a look at this Fan Tailed Pigeon. They are not common. Call her Tuminah bte Albab. Isn't she pretty?



Monday, 12-Dec-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Bukit Merah Lake Town Resort #4

...not zheng he's crew but our fishing kaki..
... technology not known in Zheng He's time ...
... not Zheng He's canoe ...
View all 4 photos...
Treasure Fleet: The Adventures of Zheng He

Yesterday evening, my much awaited documentary film was screened on the National Geographic channel. The film featured the famous NG photo journalist, Micheal Yamashita.

In the West, not many knew the name Zheng He. In Malaysia, people will identify with Cheng Ho, the Chinese Muslim admiral of the Ming Dynasty who visited Malacca and married off Hang Li Po to the Sultan in the 15th Century (1405). They were the same person. The documentary highlighted of the fact that Zheng He commanded the largest fleet in the world then of about 300 ships and 27,000 men. In 7 successive sea voyages spanning over 25 years (1405~1430), he visited Vietnam, Indonesia (Semarang, Surabaya, Acheh), Malaysia (Malacca), Sri Lanka, India (Calicut), Iran, Oman, Yemen, Saudi Arabia (Makkah), Somalia (Mogadishu), Kenya and Tanzania. Micheal primarily referred to the accounts of Ma Huan (a Muslim) who accompanied Zheng He's voyages.

Zheng He was 70 years ahead of Christopher Columbus (Spaniard) and Ferdinand Magellan (Portuguese), the 2 well known explorers who, from Western History point of view, were touted to have 'discovered' the new world and route to America and Asia. This theory is gradually being challenged. In 2002, Gavin Menzies, a British submariner and historian published a book, ' 1421, The Year China Discovered The World '. He categorically concluded that Zheng He did sail to Portugal and Holland and it was Zheng He who first reached the Americas.

The world was indeed once led by Asia.

Back to BMLTR, it offers plenty of recreational activities. A weekend stay, from my experience, will be barely sufficient to explore all the attractions of the resort. For a photographer, the opportunities for good shots are limitless. I was unhappy as I could not get a shot of the train on its tracks taken from the middle of the lake!


Sunday, 11-Dec-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Bukir Merah Lake Town Resort #3

... shimmering white ...
... stunning black ...
Black & White

In the 80’s, one of Micheal Jackson's top hit was the song ' Black or White '. The spirit of the song is noble. Unfortunately, human history has been laden with skin colour division, particularly after the 10th Century AD. The rise of Western Europe further promoted white superiority to an unprecedented level. One of the lowest point in human history was during the slave trade period. Today, it is still a big deal being black or white. Even Micheal himself eventually succumbed and chose to be permanently ‘ white ’.

Not for the animals. Black is indeed beautiful. Black Swan is rare. I jumped with joy when I spotted one at the Eco Park of the resort. It was stunning and graceful in the pool, prompting me to take these shots.


Saturday, 10-Dec-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Bukit Merah Lake Town Resort #2

...here, ducky ducky ...
... no i am not jumping in ...
... lunch is served ...
View all 4 photos...
The Ducks

The resort is about 280 km from Kuala Lumpur. A comfortable drive will take about two and quarter hours. Take extra care when you are on the Ipoh Changkat Jering stretch of the NSE. The scenic view of the limestone hill croppings can distract you during the crossing of the Kledang Range. The expressway climbs up with a steep gradient and the corners are tighter. A good set of brakes on the wheels is essential.

Finding the resort is easy. The exit to Bukit Merah is signposted. If you missed it, go see your ophthalmologist. Oops...

NB: I found this website http://panducermat.org.my . I found the debates interesting. My impression is, we have a long way to go with good driving ethics.


Friday, 9-Dec-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Bukit Merah Lake Town Resort

... the jetty ...
... for lake tour ...
... to the fun pub ...
The Lake Town

The name might be familiar but many may not have been to this lake resort. Most resorts are by the sea. This one, to my observation, is the better of the few lake resorts.

The lake is man made. The British first constructed a dam across the Krian River tributary to provide irrigation to the surrounding padi fields. It was a success and Krian District became the second largest padi cultivation area after the plains of Kedah. The dam has since been upgraded and the lake now covers an area of about 7000 acres.

Even the KTM Railway track now cuts across the northern portion of the lake. I wish I had the chance of capturing the railway on camera as it traveled across the lake. It must be quite a view.


[<<  <  [1]  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15  >  >>]    [Archive]

© Pidgin Technologies Ltd. 2016

ns4008464.ip-198-27-69.net