That Photo does not Work..

June 30th, 2014 by kamkuey

Many times we have come across a comment or two like that one photos shared online via social media sites or photo sharing sites or photo forums.

There are many, many people with cameras out there. There are some who can afford to buy the best cameras out there with the most expensive lenses. There are few photographers. But that’s beside the point. Oh, wait. That is the point. Having countless numbers of people with cameras out there, there would inevitably have many countless ‘critics’ out there as well.

So, do not be discourage when one or two people out there do not like your photo. Go through the critics, their comments and such. And use them to improve yourself.

Recently I went to a workshop by a internationally renowned photographer who challenged us, the participants, to go outside the box. So, I did.

I will be posting some attempts I made during the workshop to take photos… out of the box.


Another Short Get Away

June 18th, 2014 by kamkuey

This time we head down south to Parit Jawa, a town situated along the Malacca Straits for a quick trip on a traditional fishing vessel.

Since the fishing vessel starts early in the morning, we headed out from home much earlier.

Right after a quick supper, we headed down. There were 3 of us in the car, and being responsible motorists, we took turns driving to ensure the most alert is driving.

The men were already all set when we arrived.

Most of the town were asleep at that time. It was 4am.

The fishing vessel. Traditional. Basic, functional but with high tech navigational stuff like GPS and sounders.

It was quite a distance to the fishing grounds, so some of us took the opportunity to sneak in some ZZZZ.

We reached the fishing grounds while it was still dark. And being without lights in the middle of the sea, we had a spectacular view of the stars and milkyway. Beautiful. Too bad our cameras (or phone cameras) could not capture it’s splendour.

One of the early bites.

We were the ‘city boys’ compared to these guys. Actually, come to think of it, we are city boys anyways hahaha.

We took a break as they fishermen laid their nets.

It was quite an eye opener to see how they worked together like a well-oiled machine.

And yes, that’s a large container ship passing us nearby.

We were in the middle of the very active commercial shipping lane

Inviting waters indeed.

The fishermen hauling up their nets. Amazing how they can work with the boat rocking and pitching.

And here are some of the catches…

Just about noon, we packed up and headed back to land.

The captain demonstrated the ability of the engine, by going full throttle for a short period of time.

Traditional method of steering the boat. The boat is rather simple. An engine powering the boat, and a separate rudder. But instead of having a wheel house or a helm, this boat has it’s steering and engine control completely separate. Works very well for them.

As we approached the jetty, it was low tide, and the storks were aplenty, snapping up food in the shallow waters.

We took part of the haul and had a wonderful lunch. The above are “chermins” steamed in assam pedas.

Fried ikan parang

And tengirri sambal.

No sotong this time around tho :)

Not too sure when the next trip is. So hope these would do for now.


A Vacation

June 13th, 2014 by kamkuey

What is your definition of a vacation?

There’s many definitions. None is right, none is wrong. This is because a vacation is very subjective in how it should be.


Some prefer visiting and cramping as many locations and activities into whatever time is available. Others prefer a more historical type of vacation where you visit historical sites or location of significant.

While to others, including myself, a vacation is simply a short getaway from your everyday life, and doing things you are not able to do. Some people just take a break and stay home all week. That’s a vacation to them, just hang out at home and recharge.

A couple friend of mine actually spent a whole week at one resort. Their typical day includes waking up when they wake up, have breakfast and spend the rest of the day by the pool, strolling on the beach, or just hanging out in their rooms.. or rather villa. Every other day, they would take a taxi into town, and hang out there by the local bar or cafe, and indulge in local lifestyle.

At the other extreme, another couple friend of mine went on their vacation to China if I am not mistaken, and spent their entire week chasing from one location to the other. Every morning, their usual wake up time is between 3-4AM. They enjoyed it as they get to see a lot of places of interest within their 5 day 4 nights trip.

To me, I would prefer a slow vacation. A holiday to recharge instead of “visit”.

Somewhere where life slows down.

Somewhere I can look out the window see this…

Instead of this… :S

Or even better… look out the window and see this :)

But these are all just me :)

Next up for this blog would probably be a short trip my friends and I took .. and the juicy fresh catch we had for lunch.


Nothing much to know about myself. In a nutshell, I manage a little call centre, but I was trained in IT. Now more like I am in the service industry cum IT support. Anyways, on the side, I like motoring, photography and sometimes fishing. Anything else you can ask me direct la.