Today’s Memorable Moment

This amazing animal knows nothing about zoos or fencing.

Orangutans are found only in Borneo and Sumatra, and Sarawak has the wild population of these intelligent ginger apes. I’m very grateful to have had the opportunity to meet these wild animals in real life.
And I believe the quote below by Jane Goodall includes true facts.
Semenggoh Orangutan Rehabilitation Center.
Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia, December 2019.

“Chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans have been living for hundreds of thousands of years in their forest, living fantastic lives, never overpopulating, never destroying the forest. I would say that they have been in a way more successful than us as far as being in harmony with the environment.”
Jane Goodall.

In the Middle of Nowhere

Here we are again, in the middle of nowhere, where the deserted beach stretches for several miles. At low tide you can walk hundreds of meters straight into the sea without getting more than wet feet.

The only sign that indicates that there is plenty of life here are all the patterns in the sand created by thousands of small crabs. I saw lots of them but they are extremely quick to crawl back into their holes to hide.This is an untouched little gem with very few tourists and most of those who come here are locals.
I know there are plans to build huge hotels and expensive resorts which will soon ruin this place.
I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to be here before all this happens.

Sematan Beach, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia.

Kuching Street Art

Kuching is a colorful place and the city is becoming a popular haven for street art.

 Thanks to local arts festivals and even corporate sponsorships, more and more of the town’s blank walls are gradually being taken over by vivid murals. Many of the works portray scenes from local life… …whether it be human or wildlife. Paintings of orangutans are a common sight throughout the city. This one is small……while this one covers an entire wall facade.

Lens-Artists Challenge – Favorite Photos of 2019

Artistic.
For the last Lens-Artists Photo Challenge of 2019, we will show some of our favorite photos that we have taken during the year that are close to end.Creative.
It’s always difficult to pick favorites but I like the way Patti divided her favorites into different categories, so I did the same, or almost the same.
Fun.

Here’s the proof, a smile says it all and means a lot. A smile is the shortest distance between two people.

Artwork created by nature.
A favorite image does not always mean that it must be perfect from a photographic point of view.
Pictures can convey feelings, evoke memories or special moments.
The true reality.
This orangutan lives in Borneo’s rainforests and belongs to a species threatened with extinction.Our valuable nature.
We must take care of our nature and its inhabitants which all have an impact on the survival of the earth.
“Cherish the natural world because you’re part of it and depend on it”
-David Attenborough –Lens-Artists Challenge #76 – Favorite Photos of 2019

Masjid India Kuching

The newly built one and only floating Mosque in Kuching is located on the banks of the Sarawak River, close to the newly built Harmony bridge whose shape symbolizes the balance of cultures living together in harmony.“Harmony among our different religious traditions is essential for world peace”
Dalai Lama –This is the Old State Mosque, built in 1968 to replace an original wooden one built in 1852.
Its gilded cupolas make it one of the city’s most striking landmarks, particularly at sunset.

Memories from Kuching, Sarawak, Borneo Malaysia.
December 2019

Flowers on Fridays

This time I choose to show three different types of flowers but with similar shades of color.The flower on top I believe is an anthurium, also called flamingo flower.
The one above is a type of orchid but there are about 28,000 different species so I have no idea about its name.Plumeria flowers. Susan’s Flowers on Fridays
Cee’s Photo Challenge.

Black & White Photography – 6

The above pictures are from the square along Sarawak River in Kuching. Every afternoon, both young and old can be seen playing with each other, many of them blowing soap bubbles, just for fun.This skilled lady I saw in Valletta here in Malta the other day. Guess why she’s looking down.Concentration! She really knew how to handle her little puppet on a string.Back to the square in Kuching. This little girl seems to be looking for someone.

Finally, Fanny and I at home yesterday evening. Fanny did not like to wear a Santa hat, I can understand that. It’s much more fun to try to bite it into small pieces and so she did. It was cheap and it was Christmas Eve.

As usual, I also show my pictures in color. This time, I prefer to see all these images in color, except one. Guess which one..

Susan’s Black and White on Wednesdays

Black & White Photography – 5

Wednesday, and my fifth colorless post, inspired by Susan’s black and white photo challenge.As in my previous black and white post, I choose to show people. People in everyday life that I photographed recently when I visited the city of Kuching in Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia.Of these five images, there is actually only one that I’m happy with. As always, it’s up to the viewer to decide whether you like what you see or not. Which of these five pictures do you think I am most satisfied with. What’s your opinion of my b/w images?

As usual, I also show them edited in color, for those who want to compare.

Susan’s Black and White on Wednesdays

Lens-Artists Challenge – On Display

Today’s pictures are from Kuching Sunday Market that I visited recently. I’m not so happy to show headless and half people though it’s not easy to avoid when there are so many people moving around.

Here you’ll find a huge variety of different kinds of fresh fruits & vegetables.
Guess it was high season for bananas.

Walking around here is an exciting experience, a colorful symphony with many more or less appealing scents.

Where they sell fish I pass pretty quickly, although the fish are naturally fresh.I’ve promised myself not to show too many pictures in just one post, but sometimes it’s hard to avoid.
Whats your opinion, isn’t it better to show fewer pictures and divide them into different posts? I think so.
This post has seventeen images, it’s too much but the post is done and most important, it was fun.

Lens-Artists Challenge #76 – On Display

 

Signs on Sundays / Skyltsöndag

It’s Sunday, which means it’s time to share some signs again.
Since I just came back home from Malaysia, my signs are from there.

For some unknown reason, wordpress has restricted the possibilities to create a gallery. That’s why it looks like this, though I didn’t want it to look like this. Feel free to click on an image to see it more clearly.It you look closely, there is a small gecko to the right on the sign.I do…This is my favorite. AisKrim.
The sign reminds me of when I saw a little girl standing by the river in Kuching. She sold homemade ice cream that she marketed with a handwritten sign, AIS-KRIM. Typically I didn’t bring my camera with me.

Alla kan vara med och skylta på söndagar tillsammans med BP som håller i trådarna.
Länk till övriga deltagare.

Sarawak People – Daily Life

“The best is yet to be”
– Robert Browning –“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous”
– Aristotle –The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson –

Kuching, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia.
December 2019

Black & White Photography – 4

This is the fourth time I’ve joined Susan’s black/white photo challenge and to me it’s really a challenge, but a fun one. In last week’s b/w post I showed old vehicles but it feels more challenging to edit images of people.

Choosing between these two types of editing felt a bit difficult, they are so different. Which one do you prefer?These people dressed in traditional costumes are from the Iban tribe in Sarawak, Borneo. The Ibans are famous for their head-hunting past, their massive ironwood longhouses, their ornate body tattooing, their wonderful weaving skills, and of course their potent rice wine, tuak.Next Monday I will be traveling to Sarawak again, probably for the last time…

As before, I also show my pictures in color, for those who want to compare.
The one I am least satisfied with is the warrior, he is doing much better in black / white.

Susan’s Black and White on Wednesdays

The True Reality

“There are some four million different kind of animals and plants in the world.
Four million different solutions to the problems of staying alive” – Sir David Attenborough –
Let us develop respect for all living thing. Let us try to replace violence and intolerance with understanding and compassion. And love” – Jane Goodall –Ever since we arrived on this planet as a species, we’ve cut them down, dug them up, burnt them and poisoned them. Today we’re doing so on a greater scale than ever.
– Sir David Attenborough –

If we [humans] disappeared overnight, the world would probably be better off.
– Sir David Attenborough –Most of these photographs are archive images from my travels on Borneo while some are taken here in Malta.

Which Way…

This is my entry for this week’s Which Way Photo Challenge

Harmony Bridge – Kuching

Back in Kuching and to the new foot bridge “Harmony Bridge” which connect the North with the South City. Well, I’m not back in reality but in my thoughts when I look at my pictures.

I came back home with lots of images of this amazing bridge which is designed from the idea of Yin and Yang. It’s S-shaped and curved with two masts inclined in opposite directions.The shape of the bridge symbolizes the balance of cultures living together in harmony.
This is Sarawak in Borneo, this is Kuching and I’ll hopefully be back soon.

Everyday Life…

Everyday life in different parts of our world. Above you see a family at the market in Kota Kinabalu in Borneo, Malaysia and then a woman selling Pancake Crepes along Patong Beach in Phuket, Thailand.

All of these pictures are from my archive and memories from different trips. The images speak for themselves but you may be able to guess where they were taken. A few clues, three are from Malta one from Singapore, one from Sicily and the rest from Borneo, Stockholm and California. Click on an image to enlarge.

Color Your World / 11 -17 February

GoldenrodBlue GreenMelonThese are the week’s colors in Jennifer’s Color Your World Challenge from where I choose 12, 13 and 14. Each image is from different countries, Malta, Malaysia and Sweden. Which image belongs to which country? Perhaps too easy to guess…

WPC – Growth

Growth in nature provides nutrition to fruits and vegetables. We use leftovers as decorations.
There was a wedding that took place here high above the clouds. No greenery without growth. Growth among clouds and mountains high above Kota Kinabalu town. Growth puts people at work who provide food for themselves and the people.
At the market in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia

Sabah, also known as “Land of the Wind”, which comes from the author of Agnes Keith’s first book in 1939.     A kind of growth, in the history…

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge / Growth

Bye Bye Kuching…

Riverbank Suite, Hilton, Sarawak State Legislative Assembly and Kuching City Mosque. Not exactly in that order 😉

Goodbye to all the amazing people we meet in the market and on the streets.

Symbols, Culture and traditions.Kuching, a city in harmony, as written.

I almost forgot the amazing animals! Proboscis and OrangUtans are only found in Borneo, and there are lots of different kinds of birds. The rainforest in Sarawak is unique, these pics are from my last visit in Borneo.Hopefully our flowers look the same as when we left Malta five weeks ago.I’m not worried I just hope everything will go well. I’m looking forward to come back home to Malta. Then, after a week fly to Sweden and pick up our new family member Fanny, it will be fun and quite exiting!

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge

This is a great fun and for me a completely new challenge. To convert from color and use only black and white.An indoor garage here in Kuching with the shadow of a man walking from the entrance.

This is a spiral staircase inside a very old mill completely made of stone in a small town in Malta. This image was taken inside a train in Singapore. This photo is not exactly the same as the one above. Just a small difference in light and contrast but I know that even a small difference can mean a lot and that’s
what I’ll try to learn in Cee’s weekly Black & White Photo Challenge.

CB&W: Indoor Walkways, Hallways, Elevators etc..

CFFC Letter H – Happy

This happy bridal couple were photographed by a professional photographer along the Sarawak river here in Kuching. Happily, I always carry my camera with me and couldn’t resist taking some pictures myself.Happiness for me, among many other things, is to live on the small island of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea. Where it never gets too cold and you never see snow. Pure happiness at Valletta Carnival in Malta February 2016.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge / Letter H – Topic for this week is Happy

 

 

WPC – Windows 2

Yesterday, when I went out for a walk with my camera, I thought about what really gives a city its character. How much can windows and architecture tell about a city. These are all from Kuching in Borneo, Malaysia. Sarawak has it all – diversity, nature and adventure, also called “The Land of Hornbills”.

This is my second entry in this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge. You’ll find my last post here.

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge  / Windows

Kuching Photo exhibition part 2

Here are some more images from the ongoing Photo exhibition along the Sarawak River here in Kuching. Hope you enjoy.

These are from Sarawak, the land of diversity. You have to click on the images to read the haikun.

Mahogany soft – Dark brown eyes, lit from within – She knows a secret
Tinsukia, India.“Hooded eyes, tanned skin – Wearing a hat and a grin – Camera ready”
Kota Gede, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

“Art needles her face – Heritage patterned in inc – A walking vision” 
Mrauk – U, Myanmar.“Joy should be simple – Like a dip in the river – Emerging reborn”
Inle Lake, Myanmar.

Kuching Photo exhibition

Yesterday, when I went out for a walk, there was a photo exhibition along the Sarawak River. I became so enthusiastic to photograph the amazing pictures and totally forgot to even think about setting my own camera, it was very close to the sunset. Anyway, I took some pictures that I would like to share.To each picture there was a short text, but I mixed it up. Today when I go out I’ll try to be more organized. These are just a few of many photographs along the river, which shows people from different cultures in Asia. More to come…

Sunday Mix from Kuching

Kuching is divided by the Sarawak River where locals often catch fish and shellfish. There are plenty of fish in the river and fishing boats leave the nearby harbor early mornings so you can buy fresh fish in the local market.
The Sarawak River is listed as a location of the Crocodile Removal Zones, whereby the presence of crocodiles in this area pose serious human/crocodile conflicts. In July a 2.5 meter long Sarawak crocodile meet its end. This one was luckily behind bars at a rehabilitation center when I took the picture.Getting from one side to the other is easy with small primitive boats. It takes a few minutes and cost 50 cent. A footbridge will be finished at the end of the year. That´s great for me who love long brisk walks.Sunday stroll. Having a dog as a pet isn’t common here in Kuching because of the Muslims. For some reason, they don’t like dogs. In my thoughts I can see my funny little Fanny horsing around among the dismayed Muslims 😉 ..with all due respect!

Ha alla taggar utåt (89/365)

Att vandra i regnskogen betyder att man måste se upp med var man placerar sina händer och fötter. Marken är ofta kuperad, lerig och full av trassliga rötter plus att många trädstammar synes ha alla taggar utåt. De här bilderna är från vår vandring i Bako Nationalpark och klickar du på dem blir de som vanligt stora 😀

Pose (88/365)

Helt rätt pose för ögonblicket ! Här syns tydligt den så speciella näsan som gett namn åt denna särpräglade apa som bara finns på Borneo. Näsapan, Proboscis monkey, sägs ha sin stora näsa för att attrahera sin partner men har även läst att den är till för att skrämma bort fiender. Oavsett, en enastående, om än besynnerlig varelse.