Saturday, April 05, 2014

How do you know it’s true?

Mark DeLong Photographer
Photography is this big art and industry that makes us believe stuff that when unseen, seems unbelievable. Right now, there are Nashville photographers somewhere in Africa, taking pictures of lions and giraffes; there are journalists with cameras witnessing revolutions in Asia; there are so many photographs taken right now and all of them are going to make us believe in everything they portray.

How do you know something you have never seen it is true in real life? You have to see a photograph of this thing. Remember the fake UFO pictures that made the whole world believe in them? We all remember them, but when a photograph shows the truth, it becomes necessary to the world.

A photograph is a witness of something existing, happening. This is why I find this art really cool, and breathtaking. Photographers all around the world, learn this art, they develop their skills and use their talent in order to show us that even the unseen can be sometimes full of truth.

You’ve never been to Egypt, but you know how the pyramids look like. You’ve never been to Brazil, but you know how the costumes of the Samba dancers look like at the Rio carnival. You know it all and you have a clear idea of how everything looks like because people with cameras are capturing the life around us and share it with the rest of the world. Of course, we are learning so much stuff in school without seeing images of everything and we know it’s true. But, somehow that’s what we like to do, we love looking at different pictures and see how it is. I remember in biology classes, even the pictures of worms were interesting for me. Photography gives a certain grade of authenticity to an event, a thing or a phenomenon.

So, how do you know what the moon looks like from a closer view? There are pictures of it. Photography even touched the rest of the universe. Isn’t this mind blowing? It definitely is.

I’ve just heard people so many times saying “I know it is true/ I know how it looks like because I’ve seen an image of it” and it makes perfect sense. You get to believe better what you see than just what you hear about. This is the whole idea of the photography. It is the art that makes us see, feel and believe.

So how do you know it’s true?  Simply, there is a photograph

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Camp Permai Waterfall trail adventure with Wilson Chin

Created by Google My Tracks on Android
Name: 140315 Campermai Jungle Trail to Waterfall
Activity type: walking
Description: -
Total distance: 1.71 km (1.1 mi)
Total time: 51:50
Moving time: 32:50
Average speed: 1.98 km/h (1.2 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 3.13 km/h (1.9 mi/h)
Max speed: 18.22 km/h (11.3 mi/h)
Average pace: 30:17 min/km (48:45 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 19:11 min/km (30:53 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 3:18 min/km (5:18 min/mi)
Max elevation: 210 m (690 ft)
Min elevation: -11 m (-38 ft)
Elevation gain: 227 m (746 ft)
Max grade: 86 %
Min grade: -6 %
Recorded: 3/15 2:17 PM


Monday, March 17, 2014

Santubong Mount Expedition with Wilson Chin and the Johor Freewill Hikers's Club

Created by Google My Tracks on Android
Name: 140307 mount santubong summit
Activity type: walking
Description: -
Total distance: 4.64 km (2.9 mi)
Total time: 4:20:46
Moving time: 3:08:09
Average speed: 1.07 km/h (0.7 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 1.48 km/h (0.9 mi/h)
Max speed: 19.98 km/h (12.4 mi/h)
Average pace: 56:10 min/km (90:23 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 40:31 min/km (65:13 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 3:00 min/km (4:50 min/mi)
Max elevation: 819 m (2689 ft)
Min elevation: 71 m (234 ft)
Elevation gain: 957 m (3139 ft)
Max grade: 85 %
Min grade: -25 %
Recorded: 3/7 7:47 AM

Beratok (21st Mile) Chinese Temple on Rock Mountain, Kuching Serian

Beratok situated at the 21st mile of the Kuching-Serian road, that village are one of the three villages which form in the era of the British colonial government .

"On the night of 27 June 1965," recalled Dato Sri Yao, "a group of Indonesian soldiers came across the border from West Kalimantan and collaborated with members of the local Clandestine Communist Organisation (CCO). 

They attacked the Police Station at Mile 18 Kuching-Serian Road. During the two-hour long battle, two policemen including the younger brother of the then Chief Minister, Datuk Stephen Kalong Ningkan were killed and two wounded. That night the intruders also killed 6 civilians and wounded 2, all of them Chinese Kheh."

When reinforcement came from Kuching to repulse the attack, the infiltrators beat a hasty retreat back to the border through Padawan Road. That night, another group of them caused slight damage to the bridge at the 24th mile Kuching-Serian Road.

"As a result of the above incident, the State Government launched an exercise called 'Operation Hammer' on 28th June which involved the establishment of three new residential areas to resettle the Chinese families residing in the 15th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 21st and 24th Miles which were declared as Controlled Area." The objective was twofold: to provide protection for residents in the areas concerned; and to eliminate communist influence.

"Immediate actions were taken by the Public Works Department, SESCO and other agencies to build new houses, wire fences around the new villages and install electricity supply. All the necessary works were completed by 6th July 1965 and on that date, more than 8,000 people from 1285 families were regrouped in the three centres under curfew, namely Siburan Village at 17th Mile, Beratok Village, 19th Mile and Tapah Village, 21st Mile."

So I visited the Beratok Village on 21st Mile, and its was a small village compare to Siburan (17th mile), and Tapah (22nd Mile). One very interesting about the Beratok village, its has a Chinese Temple on the foot hill, and on top of the mount, there was an abundance shrine.

This is the Chinese Temple on the bottom of the mount
There is an old stairways up to the mount, and upon reaching there, we saw an abundance shrine. There are no statue, no information about the place. Not sure what is it use for...
From the looks of the shrine, the structure is like the typical Chinese Temple. But its hard to confirm, cause there are no signboard, or any Chinese carving on the pillar or wall.
The view from top of the mount, the 21st Mile, Beratok Village.

* article in yellow taken from Rakan Sarawak "Operation Hammer" read more here

Wilson Chin