Dusks and dawns (2012 review 1 of 3)

I am doing a review on some of the crazy moments in 2012 that we have to wake up before dawn or to chase the sunset.

2012 January @ Angkor Wat

sunrise at Angkor Wat (4)

(click the link below to view the rest of Part 1 2012 Review)

The next day, we slept underneath the stars, but no sight of the egg yolk at Srah Srang. Srah Srang

On the 3rd day, we woke up even earlier to Bakong but it was very misty. Lesson learned: hard working not always have the reward, but it is a number game.

Just in time back to Malaysia to join the Chinese New Year (ending)

Dong Zen Temple (7)

and Thaipusam Festival at Batu Caves. I reached the caves before 5:30am to witness the preparation for the parade.

Piercing at Thaipusam (3)

February 2012. Last minute decision to drive to the The Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Mosque in Shah Alam, arrived 30 minutes before sunset. Some said the best view was right after a thunder storm.

Shah Alam Blue Mosque (1)

February 2012. Drove all the way from Kuala Lumpur from 2am to Cameron Highlands, just to view this.

Cameron Highlands Boh Tea Plantation (1)

March 2012: time to get up early to the Putrajaya Balloon Fiesta. Best time to reach the venue (guarantee of parking place) is before 6am.

Putrajaya Balloon Fiesta 2012 (2)

It was also nice to drop by Melaka town to stroll along the heritage street (night market on Friday and weekend).

Melaka People at Work (5)

Took a few days off to East Coast Gua Musang > Kota Bharu > Kuala Terengganu > Kuantan. Pulau Duyung is a great place to watch sunrise at Kuala Terengganu.

Pulau Duyung (1)

May 2012: Queue up 3:30am at the gate of Tsukiji Market (Tokyo) to join the tuna fish auction.

Tsukiji Market Tuna Auction (7)

Woke up early to take train and bus to Mount Fuji. Ice cave was a more memorable experience.

Ice Cave

Back to Malaysia in June, went to Penang, Cameron Highlands and Melaka again.

Cameron Highlands (7)

July 2012: to fulfil one of my dreamed destination, sunrise at Borobudur. This has to be the ‘sunrise of the year’ for me.

Borobudur Sunrise (7)

I am glad that some viewers like the picture and one Singaporean magazine used some of the pictures the publish an article about best places to watch sunrises.

In Yogyakarta, Ratu Boko is a romantic place to view sunset.

Ratu Boko (2)

Back to Malaysia in July 2012, hike up to Panorama Hill in Sungai Lembing to view another spectacular sunrise on the ‘sea of cloud’.

Sunrise on Panorama Hill (4)

August 2012: sunset at Batu Laut, near Tanjung Sepat. So far, I have no luck to view a good sunset at Tanjung Sepat (always raining).

Kg Batu Laut

September 2012: great to hang out after sunset on the Lantern Festival.

Central Market Mid-Autumn Festival 2012 (2)

October 2012: after the sunset at the Nine Emperor Gods Temple at Ampang (Kuala Lumpur), the fire walking ceremony marked the last day of the 10 days festival.

I joined the first day opening.

Ampang Nine Emperor God Festival 安邦南天宫九皇爷诞 2012 (17)

And the last day of the fire walk (watching, not walking).


October 2012: go down to Kukup (Johor) via costal road from Minyak Beku. Great sunset view at few beaches and ports nearby Pontian. The island on the distant is Pulau Pisang (‘Banana Island’).


November 2012: trekking at Nepal. Great sunrise view on Poon Hill.

Sunrise at Poon Hill (8)

I am lucky to have both the sunset and sunrise views at Nagarkot too.

Nagarkot (4)

I am grateful to be able to participates in the above activities (that happened during dusk and dawn). In my next summary posting, I would focus on people and events that casted in my memory of 2012.

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