Here were some of the excited moments in 2012 where I was lucky to be presence.
Angkor complex, Borobudur and Prambanan and many other ancient sites are worth visiting.
2012 started with Thaipusam and Chinese New Year.
The most well known to foreign visitors could be the Thaipusam Festival celebrated at Batu Caves.
The Nine Emperor Gods Festival in Ampang was also a big festival, better known for its fire-walk on the 9th night.
We were also lucky to have close encounter with Sanja Matsuri Festival at Asakusa (Tokyo).
Back home in Malaysia, there was a smaller scale Japanese festival – Bon Odori (Shah Alam).
The craziest event has to be the colourful Holi festival.
In 2012, Malaysia was not short of public protests and gathering.
There are also few interesting exhibitions at local museums and galleries.
We attended the National Craft Day and the Art Expo Malaysia.
The visit of the Islamic Arts Museum (Kuala Lumpur) was enjoyable.
Some of the tourist attractions in Malaysia are outdoor. i-City is a man-made LED city, with increasing features added recently.
Locally, we have some great outdoor venues too. We enjoyed the golden reflection at Lata Kinjang waterfall.
We also enjoyed the sea of cloud at Sungai Lembing.
We were excited to see the smoke coming out the active volcano – Gunung Merapi.
We were less lucky on my second visit to Mount Fuji. Has to go again 10 years later to get a clear view (my last visit was back in 1996).
On our trekking trip at Nepal, we were rewarded with lots of snow-capped mountains.
The best time to admire these Himalayan mountains are during dusk or dawn.
We love food hunt and heritage walks at local towns.
The hottest of them all would be the mural walk ‘Mirrors George Town’. Many tourists now treat this as a standard treasure hunt.
Penang and Melaka are two World Heritage towns that most tourists would be visiting.
Some of the hidden gems would be town like Ipoh and some coastal towns.
Not many people visiting the TT5 tin mining dredge, or explore the real lost world of Tambun.
Since we stayed in Kuala Lumpur, visiting nearby fishing villages like Tangjung Sepat, Sekinchan, Pulau Ketam becoming annual trip.
From Sekinchan, it is relatively near to drive up to Lumut and Pangkor.
Let’s me not forget the cute macros. I remembered holding my breath while approaching this dragon fly (on the roof top of a shopping mall). It was a great example of why I enjoy taking picture. During that moment, time freezes between the subject and my camera, no thought no worry.
I love to take macro (once in a while), it was really interesting to view the tiny objects at enlarged perspective.
The tea plantation at Cameron Highlands, showing different texture as compared to the eyes of the dragon fly.
I realize that I have more images to review but what is the point? One of my objective is to do my part to promote local tourism, also illustrate that it is possible to get away from our work desk and see the world. I am not sure how much these 2 years postings had achieved the goals.
Perhaps I should be heading to bed and welcoming 2013. To be happy, it is better to seek fulfilment than success. On the new year eve, I would like to wish everyone having a fulfil year ahead.