We arrived in Johor Bahru in time for the grand parade.
in year 2012, this annual festival has been gazetted as Malaysia National Heritage.
We were joining 50,000 locals and visitors to celebrate Chingay in JB on the 21st day of Chinese New Year.
It was worth the long drive from Kuala Lumpur to Johor Bahru to attend this colourful and explosive festival.
Photo tourism has injected a new revenue stream to the locals at DongChuan Red Land.
This elder in Red Land has become the iconic male model. He posts during morning at Musical Score Concave and at Lo Shi Wan during the evening. Photographers can pay him any tips at will if you like to take a picture of him. It is less labour intensive compared to farming.
Avoid taking pictures of any local without permission, they will shout at you demanding for portraiture fees. if you step onto their farm land, they will fine you RMB10 to 50.
Of course, there are exception. This little girl was helping out in the farm and the family was kind enough to let us take pictures while they were working.
Just few hours away in Kunming city, kids are spoiled with modern amenities and toys.
We are waiting for our night bus back to Makassar afterwards. The sky is giving its heaviest down pour in the last 72 hours. So we are relaxing at Mambo Restaurant publishing this post.
We met this girl during lunch just now. She was dressing up for the celebration of 100 years gospel spreading into Toraja (“100 tahun injil masuk Toraja”). When she grows older, perhaps she can become another ‘cover girl’ for the Toraja tourist guide.
The old lady above was the actual weaving lady on the tourist map. More info about the weaving town (Sa’dan To’Barana) was posted yesterday. It is good to purchase something as a token of appreciation to the people who contribute to the local tourism.
We rented a motorbike and ventured into some traditional villages where the local still staying in the community.
The village is a made-for-tourist attraction to let visitors experience the lifestyles of 5 ethnic groups in Sabah inside one village.
The 2 hours guided tour is best taken at the morning session (10am).
2pm session would be too hot and 6pm would donate too much blood to the mosquitoes.
We took the morning flight from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Just in time for the first day of the annual harvest festival.
The ethnic groups in Sabah used to celebrate the harvest at their respective tribal village.
Since 1960, the various ethnic groups have gathered together to celebrate the festival.
5 May 2013 is the General Election (GE13) for 13 million Malaysian voters. Who will be our next Prime Minister after tomorrow?
What will be the next letter continuing the RAHMAN prophecy? Will it be ‘N’ or ‘A’? We paid as short visit to Merdeka Square (Independence Square) looking a the RAHMAN prohecy materialized since Independence Day.
It all started with Father of Independence, Tun Tunku Abdul Rahman. If you are not Malaysian, then you can notice that RAHMAN prophecy came from the name of our first Prime Minister.
Bagan is a rural tourist town, so the local folks live in different lifestyle than the Burmese in city like Yangon.
Bagan situates in the dry region of Myanmar, so tourism becomes the main economy as crops could hardly grow.
visitors could meet some locals whose full time job is to pose for photo.