Johor Bahru Chingay 2014 柔佛古庙游神 (Part 1)

We arrived in Johor Bahru in time for the grand parade.

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in year 2012, this annual festival has been gazetted as Malaysia National Heritage.

Johor Bahru Chingay 2014 柔佛古庙游神 (3)

We were joining 50,000 locals and visitors to celebrate Chingay in JB on the 21st day of Chinese New Year.

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It was worth the long drive from Kuala Lumpur to Johor Bahru to attend this colourful and explosive festival.

Johor Bahru Chingay 2014 柔佛古庙游神 (12)

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People from the Red Land 红土地人家

Photo tourism has injected a new revenue stream to the locals at DongChuan Red Land.

Red Land 云南东川红土地 (8)

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.

Red Land 云南东川红土地 (6)

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.

Red Land 云南东川红土地 (1)

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.

Red Land 云南东川红土地 (4)

Just few hours away in Kunming city, kids are spoiled with modern amenities and toys.

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Faces of Tana Toraja

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.

Traditional costume (Tana Toraja)

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.

cover girl on Toraja tourist map

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.

Kids riding in front of Alang (Tana Toraja)

We rented a motorbike and ventured into some traditional villages where the local still staying in the community.

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The RAHMAN Prophesy

5 May 2013 is the General Election (GE13) for 13 million Malaysian voters. Who will be our next Prime Minister after tomorrow?

Next Prime Minister of Malaysia GE13

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.



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Burmese @ Bagan

Bagan is a rural tourist town, so the local folks live in different lifestyle than the Burmese in city like Yangon.

Burmese (4)

Bagan situates in the dry region of Myanmar, so tourism becomes the main economy as crops could hardly grow.

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visitors could meet some locals whose full time job is to pose for photo.

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