Monthly Archives: September 2014

Colors of love in Bromo

 

Cheritera Cinta Kita by Matsuda Mashimaru

Tales of Our Love Story

Me and Mt Mt Bromo

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” – Lao Tzu

Prologue: It all started with me tagging along with two(2) of my childhood friends and we planned to test our friendship by joining a group of Malaysian and Singaporean photographers (total strangers). People said the best way to test the compatibility of your friendship is through surviving a tough trip together and comes out still emotionally intact.

This is my 2nd visit to Mt Bromo and I knew the fact that a photography trip is a tough trip for non photographers. Chasing sunset and sunrise at some odd places for 7 continuos days can really suck off your energy. We woke up as early as 2.30 am and battled for a comfortable sleeping spot inside the cramp van while still hilariously teasing at each other like children.

I am happy to announce that not only the three(3) of us passed the best friend forever (bff) test but … we fall “head over heal” in love with the rest of team too. Now I am part of the “Gang Penghambur Tegar Bromo” team. My lil sister Ruth Agatha wanted a drama  out of our photos during this trip but I want to make it clear that I am a tough girl and lovey dovey drama has never been in my element. But heck … I just give it a try. So, Geng Penghambur … this is session 1 of our “Cheritera Cinta Kita” and session 2 will continue during our Maiga Island trip next year.


 

There are all sort of love in this world. Every each of us seek different kind of love. Some found their true love, some still looking for their soulmate and some being traumatized and judged for the love that they have. We explored love for 7 days and found love among us.

Common Love: The Romeo and Juliet version of love. The lovey dreamy kind of love … yeah right! when we were so naive and immature 🙂 .

But at our adult age now, Romeo almost always seeks for new love and Juliet still seeks for the everlasting love oppps! I better just stick to the script. And, Romeo found his Juliet and they live happily ever after …. the end ZZzzzzZZzzzz.

Common Love

Common Love: This is where they met

And, their love confession looks like this

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And, their cat fight look like this … again and again … repeat this for 1001 times

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at 1002 times they made up again …

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And, they got married … they live happily ever after

Us having our brotherhood moment

And, they got seven(7) hyper active, noisy and chatty children

Us Having our brotherhood moment

Who love to explore the world to the core!!! ….. the End

Freedom to Love: Some seek for greater love … the love for Freedom.

Freedom to love God the Creator,  the ultimate owner of love and this whole universe. And, being able to express the act of devotion and love towards God publicly without being oppressed and judged.

Freedom to love other soul of your choice regardless of who and how they look like.  And, being able to express those love openly between each other without expectation, pride and ego attached.

Freedom to express our love towards ourselves without fear of being labelled. Free to be “IAmWhoIAM” ….

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Freedom to love life

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Freedom to love our creative self

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Freedom to love ‘time’ on our own

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Freedom to love yourself as a unique individual

And, lastly the Patriotic love, endless love for our country. Despite the nasty words thrown by those “toooot’ keyboard warriors, I still can feel the love towards our country in us. We celebrated Malaysian Day together on top of Mt Bromo. We had a few dedicated teachers in our group, they surely knew how to educate and spark the patriotic spirit among us.

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Patriotic Love

Patriotic Love

Patriotic Love

Patriotic Love

Patriotic Love

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Patriotic Love

Patriotic Love

Patriotic Love

Patriotic Love

Patriotic Love

Our love story ended with us yearning for more ‘love’ time together. And, till we meet again next year … stay cool and remain down to earth yeah my travel buddies … “Spread love every where you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier”- Mother Theresa

My childhood buddies

My childhood buddies

 

Cheers,

MM

p/s

  1. ZZZzzzZZzz I can’t believe that I am writing a post about ‘love’. It doesn’t feel right 😉 . Rasa nak muntah pun ada …. but since I already make my promise then I dedicated this post to Ruth Agatha.
  2. I will be in my hibernating mode again until my next trip. Gang Menghambur yang memory card tu corrupted, sabar lah menanti bila-bila I am in the right mood to sort out the photos and upload it to google drive. Sabar itu sebahagian dari iman 😉 and you can’t rush art he he he

 


Golden Hours in Lake Toba

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Hunting for early morning light in Lake Toba

During those days when my traveling mission was just to hunt for beaches, waterfalls or for just another gorgeous camp sites, I had a minimalist dream vacation. It was to have a simple holiday (me and my OJ aka orange juice 😉 ) in a secluded island (maybe around Mauritius, Maldives or Sipadan Island), in a hut located in the middle of an ocean where I can jump straight down to the sea from my hut’s  window and snorkel around the sea bed anytime that I want 24×7.  A total freedom …

I traveled to other places too but I noticed that I can see MORE when I traveled with fellow photographer buddies.  Photography taught me to spot,  stop and appreciate moment better than before. Like when I decided to join them for a weekend photography gateway to Lake Toba, I never thought that I could see more of Indonesia comparing to what I have already seen.

A brief fact about Lake Toba, Indonesia. It is the largest volcanic lake in the world. Located in the middle of Sumatera Island, Indonesia

We did our usual street photography around Lake Toba covering a few villages and markets. But, what struck me the most during this trip was the opportunity to witness and capture a lot of golden hour moments around the lake. It was a ‘priceless moment’ to witness. Sitting on top of the hill surrounded by endless space enjoying magic hours watching the light changes from daylight to night and from night to daylight again … just Subhanallah.

I managed to capture some good moments during that hour. Some I posted here and the rest of it you can view from my Zenfolio Toba Lake gallery (in high resolutions minus those big ugly watermark across my photos). To safe myself from any future headache, pictures posted here in my blog were all in low resolutions and stamped with ugly big watermark across it.

We drove further up from Tongging Village, stopped at the end of the road to nowhere and start trekking up and down a few hills to reach at this beautiful mesmerizing spot.  I don’t enjoy trekking that much especially if I need to carry along my camera equipment … but this spot worth all the efforts.

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Now, tell me who doesn’t want to be here?

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And, here?

Sunset sky around Lake Toba

And, the color of the sky during sunset was mesmerizing

Another side of the Lake during sunset

I didn’t manage to capture the ‘egg yolk’ sunset during that day but the golden yellow light at the end of the horizon was so beautiful … Subhanallah

It was at the end of a raining season when we were there, so we had a few drizzling during the days and some thunderstorm at nights … just perfect for a dramatic sunsets and sunrises.

I was not good at landscape photography then and I am still not mastering it well now. I am not aiming for being a perfectly “mastered” sifu in photography anyway but if through out my journey and experience I become good at it … then why not, it will be a blessed 🙂 alhamdullilah.  I will be joining a different group of photographer tomorrow for a 7 days photography trip to Bromo and Bali, Indonesia. Some of them are hardcore landscape photographers, maybe I can learn a thing or two from them on how to capture the perfect sunset, sunrise and milky way. Non stop learning … my kinda journey and loving it

And, my sunrise at Lake Toba for that day looked like these … 🙂

The first light peeping out from the horizon

The first light peeping out from the horizon

More lights started to emerge from the horizon. The cloud was a bit dramatic that day because of the expected thunder storm later that day

More lights started to emerge from the horizon. The cloud was a bit dramatic that day because of the expected thunder storm later of the day

We witnessed a dramatic sunrise for that day. Black and thick clouds with yellow filtered light

We witnessed a dramatic sunrise for that day. Black and thick clouds with yellow filtered light

HD like landscape view from the observation deck during morning golden hours

HD like landscape view from the observation deck during morning golden hours

The golden light emerged out of the dramatic clouds created a HD like landscape view. This image is totally original. I don't do extensive post processing for my photos reason being I don't have PS software (saving my money to buy lens) and I am too LAZY to do complex post processing ;-)

The golden light emerged out of the dramatic clouds created a HD like landscape view. This image is totally original. I don’t do extensive post processing for my photos reason being I don’t have PS software (saving my money to buy lens) and I am too LAZY to do complex post processing 😉 (I choose my pillow than sitting long hours in front of my Mac)

Us capturing US after the morning sunrise shooting

Us capturing us after the morning sunrise shooting

 

What did I buy for myself during this trip? I bought a few simple bracelets (as souvenirs) from a market nearby Tomok jetty in Samosir Island. Sadly I didn’t get any ‘keeper” jewelry for my Treasure Chest during this trip maybe because I was not looking hard enough. I will be visiting Bali Island next week, hope that I can spot some unique jewelry there that I can share it here. Hope for the best …

 

Cheers,

MM

 

p/s What do dreamers do? … they dreams 🙂


Whose Treasure Chest Challenge

Part 2 of Whose Treasure Chest Challenge

I had a hectic week and I miss my old house helper (Timah please comeback 😉 ) very much. My life has been in chaos for the pass few months without her and I really need my GATEWAY!! Enough ranting and back to work.

So, I challenged myself to create 10 bracelets out of this treasure box … but … I guess my brain can only produced 9 bracelets and boredom start to burst out from my chest 😉 . And, you can’t force creativity lol and the most important thing is I need to pack my bag for my next trip tomorrow.

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The challenge

Here are the photos of 8 bracelets (photo of the 9th bracelet does not turnout well and I don’t have time to redo the shot) that I created from the box and I still have a lot more beads to work on . There are too many yellow and brown beads in that box … colors that I am struggling to love,  a challenging game indeed. Will update more on my achievement for this box in a few more months …

Cheers,

MM


Whose Treasure Chest is This

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This is not Mine

Part 1: Whose Treasure Chest is This?

This is not my Treasure Chest for sure.  One of my breakfast girlfriend got bored of her crystals (semi-precious stone beads) collection and wanted me to revamp her beads collection into something new and unique just for her. One whole box of all sort of semi-precious stone bracelets in god knows different mix of color and shape. And, it has been sitting there on my working table for the past 2 months.

I need to push myself to start with her collection as soon as possible before I start to get crazy with my camera and my photography trips. Arghh … so many things to do yet I have only 2 hands. This is the time where I wish that I am an octopus … who has 8 hands 😉 . But, I want to be playful with her collection so, I am challenging myself  to at least create 10 new and unique bracelets in 7 days.

Wait for Part 2 of this post as I will upload the photos of the completed bracelets 🙂

Cheers

MM

p/s I wonder how much should I charge you … my girlfriend? *wink*


2-cats and a family

I like nonsense; it wakes up the brain cells - Dr Seuss

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I like nonsense; it wakes up the brain cells - Dr Seuss