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Land of the soothing wind

“There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story.”

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I have been home bound for months now. My last trip outside Malaysia was to Mongolia and Lake Baikal, Russia in March early this year. I am still not sure where is my next destination yet. I am ok with just anything …

Yeah … I do miss my traveling moment for sure.

The quietness, the feeling of being lost, the discovering, the learning and breathing the air of strangers land but I do believe in not exaggerating or over indulging upon something. Maybe because I get bored easily, too much of anything could kill my interest.

Well … I was not basically just sitting at home for this past few months. That travel addiction still stings me badly and I have a ‘secret’ way to sooth it down before I turned mental. I tagged along with my other adventurous soul group … my paramotor friends of course.

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At Kuala Selangor … enjoying the morning light

Of late they are into cross-country flying aka XC flying with paramotors.

I didn’t expect to experience such a rich and raw exploration moments while hovering low in the airspace. The landscape from high above is dreamy and mesmerizing, the air smells differently … it felt as if I am physically not here in Malaysia but somewhere traveling across different continental within 1.5 to 2 hours of each flight.

We would be in a deep forest for 10 minutes, in urban cities in another few minutes, on acres of acres of orchard, on some mysterious island, in a blue looking lake and sometimes just hover around a small town around Antara Gapi for maybe 10 minutes.

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From Kundang to Bukit Beruntung, Kuala Selangor on 2017.07.23

We flew in a small group … most of the time with well-experienced pilots, around 4 to 7 of them. As usual … I would be in charge of capturing the moments of us, flying. We started very early in the morning before the morning light is out, took-off from our flying base around 7:00 to 7:30 am so that we could catch the early morning light from the horizon … morning light is always our favorite.

For me …. the best way to end a hectic week is not through snuggling on your bed for the whole morning on the weekend but to do all this lol … mental? Yes …

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Inside a cloud at Tekah Airfield on 2017.04.15

 Unlike paragliding, thermals are not our best friend. The wind tends to be calmer early in the morning and we would experience the heat around 10 am when the sun is fully out. The heat created thermal heat on the airspace and our wings would swing according to the heat flow which is not good (dangerous too) for flying low.

So, by 10 am we are expected to land safely at our starting takeoff base.

And yeah … sometimes we drove out of Kuala Lumpur to the east and west part of peninsular Malaysia with our engines and wings and join our local flying friends from those areas.

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Kuala Besut, Terengganu from up on the air on 2017.07.16

Is it dangerous? Hmmm …

As I mentioned earlier in my previous post about paramotor, any extreme sport requires you to have a certain level of skill to ensure safety. And that skill is acquired from hours and hours of flying training or flying experience. And planning is very important.

Apart from making sure that the engines and wings are in its best condition … we tried to minimize our risk by ensuring proper planning before and during each flight with the help of technology.

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Is it scary?

Honestly yes … sometimes lol … but when you are already up there on air, your thought mostly would be on how to ensure that we are well prepared for the worst. I call it the survivor instinct …

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The shoreline of Kuala Besut, Terengganu on 2017.07.16

Flying cross-country gives us the opportunity to see the world in a way that most people would never will and it is a privilege for me to be a part of it.

And, sharing the beauty version of layers and layers of landscapes from up above through my lens with my viewers is very self-fulfilling. Some might get personal seeing me mingled around comfortably among my ppg friends … get it over with, after experiencing life I believe that there is more to it than getting hitched, In Sha Allah kot ha ha ha.

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From Kuala Besut to Perhentian Island, Terengganu on 2017.07.17

I might appear bias or might have inhaled too much dust while flying but I think it is a privilege for a human being to be able to fly at will either with a light-aircraft or a wing and glide on air doing paragliding or with an engine attached to a wing like a paramotor.

And I am not sure when this flying privilege could last as air regulation might change according to technological change or cost hike on flying kill enthusiast or in an extreme case, political change – so I believe that it is very fortunate for us to be able to fly at our own will today.

Sharing some snapshots from our GoPros during a few of our XCs here in today’s post as an inspiration and motivation for ourselves … fly high peeps! create your own moment.

To view photos from this post in better resolution … please click here

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Sunset flight from our takeoff base at Pulau Indah to Jugra Hill on 2017.08.13

Gotta run … tc and bye

MM

ps- some of our flying videos on youtube at here:

XC Kuala Besut- Perhentian Island

Exploring Antara Gapi, Kuala Selangor

Exploring Bukit Tabur, Klang Gate, Selangor

Tekah Airfield Taiping, Perak at 10,000 Feet MBOR challenge

 

 


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at Tekah Airfield on October 01, 2016 with my flying buddy

I wonder … how would our earth look like from 10,000ft high up on air from a paramotor ride? Just you and your machine up high above the cloud looking down upon the earth … both of your feet dangling in the air at 10,000ft … wohooo!

I decided to hang out with my PPG friends (powered paraglider) for a Malaysian Book Of Record (MBOR) challenge to fly as high as 10,000 – 15,000 feet up on air this coming December as their professional photographer.

They had a few rounds of training at Tekah Airfield, Taiping, Perak. I tagged along as part of the team …and as a tandem passenger to one of Janjifly PPG pilot. Last weekend on October 1st and 2nd were their second MBOR training. They planned to test their physical endurances and engine capability while attempting to reach at least 6000ft to 8000ft.

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imagine your feet dangling in air at 6000 ft

The wind was gusty that morning. We were swinging from left to right … up and down on the airspace. I nearly vomited out my early morning ‘nasi lemak’ (breakfast) 😛 … oh boy! after hours and hours of flying with them I still experienced air sickness … it shows how gusty the wind was that morning.

Fyi …’giving up’ has never been my favorite words. So … we kept on going.

The gutsy wind finally settled calmly as we ascended exceeding 3000ft and we started to feel the chill … and the view was splendid. Oh … the word ‘splendid’ was so underrated … the view was awesome A+++.

{please checkout our flying video in youtube at JanjiFly at 6000ft}

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at 1935m = 6354 ft … bulls eye! we reached the target

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One of our wildest dream (which is yet for us to achieve) is to fly through a group of clouds 🙂 . Due to engine low fuel, we were unable to wander around that fluffy clouds on our left side (refer to the picture below) … too bad clouds, wait until the next time!

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at 6000ft … and that fluffy clouds on the left

I often get misunderstood by my viewer. Guess that professionalism is still unknown to some of my conservative audiences.

It may seem like I am the only woman in the team but as a frequent traveler and a professional photographer …this is a normal on-the-job environment for me. I didn’t feel awkward at all as I am not doing anything wrong … religiously or morally.

People do talk but having a mutual understanding between me and my subjects makes my work comfortable and easy … truly blessed!

“To live is the rarest thing in the world, most people just exist. That is all.” ~ Oscar Wilde

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at 6000ft we blend well with the surrounding

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been here, done that!

Yeay … been there, done that! and I am slowly moving on to my next project.

Preparing myself to get lost in Jogjakarta, Indonesia in mid-November. This is going to be my 3rd time wandering in Jogjakarta … this time around I will be joining my local photographer friend hunting for lights around the beaches, jungles, hills, paddy fields and some bushes outside Jogjakarta. Wish me well …

Bye for now

Cheers,

MM

 

ps – I am leaving it all to Allah, he is the best of planners. Ameen …

And [remember, O Muhammad], when those who disbelieved plotted against you to restrain you or kill you or evict you [from Makkah]. But they plan, and Allah plans. And Allah is the best of planners. [Al-Anfal verse 30]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Cloud riding with my pilot buddy on 01-01-2015. Look at the back ground view … heaven and I got the best seat in the world 🙂

Happy new year … I am not sure if I have constant readers here but I know for sure that my dearly “lovely bombastic loyal babes” friends will read this and members of GayaIzzah.com will always be there. Babes … you babes rule! thank you for just being who you are.

2014 has gone … a very challenging year for us Malaysian indeed, we mourned … we cried … we grieved … we standup again with tears still wet on our cheek … and we stand up tall and high again, stronger than before … I know I did.  I refused to complain …. and I refused to be associated with people who love … love … love to complain. The last time that I checked … I have none as I ditched those people the minute I can smell their ‘voice’. I am being mean …I know … but I just don’t care anymore.

Coincidently … my favorite blogger Joshua Becker of ‘becoming minimalist’ blog about – ‘How to complain less’. Yes … you can read it here. I took it as a reminder to myself and to stop complaining about life and rejoice LIFE instead. Kinda like his quote of the day –“You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.” by Tom Wilson.

Enough complaining about complainers … life goes on and on.

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Flying over Kundang, Rawang air space

So … 2015 is already here. I spent my new year early morning (01-01-2015) photographing landscape on air space around Kundang, Rawang Selangor with my ppg pilot buddies. Amazingly refreshing moment … I love it to the bone!

Yeah … I took paramotor training in early 2014 and had my first solo flight somewhere  in March 2014 and several more solo flights after that. Flying paramotor is not an easy peasy thing to do especially for a very light girl like me. I need more that my ‘bunny energizer’ energy and some gruesome ground training to be able to master taking off and landing safely on the ground. And, you need discipline and a great mental alertness to make sure a safe flight. To cut story short … as at now I don’t have that credibility yet. It might take me years to achieve that … I think so.

Since I love flying so much … I opted to join a fun flying group called Janjifly as their flying photographer. I shoot them while flying and at the same time I got to explore my photography curiosity (shoot je anything that pleasure my eyes). Thank you gang for giving me the honor 😉 .

Jom …. explore the world of flying with me, my ppg pilot (Tazza) and my D800/ D800E. I have the feeling that I will be doing this a lot in 2015 … Alhamdullilah … am loving this so much.

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Minimalist look of a telecommunication tower at Kundang, Rawang

It rained heavily the night before and we had super cloudy sky in the morning. Kinda like it though as cloudy and misty could create a sense of drama to my photos. We flew high that day … up high above the cloud near to 1000 ft but some of our daring pilots decided to fly as high as 1500 ft. Here are some photos of the cloud.

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This is how it looked like when you are up above the cloud

A great landscape with a thin stripe of cloud on top

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Wooohooo! it felt so good to just kick the cloud with your feet

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A lone cloud rider flying against the cooling background

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Nice view here in Kundang, Rawang … watching life from high above is totally wicked … love it!

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A paramotor pilot at his element … finding solitude up on the sky with the clouds

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Black and white version of 2 pilots against the cloud

This is my second time flying in Kundang, Rawang with the pilots. Colorful and fully inflated wing always fascinate my eyes, another reason on why I wanted to fly high on air. The air space looks like a giant playground to me. Am sharing with all of you some of the playful moment that I took with the pilots.

A playful moment up on the sky

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The little “peter pan” in me …

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Another playful moment with another pilot

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Hey neighbor … can you pass me some coke?

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That sexy curvy paramania evo wings ….

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U fly, I fly …

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U fly, I fly …

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Admiring colors around me …

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Maroon wing against the blue sky …

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Uhhh … a red one. I wonder how my wing will look like up there lol …

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I have a respect for this pilot. He is only 69 years old … and still flying high

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Group photo of 12 happy pilots and a photographer on 01/01/2015

Honestly, the more time I spent with the pilots flying and editing their photos … the more I wanted to fly solo again. This type of sport could help to train your brain to stay focus … to trust your instinct more than anything else … to slow down a bit and listen more to your inner-self … to stop being rigid and have fun with your life … and to be that little “peter pan” that never grow old lol. Pray hard, play hard, work hard …

And lastly … as at now, I have nothing to complaint about … thank you 😉

Cheers

MM

p/s ….

1. Here is our fun flying video during that day created by JanjiFly team. Enjoy yeah …

2. Another fun flying moment at Petaling Jaya (PJ) near Amcorp Mall on 11-04-2015

3. Join us on Facebook at JanjiFly U-fly I-fly  . Please PM us on Facebook for a fun ride or to learn more about Paramotoring …