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Wandering Soul

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Sulaiman: Danau Tarusan Kamang, Agam, Sumatera, Indonesia

New places always excite me.

I could spend hours just wandering and observing my surrounding for something to learn from or just something to look at. Sharing 5 of my favorite portraits that whenever I look at it … I felt like packing my bag and start wandering on the street again.

Pic above: Sulaiman, our local talent posing for me with his fish cages. Danau Tarusan Kamang is a natural pond that seemed to have a mind of its own mind. It dried up and swelled up with water according to God knows whatever rules … I think it has something to do with its underground geographical structure.

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Mr Freedom: Bukit Tinggi, Sumatera, Indonesia

Pic above: Mr Freedom showing off his ‘freedom’ … tattooed hard on his chest. What a coincident since freedom is my all time favorite words lol.

Meeting strangers from all part of life while wandering around is an eye opening. I learned to listen well too. Stories about their day-to-day life which is most of the time would be an opposite story from mine.

Engaging a simple and sincere chat with strangers on the street came naturally to me too… I like it. And, I think that it would be rude for you to just showed up from nowhere and suddenly just click on your camera on somebody’s face.

Have some respect … kot.

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A woman from Karo Tribe: Omo Valley, Ethiopia

Pic above: My lady from Karo tribe of Omo Valley, Ethiopia posed with my colorful shawl. We were curious about each other lol.

I smiled whenever I saw this photo. She probably has never seen a shawl as colorful as mine in her life (Malaysian women wear colorful clothing at every chance that we have and we have a whole bundle of choices to choose from hu hu hu).  And, I envied her beads collection.

So, she wanted my colorful shawl for an exchange with her photos and I ended up having a series of her photos looking satisfied with our deal ;-P .

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Omak/ Mother: Bukit Tinggi, Sumatera, Indonesia

And, I personally think that it would be more satisfying to have some sort of connection with your subject. Especially when I am taking portraiture or faces on the street, I want to have meaning to a face that I would probably keep for a very long time in my external HDD.

Pic above: A loving mother that I met while wandering at one of the morning markets at Bukit Tinggi, Sumatera, Indonesia. We had a loving chat together … talking about her children and how lucky she was to be surrounded by her loved ones.

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Chacha: Northern Pakistan

And lastly, the chacha (uncle) that we met at one of our stops on our way to Skardu, Northern Pakistan. Strangers in this part of the world are rare. I never expected that we would be treated warmly.  it is true then … “There are no strangers here; only friends you haven’t yet met”. (pls ignore the salt bottle on the table … lol)

I am feeling grateful … for the soul that decided to leave me, the soul that wander together hand-in-hand with me and the newly discovered soul that decided to stay … the best word to express my gratitude is alhamdullilah.

Bye for now.

Cheers,

MM

 

 

 

 


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.

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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

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Patriotic Love

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Patriotic Love

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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

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  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