Bali – The Land of A Thousand Temples and A Million Smiles

Bali, my favourite place in Indonesia. I spent my 28th & 29th birthday on the exactly same place, with the same person, and it was beautiful.

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For those who never been to this place before, you can find almost everything here, from peaceful greenery paddy field to the superb happening kuta & legian street, from visiting the volcano as well as indulging into some extreme water sports. Oh, and and yes it’s a great spot for surfer! Aww, I’m in love. 🙂

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My first trip to the island is on Nov 2012, and because it’s my first trip, I went to the whole island (ermmmm, maybe only half) for sight seeing. It’s crowded. Mostly all the tourist spots are so crowded with tourist. Except for the peaceful Ubud. Unfortunately, it’s raining season in Nov, so I was basically spent my first few days in car travelling from one place to another, or in a hotel, resting. Anyways, I manage to grab some really nice nasi campur with super romantic ambience around here in Ubud. I had a great 28th peaceful-birthday here. Then we head to Kuta and spent the rest of our days there. Kuta, it’s a whole different story! We hardly find someone around Ubud, even the resort we are staying are small and less crowded. It’s really really quiet. While on the other hand, Kuta, it’s a wonderful world! Hahaha! I’m stunned and shock for a little while once I step onto this town. It’s superb happening! There’s pubs and disco along the street with a lot of gwai zai and gwai mui (foreigner), whom mostly I guess are from Australia and at around age 18-21, whom dress up very little, ehem (both boys and girls :D) and walking by the street with a bottle of beer on hand. I’m impressed with the nightlife at this small but happening Kuta! We had night ride around this area and it can be really congested during the weekend, but fun! Other than that, it’s easy to find a good massage place around here too and we basically reward ourselves with balinese massage to end our night, every night. Well, we basically do nothing here in Kuta except surfing, sleep by the beach and make some new friends and that’s awesome!

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My second trip happen to be on the same period, in Nov 2013, during my 29th birthday. This time, we went nowhere except Kuta. No more sight-seeing, no more tourist spots, only for food and beach and that’s it. That’s all I want for my birthday. We basically do nothing everyday. Sleep by the beach, surf a little, make some new friends and meet up with the old friends we met last year. They remember us, and that feeling is pretty cool. 🙂 Went to search for good food and good coffee place, it’s really great to do nothing basically. 😀 Oh, and the best meal I ever had in Bali would still be at Warung Nuri’s Pork Rib. And another beautiful spot would be the place I spent my birthday eve; Rock Bar at Ayana Resort. It’s a beautiful night and I had a lot of fun. 🙂

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I guess I might not going back to Bali anytime soon but I do miss Bali a lot. Till I see you again, Bali.

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This series taken by Lomo LC-A, Lomo LC-Wide, Fisheye Baby 110, Belair 6×12, Canon F1 loaded with various films.

Love,

Eva Eva

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The Ancient Yogyakarta

I’ve never heard of this place before a friend of mine, whom an avid traveller and in love with all the ancient and historical places, Miss Ah Lin, told me so. She suggested that we should visit this city of tolerance. Therefore, 8 of us, head to the ancient city of Indonesia, Yogyakarta!

A short trip from 24th – 27th Oct 2012, it’s my very first visit to Indonesia. Everything seems to be overwhelming to me. The food, the places, the people, the culture, the language (even though I speak Melayu, but something is different from Bahasa Indonesia with our Bahasa Malaysia), the dim light, the street graffiti, the historical monument and everything else. It’s a beautiful town.

We went to Borobudur Temple, Prambanan, Merapi Volcano, Gua Pindul, stroll along at night at Malioboro street and few other city attractions. To me, nothing beats Borobudur in Yogyakarta. We are deeply regretted that we doesn’t wake up earlier to watch the sunrise at Borobudur. Anyways, I had fun in this trip with my bunch of friends and some new friends. 🙂 Oh, and in order to respect the temple, we should avoid short sleeves and shorts. They do provided some “kain batik” on the entrance anyway.

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Pictures taken by LC-Wide, LC-A, Fisheye Baby 110 and Canon AE-1. I basically wasted the 2 rolls I shoot using Canon AE-1 in this trip due to the wrong filter and the light that leaks the wrong way. Sigh.

Till then, see you again soon, Indonesia!

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Love,

Eva Eva

My Tungsten Affair (Film)

The calm after the storm, that’s how I feel today. It’s particularly hot today, perhaps it’s because of the pouring Thursday whole day yesterday. Anyways, here’s the series of my work using the amazing Tungsten film. The hot weather now remind me of the wonderful scene captured by the Tungsten film.

What the hell is Tungsten film? It’s a super fine grain film with ISO 64. You may achieve a very purplish and sometimes pink or blue(?!!)  when you cross-processing the Tungsten film. And for more accurate explanations about the film, please check out this link.

I tried one roll on the expired Fuji T64 Tungsten (35mm, 64ISO) once before and it’s very very greenish! It’s not up to my liking and since then I never tried another roll. But, it’s rather a different story for Lomography x Tungsten film! I amaze by the beautiful shades of purple and pink. It’s rather sweet and work really awesome under the bright sunlight with LC-A or LC-Wide under ISO100. But sad case, it’s not producing anymore, and that means this gem will distinct anytime soon. 😦

Well, what remains, still beautiful. Here’s my Tungsten affair and cheers to the sweet shades of purple!

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Pictures taken by LC-A & LC-Wide loaded with Lomography X Tungsten (35mm, 64ISO) film at various places in Malaysia, Thailand & Indonesia. 🙂

Love,

Eva Eva

Slower Steps in Taiwan

Da’an (大安), Taichung (台中)

April 2013: I spent 14 days, 14 rolls of films, 4 analogue cameras, 5 cities, some savings, in return I came home with priceless moments & few extra scars!

I’ve been delaying this blogpost for nearly a year, too much to express. Haha! 😀

It was yet another spontaneous trip and it’s the longest trip for me by far. Bought the air ticket 2 weeks before the trip and booked only the first night room to stay. I’m not flying there alone, I will be with 5 other friends for one week, then another week all by myself.

2013 been a really tough year for me. As in everything I did, nothing went smooth. I need a “get-away”, to get away. Was really wanted to experience a journey to Thailand by train, but realised it’s a little bit dangerous to do it alone as I need to spent a lot of time on the train. Friends not really recommend it to do it alone as I need to overnight all by myself on the train. Then, Taiwan seems like a pretty good venue for my little get-away this time. Ok, packed my backpack. I’m excited.

I’m flying to Taipei, and overnight at Taipei on my first night at Taiwan. Taipei greets me with the rain. It’s April and it’s the raining season at Taipei. I packed some shorts, light weighted clothes as I checked the weather forecast the night before I fly here, it’d be around 24-28 degrees which make no difference on Malaysia weather. But who knows, it rains. It rains almost everyday in Taipei. And I freezing with my shorts and light clothes. Lucky I did bring along my polka dots sweater, I wore that almost everyday on this trip! Haha. Taipei is a great city. I love it despite the rain that pour down almost everyday when I’m there. I love the food as well. I enjoyed it very much. I had Taiwanese famous “Pearl Milk Tea” almost EVERYDAY! It’s selling everywhere! And it’s superb cheap. RM3 for a large size milk tea with pearl. I did not shop much even thought  I visited a lot of night market, I’m with backpack this trip, it makes no extra room for shopping and I’m on a tight budget too. It’s ok Taiwan, I will be back soon with my extra huge luggage next time, with my girls perhaps. But somehow, those stuff at night market were really affordable, something very similar with Bangkok, and those street food were really delicious. Then the next day, we will be start travelling around Taiwan! With Terence Tan, a friend who travels to Taiwan 2-3 times a year consecutively for 2-3 years, he’s knowledgeable enough to bring us around without the help of travel guide.

First stop, Luodong. Where? Luodong is such a beautiful country side of Taiwan, with less car, less traffics, beautiful paddy field and clean fresh air! I never heard of this place before, but it’s gonna be very very memorable for me. First it’s the beautiful scenery that captivates me, second is that I met a car accident and I admitted into Luodong’s Hospital Emergency Room. It’s not a major car accident, but it’s “great” enough to spoilt my journey in this beautiful country. I had stitches on my leg, hurt my knee and my head where I need to shaved a little hair for it, and throughout my whole journey on my next 13 days, I had to wear hat (to cover up my wound) and slippers along the way as my leg is pretty swollen for shoes. I had short memory loss where I asked Alex the moment I saw him when I’m at hospital, asking him “Where am I?” Just like what I saw via TVB drama. I totally can’t remember that I went to Taiwan, and everything I saw was really dull and almost in grey color. They said I shocked after the accident that’s why I loss some memory. But I appear to be very calm. Anyways, I discharge from the ER and we went to Hualien by taxi. It’s actually pretty “potong-stim”. I pretty much just spent my whole Hualien trip in the hotel room. That was pretty disastrous. I was wish I can take lots of photo and experience a lot of Taiwanese food/drinks/culture/hot spring/discover awesome stuff along the alley and after the accident, everything is different now, as I have to walk slowly now with my stitched leg and there’s a lot of “not-convenient” stuff happening. I need to cover up if it’s rain. Sigh. Anyway, things happen for a reason. Perhaps God wanted me to slow down my pace, to have a slower steps.

After Hualien, we went to Kenting. That’s the place where I can rest but I can’t swim even though I went to the beach. Arghh! Anyways, my mood is getting better, my wound is still pain, but I can still walk around, visiting places, taking pictures. And I’m super thankful for Alex, to help me carry my backpack along the way. Thank you. 🙂

After Kenting, we went to Taichung. We visited some night markets and the beautiful Rainbow Village. Taichung is a busy city, but with lesser public transport compare to Taipei. We spent our night at Alex’s friend’s home. And thanks for the hospitality, we all had great rest that night.

We went back to Taipei after this. And I spent the rest of my trip in Taipei. Alex and friends going back to Malaysia one by one. Then, I stay in a Japanese guesthouse in a dorm with other Japanese girls. (woohoo!) There, I start my own solo trip as well as met some new Japanese friends.

Terrence Tan is still around Taipei, so we kinda meet up for some sight-seeing too. I meet up with my Taiwanese friends as well. Shanti and Jeansman, my ex colleague back at Lomography whom based in Taiwan be my tour guide and bring me around, to take some pictures nearby Taichung and feed me with some nice local food. It’s a superb beautiful day, beautiful sunshine, beautiful place and great conversations. Thank you for everything, both of you. You guys indeed my fav couple!

Besides, I manage to meet up with ccwu as well, (and his very cute and famous girlfriend – Yui) at Lomography Gallery Store Taipei together with my Malaysian friend Jeff whom happen to be at around Taipei by the time I visit Taiwan. I did meet up with Valence Sim as well, a lomo friend whom I met online (haha!) and he’s actually a Taiwanese but work and stay in Singapore. He went back to his homeland by the time I visit Taiwan, so it’s a good chance to meet up, to catch up and have a short photo-walk together. In this one week, I’ve conquer few tourists spots in Taipei as well. Some night markets, 9fen, 10fen, 101 tower, camera streets (where I manage to buy some cheap films there), old temples, beitou, Damshui Fisherman’s Wharf (oh, I enjoyed my silence moment there watching sunsets. beautiful!), some art center (somewhere similar with our very own KLPAC.) and others.

I’m glad that even though I met some obstacles in this trip but yet it ended up nicely, and (very very) memorable indeed. I definitely will be back again, there’s so many places and stuff I wanted to do but can’t do it this time, so perhaps next time?

Taiwan, I’ll see you again soon, alright?

Whole travelogue series is taken by film using Lomo LC-A, Lomo LC-Wide, Nikon FE2 (special thanks to Ronald borrowing me his camera for this trip) & Fisheye Baby 110.

*Check out my friend’s (Alex, Ahleong & Terence Cheong) blog and facebook page for our Taiwan expeditions.

Love,

Eva Eva

A Beautiful Day at Sekinchan

It’s been a long long while since the last outing with a bunch of photo enthusiasm, and it’s great to be able to go places with a group of people who are in different industry but share almost the same interest and beliefs in photography. We went to this beautiful small town; Sekinchan which located nearby Kuala Selangor and Sabak Bernam. It took about 1 hour plus to reach this place from the place I stay. We went there during harvesting season (June, 2013) and we are expecting golden brown dried paddy instead of the green one. We drive along and finally saw some haystack which is really gorgeous. 🙂

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We went to explore the fisherman village nearby too.

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Photo taken by Lomo LC-A & Lomo LC-Wide loaded with Kodak profoto XL 100, Lomo Chrome 100 & one roll of unidentify film. And my LC-A leaked randomly in the whole roll! Woots!

Beautiful weather, beautiful people. I miss going out on photo-outing. 🙂 Let’s go out and shoot, shall we?

Love,

Eva Eva