Malioboro & Surroundings

Malioboro

This is Malioboro

Many tourists come to stay in Jogjakarta to visit Prambanan temple and Borobudur.  Malioboro is a street name in central area of Jogjakarta, next to Tugu train station and is a kind of melting pot where domestic and foreign tourists come to sample the place and do some shopping.  One of the popular items on sale here are T-shirts.  The words Jogja (short for Jogjakarta) and, or Malioboro are found in many of the artwork.  Not surprisingly, the surrounding areas are packed with tourist class and budget hotels.

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Selamat Hari Raya ‘Idil Fitri 1436

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Dengan berakhirnya bulan Ramadhan yang penuh dengan barkah ini, dan menjelangnya Syawal, muga-muga puasa yang telah kita tunaikan diterima oleh Allah s.w.t., dan dengan RahmatNya yang Maha Melimpah-ruah, diberiNya senantiasa kepada kita sekalian, kesejahteraan, kebahagiaan, keselamatan di dunia dan di akhirat. Amin.

Sangatlah baik jika kita teruskan dengan berada dalam keadaan tidak terlalu kenyang. Telah didapati dalam satu kajian di Russia, ia itu orang yang boleh tahan lapar boleh bertahan dengan kehidupan pada waktu kesusahan kerana ia perlukan hanya sedikit makanan sahaja. Tetapi sebaliknya jika sekiranya ia makan berlebihan, dia akan cepat menjadi gemuk kerana makanan yang tidak diperlukan oleh badan akan disimpan menjadi lemak. Kesimpulan ini hasil dari siasatan para saintis Russia yang membuat penyelidikan terhadap mereka-mereka yang selamat setelah kota mereka dikepung oleh tentera Jerman lebih dari setahun semasa perang dunia kedua. Mereka hidup dengan apa yang ada pada ketika itu. Di dalam satu hadith, Nabi Muhammad s.a.w. bersabda, “Kami daripada gulungan yang tidak makan melainkan kami lapar, dan apabila kami makan, tidak sampai kenyang.” Muga-muga kita termasuk dalam gulungan itu. Amin.

Latihan berpuasa ini sangat berguna, lebih-lebih lagi kepada mereka yang berada di dalam gulungan yang tidak tahan lama dengan keadaan perut yang kosong. Jika dilaksanakan pasti mereka akan boleh tahan berlapar sebagaimana perpatah melayu ada mengatakan, “Alah bisa tegal biasa.” Semoga kita bertambah sihat wal afiat seterusnya senantiasa. Amin

Saya ingin mengambil kesempatan ini untuk mengucapkan kepada sekalian muslimin dan muslimat,

“Selamat Hari Raya ‘Idil Fitri,
Semoga Kembali Fitrah.”

Bagi yang mengenali diri ini, ku susun sepuluh jari mohon keampunan dan kemaafan atas segala silap dan salah.
Terima kasih.

LIMA 2015

LIMA 2015 Aerospace Venue

LIMA 2015 Aerospace Venue


LIMA stands for Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace exhibition that takes place once every two years. It covers both civilian and defense industries but the main focus is on defense industry. The event, which had its beginning in 1991, is held early in the year around March. There is an event this year and it is over. I had the opportunity to present myself in person to witness it for the first time. Part of the reason was that I wanted to see local military pilots performing the cobra manoeuvre in their Sukhoi Su-30MKM. The first time I saw it was in early 80s in an aerospace exhibition held in Singapore and performed by the then new Sukhoi Su-27. I never knew who the pilot was, but the manoeuvre was pioneered by a Russian pilot named Viktor Pugachev. Never did I see it before, a plane in very high alpha almost verticle, flying horizontally across. It was an eye-opener and awe-inspiring manoeuvre, a class of its own.

My intention to cover both the Maritime and Aerospace events did not go well. My mistake, I did not know that on the event days, it was practically impossible to get from one event location to the other on time. The Maritime and Aerospace events were held at different venues and I did not factor the traffic conditions in. Arriving late and practically no space for parking, I did not get to cover the maritime event except that I was lucky enough to see the maritime show, a mock-up operations of sea rescue and took some pictures.

The following day, I decided to totally dedicate the time to cover just the Aerospace event especially the aerial displays because it was my main reason for being there. I moved from one location to another, both inside and outside the venue including top of the hill next to the runway. Only a few pictures of the flying metal birds turned out good, ah well, but it thus inspired me to do better next time…if I have the means and time for it. Definitely I need to do some careful planning if it is permissible for me to be there on the next coming event.

Thank you very much to the organiser for issuing me a Media Pass and I wish that it will again be given to me for the subsequent event, if it is possible for me to go, to fully cover LIMA thoroughly. I am a blogger/photographer, covering event is my espertise.

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Dieng

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It is said to be Abode of The Gods, Dieng is in Central Java, Indonesia. A piece of land 2093 metres above the sea level, in a word, it is a plateau. Actually it is a caldera, home to a few volcanic craters and lakes. Being high up in the sky and practically you can see the clouds below, it is cold. Cold enough that for the months of July and August, there can be morning frost that makes the local farmers worried as it has detrimental effect on their crops.

Recently I spent 3 days and 2 nights in Dieng observing its culture and spent some times photographing its landscapes and activities. There are so many interesting sites in Dieng, besides craters and lakes there are also ancient temples and caves. I did not cover them all, I was just scratching the surface. You need more time if you want to record all of it in pixels.

There are a few factors to consider in landscape photography and two of them are timing and patience. This recent trip, I did not had the luxury of timing nor do I had the patience to stay a long while. So, I took it as it was presented when I arrived at the site, or, when I saw an opportunity. Opportunity such as back lighting on farmers as they till the land or harvesting the fruits of their labour. Hopefully next time, if ever, I’m at least better informed and more aware, know what to do and what to expect, so as to maximise the time spent and be much more at ease when I’m there again mingling with the gods.

Ku Berkelana Pada Akhir Ramadhan 1436

Desa Dieng di daerah Wonosobo pada senja hari

Desa Dieng di daerah Wonosobo pada senja hari

Tahun ini teringin pula untuk ke pulau jawa dan duduk di sana beberapa hari pada akhir Ramadhan hingga sampai menjelang Syawal. Dapat juga aku melihat dan merasakan bagaimana umat Islam setempat menjalankan ibadah puasa dan merayakan ‘Idil Fitri. Aku merencanakan dua tempat untuk aku lawat dan singgah dalam perjalananku ini. Dua tempat ini ialah Dieng dan Tawangmangu. Dieng ialah kawasan dataran tinggi (Plateau) dan Tawangmangu berada di bahu Gunung Lawu.  Berada pada kedudukan 2093 meter dpl,  Dieng lebih tinggi dari Tawangmangu yang berada pada ketinggian 1200 meter dpl, dan sudah tentu cuacanya pun lebih dingin hinggakan boleh menyebabkan embun beku pada masa-masa tertentu.

Jalan Lawu menuju ke Gunung Lawu

Jalan Lawu menuju ke Gunung Lawu

Sekarang ini, aku berada di tanah jawa, dan ternyata tidak banyak bezanya dengan keadaan di semenanjung tetapi ada juga yang unik. Sebagaimana biasa, kalau di kampung-kampung akan kedengaran laungan pekikan “Sahur” dan “Imsak” apabila tiba waktunya, bezanya, di sini ada banyak masjid-masjid, ianya membuat keadaan menjadi sahut-menyahut antara satu dengan yang lain dan berpanjangan jadinya. Yang uniknya ialah sesuatu yang dilakukan di Dieng. Selain dari laungan sahur, dibunyikan siren pada waktu berbuka dan pada waktu imsak. Satu saja siren untuk semua penduduk di kawasan itu dan ini sudah tentunya dapat menyelaraskan waktu. Tergambar di benakku atas suatu perkara yang berlaku lebih kurang 55 tahun yang lalu. Ketika itu keluargaku menetap di tingkat atas barek polis Pearl’s Hill di Singapura. Waktu hampir maghrib, aku memandang akan bapaku yang sedang berdiri berbongkok sambil menongkatkan kedua siku lengannya di tembok pagar di balkoni bilek kami (satu bilek dan satu balkoni saja, dapur berhadapan rumah, apartment kiranya, di seberang lorong) merenung jauh sambil menunggukan kedengaran bunyi das tembakan meriam. Begitu cepat masa berlalu.

Salam dari seberang,

25 Ramadhan 1436.