Save Jalan Sultan ! ! !

Malaysia’s capital city, Kuala Lumpur, is an urban place where many old buildings exist in the midst new development. One such street is called Jalan Sultan ,which is home to some amazing colonial buildings and also many business. Recently the government has asked the people in this area to evacuate for the development of a MRT project. Hence there was an event to create awareness of sustaining an important area in Kuala Lumpur.

A bit bout the project from their official FACEBOOK page :

“Pre-war shoplots on Jalan Petaling & Jalan Sultan, some of which are more than a century old, are at risk of being demolished to make way for an underground MRT line. Acquisition notices were also served to business owners, which came as a shock because there was no prior consultation or correspondence from the government. As a result, a famous Malaysian tourist landmark known all over the world is now in danger of having its landscape changed forever.

Most of us here have been here for decades, some close to a century even. Generation after generation, we have toiled, worked and preserved this place and made it into what it is today. Soon, Yook Woo Hin where KL residents will fondly remember stopping by for a ‘pau’ or Chinese steamed bun on the way to school, Kwong Fook Wing the tailor who made coats for many notable dignitaries and the quaint and rustic Lok Ann Hotel which has been in business since 1957 will be no more.

We are not against development, in fact the MRT line will make it even easier for foreign tourists and Malaysians alike to visit Jalan Petaling & Jalan Sultan. We are however against the arbitrary acquisition of the property where we’ve been operating our businesses in for years. The line runs underground anyway so we do not see why the acquisition exercise is even required in the first place. We just want to make a living here in this place we quite literally call home.

Please help support our cause to raise awareness about our plight! “

Anyway here are some pictures that I took during that night :

Save Jalan Sultan : Lantern Night

Save Jalan Sultan : Lantern Night

Save Jalan Sultan : Lantern Night

Save Jalan Sultan : Lantern Night

Save Jalan Sultan : Lantern Night

Save Jalan Sultan : Lantern Night

Save Jalan Sultan : Lantern Night

Save Jalan Sultan : Lantern Night

Save Jalan Sultan : Lantern Night

Save Jalan Sultan : Lantern Night

Well, I hope that the country will know the importance of sustaining old building to ensure peace and harmony among the people in the area.

~Later Days~

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AJ Rafael Live in Kuala Lumpur

Yup its been ages once again. I need to update more stuff since I have my own domain now…Anyway to cut things short and straight to the point, another YouTube sensation was in KL two months ago. He is none other than, the talented AJ Rafael . AJ started posting on YouTube in 2006, and has since gotten over 300,000 subscribers and over 73,000,000 hits. His well known hits include  I just Want You, Emma Watson, Red Roses and many more. This concert in KL was part of his Red Roses tour. Here are some of  the pictures I took :

AJ Rafael : Red Roses Tour , Live in KL

AJ Rafael : Red Roses Tour , Live in KL

AJ Rafael : Red Roses Tour , Live in KL

AJ Rafael : Red Roses Tour , Live in KL

AJ Rafael : Red Roses Tour , Live in KL

Well that is all for now and I have more posts coming up.

~Later Days~

WISHES DO HAPPEN : Meeting Jayesslee and Clara C in Kuala Lumpur

I have always been a big fan of musicians. Be it local or international, I look forward to meeting good and talented musicians. One of my first concert was when I traveled to Singapore by myself, just to watch a Norah Jones concert. Since then I have been to Singapore, Philippines and Indonesia to watch concerts. Jakarta especially as I always go for the Java Jazz shows.

Besides concerts, the YouTube artists are the ones I am so crazy nowadays. For the past four years or so, I have been watching various people on YouTube making amazing music (not forgetting cute pandas sneezing, two small girls singing Nikki Minaj, etc) has been part of my YouTube watching regiment. There are a few amazing artists that I would not miss, people like AJ Rafeal, David Choi, Dallas Green, WongFu Productions, Kina Grannis, and my FAVORITES are people such as Jayesslee, Clara C, Cathy Nguyen and also the amazing Andy Garcia.

Well thanks to our a good friend from a local radio station, I had the amazing privilege of meeting two of my favorite acts. Namely Jayesslee and Clara C. I am gonna feature some pictures and videos that were done when they were in town during their concert and also at the studios performing. Firstly Jayesslee, the twins are from Australia, they rose to fame after singing on YouTube. The song that made well known was “Officially Missing You by Tamia”. You can find them HERE

These is a short excerpt of their biodata from a FAN PAGE :

Hi! We’re Janice and Sonia, yes we really are twins. Same hair, same face, we’re similar in many ways yet once you get to know us, you’ll find that we’re different at the same time 🙂 We are 24 years old, born and raised in Sydney Australia. Both our parents are Korean, so we are able to read, write and speak the language. We have always shared a passion for singing and now, we are both pretty set on pursuing music. Just want to say a ma-HASSIVE thank you to all our subscribers and supporters. We don’t sing to be rated, but every comment, message, rating and subscriber has made this journey for us all the more rewarding!

This is their first video they posted :

This are pictures I took of their performances in the studio and during their live concert :

Jayesselee Live in KL

Jayesselee Live in KL

Jayesselee Live in KL

Jayesselee Live in KL

Also this was the video shot by me and Reuben, edited by Jin of hitz.fm :

Well, that was for the twins, and yesterday was another wish came true for me as Clara C was in town as well. I was so happy to meet her, not only she is talented but this girl is super down to earth. Here is something about Clara taken from her website:

Having been a closet musician most of her life, Clara has only recently revealed her talent to the world. In a short period of time, she has won prestigious competitions such as Kollaboration 10, ISA 09: Los Angeles and the KAC Media Creative Juice Night.
Clara has just begun to capture the hearts and minds of the music community worldwide. Her quirky charm, creative ideas, unlimited instrumental and vocal talent has allowed people to see Clara as the next big singer/songwriter. Clara’s music can best be described as a synergy of folk/pop/rock sound that when blended together creates a unique experience.

She has performed at renowned venues such as The White House Dept. of Education, Hollywood Bowl, Shrine Auditorium and more where she performed for crowds of up to 18,000 people. Clara’s debut album was released on September 24th, 2010 to a sold out crowd at the Hotel Cafe venue. Look for Clara as she tours throughout the year promoting her debut album, The Art in My Heart.

Well here some the shots and also a video done by the same crew. She sang one of her new singles called, “FISH” :

Clara C at hitz.fm Studio

Clara C at hitz.fm Studio

Clara C at hitz.fm Studio

Clara C at hitz.fm Studio

Here is the video :

Well one thing I have learnt from meeting this artist is, they are so down to earth, that really makes me want to keep on doing what I love doing and be passionate about it. They are so well known and yet you can talk to them like they are your friends. I think a rise in the YouTube artist is very eminent in these coming years. So look out for that upcoming artist that you knew from your high school, or even your neighbour.

~Later Days~

India In Hipstamatic

Finally I got the time to blog on my India trip. Well this post is on the pictures that I took using the iPhone 3Gs with the Hipstamatic app. My trip was to three parts of India which were, New Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. Anyway these are shots taken with the phone and more of my shots will be uploaded of the ones taken with my DSLR. Anyway here some of the shots :

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For more pictures from this series click HERE 

That is all for now and Later Days !

The Wonder Lens

Yes, that is what I called this baby, the 50mm,f 1.8 (Canon), cuz I am using a Canon anyway. Well this is one the cheapest in fact is the cheapest lens in the series. Despite it being cheap and plastic like ! But it sure take some killer images. The bokeh is just nice and if you invest in a bigger aperture like f1.4 or f1.2 it will be even crazy. Anyway I am gonna be adding this series more I guess, but here is just a feel of it :

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Sp for those who wanna get this lens, I think it is a good deal and the pictures created are amazing.

~Later Days~

WORLD MUSIC AT ITS BEST IN SARAWAK

 “One thing good about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain” – Bob Marley

That is how I felt exactly in the words of the reggae legend. The Rainforest World Music Festival 2011 was simply amazing. With music from all around the world, it was a mix of traditional and modern sounds all mashed to create the perfect ambience. This was my first trip to the festival but I must say the atmosphere was simply electrifying.

There were bands from Italy, Iran, Dominican Republic, Australia, Mexico, Vanuatu, UK , USA and many more. For a first timer like me, the music was simply amazing and you have to be there to experience something like that.

One of the most unique performances were the Leweton Women’s Water Music. The group of 6 ladies created beautiful music using their bare hands by tapping and clapping on the surface of the water. A short excerpt on them : “From the remote, northern tropical islands of Vanuatu, comes an extremely unique and rarely seen tradition, called water music. Dressed in traditional costumes of flowers and leaves, a small number of women wade into the water up to their waist, stand in the shape of a half moon and begin to play. The water is beaten in rhythmic dance of bodies and waves. The water itself is the instrument producing a wide range of sounds in intoxicating rhythms, with pieces titled “The Sound of Thunder”, “Big Whale Fish Playing With Small Whale Fish”, “Waves Breaking on the Reef”. This will be a rare glimpse into an ancient but living tradition.”

Another power house was Kissmet from UK. This bhangra infused rock style music were the closing band on the last day. They were just a band that brings the rhythm and the beats to the hearts of the people. Well, these are some pictures from the festival that I captured.

Workshop Time

Victor Valdez

Kamafei

Kamafei

Blue Canyon Boys

Headgear

Party Reveler

Tribal

Lights !

Joaquin Diaz

Leweton Women's Water Music Troupe

Kissmet

Peace

Finale !

In conclusion the festival is something everyone must experience at least once in their life. Many would say that world music is not their cup of tea but to feel the sheer presence of traditional and modern music coming together is something extraordinary. Be it bluegrass or the sounds of the Sarawak ‘sape’ , the festival is something that I am looking forward to go to next year.

For more information on the festival do log on to http://rwmf.net and to check out pictures from Prakash Daniel click on http://www.flickr.com/photos/prakashdaniel

~Later Days~