Sunday, May 04, 2008

Taman Sahabat aka Friendship Park


Side Note: Finally, I have got a NEW camera to replace the one that is currently dying. What a joy !!


I have been dying for a photo-shooting session ok, more like many many photo-shooting sessions around Kuching since the day I got back from being away for so long. I know the Kuching folks will bark viscously at me since Kuching has always been such a boring place, right? To certain extents that could be true, but once you stop seeing things the usual way, and pick up the simpler and smaller things, then you will be able to witness the grandeur underneath it all. Everything, anything can be beautiful, if you choose to open your eyes to their beauty.

WELCOME TO TAMAN SAHABAT

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BEAUTIFUL WEATHER

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Thankfully there was Ann and Jee, who were kind enough to accompany this poor soul for a round of happy-snapping at our very own local park, Taman Sahabat (in Malay) or Friendship Park. I have visited this place a couple of times more than a year ago, and for those of you readers who have been keeping track of this blog eons ago, you would have recognized this place that I have blogged before. Nevertheless, this time, equipped with a different camera, a heck lot more of experiences and a much fired up inspiration, I was taking the photos rather differently.

For those of you who are not from Kuching, or from Kuching but living a passively ignorant life like most people locally, here is a brief introduction about the Friendship Park.

SKY, WATER and GARDEN

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THROUGH THE MAZES

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The entire place was constructed to commemorate the ties and mutual relationship between Malaysia and China that has stretched reasonably far back in the history. *yawn. The entrance to the garden, the fore front portion of the park was designed based on local architecture and cultural resemblance, mimicking Malay and Dayak influences generally. Stepping to the fake lake part of the park, there was a platform, symbolizing a boat, carrying a giant statue standing on top of it, which was supposed to be the Laksamana Cheng Ho. This is a metaphorical symbolization of China, traveling on their ships to Malaysia back in those days, thus the water resembles the ocean that separates the two nations.

If you fail your sejarah in SPM you might possibly not have the slightest idea who Laksamana Cheng Ho is.

LAKSAMANA CHENG HO

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CAPTURING SUN SPARK ON WATER

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From the point of that giant statue of Laksamana Cheng Ho onwards, the garden basically reflects a very strong Chinese influence, with Pagoda like huts and buildings, Chinese oriented plantations and the significantly dominant China Town stereotypical welcoming arch.

This blend of two distintive national influences are somewhat a rare fusion, but one would only notice the deep thoughts and careful planning being laid out on the landscaping procedures if one truly takes a moment to ponder a little.

It is a sad thing that these parks are not something that common in Kuching. Unlike Australia, where huge parks are built in almost any suburban areas, the parks here are far apart, and considered rather few.

BAMBOOOOOOOO

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PURPLISH PINK FLOWERRRRRRR

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STRIKING WHITE

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Maintenance wise is another issue, I just hope that the standards and cleanliness of this Friendship Park will be properly monitored and cared for. It would be a shame to come back to Kuching again one day to find that all the beautiful plants are reduced to piles of overgrown grass and bushes, and the water in the lake stench of dead fishes.

I guess the only thing missing from the photos are models !! Ann was too shy to have her photograph taken. I swear I was gonna make her look to the sky.. Hiak Hiak Hiak...

THE CHINESE RESTAURANT

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THE ROOF STRUCTURE

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Anyway, thanks sooooooooo much for having me around with you guys Ann and Jee !!! Too bad my time in Kuching is kind of limited this time, else we could explore somewhere more exciting. Nevertheless, I do see a lot of future opportunities, and we shall shoot Kuching (or somewhere else, you know what I mean) again someday.

13 comments:

  1. Robin, it's been a pleasure... don't be so paiseh lah. :) Your shots are amazing! ;D I'll update mine as soon as I finish ps-ing them. :)

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  2. hey elvawenn,
    thanks heaps !!! Looking forward to see urs..

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  3. the picture of the sky reflected on water is soooooo gorgeous!

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  4. Hi, i admire your photo taking talent:) When got chance can teach me?
    hahahhah

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  5. hey chloe !!
    Thanks !!! I love that picture tooooooo...

    hey redapple,
    Thanks. I am still new in this though, still learning. I am happy to share what I know with u anytime !!

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  6. u know they say that the photos depict the emotions of the photographer at the time it was taken and ever since i have been following your blog, i can tell that this time round, your photos veer from your style back in perth. i guess ever since u met Ollie, it has been more uplifting and the colors are richer. Ollie has truly taken your photography to the next level!

    sigh the wonders of true love :-)

    -Marcus

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  7. hey marcus,
    You are being too kind !!! Thanks thanks sooooo much dude.... ur words are really encouraging.
    but you are damned true about something, the photos reflect the emotions of the photographer, I have to agree with that. Different moods do influence the results in the end.
    Ollie rocks, and I am gonna stretch my skills further with it !!

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  8. using a slr camera already? the colors and resolution is so sharp!

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  9. hey samantha,
    sharp eyes you have. But interestingly, in terms of resolution and color, I could produce the same results with a decent compact camera with manual controls.

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  10. Aiyor...I'm eating my heart out!!! Such nice pictures!!!...Hey! I go Kuching in a couple of weeks, u pass me the old one, ya? Beggars can't be choosers!!! LOL!!!

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  11. hey suituapui,
    u are too kind !!! ahhaa thanks, but still learning lah.
    Aiyoo, to be honest if the camera doesnt have problems i dun mind giving it away, but its not exactly usable now. Maybe i should get it fixed or something, but i would rather use the repair cost for something else like buying u a coffee or something !! aahahahaha

    Anyway, when are u coming out to kuching???

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  12. Aiyor, you sweet tooth...I mean, sweet talker!!! Use mmoney buy me coffee!!! LOL!!! Going 17th...one nite only! Got family member celebrating birthday...and flying back next day. Have to help jaga mother at home, so cant stay long!

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  13. hey suituapui,
    Oh gosh, I will be flying off to KL on the 16th may, so unfortunately, have to save the sweet coffee for next time !!

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