I am currently updating from Manohara Hotel, Borobudur. Today is my second visit to Borobudur. My first was in 2010. Because it is the weekend, the temple gets very crowded. Also, there will be Buddhist procession. Minus the crowd, it is great to finally meet Candi Borobudur again. And my stay at Manohara is pleasant. But how did I get here is another story. I haven’t been having enough sleep so I am going to bed. This is just an update 🙂
May, in Sabah, is the month of Kaamatan (Harvest Festival). In 2013, my colleagues and I did an assignment on Magavau ceremony. We travelled to Penampang district and spoke to a bobohizan apprentice (whom, I was recently told, has become a full time Kadazandusun high priest). I did the interview. The write-up is done by my senior colleague Siti Nurbaiyah Nadzmi. **originally published in Life & Times , 26 May 2013
Envelop; verb (used with object), enveloped, enveloping. to surround entirely. Lately, I haven’t gone out to take decent photos. So for this week photo challenge, I decided to post pictures I took when I was travelling in Aarhus last December. On 24 Dec 2014, I explored small part of Edslev and walked through the misty woods. On Christmas day, I took another walk into the woods and as I walked, I smiled knowing that I had a good sleep when snow flakes came to play and enveloped the earth. Dec 24, 2014 | Edslev, Aarhus, Denmark Dec 24, 2014 | Edslev, Aarhus, Denmark Dec 25, 2014 | Edslev, Aarhus, Denmark Dec 25, 2014 | Edslev, Aarhus, Denmark
Yesterday, I flew to Sandakan – the second largest and developed town in Sabah, after Kota Kinabalu. I was flown here with my two colleagues to cover a kidnapping incident, which occurred at Sandakan’s well-known seafood eatery, Ocean King Seafood Restaurant. While in Sandakan, we took the opportunity to revisit Puu Jih Shih Temple – one of the finer Chinese temples in Sabah, according to Lonely Planet. We went there so my colleague, who is a photographer, could take an overall view of the restaurant overlooking the sea. It was a beautiful view.
Today, I decided to participate in a weekly photo challenge. When I read the theme for this week, I was not sure how to interpret forces of nature. My understanding was that a natural force should leave a strong impact…an aftermath of a natural disaster such as the recent earthquake in Kathmandu or the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, which killed more than 200,000 people. So I did a basic research: what is a force of nature and what is considered a force of nature? Then I decided to stick to the simple force of nature – the sunset. On Saturday, I went to watch the sun set with two Danish friends, who flew to the Philippines the next day. We had drinks and great conversation. As the sun made its way into the horizon, there was a moment of silence. There were people taking pictures and there were those who just sat quietly and enjoyed the moment. It was a beautiful feeling. As we headed for dinner, Marina and Mette agreed watching the sunset was the perfect choice to end their two-week holiday in Sabah. And …