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April 5, 2010

Posted by asianpixmen in Craft, Culture, Malaysia, People, Places.
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Sometimes in my wanderings in search for the holy grail in the realm of blades, I come across a few surprises.

Take for example, the above. I have never seen such blades but I did, at a recent public exhibition of local Malaysian handicraft.

These short knives are from Kelantan. Yes, they bear the marks of a persistent hammer and the jerky hand movements of the maker who spent one too many hours at his work shop.

But each streak of the grinder on the sharpened Jeep spring is testimony of a man who takes pride in his work. The longer-than-usual hand, made from fine-looking wood, is comfortable in my roughened hands.

There is a certain feeling that is undescribable when a man puts a work of art in his hands. It is an unspoken relationship that tells the handler that “yes, this is me,  I have met my new owner.”

It may sound corny but ask any blade collector who has handled a beautiful handiwork and he will wax lyrical about the amalgam of wood and steel forged in fire.


April 5, 2010

Posted by asianpixmen in Activities, Craft, Culture, Malaysia, People, Places.
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Many Malaysians are ignorant of the beauty of batik. A lot of people think of clothes when batik is mentioned. Actually, batik’s beauty has been seen in paintings and in other forms of artwork.

Here we have batik used as pictures to decorate the interior of a house or a hall. The beauty of batik is accentuated when it is hung against a background where sunlight is allowed full play.

Sometimes, you need a helping hand from nature to see the beauty of a batik print.

Masjid Jamek — one of the earliest mosques in Kuala Lumpur October 26, 2009

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Masjid Jamek mosque

Within the mosque perimeters

Masjid Jamek is located in the confluence of two rivers in the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.

On its muddy banks began the commercial centre of what KL is today. It holds many stories within its grounds.

The British and the Moghul influences are inherent in its design and layout. That’s what made this house of worship so special and the heritage of Malaysia so rich.

Underwater world March 11, 2009

Posted by asianpixmen in Miscellaneous, Nature, People, Places, Singapore.
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There are some big aquariums around the world. Melbourne has one, so has Kuala Lumpur. The one you are looking at is on Sentosa island, Singapore.

It’s a great place to bring the family. Nothing like sharks swimming overhead and giving you the jitters when you stare at their big jaws.

It is also an educational and informational experience too. Okay, let’s go swimming.

Foreign labour in Malaysian restaurants October 25, 2008

Posted by asianpixmen in Food, Malaysia, People, Places.
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These days it is common to see foreign workers of various nationalities working in Malaysian coffeeshops and eateries.

Recently, I found myself facing to face with some “Chinese workers” in an Indian establishment. It was only when they could not understand me that I suspected that we are not communicating on the same bandwith.

On further enquiry, I found out they were actually Vietnamese. Then yesterday, I talked to some “locals” who turned out to be Myanmar nationals. Malaysia is becoming the new “land of milk and honey” for her neighbours.

We have Bosnians, Africans, Thais, Indons, Chinese nationals, Koreans, Mongolians, etc, strewn all over shopping complexes stretching from Kangar, Perlis to Kuching, Sarawak.

In a way, it is a happy situation. We get to learn to know our neighbours better now. As they say, glad to lend a helping hand to people who are just trying to eke out an honest living.