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Kampung Pictures Daily Yellow (Batches 1-4)
Yellow (Batches 1-4) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nanda   
Friday, 01 July 2011 23:00

CAN'T put a finger to it, but woke up this morning seeing all things yellow. No other primary colour in the light spectrum draws such opposite reactions. On the one hand - sunshine, warmth, friendship, hope, optimism. On the other, cowardice and sensationalism.

Yellow, oh yellow. How so contested is thy value.

Here in Malaysia, we have our share of everyday objects cast in yellow. So we thought, why not run a weeklong photo festival of objects or scenes with yellow as its subject? You know, Malaysiana Yellow. Just for the hell of it. Saje. Daily, over the course of the week, you'll find on this page new pictures on this theme, added here with captions, and hopefully gain something about the beauty of this land and its culture.

Most of all, join us - take some pics yourself and send them over. Let's together make this a happy-happy yellow fest. Meanwhile, enjoy.



BATCH No.4: Tuesday, July 5, 2011



Geng Itik Kuning di Pondok Polis: The cheerful Yellow Fest mascots visit a neighborhood police post. No, they didn't have to explain the colour of their cover. Pic / Nandakumar Haridas



Fountain in bloom: A spray of yellow orchid on the front porch of a suburban home. Although commonly hybridised these days, many orchid varieties are native to this region. Pic / San Jiun (Terima kasih, sis!)




Morning: Nothing like waking to soft morning light, a good shower and a favourite t-shirt waiting to be worn. Pic / Pair-o-Nikons (Terima kasih, you two!)




Happy seat: A lone yellow chair ever ready to provide simple comfort to chores that need to be done. Pic / Pair-o-Nikons




After the morning rush I: Girl walking along market aisle in the late morning. Pic / Nandakumar Haridas




After the morning rush II: Pasar-tested wellingtons taking a breather after peak hours at the PJ Old Town market. Pic / Nandakumar Haridas




Sun-tinged exotica: A little farther from home - sunset at Stone Town, Zanzibar in Tanzania. The dhow, silhouetted in the picture, has been the vernacular seafaring vessel for cultures in these parts of the Indian Ocean for centuries. Pic / Ee Chia




In case of emergency: Detail of a fire hydrant; still going strong despite the decades.



BATCH No.3: Monday, July 4, 2011



Pee-Jay Old Town!: The Geng Itik Kuning went on an excursion to the Petaling Jaya Old Town district for a walkabout recently. The mascots share with you what they experienced in some of the pictures below and more in the days to come. Pic / Nandakumar Haridas




Nasi Semangat: A common Kelantanese staple of pulut kuning. Fills you up good for weekend walks should you decide to take one. Pic / Topeng Perak Unmasked (Terima kasih, bro!)




For good buns: Crates used to ferry bakery products stacked outside a kopitiam in the PJ Old Town district.




Yellow foot: Seasoned plastic stool found near the loading bay of the PJ Old Town Market.




Solstice yellow: "Sunflowers in full bloom at my mother's garden. Amazing how many types of yellow flowers there are." Pic / San Jiun (Terima kasih, sis!)




Tomorrow's vessel: All's calm as a school bus waits for yet another school day to be over. In 10 minutes, the place would be swarming with tomorrow's community-builders boarding the vehicle to get home.




'Australia mari punya!': Succulent capsicums on sale at the green grocers side of the PJ Old Town market. These vegetables simply light up the ambience of the place.



BATCH No.2: Sunday, July 3, 2011



Mesyuarat itik kuning: Today, we introduce our festival mascots - Geng Itik Kuning - who will go on little trips around the land. They are captured here in a discussion about their itinerary. Watch out for them in future instalments :) Pic / Nandakumar Haridas




Like a Rothko painting: They seep into you - the wonderful beaches of Pantai Timur evoke a spiritual connection to the land. This stretch was taken at Pantai Kemasik, about 10 minutes' drive north of Kemaman, Terengganu.




Keeping clean: Caution sign at freshly mopped floor in a mall. Yes, clean is good. Pic / Topeng Perak Unmasked (Terima kasih, bro!)



Berry yellow: The fruit of a Heliconia plant outside the former PJ Court. Heliconias have often been mistakenly called Birds of Paradise by gardeners (the latter goes by the genus Strelitzia). This cheery houseplant is related to gingers and bananas and show the same growth and propagation habits.



Kids' hood: Detail of a swing structure in a neighborhood padang in PJ. The last two decades saw the older-generation wooden play structures replaced by brightly-coloured steel ones. They have now become ubiquitous in the suburban middle-class tamans.


BATCH No 1: Saturday, July 2, 2001


Walking aid: Road marking a stone's throw away from the Masjid Kapitan Keling in the historic core of Georgetown, Penang.


Breathing the breeze: Ventilation block detail at the Istana Bandar at Jugra, Selangor. Commissioned in 1905 by the fifth Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Alauddin Sulaiman, this palace incorporates various stylistic influences from Nusantara to Saracenic Indian to Chinese and Classical European. The museums department has painstakingly restored this timber and masonry building.


Happy home for stationery: Detail of a netted pencil case seen on a table in a local institute of higher learning.


Regal: The Selangor State flag, framed by yellow polycarbonate roofing, flaps majestically in the afternoon breeze.

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sanjiun |2011-07-02 22:52:48
Nice picture, Nanda!
Nanda |2011-07-02 23:28:50
Sanjiun, credit for the pictures of the first batch belongs to straits-mongrel, not me.
sanjiun |2011-07-05 09:16:06
I see, Nanda.
BTW, you bring those itik kuning everywhere with you? Cute!
DLim |2011-07-03 15:02:42
Oh.... you forgot Big Bird! :=))
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