Malaysia Boleh

Wilayah Mosque in the back drop of Kuala Lumpur -- capital city of Malaysia
Wilayah Mosque in the back drop of Kuala Lumpur — capital city of Malaysia

Malaysia seems to be in tumultuous times.

  • Sovereign debt fund instead of sovereign wealth fund
  • Murderers convicted, one fled, but murder motive(s)  unknown
  • First Lady of Shopping, as described by the Australian media
  • … <this list can go on, but that’s not my point>

 

I really hope Malaysia boleh overcome all these, that the people can stay united and prosper together.

On a positive note, I am looking forward to the proposed high speed rail to Kuala Lumpur!

 

Singapore vs. Malaysia in AFF Suzuki Cup 2014

Singapore National Stadium, 29 November 2014 — In this “derby” match, the Malaysian team edged Singapore out. Singapore needed at least a draw but the Malaysians proved hungrier and went for a win to qualify for the quarter finals. The results 1 – 3 placed Malaysia in second in Group B, behind Thailand.

 

Just before the match
Just before the match

 

Physio attending to downed defender Shaiful
Physiotherapist attending to downed defender Shaiful

 

The referee
The referee from Oman, Al Kaf Ahmed

 

Malaysian midfielder Gary Robbat being challenged.
Malaysian midfielder Gary Robbat being challenged

 

Gardening during the half-time break
Gardening during the half-time break

 

Singapore forward Shahfiq trying to advance.
Singapore forward Shahfiq trying to advance

 

Singapore midfielder Faris R.
Singapore midfielder Faris R.

 

Shahfiq again, sprinting forward with the ball.
Shahfiq again, sprinting forward with the ball

 

Can't remember what happened here, but Malaysian defender Shukor  seemed to be very excited.
Can’t remember what happened here, but Malaysian defender Shukor was very excited

 

Gary Robbat tripped over Singapore defender Shakir.
Gary Robbat tripped over Singapore defender Shakir

 

Substitution -- Singapoer midfielder Gabriel Quak called in to add more firepower.
Substitution — Singapoer midfielder Gabriel Quak called in to add more firepower

 

No goal -- Malaysian goalkeeer Khairul Fahmi on top form -- denied Faris' advancement.
No goal — Malaysian goalkeeer Khairul Fahmi on top form — denied Faris’ advancement

 

Shahfiq got the header.
Shahfiq got the header

 

Malaysian midfielder Hafiz challenging counterpart Shahril from Singapore.
Malaysian midfielder Hafiz challenging counterpart Shahril from Singapore…

 

Shahril got away
…but Shahril got away

 

Malaysian keeper Khairul Fahmi again denied an equalizer attempt from Singapore forward, Amri.
Malaysian keeper Khairul Fahmi again denied an equalizer attempt from Singapore forward, Amri

 

Malaysian forward, Norshahrul. Singapore defender Safuwan pleaded not guilty
Malaysian forward, Norshahrul. Singapore defender Safuwan pleaded not guilty

 

Malaysian defender, Muslim proved to be a higher jumper.
Malaysian defender, Muslim proved to be a higher jumper

 

Singapore fan celebrating after the team scored an equalizer.
Singapore fan celebrating after the team scored an equalizer

 

Khairul Fahmi denied yet another shot on target.
Khairul Fahmi denied yet another shot on target

 

Midfielder Safiq Rahim converted a penalty. as goalkeeper Hassan Sunny dived the other direction.
Midfielder Safiq Rahim converted a penalty. as goalkeeper Hassan Sunny dived the other direction

 

Desperate for another equalizer, Singapore goalkeeper Hassan Sunny headed the freekick ball near the opponents' box. The rebound unfortunately gave the Malaysians the third goal.
Desperate for the second equalizer, Singapore goalkeeper Hassan Sunny attempted a header from the freekick ball near the opponents’ box but it was punched away by Khairul Fahmi before Hassan even came close. The rebound unfortunately gave the Malaysians the third goal

 

All's well.
The end, 1-3 but all is well

 

I took all these with SAL70300G lens, and stretching the ISO up to 4000-5600. Some noise reduction was done in post and I think they’re still usable at Web resolution 🙂

 

Old Playground

I was in KL to visit my parents in September. Brought the kids out for a trip of playground-hopping within the neighbourhood.

I also took the opportunity to be nostalgic. Here are a couple of photos of the run-down playground which I used to frequent, probably about 30 years ago.

This is Conservation a la KL-style.

 

I can't relate to the size anymore -- I don't think I can fit in this slide now!
I can’t relate to the size anymore — I don’t think I can fit in this slide now!
Tunnels with vegetation
Tunnels with vegetation

 

Port Dickson

I believe everyone who grew up in the KL would know the local stretch of beaches at Port Dickson. This place has a little spot in my heart and this is our to-go destination when we are up for a 2D1N retreat. There are several resorts or hotels along Jalan Pantai (translates to Beach Road) but I have my personal favourite. This time however, we went for something different — just to give Thistle at Port Dickson a try (and also slightly cheaper than the favourite).

Some features I like about this resort:

  • Ample parking spaces, far from the main road but near the resort building. Somehow this gives a good sense of security.
  • Large and clean pools. There are shallow areas near the slides — safe for children.
  • Nicely mowed green pasture lined with coconut trees (perhaps great for weddings).
  • Great view of the Straits of Malacca.
  • Complementary bottled water available everywhere!

 

View from my room
View from my room
View of the sea with a bit of the pools
View of the sea with a bit of the pools

 

We forgot to bring our underwater P&S (Olympus uTough) as it was a spontaneous decision to come here — so we put my almost-a-year-old Xperia Z1 to a real test. It turned out OK underwater. The capacitive touch screen was good enough to sense my touch when fully submerged. It gave a little detection problem if the screen is half submerged (I guess the touch controller can’t deal with the un-leveled noise floor). The rest of the images were taken by the mobile phone.

 

Virgin dip for the Xperia Z1
Virgin dip for the Xperia Z1
Giant Snake & Ladder game
Giant Snake & Ladder game
Perfectly timed leg shot (done by the built-in Timeshift Burst app)
Perfectly timed leg shot (done by the built-in Timeshift Burst app)
Found thousands of these little sand bubblers out on the beach (low tide)
Found thousands of these little sand bubblers out on the beach (during low tide)

 

I enjoyed our stay overall. But I think I should note that these were not something I appreciate:

  • Narrow beach.  I think it has to do with this part of Port Dickson. The sand was tough and hard (like clay).
  • Lots of birds finding home at this resort building. Quite a undesirable sight of their droppings
  • 9-hole golf course. I am not a golfer nor did I observe any golfers during my stay. The area could have been better used
  • There was no bath tub in the room. Thought this is a pre-requisite for a 4-star property but Thistle is a 5-star resort?

 
 
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