Fun in the sun

Watched these boys have a blast on this slide during the holiday weekend in Taiping. It was great to see them bound up and down the slide without a care in the world.

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Favorite Photo Friday: Playtime


Blue skiesI love Taiping

We recently had another holiday weekend here in Malaysia, so we planned a trip to Taiping, a city about 4 hours north of KL by bus. The city is filled with old colonial architecture from its tin boom in the 19th Century. In addition, it was also a place for a lot of firsts in Malaysia, it had the first operational train station, the first museum, and the first English church.

Taiping District OfficeHardware storePasar Lama

The city center is filled with a wide range of old architecture and everywhere we looked there was a building or detail that called out to be studied. We dedicated a lot of time to taking pictures from various angles and getting up close to some minute details.

Let me inCentral market

Capturing architecture and small details have actually been challenging for me, as most of my photography before was of landscapes and natural settings. With that in mind, I’ve really enjoyed it as there appears to be an infinite amount of details to find in these old buildings and towns. I feel like I’ll never get tired of photographing them, but I guess time will tell.

Taiping SchoolOld train station

I wanted to use this blog to share some of the architecture and details we found, so I hope you enjoy some of things that caught my eye while we walked around Taiping.


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Admiring the Architecture in Taiping


High noon

Normally, the middle of the day is deemed a bad time to take pictures, with harsh, overhead light, but since we slept in a little on our first day in Taiping we left ourselves no choice. Of our pictures that afternoon, this shot of an eerily quiet intersection, with the weatherworn building in the background was an absolute standout.

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Favorite Photo Friday: High Noon on Quiet Streets


Art in an abandoned house

We stumbled upon this graffiti art in the derelict remains of an old mansion outside the main strip in Melaka. The old house was full of different pieces, but this face was undoubtedly the highlight of our discoveries.

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Favorite Photo Friday: Hidden Surprises


Melaka sunset

This beautiful mosque sits on a tiny island near the city center, but its sereneness might as well be on the other side of the world from the chaos found on Jonker Street.

Masjid Selat Melaka

Entrance to Masjid Selat Melaka

The name of this modern mosque, is the Melaka (Malacca) Straits Mosque or Masjid Selat Melaka due to it basically being built on top of the Melaka Straits. To find this somewhat hidden gem you’ll need to catch a ride by taxi, Uber, or Grab to the diminutive, man-made Pulau Melaka. The journey from the heart of the city takes about 15-20 minutes depending on the traffic. If you need some peace from all the hustle and bustle of the old town or if you just want to witness a sunset at a pretty special place I highly recommend a trip out to the “Floating Mosque.”

There was a small, quiet crowd for sunset and more than a few photographers, but nothing in scale compared to Angkor Wat. We weren’t too stressed about grabbing the right shot, so we made it there about 30 minutes before sunset and still find some pretty nice angles to take pictures.

Sunset at Masjid Selat Melaka

Sunset at Masjid Selat Melaka

Mosque at darkPrayers lined up

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The Floating Mosque of Melaka


Traffic jam

Apparently traffic really only wants to go one way on this major road in Yangon.

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Favorite Photo Friday: Traffic Jam


Old and newHanging onOpen air busCatching a ride

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Wordless Wednesday: Buses in Yangon