Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

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Makkah al Mukarramah or widely known in the West as Mecca is the holiest place for Muslim and home to Kaabah; the pillar of direction of Muslim prayers. Makkah is also a pilgrimage site for Hajj, which is obligatory for all able Muslim (depending on terms as guided in the holy book of Al Quran). Therefore, it is a spiritual experience to be in the heart of Islam most beloved city. The weather was scorching hot when I was there. The population was constantly increased but the pilgrims remained focused on their main objective in being here, to worship God and to repent for all of their sins. I was able to document through pictures, the insides of Makkah from my own view. This was on the second floor of Masjidil Haram or Masjid al Haram; the largest mosque in the world surrounding Kaabah. The sky looked so blue and people on the balcony were waiting for a call to prayer by the muezzin. Once the call to prayer vibrating through the late afternoon winds, I grab my camera and shoot this. I can never explain the serene and calming effect I had at this moment, right before my fingers hit the shoot button. I hope, my photo does it for me.

“Verily, unto God do we belong and, verily, unto Him we shall return”. -al Baqarah

Green Rhapsody

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Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises. Pedro Calderon de la Barca

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When you’re green, your growing. When you’re ripe, you rot. -Ray Kroc

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When the green woods laugh with the voice of joy, And the dimpling stream runs laughing by; When the air does laugh with our merry wit, And the green hill laughs with the noise of it. -William Blake

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The future will either be green or not at all. Bob Brown

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For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver. Martin Luther

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The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself. William Blake

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Nature always wears the colors of the spirit. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
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I hold no preference among flowers, so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous. -Edward Abbey
 
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Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. -Albert Einstein
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The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep. -Robert Frost
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Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books. -John Lubbock
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Two dark shadows so immersed in the greenery of Marken village, that they forgot of the coming dusk. -faa
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Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. -George Eliot
The whole frames were taken in Zaanse Schans village, Zandaam and Marken in the Netherlands. I still remember the smell of grass, the chirping of birds on the sky, the quack of ducks on the pond, the cute way other ducks lazying on the edge of other ponds, the cold breeze of March wind and so many more of nature’s wonders. How I wish to be back on that same path and forgetting now. If only I can find such greenery here, in my tumultuous mind.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Texture

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Songket is a symbol of Malay culture. A fabric from brocade family, songket is widely used traditionally in Malaysia during wedding ceremony by brides and grooms. Songket is hand-woven in silk or cotton and intricately patterned with gold or silver threads. The metallic threads stand out against the background cloth to create a shimmering effect. Textures on ‘songket’ are always distinct from one to the others; thus resulted in unique textures of colourful fabrics. It is said that a man must at least has a piece of songket in their lifetime.

We are our culture and tradition; if there is no culture or tradition we are no one. Tamerlan A.Kuzgov 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Zigzag

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This is my zigzag story. Power tower like this is a familiar scenery in my country. You could find it almost everywhere. This one caught my eyes as the sky behind it looks really angry, ready to fight out the blueness that tried to come out from the grey fogs of the grey sky. Another special reason I love this zigzag pattern is because I shot this photo using my disposable camera with film. A real one. I did not expect to make it this real. I am happy with the result and I hope to shoot more angry skies soon with my disposable camera.

I know that I shall meet my fate somewhere among the clouds above; those that I fight I do not hate, those that I guard I do not love. -W.B. Yeats

Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’

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It was high time for us to have a break from our everyday jobs. So we went for a road trip to the Southern City of Johor Bahru in Malaysian Peninsular. The journey was amazing and the food was superb. This is my definition of summer lovin’ with a bunch of good friends, enjoying good laughs while sipping the best drinks and feasting with good foods. The photo captured while we were enjoying our early dinner; with Stulang famous fried rice, lala cooked with sour sauces and spicy squids. I could not ask for more. We are besties for life 🙂

It’s easy to impress me. I don’t need a fancy party to be happy. Just good friends, good food and good laughs. I’m happy. I’m satisfied. I’m content. -Maria Sharapova

 

* Johor Bahru situated in the southern part of Peninsular Malaysia with merely 5 kilometres away from Singapore.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Relic

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The unfinished, ruined mansion of Kellie’s Castle, was built by a Scottish planter named William Kellie Smith. It was a gift for his beloved wife and if only the castle’s construction completed; Kellie’s Castle would be the first building in Malaya owned a lift. Sadly, Kellie’s Castle meant to be unfinished. William died of Spanish Influenza when he was in Portugal trying to bring back the lift for this castle. With his death, the whole worked on the castle was abandoned and the castle left undone. Rumours on conjuring ghosts and ghouls fuel the community around Batu Gajah. It even went as far as the ghost of William Kellie Smith himself. For all that I knew, the castle stands silently on a small hill, as a symbol of forgotten long lost love. A relic from the past.

*Kellie’s Castle situated in Batu Gajah, a small town not far from Ipoh, Malaysia.