Saturday, May 12, 2012

My Hometown - Kapit, Borneo Sarawak Part 1

Map Of Sarawak
I have been away from my hometown since I was 8 years old and only visited her occasionally. My feeling toward her is so close yet so far, indescribable unique feeling. All this while, I would like to write or post something about her and I don't really have time to do so. During my last visit in March 2011, I managed to take some photos of her.

Here we go................

Kapit is an inland town (which can only be accessed by express boat), 126km from city of swan (Sibu).  
To reach there, you need to take flight from Kuala Lumpur to Sibu (1 hour 55mins) and another express boat ride of 3 hours; It took me approximately 14 hours 55 mins to reach Kapit. The boat ride ticket can be purchased at the entrance of the wharf at RM20 (economical class), RM25 (business class) and RM30(VIP class).

The wharf entrance
The only transport to Kapit.

When cruising along the river, you can see mixture of traditional and modern Iban's long house lined up at the river band. After one hour of boat ride, Song is the 1st town to come into sight followed by Kanowit, a township slightly bigger than Song.

Modern Iban 's long house

River getting busier with tongkang (Tug Boat or Burge) and express boat upon approaching destination due to the timber industry and forestry activity.

The common main transport, "sampan" or long boat used by Iban

Timber is the main stream of income and business along Rejang river.

Tongkangs or tug boats are commonly used to carry and tow the timber logs to Sibu for processing and export.

Tug boat is ready to tow off the timber logs.
Kapit's new bazaar is the 1st segment came into sight upon arriving and most of the Tongkangs are anchored here.  
New Bazaar, 1st segment of Kapit

Most of the express boats are stopped by the main wharf at main bazaar.

The final stopping point at main wharf.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Vesak Day In Auckland

Visited Fo Guang Shan North Island NZ during Vesak day
(Sometimes informally called "Buddha's Birthday", it actually encompasses the birth, enlightenment, and passing away of Gautama Buddha) for prayer which is about 25km from CBD Auckland.

Main Temple
The Temple is adapted from the palatial design of the Tang Dynasty, using greyish green glazed roof tiles, maroon stone pillars and vertical slat window frames to project magnificence, grandeur, cultivation and strength. The courtyard is lined with stone lanterns of the Tang Dynasty, with pine trees, bamboo, cherry blossoms and willows imparting an atmosphere of grace and elegance.
"Da Xion Bao Dian"- Buddha`s Shrine

The layout of the courtyard is the basic pattern of siheyuan composition. A few little cute monks sitting at different corners further enhance the peaceful and soothing atmosphere of this temple. This will be a place to calm your soul, to heal a "broken heart". wink!
A cute little monk sitting at one corner.
Remember these quotes

1. Give others confidence.
2. Give others Hope
3. Give others joy.
4. Give others convenience

Be a wise and happy human being. Wink!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

My 1st Autumn In NZ

I have moved to a new house at Kohemarama and busy settling myself down. The weather is getting colder and I realized that Autumn has arrived. Autumn arrived late in New Zealand this year and will be over soon. I decided to grab my camera to catch what Autumn has to offer.

Queen Street in Autumn

Warm sunlight has warmed up cold Autumn
Took a walk through Albert part heading to Domain, one of the major park in Auckland. Most of the leaves have turned into startling golds and warm reds as the temperature has settled. This is my first Autumn in my life that I have experienced, awesome! Can`t imaging I have living in New Zealand for almost a year!

A credit should be given to Auckland City Council for preserving greenery of Auckland., well done!

A Korean`s family enjoying Autumn`s scenery.