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Sunday, 17-Jun-2007 22:22 Email | Share | | Bookmark
London V2.000 - Fotografi Melancong

 
 
 
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Melancong

Kalau hendak dibandingkan dengan budak-budak yang belajar di luar negeri, saya ini jarang melancong. Pergi ke London tempoh hari pun sebab kena jemput mak saya. Kalau tidak, takde kerja saya hendak pergi ke London. Apalah sangat London tu kalau hendak dibandingkan dengan Cheras. Kenapa jarang melancong? Mungkin malas. Mungkin tidak ada duit. Mungkin kecil-kecil dahulu satu dunia sudah pergi menyebabkan kehendak saya telah dipenuhi mengikut hirerki yang dicipta oleh Encik Abraham Maslow. Malas faktor utama agaknya. Kecil kecil berjalan keliling dunia bukannya sebab saya daripada keluarga kaya-raya, tetapi sebab ayah saya seorang yang rajin belajar sampai ke tua. Selepas sekolah menengah masuk universiti tempatan tidak bermaksud seseorang itu tidak akan ke luar negara (nasihat spesifik untuk adik saya). Papa dahulu ijazah pertama dia di University Malaya sahaja dan dengan rezeki Allah beliau berjaya ke UK, US menyambung pelajaran dan ke New Zealand untuk mengajar. Moralnya, selagi ada umur yang panjang selagi itulah ada peluang untuk ke sana sini. Yang sudah banyak berjalan tidak perlulah beriak sombong action dan yang belum berjalan tidak perlulah cemburu dengan orang yang sudah berjalan dan menuduh mereka riak sombong action. Rezeki masing masing. Hari lain lain.



Fotografi Perlancongan aka Travel Photography Crap As They Called It

Orang melancong biasanya ambil gambar. Jarang orang pergi melancong tidak mengambil gambar. Bagi saya mengambil gambar masa berjalan, skill mengambil gambar dan kamera jenis apa tidak penting. Saya sendiri tidak terlalu fikir pasal teknik atau kamera. Semua gambar ambil dan fokus manual, tidak pernah tukar-tukar. Segan jugak saya dengan orang hardcore fotografi yang tahu macam macam. Yang lebih penting gambar itu dapat memenuhi kehendak kita sendiri/orang yang berjalan dengan kita, bukannya orang lain dan apa yang diambil di dalam gambar. Kalau dekat rumah boleh ambik gambar muka kita sendiri, dan masa berjalan dekat dalam hotel pun asyik-asyik ambik gambar muka sendiri, tarak syok lah itu macam. Fotografi perlancongan ini tujuan dia untuk mengambil gambar yang tidak ada di tempat kita - bangunan, jalan raya, laut, sungai, alam sekitar, mercu tanda, papan tanda, potret orang tempatan, potret orang tempatan di dalam persekitaran mereka (sedang membuat kerja etc), kenderaan, aksi kanak-kanak tempatan, makanan, tumbuhan dan haiwan.

Sebab itulah definisi perlancongan - untuk melihat/merasai benda benda yang tidak ada dekat tempat kita. Kalau dahulu Kementerian Perlancongan Malaysia bercadang hendak melanjutkan waktu operasi bar-bar, kelab-kelab malam dan pub-pub serta menambah stok minuman keras semata-mata untuk menarik pelancong Barat, bodoh bengap lah idea itu. Orang datang hendak tengok apa yang kita ada. Kelab malam, pub-pub, bar-bar dan arak berlambak-lambak dekat negara diorang, kalau itu yang mereka mahu, mereka boleh pulang sahaja. Malaysia ada tarikan tersendiri. Clubbing, menari-nari di malam hari, minum arak bukan budaya Malaysia. Terutamanya Cheras. Tahun Melawat Cheras 2010.







Akuarium London

Sampai-sampai London saya serbu Akuarium terus. Orang lelaki dalam keluarga saya memang minat benda-benda macam ni. Ayah saya suka simpan akuarium (air tawar & marine) dan Syahmi suka benda-benda berkaitan ikan paus ataupun jerung. Saya semua layan terutamanya ikan pari sebab boleh buat ikan pari bakar dan air asam. Akuarium London tidak lah sehebat mana, tapi saya akui dia best sikit-lah dari Aquaria KLCC dan Underwater World Langkawi. Mungkin sebab dia besar sikit. Tidak berbaloi rasanya 13.25 pound yang dibayar kalau anda tidak minat ikan, tidak ada budak-budak bersama anda atau datang setakat nak tengok je/tidak mengambil gambar.



Melukis

Saya kagum dengan orang yang pandai melukis. Saya juga kagum dengan orang yang mengutamakan budaya mereka sendiri - mengutamakan Bahasa Malaysia dalam percakapan/penulisan, mengutamakan hasil seni, tokoh/selebriti, makanan, produksi, pakaian, cara tempatan, tahu dan dapat bermain alat-alat muzik tradisional dengan baik, lebih mengetahui selok belok sukan/pasukan bola sepak tempatan berbanding luar negara dan tidaklah menyokong pasukan Liga Perdana Inggeris membuti tuli tanpa sebab lebih daripada orang Inggeris sendiri pula. Kalau perempuan ada ciri-ciri ni, sangat 'turn-on' lah kepada saya. Clubbers - ultimate turn off.



Kapitalism

Saya selalu kata saya tidak suka Starbucks etc bukanlah saya anti-kapitalism ataupun anti-globalisasi. Biasanya pemuzik rock ataupun penulis-penulis terkenal sahaja yang terlibat dalam kumpulan macam itu. Saya bukan pemuzik rock ataupun penulis terkenal. Tidak berapa suka kafe-kafe mewah macam tu sebab berdasarkan pengalaman saya, saya kenal ramai orang yang membazir duit mak bapak diorang lepak dekat tempat-tempat macam itu semata-mata mahu 'dilihat' (to be noticed) dan kelihatan cool. Kapitalism ni bagus sebenarnya sebab tempat-tempat macam McDonalds dan Starbucks inilah yang menyediakan tandas percuma kepada saya jika tetiba saya terasa hendak membuang air besar di pusat membeli belah.



Covent Garden

Orang suka shopping suka agaknya pergi tempat ni. Hari tu Malaysia week buat kat sini.



Fantastic Four

Kehadiran Silver Surfer menyebabkan tempat-tempat berikut tidak sesuai untuk dilawati sekarang ini.

Syok jugak naik boat kat River Thames ni. Masa datang London 3 tahun lepas naik boat sebab ada orang sponsor masa tu. Sekarang ni datang ambik gambar sahaja. London Eye pun tak naik. Tiket kena beli siap-siap. Memang ramai orang. Balik Malaysia nanti naik Eye of Malaysia senang sikit agaknya. London Aquarium dekat dalam bangunan sebelah kanan London Eye tu (County Hall).




Wednesday, 13-Jun-2007 13:13 Email | Share | | Bookmark
London V1.000 - Generasi Pasar Malam

 
 
 
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My Cousin Asrul & My Mum


Landen, Ingerland

"When a man is tired of London, he's tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford..." said Dr. Samuel Johnson*. Just one comment from me - he obviously hasn't been to Cheras, Malaysia.

I'm in this place called London right now. My mum just arrived for my graduation. In London we're staying with my cousin, Asrul who works here. We're flying to Ireland tomorrow morning. Gosh i hate this London place. They killed all the pigeons. And they sent all the rats to Mawar.

* Dr. Samuel Johnson is a poet, essayist from England. Most quoted English writer after Shakespeare. If you take formal English classical writing class (like i did) you'll have to study about this dude as well beside the other dude named William.



Where were you in 1988?

Good Little Boy & His Mum.

"Will you become a doctor and bring mum to London 19 years later boy?"

"Is that possible mum?"

"You can float above the grass, in circles if you try"



It Makes No Difference

10.26 am. I'm sorry i don't wear designer outfits, perfumes or drink mocha latte cappuccino
expresso depresso whatever....I hardly change my shoes....I'm not as manly, macho-y and metrosexually as your friends....Girls adore those type of guys...Girls adore the cafe generation....What should i do? Probably you'll like my torso, chest 'wings' and six pack...can you advertise them in The New Straits Time for me? Come on, quench my desires. Occasionally I draw and I paint, including oil painting. I use Buncho water color and crayons. Bleached bristle and nylon paint brushes of all sizes. I can make houses and cars with manilla cards. I love hanging out at stationery shops. Favorite food: Tom yam campur. Instruments: Rhythm guitar, harmonica, accordion, some traditional forms of percussions



Underground

Gothic chicks at Camden Town. Were they there in 1988? Gothic chicks suck. Emo sucks. A bunch of miserable little MTV-friendly idiots. You didn't do so well in school? Come on, don't be so sad, you can always go to Germany.



Mini Market

Am I blocking your way? Hey, I'm a photographer. A not so good one. I work part time as a doctor. Doctors work in hospitals. Some work as singers and they sing songs like Bila Apreel, June or July. I told these guys not to call me doctor. They are not listening. I don't mind being anything. i just want to be somebody who is able to wake up, mop the floor, go to work, eat cereals, buy my kids things they like, make love, sleep and repeat the cycle all over again especially the making love part. Title is not important to me. Making love is.



Aquarium

The first place i went to in London. That explains a lot about myself. Save the whales. Japan sucks.

Probably not worth your money if you're not a fan of aquatic life and stuff. Just like in Malaysia (Aquaria & Underwater Langkawi) and probably other aquariums in the world, people will ignore the no flash photography sign. I wonder do they actually need flash for this kind of photography?

Notes For The Past

Penhaligon is a perfume/perfume shop in London. Not the designer type of perfumes that my friends and most guys today wear.There's no need for interpretation regarding the previous entry. It doesn't mean a thing. Just some meaningless conceptual writing taken from here and there (of the brain).



Wednesday, 6-Jun-2007 22:40 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Penhaligon

 
 
 
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||Paint Pastel Princess||Songs From The Bedroom||Flashbacks & Memories July 2004 - December 2005||

Pretentious indeed. Cinderella or Snow White. Get a life. Please. Fall in love. Fall for girls with dark hair. For girls with lesbian tendencies. Get your heart broken. Cry. Roar. Yell. Shout. Out loud. And in loud, as well. Because no one actually listens. Call your mum. Tell your mum something. Tell your mum you like Paddle Pop Ice creams. Tell your mum you would like to scream.



Smelling Dead Roses

Buy her roses she likes. Tell her she is beautiful. Smile. Hold her tight. Look her in the eyes. Say goodnight. Say goodbye. People get angry. So do I.

Is it worth her time? Or mine? Can she fly? Like her favorite butterfly in the great blue sky? Did she ever try? Coconut trees. Fab and Breeze. Washing Machine. Birthday cards. Magic balls. Write in diaries. Fly a kite. Everything will be alright.



OK Computer

Play Mario Bros. On your computer. Get excited. Get well soon. Hey, It's really fun. It's like I own the time. Wake up. Grow up. Put your pajamas on. Cook nasi goreng. Shampoo your hair. Supermarkets and grocery stores. Buy papayas. Or whatever you want. Appreciate whoever. The old newspapers. Burn them and smell the ashes. Black as it may be. Give her whatever she needs. She needs time. She needs space. She still needs to be friends. Oh Really? Why?



Hate Actually

Bus stop. Don't cry now. Tuna sandwiches. Jack & Jill potato chips. Thats what you should be eating. Not grass. Not your favorite chocolate sticks. Are you really that slow? Do you like The Shins? Or Smashing Pumpkins? How old are you? You look really old. But i think you are cool. Blah blah blah. She said. Monday Tuesday Happy Days. I said. Rise before the sun. Kilometrico pens. Words of encouragement. In my mail box. Take me there. To the nearest gas station. Wait for a while. I won't be long. Very sincerely.



Language was invented so people could lie

Raining. Did you notice? You like fillet o'fish. Hop in puddles. Completely drenched. Hoppípolla. I engum stígvélum. Green Umbrella. Acoustic guitar. Going places. Going to Eden Village. Satisfy your hunger. Eat lobsters. Act like a king. Dress like a queen. Throw eggs through the window panes. Walk a few yards ahead. It's 1996. Meet the BBGS chicks. With your six string and Beach Boys harmonies, sing:

And if you'd 'a took to me like
Well i'd a danced like the queen of the eyesores
And the rest of our lives would 'a fared well.




I'm No Keluangman.

It's that curse again. Isn't it? Rendered me hopeless. Tired and bored. Banging my head on the wall. I am no good for you. Drink from the cup. Read comics. X-men. Superman. Ultraman. Laugh. South China Sea. Rantau Abang. Budu. Belacan. Ikan Singgang. I was really fond of you. Fond of elephants too. I'll be in that worthless town again. This coming Thursday. They serve tea in teapots. And biscuits in a Victorian setting. Will you come with me? And see how dumb i am?



Creating Confusion

I don't have the time. Seriously. I thought you fit the shoe. Did the other shoe fit you? Your sister likes photography too? Relax and turn the amplifier on. Play Butterfingers or something. Skew. Chrome. Silk. Eat healthy. Eat chicken wings. With soy sauce. Find the connection. Find a job. Be a doctor, driver or reporter. There's something in everything. Pictures of Gandhi. And me. I tried. Really hard. Figure it out. My favorite record. Come. Sit next to me. Pour yourself some tea.



Sunday, 3-Jun-2007 01:14 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Galway, Shall We Reminisce (II)

 
 
 
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Grunge.Gays.People.Events.Photographs.Memories

I would definitely nominate cameras and photography to be among the top 20 inventions of all time. Not for the number one spot though. The greatest inventions for me are beds, blankets, pillows, bantal golek and stuff like that. Pure genius, whoever invented those.

We remember, recognize and recall (they work interdependently) things with our memory. Somehow, we can't remember everything and this is where photography gets my vote for being one of the greatest invention - photographs help us remember things/events. It is not that we actually don't remember things, we just need prompts (such as photographs) to help us recognize/recall things most of the time. If you can't recall things even after prompting, probably you should visit an Alzheimer's clinic.

Here are some very ordinary photographs i took in Galway over the years to help me remember, memorize and rhyme about my experience in Galway. (I didn't take the first photograph, can't remember who took it. Bad memory. Gosh.).



2. Dua Lelaki Lawan Pedang

Aka 2 men sword fighting. Now, that is the ultimate gay statement, if you understand-lah. Better not elaborate, this Fotopages is a family friendly place. Above is a picture taken during the recent barbecue event that was held at the legendary 15 Gleann Dara (our place) to celebrate ourselves for passing the exam and to enjoy the UEFA Champions League final, which sadly Liverpool lost. Firdouse is fighthing Balok there and looks like Firdouse is overpowering Balok with one of the move he learned from World of Warcraft.



3. Dimana ada kemahuan disitu ada jalan. Di mana ada kemaluan, disitu ada lorong haji taib.

If people say that Malay students are one bunch of lazy people compared to the Chinese or Indians, from my recent experience, i can tell them that they are wrong. I was lucky to be studying with my batch of Malay friends because they are extraordinary students/human beings. I'm not surprised by the achievement/success of this batch because all of the efforts and plans were beautifully engineered and orchestrated. The study group program is one of the most helpful I think as it encourages the lazier students like me to work. There were 5 groups all together with 4-5 students in each group. Photographed above is the group led by Eka with members - Marisa, Hazli and Firdouse - The most hardworking group. I led my own group, with Abbas, Siti and Aini as members. We were basically the laziest group. It's all my fault. But, hey, we all passed.



4. Dinner & Prof. Loftus

This photograph was taken during the International Student Dinner at some hotel, the name of the of the hotel escapes my mind now. Seen among the lads there is Professor B. G. Loftus, the Professor of Paediatrics at the hospital. He was appointed as the new Medical Faculty Dean in 2007 replacing Dean Carney, the guy i first met at Kolej Mara Banting promoting Irish universities except the Royal College of Surgeons. Prof Loftus' daughter was in our class and she is quite hot, in a cute way. Probably wanted to show that he is a student-oriented dean, he decided to sit with the students during the dinner. He chose the table with the most charismatic students - our table, table number 9. He made the right choice.



5. Bicycles

Malaysians in Galway and bicycles - no further explanation needed. I made a full entry regarding this some time ago.



6. Pasar Ramadhan

You don't actually miss Malaysian food that much as the students here are awesome cooks. Credit to those who sold nasi lemak, benjo and roti john on most mornings in the Clinical Science Institute over the years. Pasar Ramadhan is like the ultimate gathering of Malaysian food and it should be held every year. The Irish seemed to like the satay a lot.

7. Raya

Although it is no where as good as celebrating with your family, the Hari Raya 'feel' is still there when celebrating with friends. No one really cried. Happy faces everywhere. Yahooo.



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Galway, Shall We Reminisce (I)

 
 
 
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Oh No, It Go, It Gone, Bye Bye Bye (A Memoir)

There was this guy (& probably others) who stole pictures of my good-looking friends from this Fotopages and create fake profiles at places like Friendster, Myspace etc to attract girls. Not just attract girls, but sweet-talk, hope-giving and naked-picture-asking, if you get what i mean lah. If you didn't get it, after attracting girls, this idiot asked for naughty pictures/videos from the girls. The biggest idiots of all are these girls, who were just so damn cheap. I told you, don't play these childish Friendster/Myspace thing and don't look for dates there. I'm not surprised anyway, my friends are good-looking successful people - if I'm a girl, I'll probably fall for them, but thank god I'm not. Anyhow, this idiot gave a bad name to my friends and me. I hope he'll stop his shameful act and regret it. To those girls as well, don't be that 'cheap'. Guys like expensive stuff. Well, I actually like cheap stuff but 'expensive' girls.

And because of that, I have to put this signature smile below each picture from now on. I don't mind people using the pictures that i take (with or without my consent), i just don't want things like cheating girls using pictures of my friends/me to happen again.

I'm leaving Galway for good in early July. Here are some very ordinary pictures i took in Galway over the years here. More to come in the coming entries under the lame and crappy Galway, Shall We Reminisce series, photographic memoirs by Phalinn Ooi



1. Signboards, Salthill

Salthill is the 'classy' area of Galway, sort of what Hartamas or Bangsar is to KL lah. The signboards in Ireland in general are quite amusing and seem to be wrongly placed (or maybe the people here just don't read signboards). For example, this "Cycling Prohibited" sign is located at the Salthill Promenade, where you can see someone cycling pass that signboard after every 10 seconds.



2. Shantalla

I walked pass this road almost everyday for 3 years as i walk from and to the Clinical Science Institute. The housing areas in Galway are really neat and have this 'calming' effect. On me at least.



3. Claddagh

Spent a lot of time here over the 5 years. Great place to see/feed swans, mallards and sea gulls. More importantly, photograph them.



4. Galway Hooker

Which is not equal to Galway prostitute. Galway Hooker is a traditional sailing boat used in Galway Bay off the west coast of Ireland (definition taken from wikipedia). This is only a statue of the boat at Eire Square. The real boat can be found in places with water i guess.



5. Malaysian Students, NUIG

A smashing group of people, just like Malaysians in general. We are just as good as other people, if not better. Keep flying the flag to the tune of RTM's Jalur Gemilang.

6. Street Performer

I've seen some of the weirdest street performers here in Galway, especially at Shop Street. This guy just won't open his eyes. Blues habis aaa konon-nya. I know his eyes are not permanently shut, he sat next to me at the Capoiera Performance thingy last month.



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