The Largest Towers in the World (well, until 2004)

And here they are…

The Tallest Buildings in the World (well, until 2004)

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This is Amin

This is Amin.

Amin’s dream is to drive a Ferrari. He jokes, and then becomes suddenly serious with a haunting, dark Persian stare before uttering his real dream: that one day our race is “human being”, our religion is “humanity” and our nationality is “citizen of the world.” Amin thinks deeply, and then laughs and says, “Well maybe if I was driving a Ferrari now I would be thinking of this crap!”

Amin is currently working at John Galt Games after being recommended by his fellow Iranian programmer, Ali, who shares the flowing locks of Sayid from Lost and the comic stylings of Cicak Man himself. Amin has recently passed the killer gauntlet programmer test of Hafiz (our lead tech brain) with a score of 85. Nobody has ever scored this high, except for Hafiz himself, who resides with the demigods of C++ in his own heavenly sphere of programming and peace.

This comes from my Portrait Series here.

This Is Amin

Here is another shot I took from nearby, of a few Islamic schoolchildren:

Islamic Peace

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The Bridge of Putrajaya

This bridge one of the many architectural gems around Putrajaya. Of course, there is hardly any traffic in Putrajaya because it is boring, and they probably just could have made out fine with an old grumpy man, a barge, and one of those long poles to ferry people across the river.

I took a bunch of shots of these bridges and I could not decide which was the best, because they are all cool. But I decided to go with this symmetrical one first… probably meaning I am seeking some kind of structure in my recently chaotic life!

The Bridge of Putrajaya

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The Mosque and Silo of Putrajaya

I had a very nice day on the day I visited Putrajaya. It could have been hotter there, but I don’t know how. The best part was the cool shower afterwards.

Putrajaya is the new capital area Kuala Lumpur. It is the most sterile and lifeless place I have ever visited. But there is very nice architecture for photography… so I guess it’s not all bad.

The Mosque and Silo of Putrajaya

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Does this snake make me look fat?

I am back in Malaysia after a long series of flights. I have determined that I think my frequent flier membership card should change its logo to Sisyphus pushing a boulder up a hill. I do collect a lot of miles, but, ironically, when I do actually have time off, the last thing I want to do is fly. So I am trying to figure out a way to trade in my frequent flier miles for something that I can actually use – like sleep.

Does this snake make me look fat?

I took that shot above at the Batu Caves just north of Kuala Lumpur. Below is another picture that I took nearby, with the dark black of the cave in the background.

Across the Line

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Storm Hitting Kuala Lumpur

Believe it or not these two shots were taken on the same day within just a few hours. A series of violent storms came through Kuala Lumpur, allowing a few surreal shots of the city. It went from very dark and cloud to torrential downpour to beautiful sunset. It reminded me of the storms on the plains of Texas.

Kuala Lumpur is a very interesting city and is quite unique in Asia. I’d love to get up on top of those Petronas Towers there to take some shots, but I look like a suspicious white guy with my huge backpack. They tell me all white people look alike. …and smell like wet puppies.
Storm Over the Towers

Sunset Storm over Kuala Lumpur

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The Mosque and the Towers

Someone made a comment that this looks like the Klingon capital… from some alien sci-fi show that I have never heard of.

The Mosque and the Towers

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Pictures from the city and the coast of Malaysia in HDR

The first is a city shot at sunset just after a storm. The second is from the island archipelago of Langkawi.

Evening Falls In Malaysia

A Pool for Reflection

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Kuala Lumpur from the Air in HDR

I think the city has a very unique skyline with green the mountains of Malaysia in the background. This was shot on one of the few sunny days there when the wind changed from the Indonesian firestorms.

Kuala Lumpur from the Air

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Dying Young in the Chinese Cemetery

Here are a collection of photographs I have collected from Chinese cemeteries.

Dying Young

Arms of Hell

Trees of the Dead

Red Alone

Mound of Death

Dying Alone

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