The Old Chinese Burial Chambers of Malacca

I’ve spent a nice weekend in Malacca and found some wonderful out of the way places. Most of these places are not at all obvious from the streets, but you just have to go through some doors and strange alleyways to find them.

This place is one of many throughout Malacca where the Chinese come to honor their dead and meditate. Behind this chamber are several more where tiny statuettes and tombstones are erected for passed relatives. My friend Janus took that second shot of me in front of a bunch of the tiny tombstones. I’m not sure it’s the best picture of me, but my sister and mom say I should post more of myself!

The Old Chinese Burial Chambers of Malacca

Trey at the Chinese Graves

The open-air Sky Bar in Kuala Lumpur with a view of Petronas

We had a company lunch today here at the studio in Kuala Lumpur so it was a fun day of eating massive amounts of Chinese food and running around, talking with the team. Afterwards, I went out with Janus and Will to the top of the Trader’s Hotel to visit the Sky Bar for some drinks and snacks.

This bar is up on top of the roof and it is all open air. There is a pool down there that is always available for use, and it is surrounded by a ultra-chic bar. It was raining when I took this… I am up on the 2nd level of the bar, where there is a spa… you can see the little massage rooms down the lefthand side there.

The Sky Bar in Kuala Lumpur with a view of Petronas

The Explosion of Kids in Indonesia

I was absolutely deluged by kids that had never seen a white person in person before.  After the sunrise, when I was pretty much alone, a bus pulled up from a remote part of Java and tons of kinds poured out and started running all over the temple.  All of them wanted their picture taken with me, as if I was some sort of goofy Baluga that had washed up on the temple steps.  They were all very happy and fun, so I asked them to sit on the corner of Borobudur for a group shot.

The Explosion of Kids in Indonesia

A Visit to Malacca

I may visit Malacca for one night this weekend to take a break from a busy work week in Kuala Lumpur. Melacca is an old Portuguese trading port that used to rival Singapore back when everything around here was controlled by the Dutch and British. Malacca did not win the race, but many of the old buildings and colonial style are still intact… It will be nice to head out to someplace more serene after the busy urban activity in Kuala Lumpur for the past few weeks.

Below is a photo I took last time in Malacca.

Old Chinese man walks - To carry the daily chores - His water is life

The Lost Hindu Temple in the Jungle Mist

I took an afternoon hike in the remote area of Java just outside the town of Jogjakarta to explore this temple. It’s called Prambanan, and it was built around 850 CE.

The rain was pouring down, which left me and Will there pretty much alone, except for a few wild deer in the area. I waited through the rain because I knew if it cleared there would be a great sunset. I had a little baggy over my camera to keep it dry until everything passed…

While waiting on the rain to stop, I walked around and did more up close exploration of the temples of Vishnu, Shiva, and Brahma, which were three of the largest in the complex. All the temple blocks were on the edge of collapse, after many centuries of Indonesian earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

The Lost Hindu Temple in the Jungle Mist

The Hidden Buddhist Temple of Borobudur at Sunrise

This morning I got a wakeup call at 3:30 AM to head out on a distant trek to Borobudur to climb the temple before sunrise. I had a flashlight and a fully loaded iPod for the ascent. I stayed at the top and all around the temple for most of the morning, collecting shots here and there as misty clouds rolled in, through, around, and over the temple.

This temple laid abandoned and overgrown for about 800 years until it was rediscovered by the British.

You can see the distant volcano rumbing in the morning sunrise…

The Hidden Buddhist Temple of Borobudur at Sunrise

The India Gate

This is the famous India Gate in Delhi.  It was a bitter hot and humid day and the water nearby somehow seemed to make everything hotter!

India Gate

The Petronas Towers and the Lake Garden

I am here in Kuala Lumpur for another two week stint.  These are the famous Petronas towers that I see every time from almost everywhere in the city.

On Saturday I am taking a side trip down to Java to visit the Buddhist temple of Borobudur, so I am really looking forward to that!

The Petronas Towers and the Lake Garden

The Restaurant Under the Bridge

Here is another cool area of San Antonio where you can eat Mexican food in this cool place under the bridge.

A Restaurant Under the Bridge

Saree Emporium

Found in the streets of Delhi…

Saree Emporium

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