Friday, October 24, 2014

Batu Caves

Last May, Emily and I went to Batu Caves to kill time while doing "touristy things". Over the past couple of months, I've been taking my camera out more than usual cause somehow I got an itch to improve my photography skill.. or lack there of. I pretty much had my camera with me over the past six months or so. I use a Canon 60D and I love it so much. One of my best purchases in 2011. Although it's a great camera to work with, I still hope to upgrade to a full frame camera in the future. Maybe not in the near future, but somewhere along the way.

Batu Caves is a one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India and is located in Gombak, about 12km from Kuala Lumpur. It's one of the main attractions in Malaysia. The temple is over a hundred years old and is considered an important religious landmark by Hindus. You need to climb 272 steps to reach the top.

Emily and I went on a weekday morning so it was just nice. I'm not sure if there was a dresscode or anything of that sort but I figured it was better to wear something slightly covered because after all, it was a religious spot. I saw a few ladies in shorts with scarves wrapping them waist-down. Being a cave, there were a lot of monkeys, some bats and like one chicken. Best to keep your food hidden because the monkeys get pretty vicious when it comes to stealing food, even the ones concealed in plastic. I'd recommend it if you want to do something that makes you sweat and is free, hehe.

Friday, October 3, 2014

MIISTA's Ali Black Bone

I see myself in a shift dress with a parka, some ribbed socks and these bad boys. How gorgeous are these babies? Silver heels planted on an otherwise plain pair of black boots. Such a little touch but so much sophistication. Priced at £251 on the website, international shipping at just £15, free within the UK. Shop for them here.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Nasir al-Mulk / Pink Mosque in Iran

It's not often that I see a mosque finished with stained glass windows. The natural light shines through these windows casting a kaleidoscopic look indoors. Japanese photographer Koach exclaims that the windows are meant to catch the morning light and is as good as gone by noon. The way the light refracts through the glass and then falling over the tightly woven Persian carpet is so bewitching and otherworldly, he adds. However, that's not the only thing magical about this house of worship. The interior design and architecture seems spectacular.

In some pictures, the ceiling of certain areas of the mosque looks like what I'd describe an origami flower trying to lay flat. That sounded a hundred times better in my head though. One thing's for sure, it certainly doesn't fall short on coloured tiles. The mosque, albeit a little out of the ordinary, does maintain the traditional Islamic architecture like a fountain for ablutions and iwan arches. It is called "The Pink Mosque" due to the dominance of this colour in its interior.

Credit Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji

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Credit Omid Jafarnezhad

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Credit Marie Lanelau

Photo from kickassthings

Photo from kickassthings

Credit Amin Abedini