Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Night of all Nights

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'Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.' (Psalm 119:105)

Gearing up my DSLR, I head out into the hot Monday night (July 27th). I was caught in a heavy jam along my way to the Kuching Waterfront (along the Sarawak River), where there would be a float procession and a display of fireworks (in conjunction with the New Sarawak State Legislative Assembly Building/ Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) opening ceremony by DYMM Yang di-Pertuan Agong). Preparations at the Waterfront were being made earlier to welcome the VVIPs (Sultans and Ministers) and most honorably, His Majesty the King of Malaysia, Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin. Police and roadblocks were everywhere for security purposes. Even as I am writing this post, a helicopter just flew past my house and sirens can be heard in the distance. Sarawak is honoured to have the 218th Rulers’ Conference held at the DUN on July 29 and 30.

The New Sarawak State Legislative Assembly Building/ Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) boasts a cost of RM 300 million and has become an iconic landmark in Sarawak. Peculiarly for the citizens of Kuching, it is indeed a joyous and proud achievement. Upon reaching there, I used my telephoto lens to capture the moments without wasting much time. Surprisingly, despite the H1N1 cases that are spreading like wildfire, there were still many people. As far as I could see, none were wearing masks. Praise God for the good weather that night. Though it drizzled, it didn't last long. At the first thought of rain, the crowd quickly dispersed. This gave me a chance to stand at the 'front line', or what I call it 'my first-hands-on' to have a better view to shoot this spectacular event.
Here are some of the pictures I took that night:

Above: A beautifully lit float and the famous Fort Margherita in the background.

Peekaboo! : The Melanau sun hat-shaped roof State Legislative Assembly Building behind some trees.

All of the Above: A series of floats sailing past (approx. 21 in all) and 'harbouring' in front of the DUN just in view for the important guests.

Ghostly: Crowds at Waterfront (passing and stopping-by)

My first firework abstract.

The photos below are some of my very first firework shots. With a few lessons learnt from this experience, I hope to do better next time. Thank God for this wonderful opportunity.

The fireworks lasted for at least 15 minutes or so before ending the night with a powerful yet graceful blast, in which it then turned into a shower of delicate sparks.

Here's a video (above) of the fireworks from YouTube. (Credit: jackie6138)

Colours: Floats lined up for a clearer public view.

Lights on Water (all of the above): Close-ups of some of the floats.

Majestic: The New State Legislative Building from a further perspective.

Calling it a night: The dazzling State Legislative Building overlooking the passenger boats at the Sarawak River harbour.
The Pride and Joy of Sarawakians: The New Sarawak State Legislative Assembly Building/ Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Sarawak.

Zooming-in: A close-up view of the main entrance of the building.

Lone Float: Stopping for a long night ahead.

Spectacular: A scenic view from Waterfront.

National Heritage: The Astana, official residence to the Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sarawak, the Governor of Sarawak.
Cool and Comfortable: Marquees set up for the VVIPs.

Beautiful and Fragrant: Fresh flowers surrounding the marquees.

A Panoramic View of the Sarawak River.

Last but not least, this photo above shows a part of Kuching City (the building pictured is the Hilton Hotel), in which I will update more of it in the near future.

Till then, take care and God bless.

Jesus loves you! :)

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Corner of Time

"The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe." (Proverbs 18:10)

In less than a month now, I'm heading back to my campus. Some of my friends are already back to their respective unis while some of them are still waiting. As for me, I'm doing what I can to fill my time up till the day comes.

After visiting some blogs and websites, I've known that there are A(H1N1) cases in my campus, and a few students are confirmed infected. Are these true or just some rumours? Whatever it is, it's better to take precautions than putting these cases aside. The old saying goes: 'Prevention is better than cure.' Don't take this too lightly!

Till then, I'll try to update my blog in one of the days ahead. Take care and God bless.

P.S:// Here's a 'Photo of the Post' for your viewing pleasure.

The Moon with its Brilliance: As seen from my campus (Courtesy of Kiu)