Friday, January 29, 2010

Tsunami Survivor 2004

Yup, I'm talking to myself. Hardly mentioned this to everyone I meet, only a few of friends or colleagues knew about my 2004 Tsunami experience. Kinda phobia to stand beside seaside. 5 consecutive years, I still have the phobia. It was unforgettable experience to just wipe away from memory.

Captured in Uluwatu, Bali with bro-in-laws year 2005. The strong wave hit the beach recalled the most horrible experience I gone through.
Uluwatu - Brothers-in-law

People said if you speak out the phobia will go away. Let me test this out, phobia phobia go away from my head.

It was 26 Dec 2004 afternoon 1350 at Keracut beach. I was lying on the rock which was about 3-5 meters high from the sea. The sea tide was unusually low than the normal sea level. I could see the leaving mark from rocks. The interesting part was the pond before you reach Keracut beach. It was dried!~ My friends and bro-in-laws were playing with water at the entrance of sea water and pond water. Surprisingly the water came out from pond to sea, very swiftly. It was just like something pull the water out from pond.

"We supposed to expect the boat fetch us back in another 10 mins - at 1400," mumbling my words to wife who just passed me apple to bite.

At 1405, I started to stretch body after lying there to read papers. Then the fishing hobbyists were shouted and pointed to the sea.

"wah lao, look at the wave!!!" The hobbyist shouted and quickly packed their stuffs to get ready to retreat from the rocks.

I started to realize a loud noise from sea. The wave was unusually white across the horizon. Suddenly there was a boat from right side speeding across my sight to left. It was about 200 meters from my sight. The huge noise and white wave never stop approaching me. My bro-in-law suddenly appeared beside me, having camera to record video for this unusual wave and noise.

Idiotically, I told him - this was the most interesting part of the year end event. Never seen this incident before. 4 of us stood side by side (except we didn't realize another 2 friends still stood at beach side) to watch this strong wave coming towards us. Me and bro-in-law dare to stand forward to have better view. White wave mixed with dirty mud continued to march swiftly towards us. Not yet realize the huge disaster may take our lives just like that.

When the white wave hit the right side coastal rock which is about 100 meters from sight, we just realized something went wrong. The moment when we had a flash of thought to escape, the Tsunami wave already almost in front of us. It was just a split of 1.5 seconds! I recalled this vividly because I checked out from wrist watch. Bro-in-law and I retreat very quickly to go higher rock.

Splash! The first hit made us all wet! Shouting at my wife and sis-in-law to climb higher. 2nd hit again impact the rocks even we climbed higher level. I could feel the strong impact of Tsunami wave. My body suddenly shivered uncontrollably to respond. Eyes were searching for direction and bags we left. Went down to the rock and search for our bags. Luckily no more 3rd hit.

When we realized another 2 friends, I started to go mad, shouted their names hysterically. Nevertheless, the loud noise of wave entering the pond covered my uncontrollable high pitch voice. Tears came out directly when we saw them under the tree from bridge.


The pond saved us all!

Another big boat was parked at the small jetty initially, after the hit, half of the boat hang on the tree. I couldn't imagine the initial boat speeding... what had happened to the that speeding boat? Several questions still in my head - a lot of what and how come. The inevitable inner anxious and phobia still like ghost, haunting for years. Time to let go now!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Sg Batu, Beach


...万物变化兮,固无休息。斡流而迁兮,或推而还;形气转续兮,变化而蝉。沕穆无穷兮,胡可胜言!祸兮福所倚,福兮祸所伏;忧喜聚门兮,凶吉同域... 天下不可预虑兮,道不可预谋;迟速有命兮,焉识其时!





Capture Faces (2)

It was intentional to check out a backdrop stand from my uncle's shop whether available or not. Having DC to accompany, we entered the Rifle Range Flats food court to have morning breakfast. I'm very lucky to hunt down my desired food - Curry Chee Cheong Fun after previous 3 failing attempts. Probably this is called luck.

Along the way to walk - we decided to capture faces again. I love to challenge myself using manual len to capture fast on people life. Doesn't matter whether the person is beautiful or not in physical appearance, the most important thing - I able to capture natural beauty on what people is doing.

Surprisingly 90% of portraits I captured with permission, mostly they allow me to capture. I don't blame why they may raise concern - what is the purpose of shooting their photos. I myself may have the same reaction if I were them. One common reaction from people when I take up my camera - are you a reporter? I have clarified many times on the way I captured. It's kinda fun to communicate and release their defensive stance to face my camera.

Wonderful guy believes to have wonderful days to go on. Optimistic!
Old guy to believe a wonderful day to go on

Busy tractor driver still respond to my camera when I called him - Boss, look here! :-)
Tractor Driver is busy

I stood at shaded area just to wait for this guy to enter my frame. Worth to wait for 5 minutes.

First person to check whether I able to snapshot his portrait. Then the capture just go on uncontrollably from my end.
Enjoy leisure time

Newspaper guy had cigrattee leisurely and put down his cigrattee to face my camera.
Newspaper Stall Owner

While waiting to across the traffic light - fast capture on this egg delivery guy.

I did have a flash of thought - do I look alien? :-) Kidding.

79-year-old guy. His wife told me - his 79th birthday just passed, he was born on the 1st of January month. Wow!
79-year-old man

Proud stall owner who enjoy in front of camera. The rest of his friends all ran away :-P
Proud Owner

Once I clarify I'm not a reporter, just a passionate photographer who enjoy capture portraits, then they will act naturally to let me capture. Thanks for all their trusts and connections!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Wise Word (4)

9-Level Pagoda - 九重塔

~ 道川禅师