June 25, 2007

Self Portrait Challenge- Surroundings: Kuala Lumpur

It is Monday night here in Kuala Lumpur, and my family and I will leave KL for good on Wednesday. It has been a good three-year run here in Malaysia, and we will be sad to leave, but new adventures and opportunities await us.

I have written several posts about our seamlessly endless moving process, but it is almost over. The movers took the last of our things and the only thing left to do is clean the house and hand in the keys! We have been lucky enough to be staying at a friend’s house, while our own home was being dismantled. They have a stunning view of KL and I have been drooling all week to take some photos. Tonight, I finally grabbed the tri-pod, camera, and sense of experimentation and took my last Self-Portrait in Malaysia.

Here I am in my surroundings for my final few days.

That is my official SPC entry, but as you all know I have been having a hard time with just one shot. So here are a few more. Notice the Twin towers in the background:

I played around with motion and light. You can see more shots from this series here on my Flickr page, or click here to vote on my latest JPG Mag image.

And finally here is goodbye to KL. See you next month from NYC! B to the R to the O the O K L-Y-N is the place where I stay!


  1. Beautiful photos! I personally love the last one.

  2. I like the last one especially well! Beautiful city!

  3. I don't know why you're leaving - but then again I haven't read your blog in between SPC's. I wish you the best in your travels. Be safe, take care and enjoy the journey.

    And I'm pretty sure you'll take lots of pics.


  4. I just love the last picture! You're always so creative in your SPC ideas!

    Have a safe and wonderful trip!

  5. Wow, these feel so bittersweet. Great emotion in your pictures and writing.


  6. I like the last one best, too. It has more of a sense of farewell to a friend.
    Good luck on the move. I'm just across the river in the J to the E to R-Z.

  7. Anonymous10:56 AM

    Love the photos!
    Always so stunning. :]

    Leaving today eh?
    I hope you have a safe trip!
    I'm following you, wherever you go ;)

    take care,
    Kuan Yu

  8. I'm not sure where to put this either (I enjoy the photos of the city by the way). We can keep putting our discussion as comments, write blog entries, or you can e-mail me at candice@lucky-baby.com.

    I have a million questions in my mind for you. First, I'll answer yours. The Bible. It can be so difficult to understand! First, it's important to understand that there are many errors in the book and much is missing from it. Due to poor translation and corrupt priests (and other factors), the version we have today is not perfect.

    There is a lot of symbolism, metaphor and parable in the Old Testament, which is the book I think your question is directed at. How to interpret the book is what makes many religions different.

    I believe the book to be the word of God. Which means that the persons who wrote the books that comprise it, wrote what they were inspired to write. One important thing to understand is that God has given certain laws to govern certain groups of people in time. The earth and its people were SO much different than we are now. Does that mean God changes? No. more like a Father, seeing the different needs of his children, gives them rules to abide by that they will understand and will help them understand him.

    Part of the book is what we (Mormons) call, "the law of moses." It was written for the Israelites - who were a wicked and corrupt people at that time. God gave them loads of physical laws. You can only take certain steps on Sunday, etc... I think it's in the law of moses that the part about adultery is written.

    When Christ came to the earth he said that he had fulfilled the law and he came to give a new law. His Gospel as written in the New Testament. He reaffirms the 10 commandments as well. He called 12 apostles and was baptized himself and began the ordinance of baptism.

    So when we read the Law of Moses does it pertain to us? Orthodox Jews believe so because they do not believe that Christ came and thus fulfilled the law. They still live it in the strictest sense. But no, it was for the Israelites pre-Christ. You really have to take the book in its context. I think if you're truly interested in reading it, that it would be helpful to find a really good guidebook written by a scriptorian that can explain what you're reading.

    I hope I answered your question. If you wanted to learn and understand the Christian Gospel then you'd have to read the New Testament. Jesus taught in Parables, so it can be hard to decipher as well, but the basic message is there.

    Okay, so my first questions are these: what is the purpose of life? Why are we here? Is it just by chance? If there is no purpose, then does it follow that there is no right or wrong?

    I have soooo many questions for you and I can't wait to hear your answers...


  9. The photos look great!
    And like you said, new adventures and opportunities await you!
    So enjoy them and take care :)


  10. Brilliant final KL SPs, Jabiz.
    In the first one you look like you really need to get it all over with and get out... but in that last one, you transmit a much more calm, thoughtful goodbye.
    Safe journey. "See" you (your blog, rather) on the other end!

  11. Life is a journey full of stops and starts. It's like a series of movies really with changing characters and settings all the time. It gradually moves from colour to black and white!

    Good luck.

  12. trading KL for brooklyn? huh. good luck with the move!!!

  13. But now for something completely different. Tag. You're it. When you land in Brooklyn, you can play the 8 random facts meme. Good luck!

  14. Anonymous11:09 PM

    I love the photos! Theyre beautiful... im starting to see KL in a new light. (:

    Have a wonderful time!

    - Iris