Monthly Archives: December 2007

A greeting from KLCC Malaysia

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To all my Christian friends, may Santa bring you joy, peace and good health. Christmas is a day that you spend with family and friends.

I hope everyone are enjoying the holiday. Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

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The Floating Market- Damnoen Saduak

We went to the floating market Damnoen Saduak in Ratchaburi, situated about 110 kilometres west of Bangkok. It is about two hours drive from the hotel we stayed in Bangkok. We went there almost at noon time because the earlier tour van had some problems and the journey was delayed. We had to wait to get on to another van..

I suggest that you go there early in the morning before 8 o’clock.The place is congested with tourists and boats in the later part of the day. Most tour buses and vans from Bangkok start arriving at about 9 a.m.

We enjoyed a swift long-tail speedboat ride down the Chao Phraya River and networks of khlongs (canals) – the waterways that earned Bangkok its ‘Venice of the East‘ title. You’ll pass orchards, traditional teak houses and local people going about their daily lives.

Finally we reached the floating market where a James Bond movie was filmed many years ago in an exciting chasing scene. This is the best known place where timeless lifestyle of native Thai people can be observed along the canals.

We rented a boat to go around the canal. The price is between 300-400 baht per boat.It’s totally chaotic and colourful, noisy, touristy but great fun

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Canals are filled with flat boats laden with all sorts of merchandise paddled by lady vendors ready to stop and bargain with potential customers. You can see the old style and traditional way of selling and buying local Thai hawker goods.

The variety of goods; food and noodle soup, fresh fruits, vegetables, artcrafts, handcrafts. paintings and all sorts of souveniers from these small boats.

These have created a photogenic scenery which captivating most tourists into clicking and clicking.

Many foreign tourists are attracted here. They come from Australia, New Zealand, England, America, Canada and Mexico. We also met some Japanese.

Bangkok Tour

Bangkok is considered to be one of the world’s top tourist hotspots and is currently Asia’s top tourist destination.

Bangkok’s temples are a unique part of the capital’s heart and soul. The temples are not just tourist attractions but also play an important part in Buddhist traditions. Monks live in the temple complexes, wake up around 04:00, attend to prayers and duties and then collect food and necessities from ordinary people on the streets.

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I made the biggest mistake of the day. I wanted to visit the country’s most renowned historical venue – Wat Phra Kaew ( inside the Gland Palace). We were not allowed to go in as my son and I were wearing shorts. Take my advice don’t wear shorts if you want to visit this temple in Thailand. Thai temples are sacred places so you must dress appropriately.

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The tut tut driver took us to another temple which was quite a distance from the Grand Palace. I saw a high standing Buddha and some foreigners and locals prayed by side of the temple. It has several interesting Buddha images, elevated murals on the walls and lavishly gilded window shutters. In the small museum are old Buddha images and various paintings.

It’s fun to sit in tut tut in the beginning, but we realise later how dangerous it was. The tut tut driver was driving like crazy and was caught by the traffic police. The driver wanted us to share the summon! This incident was a bad experience for us and has somewhat become an unpleasant memory of Bangkok.

In Bangkok, we took a boat ride along the canal to see some of the tourist attraction spots. I got to know that tourists were keen to visit Damnoen Saduak floating market, situated 110 kms west of Bangkok and this led me to take a package tour to visit the outskirt of Bangkok the next day..

We did some more last minute shopping and ended up in a night market Bangkok

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Bangkok’s Chinatown

I took my family for a holiday in Bangkok and I took some pictures that would like to share with you all. It’s a worthwhile trip and we enjoy it very much, especially my wife. She says it is a shopping paradise where things are cheap and nice.

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I headed straight to Bangkok’s Chinatown or Yaowarat. Many major cities in the world have a Chinatown. However, Bangkok’s Chinatown perhaps is the largest. It is not only a major tourist attraction, but also a business and commercial center.

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Visitors should not miss out on experiencing the delicious food, the gold shops, the Thai and Chinese temples, and the Thai and Chinese-style massages while touring Bangkok’s Chinatown. Shop signs in both Thai and Chinese give the visitor a clear indication that he’s in Chinatown.

Yaowarat Road is at the center of Bangkok Chinatown. It remains a pretty interesting area to visit. Most people around here speak very little English. The Chinese in Chinatown have been living in Thailand for generations, and generally consider themselves very much as Thais and most can no longer speak any Chinese.

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The busy numerous smaller roads, narrow alleys and backstreets are amazing, and it is so easy to lose your way! The crowd, tut-tuts , food stalls – shops and shops! The street is lined with ubiquitous goldsmith shops, sharksfin and birds nest restaurants, shops and vendors selling Chinese herbal medicine, dried mushrooms, salted fish, roast meat, Chinese calendars, almanacs and of course, lottery tickets.

Watching the monks go about their food gathering and blessings, being looked at as a curiosity while people go about their business – and smiling wearily as I gesture and take their photos.

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We manage to have half day to wander around in Bangkok Chinatown.There were too many places to wander around but just have not enough time. We have to go to our next destination – the visit of Grand Palace temple. The tut-tut driver was waiting.

When I am on the way back and passed by here at night, there are so much food and so many things to buy.

Wedding Photographer Jeff Ascough

Your wedding day will be one of the greatest occasions of your life. It will bring you many happy memories that can be preserved beautifully in professional photographs. Make sure those precious memories are captured forever by the photographer.
Photo By Chrisy

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Jeff Ascough has been a professional wedding photographer in the United Kingdom since 1989. He has covered over 1000 weddings with a documentary photography style. Ascough emphasizes capturing the moment without any prompting or interference and using available light. American Photo voted Ascough as one of the ten best wedding photographers in the world.

Advice for wedding photographers

The best thing to do is to practice with a model. Take images in different lighting conditions and see which give you the best images. That’s how I started out. You should be looking for how the light molds the subject. Sometimes it’s best to squint when looking at the light as this gives you a better indication of the light direction.

One of the differences that separates the talented pros from the rest in photography, is the photographer’s ability to see light direction and quality. Try to second-guess what is going to happen. It might sound weird, but I have almost a sixth sense when it comes to photographing. I can see the image in my mind’s eye before it happens. I suspect this is a result of many years of experience, though, rather than any special ability.

I know how and when to position myself for an image even before I bring the camera up to my eye. Once I’m looking through the view finder, I refine the framing and decide on what to leave in and what to leave out of the image. I then wait for the desired moment to happen. If all hell is breaking loose around me, e.g., the dancing at the reception, I’ll go with my instincts and react to things happening. This manner of photographing is more haphazard though, and my success rate is a lot lower.

It’s important to be as unobtrusive while photographing weddings. That said, you can be unobtrusive while less than three feet from the subject. It’s all about how you behave when photographing. If you permanently have a camera up to your eye, firing off hundreds of images, the client is going to be very aware of you. Also, hiding in the shadows can be more intrusive than standing close to your subject, because odd behavior is noticeable. If you simply have the camera down at your side and just quietly observe, they will relax and start to ignore you.

Unobtrusiveness doesn’t mean you can’t be seen. That’s a mistake many people make. For many clients, unobtrusiveness means that you are letting them get on with their special day without making them stop for photographs. Read more

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Read more about his photography;

# Ascough’s photo.net gallery

# www.jeffascough.com