Sunday, August 27, 2017

Central Market by Hari Ho

Hari Ho - Yap Hoh
What a cool image of an old man! I recognised the white singlet and the pant; these were common clothing for men in the old days especially for old Chinese elderly men. My grandfather worn them too; maybe that's why the photo appeals to me - it reminds me of him.

The photo is one of the portraits featured in an exhibition by Hari Ho in Wei Ling Gallery in Kuala Lumpur. The title of Ho' solo work, Central Market referred to the wet market which was closed in 1985. The portraits are of the traders and people who worked in the market. Ho shot these portraits during the final weeks before the market closed.

Interestingly, the people in the portraits seem comfortable and even smile and strike poses for him. That's because Ho spent some times getting to know the people in the market before he started to take photos of them.
(Hari Ho - Wong Yen Hoon)
Like this man, Wong Yen Hoon who suddenly raised his arm when his photo was taken. He later explained to Ho that for a portrait like this, he would like to greet the world.
Hari Ho - Wong Chee Mun
And this man, Wong Chee Mun, and eccentric collector of military paraphernalia who snapped to attention and saluted!

Hari Ho - Lorry Boy
Sadly, there was one person the photographer did not manage to know.  "Lorry Boy' was called away for work right after Ho photographed him. The people in the market told Ho that he's a lorry boy, who worked with a lorry team to load and upload supplies at the market. Even though Ho returned to the market every day after that, he couldn't see him. Ho often wonder what happen to him. If you have information, please contact the gallery.

The Day After

Showing at Wei Ling Gallery from 2 August to 10 September 2017.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Chimay Red Cap

A Belgian Dark Trappist. Brewed by the monks in Scourmont Abbey in Belgium. 

In Malaysia, the Chimay is available at Brussels Beer Cafe. 

Brewery: Chimay
Country: Belgium
Styles: Dubbel Beer
ABV: 7%

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Apple Strudel @ Fruity Bakery & Cafe

Delicious Apple Strudel from an old school bakery in Klang!

Filled with apple, whipped cream and custard and covered with a crispy pastry.

Each piece is priced at RM6.75 while the whole loaf (which can be divided to  about 3 pieces) is RM30.30.

The bakery also serves pastries, cake, coffee and also Western-styled dishes. I didn't try other food but I think it's worth to drop by for the apple strudel!

Fruity Bakery & Cafe
No. 107, Lebuh Turi, Off Persiaran Raja Musa, Taman Chi Liung, 41200, Klang

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Lee Rubber Building @ Petaling Street

Lee Rubber Building is a historic building in Chinatown of Kuala Lumpur. It was considered the tallest building in Kuala Lumpur when it was constructed in 1930. The iconic building was designed by British architect Arthuer Oakley Coltman in Art Deco style.

Located along Jalan Tun H.S Lee, the building is now vacated and reportedly to have been sold to a new owner. The signage on the building was removed where previously it displayed the name Lee Rubber Building,  as seen in the photo below.

(Photo from Wikipedia)

Previously, Popular Bookstore was the building's main tenant. The bookstore closed down its outlet at the building last year after 13 years. Other tenants included Peter Hoe Evolution and Beyond, a lifestyle store and cafe on the second floor and Pusat Tuisyen Kasturi, a tuition centre on the third floor.

Lee Rubber Building is listed by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) as a Category 2 historical building which meant the entire facade of the building must be conserved by its owner.