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    Hi, I'm Wazari Wazir, Malaysian Photojournalist working for the Government of Malaysia. Will be sharing a wide variety of pictures here from my official assignment and personal pictures. I do conduct Photography and Photoshop Workshops if there is any invitations.

    I've Conduct a Photoshop Workshops in IIUM International Islamic University Malaysia (Gombak) and also at Universiti Kuala Lumpur Malaysian Institute of Aviation Technology (UniKL MIAT), in Selangor and other Photography Workshops all over the country including Sabah Malaysia North Borneo.

    My Blog is The Winner for Best Photography Blog 2014 during MSMW Malaysia Social Media Week Blogger Awards 2014.

    Thank you for visiting My Blog and if you have any questions, feel free to contact me through my email...

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Travel and Photography | It is Better to Light a Candle Than Curse The Darkness

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Devotees Light a Candles in Boudhanath Stupa | Kathmandu | Nepal

“It is Better to Light a Candle Than Curse The Darkness.”

- Eleanor Roosevelt -

“What are you complaining about? Who cares if your hummus in India doesn’t taste 100% authentic or that there is no electricity for an hour or the wifi isn’t as strong as you want? 

Have respect for locals… You’re in a different part of the world, surrounded by a different way of life, a different culture… So don’t complain, understand how your fellow human beings, those who are living in the places you are visiting, live their lives. 

Don’t complain just because it’s not what you expected or you are unable to live the same as you do back at home. Just love and respect others instead, appreciate and experience and share in their culture.”

- Eliza Massey | Solo Female Traveler -

Travel Photography | Pokhara To Sarangkot | Getting There and Away

© 2012 Ahmad Shukri | With Friends at Sarangkot | Overlooking The Annapurna Range

Visiting Nepal will never be completed if you never have a chance to view the great Himalayas, yes off-course you can get a peek of Himalayas from Kathmandu, you can also get a glimpse of Himalaya on your way to Monkey Temple and you can also get a glimpse of Himalaya from Boudhanath, but those places doesn’t offer you a great view, you just get a glimpse of it, you need to get out of town to get a better view.

Among the most popular destination to have a great Himalayas view is in Nagarkot and Sarangkot in Pokhara.  Nagarkot located 32 kilometres east of Kathmandu, is one of the most scenic spots in Bhaktapur district and is renowned for its spectacular sunrise when the weather is clear. Visitors often travel to Nagarkot from Katmandu to spend the night there so that they can then get up early and observe the breathtaking sunrise.

Anyway from my experience, Pokhara will get you a better view, I mean a close up view of the Himalayas, yes Nagarkot will give a grand sweeping panoramic view of the Himalayas but it is a little bit far to to the naked eyes, you need at least a telephoto lens of 70-200 mm if you want to photograph it closer to have an impact, but if you wanted to enjoy the view, Nagarkot is among the best and will take you there from Kathmandu in less than one hour.

The most visited place to get a better view of the Himalayas especially the Annapurna Range is in Sarangkot Pokhara. If you go there by the road, it will take you approximately between six to seven hours drive depending on road condition, the next best option to get there is by flight, you need to pay around USD 200 for a return flight ticket to  Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu, in less than forty five minutes you will get there.

Most people stay at the Lake Side, next to the Phewa Lake. You can trek to Sarangkot if that is your choice. Take a walk two wards North Lake side cross The Green Peace Resort , turn to the right, there is also a mark says, way to  Sarangkot, then another one hour after the forest walk you will be getting on a highland, so you start getting the views of the beautiful paddy field lovely Pokhara city & excellent lake view. First village you met is Haredanda. It will take you with very slow tourist speed about two to three hours to reach to the top,  once you arrive in Sarangkot.

Another option is to begin your path on the highway opposite the Baglung bus park. The trail runs west across the fields and up the side of Gyarjati Hill, meeting the dirt road at Silangabot, about 1 km east of the Sarangkot turning.

© 2012 Mhilmi | Road to Sarangkot | You Need To Hike a Bit Along This Trail

Actually, most people, usually don’t trek to get to the top of Sarangkot, most people get here by tourist bus, taxi or private vehicle. Even from the parking lot, you will get a breathtaking view of the Annapurna Range, but to get a better view, less crowd, then you need to hike a bit from the parking lot, where the tourist bus park, you can see the photograph above, it is quite steep but will take you no more than half and hour to you get to the top, but most people never get to the top, simply because, you don’t have to, there are  plenty of look up point that will give you a nice view, unobstructed view of the Himalayas.

*For more information, you may refer to my previous article about about Sarangkot Here

Kembara | Hidup Adalah Sebuah Perjalanan

© 2012 Wazari Wazir | Satu Ketika di Dal Lake Kashmir | Srinagar

“Batas akan tetap menjadi batas, saat tak ada yang benar-benar berani menyeberanginya. Seperti halnya kita menamai utara sebagai utara, karena tak ada yang pernah bertanya kenapa.

Jarak akan tetap menjadi jarak, saat tak ada yang memulai langkah untuk menyudahinya. Kita hanya menduga-duga, sebelah langit mana yang berwarna lebih merah.

Dan, perjalanan hanya akan menjadi perjalanan, saat tak ada yang sudi menceritakan kisah yang menyertanya. Maka, temuilah, lewati batas, tuntaskan jarak. Ceritakan – setidaknya kepada diri sendiri, tentang jawaban yang kita temui.”

- Petikan Buku The Journeys 3Yang Melangkah dan Menemukan | By Alexander Thian Dll.

Saya belum lagi memiliki buku “The Journeys 3″ tetapi tertarik dengan post bergambar di Twitter oleh @DuaRansel, saya amat tertarik tentang tulisan di dalam muka surat tersebut lantas bertanyakan kepada mereka, buku apakah itu? Lantas mereka membalas, petikan dari buku “The Journeys 3″, yag mengisahkan kisah perjalanan beberapa orang penulis.

Kalau hendak diceritakan tentang kembara, tentang minat melihat negara orang, budaya orang, kisah hidup dan macam-macam lagi memang agak panjang, “panjang” bukan soalnya, masalahnya ialah saya tidak pandai untuk bercerita dengan panjang lebar tanpa mengundang kebosanan pembaca.

Rasanya petikan atau sinopsis buku “The Journeys 3″ yang saya kongsikan diatas tersebut, cukup untuk menjawab setiap pertanyaan mengapa kita perlu mengembara keluar melihat dunia luar, jauh daripada tanah air kita sendiri.

Kalau kita bersembang dengan mereka yang tidak minat keluar melihat dunia luar, kita hanya akan membuang masa, menjawab setiap pertanyaan atau melayan alasan-alasan mereka, sebaliknya sekiranya kita berbual dengan mereka yang mempunyai minat yang sama, kita akan sentiasa cuba mencari jalan untuk melaksanakan impian bersama dan bukannya mencari-cari alasan mengapa sebuah perjalanan itu tidak perlu diteruskan, mungkin ditangguhkan tetapi bukan terus dihumban jauh dari tingkap mimpi.

“Usia muda adalah usia yang paling tepat untuk bermimpi dan mengusahakan impian-impian itu untuk menjadi nyata.”

- Alitt Susanto -

Bagi saya, faktor utama yang membuatkan saya ingin keluar melihat dunia ialah “Curiosity” atau perasaan ingin tahu yang membuak-buak. Memang betul, di zaman serba canggih ini, perasaan ingin tahu itu amat mudah untuk dilunaskan hanya dengan menaip beberapa ayat atau pertanyaan di kotak carian Google dan dalam masa tidak sampai beberapa saat, apa yang ingin kita tahu, tempampang di depan skrin komputer ataupun paparan skrin telefon pintar kita, di dalam bilik tandas yang sempit dan kecil pun kita sudah mampu meneroka apa yang ada di ruang angkasa, hanya dengan sebuah telefon bimbit yang mempunyai capaian laman sesawang atau internet.

 Bagaimana suasana di Dal Lake, Kashmir? Mudah saja, Google saja, tak perlu menghabiskan ribuan ringgit untuk  terbang ke Kashmir hanya semat-mata untuk mengetahui bagaimana keadaanya di sana, mungkin sebuah gambar tidak mampu untuk bersuara tetapi melalui Youtube, Vimeo dan laman video yang seumpamanya kita mampu mendengar suara, kita mampu melihat pergerakan orang-orang di sana, kita mampu mendengar kocakan air, hasil dayungan pengemudi Shikara di sana.

Namun bagi sesetengah orang, semangat ingin tahu mereka tidak habis di “Google” sahaja, mereka memilih untuk tidak setakat menjadi penonton, tetapi mereka juga ingin turut serta, sebagai contoh gambar di atas, di dalam gambar tersebut, kelihatan sebuah perahu, di mana di sana ada beberapa orang sedang berkumpul, mereka sebenarnya sedang membeli sarapan, semacam sejenis roti yang ada sedikit inti, rasanya memang sedap kerana saya turut membeli makanan tersebut.

Bercakap tentang sedap, mana mungkin mampu kita merasa “sedap” hanya dengan melihat gambar atau video, dan bercakap tentang sejuknya Kashmir sewaktu musim dingin, mana mungkin dapat kita rasa hanya dengan melihat gambar, kalaupun saya beritahu sejuknya dalam lingkungan -3 Celsius, bolehkah anda bayangkan kesejukannya kecuali anda sendiri pernah mengembara ke negara yang sesejuk itu.

Cukuplah rasanya saya tulis setakat ini, sepertimana yang saya beritahu, sekiranya semakin panjang yang saya tulis, semakin panjang pula kebosanan anda, jadi untuk tidak memanjangkan kebosanan anda, saya cadangkan, terutamanya kepada sahabat semua yang belum pernah sekalipun pergi ke luar negara, yang belum sekalipun memiliki sebuah dokumen berwarna merah yang di beri nama Passport.

Pergilah buat Passport, setidak-tidaknya bila anda telah memiliki Passport dan telah membayar beratus ringgit  untuk memiliki buku sebesar tapak tangan itu, akan lahir perasaan untuk keluar melihat dunia, untuk melihat lembaran-lembaran kosong di passport anda itu dicop dengan warna biru dan merah atau dengan pelbagai warna dan bentuk rupa, yang mana setiap cop itu mewakili sebuah cerita. Cerita bahawa sesungguhnya hidup ini adalah sebuah perjalanan dan bukan sebuah perjalanan “Virtual” di kotak carian “Google” semata.

Saya minta maaf kalau tulisan saya ni membosankan, bukan salah saya, awal-awal lagi saya dah beritahu, ada masa nanti akan saya berguru dengan Pak Agustinus Wibowo…

Travel and Photography | KL Horse and Carriage Ride | Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | KL Horse and Carriage Ride | The Beautiful Horse Carriages Were Imported From Istanbul |  Turkey.

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Kuala Lumpur Horse and Carriage Ride | Independence Square Kuala Lumpur | Visit Malaysia Year 2014

Kuala Lumpur is joining other major cities in the world to feature the Horse & Carriage Ride in the city. Where tourist can enjoy a classic experience in KL and  enjoy open-air carriage ride, pulled by beautiful horses throughout the city’s heritage trail lined with 12 scenic historic buildings. The horse were specially brought in from Belgium, while the carriages were imported from Istanbul, Turkey. To those of you who have been to Prince’s Island in Istanbul will definitely wanted to try out this one. It won’t be easy though, because unlike horse ride in Prince’s Island where there is no public cars, this one will be going through the heart of the city centre with busy traffics, and I think will be a challenges.

Anyway the horses have fully acclimatised to the Malaysian weather and have been trained to pull the carriages amidst Kuala Lumpur’s busy traffic. So, you don’t have to worry about it, but if I were get caught in the traffic, while riding the horse drawn carriage, I wouldn’t mind, would not complained.

The KL Horse & Carriage Ride will commence from the 15th March 2014 onwards with schedule rides in the morning (between 10 am – 11.30am) and afternoon rides between 3 pm and 4.30pm. Tickets for the ride are priced at RM50.00 per person or RM200.00 for the whole carriage and can be purchased at the Kuala Lumpur City Galley Counter

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Portrait Photography | Mother and Daughter | Motherhood

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Mother and Daughter | My Wife and Daughter Arianna | 50 mm | f/2.2 | 1/250 | ISO 200

“Motherhood is a choice you make everyday, to put someone else’s happiness and well-being ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when you’re not sure what the right thing is… and to forgive yourself, over and over again, for doing everything wrong.”

- Donna Ball -