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  • Welcome to My Blog!

    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...

    wazariwazir@yahoo.com | Tel No : + 6012 2812753

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 -

Travel and Photography | Your Vision is Not Limited by What Your Eye Can See

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Once Upon a Time in Pokhara | Nepal

“Your vision is not limited by what your eye can see, but by what your mind can imagine. Many things that you take for granted were considered unrealistic dreams by previous generations. If you accept these past accomplishments as commonplace then think of the new horizons that you can explore. From your vantage point, your education and imagination will carry you to places which we won’t believe possible.

Make Your Life Count, and the world will be a better place because you tried.”

- Ellison S. Onizuka -

Travel and Photography | Life Must Go On

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Life Must Go On | Pokhara | Nepal

“The battle of life is, in most cases, fought uphill; and to win it without a struggle were perhaps to win it without honour.  If there were no difficulties there would be no success; if there were nothing to struggle for, there would be nothing to be achieved.”

- Samuel Smiles -

Sometimes, I was struggling through life but then, traveling change me  to a better person, especially when traveling to India and Nepal. My work as a photographer wasn’t hard enough compared to some of the people living in less develop country. Take a look at Sherpa who live at Khumbu Region,  on the south side of Everest. Most of them work as porters carrying trekkers or climbers heavy backpack or work as a guide. I don’t think it is an easy work, going up and down the Everest trek, but somehow, that is the only things that they can do, period.

Most of the people in this world have never travel outside their home country, to some of them who have never travel, might think, that life outside their home country is better, people like to said that the grass is always greener on the other side.  People always think they would be happier in a different country, but that not always necessarily true.

From outsiders eye, I see a lot of potential untapped here in Nepal but the truth is, there are thousands of Nepali people working in Malaysia. Same goes to Kashmir, I think they have a beautiful country, I think they can benefit a lot from tourism related business but the truth is, most of them are not very rich and like Nepali people, it is not difficult to find Kashmiri people looking for a job outside their home country.

Wherever we are, life must go on, to the three women in the photograph above, they might think that their work is difficult, nothing to brag about but what they might forget is that, they work in a beautiful environment, people paid thousand of dollars just to get a glimpse of Himalaya but they don’t have to pay a penny, Himalayas Region is just at the back of their house.

Yes, I do know that, those Himalayas Peak will never brings food to their table,  but for me, they were given the best place to live. People like me, even though have a little bit better life, work inside cubicle environment, when I’m not on assignment, always dreaming of getting out of the office, wanted to breath the fresh air of the mountain, wanted to see the Himalayas, and maybe to the people living in this Pokhara Valley, wondering why we like so much to visit their backyard, just to see the mountain.

I hope those people, can stop and smell the roses, I mean despite their unglamorous working condition, they live in one of the beautiful place on earth, yes, life is hard for some of them but at the end of the day, they can sit back, relax and just enjoy  the mountain view, on the other hand, for people like me, at the end of the office hour, I always dreaming to get here once more, up in the mountain.

They might think that I’ve a better life than theirs, but I think they have a great life. Life must go on…