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  • Welcome to My Blog!

    Hi, I'm Wazari Wazir, Malaysian Photojournalist and also Travel Blogger, working for the Government of Malaysia.

    Will be sharing a variety of travel stories and photographs here and occasionally my recent assignment with the government. 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

Travel | The Beautiful Moscow Metro Museum of Art

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Beautiful Moscow Metro Stations | All Photographs Taken With Fujifilm X100T

The Moscow Metro dates back to 1931, when its construction began, although engineers Pyotr Balinsky and Evgeny Knorre submitted their first designs to the Moscow City Duma as far back as 1902. On May 15, 1935, 18 years after the Bolshevik revolution, the Metro threw open its doors and carried its first passengers down its escalators and on to its new wagons with padded seats.

The first Metro line – running from Sokolniki to Dvorets Sovetov (now Kropotkinskaya) – was 11km (seven miles) long and had 13 stations. The Metro now has a track of more than 300km with 12 lines and 196 stations. The system is mostly underground, with the deepest section 74 metres (243 ft) underground at the Park Pobedy station, one of the world’s deepest.

Traveling with Moscow Metro is like stepping into a museum of Russian History and architecture, where you can meet Lenin, Dostoyevsky and Pushkin on your travels. It is one of the many tourist attraction that you can find in Russia if architecture is one of your favourite, but even if you don’t like architecture, the Moscow Metro Station is really a sight to be seen. Transporting approximately 9 million people everyday, the Moscow Metro is one of the most extensive and heavily used subway systems in the world.

I was on a very short stay in Moscow, I haven’t got the chance to visit most  of the most beautiful Moscow Station available. Moscow has more to offer than just a Red Square and Kremlin, there is so much to see especially if you like art and architecture, there is plenty of museum to visit, if you are museum kind of guy.

To those of you who are planning to visit Moscow, let me tell you this, three days and two night stay in Moscow is not enough especially if you travel in winter and even if you were to travel in summer when the daylight is longer, three days in Moscow still not good enough, but then, it depends on what kind of traveler you are and what are you really looking at in Moscow.

Here are a few Moscow Metro worth visiting if you have the time :

  • Kievskaya Station
  • Mayakovskaya Station
  • Novoslobodskaya Station
  • Komsomolskaya Station
  • Dostoevskaya Station
  • Chkalovskaya Station
  • Elektrozavodskaya Station
  • Baumanskaya Statio
  • Ploshchad Revolutsii Station
  • Novokuznetskaya Station

All of the photographs above were taken with my trusted Fujifilm X100T, the only camera that I bring for my Trans-Siberian Railway adventure and maybe due to its small size, not many people bother and pay attention to me, I think if I’ve use my big size professional level DSLR, I might have some  problem taking a photographs and might get an unwanted attention from unwelcome people.

At first actually I get a little scared to take my camera out, most of Moscow Metro is pack with people and coming from Malaysia with my puny size, makes me so scared looking at big size of Russian people. They are not scary but when looking at their big size and with their stiff or serious looking face makes me feel a little  bit intimidated. Only after few hours traveling by the Metro I get a little bit of confidence, but still, I take great precautions at all time.

*Please Vote  For My DiGi WWWOW Award  Here : A Wonderful World Through Photography

*Ikuti Kisah Pengalaman Kembara Trans-Siberian Saya Yang Tersiar di The Vocket

Travel and Photography With Fujifilm X100T | Travel With Senandung Langkawi Train To Perlis

© 2015 Wazari Wazir | Getting Ready To Board The Train at KL Sentral

© 2015 Wazari Wazir | Group Photograph Inside Senandung Langkawi Train

© 2015 Wazari Wazir | Reaching Arau Perlis Train Station After Thirteen Hour Journey | It Should be Ten Hour But Three Hour Delay (Technical Fault)

This is not the first time we travel by train on a long distance journey, well, not that long if we compared it to Trans-Siberian Railway journey, but a long journey by Malaysian standard. It supposed to be only ten hour journey but due to some technical glitch which happen at Butterworth Penang, the air-con doesn’t working and i seem that the electric connection is lost somewhere and we were stranded almost three hour at Butterworth Station.

The first time we travel by train is earlier this year to Woodlands in Singapore, but that one, we don’t have a sleepers berth compartment option, we were sitting all the way to Woodlands in Singapore for about six hours journey. This time we manage to get a sleeping compartment, I took four berths, facing each other.

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Russian Train | Platzkatzny

On the photography site, I just use my trusted Fujifilm X100T camera for the whole trip. Actually there is nothing much to photograph inside this train because it depart almost at midnight, 10 PM to be exact and about an hour after the train start rolling, most people on board already getting into their  sleep position and close the curtain. Unlike Platzkatzny (Third Class) train in Russia, they are open, no curtain to hide.

There is plenty to photographs inside Russian train, maybe if I took the train which depart on early morning, I will get lots of photographic opportunity compared to night train.

The small camera of Fujifilm X100T really doesn’t scream for an attention and I hardly see anyone with a camera inside my compartment, some of them just took a photographs with their mobile phone only, that should be good enough for them especially if they wanted to share it with their social media friends about their whereabout.

The Fujifilm X100T works great with available light and work great also at High ISO, just don’t compare them with High End DSLR, and the shutter is very silent, almost nonexistent especially when the train is moving. All of the photograph above were shoot with RAW files but in Lightroom I use Fujifilm Classic Chrome Film Simulation preset. It doesn’t work well for every photographs but sometimes it work like magic depending on the photographs.

This is also the third time I travel by train with just Fujifilm X100T camera, the first one while it was still brand new, I took it with me traveling Trans-Siberian Railway from Saint Petersburg to Beijing in China, the second trip with Train KTM Sinaran Selatan from Kuala Lumpur to Woodlands Singapore and the recent one to Arau Perlis with KTM Train Senandung Lamgkawi.

*Ikuti Kisah Pengalaman Kembara Trans-Siberian Saya Yang Tersiar di The Vocket

*Related Article : Why I Choose To Travel With Fujifilm X100T On Trans-Siberian Railway Journey

Raphael Birthday at Alor Setar Kedah

© 2015 Wazari Wazir | Raphael (centre) Birthday at Alor Setar Kedah

As usual, we don’t normally celebrate a birthday party for our children, this is a photograph of our Son Raphael 4 year old birthday on 7 June 2015. Just a simple small cake with 4 candles and Menara Alor Setar or Alor Setar Tower in the background. Just for the purpose of the photographs, we set up this things for a memory.

This school holidays, we travel to  Malaysian northern state of Perlis, which borders Thailand by train. The train journey took us more than thirteen hours to reach Arau Perlis, it should be just ten hour journey but due to some technical glitch which happens at Butterworth, the train delay for more than three hours.

This is not the first time we as a family travel by train, but this is the very first time we took the longest journey by train with a sleeping berth. Earlier this year we travel all the way to Woodlands in Singapore by train which took us just six hours from Kuala Lumpur.

Times flies, and my son Raphael is four year old already but still, he is my baby. He is the most talkative and super active among our children. Happy Birthday Raphael.

Shukri - Happy Birthday Raphael..semoga menjadi anak yg soleh dan kebanggaan mak & ayah.

Family Outing | Royal Floria Putrajaya


© 2015 Wazari Wazir | Family Outing at Royal Floria Putrajaya

For those you guys who have noting to do or have no idea where to take your family this school holidays, I would suggest you to take your family to visit Floria Putrajaya which is happening now until this Sunday 7th June.

There is plenty of activity there including some photography contest. Actually we were really not planning to get here, just an impromptu  decision, I was on assignment on that day and since it went out too early, I decided to take my family here.

The weather was not very good on that day, it was raining just few minutes after our arrival, so we don’t have much time to explore this area fully. There is plenty of attraction for kids and talking about flowers, yes, it is so colourful here. There is also The Spring and Winter Gardens there, but unfortunately we didn’t make it because the queue was too long for us to wait in line.

Just to let you know also, there is an entrance fee before you can get inside ;

For visitors holding Malaysia National Registration Identity Card or MyKad, ticket prices are as follows:

  • Adults (13 years old and above): RM5.00
  • Children (7 to 12 years old): RM1.00
  • Children 6 years old and below: Free

For visitors Not holding Malaysia National Registration Identity Card or MyKad, ticket prices are as follows:

  • Adults (13 years old and above): RM10.00
  • Children (7 to 12 years old): RM5.00
  • Children 6 years old and below: Free

*You also need to pay a separate ticket if you decided to enter The Spring and Winter Garden which is at RM3.00 each while children 4 years and younger enters free.

*Note, Please bring an umbrella with you, and maybe some light snacks also and off-course a camera…

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Life is a Journey | Life is Like a Train Ride

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Trans-Mongolian Train Chugging Along The Famous Lake Baikal Of Siberia | Russia

It can be tempting to blame others for our loss of direction. We get lots of information about life but little education in life from parents, teachers, and other authority figures, who should know better from their experience. Information is about facts. Education is about wisdom and the knowledge of how to love and survive.

But no matter how much advice you get, you are the one who chooses which train to board. As you pass through life, pay attention to the signs and stations; if you don’t like the scenery, pull the emergency cord and get off the train. There is no other conductor in charge. There is no one who needs to give you permission to transfer.

This is Your life. Your Journey. Your Trip to Conduct.”

– Bernie Siegel –