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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.

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Postcard From Langtang Nepal | Adventure is Out There

© 2012 Wazari Wazir | Photographer at Langtang National Park | Nepal

 

“Do not burn yourself out. Be as I am-a reluctant enthusiast… a part time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it is still there. So get out there and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, encounter the grizz, climb the mountains.

Run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, that lovely, mysterious and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to your body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much: I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those deskbound people with their hearts in a safe deposit box and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this: you will outlive the bastards.”

- Edward Abbey -

 

Travel and Photography | Laban Rata | Mount Kinabalu | Sabah

© 2013 Wazari Wazir | Laban Rata on a Clear Day

© 2013 Wazari Wazir | Laban Rata Covered With Thick Mist

© 2013 Wazari Wazir | Me Posing Against Laban Rata | Mount Kinabalu

© 2013 Wazari Wazir | Welcome to Laban Rata Restaurant | Mount Kinabalu

© 2013 Wazari Wazir | Laban Rata Restaurant | Mount Kinabalu

Laban Rata offers a restaurant, dormitories with common bathroom and toilet, as well as private rooms that feature essential amenities. Sitting 3,272 metres above sea level in Kinabalu National Park, the lodge offers great views of the surrounding area, cool mountain air, and a quiet atmosphere. The lodge is also 90 km from the airport.

Most people who climb Mount Kinabalu will choose 2 day one night trip. They will start climbing either from Timpohon or Mesilau Gate. Most people, depending on their fitness level will reach Laban Rata around 12 PM or 2:30 PM, if they started their climbing around 8 AM in the morning. Our team reach Laban Rata at 4 PM (The Helipad) after starting our journey from Timpohon Gate at 8:10 AM.

But I’ve met few people along the way who had told me that some climbers in their team reach Laban Rata at 9 PM and some of them reach Laban Rata at 11 PM. So it depends on the individual. The best time to reach Laban Rata is around 3 PM or before 4:30 PM because they will serve dinner at 4:30 PM.

You don’t really need to bring lots of foods with you because everything was provided in the climbing package (foods), maybe you need to bring along some extra power bars or light snacks and a bottled of mineral water when you climb to the summit in the early morning as early as 2 AM. But normally people will start climbing to the summit of Low’s Peak at 2:30 AM because the breakfast/supper only start at 2 AM, after having their meals then only they start climbing.

If you take a look at the Laban Rata restaurant where people having their meals, actually it is on a less crowded day. We climb on 4th December and the total of the climbers is less than 70 people, but on the previous day (3rd  December,) the total climbers is more than 160 people, so you can imagine how packed the place can be.

At first we didn’t managed to secure our place at Laban Rata but due to less people, we were upgraded to Laban Rata, at first we were given a Gunting Lagadan Hut, just few meters above Laban Rata. But, If we were stayed at Gunting Lagadan we will think twice about going down to Laban Rata at 2 AM in the morning to have our breakfast, and went back to Gunting Lagadan Hut, it is not very far but on the mountain, 100 meters seems very far and such a tall order.

This is my second time stayed at Laban Rata, previously I’ve stayed at Panar Laban and Gunting Lagadan Hut.

Travel and Photography | Postcard From Mount Kinabalu

© 2013 Wazari Wazir | Road Less Traveled at Mont Kinabalu | Borneo

“All the wild world is beautiful, and it matters but little where we go, to highlands or lowlands, woods or plains, on the sea or land or down among the crystals of waves or high in a balloon in the sky; through all the climates, hot or cold, storms and calms, everywhere and always we are in God’s eternal beauty and love. So universally true is this, the spot where we chance to be always seems the best.”

- John Muir -

Traveling and Photography | Climbing Mount Kinabalu | Adventure is Out There

© 2013 Wazari Wazir | Climber at Mount Kinabalu Heading for Laban Rata

“A lot of us first aspired to far-ranging travel and exotic adventure early in our teens; these ambitions are, in fact, adolescent in nature, which I find an inspiring idea…Thus, when we allow ourselves to imagine as we once did, we know, with a sudden jarring clarity, that if we don’t go right now, we’re never going to do it. And we’ll be haunted by our unrealized dreams and know that we have sinned against ourselves gravely.” 

- Tim Cahill -

If you asked me, on why I climbed Mount Kinabalu for the fourth time, I just don’t know how to give you a straight answer, sometimes while walking the trail  up to the Laban Rata, I still can’t find the answer myself.

Maybe I just need to have some kind of an adventure. And I think climbing Mount Kinabalu is among the closest adventure that I can find. I’ve been to Langtang Nepal last year, so maybe I’ve carried with me an “adventure bugs” from the Himalaya, they always wanted to get out, always wanted some kind of an adventure at high altitude.

I don’t know why, I just climb, I guess…

“The Mountains Are Calling, and I Must Go…”

Travel Photography | Once Upon a Time in Kota Belud Sabah

© 2013 Wazari Wazir | Suspension Bridge at Kota Belud Sabah Against Mount Kinabalu

I’ve always dreamed of taking this kind of a picture since I saw Mount Kinabalu few years ago. A photograph of a person crossing a suspension bridge with Mount Kinabalu in the background. Yes, there is a lot of suspension bridge crossing the river all across Sabah but finding the right one can be quite tricky since some of them can’t be seen from the main road. You need to look deeper.

With the help of my Sabahan friends, Azman Jumat, Shukur Jahar and Rade Knoxville, finally I manage to get what I’m looking for. Even though the lighting wasn’t so great that particular day, I’m quite happy because finally I found something that I’ve been looking for. It is a matter of going back few times here and hoping to get the best moment with the perfect lighting.

I think the best time to be here is somewhere around 5 AM to 6 AM depending on what you are looking for. I’m talking about a silhouette of a person crossing the bridge against the Mount Kinabalu with the sunrise behind the mountain. I think depending on the time of the year, you can see the sunrise, as early as 5:15 AM to 5:30 AM and with the right composition, you will get a beautiful picture.

According to the local here, people cross the suspension bridge as early as 4 AM to do their business. There is a beautiful rice field at the end of the suspension bridge where the person is heading. If you wanted to captured a light trail of a torchlight carried by a person crossing the suspension bridge, you need to be here early.

Kota Belud town is located at approximately 60 KM from Kota Kinabalu Sabah, depending on the road condition, you can get here in about an hour or more but in less than two hours, you should be here.

The best time to get a clear view of Mount Kinabalu is before 10 AM in the morning, most of the times, after 10 AM, the cloud will cover most part of the mountain. But if you wanted to get a golden light, a warmth light, or to get a beautiful sunrise behind the mountain, then you better stay one night in Kota Belud, because the best time to get the sunrise is before 6 AM.

Once you find the right place, all you have to do is just find the right composition to your taste, wait for the right person or subject to cross the suspension bridge, the you have a picture postcard quality.

I never get the moment that I really want but then, I can always come back here for more. If I’m not photographing, spending my time here watching  the worlds goes by is good enough already.