Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

April 19, 2020

Two Islands

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Pulau Pangkor and Pulau Banggi

I have been in lockdown now in Malaysia for a month and it looks like continuing until the end of April at least. So, for something to do I dug out all the orphan files I took on my DSLR and here I present them to you.

Small boat
Small boat

This is a small fishing boat heading out to sea from Pulau Pangkor, on the west coast of mainland Malaysia, in the state of Perak. That is the mainland in the background.

Larger trawler
Larger trawler

These larger trawlers are made here on the island from wood. I can see a couple right now being built from my guesthouse.

Another trawler
Another trawler

Cleaning nets
Cleaning nets

This is the fish farm out the front of my jetty.

Monkey beach
Monkey beach

This is the beach on Banggi Island right at the tip of Sabah in the north.

Looking for shellfish
Looking for shellfish

At low tide, the locals would go out looking for shellfish on the reef just out from the river-mouth.

Fishermen at river-mouth
Fishermen at river-mouth

Looking for molluscs
Looking for molluscs

Dragging along the sand looking for what I call pippies.

March 22, 2020

Malaysian Tourist Photos

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Singapore to Pulau Pangkor

After a few days bird-watching in Singapore, I headed north to Mersing, then east towards Melaka, Port Dickson, and then north to the Cameron Highlands, and I am now at Pangkor Island.

Mersing
Mersing

The river at Mersing. From here the boats go to Pulau Tioman.

Old Ship
Old Ship

An old ship replica at Melaka. I think it is a museum inside.

Hindu celebration
Hindu celebration

In Melaka I discovered a festival. I had no idea what it was for.

Smashing Coconuts
Smashing Coconuts

Everyone was having fun smashing coconuts on the road. It looked like fun.

Melaka River Cruise
Melaka River Cruise

A lot of the houses were colourful along the river. The cruise along the river cost thirty ringgit for foreigners.

A trawler docked at Little Penang kampung
A trawler

There were so many trawlers docked near where I am staying in Pulau Pangkor. Fishing is a big industry here.

Abandoned Resort in Hutan Lipur
Abandoned Resort

There were so many abandoned resorts on Pulau Pangkor. I have no idea why. This one was right next to the beach and had a beautiful jungle right behind it.

A beach on Pulau Pangkor
A beach

This is Teluk Nipah. There are a few beaches along this side of the island. I went for a swim at one and about chest height the bottom turned to mud. I was not impressed.

Rain from my guest house
Rain from my guest house

In the morning it was drizzling a little bit and later I heard thunder in the distance. Luckily I made it back to shelter before it starting pouring rain.

Ghost ship Coming out of the fog
Ghost ship

Coming out of the morning fog.

Heading for dock at Sungai Pinang Kecil
Heading for dock

It turned out it was not a ghost ship after all. Just a foggy morning.

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March 6, 2020

Sabah Sarawak Singapore

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Mulu to Singapore

I caught a Maswings twin-engined plane from Kota Kinabalu in Sabah to Mulu in Sarawak. The only way to get in there is to fly. Here is my plane at the airport at Kota Kinabalu.

Twin-engine plane
Twin-engine plane

And up into the sky we went. This is a view towards the islands off Kota Kinabalu.

Sabah Islands
Sabah Islands

Then we headed inland to Sarawak and had some good views of the mountainous jungles.

Sarawak mountain jungles
Sarawak mountain jungles

The airport is quite close to the national Park. Most people just walk to the park but I caught a taxi for a whole two dollars.

Road to Mount Mulu National Park
Road to Mount Mulu National Park

I climbed to Treetops Tower most days I was at Mulu. This monster Strangler Fig was just beside it.

Strangler Fig
Strangler Fig

And then it was back to Kota Kinabalu to grab a flight to Singapore. I went to Gardens By The Bay and saw these amazing otters having a dust bath near a bridge.

Otters having a dust bath
Otters having a dust bath

The next day I went to Lake Jurong Park and come upon this horde of bird photographers taking photos of a poor lost Brahminy Starling.

Singapore bird photographers
Singapore bird photographers

This is a few high rises near Pasir Ris. It is surprising the amount of parks and bush in Singapore.

high-rise living
high-rise living

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February 22, 2020

North Borneo Railway

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Tenom to Beaufort Train Trip

I had been looking forward to this train trip for ages and I specifically went to Tenom to ride this famous train. It goes from Tenom in the hills of south-west Sabah to Beaufort, which is near the coast. Anyhow, here is the famous train at the station in Tenom.

Train to Beaufort
Train to Beaufort

You can hang out the window, take photos, smoke. No fancy rules here.

Going through the hills
Going through the hills

The train followed the Padas River most of the way down the hill.

Following the river
Following the river

The track is getting work done on it. They are putting new sleepers in and building up a section of the track where it goes around this hill. These boys were working on the construction. We had to get out of the train and walk past this section.

The railway workers
The railway workers

Hopped off the other train and then we got on this one waiting for us. The other people going the other way got off this one and hopped on ours.

Swapping trains
Swapping trains

The engine was pushing from the back, then went into a siding and switched to the front.

The train engine
The train engine

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More Sabah Tourist Snaps

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Tourist Photos From Mt Kinabalu to Pulau Banggi.

This blog post starts off from Mount Kinabalu, where I spent about four days wandering about the lower tracks of the mountain.

Massive Moth
Massive Moth

This moth was huge. And it had snake heads at the ends of each wing. Hopefully to scare off predators.

Mount Kinabalu
Mount Kinabalu

Lots of people climb this every day. More than a hundred a day. And they pay massive amounts of money to do so. The mountain is more than four thousand meters high, I think.

Kota Kinabalu public wharf
Kota Kinabalu public wharf

All the water taxis gunning it against the side of the wharf, waiting to take passengers to the islands just off the town. It is mayhem.

Lion Dance
Lion Dance

It was Chinese New Year and they had the lion dancers at the Kota Kinabalu Mall. This kid is just getting into his lion costume.

Lions on stilts
Lions on stilts

The lion dancers climbed up on these poles and did all these stunts. The crowd loved it.

Kampung at Dragon Pearl Beach
Kampung at Dragon Pearl Beach

It is not really a kampung, more like a bunch of holiday houses built on the beach.

Dragon Pearl Beach
Dragon Pearl Beach

This is a view from the wharf. The tide went out for hundreds of meters, so the wharf was pretty much useless except at high tide. doh!

Tammoyo Place
Tammoyo Place

This is my hut on the beach on Banggi Island. It was pretty comfy. I had a couple of mattresses and electricity at night, so I was very content.

River near Kampung Nusa Nusa
River near Kampung Nusa Nusa

There were monkeys, otters and cows hanging out around this river mouth.

Caterpillar
Caterpillar

I liked this really colourful caterpillar that I found in the rainforest.

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February 18, 2020

Manado to Sandakan

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Tourist Photos from Indonesia to Malaysia

All these photos came from my phone. I lost the charger on my el cheapo point and shoot automatic camera, so I decided to chuck it away and just use my phone. I cannot see much difference. The image quality is probably a bit better but it is still pretty crap taking photos with the phone. I started off in Manado, in the north of Sulawesi.

Boat off Manado
Boat off Manado

I flew from Manado to Tarakan in Kalimantan, and then hopped on a speedboat to Nunukan, which is close to the border of Malaysian Sabah.

 Seaweed farming in Nunukan
Seaweed farming in Nunukan

Houses on water
Houses on water

This village was built over the water. I guess they have easy access to their boats.

Semporna public wharf
Semporna public wharf

These are the local taxis for the people who live on the islands nearby or in the villages built over the water along the shore.

Sunset at Pulau Mabul
Sunset at Pulau Mabul

Bajau traders
Bajau traders

These are Bajau, or sea gypsies. They live on their boats and travel between Sabah, Sulawesi and Mindanao. They are selling seafood.

Market at Lahad Datu
Market at Lahad Datu

Boat ride on the Kinabatangan River
Boat ride on the Kinabatangan River

I spent about four days on the Kinabatangan River and took lots of photos of monkeys and birds.

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January 9, 2020

Makassar to Manado

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Sulawesi Tourist Photos

I took all these photos on my phone. I lost the charger for my point and shoot camera and it has some dust on the chip so I might just chuck it. I have had it nearly ten years and it cost me twenty bucks so I am not too worried about it. I got my money’s worth. So these photos start from Makassar. This girl was at the warung where I was dropped off to catch the mikrolet to Malino. I waited there for more than an hour and she wanted me to take her photo. So I obliged.

Beautiful Girl
Beautiful Girl

I rented a motorbike and rode up into the hills surrounding Rantepao for a few days.

Tana Toraja houses
Tana Toraja houses

I took this shot in Ampana. I had sated chicken one night and took this photo of the boy cooking the meat. It was delicious.

Cooking Sate
Cooking Sate

These were the villagers from the outlying islands coming into town to do some shopping at Wakai.

Villagers' Boat
Villagers’ Boat

This was the fast boat from Salakan going back to Luwuk.

Fast boat to the Banggai Islands
Fast boat to the Banggai Islands

And this is the sleeping arrangements on the slow boat to the Banggai Islands.

Fun on the boat
Fun on the boat

This is Manado harbour and these boats will take out supplies to the big boats heading to the outer islands.

Loading the lighters
Loading the lighters

And this is the boat to Lataud, an island way up north, just near Mindanao in the Philippines.

Boat to Lataud
Boat to Lataud

And one of the mangrove beaches at Bunaken Island, just off Manado.

Bunaken beach
Bunaken beach

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December 28, 2019

Makassar to Manado

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Sulawesi Tourist Photos

So I will start at Makassar where I stayed for a few days, then went up into the hills to Malino. I spent one night in Pare Pare because I wanted to break the journey north to Toraja country.

Pare Pare Harbour
Pare Pare Harbour

This boat was going to Kalimantan.

Dead Cat in the Water
Dead Cat in the Water

This cat was just floating around in the harbour. It freaked me out a bit.

Toraja Buffalo
Toraja Buffalo

After a winding road through the hills, I made it to Toraja where I rented a bike for a few days and drove around through the mountains above Rantepao.

Rice Fields
Rice Fields

Traditional Toraja houses
Traditional Toraja houses

On the way to Tentena I stopped at Masamba hoping to break up the journey. But the journey to Tentena still lasted about ten hours through winding hills and the worst roads ever.

Danau Poso
Danau Poso

I got a lift up into the Bada Valley, where I stayed in this hut for a few days by myself.

My hut
My hut

Fishing boat
Fishing boat

These fishermen were pushing out the net boat at Ampana.

Pulling in the net
Pulling in the net

Bajo Village
Bajo Village

This was a bajo village in the Togian Islands.

Kadidiri Island
Kadidiri Island

This is where I stayed in the Togian Islands, at Black Marlin Dive Resort.

coconut crab
Coconut Crab

The next resort had one of these Coconut Crabs in a drum. “The coconut crab (Birgus latro) is a species of terrestrial hermit crab, also known as the robber crab or palm thief. It is the largest land-living arthropod in the world, and is probably at the upper size limit for terrestrial animals with exoskeletons ” (wikipedia) They are related to the hermit crab.

Luwuk panorama
Luwuk

I went to Luwuk from Ampana, then grabbed a ferry to the Banggai Islands to stay in the town of Salakan.

Ferry to Salakan
Ferry to Salakan

This was the slow ferry which took three hours. Our boat only took two hours.

Gunung Api Lokon
Gunung Api Lokon

This is the Lokon volcano which last erupted in 2012, and is expected to erupt every ten years. This was the view from my homestay in Kakaskasen, just north of Tomohon.

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November 21, 2019

Bugis Schooner Harbour

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Pelabuhan Paotere

I got up early in the morning for a change. I have not known what time the sun comes up in Makassar because I have been sleeping in. I ordered a gojek from my phone to go the the old schooner harbour. I got there, paid 10,000 rupiah to get in and pottered around a bit and had breakfast at a warung – Kopi-o and nasi campur.

K.L.M


K.L.M

The old style traditional Bugis Schooner that have been sailing to Australia and elsewhere for hundreds of years. Maybe more. Now they have motors. KLM stands for Kapal Layer Mesin (Ship Sail Motor).

A nice catch


A nice catch

I met some fishermen unloading some nice fish. They looked a bit like spanish mackerel. I heard they might have been going to Japan.

Portrait


Portrait

These guys asked me for a photo, so I obliged.

Unloading Onions


Unloading Onions

Onto the wharf


Onto the wharf

Onto the truck


Onto the truck

After the winch had dropped off the load, a couple of guys would lift one up to a guy’s back and then he would walk the plank up on to the truck.

The winch driver


The winch driver

A prahu


A prahu

A traffic jam


A traffic jam

I got a ride to the central market after the harbour to look for a new shoulder bag, but no luck. And I lost my hat. doh!

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November 6, 2019

Guangxi Yunan Sichuan

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Guilin to Xi Chang

Well where do I start with the tourist photos. At Guilin I guess. The first time I went there I stopped in Guilin North, which was more the working class area. It was close to the very fast train station when I first arrived. After a couple of days, I went to Xingping, which is a small town on the Lijiang river, famous for the scene on the 20 yuan note.

lijiang river

Lijiang river at Guilin

guilin sculpture

Sculpture of musician

Lijiang River

Tourist boats on the Lijiang River

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Dancing in the morning

After about eight or nine in the morning the dance groups start up their shenanigans along the promenade next to the river. They have everything – exercise dance, waltz type dancing, tai chi and ethnic stuff as well.

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Pounding nuts

They make these candies out of nuts. This guy was pounding the mixture after mixing with caramelised sugar or something similar. It tasted pretty good.

xi shan, kunming

Xi Shan

At Kunming, I took the subway to the Western Hills Park. The bus took me right up near the top of the mountain. I took a few photos, then it started raining and it did not stop, so I took the bus back down the hill.

Xi Chang

Boat on the Lake

I caught a train to Xi Chang and this morning went for a walk to the Qionghai Lake and Dream Lake Wetland.

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