Friday, April 29, 2005

the break

It does seem like the blog has been abandoned for some time really. Pretty much as if I was out on a hiatus. Well actually it is sort of true as I am having a 2 weeks break back from the hectic work. All was gone in a flash and I will have to drop at the office tomorrow to receive my next flight ticket to Bahrain again pretty soon.

I am glad that whilst back here, I managed to catch up with many different groups of friends and even visited some of their new businesses' location chiefly a streetwear shop in The Curve, car workshop and a 2nd hand car dealer's shop.

Was shocked and befuddled this morning when I realised my mother is more aware of my net worth more than myself.

Attended a relative's wedding, chindian style. Weddings are boring as usual and this is to no exception probably except for a few songs played by the band which caught my interest namely Johnny Be Good, Black Magic Woman and Hotel California.

Felt slightly perplexed as to why people around me are complaining so much about the heat. I don't consider myself to be heat tolerant but I suspect the stroke inducing temperature in Bahrain has left me feeling temperature in KL to be a blessing in comparison.

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Sheikh Isa House

Went to Sheikh Isa House during the weekend. Quite easy to find as the sign boards along the highways to touristy places are coloured in brownish mahogany hues. Paid 200 Fils (= RM 2) for the entrance fee. Considered very primitive as this building is dated at around late eighteen century to 1930s.

Walls are as thick as 1 m to accomodate and protect from the heat and cold.

View from the inside of one of the rooms. I don't know exactly why but initially I thought of giving this pic a desaturation + sepia effect. It would then contradict and lose its essence and people would think I have a queer sense of humour.

A view from the new government office overlooking Estaqlil Highway and the Jasmi roundabout. People unofficially name roundabouts here according to the fast food restaurants nearby or any significant object on it.

A mosque surrounded by shanty shacks.

Birds live in shanty shacks too.

It's either the artistic values went awfully wrong or the owner assembled his house from scraps.

This is the windtower. It was described as natural airconditioning on one of the signs in the building. Winds are gathered from all 4 sides of the tower subsequently moving down the shaft ventilating usually, the living room below it.

View from below. I stood there to experiment and after a few minutes, indeed some breeze is felt. Disappointment really.

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Manama South, Bahrain

A view from Manama South. Somewhat hopeful but superficial nonetheless.