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Wrapping up my Penang series, here are some fun shots (with people in them!). I highly recommend visiting the Upside Down Museum (first 3 images) and the 3D Trick Art Museum (final 2 images). The Upside Down Museum was a gas: multiple themed rooms, each staffed with employees who recommend the best poses and then help you take pictures! The 3D Trick Art Museum has a series of optical illusion backgrounds for you to pose in front. No staff to help you though and the lighting was not very good (you really need to edit the photos afterwards). . . . . . #Maylasia #Penang #Georgetown #southeastasia #asiapics #UpSideDownMuseum #Upsidedown #3DTrickArt #3DTrickArtMuseum #opticalillusions #splendid_xposure #allbeauty_addiction #travelawesome #beautifulworld #earth_shotz #exploreearth #lovephotography #everything_imaginable #exploreeverything #getolympus #olympusomd #microfourthirds #olympus714pro #GoBewander #gotravelkevin #CarlLumPhotography #FindBeautyAnywhere #absolutelybeautiful
Happy Sunday! For something completely different, I visited the #FightForBeauty exhibit that just opened up in Vancouver. It's an art exhibit from a famous designer. As one who looks for beauty in everyday situations, this was like a feast! Some images that caught my eye and stood out: .. 1) First image is "Omar Arbel". A dramatic installation of "glass trees" that rise out of the landscape. .. 2) Second image is a miniature of an abstract display that's 60 feet long in real life. Some say it looks like a dragon; others, a tree root. .. 3) A conceptual model that will become the signature "rib" design used in the Telus Gardens here in Vancouver. .. 4) A closeup of the beauty of the Butterfly Fazioli Piano. .. 5) An abstract "butterfly model" of a futuristic conceptual office building. .. 6) Another conceptual model for an architecture design. The beautiful flowing curves sure caught my eye. . . . . . #artexhibition #abstractlovers #conceptualmodels #vancouverbc #vancouverisawesome #vancouverite #vancouverphotographer #vancouvercanada #vancouverdowntown #vancouverphotography #vancouverlife #vancouverstyle #westcoastliving #604 #vancity #vancouver #exploreearth #lovephotography #everything_imaginable #exploreeverything #rx100 #sonyrx100 #oneinchsensor #CarlLumPhotography #FindBeautyAnywhere #absolutelybeautiful
I just discovered that Instagram is more than stalking people and showing off your pictures--you sometimes have to show your face! This puts me in a difficult position as a decidedly non-selfie person. But my good friend Analida at @analee_21 has tagged me as her next victim. Something about showing myself and giving 10 boring facts about myself. Well, here goes: 1) Married for 29 years to a wonderful wife and "supermom", who works full time, cooks for 10 (we're a family of 4), and goes to the gym four times a week. .. 2) Two grown kids--a daughter and a son, 26 and 24, who marvel at what their mother does. .. 3) I'm a technical writer by day. This means I write all those user manuals that nobody reads. .. 4) Unlike most people (and fellow writers), I actually read all the user manuals for everything I buy. .. 5) My company's products are so advanced that you must read the documentation to know what's going on. So I have a captive audience! .. 6) I originally trained to be a programmer in university. But I didn't like coding enough to do it full time, so I went into writing, which I enjoy much more and have a natural knack for. .. 7) Actually, photography is my true love, having been a photo buff since high school, annoying people by taking pictures for the yearbook. .. 8) My first camera was a Canon AE-1. Though I was a Canon man for many years, I secretly admired the beauty and precision of Olympus cameras. But back then, I thought shutter priority was superior. .. 9) I now use the Olympus OMD E-M5, closing the loop. This is the closest thing to the legendary OM cameras. .. 10) I've been on Instagram since March. I have no idea whether I'm considered successful or not, but I do enjoy interacting with all my followers! Instagram is truly more than a photo sharing site--it's a community. .. If you've been tagged in this photo, please post something about yourself and blow your own horn! . . . #happySaturday #selfintroduction #selfiegram #carllumphotography
Here's an open air shrine in Penang. It was very peaceful. Not as brilliant as the indoor shrines I've captured, but it still had nice muted colours, which were tricky to capture due to the natural light and deep shadows. I'm having more fun using Aurora HDR in bringing out all the details. . . Did you know? Unlike many other parts of Asia, Islam is the dominant religion in Malaysia at 60%. Buddhism comes second with about 20%. Christianity hovers near 10%, with the remaining going to Hinduism and other Chinese religions. . . . . #Maylasia #Penang #Georgetown #southeastasia #temples #templetour #shrine #newcity #worldtraveler #traveltheworld #seetheworld #splendid_xposure #allbeauty_addiction #absolutelybeautiful #travelawesome #beautifulworld #earth_shotz #exploreearth #lovephotography #everything_imaginable #exploreeverything #olympusomd #microfourthirds #hdr #hdrphotography #aurorahdr #CarlLumPhotography #FindBeautyAnywhere #GoTravelKevin
After browsing all that street art, we were hungry. We headed back to our favourite hawker court. It was still stifling hot inside, but at least we had shade, and some colourful decorations to admire. ๐Ÿ˜„ . . Did you know? In North America, we call them "food courts" and "food fairs". In Malaysia, they are known as "hawker centres". They are a lifeline for local Malaysians, offering good food at very low prices, often using age-old family recipes. . . . . . #Maylasia #Penang #Georgetown #southeastasia #asiapics #streetfood #streetfoods #streetfoodlover #streetfoodmarket #streetfoodfest #artnouveau #publicdisplay #splendid_xposure #allbeauty_addiction #travelawesome #beautifulworld #earth_shotz #exploreearth #lovephotography #everything_imaginable #exploreeverything #rx100 #sonyrx100 #oneinchsensor #GoBewander #gotravelkevin #CarlLumPhotography #FindBeautyAnywhere #absolutelybeautiful
In addition to its great food, Penang is also known for its street art. Here is a sampling of some of the whimsical, unique works produced by some of the talented Malaysian street artists. The second image in particular is the iconic "Little Children on a Bicycle" mural that's been photographed a million times over. I personally loved the cat, so that's why it's my opening image. ๐Ÿ˜€ . . Did you know? Much of the street art was actually painted by a Lithuanian artist named Ernest Zacharevic. In 2012, Penangโ€™s municipal council hired this London-trained artist to paint a series of giant murals around the city. (Not all the images shown here are by this artist however.) . . . . . #Maylasia #Penang #Georgetown #southeastasia #asiapics #streetartlover #streetarts #streetartshots #streetartphotography #artnouveau #publicdisplay #murals #splendid_xposure #allbeauty_addiction #travelawesome #beautifulworld #earth_shotz #exploreearth #lovephotography #everything_imaginable #exploreeverything #rx100 #sonyrx100 #oneinchsensor #GoBewander #gotravelkevin #CarlLumPhotography #FindBeautyAnywhere #absolutelybeautiful
Here's another object in Penang that turned my head and made me look twice. What is it? Your guess is as good as mine. It looks like an alien capsule that just landed and opened up. (Watch out for little green men!) Whatever it is, it's pretty cool. . . Did you know? For photo buffs, Penang has Souteast Asia's first and only museum devoted entirely to camera. The "Camera Museum" was established in 2012 and boasts an extensive collection of rare and classic cameras. (Oh man, how did I miss this? ๐Ÿ˜ฏ) . . . . . #Maylasia #Penang #Georgetown #southeastasia #asiapics #architecturelover #abstractphotography #abstractporn #artnouveau #publicdisplay #splendid_xposure #allbeauty_addiction #travelawesome #beautifulworld #earth_shotz #exploreearth #lovephotography #everything_imaginable #exploreeverything #rx100 #sonyrx100 #oneinchsensor #GoBewander #gotravelkevin #CarlLumPhotography #FindBeautyAnywhere #absolutelybeautiful
Modern art or shopping mall? If you guessed the latter, you'd be correct! I couldn't believe my eyes as I gazed upward during our trek through the malls in Penang. For a town with so much historical sights, you forget that they also have modern, cutting edge architecture. . . Did you know? Speaking of shopping, Penang is the birthplace of shoe designer Jimmy Choo. Shoe aficionados know him as the maker of high end, handmade women's shoes. I know him as "the maker of shoes my wife would never pay for". ๐Ÿ˜œ . . . . . #Maylasia #Penang #Georgetown #southeastasia #asiapics #architecturelover #abstractphotography #abstractporn #symmetrykillers #symmetrybuff #symmetryporn #splendid_xposure #allbeauty_addiction #travelawesome #beautifulworld #earth_shotz #exploreearth #lovephotography #everything_imaginable #exploreeverything #rx100 #sonyrx100 #oneinchsensor #GoBewander #gotravelkevin #CarlLumPhotography #FindBeautyAnywhere #absolutelybeautiful
Happy Sunday everyone! Here in Vancouver, we went from a sizzling summer to near-winter temperatures almost overnight. I snapped this shot during the elusive peeks of fall, with the sun peeking through the golden foliage. This is my first attempt using the new Aurora HDR 2018. All I can say is "Wow!" when I use this product. . . Did you know? Aurora was previously a Mac-only product, while we Windows users watched on enviously. Time to rejoice, as the Windows version is now out! Photomatix, time to weep. . . . . . #vancouverbc #vancouverisawesome #vancouverite #vancouverphotographer #vancouvercanada #vancouverdowntown #vancouverphotography #vancouverlife #vancouverstyle #sunsetporn #sunset_pics #sunsetlovers #sunset_madness #sunset_ig #sunsetsky #sunsetpic #exploreearth #lovephotography #everything_imaginable #exploreeverything #rx100 #sonyrx100 #oneinchsensor #aurorhdr2018 #CarlLumPhotography #FindBeautyAnywhere #roamingnanny #GoTravelKevin
So much great food in Penang, but this row of squids sure caught my eye! I was amazed at how they were just hanging out there in the open, in the heat, with no refrigeration! (And no, I didn't try the squid, though I suppose they were already sliced into our dishes.) . . Did you know? Street food is still a bit of a novelty for Westerners, but it is a way of life for most Malaysians. The "hawkers" as they are known, offer cheap prices and are open late. Penang consistently ranks near the top in the world for their street food. . . . . #Maylasia #Penang #Georgetown #southeastasia #streetfoods #streetfoodlover #squid #newcity #worldtraveler #traveltheworld #seetheworld #splendid_xposure #allbeauty_addiction #travelawesome #beautifulworld #earth_shotz #exploreearth #lovephotography #everything_imaginable #exploreeverything #rx100 #sonyrx100 #oneinchsensor #CarlLumPhotography #FindBeautyAnywhere #roamingnanny #GoTravelKevin
Brilliant sunset in Georgetown, Penang. My eyes could be fooling me, but I swear that the sunsets in Malaysia are more vivid than Vancouver's! I guess being so much closer to the equator makes a difference. (Who can spot the "headless" woman in this shot? ๐Ÿค”) . . Did you know? Residents of Penang are known as "Penagites" (why do I think of the stuff in caves?). Penang has the highest population density in Malaysia and is the only state where the ethnic Chinese are the majority (hence all the clan houses and jetties that show the early influence of the Chinese). . . . . #Maylasia #Penang #Georgetown #southeastasia #cityscape #sunsets #sunsetporn #sunset_ig #sunsetsky #newcity #worldtraveler #traveltheworld #seetheworld #splendid_xposure #allbeauty_addiction #travelawesome #beautifulworld #earth_shotz #exploreearth #lovephotography #everything_imaginable #exploreeverything #getolympus #olympusomd #microfourthirds #CarlLumPhotography #FindBeautyAnywhere #roamingnanny #GoTravelKevin
A couple of final views of the historic Clan Jetties in Georgetown, Penang. It is like walking back into the past. I thought the sign was most clever and it echoes my sentiment exactly! (Who would've thought I'd see this clever coffee sign all the way in Penang, and not in coffee hubs like Vancouver or Seattle!) . . Did you know? Seven different clans still reside at the Clan Jetties: the Lim, Chew, Tan, and Yeoh jetties are the oldest, while the Koay, Lee and Mixed Surname (how ignominious! ๐Ÿ™„) jetties were built afterward. Due to constant rivalry over access and monopoly of work consignments, relationships between the clans were very antagonistic and often led to bitter fights and disputes. . . . . #Maylasia #Penang #southeastasia #jetty #jettylife #jetty_shotz #clanhouse #cityscape #funnysign #newcity #worldtraveler #traveltheworld #seetheworld #splendid_xposure #allbeauty_addiction #travelawesome #beautifulworld #earth_shotz #exploreearth #lovephotography #everything_imaginable #exploreeverything #getolympus #olympusomd #microfourthirds #CarlLumPhotography #FindBeautyAnywhere #roamingnanny #GoTravelKevin
Visiting the historic Clan Jetties in Georgetown, Penang. I turned away from all the stands hawking goods to admire the water and city views. Many people still call this jetty home, as they live in old wooden houses on stilts. . . Did you know? These water villages are over a century old and are the last bastions of the old Chinese settlements on the island. Each of the six remaining jetties are named after a Chinese clan. None of the families pay any tax as they are not living on land (which must be pretty sweet!). . . . . #Maylasia #Penang #southeastasia #jetty #jettylife #jetty_shotz #clanhouse #cityscape #newcity #worldtraveler #traveltheworld #seetheworld #splendid_xposure #allbeauty_addiction #travelawesome #beautifulworld #earth_shotz #exploreearth #lovephotography #everything_imaginable #exploreeverything #getolympus #olympusomd #microfourthirds #olympus714pro #CarlLumPhotography #FindBeautyAnywhere #roamingnanny #GoTravelKevin
One last look at the amazing Khoo Khongsi Temple in Penang. This place deserves to be called the "grandest clan temple in the country" and "most elaborate in Southeast Asia". How many times can one say "Wow...!!"? (Correction: Yesterday's post said the clan house was 650 years old. Not sure where that number came from. This clan house was actually completed in 1906 according to Wikipedia.) . . Did you know? The clanhouse was build for members of the wealthy Khoo family in 1851. It was burnt down in 1901, allegedly struck by lightning. But the Chinese believed that it was due to its resemblance to the Emperor's palace, which provoked the gods. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ This scaled-down clanhouse was completed in 1906. . . . . . . #Maylasia #Penang #southeastasia #temples #templetour #buddhisttemple #clanhouse #newcity #worldtraveler #traveltheworld #seetheworld #splendid_xposure #allbeauty_addiction #travelawesome #beautifulworld #earth_shotz #exploreearth #lovephotography #everything_imaginable #exploreeverything #getolympus #olympusomd #microfourthirds #olympus714pro #CarlLumPhotography #FindBeautyAnywhere #roamingnanny #GoTravelKevin
Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends! I'll use this holiday to kick off my series of images from the last stop in our trip: Penang, Malaysia. Frankly, I had never heard of Penang before this trip, but I sure had fun there (stifling heat notwithstanding). I'll kick off again with a couple dramatic shots from the Khoo Khongsi Temple, a 650 year old clan house that's said to be the most elaborate in Southeast Asia. . . Did you know? A "clan house" is a building in which Chinese families of the same surname gather to worship their ancestors. They were initially developed as a way for 19th-century immigrants to band together according to their respective districts. . . . . . . #Maylasia #Penang #southeastasia #temples #templetour #buddhisttemple #clanhouse #newcity #worldtraveler #traveltheworld #seetheworld #splendid_xposure #allbeauty_addiction #travelawesome #beautifulworld #earth_shotz #exploreearth #lovephotography #everything_imaginable #exploreeverything #getolympus #olympusomd #microfourthirds #olympus714pro #CarlLumPhotography #FindBeautyAnywhere #roamingnanny #GoTravelKevin
The beautiful Singapore skyline. The architecture is so fantastic and varied. Some people have commented that it looks like the buildings are "dancing" in the first image. The second shot is a repost of a favourite image of mine. It shows the downtown financial district from my hotel room. . . Did you know? (1) Singapore consists only of one main island and 63 other tiny islands. Most of these islands are uninhabited. (2) Singapore is among the 20 smallest countries in the world, with a total land area of only 682.7 square kilometres. The USA is about 15,000 times bigger. . . . . . #Singapore #asiapics #architecturelover #architecturephoto #arquitectura #buildings #splendid_xposure #allbeauty_addiction #travelawesome #beautifulworld #earth_portraits #earth_shotz #exploreearth #lovephotography #everything_imaginable #exploreeverything #getolympus #olympusomd #microfourthirds #olympusem5 #m43movement #GoBewander #gotravelkevin #RoamingNanny #CarlLumPhotography #FindBeautyAnywhere
We bid farewell to Vietnam as we head back to our ship. Judging by this shot, you'd probably believe me if I told you it was a (space)ship instead of a (cruise)ship! Our Royal Caribbean ship is a tale of two styles: ultra-conventional jostling with ultra-futuristic. This is the view of the ceiling from the main atrium. The second image is a fantasy-like curtain of floating lilipads (?) shimmering in the hallway somewhere. . . Fun fact: The "Ovation of the Seas" cruise liner is the second largest class of passenger ships in the world today. Its code name during construction was the tepid "Project Sunshine". It officially became "Quantum class" later on (love that cool name! ๐Ÿ‘). . . . #cruiselife #cruiseship #cruiseline #abstractphotography #abstractarchitecture #abstractporn #travelawesome #beautifulworld #earth_portraits #earth_shotz #exploreearth #lovephotography #everything_imaginable #exploreeverything #getolympus #olympusomd #microfourthirds #olympusem5 #m43movement #GoBewander #gotravelkevin #CarlLumPhotography #FindBeautyAnywhere
Wrapping up our visit to Vung Tau with a few reposts of the outside of the Niet Banh Xa temple. The first image shows the stunningly view of the landscape as you look out from the temple. The second is an elaborate shrine with a god outside of the temple. The third image is a ceremonial bell (with a striker that's just tempting you to slam the thing into the bell... ๐Ÿ˜‰). . . Fun fact: The giant bronze bell "Dai Hong Chung" in the temple stands 3.5m (over 11 ft) tall and weighs 3.5 tons! . . . . #Vietnam #asiapics #VungTau #temples #worship #scenerylovers #sceneryporn #sceneryshots #travelawesome #beautifulworld #earth_portraits #earth_shotz #exploreearth #lovephotography #everything_imaginable #exploreeverything #getolympus #olympusomd #microfourthirds #olympusem5 #m43movement #GoBewander #gotravelkevin #CarlLumPhotography #FindBeautyAnywhere
"Do Not Disturb". Our next stop in Vung Tau was to visit the gigantic (nearly 40 ft long) reclining Buddha statue in the Niet Banh Xa temple. Getting up close to such a large statue was a sight to see! (The cool interior of the temple offered a welcomed respite from the heat! ๐Ÿ˜…) . . Did you know? Completed in 1974, this pagoda at the base of Nho Mountain is considered one of Vung Tau's most beautiful. The serene garden in front of the pagoda represents Buddha achieving the state of Nirvana. The 12-meter long Reclining Buddha statue is the main feature of the temple. . . . . #Vietnam #asiapics #VungTau #temples #worship #Buddha #RecliningBuddha #travelbug #seetheworld #travelawesome #beautifulworld #traveldiaries #wanderlust #exploreearth #lovephotography #everything_imaginable #exploreearth #exploreeverything #getolympus #olympusomd #microfourthirds #olympusem5 #m43movement #GoBewander #gotravelkevin #CarlLumPhotography #FindBeautyAnywhere