For a few years now, I took great risks shooting in close proximity to exploding fire crackers – thinking back, it may have been too close for comfort and not something I want repeated. So this year while my dad continued the tradition of lighting the long string of firecrackers, to entertain the kids, I stayed on the first floor appreciating what’s happening downstairs from the balcony. And, each year my immediate neighbour would light the first blast and what followed simply dwarfed every other fireworks in our area — Gong Xi Fa Cai and happy holidays everyone!
Colours of 1Malaysia is a signature tourism event held every year on the third Saturday of May and this year it was held on 21 May at Dataran Merdeka. It showcases the best of Malaysia’s tourism products, traditions and culture amidst richness, splendour and dazzling display. This year’s Colours of 1Malaysia marks the 13th anniversary since it was first introduced in 1999. The highlight of the Colours of 1Malaysia celebration is usually the colourful street parade. This year’s event showcases the best of Malaysia’s tourism products comprising parks and garden; sports tourism; contemporary arts; fabulous food; fruits and shopping; eco-tourism; and 1Malaysia Green 1 Malaysia Clean campaign, apart from the country’s multi-ethnic cultural performances and dazzling displays of fireworks. Continuing from the 1Malaysia Presentation and Welcome Reception this post contains pictures from the full-dress rehearsal and the official event.
Wow. The Colours of 1Malaysia full dressed rehearsal is AWE and then SOME! The effort that goes into this street parade is just huge! #fb
Call it luck or call it VIP treatment, MegaFam guests were seated right next to the the VVIP dais where Yang Di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Nur Zahirah were seated. I could not have been more delighted for the elevated vantage point that gave me an advantage I can only describe with the photographs below.
Dr Ng Yen Yen said Malaysia aims to welcome 36 million tourists with receipts of RM168 billion by year 2020. She also said, “To achieve this, we’ll continue to be creative and innovative in utilising our nation’s resources such as nature, culture and history. However, the most important ingredient for Malaysia’s tourism success is the commitment, dedication and support of all Malaysians.”
A year ago, I took the kids to their school where the traditional lion awakening ceremony took place. This year I missed it for a number of good reasons—the lamest one of all is I didn’t hear about it taking place from anyone and when someone (who shall remain anonymous) did bother to tell me, it was kinda late. Tonight, however, we went for a drive around town to check out the illumination of the lanterns right after our reunion dinner. I had for a number of Chinese New Years now wanted to capture the night lights especially one of the lanterns and an old wooden house. I did just that tonight in spite of the rain.
Last year, our new year celebrations ended with a bang as we held up a really long string of fire crackers and watched them explode and disappear very quickly. However much it cost, that quickly went up in smoke too! I liked the shot very much and as the timing of the full moon bears much significant to this cultural tradition and a hint of the lantern just completed the picture. Of course the remnants from the firecrackers debris added too the atmosphere. I am not certain if I can do a better this year considering just how wet it’s been lately, we would be very fortunate to have good weather to even let us light some up!