Monthly Archives: July 2013

Hotel Potala, Thangsyap Village, Nepal

Pengusaha penginapan berketurunan Tibet sedang memasak untuk hidangan sarapan pagi di rumah tumpangan milik mereka di “Thangsyap Village”, Nepal pada suatu pagi yang dingin berbekalkan stok makanan yang terhad. Selain kayu api, najis Yak yang telah dikeringkan juga turut digunakan sebagai sumber bahan api.

Hotel Potala merupakan salah sebuah tempat penginapan yang disediakan di Thangsyap Village. Ia merupakan salah sebuah tempat penginapan buat pengunjung sebelum meneruskan perjalanan ke Langtang Village dan Kyanji Gompa selepas seharian merentas hutan di banjaran Himalaya, Daerah Resuwa, Nepal.

Hotel ini penyediakan kemudahan asas seperti tempat tidur dan tandas. Bekalan elektrik yang terhad pada masa-masa tertentu menyebabkan pengunjung berada dalam kegelapan pada waktu malam. Setiap bilik hanya dibekalkan dengan sebatang lilin. Perkhidmatan sewaan selimut tebal juga disediakan bagi pengunjung yang tidak selesa dengan suasana suhu sejuk yang boleh mencecah sehingga -11°c pada waktu malam. Pengunjung boleh makan di ruangan yang disediakan seolah-olah sebuah restoran dengan pilihan makanan berdasarkan menu yang disediakan. Di ruang inilah biasanya pengunjung akan berkesempatan untuk berinteraksi dengan pengunjung lain, pemandu pelancong (malim gunung), dan “porter” selepas makan malam kerana hanya ruangan ini disediakan pendiang (Fireplace) kayu api untuk memanaskan badan.  Rungan ini akan bertukar menjadi bilik tidur bagi keluarga ini selepas semua pengunjung masing-masing berada di bilik mereka.

Selain penginapan, mereka juga memiliki 2 ekor kuda yang boleh disewa oleh pengunjung yang mengalami kecederaan otot atau ingin merasai pengalaman menaiki kuda di sana.

Photo Essay Writing Workshop with Agoes SK

I always fascinated by documentary photography especially environment portrait, travel & human interest. It amaze me not only the picture, but the stories itself.  It begins with amazing images to draw viewer attention, and detailed narration later in their writing. It shows that they really study their stories. In order to produce good stories, therefore the importance of good writing skill are essentials.

I’ve just attended a workshop earlier today (6th July 2013) organised by Affendy Soeto & friends (Sharif Putra & Yusnizam Yusof) which took place at Lintas Jaya Uptown, Kota Kinabalu. The workshop started at 0830am with 10 participant including 3 organiser. Presented by Agoesk SK sharing his precious knowledge and experience on Photo Essay. He is one of the editorial contributor for Dunia Kamera, a local photography magazine. Received tonnes of experience in editorial while he is working with Berita Harian. As for me, I’ve been knowing him for his amazing close up & macro photography.

It begins with how to read a picture. It is said that a picture is worth a thousand word. So this is where we need to really study the picture really well to be able to gain the information, describe it & elaborate it. The next section is about types of writing (Narrative & Descriptive). Descriptive is a caption of image explaining technical detail strictly based in information given in the picture. On the other side,  Narrative contains more elaboration beyond the information given in the picture. The workshop concluded with news writing where all participant are required to write a news with provided information based on what has been shared to us. This is where the knowledge gained from the workshop tested. Praised to Allah S.W.T all participant succeeded very well.

I would like to congrats to organiser of this workshop for their excellent effort to keep it running smoothly. A big thank you to Agoesk SK for his inspiring words. For all participants, congratulations.  I will post my writing assignment on my following post. Meanwhile, for those interested to know more about Agoesk SK, here’s some useful link for you to start with:

Group PhotoImage courtesy of Sharif Putra Photography

Me and Abg Agoesk SK

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