When he was 48, he was informed by a doctor that his illness will never make him to 50.
“One fine morning at 5am in my office while i’m getting ready my paperwork, I have a sudden shocking moment and the first thing to come out of my mind is god. What have I did in my life? the sins that I made….Everybody is terrified of dying”
Since then, he became a Bible Missionary. He originated from Europe, stayed at Australia for a few years before deciding to travel to keep his promise to god. In Malaysia, he travel to Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Kelantan & Sabah. I met him at Gaya Street after being in Kota Kinabalu for about 1 week and might be travelling to Sandakan by next week. He was Philiphine before coming over to Sabah.
While talking to him, he quoted numbers of verse from The Bible and I ask him how he memorize each verse.
“Young man, I know you like photography. I know you can explain me about the aperture and the shutter speed, the light and everything about it. Same to me, I have been Bible Missionary for more than 20 years and I’m reading it until todaay. Can you see the similiar concept here?
His life and travel mainly depends on public donations.
I was on my way to the office this morning and decided to drive though Gaya Street when I see this guy with superb beard sitting on a bench reading “Knowledge Magazine”. I drove twice pass his sitting place and finally I make up my mind that I must go to him and take his portrait. The fear of getting rejected is always the issue here, but in case on being rejected, take the pill, swallow it and digest it. Then I got the confidence to approach him, spend a little time to know him, and lastly get the portrait. To my readers, meet Mr Jeremiah Harald. Phew…
Jeremiah Harald, 71.
Went to Kuala Penyu to assist Zhuang Wubin’s personal project, don’t get me wrong, I have nothing to do with his project, I’m just the driver. Based in Beufort, with minimal contact in order to get information Wubin looking for, we go back and forth for 2 days to Kuala Penyu. It is actually not a new name for me as I always passed by this town since I was a child. I can still remember how we need to put our luck on the Ferry Operation Status notice showing if the ferry is Good or Under Maintenance. The ferry is actually operated by chains connecting Kuala Penyu Township to the other side which lead the way to Kota Kinabalu (an alternative route to Kota Kinabalu other than Beaufort), it took about 15-20 minutes to cross about 150 meter river. I can still remember how busy the town was. However the ferry is no longer in service since a new bridge was built. When we had our lunch at Kuala Penyu, a gentlemen claimed it was the longest bridge in Sabah. I have no idea about that.
The pictures below is not related to the story about the Ferry that I mentioned above.
“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.”
― John Lennon
“One photograph takes one 250th of a second to take, So if I have an exhibition that has 250 pictures, that is just one second! I have just one second to tell a story.”
“You can sit in your house and be a great writer, but with photography the story is outside the door. You have to go and you have to go far.”
“I stood up to take the picture and the tortoise became shy and walked away. So I had to get on my knees and lower my shoulders and it was only when I was at the same level as the tortoise that it would let me take photographs. It was then that I learnt that it was important I respect other species in the same ways I respected my own. This is not dead nature I was photographing.”
– Sebastião Salgado
I been sitting here like an hour just to figure out how I’m going to start this post. I wrote few lines, then I discarded it. Then I start again but lead to another blank page in the end. I hardly describe the beauty of this place just by the use of words. But the scenery, sounds & smells are still fresh in my head. You don’t have to agree with me, but when we can remember every details of certain things happened in our past, that was the point we were experiencing a “clear” mind, live in present, not in our past nor the future. In our daily life, we been clutter our mind with thousand of thought, thinking about our future & our past, but not many live in present including me. Anyway, I’ll leave that introduction of this post just like this as I can’t find the best word to fit that beautiful scenery. Thank you Azman Jumat & Rade for inviting me for this wonderful trip at Kota Belud