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I recently went on an impulsive journey to Ipoh, Malaysia to meet my Lomofriends for a fantastic Lomo adventure.

There are so many people on LSI and some of them you became “Fans” of, and some are “Fans” of yours then when you mutually like each others’ lomohomes, you become lomofriends. But have you ever wondered who your lomofriends really are instead of just an avatar, a few phrases of introduction and an awesome collection of photo galleries?

Wouldn’t it be nice if instead of just “like”-ing and commenting on the photos you could just take a step further and build a connection? Well, that’s what I did, and I took it even further by visiting them in their hometown!

Ipoh Rock City

Last November I made an impulsive trip to Ipoh, Malaysia to visit my lomofriends – eastmoe, ripsta and psychedelicenabil. Although it seems like just a stone’s throw away, the journey set me back through an early morning 45 minute flight and another 4 hours journey by bus and by the time I reached there it’s already time for lunch!

After checking into Hotel Ipoh City, the boys brought me to Nasi Wanggey, a food stall specializing in Indian food which was heavenly; a lovely reward after that long, arduous journey. And there, I was introduced to sisters, Zuriawati and Nazihah. The weather’s been bleak be it in Ipoh or even back home and that dampened our spirits a bit but it didn’t stop us from going around taking pictures and just having fun.

Kellie’s Castle

First stop, Kellie’s Castle. It started to drizzle when we arrived and we waited for the rain to stop before we started shooting. But eventually the rain subsided and we didn’t waste any time and shoot till we dropped! It was fun! The place was beautiful although its in ruins. The guys brought props and all and the pictures that came out from that outing were spectacular!

Kapal Korek

Next destination was at the Kapal Korek which is an abandoned tin dredge right smack in the middle of nowhere. It’s quite a sight as it seems to be sinking into the earth. Looked dangerous, slightly scary but it has a certain rustic charm about it. It is definitely a great place to take photographs. When we got out of there, we headed back to the city but we made a mini pit stop first as I was craving for durians! Yeah I just love that fruit and eating it by the road side is simply divine!

Biggest Flea Market in Malaysia

Every Sunday, many people flock to Ipoh for a flea market which starts as early at 6 or 7am. I was surprised as a huge crowd gathered just a few meters away from the hotel where I stayed. You can find all sorts of wacky stuff , new or used items, which could be a treasure trove for some. Some items found to be more bizarre which left me wondering, would anybody actually buy them? I see old Chinese uncles selling horse shoes and thick metal chains, even spotted a used home electric meter among others. It’s quite an eye opener! Camera enthusiasts like us would definitely scout around for old cameras but unfortunately I didn’t come across anything that I fancied except for a used Canon camera hardcase I got at a steal for RM$8.

Ipoh Train Station

The boys brought me to the train station for a mini shoot since we had our lunch somewhere nearby. I managed to squeeze in a few shots despite the gloomy weather. Besides going out on shoots, we also did some film swapping for doubles and also trade stuff and the most fun of all was indulging in food!! Food in Ipoh is simple but delightful and these guys sure know how to dine! My favourite has got to be the Mee Hailam Ang Ang. Those noodles are delicious! I could’ve sworn I put on a substantive amount of weight when I got back!

Ipoh has so much to offer and I wished I had more time to explore it all. It was so sad to leave. It felt like I’m leaving my family even though I’ve only been there a few days. I got so close to them within such a short period of time and they have made a great impact on my life sharing such memorable moments and fascinating experiences. I’d really like to thank ripsta, eastmoe, psychedelicenabil and the sisters for such great hospitality during my stay. It definitely made my trip so worthwhile. So don’t forget to meet your friendly fellow lomographers no matter where you are! ;)

written by quaisoir on 2010-04-08 in #news #ripsta #lomofriends #malaysia #eastmoe #perak #fun #l-ca #supersampler #ipoh #quaisoir #lomo-trip #holiday #diana-mini

23 Comments

  1. lawypop
    lawypop ·

    Wa! So fun!

  2. nural
    nural ·

    sounds like you really had fun!! I love meeting lomofriends!

  3. cinzinc
    cinzinc ·

    fun adventure! power to Lomofriends!

  4. rexhibitionist
    rexhibitionist ·

    Looking forward to making more friends here too!

  5. renaishashin
    renaishashin ·

    Now I know why you want to go back there! So fun!!!! Woohoo!!!

  6. ripsta
    ripsta ·

    Thanks quaisoir, thanks for come here and we have a great time to,datang lagi la,kite makan durian.hahahah
    here got some more fun pics .enjoy

    www.lomography.com/homes/ripsta/albums/first-attempt-diana-…
    www.lomography.com/homes/ripsta/albums/fisheye-2-when-quais…
    www.lomography.com/homes/ripsta/albums/lca-when-quaisoir-vi…

  7. eastmoe
    eastmoe ·

    <3 thisss.....eat durian like crazy.hahaha...

  8. eastmoe
  9. quaisoir
    quaisoir ·

    haha...i jdidn't know they published this already. YEAY!!!Yeah I really had a fun time coz I have such great lomofriends. Power hugs to lomo ipoh gang! hope u guys enjoy the read and do check out more of our adventures in ripsta and eastmoe's lomohomes. :)
    @lawypop and renaishashin so how Penang mai?
    @ripsta and eastmoe thanks 4 the links. I miss eating durian by the roadside!! :P

  10. psycedelicenabil
    psycedelicenabil ·

    i like it
    hehehehehehe

  11. stijn_b
    stijn_b ·

    It looks like you had lots of fun!

  12. northwardnimbus
    northwardnimbus ·

    ang saya naman ng lomowalk with lomofriends! at ang pinakamasarap sa lahat ay ang pagkain!

  13. stouf
    stouf ·

    So nice ! Can I come too next time ? The gallery is super ! My favourite is N°14... Please bring me to the tin dredge!

  14. quaisoir
    quaisoir ·

    @stijn_b oh yeah these guys really showed me a good time. :)
    @northwardnimbus sorry i don't understand tagalog. can help to translate?
    @stouf sure no prob. but I'm sure if u drop by Ipoh u can always give eastmoe or ripsta a call and ask em to bring u to the tin dredge and perhaps bring you around to many other fascinating parts of Ipoh. They have a waterpark and even a hot spring if I'm not wrong. I didn't get to go that many places and I wanna explore more there too.

  15. miss_behavin
    miss_behavin ·

    That's awesome! Great way to go places you wouldn't otherwise.

  16. quaisoir
    quaisoir ·

    @miss_behavin yeah that's true. Sometimes u just need to do things impulsively..haha..

  17. sibu_sen
    sibu_sen ·

    Aw, that's really cool! I want to meet lomofriends too!! :D

  18. renaishashin
    renaishashin ·

    I cannot la! :(

  19. quaisoir
    quaisoir ·

    @renaishashin aww thats so sad. :(

  20. wil6ka
    wil6ka ·

    I like it - Meeting lomographers is the funnest thing in the world!

  21. guiguiste
    guiguiste ·

    We do it to every weeks here in Paris with Les Parisiens it's super fun

  22. eva_eva
    eva_eva ·

    it's fun. :) i meet my lomo buddies in lomographyasia forum few years ago, and it's amazing that they had actually became one of the important part in my life. :) i love making friend with lomofriends!

  23. quaisoir
    quaisoir ·

    i wish i can travel all over the world to meet my lomofriends and lomo together. :)

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