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.
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!
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! ;)