Weekly photo challenge: The sign says…

As soon as I saw this challenge from The Daily Post I knew exactly what photograph I would choose.

This is one of the best signs I have ever seen, threatening and entertaining in equal parts. I found it completely by accident on the wall of the Pudu Prison, Kuala Lumpar.

This prison was built by the British Colonial Government between 1891-1895. It was used by the Japanese to hold POW during WWII. It was closed down in 1996, briefly used as a museum and occasional holding area for prisoners, before the Malaysian government decided to demolish it.

We visited it in November 2009, before the demolition had begun. Apparently now, only the gate and some external walls remain, but even these will soon be destroyed.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADEATH! That’s the mandatory sentence for and dadah (drug) trafficker in Malaysia.

So be Forewarned

I love everything about this sign. The bright colours, the impact of the statement: DEATH! The fact that they have used the Malaysian word for drugs, but translated it for us. The exacting correctness of the English used is endearing, especially the final sentence: So be Forewarned. I also love the pretty font they have used for this grim and ominous threat…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALooking down an external wall.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGraffiti on the prison wall

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy camera at the time was a cheap point and shoot, and I took this photo from a long way away in dim light. It is a shame how poor quality it is. However you can make out the warning sign painted onto the left corner of the wall. This photo also shows the roofs of the internal buildings, which have now been destroyed.

I do think it is a shame that this building has been demolished. Of itself it is an interesting and unique prison, with plenty of vivid history. When asked why the prison was not being preserved for heritage reasons, the Deputy Finance Minister Awang Adek Hussain replied: “To our opinion, it’s not something to be proud of.” Which is fair enough, I suppose.

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Daily Prompt: Green-Eyed Monster

This is an interesting challenge over at The Daily Post: ‘When was the last time you were really, truly jealous of someone’. I guess I am jealous of people, on some level, all the time. But I don’t think it is ever an all consuming jealousy that turns my skin a pale shade of green…

Then I started looking through my photos. And I realised something. I am jealous of MYSELF, the younger me, the girl who could flit off on a holiday or move across the country at the drop of a hat. Nostalgia is a funny thing, I look back on those golden days as though they were unflawed, somehow all the tears and dramas have evaporated to leave only good memories.

Of course this is a myth, constructed by my mind. But I am grateful for it. Because I know that in ten years, I’ll look back on 2013 and be envious of the person I was then.

So these are some green themed photos of my travels, tinged with nostalgia.

_MG_6867Pigs snoozing on the 309 Road – Coromandel, New Zealand

_MG_6883Abandoned shack on the 309 Road – Coromandel, New Zealand

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASettlements on the train line – Ayutthaya to Bangkok, Thailand

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAView from our hut – Koh Chang, Thailand

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFoliage amongst the stone – Angkor Wat, Cambodia

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPond choked by algae – Wat Ta Phrom, Cambodia 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGarden in the National Museum – Phnom Penh, Cambodia

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAManning the boat – Rabbit Island, Cambodia

Weekly Photo Challenge – From Above

Here is my first ever attempt at the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge. These are my photo’s ‘From Above’, taken of the Great Barrier Reef during a helicopter tour. It was one of the best experiences of my life, and one of the most magical things I have ever seen. The reef is just as beautiful from the sky as it is underwater.

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The dark blue through the centre of this shot is an ancient river which ran through this area when the reef was mountains, millions of year ago.

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I like this shot because you can see the curve of the earth. Out on the reef you feel a million miles from anywhere.

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In the centre of this photo is the heart reef, the most photographed location in the entire Great Barrier Reef. It is a truly amazing natural occurrence.