Chuan Teik Hin

Welcome to my nutshell

Penang, Malaysia

"The most wasted day of all is that in which we have not smiled"

Pulau Langkawi.

Oriental Village - Langkawi.

The suspension bridge linking the cable car station to Gunung Machincang.

Pulau Langkawi

The suspension bridge and viewing platform for enjoying the panoramic views.

Langkawi cable car with very steep gradient.

Bella Vista Hotel - Langkawi.

Telaga Harbour.

Underwater World - Langkawi.

Cameron Highlands - Tea Plantation

A cluster of houses amid the lush tea plantation.

Kuala Gula-a perfect haven for migratory birds

A small fishing village and a sanctuary for migratory birds. We went during the off-period and only managed to visit a nearby temple. Might be visiting again during the September-March period to get a glimpse of the endangered milky stork and taste the famous fried beehoon/crab.

Sungai Udang-A small fishing village along Sungai Kerian

A small fishing village located at the mouth of Sungai Kerian.Nearby is Nibong Tebal famous for its fireflies watching activity. This river flows through the states of Penang, Kedah and Perak.

An elegant and classic sofa/settee

A magnificent set to enhance the living room and cost a whopping RM 97,500.

Kek Lok Si Temple, Penang, Malaysia.

This temple was beautifully decorated with colorful lanterns and lights during the recent Chinese Lunar New Year celebration. (2009)

Caterpillar has turned into a chrysalis

Wanted to photograph some caterpillars I saw a few days ago and this is what I found today.

An unidentified monkey

Being kept as a pet and don't know if it can be found in the wild here in Malaysia. It has humanlike fingers and a large buttock pad for it to sit on.

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View from my balcony

This image was taken early in the morning while the street lights are still on and daily activities low. Nothing very extraordinary except development is slowly taking place within this small confined area. From modern bungalows to dilapidated wooden huts, stretching right from the foot to the top of the hill, will this place soon be replaced by a concrete jungle? Land is getting scarce and more expensive by the day in Penang.

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Let's bring back the shine.

A reminder.

When Penang lost its charm, the authorities got serious and frantically implemented various policies to restore and bring back the shine to its former glory. Many years have passed by and this grim reminder is also getting old and worn. Pearl of the Orient will certainly bring back many fond memories to be treasured and cherished.

Be cautious - a rare find

This little scorpion was found hiding in the bunch of buah dokong (a local fruit) bought from the local market here in Penang. This inch-long creature could inflict serious injury judging from the offensive sting on its tail, and could have hitched a ride all the way from Trengganu where the fruit originated. This photo was taken after it got squashed while scurrying away. Luckily no one got stung.

5 June 2008

World Environment Day.

Various events are being organised in conjunction with World Environment Day and while Malaysians around the country made pledges and taking steps to save our planet, it is also the day when the price of petrol went up 40%. The night before, just after office hour, there were massive jams on all roads as motorists rushed to fill up their tanks. Electricity tariffs will also be revamped and we are also expecting inflation rate to hit an all time high in ten years.

Prices of essential goods are escalating and even the weather is erratic and unpredictable causing disruptions in our daily lives.
Everyone will be affected and time will be very trying for some. Sacrifices have to be made and a change of lifestyle is inevitable.

A monkey came to town

The surrounding area at Lengkok Burma near Pulau Tikus, Penang was serene after a brief downpour.

Dusky leaf-monkey/Lotong Cengkong/Lotong Bercelak (Trachypithecus obscurus).

Suddenly, the rustling of leaves above revealed the presence of a dusky leaf monkey. Its habitat could have been destroyed and may have strayed from its troop due to scarcity of food. It was adorable at first and appeared docile.

So innocent and deep in thought!!

Then, it started monkeying around and became the mischievous monkey it was meant to be.

I think it is time for the wildlife department to find him a safer and better home.

Our holiday