RURAL KEDAH: Part 1

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Back in London, attempting to smooth the transition and ease a case of withdrawal cushioned in a corner of ‘The Timberyard’ (one of the few genuinely welcoming coffee shops around Shoreditch) next to a strong,    rusty americano. A comfort that has been missing from my routine the past 6 weeks. But then of course, i was busy exercising that other comfort of mine…

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Arriving conveniently on a weekend, I had a couple of days to see and explore the local area before the school week commenced. I chose to use my brother’s lighter, smaller SLR for the first outing. No pre-empted thought behind this, maybe i felt less pressure to produce decent shots and i was also intrigued to handle a lower-level Nikon with my new knowledge.

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Great expanding views atop a local mountain where the temperature was cool, reminiscent of an English summer.

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Alor Setar – The Menara Tower (About a 3rd the height of KL’s Menara, but still impressive from the top)

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Initially just expecting a visit to a cave, we walk right through and out the other side to find a ‘Secret Garden’. Surrounded by sheer rock face on all sides, this over-grown neglected well of rivers and rainforest inspired the mysterious side of the mind. It was a wonder.

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We ascended a dilapidated looking staircase only to find a small cave entrance about 100 foot above ground… the beauty of these places is the freedom to wander and explore at your own risk. No one is around to stop you, or save you should something happen.

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So lessons begin, as so does the daily commute; a  12km riverside stretch of tarmac passing by local settlements and rice paddies. An enjoyable and stimulating 15 minutes at the start and end of every day.

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The next post will be dedicated to a casual photo project i tasked myself with for the duration of my time at the Ayer Hitam SOLS community centre.

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