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Title: Lime or Lemon?
Location: Pasar Borong Selayang (Wholesale Market), Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 10 January 2009, 10:14am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/4.5, ISO Equiv.: 1600

Not sure about these fruits - limes or lemons?

Title: White radish
Location: Pasar Borong Selayang (Wholesale Market), Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 10 January 2009, 10:37am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/3.8, ISO Equiv.: 450

So many white radish in the market. I am no lover of this veggie.

Title: Juicy tomatoes
Location: Pasar Borong Selayang (Wholesale Market), Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 10 January 2009, 9:56am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/4.0, ISO Equiv.: 1600

A basket full of juicy tomatoes.

Title: Baby Bitter Gourd
Location: Pasar Borong Selayang (Wholesale Market), Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 10 January 2009, 10:14am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/4.5, ISO Equiv.: 900

Also not a lover of bitter gourd...but it taste good when it is prepared as Yong Tau Fu.

Title: Red Hot Chilies
Location: Pasar Borong Selayang (Wholesale Market), Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 10 January 2009, 9:41am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/4.2, ISO Equiv.: 1600

Aah, I LOVE chillies!

Title: Red Hot Chili Pepper
Location: Pasar Borong Selayang (Wholesale Market), Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 10 Januari 2009, 10.09am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 1600


Chilies Galore

It's been awhile since I last updated my photo blog. I just started my new job recently and also spent some time giving tuition. A real tiring week for me :( This morning I opened up my bulky Klang Valley map and searched for Pasar Borong Selayang or Selayang Wholesale Market.

I stayed in Kepong Baru and I LOVE the wet market there - lots of varieties including mouth watering food, fresh veggies, fruits and clothes. I always wanted to capture some nice pictures of the market. Sadly, I do not have the courage and guts to carry my NIKON D60 DSLR camera to the market. I have this stupid feeling trying to tell me that these Chinese traders and food sellers are going to be a bunch of unreasonable idiots when I try to snap them in action. I had a bad experience late last year at Petaling Street or Kuala Lumpur Chinatown. Those traders in Chinatown are a bunch of parochial pricks - a forgettable trip.

I drove my car to Pasar Borong Kuala Selayang via Jalan Ipoh. There were lots of lorries and forklift trucks in the vicinity. Some of them were transporting boxes of Mandarin oranges to the market.

Pasar Borong Selayang is actually a wholesale market under one roof. The market is a bit dark and it was quite tough to get decent photos. I moved from one stall to another to capture pictures of veggies and fruits. Most of the traders comprised of Myanmans, Bangladeshis and a small number of Chinese and Malays. During the trip, I was surrounded with at least 3 to 4 curious traders trying to see my the pictures on my LCD panel. Well, I showed them those photos and some of them even arrange the veggies nicely for me to capture them.

Overall, it was a short and simple trip. The market is smaller than expected. The traders are friendly and approachable. One of them is Mr. Soto from Indonesia. He was the first trader that approached me and asked about my camera. Later, he invited me to his stall to show me his collection of photos - including some really neat shots taken during Siti Nurhaliza's wedding! I even let him snap a picture with my camera - a nice fella, felt good talking to him :) I learnt one important thing about street photography - you need to interact with the locals to better understand the daily routines and getting special coverage as well. It's not an easy thing to do because normally I don't really talk a lot - especially to strangers. But then again, I love to listen to their stories and share mine as well.

4 comments

  1. Sharon Y. Says:
  2. Incredibly interesting photoblog you have here. I had the same fear before I went into Pudu wet market, but later found that the traders were actually very friendly. They would smile to the camera while some were rather shy when I tried to take a photo of them.

    I've put behind my plan to visit the Selayang market for sometime because I'm not familiar with that area. Now I'm inspired to drop by for some shooting after seeing your pics :) Can you tell me any landmark to help me identify the market?

     
  3. shloke Says:
  4. @Sharon

    Glad you managed to overcome your fear for street photography. I am still having goose bumps whenever I am snapping people in action. I've been harassed and ticked off by traders at Petaling Street, KL. So, I guess I'll stick to plants and animals for now :)

    By the way, you can check out this Wikimapia link to Pasar Borong Selayang:

    http://wikimapia.org/#lat=3.2356059&lon=101.6692722&z=18&v=2&ifr=1

    Looking forward to see your veggies shot!!

    Cheers!
    mylo

     
  5. Sharon Y. Says:
  6. Thanks for the Wikimapia link. It's close to Batu Caves too, think I can walk from there? I don't have transport but I found that RapidKL passes by the wholesale market. Too convenient.. I will definitely go for some vege shooting soon. Hehe

    I'm adding your site to my links :)

     
  7. shloke Says:
  8. @ Sharon

    Have you been to Batu Caves before? I strongly advise you to pay a visit to Batu Caves. You can take a Metrobus directly to Batu Caves entrance (the bus stop is in front of Bangkok Bank, KL). Batu Caves - I call it the Mythical Cave - lots of interesting stuff to do and explore there!!! You can climb up the 272 steps, visit Cave Villa, explore the dark caves with hundreds of bats! and also capture cynolmogus monkeys in ACTION.

    I am not sure if both the market and the Cave is within walking distance. It is always good to take along a friend or your siblings to those places. You never know. Safety first.

    Sharon...BON VOYAGE!!! Whenever I'm talking about traveling...I get too excited easily. I felt like dumping my day job and start my very own globe trekking.

    By the way...thanks for adding me in your blog. I'll be spending some good time on and off to enjoy your pictures!!

    Cheers!
    mylo

     
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