Title: Red Eyes
Location: Pasar Borong KL, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Date: 24 April 2009, 11:36am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 800

Looking at this picture reminds me of those fishy smell.

Title: Fresh Tiger Prawns Anyone?
Location: Pasar Borong KL, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Date: 24 April 2009, 10:32am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 1400

Captured this picture at the meat section. This section is SO WET!!! Water and blood everywhere!

Title: Torch Ginger Bud/Bunga Kantan
Location: Pasar Borong KL, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Date: 24 April 2009, 10:28am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/4.2, ISO Equiv.: 200

These spice flowers are aplenty in the market.

Title: Big Apples
Location: Pasar Borong KL, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Date: 24 April 2009, 11:24am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.0, ISO Equiv.: 900

The smell is simply heaven! I wanna take a BIG BITE.

Title: Pumpkin Galore
Location: Pasar Borong KL, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Date: 24 April 2009, 10:35am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/3.5, ISO Equiv.: 800

A close-up shot of some pumpkins.

Title: PUMPKIN OR ME?
Location: Pasar Borong KL, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Date: 24 April 2009, 10:34am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/4.0, ISO Equiv.: 720

This two guys are really SPOT-ON! Love those natural smile!!! The Bangladeshis in this market are polite and friendly.

Title: BIG BOSS and his co-workers.
Location: Pasar Borong KL, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Date: 24 April 2009, 10:18am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/4.0, ISO Equiv.: 200

The Chinese big boss and two of his Bangladeshis co-workers. He insisted me to take this photo. Well, it turned out to be a nice photo :)

Title: I really need some help here!
Location: Pasar Borong KL, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Date: 24 April 2009, 9.55am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/6.3, ISO Equiv.: 100

He was holding some really BIG BANANAS. I think the length of those bananas were 50cm to 60cm long.

Title: Unload
Location: Pasar Borong KL, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Date: 24 April 2009, 9.55am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/4.2, ISO Equiv.: 200

A worker unloading bananas. Few hundred bunches of bananas!

Title: Aromatic Pandan Leaves
Location: Pasar Borong KL, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Date: 24 April 2009, 10:15am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/8.0, ISO Equiv.: 100

The pandan leaves are used fresh or wilted. They have a nutty, botanical fragrance which enhances the flavor of foods, especially desserts and cakes.

I've been to Bazaar Baru Chow Kit, Malacca Big Market and Selayang Wholesale Market. I always LOVE visiting these wet market. The photo opportunities are endless. Other than that, the traders, workers and helpers are friendly, pleasant and approachable.

On Friday, I decided to explore Pasar Borong Kuala Lumpur (KL Wholesale Market). This is the second biggest market in Klang Valley. The building itself look like a military bunker. As usual, I can see lots of foreign workers or helpers in the market.

50% Bangladeshis
20% Indonesians
20% Malaysians (Chinese, Malays and Indians)
10% Others

The wet market is divided into three big sections selling fruits, veggies and meat. I captured lots of photos in the market. The Bangladeshi workers even invited me to take their portrait photos. I don't really like to take portrait photo unless I'm being allowed to do so. Normally, Malaysians are a bunch of shy people - they either curse you or hide their faces. So, the moment they asked me to snap them in action, I was more than happy to do so.

As usual, street photography is not an easy task. I was asked the following questions: "What is the purpose of your photography?" "Are you going to publish these photos in the papers?" I replied "I'm taking photos on Malaysian fruits, veggies and meat" No more questions after that :)

Overall, Pasar Borong KL is a great place for street photography. If you wanna have a pleasant experience, remember to be humble, understanding and friendly. Avoid being snobbish. Casual conversation and chats will be rewarding as traders will be more open to you and you'll get special coverage.

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4 comments

  1. Arkaon Says:
  2. err.... teach, isn't eyes red NOT fresh? now I'm confused.
    Roke

     
  3. shloke Says:
  4. @Arkaon,

    I've edited that post. Red gills = FRESH. Red eyes = something else :)

    Cheers!
    mylo

     
  5. Roger Says:
  6. Pasar Borong in Malaysia is a chain of wholesale markets aren't they? There's one in JB which friends heap praises on but I've yet to visit. Are things really cheap as claimed by my friends?

     
  7. shloke Says:
  8. @Roger,

    These wholesale markets are maintained by respective local council. Pasar Borong Selayang is under MPSJ - Majlis Perbandaran Selayang.

    If you buy in bulk, you'll get cheaper price. In Selangor and Kuala Lumpur, you can get the cheapest price from illegal traders at the road side - close to the wholesale market. (mostly Myanmar refugees in Malaysia)

    Cheers!
    mylo

     
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