Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Carnival Strangers

Some strangers from the carnival held earlier this month in Venlo. I love the creative touch from the first two. The hair is a stroke of genius, to me anyway and the egg shell on the nose is something that I might use in the future. Also, with these two, I felt the carnival atmosphere as I was invited to beer and jagermeister.

Overall, I was impressed with carnival, especially the extent that people dressed up.

This guy always does something special with is nose and this year it was egg shells

Another creative touch from the carnival! Love the hair, brilliantly creative!

Carnival Stranger

Carnival Stranger

Carnival Stranger

Friday, March 25, 2011

Chinese Pictures for Sale

This is not part of the 100 strangers series. I'm sorry but I need a place on the net to show off some Chinese pictures.

Bird and Moon on Red background. 2 in stock. 38cm * 24cm

Flowers on Red background. 2 in stock. 38cm * 24cm

Chinese carriage. 2 in stock. 23cm * 18.5cm

2 stocks in Landscape. 25cm * 18.5cm

Birds flying. 25cm * 18.5cm

Yellow rose like flowers. 25cm * 18.5cm

Ducks on water, under a tree. 25cm * 18.5cm

Stocks standing on a tree. Red background. 25cm * 18.5cm

We have many more Chinese pictures. They will be put up over the next few weeks. If you're interested in any of the pictures. You can email christopher_rawlins@yahoo.co.uk

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Aziz and Fatima - Malaccan Travel Helpers

Aziz and Fatima

Jonker 88 (restaurant with traditional Malaccan food) was full of Chinese but it also proved Jason right. On my table I was first joined by a Malay Tourist guide called ‘Andrew’ and a Hong Kongese tourist. After they had finished, two Malay students joined the table and the next leg of my Malaccan journey opened up.

Aziz and Fatima had a car and they showed me a Malay experience called ‘jalan, jalan’. I was staying at a hostel called ‘Jalan, jalan’ and I translated it as ‘road, road’ and then ‘crossroad’. They laughed. Like the sounds, ‘jalan, jalan’ is fun and describes many a traveller, whilst Aziz and Fatima also used it for ‘window-shopping’. To me, it meant travel for fun, without purpose.

Aziz drove us to the seaside first where lots of Malay were flying kites and then onto a beach. It was cooler and more spacious than the city. Aziz and Fatima were very bubbly and asked lots of questions about London. They both want to travel when they finished university.

Milik Ahmed, owner of the house

After, Aziz took us to a Malay Kampong (village) that’s within Malacca. We drove round and found an extraordinarily cute house. There, the house owner took us round his house, which was more like a living museum.

It was a fun few hours driving around with Aziz and Fatima.

Later that evening, I went to the weekend night market and ended up sitting at the karaoke end of Jonker Street. Next to me was a man who’s Gan Chinese (from SE China originally). He was an old guy who shared his satay and some Gan snacks. We talked about Malacca, life and China, to a backdrop of old Mandarin, Hakka, and Taiwanese songs sang live.

Life on the street is something that I miss, now I’m back in Europe. The UK is famed for its nightlife but it can be one-dimensional, based on drink and mostly for 20-30 somethings but the streets of Asia are for everyone, from the youngest kid to grandpas and grandmas. There’s food, games, shopping, lights and even some drink too, but I guess Asia has the weather for this kind of nightlife.

Traditional Malay House

Me sitting in a cute Malay house