This is a flashback posting. Reminiscing about one of the blessings that we enjoyed back in the years before the Covid 19 pandemic era. The freedom to go anywhere we pleased. Aah, I miss being able to go on my photoshoot walkabouts. Every time I come across my camera backpack; a yearning overcomes me. Asking me when we would go traipsing around once more?
To compensate that travel lust, here are some of my photos, taken with my Nikon D5000 DSLR camera. Mind you, all these photos were taken by me when I was there on Tuesday, 16th December 2008. Time was around 11.00 am.
It’s hard to find such shops nowadays. They are disappearing fast from our Malaysian small towns or cities. Usually owned and run by the local Chinese. Oldies like me, who were born in the late 50s and 60s, used to get our biscuits supplies from small retail stores like this back in our kampongs. Now, minimarkets or convenience stores have taken over. We should preserve heritage establishments like these, for future generations to enjoy.
Next, I came across a traditional hardware shop. Chow Kit Hardware. You can say that a hardware store is a Big Boy’s Play store. Do-It-Yourself enthusiasts like myself can spend hours and whatever funds we have in our wallet to add to our tool’s collections. I now have 5 toolboxes, full of all kinds of tools and equipment that would make a mechanic or handyman proud. 😀
Now, we have the ever-popular DIY stores cropping up in every area, all over the country. I am a regular client. The tools and items sold there are mostly from China. Gone are the days when ‘Made in China’ products used to be pooh-poohed away by society. Today, China manufactures high quality products licensed by OEMs from all over the world. American companies despite Washington’s bias and discriminatory measures against Chinese companies and exports, have engaged Chinese Manufacturers to produce all kinds of products for their domestic markets.
Even European countries engage the Chinese in manufacturing their products to be shipped back to the EU and sold under their established brands. IKEA, NOKIA, and many other brands have their products produced in Chinese factories. The whole world has business and trade agreements with China. No longer the backward country it once was, China is now the biggest economy in the world. They have beat the USA and Europe in most areas. The USA and EU are now left behind. Trying hard to catch up. 😛
Closed premises of the once iconic Batu Road Supermarket along Jalan Raja Laut, Chow Kit, KL. Must have been a major shopping centre for KLites back then. I tried searching for photos of the place online but can’t find them.
As you can see, the five-foot way seems bleak and uninviting. But this was 13 years ago. I haven’t had a chance to go on my photo shoot walkabouts for quite some time now. With the COVID 19 MCO still on, the chances of me getting to do that seems somewhat bleak.
The problem with the daily high counts of new positive COVID 19 cases, is DBKL’s stupid allowing of street traders all over this city. Annuar Musa is the jackass Federal Territories Minister who opened up the city for unlicensed traders to do as they damn well please. The crowds thronging the roadside stalls don’t give a shit about the rising cases of positive COVID 19 cases. 🙁
Be prepared to be assailed by all kinds of smells and sights. You will get to experience a myriad of senses that ranges from marvelling at the huge varieties of products on sale. Spices, dried foods, fresh and preserved items. A wonderful kaleidoscopic visual impact on your eyesight and challenge to your olfactory senses.
Raw Keropok @ Fritters