After a long silence, almost a year of living the normal routine life in my homesoil in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, I’m now preparing for my next long exciting journey, of course, on a bicycle! Again, I’m writing this from inside my room at home, sweating under the hot weather and still…. my aircond isn’t working! (I already gave up on that). Up to date, its already been 4 years since I decided to live my life on the road, traveling to see the world only with my bicycle, alone. That risky decision that I made 4 years ago has really changed my life. That decision I made, has made me a homeless person, always short of money and living a simple life. But somehow, I feel peaceful, since I live without debts, no bills to pay at the end of each month. Plus, I realized that I’m a happier person, I successfully travelled over 14 000 kilometers crossing China, Tibetan Plateau, Lower Himalaya, Taklamakan Desert, southern part of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Iceland, Scotland, Sweden and Northern Norway. I learned so many things, see so many beautiful things on this planet, make hundreds of new friends from all over the world, experience so many things and many many more! I learned and still learning to be grateful and thankful for everything that comes in life, the good and the bad…
Its been 9 months since I came back to KL from Norway, Im now finally preparing for my next journey. Since I took a very long break from the nomadic life, I then decided to go for a short simple trip, the idea is to get to somewhere alone by myself, mountains, high altitude, above the clouds, exotic, nearby and cheap. Also, as usual, my style, not so much research or planning, just pick a place and go… and let everything comes as surprise everyday. I first planned to climb a volcano in Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. But timing bad, since its monsoon season, its not a good idea. Then I plan to go to the forest of Borneo, also the same since its monsoon. I then ran out of idea and plan to just drive around the peninsula, but since its Chinese New Year, I dont want to spend so much time on the road inside my car. Finally, I came across a very nice mountain area in Northern Vietnam while browsing travel pictures on 500px.com. Small place called Sapa… perfect! Quite high altitude, beautiful scenery, mountanous, cheap and exotic!
I then flew to Hanoi, stayed a day there and took a night bus to Sapa. I arrived early morning and was shocked that the temperature there was around 5c early morning. I was not prepared since I didnt know the temperature can dropped until that low, I was just wearing a tshirt and a thin sweater lol! So I was shaking until the sun rises. Its a quite busy tourist place. I then joined some other tourists from various countries to trek together to the Hmong villages around Sapa using a Hmong guide. Hehe, thats one good thing about traveling alone. Its so easy to meet another traveller and team up to travel together for a while… and ended up exchanging contacts. We then stayed overnight together in a homestay in one of the Hmong village which I forgot the name, before went trekking back to Sapa. It was quite tiring since the area is very mountainous… but the view is amazing up there.
After we reached Sapa again, we finally split. Some back to Hanoi, some stayed for a another night in Sapa and I… as usual… still deciding on what to do. One of the tourist from our group suggested that I go to Ha Giang, northwest since its even more mountainous and less tourists, since I told him that Im filming. But after a while, I decided to just stay in Sapa and relax there. I dont want to go to so many places and spend most of my time inside a bus/train, since it was only a short 10 days trip, so only 1 place will do. Since I will be going for a very long cycling adventure soon, I decided that this time, I just be lazy, stay up here and do my travel photography/filming only around Sapa. It was a good decision somehow, I woke up very early every morning and managed to film/photograph the beautiful sunrise at this high altitude place. There are many tourists here and some Hmongs seller here will bother you to buy things but its peaceful up here. The local Hmong people are very nice and accomodation and food is supercheap here. And I spent most of the days hiking and trekking the mountains and villages around Sapa by myself, filming the areas and even doing the editing on my laptop in the mountains. It was good. And I guess I’m now ready for my upcoming trip which will start soon, and surely, I will be filming my next journey, the second season of Dengan Basikal Aku Menjelajah… :)
Hello all brothers and sisters,
Good news for all of you adventurous and cheerful people, I’ll be organising a 3 hours workshop on “Adventure Filming” on the 22nd February 2014 (The cheerful Saturday) in Wangsa Maju, from 9-12am. If you guys have free time, with some sense of adventure and in love with photography/videography, come and join me as I’m sharing my experience, tips and tricks on how to make a good adventure/travel film.
As you guys already know, my travelogue documentary (Dengan Basikal Aku Menjelajah) which was shown on TV AlHijrah lately was filmed only by me myself without any production team/crew, and I did almost everything from planning, filming and all the way to final editing alone. So here’s your chance to find out in detail on how one man’s work can be able to reach the level of a complete production team’s work. Here’s a sample of the montage for my travelogue documentary “Dengan Basikal Aku Menjelajah”. Please watch it in Full HD (1080p) :)
So here’s the guideline on the topic that will be covered in the 3 hours workshop…
- Sharing some of my experience living on the road
Planning (I hate to plan zzzzz…)
- What to bring
- What not to bring
Production (Filming on the road)
- Basic/Simple equipments = great outcome!
- Be creative
- Tips on filming timelapse
- Some tips on landscape photography
- Camera settings (ISO, Shutter speed, Aperture and some other nonsense)
Post-Production (The Magic!)
- Turn your dull shots into a mind-blowing footage!
- Combining underexpose + overexpose footage
- Processing timelapse videos
- Editing + Color Correction
And here are some of the details regarding the workshop
Time: 9-12am, 22 February 2014 (Saturday)
Venue: 92-1, 1st floor, Jalan Wangsa Delima 6,
Pusat Bandar Wangsa Maju(KLSC), Wangsa Maju,
53300 Kuala Lumpur.
Ps- Its best for you guys to bring your cameras and laptop with Adobe Premiere/After Effects/Photoshop Lightroom installed on your computer. The system I’m using is Mac, Adobe Production and Canon. But its not a big deal if you guys are using different system.
For those who are interested, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or sms/whatsapp me at +60162184395
So please come to my “Adventure Filming” workshop, and you will be able to turn your cameras into a weapon of mass destruction!!!
Lastly, on the same day at the same place, Rozek Ruzaini, a female photographer will also be doing a workshop concentrating on travel photography (2-5pm). More info about it at ww.rozekruzaini.com
Recently my Malaysian Nomad team has submitted one of the short film I made, “Merentas Dunia Artik” (Crossing Into The Arctic) to BMW Shorties, Malaysia’s most prestigious short film competition. Surprising, we made it to the top 10 finalist for this year… 2013 competition, which the theme for this one is “inspiration”. My short film has been nominated for “Best Director” and “Best Cinematography”! Okay now, I need some help, please go to the link below, watch the short film I made and vote for my short film. And dont stop there, go around and force your family, friends, enemies, strangers or whoever you can find and tell them to vote for my film too! If they refused… use violence when necessary. Hehe… thank you guys
Again, Ill be giving a talk, this time together with a talented local female photographer, Rozek Ruzaini in Kuala Lumpur on the 24th Nov 2013 (The lazy Sunday zzzz….)
Ill be giving a full 2 hours talk plus Q&A session and will share my experience living on the road, how it started for me, living the nomadic way of life, some useful tips, my thoughts, how I look at life in this modern 21st century world, u know those deep things…. and of course my usual crap and jokes (its inside me I cant help it) and how all these experience shaped my characteristic. So please come and join us, and be ready darling…. your mind will be blown away and I will melt your heart like a butter! More info and to register, please visit http://www.rozekruzaini.com/
Hope to see you guys there!!!
Check out the promo trailer for the upcoming 8 episodes documentary, Dengan Basikal Aku Menjelajah (With Bicycle I Travel) that will be aired on TV Alhijrah (114 on Astro) starting Nov 3, 2013 Every Sunday 8.30pm. So all Malaysians, be sure to be in front of your TV, every Sunday… 8.30 pm at TV AlHijrah. See you guys there! :)