A Slice of Life in Malaysia (and thanks for the Facebook Fan club members breaking 1,000 strong!)

I spent a few weekends in the Chinese area of Melaka, which is on the southern coast. After it gets dark outside and you walk down the streets, you can always see little glowing lights coming from inside homes that are crammed together in the streets. There is a general clatter of Chinese voices with the clanking and scraping of dinner being made and shared. One of them had the door slightly ajar with a good mood coming out (picked up by my Jacobson's Organ), so I craned my neck around inside with a smile to see what was happening. I had my camera in plain sight, and it's always novel for them to see a whitey in this area of town. I gave an international greeting of "howdy", and then the international sign of "can I take a photo of your interesting living area", and then I snapped a single RAW for conversion to HDR later.


There are all kinds of interesting things inside if you look close... like a massive amount of eggs for a small home and also the ever-present Milo, which all Malaysians love and have in ready supply.


I checked the Facebook fan club today, which I should do more, and saw that it had broken 1,000 fans! Thanks everyone - that is cool. I am not sure the best thing to do on there yet; I'd like to occasionally do fun things there, like I do on Twitter, for people that like to see real-time updates or behind-the-scenes activity. If you have any ideas, feel free to start up a discussion thread there on the fan site and I'll be sure to check in to see what I can do to help out!


from the blog at www.stuckincustoms.com

  • Crowjay 6y

  • Nonac_Digi 6y

    Loving your work Trey. Always interesting, inspiring and often fascinating. Thank you
  • Angela 6y

    Love the little details. Definitely a slice of life!
  • Jozef Vaclavik 6y

    i like your photo comments :D they are always inspirating :)
  • Paul Rutowski 6y

    As for twitter, I signed up about 10 months ago and find it more micro than Facebook. I use FB and left twitter to eat dust. Cool shot by the way
  • SortOfNatural 6y

    Again.. Inspiring us all to go out and see the world dynamically (that sounded alot better in my head!!)
  • Evan Travers 6y

    Beautiful work.
  • Guava Iamguava 6y

    Great stuff Trey!

  • Scoutress 6y

    What is it about looking inside somebody elses living space that we find so neat? I think it's the variety. Thanks for the glimpse into a Malaysian living room!
  • *terry 6y

    Nice colourful slice!
  • Ted Jacobs 6y

    Great story.
  • Brad McGinley 6y

    Happy Easter, really enjoy your photos. I always look, even though I don't always comment. You have a special touch.
  • susan_r4 6y

    Wonderful! The large is amazing - love the fireplace!
  • when_night_falls 6y

    The people of Melaka are quite used to "whiteys" as you put it, which you should know from all your trips to Malaysia.
  • Gail Shotlander 6y

    Wow ... what an opportunity for a shot most people don't get. Thanks for presenting it to us. So interesting. I was exploring your image for quite a while. NICE.
  • Ken Neoh 6y

    It's a typical Malaysian Chinese home especially at the old town district. But nowadays majority of the population lives in cozy and upscale living homes like the western style. Great capture anyhow!
  • John McStravick 6y

    you always have the most interesting places. very cool
  • Vu Pham 6y

  • Andrias C.L 6y

    hahaha the paper's frontpage that day was about the Edison Chen's sex scandal!
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