Fishing for the stars


    Before leaving our villa I asked the guard, "Pak, is it safe for us to walk along the beach at night?". He replied, "Aman (peaceful), pak. Don't worry" with a big fat smile on his face. I whispered to myself, forgive me for being too cautious as I'm a Malaysian.

    The moment we (Kim and I) reached the beach, both of us simultaneously let our guard down. We were not cautious anymore but were amazed by the beautiful sky and it's glittering stars. I kid you not it was so dark that we could see the Milky Way with our naked eyes.

    As we kept walking along the beach while I was looking for a spot to set up we came across a group of fishermen. And I thought to myself, wouldn't it be nice if I could get some fishermen in the foreground and the stars in the background. Felt like a brilliant idea and I started setting my up my gear.

    There were around 7-8 fishermen there on the beach then. They were curious to see what I was upto. At first one of them sat behind me while I was setting up. He was so nice that he asked for my permission first before he sat behind me. He also asked me what I was upto (at that very moment I felt like I was McGyver) told him that I was going to take a picture of the stars. Showed him some sample photos and he was in awe.

    After 10-15 minutes, he self appointed himself to be my assistant. He made sure that non of his friends turned around to face the camera as they all were wearing head torches. And soon after that his friends started to get curious, and by the time i could blink all of them were behind me and they were also excited to see what I was upto.

    Hence, the two lonely fishing rods in the photo. Since all of them got behind me (Except for one in left corner).

    Ps: After taking this photo, they all asked if I could point the camera towards the east and take another photo. I asked them why? They were like we want to see what's the difference. Only after pressing the shutter I was told that the camera was pointing towards a crematorium. And they wanted to see if the camera managed to capture anything "extraordinary".

    Moral of the story: What you don't know won't hurt you.



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