So I carried my camera with me today on my grocery shopping trip. After all, I did promise myself (or was it to you guys) that I will take more photos with my camera over the weekend.
I saw many cars leaving Penang on Friday evening. It was supposed to be a long holiday as next Tuesday is another public holiday sempena Thaipusam and many people took Monday off as well. I was expecting Queensbay Mall to be less crowded.
How wrong I was! I checked into the mall slightly before 11.00AM. On a typical weekend, this means I get to park on the lower floors (3rd and 4th floor). Today even 5th floor was almost full. No matter, I headed straight for 6th floor.
Then I went grocery shopping. Then I carried my haul and went back to my car. I was planning to ditch my load in the car and head back into the mall to take photos. But as I got out of the escalator, I saw that the entire 6th floor was full! Bloody hell, it was just 11.30AM!
I hated seeing a full car park when I was not planning to leave. I knew what was going to happen. As I made my way to my car, a car slowed down near me and signaled his intention to occupy my soon-to-be-vacant spot. I waved him away indicating that I wasn’t leaving. He gave me a pissed off look and moved on. Then I took 20 seconds to settle my grocery bags in the car and when I was ready to lock the car, I noticed another car had signaled and was waiting beside me, again. I waved him off again, and saw another pissed off face again. I just pissed off 2 people in the space of 30 seconds, wonderful! That in turn pissed me off. In a fit of annoyance, I posted a status update on Facebook, and almost immediately got a comment on it..
What the… You see, I come to Queensbay Mall every weekend that I was not going back to KL, for the past 6 years. To me, this mall is, well, just a mall. Never once have I thought that Queensbay Mall is a tourist attraction. I mean, who comes to Penang to visit a mall? Right??
I was hungry, so I decided to have lunch first, at the porridge place. I remembered that I brought that pierogi girl here for a late lunch before, and I suddenly thought of my friend’s earlier reply on Facebook. If Queensbay Mall is a tourist attraction, then I actually brought her to a tourist attraction! I did not drop the ball! Yes!
Anyway, why am I telling you all these grandmother stories? I just wasted 500 words of your time reading grandmother stories that are totally unrelated to what I wanted to blog about today. Damn…
As you may know, in about two weeks time it is Chinese New Year again, so the mall is filled with Chinese New Year themed decoration. Usually I would not pay much attention to these decoration, but since I am intent on being a tourist cum photographer today, I suppose it is time to pay more attention.
When I pay attention, I started to notice the little things. Like how the things that they stick to the ceiling are actually flower shaped Chinese umbrellas. How… interesting!
I also spotted something that resembled a door frame, standing in the middle of nowhere. When I saw what shapes were hanging there, I realized that it is also going to be Valentine’s Day a few days before Chinese New Year.
The usual me would shrug this door frame off and walk away. As it is, I was intrigued, so I inched closer. Great move. It seems like this door frame is a place set up for people to write love messages on heart shaped cards and clip on one of the ropes hanging. I saw a few with names written on the cards, but those are probably too P&C to have their photos taken.
As I made my way to the Center Court where the main decoration is, I noticed a few other things..
When I reached the Center Court, I realized it is true: this mall is loaded with tourists! Everyone is crowding the area to take pictures with all the decorations!
To be honest, I always felt that it was stupid to take loads of photos on decorations in the malls. Today I did exactly that, so I felt pretty stupid. Then I saw hordes of tourists doing the same with their smartphones and iPads and I felt less stupid. Then I spotted a few other guys and girls with their DSLRs moving around, taking aim and adjusting their lenses and I felt great instead.
So, I think I should just post a bunch of photos and stop talking. Here we go!
Besides the crowd, another thing that puts a damper to the photo-shooting experience are these barricades. It is quite impossible to exclude them if you want to capture everything in your shots. Or maybe it is just me not being skilled enough (more like not being skilled at all >.<)..
Something else that camera-me noticed are the wire frames of 12 animals from the Chinese Zodiac 十二生肖. They were rather inconspicuous, scattered across the entire courtyard. I don’t think most people paid attention enough to notice these. The usual me would be one of them. But since I noticed, it would be my mission to capture each and every one of them. It was not easy, some of them were hidden behind the barricaded area, I had to use zoom to get to them.
I almost missed the last two, the dog and the pig was hidden behind a tree, not directly visible to the people. You need to look for them to be able to spot them.
I also went out of the mall to take some photos of the outside, but those are not related to the Chinese New Year decorations, so I think I’ll save them for the next post. 😉
I suppose this is the first post where I gave my new camera a serious shakedown. Most of them are still using the Intelligent Auto Mode. A couple of them were on Shutter Priority Mode where I set the shutter speed and the camera automatically adjusts the correct aperture setting, and a couple of them I used Landscape Scene Mode just to see what that setting does indoors. Other than that, the only edits that I made on the PC are crop and resize.
Come on, what do you think? (About the CNY deco or about my lousy photography skills, or both)…