The Grass Cutters

It’s All About Teamwork

The residential area I live in is blessed with a good spread of green lawns and trees, part of the vision of the then CEO of the developer who modeled the residential development project along a countryside living concept. It was one of the main factors which attracted us to the place although it was a little out of the way from the amenities back then; and twelve years on, the ‘green’ has matured but also shrunk appreciably due to further developments, but there is still much of it left …

The Unsung Heroes – A Picture Of Concentration

The copious amount of rainfall and sunshine throughout the year in the tropics promotes its luxuriant growth, which means frequent trimming is required to keep the lawns neat and tidy. Weekends is when I notice the grass cutters presence most in the neighbourhood, either from the distant sound of their loud whirring mowers or seeing them at work. It’s a tough and humdrum job in my opinion, trimming square foot upon square foot of green lawn over and over again, and returning two weeks later to the same spot to do it all over again.

Working The Slopes

With a brush cutter mounted to the back and protective wear (i.e. face mask, shades and apron) on to shield themselves from the baking hot sun and flying grass clippings/twigs/stones, it can get uncomfortably hot and sweaty. A thankless job, but someone got to do it, and in Kuala Lumpur, this work is mostly done by foreign workers from either Bangladesh or Indonesia, earning about USD300-400 per month. They are employed by contractors who are awarded contracts by the local authorities to care for specific areas. Each area is tended to once a fortnight, usually by a team of 5-7 workers and a work supervisor.

Eye On The Grass

Among The Trees

Time To Regroup For A Break

Took these photos last Saturday morning after sending my daughter to her tuition class. Rushed back home to grab my camera when I saw this team working at a ‘nice’ location and the morning sunlight was good. Something I have been wanting to photograph and post for a while now to recognise these unsung heroes contribution to our society. Hats off to the grass cutters!

No full face shots at the grass cutters request.

All photos: Fujifilm X-E2 with XF 55-200mm

Nagai The Busker

Nagai The Busker

a forlorn tune resonates the chilly winter air
it’s been a quiet night, a buskers plight
Nagai croons and strums with unassuming flair
an aural delight, deserving a beam of limelight

ken & agnes photoworks

Roaming the Nakasu area to check out the famed Fukuoka Yatai food stalls and some night photography, I was also rewarded with the pleasure of coming across this busker at the bridge on Kokutai Road. I stopped to listen for a while, took a few photos, gave him a tip, and walked on. He was pretty good, in my opinion, but there weren’t many who stopped to listen that night, which I thought was rather unfortunate for him.

Photo: Fujifilm X-E2 with XF 23mm

Moshimo

Moshimo Performing At Fukuoka Hakata Christmas Market 2016 On Christmas Day

We had such a great time visiting parts of Kyushu, Japan end 2015 that we decided to revisit again in 2016. This time round, we planned it such that we stayed for Christmas in Fukuoka to enjoy what it has to offer over Christmas before heading home. Fukuoka is a nice city, I like it, it feels more spacious, with a more relaxed pace compared to the mega cities like Tokyo and Osaka. I highly recommend to visit for a couple of days at least, for its good food, a bit of sight seeing and shopping!

On Christmas day, after a full day of shopping (my only shopping was visiting the Yodobashi Camera outlet to get some accessories, i don’t shop much, rest of the time was accompanying the womenfolk on their shopping) and dinner, we walked over to Hakata Station to check out the Christmas Market and enjoy some live music. A local band performing that night was Moshimo. I quite enjoyed their songs and performance, though I do not understand the lyrics. With their brand of catchy and energetic sound, Iwabuchi’s sweet cute voice and charming delivery, Moshimo certainly makes for an entertaining and evocative listening experience. A brief introduction of Moshimo (info obtained from their website) and a selection of photos I took of them follows … hope you enjoy.

Moshi Moshi

Formed in April 2015, Moshimo is a a new generation J-pop guitar band popular among the younger generation mainly in junior high and high school (student rock bands) with songs that explore the realm of intricate feminine emotions such as innocence, love,  melancholy, and irony.

Vocals & Guitar:     Saki Iwabuchi
Bass:                          Kimi Miyahara
Guitar:                       Ichinose Takayuki
Drums:                      Honda Eihei

Saki Iwabuchi

Kimi Miyahara

Working The Moshimo Sound

Ichinose Takayuki On Guitar

moshimo-7-kap

Kimi Feeling The Bass

Melancholic

Lighthearted Moment

Hair Tossing Finale

More on Moshimo at http://band-moshimo.net/ http://lineblog.me/moshimo/

All photos: Fujifilm X-E2 with XF 55-200mm