Monday, April 26, 2010

Of remembrance and gunfire breakfast...

ANZAC DAY (Melbourne April 25, 2010)
Woke up at 430 a.m. just to go for the Dawn Service at the Shrine of Remembrance which starts at 6 a.m. Talk about patriotism, I don't even wake up for the Merdeka Parade in Kuala Lumpur. So met up with Bryan and went to the Shrine first. Lydia was slightly late so she met up with us there. The morning was cold and the shrine was clouded with solemness. There were so many people there and as a Malaysian Chinese a.k.a. "Asian", I felt like I didn't belong there at all (yea, because the event had nothing to with me at all.). The ratio of Asians being there with the Caucasians is 2000 to 1. Seriously!

The event was very meaningful, everyone was serious for an hour and a half listening to speakers followed by the 21 gunshot salute as a symbolism in remembrance of those who died fighting in the war.

After the service, the three of us decided to walk around and snap some photos of the scene. We managed to witness the beautiful sunrise. I guess none of us have ever woken up so early since we touched down in Melbourne.

Sunrise memorial
Shrine of Remembrance Melbourne in the Sunrise.

In attention
Security Guards of the Shrine Posing for cameras.

'2' year old girl with security
And even the "Two" year old girl managed to get a picture with one of the Guard. (Ask her for the inside joke)

Shadow play.

Posing for the Cameras.

Oh yea... I did find one reason why I need to celebrate ANZAC Day....
ANZAC in Borneo
Yes... Because they fought for the state I was born in and also the country of my citizenship.

ANZAC in Malaya
MALAYA (Later changed to Malaysia after 1963 when Sarawak and Sabah joined Peninsula Malaysia)

Memorial Shrine
So many people were crowding into the Shrine to pay their respects to those soldiers who fallen in Battle. Me, Bryan and Lydia didn't bother to line up because there were just too many people.

Eternal flame
By the eternal flame, you will see visitors throwing coins, trying to get it into the flame.  But it falls out anyway because there is a hole to allow nothing to get stuck inside.

Another Unique thing about this day was the breakfast that you can head to and try.  Its nothing special really.  Baked beans, a piece of bread, 2 sausages and scrambled eggs.  But from what I know, its the army food.  Before the parade started, the three of us head out to the gunfire breakfast tent to grab a bite to eat, its free, but they asked for donations, so you give what you feel is right.  

Serving Army food
Try to imagine being the only few Asians in line.

Army food a.k.a. Gunfire Breakfast
The meal. Not too bad I have to say.
After breakfast, we head out to the streets to watch the parade of veterans and soldiers of Melbourne.  Here are the pictures of the day event... Not much to talk about.

Armed Horses
High ho silver
Vintage gas mask
Vintage soldier gas masks.  Look so frightful.

Vintage medic
Medics in the past did not have ambulances, they had horses and carriages.

Veteran band
Smart in Uniform
Marching band
Scottish band
Fly Past
Army Photographer
Army's photographer. Weapon: 2 DSLR cameras Brand: UNKNOWN...

Me and Bryan with Band player
We even manage to get a shot with one of the band players. SO COOL!
So ends my ANZAC Day experience.... It was so interesting.  As Lydia put it "I feel more Australian.".  We clearly would not find this kind of memorabilia or remembrance in Malaysia.  Even the "Pahlawan" remembrance is to remember only those Malay heroes.. What about the other races who fought for the Independence of Malaysia?  Was it only one race of heroes who gave freedom?  For a country who pride on multi-racial cooperation, we have one of the most racist attitude you can ever find.  That is why I admire the Australians.  They remember all their soldiers who fought in the war, no matter their race, their religion or where they were or their ancestors were from.  Sigh.. Need to pray for a better Government..... Ok... Hope you enjoy the post..
All the way from Melbourne.... Happy Reading!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Thinking of studio

From Etihad Stadium
The site is just too beautiful... I better not screw it up!

Lest We Forget!

The title is the slogan written on the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne. To remember all the war heroes in the bloody 20th century. Like I said in my previous post. I was meant to visit the Royal Melbourne Botanical Gardens but ended up at the Shrine instead. Standing in there, I got to think of what useless thing war is. All the life sacrificed in order to get freedom. And what exactly is that freedom. This Sunday will be ANZAC day. An Australian holiday to remember those who fought in the wars, the military men, the brave young men and women who fought for not just the freedom and peace of Australia but in other cold and bloody wars and that included Freedom in Malaysia (and by the looks of it, their sacrifices are in vain-with all the political and racial issue that is). Architecture wise, the Shrine of Remembrance is a remarkable building. With the different styles of monuments signifying the different wars which were fought, it is indeed a sight to behold. It was a beautiful day out and here are the pictures.

Shrine of remembrance
Shrine of Remembrance
The Shrine of Remembrance.

Lest we Forget
Written on one of the wall of remembrance.

Memorial for those who fought for freedom
Tower of Asia.. Or as I see it.

Castle in the sky
Can anyone tell me what is this building called? I somehow didn't get to find out.

Melbourne Sky
Views from the Royal Melbourne Botanical Garden.

A pocket of yellow
Lonely flower
Peach Rose
Pink Rose
Last flowers before the coming of Winter.

I realise... Sometimes to get inspiration, you just have to go out and with your artificial eyes (the camera), you can enjoy your surroundings and when you enjoy yourself, you mind will be calm and then the design ideas will just flow. ANZAC DAY! 6 am events... I am game... Who else is? Starting to enjoy Melbourne in a deeper sense.... Yawns...