Back in Malaysia and picking on delicate, fond memories

a cramp kitchen in the slum

a cramp kitchen in the slum

I’m back in Malaysia. Finally. Though it feels a bit odd at times, these past three days. Going through my notes and photos of my travel, Bangkok and Narathiwat. Quite a mess, and wishing I had an assistant to help me sort out the puzzle and missing pages. An old school traveller like me rely on a combination of memory and notes, and that occasional trustworthy camera on my BlackBerry.

This picture was taken a few weeks back in an odd part of Bangkok, a slum near a river. Caught my eye, sending me back to good memories of my journeys. There is a Thai Muslim community, even though they were small in numbers, but quite friendly and hospitable.

The humid Malaysian night prevents me from a much-needed slumber. Don’t really mind. The annoying swarm of nasty mosquitoes keep me company, while I go through my notes and more photos.


An avid blogger, twitterer and photojournalist, Zashnain Zainal suffers from an incurable addiction to social work, helping marginalised communities since 1989. Nowadays he travels from the plantations of Malaysia to the slums of Thailand. He can be found at and @bedlamfury

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