Sunday, 24 March 2013


Since I was not going anywhere near Sepang on Sunday due to weather reasons, I attended and photographed our local Regional Lions Clubs Carnival at the Dataran Bandaraya (City Square) at Johor Bahru. Guest of Honour was Lion District Governor Chan Hoi.

The Carnival was held to raise funds for our Lions- MAA Medicare Dialysis Centres, of which two are operating in Johor Bahru. The premise was simple - the Lions members sold tickets, and customers used these to patronise stalls selling a wide variety of produce and goods. The crowd pullers were a muscle car show, and cultural performances by students from local secondary schools.

Light intensity:Very bright, with harsh noonday sun directly overhead, causing shadowed faces and high-contrast images

Cloud cover: 2 oktas

Solution: Tv 1/200s, and liberal use of fill flash with Stofen Omnibounce to eliminate shadowing.

Banner proclaiming the Carnival

The muscle car section was quite a hit.

Lion District Governor Chan Hoi admiring  a heavily-modified car. The wattage emanating from the speakers was quite awe-inspiring.

This Perodua Kancil underwent a RM 100,000 facelift and won first prize n a competition in Japan!

One for the record

District Governor inspecting the stalls- this one selling pineapples

Introducing the durian- a must-try when at LIMA

DG with the Foon Yew High School dance troupe

Medical screening by the Regency Specialist Hospital

VIPs are driven to show center in the souped-up vehicles to open the proceedings

Foon Yew High School's award-winning 24 Festive Drums team starts proceedings with with a stirring performance

Drum rolls echo round the square


Group photo with DG.
The clock tower that forms the landmark within the square is being repaired and repainted.

Sweet ladies taking the tempo down to a more serene level

Till we meet again

Fro the ancient to the modern- a Street Dance performance

Lion Nam Fun Lai, Chairman of the Lions -  MAA Dialysis Centre Committee, gives his welcoming address

Presentation of mock cheque of RM 35,000 to Dialysis Centre Chairman

The next order of business was to give away scholarships to needy students under the JB Lions Club of Johor Bahru Tanjung Petrie's FACE programme (Financial Aid for Children's Education). The FACE programme was started  over 10 years ago by Lion Dr Lee Boon Peng, and has so contributed 780 scholarships to students over the years.

This year, they are awarding 124 students with scholarships, for a total outlay of RM 102,000.

Dr Lee Boon Peng takes the stage

The recipients lining up

Climbing to the stage when your name is called

Receiving the scholarship cheque fro DG Chan Hoi and Lions Club of  JB Tanjung Petrie's Lion President Charlie Tan

Group photo of the scholarship recipients with Lions dignitaries

A last look at the muscle cars

Well, I start my journey to Langkawi tomorrow, to reach by the opening ceremony on 26-3-13. This post is really to signal that before and after LIMA, other activities of daily living  go on.

In just over 24 hours, LIMA begins!

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