When in Langkawi: Sunsets in the Malaysian 99-island archipelago are usually between 7.20pm and 7.45pm. In end July, it’s roughly 7.35-7.40pm and if you are on the western shoreline of the island district of Kedah, the best spot to catch one in full glory is to seat yourself anywhere along the 2km pristine white sands of Pantai Cenang beach.
I knew staying at the Casa del Mar Langkawi resort would plonk me right in the midst of the popular beach, but I didn’t realised that the hotel restaurant La Sal actually placed their al fresco dinner tables right by the edge of the sands so that guests—if they are seated at the right time—will be able to enjoy the full course of the sun setting over one of Langkawi’s mini islands on the horizon.
So, as I sipped my chilled pre-dinner beer, it was blissfully joyful to watch the sun lighting the clear blue sky, from glaring whitish gold to a lovely golden-orange yellow hue, as it slowly disappeared behind the island on the horizon.
Definitely one of my favorite sunset watch in recent times…
Sunsets. Love them. And some of the prettier ones I’ve ever seen in my life is in the north-eastern area of Thailand, in a little village named DonTanin, in Pra Thai district under the Nahkon Ratchasima province.
This was taken at about 6.25pm over a huge pond, highlight of which was this starkingly barren yet eye-catching tree that stands right in the centre of the water basin. On a clear day, sunsets here are golden yellow with vibrant hues of red and orange. Truly awe-inspiring and utterly postcard-sque, and best part is separate ponds in the village offer different but no less stunning golden or fiery red sunset views throughout the year. Love them!
Sunsets fascinate me. Most probably because I seldom wake up early enough to admire sunrises (hee), but then again, here in my home in Singapore, I’m blessed to be able to catch glorious sunsets right outside my bedroom window on the 10th floor of an apartment block in the west side of our island city.
This hazy fiery sunset though was taken over the Bishan Flyover located in central Singapore, in a moving vehicle no less going westwards at about 6.50pm. “Take the lamp posts in a row!” yelled the driver. So I did, with my Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
I love photographing sunsets. One reason is that it signals the end of another day that God has made; another – and main reason really – is the fact that I can never wake up early enough to catch sunrises!!
The above sunset shot was taken at the main road that passes through the village of Dontanin in the Prathai district of Thailand (5 hrs north east of Bangkok), outside the Dontanin Methodist Church. It may not feature the setting sun but I simply love how the fiery orange light up the evening blue sky into various soothing shades of yellow and orange, above a relatively busy road.
Everywhere I travel, I would ask for the breaking times of dawn and dusk and try and station myself then at the best places possible to take the best shots. Sunrise and sunset at Dontanin during winter is 0515 and 1715 hrs respectively. Took this with my Samsung Galaxy S4 with no filter added.
The next few days, God willing, I shall attempt to greet the sunrise here…
The lovely rain this Saturday morning reminded me of a miracle I experienced on my long-haul holiday of 2011. We were in Sorrento, Italy at the tail-end of a whirlwind 2-week London-Manchester-Venice-Rome-Sorrento trip from end November to early December. We had four days there and three days it rained. On the third day we went to the harbour and despite the rain stopping for a while and the sky seemed bright, no boats were going to the isle of Capri because of choppy waters. That we moped was an understatement. That we eventually ended up at some ruins at Pompeii without having to pay – “We are closed!” cried the cashiers at 4.55pm – was scant consolation. Capri was one of the main reasons we had Sorrento on our itinerary and leaving without setting foot on it was a tad hard to bear.
So we prayed. Me and my two travel mates from church. We prayed for a miracle. Just let us set foot on the island, Lord, we can forgo the Blue Grotto (which is often closed during summer at the mere sight of choppy waters, let alone in the cold dead of winter). Last day came and Yahoo News say it would rain. My friend prayed for calm seas and good weather. We trotted out of our budget hotel a good 500 metres to the harbour and witnessed bright blue sunny skies. And wahey, the boats are going out today! It was so warm that it was 21C that “winter” day, something that our guide swore he has never experienced in his 64 years of life! Praise the Lord for divine intervention indeed!
So off we went ‘cos “twas on the isle of Capri that I found her” which I have sung since school days. And it’s truly great ‘cos, by the grace of God, I got to witness one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen in my life. We were on the highland that overlooked the striking Faraglioni Rocks, when we saw the sun setting to our right over the ocean horizon. It was truly a sight to behold and we just stood there for a good long while taking it in, making wishes, giving thanks, and then simply being still and enjoy one of planet Earth’s most gorgeous moments in its golden glory.
Twas on the isle of Capri that I found the perfect sunset indeed…