Day trip to Pontian, Johor - Memories of a Bygone Era (October 22)


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I spent part of my childhood in the town of Pontian, Johor. While I have returned there many times since, I never did so with a photographic eye. I hope to do so this time, and I'm inviting fellow CSers to go with me.

Singapore has progressed tremendously infrastructure-wise in the last 30 years, but Pontian seems to have stood still in time and looks not much different than it did in the 1970s. I am hoping this day trip will allow us to capture some of that and contrast it with how some parts of Singapore look today.

Since I don't have private transportation, unless some kind soul is willing to drive us around, this trip will rely solely on public transportation (read: buses). Feel free to post questions on this thread. Below are the details:

When:

October 22, 2011 (Saturday).
Meet near Woodlands MRT Control Station at 7:00 AM (Don't worry, you can nap on the bus later :))

Where:

Pontian, Johor.

What to bring:

Passport.
Malaysian Ringgit (change before actual day, bare minimum RM30, better RM50 or more).
CEPAS card for taking Singapore buses.
Camera body, plus 1-2 lenses. I recommend a light setup for this trip due to possible congestion at the customs and on the buses. I suggest leaving flashguns and tripods at home.

What to wear:

Light clothing. I suggest jeans or bermuda shorts, and comfortable shoes. Avoid skirts or slippers, and definitely no high-heels.

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PM'er Mason Chong is from Batu Pahat nearby ...... maybe u guys can jio him out ?
Thanks for the suggestion, but probably can't squeeze in Batu Pahat as a day trip together with Pontian. However, if any CSers can tell us if Batu Pahat is worth a day trip of its own, then perhaps someone can organise a trip there?

EDIT: I see what you mean by 'jio'. Pardon my rusty Hokkien. Okay I dunno who is he, but if anyone does, can ask if he wants to go Pontian and meet up with us?
 

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ya ask him to join you guys in Pontian

Wong_se should know him otherwise i can fb him
 

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Might I suggest hiring a mini van for the day. More convenient especially when everyone is tired at the end of the day. It can take max of 11 persons.
 

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Might I suggest hiring a mini van for the day. More convenient especially when everyone is tired at the end of the day. It can take max of 11 persons.
Thanks for your suggestion. I am currently in the United States and won't be in Singapore until about 10 days before this trip, so a little hard for me to arrange. Anyone got lobang? Will this be a Singapore or Malaysian van? Will it pick up and drop off in SG or JB?
 

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I am from Pontian too, and would like to join you guys for the shooting.
 

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One thing I didn't mention much is an itinerary. I tend to take the take-it-as-it-come, free-and-easy approach. I do have a few ideas in mind and I welcome other's input on this.

Shoot locations:

1. Seaside next to bus terminal.
2. Shop house, school, and other buildings. (I was told there was a fire years ago on one street and I seem to remember there are some building ruins that we may take interest in - don't call me out on this one though)
3. Fishing boats.
4. Kukup - which is a taxi ride away from downtown Pontian Kechil where we 'land'. We may go only if we have time.
5, There is also a big development project on reclaimed land, but I'm not sure how accessible it is.


Also, there has been some suggestions on taking taxis and perhaps hiring a van. So I guess I should suggest that you bring more Malaysian Ringgit than RM30. Plan on RM60 or more, just in case.
 

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I am from Pontian too, and would like to join you guys for the shooting.
Excellent, Joanne, perhaps you will have much better ideas on what to shoot :)
And with that, the list is FULL. I will start a reserve list in case anyone cannot make it at the last minute.

sfoto100: We will keep your allergy in mind but please feel free to remind us if we get carried away when ordering food. :)
 

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One thing I didn't mention much is an itinerary. I tend to take the take-it-as-it-come, free-and-easy approach. I do have a few ideas in mind and I welcome other's input on this.

Shoot locations:

1. Seaside next to bus terminal.
2. Shop house, school, and other buildings. (I was told there was a fire years ago on one street and I seem to remember there are some building ruins that we may take interest in - don't call me out on this one though)
3. Fishing boats.
4. Kukup - which is a taxi ride away from downtown Pontian Kechil where we 'land'. We may go only if we have time.
5, There is also a big development project on reclaimed land, but I'm not sure how accessible it is.


Also, there has been some suggestions on taking taxis and perhaps hiring a van. So I guess I should suggest that you bring more Malaysian Ringgit than RM30. Plan on RM60 or more, just in case.
u are the leader, we follow suit :p btw, how's street shooting for potian like? is there people there camera friendly or they tends to be more caution at cameras pointing at them? so i can plan what i will shoot at potian (either street shoot or landscape).
 

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MichaelLee

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Thanks for your suggestion. I am currently in the United States and won't be in Singapore until about 10 days before this trip, so a little hard for me to arrange. Anyone got lobang? Will this be a Singapore or Malaysian van? Will it pick up and drop off in SG or JB?
Hi neech, I like to offer my help given that you are at overseas.
I reside at JB, been to kukup few times. Will meet you guy at larkin on that day and I will be driving.
 

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Hi, I am interested in joining you guys for shooting Pontian.
I intend to drive there, but mine is a hatchback and can only seat up to 4 passengers.
 

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