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Zan Azlee on BFM Radio’s Ticket to Ride talking about Afghanistan


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I was invited to be on BFM Radio’s travel programme called ‘Ticket to Ride‘ with Azura Rahman to talk about my trip to Afghanistan. It was a special episode for World Press Freedom Day. [Click on the image above to listen]

Want to buy my book ‘Adventures of a KL-ite in Afghanistan? It’s really cool!! Come on… you know you want to!

Limited photo print sale from Zan Azlee’s Afghanistan collection


As most would probably know (or maybe not!), I had gone to Afghanistan in 2011 and embedded myself with the Malaysian military stationed in the mountains of Bamiyan.

I was shooting my documentary ‘Guide to Afghanistan: The Adventures of a KL-ite‘ and writing my book ‘Adventures of a KL-ite in Afghanistan‘. Also, I was shooting a photo essay for Esquire magazine and providing news features for Astro AWANI and The Malaysian Insider.

Major Dr. Mohd Arshil Moideen leading the team in prayers before heading out.
Major Dr. Mohd Arshil Moideen leading the team in prayers before heading out on patrol in Yadkawlang, Afghanistan (2011).

I would like to humbly offer some of my still photography for limited sale for a few weeks (one photo each week) to anyone who would like to buy it and support solo-journalism.

The photo above would look beautiful on your wall all nicely printed and framed (21cm x 30cm) for RM90. I’ll even throw in my signature at the back of the print. Only 5 prints are available.

And for some context to the photo, here is a video story from the documentary I shot and it explains why the Malaysian military are in Afghanistan.

 

If you would like to have the photo for your wall, just add it to the shopping cart.

If you are in Malaysia, you can also purchase by transferring RM110.00 (includes RM20 for postage and handling) to Maybank account 1141 2365 9174 via Maybank2U or ATM. Please make sure to e-mail (purchase.fatbidin@gmail.com):
1. Name of item purchased
2. Transaction date/time and reference number
3. Your full name
4. Shipping address

Or if you prefer more bang for your buck, there is also THE ADVENTURES OF A KL-ITE IN AFGHANISTAN SUPER FAN PACK!! You will get the photo, an official t-shirt and the book for only RM120!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your support!

THE ADVENTURES OF A KL-ITE IN AFGHANISTAN SUPER FAN PACK!!


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Fat Bidin’s biggest fan wearing the official THE ADVENTURES OF A KL-ITE IN AFGHANISTAN t-shirt!

Alright… I need to feed my daughter and buy expensive handbags for my wife. So I’m launching this bargain package for all you Fat Bidin fans out there. Come on… help a brother pay the bills and do your part to support independent journalism!

THE ADVENTURES OF A KL-ITE IN AFGHANISTAN SUPER FAN PACK!!

Price: A bargain RM120!!!!

What you get:

1. A random limited edition 21cm x 30cm FRAMED PRINT PHOTOGRAPH that Zan Azlee took while in Afghanistan (the photograph is part of a photo essay of Afghanistan published in Esquire Malaysia and The Malaysian Insider).
2. A limited edition signed copy of the awesome non-fiction true-story graphic novel titled THE ADVENTURES OF A KL-ITE IN AFGHANISTAN!
3. An awesome official merchandise T-shirt of that said awesome graphic novel (as in the picture above worn by that sexy grey-haired man)!

If you are in Malaysia, you can also purchase by transferring RM140.00 (includes RM20 for postage and handling) to Maybank account 1141 2365 9174 via Maybank2U or ATM. Please make sure to e-mail (purchase.fatbidin@gmail.com):
1. Name of item purchased
2. Transaction date/time and reference number
3. Your full name
4. Shipping address

Head to The Fat Bidin e-Store for more products and merchandise.

Guide to Afghanistan: The Adventures of a KL-ite (Part 2 – ’Hidup hidup! Afghanistan!’ Long live Afghanistan!)


That’s right people! We will release one episode every Monday (for the next ten Mondays!) of my multimedia documentary, Guide To Afghanistan: The Adventures of a KL-ite, which includes video, still photos an text. As you would know, this is concurrent with the 10-part feature on The Malaysian Insider website, of which you can view part 2 here:

 

Hidup hidup! Afghanistan!
By Zan Azlee

DEC 12 — Although it was the 10th anniversary of 9/11, it was clear that many Afghans felt that it was irrelevant to them and their lives. I don’t blame them since, in their country, 9/11 seems to be happening every day.

“Every day, in my country, people are killed. If not by the Taliban, then by the American and ISAF forces. We are looking at 9/11 every day here,” gripes Ahmad Bilal Raghbat, my fixer in Afghanistan.

It seems that after 10 years of the United States’ presence in Afghanistan, the situation in the country isn’t much better. One would think that at least security and safety of the locals would have improved, but no. Attacks by the Taliban still happen regularly. And to be honest, this scared the wits out of me! The first few days sleeping in my room was spent… NOT sleeping!

One of the first things Bilal said to me when I arrived in Kabul was not to wander around Kabul on my own since it is particularly dangerous for foreigners. I had no objections there since everyone in the streets dressed and looked like dangerous Taliban members! You just couldn’t tell the difference.

That’s why, although central Kabul is considered the Green Zone and is safe, attacks still happen almost every week. How do you tell a Taliban from a non-Taliban? They are all Afghans and they all dress the same. And if it’s the beard that you go by to differentiate them (growing one is compulsory for a Taliban), well, most Afghans have beards. [Click to read the rest of the article at The Malaysian Insider]

Guide to Afghanistan: The Adventures of a KL-ite
Part 2 of 10
Hidup hidup! Afghanistan! (Long live Afghanistan!)
Zan meets up with dissatisfied Afghans who want the USA to leave their country and allow them to govern themselves. He also stumbles upon a street demonstration that is opposed to the current Karzai presidency.

Full Synopsis:
Zan Azlee, a Malaysian KL-ite journalist who has lived all his life in non-conflict zones, travels to Afghanistan to see if he can come up with the best travel guide for the country. With no idea what he is getting himself into, he dodges suicide bombers and IEDs, and even gets embedded with the army, to plan out the best tourist route in Afghanistan. This is a multimedia documentary produced by Fat Bidin Media and directed by solo-journalist Zan Azlee.

To view all the episodes, head to FATBIDIN.COM/AFGHANISTAN.

Click the thumbnails below to launch the photo essay (Part 2).

Sponsorship and advertising opportunities are still available… just give me a buzz if you are interested and we can talk! If you would like to own original FAT BIDIN MEDIA documentary films and books to enhance your coolness factor, visit the FAT BIDIN e-STORE!

Guide to Afghanistan: The Adventures of a KL-ite (Part 1 – ‘9/11? What’s that?’)


Today is the launch of the online version of my multimedia documentary, Guide To Afghanistan: The Adventures of a KL-ite, which includes video and still photos. This is after TV news reports (for Astro AWANI) and a magazine feature article and photo essay (for Esquire). Radio and TV versions of the documentary are also in discussion. This launch is also in conjunction with the launch of a 10-part feature on The Malaysian Insider website, of which you can view part 1 here:

Guide to Afghanistan: The Adventures of a KL-ite
Part 1 of 10
9/11? What’s that?

Full Synopsis:
Zan Azlee, a Malaysian KL-ite journalist who has lived all his life in non-conflict zones, travels to Afghanistan to see if he can come up with the best travel guide for the country. With no idea what he is getting himself into, he dodges suicide bombers and IEDs, and even gets embedded with the army, to plan out the best tourist route in Afghanistan. This is a multimedia documentary produced by Fat Bidin Media and directed by solo-journalist Zan Azlee.

Click the thumbnails below to launch the photo essay.

Sponsorship and advertising opportunities are still available… just give me a buzz if you are interested and we can talk! If you would like to own original FAT BIDIN MEDIA documentary films and books to enhance your coolness factor, visit the FAT BIDIN e-STORE!