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My last (and favourite) photo from my Afghanistan collection to be put on sale online


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Shah Mohamed, an old tea stall owner plying his trade in a public park in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Photo by Zan Azlee, 2011)

Some of the best pictures and videos I managed to produce during my time in Afghanistan are of the beautiful locals who are proud of their culture, people and country. Out of all the photographs I have taken, I must say the one above  is my favourite.

Shah Mohamed, the tea stall owner was friendly although he didn’t speak English. He constantly had a smile carved on his face. he moved about slowly but you could see that he did his work with pride. His customers were served well and I’m convinced they were very relaxed at his stall because of his demeanour.

This is also the last picture from my Afghanistan collection that I will put up for sale online.

Watch an interview of Shah Mohamed in the video episode above of the ‘Guide to Afghanistan: The adventures of a KL-ite’.

Own a limited print of the photo at the top of this post, framed (21cm x 30cm) and signed by yours truly for RM90. You can play a role in supporting independent journalism by clicking below.

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 ‘Adventures of a KL-ite in Afghanistan’ for only RM120!

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The Fat Bidin Film Club (Ep 17) – The True Cost


The Fat Bidin Film Club (Ep 17) – The True Cost

The True Cost is a feature documentary film by Andrew Morgan that explores the evils of fast fashion. Who doesn’t shop for clothes at H&M, Levi’s, Gap and all those fast and cheap corporations? But did you know that we Asians suffer to produce these clothes? The film raises a lot of important questions… and this episode of the podcast that has seen the largest panel discussion so far (6 people!) discusses it all!

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The Fat Bidin Film Club (Ep 16) – While we’re young


The Fat Bidin Film Club (Ep 16) – While we’re young

‘While we’re young’, an old film directed by Noah Baumbach, starring Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts from 2014 is only now playing in Malaysian cinemas. Zan and Aizyl talk about how it’s taking the coming-of-age theme to neither here nor there… but okay lah. Or  err… maybe not so okay lah.

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It’s a rare time to see the Malaysian military in Afghanistan taking a break together


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Soldiers of MALCON ISAF 2 having dinner together at base camp in Panjab, Afghanistan. From left to right (sitting down) is Corp. Mohd Saiful Karim, Lieut. Col. Rusman Sanip and Capt. Mohd Faddillah Ahmad. (Photo by Zan Azlee, 2011)

The presence of the Malaysian military in Afghanistan is  purely for humanitarian efforts and not for combat. The soldiers who were there were mostly doctors and nurses, with a handful of special forces security personnel.

They constantly patrol the areas of Bamiyan to see what aid they can offer. The picture above is of the team resting for the evening and having dinner together.

Guide to Afghanistan: The Adventures of a KL-ite (Part 7 of 10 – Malaysia at War!)

Own a limited print of the photo at the top of this post, framed (21cm x 30cm) and signed by yours truly for RM90. You can play a role in supporting independent journalism by clicking below.

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 ‘Adventures of a KL-ite in Afghanistan’ for only RM120!

Thank you for supporting independent journalism!