Various Orchid  

There are various orchids in the garden, some were the same species but with different colour, some are common and known but others unknown varieties but lovely bloom in the garden..


Photos of the orchids that easily bloom all year round.


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Olive-backed Sunbird  

A beautiful little bird, chirping happly while collecting nectar.. Thank you to Mr. Nelsonkhor for the name of the bird. It is hard to capture a good picture of birds in the wild, I suppose you need a lot of practice and patience not counting great passion in order to succeed in the field of bird photography.



Female Olive-backed Sunbird



Male Olive-backed Sunbird.

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Johor Motorcross Championship 2007  

Last weekend I went to watch a motorcross competition held at a new motorcross track about 20 minutes drive from my home. I managed to take few photos but the quality is not as good as I hope for, neverthess I suppose it is ok for a beginner in taking fast sport actions like this.





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Water Lily : Cycle of life  

In your life when everything is ample you will definitely at ease but it's human nature to not really satisfy with every little bit that is ordinary. Unlike plants especially flowers, when everything is perfect, A ok... the cycle of life keeps going.. on and on and on and on... like this little water lily at our small water pot. I suppose everything is cozy at the place where my wife put it in about 3-4 months ago. From the first few weeks it never fail to produce at least 1 flower that successfully blooms into lovely lily and I hope it would last a lifetime... You will never tired of watching each and every blooms to the other...



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Big white butterfly orchid  



This is a beautiful White Butterfly or Moth Orchid, known also as the Phalaenopsis Amabilis. It requires indirect sunlight with a rather humid surrounding but not wet. It could bloom at one time for weeks.

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A Red Mokara Orchid  

This orchid has been blooming in the garden about a week now and it makes the green garden a touch of fire.. fiery red..



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Kuda Kepang  

The uniqueness about Malaysia in comparison to many other countries that have the same traits and attraction of a melting pot county is the richness of cultural heritage. Malaysia is one of the Malay Archipelago, a cluster of islands consist almost 20,000 island in which constitutes Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei and stretching to Papua New Guinea. As such many of the cultural activities like dances, foods and even languages are common from one country to the other.

Most of the local people where I live (Batu Pahat) somehow or rather can be traced to be originated from Java of Indonesia, many of which migrated over a century ago. And many cultural inheritance like dances and food are rather similar with the current people of Java, Indonesia. One of the most popular entertainment activities is Kuda Kepang dance. It is especially popular during wedding festival and many special occasions.

Last week I manage to take a few photos at one of the Kuda Kepang dance and it sure brings lots of memories since nowadays you hardly find it to be held at weddings anymore. Not like when I was a kid whereby each and every wedding would host a Kuda Kepang dance.





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photos of Kuda Kepang
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Wild and free  


Wild bunch of golden weed..
Carefree and no worries..
Sway happily o ye golden weed..
no worries.. no worries..
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Yasmin's shoes  



It's just a pair of shoes, nothing special..
it is just to protect her feet, nothing special..
nothing special indeed...
Just a pair of shoes...

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A flower in the garden  



Just another flower that blooms in the garden
Nice to view but didn't last long
Lovely and warm the heart of one
Just another flower that blooms in the garden.

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The Hibiscus Collection  


The Red



The White


The Yellow


These are the ones that already bloom but somehow I missed to take the photo of the big pink, the bud still got 1-2 more so in a few days I would have a photo of the big pink. I suppose if they bloom at the same time like this my front yard would be very lovely. I need to think of a way that can make them take turn so I could have a bloom everyday for a different colour, would be nice huh... I guess I'll get a few more colour varieties to add to the current collection.


Do view my other flower entry : Bunga Senduduk, Bunga Raya, Allamanda, Bougainvillea and others.

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Cow abunga!!  


Took this photo of cow one afternoon... Somehow teenage mutant ninja turtle came to mind...

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Dear Dad  


My sister took this photo of my father enjoying the sea breeze of Pulau Langkawi. Just could not resist to share the photo. I guest at 78 what you can do is just enjoy your life as it comes. They stayed at Charlie Motel and Restaurant of Pantai Cenang, Pulau Langkawi. Nice view of the sea and it is just few foot steps away from the sandy beaches of Pantai Cenang.



The simple yet comfortable chalet of the Charlie Motel and Restaurant at Cenang Beach, Pulau Langkawi.

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Visiting Putrajaya  


The beautiful dome of Mesjid Putrajaya (Putrajaya Mosque).

The Prime Minister's Office building.

Putrajaya is the new Malaysia's government administration centre and it is named after the first Malaysia Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra. It has a beautiful city centre with large uniquely shaped building that makes you feel like you are somewhere abroad. Last week I was in Putrajaya and everywhere you see are gardens of flowers that the city is dubbed as the Garden and Intelligent City and the surrounding environment is very welcoming that will make you want to come again and again.


The many flowers at and around the Putrajaya Mosque.


Since Malaysia is celebrating its 50th year of independence, Putrajaya held many events, one of which is the Putrajaya Floria that I manage to get to. Initially I wanted to see the Malaysia International Fireworks Competition 2007, with the camera ready and the mind set but somehow something came up at home and need to go back home to Batu Pahat and as such I was unable to watch it, so unfortunate.Visiting Putrajaya is definitely a must, even for a Malaysian because it really represent the new Malaysia and I assure you that it is a worth the effort. And it is not infected by the traffic jam yet as of Kuala Lumpur. Even seeing the city centre from above, from Google Earth is kind of a welcoming design, first impression one must somehow feel that the architect and the town planner must have watched too much National Geographic or maybe the movie "Sign" played by Mel Gibson I guess it is intentional that Putrajaya welcomes visitors from above and beyond.

Aerial view or rather a satellite view of Putrajaya City Centre, snapshot from Google Earth.

One thing that I really don't understand is the naming usage of places at Putrajaya is rather differs from most of Malaysian places. I suppose it came from the US, or an influence from Singapore naming of Precinct for block or groups of housing estate. The various places are called Presint and many blocks of buildings are called Parcel. Parcel C, D and E or Presint 1, 2, 3 and etc.

Anyhow, I could see a lot of tourist visiting Putrajaya, armed with camcorder and all sorts of digital imaging devices. But I supposed I managed to get to take a photo of a forgotten visitors.

The Forgotten Visitor.


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Gurindam Jiwa  


The world of nature, the flora and faunas, and even the animal kingdom is our vital source of energy today and tomorrow. Be it dead or alive. Dead, you will get from fossil fuel, after thousand of years buried deep down inside the mother earth. Alive, as an energy that let you breath every single moment of your life.

Pantun always reflect nature as the pembayang or the first 2 phrases, it is because Malaysia is a tropical country where sun shines almost all year long and the nature is second to none. And pantun is a Malay heritage and as such the nature like trees, flowers, animals would easily find it ways into the everyday life a Malaysian. And since a pantun is a form of poetry it would also find it ways to encapsulate the art of love and romance within the Malay community. Like one of the famous song cum pantun of the 60s, Gurindam Jiwa.


Thinking back, 5 Pantun in one shot is a bit overkill huh.. even thrown in a song with it. :D




Gurindam Jiwa

( L )
Tuailah padi antara masak
Esok jangan layu-layuan
Intailah kami antara nampak
Esok jangan rindu-rinduan

( P )
Anak cina pasang lukah
Lukah dipasang di Tanjung Jati
Di dalam hati tidak ku lupa
Sebagai rambut bersimpul mati

( korus )
( L )
Batang selasih permainan budak
Daun sehelai dimakan kuda
Bercerai kasih bertalak tidak
Seribu tahun kembali juga

( P )
Burung merpati terbang seribu
Hinggap seekor di tengah laman
( L )
Hendak mati di hujung kuku
Hendak berkubur di tapak tangan

( L & P )
Kalau tuan mudik ke hulu
Carikan saya bunga kemboja
Kalau tuan mati dahulu
Nantikan saya di pintu syurga


I definitely won't be able to translate this but it is a song in a form of Pantun in which is about love and that, love is forever that even in death one will wait for each other at the gate of heaven. A Malay version of Romeo and Juliet so to speak.

Click on the play button to listen to the song..




gurindam jiwa.mp3



Note :

The lyric is extracted from : http://liriklagu.com

Read my other entry about "Pantun" : A Pantun a week.

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Bunga Senduduk Putih  



Bunga Senduduk Putih or the white Senduduk flower, took this photo at one of the many flower nursery at Sungai Buloh, Selangor. And I love this picture so much that I bought the plant, a small one in a polybag for RM 2.

Extrated from Garden Asia Magazine :

"The senduduk putih, (Melastoma imbricatum) though rarer than the common purple ones has long been identified as a medicinal plant for women’s ailments."

Bunga Senduduk : Purple

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Yellow Flower  




Yet another yellow flower, I took this while taking breakfast at a food stall waiting for the Eye On Malaysia to start operating for the day. They were planted all over the park and in this early morning with the sun shine ever so brightly, and the weather is warm not yet too hot, the flower will definitely drawn you to enjoy the scenery. Anyhow, I don't really know what kind of flower is this, so if you know do tell me yaa... but my guess is, it is a Dahlia of sort...

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