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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

My City Kuala Lumpur - Part 7

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Continued from here...

Behind the wall, we found a monument. But not the National Monument yet.

Well, sometimes I lost all words to tell. So let these pictures speak!

1. The monument in a vertical shaped structure as a remembrance 'To Our Glorious Dead'. It  is surrounded by reflective pool so I believe the reflection at the right time will make it looks more 'glorious'.
Another visit soon, perhaps at night?

2. Circular structure with a dome on top. Built in between of the vertical monument and the great National Monument.

3. I wasn't trying to go in. So I was not sure whether visitors can go pass this gate or not.
Can you see the monument behind?

4. The pathway to gloriness. The square plats on the ceiling are Air Force plats from many countries.

5. Golden yellow and black always a winning combination. These colours can create a classy feeling and with the right material, the dullness of black can be transformed into elegance.

6. The repetition of shapes 

7. A well maintained garden with vertical domination of Areca catechu (Pokok Pinang) on a crisp clean turfed land

8. Plumeria pudica (Bridal Bouquet) is white, beautiful and lightly scented. This species makes a nice twist apart from its other Plumeria spp. cousins, fitting the character of a memorial garden

9. The star of the show. Written on it are these words:
'Dedicated to the heroic fighters in the cause of peace and freedom. May the blessing of Allah be upon them'.

10. Surrounded by pool and fountains...and 'lush' greens~

11. One of my favourite shots. 

12. I can feel that sometimes I can be a bit patriotic.
I waited under the blazing sun with the camera ready to capture the monument with our Jalur Gemilang proudly open up and show off! Thank you wind!

13. In front of the rifle!

14. Another fountain with steel lotuses surrounding it.

15. Locked? Or unlocked?
I always adore anything rustic and old. Or even if it reminds me of something I loved, like the old-car-wheel-like gate opener, I'd simply love it!

16. From another angle

17. I'd really like to see this place at night. Perhaps sometime soon.

18. Cute couple walking towards the National Monument

19. National Monument - A brief history

After that, we headed back downhill, towards the souvenir shop. For info, there is a musolla (prayer room) at the souvenir shop building for the convenience of Muslims, even though mosque are not really far from the area. And toilets too.

20. Fridge magnets. Nice design eh?
Would giving away Malaysian fridge magnets to Malaysian friends be a good idea?

21. Toilet is clean and airy. 

22. On the way back to Jalan Parlimen, there sculptures at Asian Sculpture Garden for you to 'enjoy'.
Hmm....I still wonder how do these sculptures look like at night?

23. Arunda graminifolia, a common orchid species planted in gardens in Malaysia.

24. Another sculpture - Made of steel and timber

25. Tristellateia australasiae (Australian Gold Vine) - climber species, also commonly found in Malaysia

After this we head back to Jalan Parlimen, continuing our journey at Merdeka Square and Leboh Pasar... be continued...

~End of part 7~

Friday, January 27, 2012

My City Kuala Lumpur - Part 6

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Continued from here...

After a lin chi kang break, we headed to The National Monument. My friend and I were excited about it since ehem this is our first time ever going to see the National Monument live. Ihihi...well, people always could not see what is in front of them right? Ok...wrong.. :D

Ok, let's start moving!

Symbiosis - can be seen along the journey

We are going to cross the junction. Can you see the tram?
If you want to save your feet, you can hop on the tram to experience Perdana Lake Garden. 

Yes! National Monuments are just ehem a few hundreds steps away! :D

Don't forget to equip yourself with a bottle of plain water. You might find that the steps towards the monument could reach a thousand steps more...or more. Heheh.

And some chocolates to give you quick energy. Ferrero Rocher did it quite well. :D

There is a garden you have to pass through before you can feast your eyes with the monument. This is Asian Sculpture Garden, if I am not mistaken. Quite well-lanscaped, with small man-made stream, plants, benches, and sculptures. Cool.

Hey hey hey...look at who we found here. Ok. He is no celebrity. But he showed off - really showed off - with his skill and skateboard.

Ahah. Souvenir shop! Trust me that the souvenirs - postcards, fridge magnets, t-shirts, caps, hats, bags, parios - look very Malaysian and one can find interesting stuff as souvenirs for their foreigners friends. This is the place to get them.

Pool and fountain

The national flower of Malaysia; Hibiscus rosa-sinensis

We found this structure on our way up to the monument area.
And I suddenly felt like I was in a scene of The Lord of the Ring!

And, we found a gated wall with the Malaysian Crest on it. Behind this wall is a great sculpture. A monument. A place of remembrance. To remember our warriors who had died defending our country... be continued...

~End of part 6~

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

My City Kuala Lumpur - Part 5

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Continued from here...

We had been walking for a few hundred meters already and yes we were 'brilliant' for not bringing even a bottle of plain water for ourselves. And now we were extremely thirsty and dehydrated, and the only water we found was in a dried up pond colonized by water lettuces (Pistia stratiotes). Great.

But before we continued our search for water, we stopped at a garden just nearby Jalan Parlimen, hoping to find some wonders...

Does 'Eutrophication' reflects on this photo?

Seriously I don't know the name of this climbing flower. Would someone help me please? 

Red Button Ginger (Costus woodsonii)

Paper Plant (Cyperus papyrus)

Wooden pergola with duit-duit (Pyrrosia piloselloides) creeping on it. 

Waterlily (Nymphaea cultivars) in a euwwww pond

Sadly, the garden is not very well maintained making the overall look, including the plants and garden furniture, were not really pleasant to look at. 

Thus, we continued walking until we saw the signage below, and felt excited about it because it means that water is just nearby!

A signboard at the junction of Taman Tasik Perdana showing places of interest in Kuala Lumpur

A giant Birds' Nest Fern (Asplenium nidus) at Jalan Cenderasari. Just a little bit more....

Yes! Finally! Eating place!
And quickly ordered lin chi kang to quench our thirst. 
And it was refreshing!!! Ok, let me finish the lin chi kang first and I will bring you to another places. Daaa... be continued...

~End of part 5~

Thursday, January 12, 2012

My City Kuala Lumpur - Part 4

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Continued from here...

We decided to use the pedestrian tunnel to go to the other side of Jalan Parlimen. Even though the tunnel looked 'scary', but at least I've got a company. Crossing the road is not a good idea since the traffic has already been stuffed with vehicles. And the crossing spot was exactly at a traffic circle. There were traffic lights, but motorist will always ignore the red lights. So here we were, under the tunnel.

Inside the pedestrian tunnel. Dark. And the smell is so unpleasant.
I'd like to advise to not walk alone at this area even though during day time.

Outside the tunnel. We were technically underground. Feeling like a frog. :) 

Underneath second tunnel

Finally. Outside the tunnel. After this we will continue walking along Jalan Parlimen.

Ever wonder how the baby tree grows on the retaining wall?
At Jalan Parlimen

This is a drainage, in fact. But since I always observe for details, I noticed the natural miniature rock garden
inside the drain hole. Just like bonsai and rocks. But cool.
At Jalan Parlimen

Jalan Parlimen. The pedestrian walkway is wide and with the trees planted along the road,
it can be quite shady, depends on the angle of the sun.
Well, a little bit of sunlight won't kill you anyway. 

The blue'd' fence of  Sekolah Kebangsaan Sultan Hishamuddin Alam Shah
Jalan Parlimen

Trunk of Adenanthera pavonina (Pokok Saga)
Jalan Parlimen

Row of Licuala grandis (Palas) planted along the road divider
At Jalan Parlimen

Classic shot of a sentimental feeling. :)

Mossy trunk, create an interesting motif for our next baju raya, perhaps? :)
At Jalan Parlimen

This is Padang Merbuk. The last time I walked and drove pass this area, I saw people playing football.
Ant trust me, I never knew this was Padang Merbuk until I read this signboard. :)
Jalan Parlimen

We stopped here for a moment. The view could be nicer if it was the time where guys are already out to play football.

Chopped trunk
At Jalan Parlimen

Just a little bit of walking and we will reach Taman Tasik Perdana. By this time we were dehydrated and were already screaming for water . But we need to walk for about 50m to 100 more meter towards an eating place that sells water. Are we going to continue walking, or? be continued...

~End of part 4~