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Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Island Called Temasek Part 1 :Day 1

(All photos in this entry are captured using Lumix GF3)

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Date: 24/12/2011
Location: Singapore

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My friend and I went to Singapore last 24th and 25th December 2011. On the first day, we drove all the way to JB, checked-in, and waited for my Singaporean friend to fetch us in Stulang Laut. The weather: rainy. So I missed quite many spots to be captured because of the rain. But Singapore is just a few hours drive away from KL so I'll just come back to capture the remaining spots.

Soon, hopefully.

1. I was in the car, stuck in traffic jammed heading Woodlands Checkpoint when the train passed by and leaving us behind. Then I decided to take the train tomorrow. :)

2. Woodlands checkpoint. To ensure that everything go on smoothly, just make sure that your passport and the form ready. And...in fact, cameras are not allowed here. 

3. We went to mosque first for Asar prayer. This mosque is more like a complex, where schools, library, meeting rooms - all under one roof  (at Masjid Al Iman Bukit Panjang)

4. We had late lunch here — at Geylang Serai Market.

5. It's common to see Singaporean travel by public transport.
`So we took the bus because we cannot walk in the rain anymore.

6. Raffles City

7. Trishaw can be found here but not so many. 

8. The pedestrian walkway is wide and brightened with side lighting.

9. Bull sculpture

10. I came across an event where everybody sing a chant. It was Christmas eve.

11. Rope artwork

12. See the reflection that fall on the wet floor?

13. Reflective pool

14. Walking towards the riverside.

15. Plants and buildings are both towering 

16. Elephant sculpture

...to be continued...

~End of Part 1~

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Chorisia speciosa (Floss silk tree)

(All photos in this entry are captured using Lumix GF3)

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I drive at Jalan Sungai Buluh every day and if you had ever used that road, you will notice there are many nurseries by the road. Being a landscaper might be the reason why I really enjoyed the scenery at the roadside. It feels like as if you're driving passed flowering gardens everyday.

While most of the nurseries offer just-the-same-flowers-to-look-at, there is one nursery that have two flowering trees that had really captured my attention. For me they are rare because I never proposed any flowering trees looking like that in my landscape design.

So, during one fine Saturday, while I was on my way back from breakfast session with my girlfriends and knowing that Kuch Kuch Hota Hai will be aired in another two hours while the nursery is just a 5-minute-drive to my house, I took the chance to stop at the nursery and started investigating that mysterious flowering tree!

Thank God there were still flowers on it. I used to see more of those flower on the tree, trust me!
From down here, the flowers look like Bauhinia purpurea. But it cannot be a Bauhinia because the leaves are different!

I normally hold and touch and feel flowers to get the 'feel', but this tree is tall. I just need to differentiate what are the differences between this flower and Bauhinia. And the people at the nurseries can't even give me the correct name of the tree. So frustrating!

Hey! I was lucky to find a fallen flower on the ground. So I quickly picked it up.
The flower is bigger that a Bauhinia, the petals are thicker, making it last longer on the branch. No wonder...
And just like a Bauhinia, this one is fragrant-less. 
After a few weeks I managed to find the correct name of the tree. Yes it is. It is called Chorisia speciosa. :D

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Well, a visit to a nursery is a waste of time if I don't spend time walking around the whole nursery and feasting my eyes on more flowers! Here are some beautiful sight I can share with you for this moment.

Costus woodsonii - Red button ginger

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis

Petunias

Plumeria spp. - Frangipani

Rosa spp. - Rose

Wrightia antidysenterica - Snowflake

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Khalas!

Till then, keep on coming and thanks! :D


Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan

(All photos in this entry are captured using Lumix GF3)

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My family and I went to Teluk Intan on Sunday last week. Actually I've been there for quite a few times since my sister-in-law (who is now on a confinement period after delivery) is from Teluk Intan. But I never got the chance to go to the Leaning Tower. So this time I decided to give the tower a 15 minutes visit. At least to capture the beauty from the outside first before I go for a closer encounter next time.




















I've seen photos of the leaning tower at night and it looks mesmerizing so I'll definitely be back for my own captured night photos of Teluk Intan Leaning Tower.

Soon.

Very soon.

:)

Monday, February 6, 2012

My City Kuala Lumpur - Part 9 (Finale)

(All photos in this entry are captured using Lumix GF3)

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Continued from here...

After more than a month, finally I've got a good news to tell.

This is the finale of My City Kuala Lumpur series. Yey! I can't wait to blog on other places I've been. Nothing to show off though. Just sharing for fun. At least for my own record but I still wanna thanks all friends that had spent their time dropping by and commenting on my photoblog.

Still with downloaded photos from facebook because of the spoiled hard disk, here, I present you - The Finale. (Applause!!!! :p)

1. Leboh Pasar promised so many interesting things to capture on the street
2. Contrast, colours and textures



3. The red in the city


4. The contrast between modern background and classic foreground

5. The historical river that is now transformed into monsoon drain! 

6. 'SAVE POLAROID'.
Naughty hands did this.

7. The shocking truth - The 'alien' within the city.

8. The repetition of squared windows and the spotlight creates a meaningful something to capture

9. The wall cladding that reflects the colour of the sky create an infinity view up to the sky

10. The ageing brick wall that never sleeps, witnessing the ever-changing city from old to gold.
11. I did not know whose shoes left outside the bright yellow painted door.
But it shows that city is alive. Whether day, or night. 
12. Old fashioned wooden door and grille
13. My favourite graffiti spray, found at the back lane of Leboh Pasar
14. The shadow of the wall and the handrail of the staircases gives depth to the plain white wall,
adding drama to the graffiti.
15. Ever wonder how creative or free the time of the painter were? Red wall and pipe, yellowed on details. With a dash of  green from the naturally grown plant. Breathtaking.
Do the owner of the place even realised the existence of such beauty at his own place?
16. The emotion shown on the graffiti proved that the 'sprayers'  are human
17. I haven't been on people watching activity for quite some time. So this is bonus for me.
On my way back to the LRT station, I saw this uncle standing up with a container for coins and a board written in non-understandable language. And he hummed something I could not understand either.
But I did not took the photo, perhaps because I was too tired or suddenly the thought about human sensitivity came across my mind. Thus, I regard this picture as a bonus for myself. Will try to capture more 'moments' after this.
18. The boastful building that might not even aware the crying of its surroundings.
19. Shocking yet nice contrast. Cool.

20. Variety of patterm found on the LRT. I was on my way back home.

21. Repetition of lines with dramatic shadow.

With picture number 21, I gladly announce that this is the end of my first day of 2012 KL sightseeing series.

And I am happy to tell that the sightseeing had really open up my eyes on what KL really is instead of just watching it from the road or from the news or from other people's blog. The city has so many interesting stories waiting to be discovered. And some might even surprise us. Still, yet, with so many other things uncovered in our very own KL with my own eyes and lens, I believe that KL is just as interesting as other countries in the world. Just don't be afraid to go deeper into every corner and detail, look and think and analyse and understand and you can hear the voice of city.

And despite of my sore joints up to this date, the walk was really worth it.

 ~The End. Fin.~