Monthly Archives: September 2008

All About Hibiscus Flowers

There may be thousands species of hibiscus flowers all over the world.  If you have posted any hibiscus flowers which are different from mine, in term of color, shape and form, I would like to make a link to your hibiscus flower page here.

I would like to gather as many different type of hibiscus flowers. Let me know in the comment. Do have some funs. Thanks!

Hibiscus Related Pages:

1. Gaye Johnson from Florida America

2. Joan from South Africa

3. Birgitte from Denmark

4. Gowri Mohanakrishnan from India


All Hibiscus Flowers Articles

2008/07/24  Growing hibiscus flower

2008/07/20  The beautiful hibiscus flower 3

2008/07/19  The beautiful hibiscus flower 2

2008/07/18  The beautiful hibiscus flower 1

2008/07/13 The different species of hibiscus flowers.

2008/07/05  The Beautiful flower-Hibiscus ( Bunga Raya )


A last minute decision trip to MAHA Exhibition goes awry.

It was a trip that I didn’t plan properly and as a result my family and I were unable to get what we wanted. It was the visit to the Malaysian Agricuture, Horticuture and Agrotourism ( MAHA ) Exhibition 2008 in Serdang during the recent school holiday in August.

It was on a saturday morning when my wife suggested to visit the MAHA exhibition when I busy looking through some images in front of my computer. It was decided after the lunch when the idea pop up again on a hot afternoon at 2pm.

I was not familiar with the location so I took a hard time to find the way and reached the venue late. The place was packed and we were prevented from parking at the open car park. I had no choice but to park my car along the main road which took us almost another half hour walk to the entrance of the exhibition. By the time we reached the entrance of the exhibition venue it was almost 4.30pm.

A sudden drizzle and the disorderly crowd waiting for the free shuttle buses made us dash on the next available tram. It took us to its destination, the animal farm instead the flower nursery.

I wanted to take some photograph of the new orchid hybrid and the children wanted to see the rodeo show.

According the newspaper report, the new orchid is a crossbreed of a new specie, with pale yellowish-greenish flowers that slowly turn yellowish-white. It was officially named the Dendrobium Datin Seri Jeanne in honour of the Prime Minister’s wife Datin Seri Jeanne Abdullah.

The children have only watched rodeo on television and on the big screen, may be this is the perfect time to catch a live one. The Bull Riding —most dangerous sport displays the cowboy’s courage and riding skills against the speed and power of a bull.

At the animal farm, however we missed the rodeo show as it was past the time schedule of the event. We walked around the farms to look at some farm animals like cattle, cow, rabbit, buffalo, goat of different species, I like specially the two years old Jamnapari goat.

It was a disappointed trip that we missed the things that we wanted to see. I should go in the morning as the venue was just too huge and it needs more time to explore . The only consolation was that my wife and children were thrilled sitting on the camel.

Photography of feeding animals at Zoo

It’s fun to watch and photograph the animals and birds feeding by the zoo keepers. I walked to the places that the zoo keepers feeding the animals and birds. Some animals are fed twice a day, others once a day.

For the carnivores much of the feeding is done at night, as members of the public might not be able to stomach the spectacle of fresh bloody meat and even live goats, chickens and mice being ingested by the animals (as some like the pythons do not normally eat dead animals).

The cost of the food for the animals are really high. The 45-year-old zoo is run by the Malaysian Zoological Society. Its main source of funds are the entrance fees (80%), sponsorships and donations. It has not received any allocation under the Ninth Malaysia Plan.

Fish prices have gone up almost 40%, hit by fuel prices for boats and ships, and for transporting the fish to the towns. According to the newspaper report from Zoo Negara director Dr Mohamad, the last year food budget was RM1.3mil. It was forecasted to hit RM2mil this year. The number of animals in the zoo has increased by almost 2,000 to 5,361 last year.

Zoo Negara also planting a lot of fruit trees and also some vegetables of its own. We plant some of the trees in the enclosures so that the herbivores can have direct access to the food. This will reduce work and time spent harvesting and cutting up the food for the animals.

“We don’t have to screen the food unlike those sourced from outside to see if it is safe for the animals. And hope to reduce food costs by 50% eventually”.

Canon 1D Mark lll vs Nikon D3 And Canon 50D vs Nikon D90-which is the best?

Photos by Kamarul Ariffin/The Star
As I mentioned in my recent article, it
is interesting to know how many professional photographers especially from newspaper companies and wire agencies were using the Nikon D3 or Canon 1D Mark lll in the recent 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in China.

I talked to the sports photographer Kamarul Ariffin from The Star who has just returned from the Beijing Olympics Games in China. He told me that Canon and Nikon both had set up their service centers there so as to attract these professional photographers from all over the world to use their high end professional cameras, Canon 1D Mark lll and Nikon D3. Both rivals try to pin down each other by seeing the numbers of their cameras being used by these photographers in the field of their coverages

The camera war hots up and Nikon has improved the numbers of photographers using its Nikon D3 , the numbers which Nikon has lost to the rival Canon recently in the professional market.

But that was then, and this is 2008. At this year’s Olympics Games In China, the number of Nikons in use by professional photojournalists seems to equal if not surpass the number of Canons

He has taken some pictures of these Nikon D3 and Canon Mark lll used by the photographers during the Olympics Swimming Games as there are as many black lenses as the white ones. Many of these photos ( above ) can be seen in Wire. Some venues have even more of black lenses than white ones. Click here to view the high resolution photo taken at the Beijing National Aquatics Centre by José Manuel Colomo

Though the Canon 1D Mark lll may have the edge over fast auto forcusing but many of these sports photographers are more concerned with the camera with its crazy low-light shooting; they prefered Nikon D3 for indoor events which they can set to ISO as high as ISO 3,200 or beyond. High ISO shooting is fantastic with relatively low noise and most importantly, they still are able to produce quality action photos without any noise interference.

The camera war will continue and let see how Canon shape up in its battle with its rival with their professional products.

Canon 50D vs Nikon D90

Canon and Nikon continue the battle in the semi professional camera market where it is unusual that both launched their new models – Canon 50D and Nikon D90 – with important new features in almost the same time.

Canon 50D

No surprises to hear that Canon has launched the much anticipated EOS 50D, an upgraded version of EOS 40D. On the surface it looks almost similar to its predecessor. However, there are quite a few significant improvements; fifteen megapixel CMOS sensor, faster DIGIC 4 processor, 3.0″ VGA LCD monitor with Live View mode offering 3 AF modes, ISO sensitivity expandable to 12,800 and an HDMI connection for High Quality Image viewing. It also includes a new Quick Control screen which shows the most commonly used settings and Creative Auto mode for automatic focus and exposure. A new cleaning and dust repelling system, huge buffer, color temperature analysis and more.

To view : Canon 50D Sample Gallery

Nikon D90

Nikon launched a new D90, a follow-up to the very popular D80 with some of the new features introduced in the D3, D300 and D700 cameras, including active D-lighting, face focusing, scene recognition and a live focus mode that also features three focusing systems. It has an amazing 51-point AF module with 3D-tracking. They’ve added 3D-tracking to the D90’s 11-point AF. Other features of note include a new 12.3 MP CMOS sensor, and continuous shooting at up to 4.5 frames per second, and more.

To view : Nikon D90 Sample Gallery

More surprising is the inclusion of the world’s first DSLR video mode (720p HDTV quality, no less) There is an argument over this feature whether it should be included in the semi-pro camera.

Canon users claimed that this is a toy video mode with poor quality and it shouldn’t be introduced in this semi-pro camera. Some said it is better than nothing. It will continue to be argued over and over, but will Canon follow suit in the follow-up of its next semi-pro model?.

Both companies managed to launch the two systems that are so closely spec’d. It’s a huge issue that both Canon and Nikon are pumping out new camera models at such a fast rate, as it means that both are aware that the other company is trying to gain market share and that Nikon is finally back in a position to get out new systems at their previous rates.

The megapixel wars are likely over—the race for more and more pixels in a camera seems to be at a relative plateau for consumer cameras at least—but the drive for more features in a shorter turn around time is new and is hopefully here to stay.

Changing Malaysia Photography Exhibition

“We love Malaysia”, Penang
photo by TAN MIN YEE, Selangor

A photography exhibition themedChanging Malaysia,” was held in conjunction with the 51st National Day celebrations will be closing in few days until Sept 7. The exhibition presented by The Star and Petronas.

Many have visited the “Changing Malaysia” photography exhibition which was reported in The Star. Among them were Engku Emran Engku Zainal Abidin and his wife Erra Fazira, Malaysian Official Designers Association (Moda) president Gillian Hung and eight beauty queens also took the time to drop by at the exhibition.Hans Oksenholt and the two Ng brothers Sam, and James were also at 1 Utama shopping complex, the venue for the exhibition.

It features 160 shots by The Star photographers, reflecting changes seen in various aspects of daily life that make Malaysia what it is today. And also there are 32 photos from the “Malaysia@50: A Day in the life of Malaysia” displayed in this photography exhibition. These are some of the winning photos for Malaysia@50 contest. Copyright The Star

“Paddling upstream”, Sarikei
Photo by SOON LEE GUAN, Sarawak

“Kek Lok Si”, Penang

“Children at play”, Bachok, Kelantan
Photo by TAN LIAN HOCK, Penang

“Happy childhood”, Sibu, Sarawak
Photo by HII TIONG KOK, Sarawak