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Are we still getting cool and fresh air in Cameron Highlands?

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My good friend Tony and his wife Erin called to invite us for a holiday. We chose to go to Cameron Highlands to enjoy the cool climate and fresh air of the highlands

 Cameron Highlands is a highland region located about 300 km north of my home in Subang Jaya. It is the largest and most famous hill resort in the country. This highland paradise still retains much of the charm of a typical English colonial home

We took a slow leisure drive, dropping by at Bidor for lunch to savour the famous herbal roast duck soup noodle. We used the new entrance Simpang Pulai and drove up as high as 1500 metres above sea-level reaching one of the peaks of the main range of Peninsular Malaysia, High above here on the highlands the temperature plunged as low as 16 ˚C.

So many things have changed compared to thirty years ago when I first visited this holiday resort after I left school. During that time, there were not many houses, hotels and apartments and even then there were not so many vegetable farms and gardens. It was just a forest with trees and plants. Nowadays there are too much land clearings for new development around the towns of Tanah Rata and Brinchang. Many have complained that the weather was affected and it was not so cold like in the earliest days

We stayed three days and 2 night at a holiday apartment,. Everywhere we walked we can see flowers and they are bigger and color rich. There were too many key attracting places to look around but we just visited some in Cameron Highlands including, strawberry farms, rose gardens and vegetable gardens, Cactus Point, and the Boh Tea Plantation.

At the Boh Sungai Palas Tea Centre, we order a cup of tea, sitting and chatting. The teahouse which was overlooking the valley while sipping a cup hot freshly brewed tea was truely relaxing

More pictures to come in my next posting and stay tune!

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The Colorful little Bird Bathing In My Garden

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I have been observing this colorful little bird for quite some time. It has been coming to my garden every morning. The visits have been consistent, perhaps it likes the many insects that are found in my garden. The abundance of hibiscus flowers with the rich nectar could also be attracting it.

I wanted to capture this colorful little bird with my camera. As it does not keep still for long, flying away and back again, I had to think of a way to make it stay longer.

Watering my garden plants till they are thoroughly wet did the trick.I took out my Canon 30D camera and fixed with a 70-200mm zoom lense and I had to hide at a corner and wait for her appearance.

When I hear the familiar chirping and chirping and I know that the colorful little bird has come. The chirping may be talking or singing to her fellow friends of her own kind.

Instantly I knew where this little bird is but it noticed me and flew away. It came back again and went to my hibiscus plant which is out of my focus.

At last it landed on my bonsai plant as the leaves were drenched with water. It seemed to be enjoying itself rubbing its tiny body against the moist leaves…

I quickly pointed the camera and click on the shuttles. Clicking all the way along where she is stretching her wings and body. I tried to get a closer shot but it was sensitive to my presence so it flew away.

I am very sure this little bird will return as usual the next morning and I will have the opportunity to capture more photos of it.

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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”.

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
Photo by ANBALAGAN SHANMUGAM, Perak

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

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

Changing Malaysia

A photography exhibition themed “Changing Malaysia,” was opened today by Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal at the 1 Utama Shopping Centre on August 23, 2008.

The exhibition was held in conjunction with the 51st National Day celebrations, presented by The Star and Petronas, is at Highstreet, Ground Floor (near Parkson), until Sept 7. 2008.

A total of 192 photos were displayed at the exhibition. It featured 160 shots by The Star photographers reflecting changes seen in various aspects of daily life that make Malaysia what it is today. And 32 photos from the “Malaysia@50: A Day in the Life of Malaysia” photography contest.

A walk through the display will give an idea of how the built environment has been transformed, with photographs showing not only the new structures that dot today’s urban landscape but also how modern buildings stand in stark contrast to heritage homes.

Also included will be scenes capturing the way Malaysians live, work and play as well as others that look at how change has touched both the young and the old.

Standing Tall: At 459.1metres, the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur can stand tall as the landmark of Malaysia today. Commissioned by Malaysia’s fourth Premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the towers which are among the tallest in the world took six years to complete, and stand on the site of what was once the Kudalari Turf Club. – KAMARUL ARRIFIN/The Star

The skyline of Kuala Lumpur has undergone a drastic change from say 20 years ago. While the Petronas Twin Towers might not be the highest building in the world anymore, but they’re still the highest twin buildings scraping the sky. – AZHAR MAHFOF/The Star

The sunset at Sepang F1 where the Japan GT car was racing.- S.S.Kanesan/The Star

Seri Saujana One of Putrajaya’s magnificent bridge.- Raja Faisal Hishan/The Star.

Modern Bar…..Kiss the sky as you sip your drink at Luna. -Art Chen/ The Star.

The KL Tower stands majestically in contrast to a row of abandoned pre-war houses. In our rush to build higher and bigger and “better” have we failed to preserve our own architectural heritage and wonders? – Glenn Guan/The Star

Dances presenting an item at the Barisan Budi Malaysia concert at Istana Budaya, Kuala Lumpur. The performing arts scene has flourished, with more exciting productions coming up, both traditional and experimental. – Azman Ghani/ The Star

Photograph these free-flying lake birds in Zoo Negara during feeding time

When I entered The Zoo Negara from the main entrance, I saw some free-flying lake birds mostly painted storks hopping along the road near the lake. I am not aware what they are there for and I thought it was a timely opportunity for me to take out my camera for the shoot.

I heard some sounds coming from a moving van. It was the Zoo workers delivering foods for these free-flying resident birds.

It was around 9.40am in the morning. I realised why all these free-flying lake birds were waiting along the road. These free-flying lake birds are intelligent and they know they can get some free meals here at this hour.

Later I found out that many of these free-flying lake birds are not residents here. some of them from nearby areas and will come back here every morning for their food.

School holiday has started now and if you want to have a family outing for your young children perhaps it is a good idea to take them to Zoo Negara and to photograph these free-flying lake birds during their feeding time. Go early and wait for your photo opportunity at this feeding spots.

All these pictures are taken on a rented Canon 1D Mark lll and Canon 70-200mm F2.8 telephoto lens.

Click to view some of these enlargement pictures of these painted stork birds from my other blog Pixellens