Monday, November 19, 2018

Madurodam


What is Madurodam?  It is a miniature park nearby the city of The Hague, Netherlands. Miniatures of important buildings in the Netherlands are represented in great details and appear impressive.  It is a good tourist attraction which can be accesses by tour bus from Amsterdam.



Sunday, November 18, 2018

Sunflower

The Common sunflower is scientifically given the name Helianthus annuus L. It belongs to the Plant Family Asteraceae (Compositae). Varieties are grown as ornamentals or in agricultural farming to produce seeds and oil.


Saturday, November 17, 2018

A Reminder

This picture is an evidence that a plant and an antique pot have existed before. The plant has died and the pot has broken into pieces. 

It reminds me that nothing in this world will last forever.

We all will die sooner or later, young or old. Our ancestors, Adam and Hawa (Eve), were created in Heaven. They were sent to this world not to live forever but to die. Before we die we must collect provisions that we will use in the hereafter to help us go back to Heaven, where human beings began their existence. 

Plant Name is Guzmania sp. of the plant Family: Bromeliaceae.
The Guzmania genus has many species and varieties. The beauty ot the plants and their flowers are being appreciated by ornamental plant lovers world wide

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Football World Cup 2018

The FIFA World Cup 2018 recently concluded with France winning the coveted trophy for the second time. Their opponents were Croatia, who are relatively a new comer to the competition. Although losing by 4-2 they played well, and controlled the majority of the ball possession. Often ball possession does not correlate with the score. It is meaningless if possession cannot be end in shooting the ball towards the goalpost, more so goal attempt that are on target.

In a final, the presence of a superstar player or players can be very useful. They can shoot at goal at unexpected moment. This can be described as create chances from nowhere. At other times they can be described as scoring from seemingly harmless situation. Hence, a team which has lower percentage possession can have more goal attempts and win the game. This was what happened in the final between the two best teams in the tournament.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Pimelea physodes


Pimelea physodes is a plant of the plant Family Thymelaeaceae. The plant is native to Western Australia. It can be found at the Kings Park and Botanical Garden. The plant is comparatively small but possesses comparatively large flowers which hang down individually from a flower stock. The flowers open downwards. The flowers are certainly beautiful. For more information  go to http://anpsa.org.au/p-phy.html.




From the the garden  one can observe beautiful sunset. In the evening one the observe City of Perth  being slowly disappearing into darkness. Beautiful sight.






Friday, May 12, 2017

Diospyros

Diospyros kaki

Diospyros is a genus belonging to the plant Family Ebenaceae. Diospyros virginiana, D. kaki (D. chinensis) and  D. whyteana are among the cultivated species of the genus. The fruits are commonly known as persimmons.  The fruits of D. kaki are available in Malaysia through importation. Some persimmon plants  are grown in Malaysia but production is  too small to have impact in Malaysian market.



Seeds and fruits of Diospyros kaki



In Malaysia the fruit of persimmons is called  buah pisang kaki. Literally in English it means "foot banana fruit".  When I was young, I always thought that Ravenala madagascariensis was the plant that was called pokok pisang kaki (foot banana plant). Thus, when I bought the fruit of foot banana plant, I thought that the fruit is the fruit of Ravenala madagascariensisFeeling curious, I searched the Internet and to my surprise the name buah pisang kaki is a misnomer. The species name "kaki" is not translatable to "foot", which is the Malay word for "foot".

 
 


 Top: Seedling in May 2016 
Middle and Bottom: Budding and regrowth in May 2017

The seedling above went into dormancy in October 2016 and only underwent regrowth about seven months later. Amazing!


Saturday, January 28, 2017

A Trip To Japan

Japan is a holiday destination that is hard to ignore. Why?


There are several reasons for this. The order of mention of these reasons does not reflect the order of importance.

1. Accommodation

It is not unique to Japan, but like many other countries, there are found accommodations that suit whole spectrum of budget and purpose of visit. Backpackers for instance can find cheap rooms or dormitories offered by premises that cater for their budget.


2. Transportation.

Railway is a an efficient means of transportation with the city and between cities. The subways and the bullet trains provide excellent service. Information on rail transportation is readily available so that we can plan our journey or itinerary months before we leave our homes.

3.  Tourist destinations

Attractive tourist destinations are in abundance, whether it is history based, Science based, entertainment based, flower/garden based or scenery based.  Many well-kept gardens can become the main attraction for visitors. Looking at picture of Sakura and Wisteria bloom, can make one to fall in love with Japan.

4.  The people

In public, the people of Japan show good manners and helpfulness. It makes our visit to Japan memorable.