Saturday, January 28, 2017

A Trip To Japan

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


Thursday, December 8, 2016

Liverpool

In the 1960's to early 1970's Liverpool was famous for the Rock n' Roll music and the very much talked about music group named The Beatles.  The group took music a to an unprecedented height and until now the name The Beatles still lingers in the memories of fans who have lived in that era.

The years of 70's and 80's also marked the rise of the Liverpool Football Club into European  dominance. During those years the club won many English League Championships and four European Champion Cups. Their fifth European Champion League Final (new name) was won in 2005 in Istanbul.

One thing to note is that Liverpool is the home of  many Malay ex-seamen and their descendants. The ex-seamen chose to remain in Liverpool when Malaysia became independent in 1957.





Monday, November 28, 2016

Araluen Botanic Park


Araluen Botanic Park is located in Western Australia. The  park is located not far from city of Perth. The main attraction during September here is tulip.  The scene is wonderful  enough for Malaysian visitors to pay a visit. Tulips of different colours are planted in different locations of the park, each of which is of walking distance. Ample parking space are available within the park. Tulips belong to the plant Family Liliaceae







Sunday, November 20, 2016

Leucaena leucocephala


Leucaena leucocephala is a medium size plant from the plant Family Fabaceae. The leaves are small and borne in a rachis. The flowers are sililar to those of Mimosa species. 

The plant can produce moderately abundant flowers that give rise to elongated fruits or pods. Each pod contsins several seeds. The seeds germinate easily when spread to rge ground. They can remain viable for long duration.  

The young seeds may be used in cooking. But the plant is more known for its herbal benifits. For information please visit this blog.

http://www.khasiatherba.com/ulam/khasiat-buah-petai-belalang.html






Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Lechenaultia biloba

The genus Lechenaultia  belongs to the Plant Family Goodeniaceae, Order Asterales. Some species are native to Australia. A small shrub plant species, named Lechenaultia biloba, was observed at the King Part and Botanic Garden in Perth.  The plant bears beautiful blue flowers, and hence commonly known as Blue Leschenaultia. The petals are bi lobed at the distal end.    Its blue flowers impose their presence. It is easily visible even when planted in areas crowded with other flowering plants.








Refernces:

Growing Native Plants - http://www.anbg.gov.au/gnp/gnp11/lechenaultia-biloba.html

Lechenaultia biloba -  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lechenaultia_biloba

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Alabama-Arkansas Series


Alabama  at Arkansas this weekend has great implications for both the Crimson Tides and the Razorbacks.  For the visitors, with a win they can hold on to the number 1 or number 2 in national ranking. A loss may result in either Texas A& M or Tennessee jumping to top 4 or 5, while Alabama may be out of top 4 ranking.

For Arkansas a win followed by another win next weekend may lift them into the top 10 of national ranking. A close loss may keep them in the top 25.   A big loss may mean bye bye to top 25.  In addition Arkansas have a motivation to stop ten straight loss to Alabama.
The last time they beat Alabama was in 2006.

Arkansas's chance to win may rest in the ability of the defense team to stop Alabama's on ground offense, whereby  Arkansas must keep the score down, while they themselves steal points here and there.  If Arkansas can limit Alabama to 26 points, they may have a chance to win. Go Go Razorbacks.