Friday, December 18, 2015

NCAA Footbal Playoff

The post season bowls have started  and the teams taking part are very excited. Every team and supporters want to win the bowl game, but participation in itself is already an enjoyable occasion. But all eyes are focused the NCAA Football Playoff which starts with the semifinal games between one-loss Alabama and Michigan State, and between the unbeaten and number one-ranked Clemson and Oklahoma. The games are schedule to be played on December 31st. The winners will play in the final on January 12th.

Predictions seem to favour a final between Alabama and Oklahoma. I would-like to predict that way too, but deep inside me the game between Alabama could turn to be a repeat of last year's semi-final results.  But Alabama can win if Jake Coker plays plays well and the pass defense can stop the Michigan State pass offense.  Then, leave it to  running back Derrick Henry to complete the rest of the story.

But the result will be always the way that Allah want it to be.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Furcraea foetida

Furcraea  is a genus from the Plant Family Asparagaceae. There many species of  included in the genus Furcraea.  The species Furcraea foetida is stemless or having a short stem. The leaves are green to yellowish green. They are broad at the centre and taper towards the basal and distal ends. 

The species of the genera Agave and Furcraea are many and appear to be closely similar to the eye of common people. Unless someone is an expert, it is safer to name a plant having the look of  Agave and Furcraea to limit naming up to the genus or even the family levels. It may be much safer to call them by their common names.  In this blog, it has constantly been the practice of the author to regard the information as amateurish and has no academic value.


Mudskipper is a group of fish spend most of its time outside the water. It can walk and skip on mud and solid soils.  One the genera of this fish is Periophthalmus sp. 

These pictures were taken from the Kuala Selangor Nature Park  or locally known as Taman Alam Kuala Selangor.  In this natural park bird watching can be an interesting adventure. It could serve to augment an assignment at the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park

Monday, December 14, 2015

Zephyranthes rosea

Zephyranthes rosea  is commonly known as fairy lily. It is a small plant from the Plant Family Amaryllidaceae.  The flowers are reddish to pink in colour.

Similar-looking plant with white flowers is given the name  Zephyranthes candida.

Loropetalum chinense

Loropetalum chinense is a shrub plant from the Plant Family Hamamelidaceae  (Order: Saxifragales).

The leaves are small  and dark purple n colour with an html colour code of  #4d004c.

The flowers are also small but unique, in that the petals are elongated  narrow rectangles.  When the plant blooms, the whole may be covered with flowers.

The plants are often grown as bonsai.

The above picture was taken in Malaysia, while the three pictures below
were taken from Nagoya, Japan.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Licuala grandis

Licuala grandis is a palm tree of the Plant Family Arecaceae.  The plant is a single tree, that is without giving rise to new young plants.  The stem is thin and unbranched. It is propagated by seeds. The fruits are borne in inflorescent, which are from in between the main stem and the leaf fronds.  The fruits are small and can be produced abundantly.

The palm is generally used for beautifying landscape.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Burung ruak-ruak

Amaurornis phoenicurus ialah sejenis burung yang hidup dalam kawasan belukar yang berair atau sawah padi.
 Amaurornis phoenicurus is a bird, which lives in wet areas of bushes or padi fields

Burung ini boleh  terbang dalam jarak yang dekat.
The bird can fly for short distances.

Biasanya, ia mancari makan di atas tanah dan tidak di udara atau di atas pohon-pohon kayu. 
Normally, it obtains its food on the ground, and not from the air or from trees.

Burung ini mempunyai bulu berwarna putih pada kawasan dada dan leher, tetapi berwarna gelap pada bahagian lain.  
This bird has white feathers at the chest and neck, but dark coloured at other parts of the body.

Warna bulu badan mungkin bergantung kepada subspesies. Di Malaysia dan Indonesia subspecies yang biasa dilihat mempunyai bulu cokolet pada bahagian bawah ekor.
The colour of body feathers can vary with subspecies. In Malaysia and Indonesia subspecies that often seen possessing brown feathers at the underside of tail.

Parohnya agak panjang, sesuai dengan cara ia mencari makan dan jenis makanan ia makan.
The  beak is rather long, adapted to the way it searches for food and the type of food it eats.

Deskripsi di atas adalah pada cerapan seorang amatur dan tidak seharusnya digunakan dalam penulisan akademik atau ilmiah.

The above account of the the bird is merely a personal observation of an armature author and has no academic and scientific value.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Hyophorbe lagenicaulis

Hyophorbe lagenicaulis is a dwarf palm tree of the Plant Family Arecaceae. It is commonly known as bottle palm. It is endemic in Mascarene Island, which is situated east of Madagascar. The plant shown here is found in front of the convocation hall of the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Gomphrena globosa

Gomphrena globosa is an annual plant Family Amaranthaceae. It is commonly known as globe amaranth, The stem is thin, weak and branched. The leave are oblong and thick.  The flowers form global inflorescence at the tip of the main shoot or branches. The flowers are red to purple in  colour.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Annona muricata

Annona muricata  is a fruiting plant from the Plant Family Anonaceae. The plant is a small tree with leaves having a peculiar or distinctive smell. Basically, the fruits have no definitive shape. The skin is green and the pulp is white. The fruit has a sour taste even when the fruit is ripen and becoming sweet. Normally the fruit are medium sized of about half to one kilogram. The fruit shown below is larger than normal.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Agave species

Agave is a large genus from the plant family Asparagaceae.  Large compounds surrounding a house or a office building can be beautified with an Agave plant either by itself or among other plants.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Codiaeum variegatum

Codiaeum variegatum (Family:  Euphorbiaceae) is commonly known as garden croton and also variegated croton. The name croton can cause some confusion since there is a genus of plant with Croton as the  scientific name. Codiaeum is characterrised by their bright colourful leaves.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Bird Nest

A unique bird nest. How is it that the nests made by birds of the same species have the same shape?