Shipwreck Treasures

Went for a jogging this morning and suddenly my son saw a sign showing the way to the museum and insisted that we head our way there. As I am not that fond using the underpass connecting Lake Garden and National Museum (the smell is terrible), I drove to the museum after warming down.

The both of us were really sweaty and smelly.  Haha. The air-conditioning during our 5 minutes drive to the museum did not really help.


There’s a new exhibition at Muzium Negara (National Museum) about Shipwreck Treasures going on now from 15 August 2011 until 1 January 2012.

The exhibition is to educate us about the significance of maritime archaeology and to display collection of discoveries from shipwrecks which were discovered throughout Malaysia waters.

china porcelains

more discoveries

The Malaysian waters was one of the most important trade routes in the world, traversed by merchants from China, Siam, India, Persia, Arabia and the Malay Archipelago since the start of the century and perhaps even earlier. The Southeast Asian waters not only brought together civilisations but became the setting of many tragic shipwrecks.

Effort to find these wrecks has been carried out since 1980 by several parties, each with their own agenda. Systematic work based on techniques of maritime archaeology only started in 1995 when the museum salvaged the Dutch warship, Nassau, at Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan.

Other wrecks that has been discovered in Malaysian waters include The Diana, The Wanli, The Desaru, Royal Nanhai and few others. The Diana has been discovered near Petronas oilrig in the straits of Malacca, The Desaru at the coast of Desaru Johor, The Wanli at the coast of Dungun, Terengganu and Royal Nanhai was found 40 nautical miles east of Kuantan in Peninsular Malaysia.

Here are some pictures from the exhibition:

Anyway to find out more, do visit the exhibition.

poster taken from JMM website:

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On Saturday morning…

…we went to Titiwangsa Lake after having breakfast at Restoran Haslam.

Wanted to make this a routine but last Saturday, we couldn’t make it. Went there a week before last week.  Previously, it was not that full when we reached Titiwangsa Lake around 9am. But today, it was so full! I get to ask a boy with a fishing rod in his hand, “Dik, ada acara apa ni? Pertandingan memancing ke?” The boy replied, “haah, kak.” Ok there was a fishing competition this morning, no wonder. We made few rounds and luckily we found a spot.

And the three of us, spent time doing things we love; Yassin with his cycling, me sketching, husband taking videos.

titiwangsa lake

Didn’t bring my camera as my bag was full..just relying on my phone camera.


a frame from my husband’s camcorder

Here are some of the sketches I got to draw on lovely Saturday morning:

fern on palm tree

Epiphytic ferns on palm tree



Later on, we went to another lake! hehe…Putrajaya Lake Garden. I love it there, we got the field in front of the Millennium Monument all to ourselves. There’s no other family except some guards and landscape workers.

putrajaya lake garden

payung ceritera

Ceritera garden umbrella


[Kacang tak pernah lupakan kulit, kita je yang makan kacang dan buang kulitnya. ~ Emila

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Taman Botani Putrajaya

bed of purple flowers

This is the first time I went to Taman Botani Putrajaya and I love the place! There are so many plants and flowers to see. My family and I (especially my boy) had a great fun!

lying on a lil hill

rolling... and rolling! that was fun!

where's yassin?

can you find where’s yassin? hehe

ala santorini booyah! sitting on a bed of purple flowers


flower boy dimple boy my tourist guide

We parked at the main parking area and started our walk from the Gazebo to the Canna Walk via the covered walkway. We just followed the trail and visited Fern Garden, Heliconia Trail, Vine Garden, Palm Hill, Sun Garden, Orchid Path, Floral Gardens and Pandanus Walk. I dunno how many miles we walked but imagine, it’s a 93ha park! But it’s all worth it. I captured a lot of photos for my drawing reference. Here are some:

do you know the genus? let me know. thanks

I searched high and low for an information sign but couldn’t find any. Please lemme know if you know the name. Thanks in advance.

pink allamanda clustered fish tail palm giant spiderlily



Taman Botani Putrajaya is the biggest botanical garden in Malaysia and is located in Precint 1, Putrajaya. This area is 25 km from Kuala Lumpur and if you intend to come by bus, take the Cityliner bus 868 from Sinar Kota, Kuala Lumpur to Putrajaya. From the bus terminal in Putrajaya, take a Nadi Putra bus here. If you come by train, use the ERL KLIA transit train that departs from KL Sentral or KLIA. At the Western Transportation Terminal in Putrajaya, take the Nadi Putra bus and you will arrive here.

It has been designed as an Arcadia or a national sanctuary for the Malaysian living collection of plant taxonomy as well as a centre for education and research. Taman Botani Putrajaya is an oasis of tranquility that brings us back to our roots in nature, a place where we can reflect on the vital, interdependent relationship that exist between man and the amazing plant kingdom around us. The garden currently has more than 700 species of flowering plants, local plants as well as plants from the Asia-Pacific and Africa regions. Most plants and gardens throughout Taman Botani will have reading material positioned for visitors to read.

The garden is divided into 5 different themes. They are the Explorer’s Trail, Palm Hill, Floral Gardens, Sun Garden and the Lakeside. There is a Visitors’ Interpretative Centre (VIC), explorer’s trail, palm hill, sun and floral gardens for visitors wishing to experience more from the Botanical Garden. You can take home some interesting collections from its quaint gift shop offering environmentally friendly souvenirs.

Taman Botani Putrajaya achieved international accreditation when it was listed in Paradise Found as one of the top 40 most beautiful parks in the world.

Opening hours are 9am-7pm daily. Admission to the gardens is free. Entry fee to the Interactive Exhibition is RM2.

Time for guide Tour (Walk-In) is 9:00 am, 10:30 am, 2:30 pm and 4:00 pm.

You can also rent a bicycle here and the rate is as per below:

One Seater – RM2 per hour
Two Seaters – RM4 per hour
Baby Carrier Seat – RM1 per hour

Sat/Sun/Public Holidays
One Seater – RM4 per hour
Two Seaters – RM8 per hour
Baby Carrier Seat – RM2 per hour

For more information, please contact :
Taman Botani Putrajaya
Presint 1, 62000 Putrajaya
Tel: (6)03-88889090

Here’s the map of the park, scanned from the brochure that I got at the Gazebo.

map of taman botani

credits: | click on map to view larger version.

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Floria 2010

Went to the Floria Festival 2010 at Putrajaya last Saturday. It was the last day, so most of the flowers were drying and quite some gardens were left unmaintained. Typically, every garden has heliconia or crane flowers or strelitzia or bird of paradise. This was because they were the theme flower for this year. Nonetheless, there were other local flowers as well.

The feeling was not that great compared to the one I attended in KL Lake Garden back in 2008. I kinda like the 2008 one better as the individual gardens were quite big and constructed as if they were there to stay.

crane flower bouquet


The French Marigold


Wooden pavement. I like this idea, kinda suitable for my wooden house.

Yassin playing at the the playground field just in front of the Millennium Monument.

We missed the march band.

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