Autoshow @ Putrajaya

The only time I saw fancy colorful cars was when I watched The Cars movie. Remember when the truck was sleepy and McQueen was sleeping safe and sound inside, there was a group of cars with loud music and fire coming out from the exhaust?

Well, I saw real ones today. My family and I was attending a wedding at Perbadanan Putrajaya hall when we saw an autoshow at Precint 3 Boulevard. We stopped by as my son wants to see the cars up-close. He was very excited!

Here are some of the pictures I captured during the autoshow.

Bumblebee
Yassin and his dad with their favourite Bumblebee.

fireexhaust
Whoaaa… fire-spitting exhaust!

HelloKitty
Hellooooo Kitty!

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This shows how the owner loves Hello Kitty so much.

Bambush
Bambush.

ChunLi
Chun Li.

 More on my Instagram or sidebar mini gallery later!

 

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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.

waterlily

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

waterlily

waterlilies

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

Peanuts…
[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

momok....

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

canna

Canna


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:

Monday-Friday
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
Website: www.putrajaya.net.my

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

map of taman botani

credits: putrajaya.net.my | 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

periwinkles

The French Marigold

Hibiscus

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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Blog4FT prize-giving ceremony

When I arrived at Kelab Tasik Putrajaya, I was greeted by Hakim, one of the team members of Blog4ft organising committee. He is the person behind the familiar chirpy voice since October, in charge of delivering the good news via the phone.

And it’s always nice to put a face behind a voice.

After talking with Hakim and filled in a form, I was led inside to the front table. After being seated, I was approached and greeted by a fellow blogger, Categorically Random (CR). We talked awhile and later I saw a familiar face waving at me from far. It was Bain! Bain joined us and I introduced Bain to CR. “Aa, the crony,” CR said. And the three of us laughed. Bain, my neighbour during the 80s, has won the monthly prizes for the Public Category as well! Yay Bain!

I was informed earlier that I would be seated with other monthly ‘winners’ and would be separated from my husband but little did I know, I was the only monthly winner seated there. I became suspecting as Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Elyas Omar (The Former Mayor of KL)  and his wife, was seated at the same table. When Encik Ahirudin Attan (The Editor of The Malay Mail), and later Datuk Fauziah Bachik (Federal Territories Ministry’s Deputy Secretary-General (Management) and her husband arrived with the Minister of Federal Territories, Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin, I finally concluded to my own self that I was the only monthly winner seated with the VIPs. I panicked but was truly honoured to be seated with them albeit the feeling of being a little ant amongst mighty elephants.

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The ceremony started with a prayer and later a speech by Datuk Raja Nong Chik followed by the prize-giving ceremony.

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I went up the stage twice as I won for both October and November. It was a double joy for me!

Before dinner, winners were gathered on the stage for a photography session with Datuk Raja Nong Chik.

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From left: Azizul Fahmi, Razzi Rahman, Muzaffar, Shaun Low, yours truly, Nadiah (cute little girl in front of me), Bain, Wong Ee Lynn, Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin, Emily Yeow (Minyi Yeow’s sister- cute girl in front of Datuk), Ooex, Selamber, Smiley Aisha, Cayenne, Comelgurl, Wan Fakhrul, Sharifah Hani and Mustapa Lakawa.

Datin Nafesah Raja Nong Chik arrived later during dinner and I was all smiles when she said she likes my postcards!

For those who wanted to enter for December, it’s not too late! The closing date is on January 5, 2010. Just visit Blog4ft to find out how!

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Illustrated Postcard VI – Putrajaya

UPDATED!

The KL Illustrated Postcard Series ended with postcard V but I am continuing with number VI with Putrajaya illustrations.

These illustrations are made especially to promote Federal Territories of Malaysia in the eyes of the world. Will make few more with different landmarks and different characters. I have converted it to postcard and made it downloadable and printable.

Federal Territories Illustrated Postcard VI - Putrajaya

Download and print postcard: Illustrated Postcard VI
Resolution: 300dpi, jpg, 1.5MB

postcard Vii

Download and print postcard: Illustrated Postcard VII
Resolution: 300dpi, jpg, 1.7MB

I think I should change the series to Federal Territories Illustrated Postcard Series, what say you?

Here’s the FT postcards once again in a row (click to see larger version):

FT postcards in spread

Yes, they are spread illustrations (measured 147cm width for all 7 illustrations). Final width will be 168cm with addition of Labuan postcard. Will update this post with the Labuan illustration soon!

Here’s the Labuan postcard:

poscard labuan

Download as print postcard: KL Illustrated Postcard V
Resolution: 300dpi, jpg, 1.80MB


Terms of Use
You can use them long as it’s for personal use only.

Instruction
You need:

  • a two-sheet card (120gm)
  • a clear self-adhesive lamination sheet
  • Spray mount or PVA glue
  • and of course a color-printer.

Instructions:

  • After printing, cut along the dotted line and fold by half.
  • Glue the inside by using spray mount or if you don’t have spray mount, use PVA glue and use a piece of cardboard to spread the glue evenly.
  • Fold it and keep it under thick book for a while.
  • Cut the lamination sheet just about the size of the postcard.
  • Stick the sheet onto the image side of the postcard. Take a piece of cardboard and squeegee the sheets until it’s even.
  • Trim the edge nicely.
  • Keep it under the thick book again for half an hour.
  • Now you can send it safely to any destinations of the world!

Note: If your printer’s inks are waterproof or if you’re using laserjet printer, you can skip the lamination process.

Here’s the KL Illustrated postcards:

Download as print postcard: KL Illustrated Postcard V
Resolution: 300dpi, jpg, 1.65MB

Download as print postcard: KL Illustrated Postcard IV
Resolution: 300dpi, jpg, 1.8MB

Download as print postcard: KL Illustrated Postcard III
Resolution: 300dpi, jpg, 1.5MB

KL postcard II

Download and print postcard: KL Illustrated Postcard II
Resolution: 300dpi, jpg, 2.9MB

Download and print postcard: KL Illustrated Postcard I
Resolution: 300dpi, jpg, 2.56MB

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Putrajaya: Putra Square

I’m the kind who likes to take pictures so whenever, my husband has free times, we will get in the car and just drive anywhere. So one fine day in July 2009, we ended up revisiting Putrajaya. We parked at Putra Square and did some walking, to the Promenade as well as the Putra Bridge.

The Putra Square (Dataran Putra in Malay Language) is a city square located opposite the Prime Minister’s office complex, Perdana Putra, in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The square has been used for festivals such as the Malaysian Independence Day parade and features flagpoles flying Malaysian states’ flags. The 300 meter circular Putra Square is bounded by Perdana Putra, Putra Mosque, Putra Bridge and the Promenade Shopping Mall.

a view from the promenade area

A view from the Promenade – we can see a part of 650 hectares man-made lake as well as Seri Wawasan Bridge from here. I’m not sure of the name of the building right in the center (do let me know, thanks).

seri wawasan bridge

Seri Wawasan Bridge

While capturing the beautiful view, we saw movements from the lake!! My husband said it was Lampam Jawa fish. The fish was quite big, about one and a half feet. I bet there are more bigger ones!

lampam

There’s a children’s playground area near the Promenade.

playground at promenade

Situated on the right of the Promenade is The Putra Mosque, while Putra Bridge on the left side.

putramosque putra bridge putra bridge architecture

The Putra Mosque (Masjid Putra in Malay language) is the principal mosque of Putrajaya, Malaysia. Putra Bridge  (Jambatan Putra in Malay language) is the main bridge in Putrajaya, Malaysia. It has been designed to be a special feature of Putrajaya and with a span of 435 metres, this bridge connects the Government Precinct to the Mixed Development Precinct and links Putra Square with the perdana putraBoulevard (yet to discover this area).

I couldn’t believe myself that I actually didn’t take pictures of Perdana Putra that day but here’s one (on the left, click to see larger image) I took after having dinner at Alamanda Shopping Mall few weeks later. I did have pictures of it (taken back in 2006) and ourselves on a boat in the lake but I couldn’t find it, I have more than 10 thousand pictures already! I know I should’ve renamed pictures in my storage.  The quality was rather bad but I promise to take nicer ones when I revisit Putrajaya again.

Till then and I end this post with a picture of a hummingbird sucking nectar from red iris:
hummingbird and red canna

Red Canna is planted heavily just besides the escalator that leads to the promenade.

Related links:
Putrajaya (corporate)
Putrajaya Portal
Putrajaya @ Wikipedia

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