Thursday, November 25, 2010

At Home ~ ...the most unique bug so far!

I was trimming some tree branches from the lawn.. and for the first time ever.. had spotted this bug (a first for me, but maybe you've seen it before) was really tiny ...not mistaken about 3 - 4 mm in length ..and can fly ..perhaps the most unique feature of it its Ultraman-like horn.

I am still searching some info on this bug ...but off no luck ...failed.

Appreciate if anyone knows and able to tell what it is ...

 ...Ultraman-like horns

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

...the King of Fruits

The Durian is the fruit of tree species to the genus Durio…. the Malvaceae family (although some taxonomists place Durio in a distinct family, Durionaceae). The name durian comes from the Malay word duri (thorn) together with the suffix -an (for building a noun in Malay). The fruit is widely known and revered in southeast Asia as the "King of Fruits" …distinctive for its large size …unique odour …formidable thorn-covered husk..

The edible flesh emits a distinctive odour …strong and penetrating even when the husk is intact. Durian lovers regard the durian as fragrant …while others find the aroma overpowering and offensive ...the smell evokes reactions from deep appreciation to intense disgust …the odour has led to the fruit's banishment from certain hotels and public transportation in southeast Asia.
 ... the D8 from Jerantut, Pahang

The durian …native to Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia ...has been known to the Western world for about 600 years. The 19th-century British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace, famously described durian flesh as "a rich custard highly flavoured with almonds"....can be consumed at various stages of ripeness …also used to flavour a wide variety of savoury and sweet edibles in Southeast Asian cuisines ...the seeds can also be eaten when cooked.

Durian trees are large .. growing to 25–50 m (80–165 ft) high depending on the species …evergreen leaves …elliptic to oblong and 10–18 cm (4–7 in) long ...the flowers are produced in clusters on large branches, directly on the trunk …each flower have a calyx (sepals) with five petals (rarely four or six). Durian trees flowers one or two times per year …which timing varies between species, cultivars, and localities. Most durian trees would produce fruit after four or five years. The durian fruit would hang and matures roughly three months after pollination. The fruit can grow as large as 30 cm (12 in) long and 15 cm (6 in) in diameter …weighing between one to three kilograms (2 to 7 lb). With shape ranges from oblong to round …the colour of its husk ranges from green to brown ….and its flesh is pale yellow to red…depending on the species.

For my family and I …a durian feast has always been a special occasion…

Monday, November 15, 2010

Nikon Charity Photo Hunt 2010

This charity photo hunt was organised by Nikon Malaysia via Nikon Centre Kuala Lumpur (Futuromic Photo AV Sdn Bhd) ...for the Malaysian Association for the Blind. The program was sponsored/supported/partnered by several other parties.

Participants registered with a donation of minimum RM50 ...which collection was fully delivered to the association. Nikon had provided T-shirts, caps & mineral water for the participants ...15 questions to be answered in the form of photo submissions... the hunt was flagged of from Berjaya Times Square.

It was my first experience and was fun though tiring ...I did captured the answers for the questions plus many other shots for personal collections...

 Police traffic officers briefed on their task for the day...there were other events organised within the area on that particular day...
 The date 10.10.10 was celebrated by many... of the questions

 ....hmmm, illegal advert that spoiled the environment
 ...hunters adjusting their gears for perfect captures
...boutiques of Pavilion KL

 ....the Bloom of Fulfillment ...crystal fountain of Pavilion KL

 ...a place that could increase your temparature with its offerings

 ...middle-east cuisines on sale

 ...the KL Monorail has definitely played a very important role in transporting commuters around KL to avoid traffic jams
 ... "Arab Street" of KL

 ...a wonderful way to spend the afternoon interesting capture in Jalan Alor
 ...don't even think of speeding when the sheriff is around
 ...RM 5 or RM 50?
 .... the 115 years old landmark under re-construction

 ...a group of arts students displaying their work in front of Pudu Jail ...interesting

 ....Cosmo World in Berjaya Times Square ...if you're coming to KL, never miss to enjoy this indoor entertainment park...

 .... Nikon Centre Kuala Lumpur