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Saturday, August 27, 2022


Just a gallimaufry of photos ...
Firecracker plant
Kuala Sepetang  coastal fishing village in Malaysia
Mangrove forest by the river bank

Fish drying in the sun
Mala hotpot
Hotpot aka steamboat is a Chinese-style fondue where you cook raw meat, seafood and vegetables in a pot of boiling broth at your table. Mala means numbing and spicy. 
Hence, a mala hotpot is a hotpot with an insanely hot and spicy broth made primarily of dried chili peppers, chili powder, douban paste, sichuan peppercorns, etc. 
A variety of ingredients for the hotpot
Duo broths
mild tomato broth (left) for the less adventurous and the killer mala broth (right)

The evil mala broth is not for the faint-hearted, I caution you! The effects are long lasting. Your butt is going to be on fire the next day when you go!


Nature's rain forecasters

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Sunday, August 21, 2022


Just a gallimaufry of orange-themed photos ...
Fun fact
Lantana is Bunga Tahi Ayam in Malay which translates as chicken poop flower. Brush against or crush lantana leaves, and you'll encounter an odor that's somewhere between cat pee, gasoline and fermented citrus. Or chicken poop?!

Skywatch from my balcony
Ginormous tiger-themed tea set decor in a mall during the Chinese New Year. 
2022 is the year of the tiger.

Guess what these are?

Shrimps drying in the sun
Dried shrimps are almost a staple ingredient in many Asian cuisines for its umami taste.

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Sunday, August 14, 2022


Just a gallimaufry of photos ...
Blackberry lily

Kl Bird Park

One of my favourite places to visit is our very own KL Bird Park, reputed to be the world's largest free-flight walk-in aviary.  I am not a fan of caged anything but in this lush tropical rainforest, our feathered residents roam freely.

Rhinoceros hornbill
Sarawak, Malaysia's largest state on Borneo Island, is nicknamed the 'Land of the Hornbills'.   
Eight out of the world's 54 species are found in Sarawak.
The Rhinoceros Hornbill is featured in Sarawak's coat of arms.
The Great Hornbill aka the Greater Indian Hornbill
The Great Hornbill has a long lifespan extending over fifty years and is the largest member of the hornbill family.

Those eyelashes!!!
This majestic bird is nearly four feet tall with a sixty-inch wingspan. The most conspicuous feature of the hornbill is the bright yellow and black casque on top of its massive bill. The casque is hollow and serves no evident purpose. Scientists believe it likely grew as a result of sexual selection.

I just love this quaint cafe in the bird park where you can chill in the company of friendly hornbills and egrets as you sit in an open verandah overlooking the hornbill zone. 
An enchanted moment
I was spellbound!

Can you spot the egret?

Canal in a shopping mall
Water taxi

Unbloomed lotus, lotuses
So what's the plural of lotus?
Not for the trypophobic
Trypophobia is mainly visual. If you have this phobia, you might feel anxiety, disgust, and discomfort when looking at things like: lotus seed pods, honeycombs.
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