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Saturday, September 24, 2022


Just a gallimaufry of photos ๐Ÿ“ท
 Red frangipani aka plumeria 
In Asia, it is said that the frangipani shelters ghosts and spirits. Malays associate them with pontianak (vampires)! We grew up believing that an intoxicating scent of frangipani after dark indicates the presence of a pontianak! Whenever our little noses picked up the scent when we were out playing in the evening, we would run home for our lives!
The pontianak manifests as a vampiric pregnant woman who died in childbirth. Described as evil and  vengeful, she appears as a long-haired woman in a flowing white robe. Pontianaks steal babies hoping to replace the child they lost.
I do, every now and then, catch a whiff of frangipani at night in my living room but I am pretty sure the fragrance comes from my neighbour's dryer. Or does it??!!๐Ÿ‘ป

The fragrance of the frangipani intensifies at night to attract its pollinator, the sphinx moth.

Thai dinner

Goong Ob Woonsen (clay pot shrimp vermicelli)
Khao Pad Sapparod (pineapple fried rice)
Pla Krapong Neung Manao (Steamed fish in lime sauce)

Moo ping 
Gai Hor Bai Toey
Khai Jiao (deep-fried omelete)
Yes, there really is a Starbucks everywhere you look!
Pandu lalu means drive through in Malay.
There are currently 30,000+  Starbucks stores in the world — 33,833 the last time I googled.

Lanterns ๐Ÿฎ

 ๐Ÿ˜ŽEndless summer ๐ŸŒž
Sending you tropical vibes from my corner of the world ๐Ÿ‘™๐Ÿ‘“๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿน๐ŸŒด


Towering inferno?
Nah, it's just the sun's reflection.

The TM Tower as seen from my balcony, a 23-minute drive away.
TM Tower — Avengers HQ in Malaysia??!!!
image credit - says.com
In 2018, fans of The Avengers went crazy when the iconic logo was spotted on the tower.
Turned out, the projection was part of a collaboration between Marvel Malaysia and TM in a tie-in for the movie  'Avengers: Infinity War'!
The tower does kinda look like  the fictional Avengers' Stark Tower, doesn't it?
My Corner of the World


  1. I loved endless summer pic :) thanks for your sharing...

  2. The picture "endless summer" shows a beautiful place. I also like that pool, although the weather wasn't sunny enough. Thai food seems delicious. And my favourites are pineapple fried rice and fish cooked with lime.

    Have a nice weekend, Veronica :-)

  3. I so love your weekly photo collections. This time I'm loving the lanterns and fascinated by the food, all of which looks delicious!

  4. The flowers you show are so wonderful. The food looks very tasty. It's always so nice to see photos from your part of the world, Veronica!

    I wish you a lovely weekend my dear friend!

  5. Those lanterns are just amazing. What an array of colour!

  6. Thank you Veronica for this new entry.
    I do not know what to say, because there are so impressive your images.
    But I put on top the red flower. It's spectacular! But also the tower and the light on it. The food it's amazing how it looks. And I suppose very tasty!
    Have a nice Sunday and a fine week ahead!❤️๐Ÿ˜˜

  7. Gran post. Veronica. Mejor no acercarse a esa flor por si acaso . El menรบ se ve muy bueno. y la torre es espectacular. Grandes fotos.
    Buen fin de semana.
    Un abrazo.

  8. Ooh, Veronica, that vampire story really spooked me; I know if I'd heard that as a little girl, I'd never be able to sleep without a nightlight. The food looks delicious and I loved the story of the tower. Just goes to prove that there is a way to market anything and everything.

  9. That Thai dinner looked so delicious! I would like that pineapple fried rice for sure! So pretty with all the lanterns! You always do a great job putting together your pictures, Veronica!


  10. Thai dinner looks sooooo good. Frangipani fact is so interesting to know too

  11. I've never tried pineapple fried rice before but those photos make me really want to! I really like the pretty lanterns too and the suns reflection off that building is incredible!

    Hope you are having a wonderful weekend :)

    Away From The Blue

  12. Dearest Veronica,
    LOVE those red frangipani flowers—and the story of the vampire...!
    Clever for Parents back then to make their kids rush home by dark ๐Ÿ˜
    Did you have to wait long for capturing that red car below the frangipani flowers?!
    No doubt the steamed fish in lime sauce is delicious.
    Asians are always so creative in presenting the food; masters in the art of garnishing and working with their food.
    It is food for the soul and body!

  13. Lindas flores me dio ganas de la comida Tailandesa. Te mando un beso.

  14. Everything looks just gorgeous in your photos even that frangipani, interesting history and your memories of it as a child.

  15. Don't know the fragrance of frangipani...they look quite beautiful though. The Thai meal looks amazing.

  16. You stopped me in my tracks at the mere mention of vampiric pregnant women!

  17. The story behind the frangipani is so intriguing while the blooms are so pretty! I love the pictures of the delicious looking food and those lanterns are amazing! The endless summer sounds fun, but I'm ready for some cool fall weather at last! TFS your fun stories and photos - it's always a pleasant visit!

  18. What a great collection of pictures. The vampire story was fascinating.

  19. Dear Veronica,
    I'm amazed that such a beautiful plant as frangipani has such a frightening story to tell. But maybe that really has something to do with the parents' wish that their children no longer wander around at night, but come home as quickly as possible when the plant begins to smell.
    I find your lantern photos particularly beautiful today - they create such a pleasant atmosphere. Oh, and your food photos remind me I haven't had lunch yet - they are VERY appetizing. It also occurs to me that I wanted to ask you a question: Do you also eat (Korean) kimchi in Malaysia? (I actually started fermenting kimchi at home for the first time...)
    All the best, have a nice Sunday and a happy new week!

  20. Excellent post, Veronica. The lanterns are so very pretty, the food looks delicious and I love the sun's reflection on the tower. Have a wonderful week.

  21. Such yummy looking food and beautiful flowers too!

  22. Awesome! I love looking at the pics and reading your fun facts.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  23. Those lanterns are just beautiful!! I love your endless summer photos.

  24. We have so many plumeria around here. Now I'll try to scare some kids with the story of the vampire.

  25. The crazy stories and old wives tales! We were told not to walk under any tree at night.. especially not with our hair down or we would be possessed by evil jinn.

  26. Frangipani is very beautiful! I did not know about the legends about it--very interesting. Your Thai meal had my mouth watering. It all looks very delicious. I can see why the Avengers logo on top of the building would create a stir!

  27. Oh my what brilliant photos I had to keep looking at all that food heheh!

    Have a gallimaufrytastic week ๐Ÿ‘

  28. The world used to be filled with terrifying stories told to children, so they would mind. What a pretty flower to be attached to pregnant vampires. I'm still trying to process that one :) That dinner looks magnificent. All your lovely photos and fun facts makes this a nice post to read.

  29. I love frangipani and want a red one really badly. No one in my area of Florida has this beautiful red flowers. Most of us have the white with yellow centers. I seen pink ones but they are rare here. I tried to order a pink one on Amazon from a grower in Hawaii but it never arrived. I'm puzzled by their association with evil beings.. It is so beautiful.

  30. I love that story re the frangapani. And where is the hotel? Penang?

  31. Thanks to your wonderful comment on my blog post, I checked you out and discovered your wonderful blog. I am so glad that I did. Being from the US, I find it simply fascinating to learn about your beautiful home, Malaysia. I was entranced as I went through your posts. I will be following you to discover more about Malaysia through your photos and your interesting and informative explanations. Thanks for visiting me -- it's how I found you! Smiles, Linda at Paper Seedlings

  32. Dear Veronica,
    the photo with all lanterns are wonderful ;-)
    Endless summer ... not in Germany we have very stormy and rainy days ... here is autumn! But we need much more Rain!
    Thank you for showing me so exotic places every week, greetings from a really windy Germany

  33. The food all looks so delicious. I enjoyed reading about the frangipani. I didn't realise it was another name for Plumeria.

  34. The lanterns all look so pretty, and we love the plumeria.

  35. Just so you know, I am never viewing my fragrances with Frangipani it the same, ever again, lolol.

  36. ...I just had breakfast, but you have made me hungry!

  37. So beautiful. I love all the food and I love those lanterns. Wow.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. ♥

  38. I enjoyed the sphinx moth flower photo and information because I love sphinx moths. We don't have that species here, of course, but they are a challenge to photograph and are so beautiful. Oh! I want some of the rice in the pineapple!

  39. Dear Veronica,
    What a wonderful collection of colour, tastes, and smells from your corner of the world. The Thai food looks delicious. And the frangipani has such a terrifying story for such a beautiful plant. I love the scent of it. It grew in the jungle in Ecuador where we lived. The lanterns are beautiful beacons of light in the darkness. Have a good week.

  40. Love the frangipani - a new color for me - I have only seen them in white with yellow. The problem with paper lanterns is you can never have one - it mushrooms, every time you walk by that store, haha. This is the second time that I see hollowed out pineapple as a food container, such a clever idea. Hope you are doing well? Emille

  41. A feast for the eyes - and the taste buds! Nice one Veronica.

  42. Enjoy in endless summer. These flowers are so beautiful and that food so delicious.

  43. Hi Veronica,
    A wonderful post. The frangipani is so pretty, but that's a scary thought attached to it. I love all the lanterns, and the food looks delicious!

  44. I loved the story about the frangipani. Who knew!! So spooky.
    I love all the food, beautiful to look and tasty too I bet.
    And the lanterns and the story on the tower.
    Great post.

  45. It's amazing how a superstition can grab hold of us especially when we are children (and adults). The frangipani story was quite chilling. Love all your photos and the pineapple fried rice served in that pineapple!

  46. Oh very good photos darling
    Thanks for share it with us

  47. I didn't know about the frangipani's creepy connection to vampires!

    The Thai dinner made my mouth water!

    Does your local Starbucks carry pumpkin spice drinks (e.g., pumpkin spice lattes or frappucinos)?

  48. P.S. Hope my comment went through. Blogger is acting odd!

  49. Hello,
    The lanterns are lovely, a beautiful sights. I enjoyed your post and photos. . Take care, have a happy new week !