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National Monument 13 Dec 2009

Posted: December 13, 2009 in Travel

IMG_0912 As we travel along Jalan Parliament and towards the Lake Gardens, close to Parliament House stands the National Monument or Tugu Negara. We had been here before, but we did not take our camera and take photos here. This time, we did. And, a lot of tourists visited here. We met with tourists from India, Korea, and Europe.

"Built in honour of those who had fought and fell in World War II and the seven soldiers atop the national monument symbolise the loyalty, sacrifice and co-operation of the people of Malaysia."

This is one of the world’s largest freestanding bronze sculptures. It is a great bronze sculpture erected to commemorate the soldiers who gave up their lives in the triumph during World War II and the Emergency (1948-60).

It was designed by the famous sculptor, Felix de Weldon, who also designed the Iwo Jima Memorial in Washington. The 15.54 metre high bronze monument depicts seven soldiers symbolising the seven qualities of leadership.

The seven men from the Malaysian Armed Forces holding the national flag, each symbolising one of seven qualities: leadership, unity, strength, vigilance, suffering, courage and sacrifice. This monument sits on a tranquil spot, surrounded by a pool of water fountains and water lilies made of pewter.

Daddy was busy carried the tripod and taking our photographs. in front of the water fountains and the pavilion as well. We were there around 10:00am, and spending about  one and a half hour there. Then, we go back home.

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IMG_0862 This is our second trip of the year to here. Last time during our visit, we only manage to go the east side of the park, that is a few places like Taman Padi, Taman 4 Musim, Taman Burung only. And, this time we choose taking the bas Taman due to the last time walking experience. But, in the end we have to walk on our way back from the Empangan Air Kuning, as all the bas Taman is filled with the tourists. This time, we walked longer than the previous one.

But, we found out that actually the Agriculture Park not really maintain well, because during our bus journey to the deepest part of the park, Empangan Air Kuning, we did pass by Taman Orchid, Perkampungan Budaya, Taman Cendawan, Taman Hydroponic, Taman Rempah Ratus & Minuman. All those areas seems not well maintained.

On our way out, we stopped at Taman Haiwan to see Kancils, rabbits, turtles, ponies, porcupines, etc. Actually, it is not much animals that we found here. We ended our trip after that. This second trip do not really surprise us much and a bit of disappointment. The biggest surprise that we found was at the Empangan there, whereby close to the nature, water, trees, and a lot of fish too. Any how, it is really a good outing too…

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KL Butterfly Park 27 Nov 2009

Posted: November 27, 2009 in Travel

IMG_0841This is too an unexpected trip, as today is the Hari Raya Haji national holiday which so-coincidently fall on Friday, and forms a long weekends to all of us. Last 2 weeks Daddy and Mummy were talking about wanted to go to Malacca for the holidays, and can visit the Mini Zoo, Reptiles Farm, and Mini Malaysia, etc.

Eventually, Mummy was too tired on the office works last 2 weeks and forget to book the hotel. Yesterday night, when Mummy called all the budget hotels in Malacca, there were no more available rooms as all had been fully booked, due to the festive season. 15 minutes later, your Daddy called Mummy and mentioned that he could not make it to Malacca because Saturday have to work. Thus, we got to ‘Cuti-Cuti Kuala Lumpur’ or ‘Cuti-Cuti Selangor’.

IMG_0749 We waked up, take bath and departed around 10:00am. We had been searching the Butterfly Park. it is only a stone’s throw from the Bird Park is the colourful and beautifully landscaped Butterfly Park where over 6,000 butterflies from 120 species roam and fly freely in a simulated natural rainforest environment. The fees is RM8.00 for adult and RM4.00 for children. Bringing camera in will charge for RM1.00.

Here we can learn about the life cycle and mating habit of the butterflies.  The park is an imitation of the butterfly’s natural habitat. It includes more than 15,000 plants from 100 species that has been painstakingly landscaped to resemble a Malaysian rainforest atmosphere. Comprising the beautiful landscape are flower and fruit plants and some rare herbs essential in the diet and pollinating activities of the butterflies.

IMG_0746 Once we entered the space, we were so excited seeing so many butterflies flying around you. There are many types of butterflies, Rajah Brooke, etc. There is one, which the outer wing looks like a dried leaf, but in the inner wing it looks vice-versa, marvellous beautiful. When you sees this, you will be praising about how the God created this world.

Contributing to the Butterfly Park’s beautiful landscape is a uniquely designed hydro-pond built with a limestone path right in the centre. Surrounding this hydro-pond is a gazebo, commanding a breathtaking view. It is a cosy place. Just like in the natural environments.

Underneath one of the Japanese bamboo bridge, there are an area where have the displays of various of turtles and lizards and frogs which habited in Malaysia. We saw a few that caught our eyes, such as long neck turtle, alligator turtle, Asiatic soft-shell turtle, and the big Malaysian Jungle Frog.

IMG_0830 There is a nursery and breeding area for the butterflies. The park includes both preserved and live specimens, totalling 1,230 species in all.  It is a live education centre which tell us the life cycle of the butterflies from egg, larva, pupa and adult. The facilities include an informative insect museum to enhance your knowledge about these creepy-crawlers. There are beetles, moths, frogs, mantis, katydid, walking sticks insert, tarantula, millipede, etc. The preserved specimen looks amazing.

We had visited also a souvenir shop near the exit selling lots of local handicrafts and framed butterflies and beetles. Daddy had bought each of us, one nice shirt and some butterflies magnet.

We really enjoy a glimpse of butterflies at this unique park! We just spend 1 hour and 30 minutes here, but really enjoying.

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Putra Mosque 22 Nov 2009

Posted: November 24, 2009 in Travel

IMG_0691 Putra Mosque steals the limelight as one of the must sees when in Putrajaya. Three quarter of the beautiful dusky pink mosque floats on Putrajaya Lake, at a choice location that can be easily accessed by congregants and other visitors.

The architecture of the mosque is commendable. It reflects the evolution of mosque designs in Malaysia, with its Islamic-inspired architecture taking into account traditional design elements and craftsmanship, local materials and weather conditions.

IMG_0699 The mosque is modelled after Persian Islamic architecture of the Safavid period with several elements derived from other Muslim cultures.

The main entrance to the mosque is patterned after gates to public buildings in Muslim Persia. The building was constructed mainly with rose-tinted granite, which is offset by brown-stained cengal woodwork to enhance the decorative features on the doors, windows and panels.

In addition, the mosque boasts three main functional areas such as the Prayer Hall, the Sahn or courtyard, with the minaret and learning facilities and function rooms.

We are unable to go in, but it is really nice architecture…

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Perdana Putra Building 22 Nov 2009

Posted: November 23, 2009 in Travel

IMG_0692 The Perdana Putra Building is located in Precinct 1 and overlooks Putrajaya Lake, Putra Mosque and Dataran Putra. This six-storey natural stone clad office complex comprises the Prime Minister’s Office, the offices of the Deputy Prime Minister and Chief Secretary to the Government.

The two lower levels of the building sit on a strong perimeter base which supports fluted columns rising across the remaining four levels. The base symbolises the strong and stable foundation that is necessary to administer a dynamic and prosperous country such as Malaysia while the series of columns denote the orderly and united people that support the sovereignty of Malaysia.

The design of the Perdana Putra Building incorporates elements of Islamic-Mogul architecture. Its green pitched roof converges at the onion-shaped glazed mosaic main dome – a replica of Masjid Zahir in Alor Setar, Kedah – and surrounded by four smaller domes denoting iron bunga raya motifs and water jet stone carvings decorate the Main Block.

We did not manage to get in as it is close on Sunday, but manage to take a snapshot!

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A Day Out at Putrajaya 22 Nov 2009

Posted: November 22, 2009 in Travel

It is a Sunday and actually Mummy ran out of ideas where should we go, then the word ‘Putrajaya’ strike Mummy’s mind. Then, here we go. We reached the famous Dataran Putra. The kids were so happy and kept on raining up and down all over the square. Daddy was so happy and keep on using his new Canon DSLR camera shooting both children.IMG_0688

The Dataran Putra or the Putra Square is designed to be the nation’s leading centre for staging national events and formal parades.

Located at Precinct 1, Dataran Putra comprises an outer 11-pointed star, which represents the 11 states when Malaysia gained independence, followed by an inner 13-pointed star representing the subsequent 13 states of Malaysia, and an inner-most 14-pointed star that represents the 13 states as well as the Federal Territory.

As the venue for major events, the Dataran is one of the most attractive landmarks in Putrajaya. Its design incorporates local motifs and cultural values. The circular shape of the Dataran does not only determine the termination of the Boulevard but also acts as a hinge linking the Boulevard axis towards the Mercu Tanda. Indeed, it is the main access to the Prime Minister’s Office complex, Perdana Walk, Putra Mosque, Putra Bridge and the Promenade.

We were walking down to the lower ground of the place, there is a playground there. We had our snacks there while Issac and Annabelle were playing at the playground. The playground itself is a ship like look. It is not really a whole day, but probably 2 hours just before we noticed the sky started to turn dark and it seems like heavy rain coming. And yes, it did.

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This morning we went out around 10:00am, and had our breakfast at KFC section 14, Petaling Jaya. It is on our way to the National Science Centre at Bukit Kiara. The entrance is free due to most of the exhibits is under renovation. It was really disappointed when we got to know that.

Located in a harmonious and attractive environment, Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur, this new national landmark has a unique architecture that resembles a truncated cone capped by a geodesic dome. The National Science Centre, an institution of informal learning, was entrusted with the mandate to promote awareness, appreciation, interest and understanding of Science and Technology.

The Centre houses many different exhibits designed to stimulate, excite and encourage visitors to take an active interest in Science and Technology. The exhibits located in various galleries are based on different themes, which can be categorised into two groups, ‘Basics Sciences’ and ‘Technology’. The overall concept of the Centre is to link science to environment and religion, as well as to relate science with all aspects of life, knowledge and applications in our daily life.

We did not choose this location earlier on due to Mummy found that this place is more suitable for primary school kids, because at this point of time. Issac and Annabelle would not know what is science all about. But, there is a science education park which consist of nature centre, rabbit alley, bird aviary, aquatic house, herbal garden, mushroom house, organic garden, hydroponic house and livestock farm. Whereby this portion of the centre is outdoor and more on natural environment. Unfortunately, the education centre did not open due to under renovation.

Another galleries inclusive of aquarium, environmental odyssey, pathway to science, pathway to discovery, children education centre, thinking machine, future world, technical, digital lifestyle and inventors corner, etc.

IMG_0634 Aquarium

We had an experience an underwater walk-thru and discover a variety of tropical and fresh water fish. By the time we arrive there, it is the feeding time for the fish.

IMG_0648 Environmental Odyssey

Appreciate the importance and the necessity to maintain a delicate balance between man and his environment and see the challenges of a modern world.

Pathways to Science

Explore and understand the basic principles of science and take a journey through the macro and micro world of biology, physics, chemistry and astronomy. And the displays of gadgets that let the visitors get to know a simple science principles.

IMG_0656Children’s Educational Centre

An exploration centre emphasises on stimulating imagination. Children explore the universe in the "space lab" or the depth of the ocean to expand their creativity. And, many more…

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