Saturday, 26th September 2009: Visit to the One Utama Rooftop ‘Secret Garden’
My interest was piqued the day my blog buddy Keats did a write up on the One Utama Secret Garden , and I tried to persuade my parents to overcome their fear of contracting Influenza A to come and visit the Garden with me. The perfect opportunity came along when our Malaysian Nature Society Flora Group organised a visit to the Secret Garden. The parents did not need further persuasion. We had a lovely day learning about rooftop gardening, indigenous tropical plants, gardening techniques and natural history.
Rangoon Creeper: It might sound like a serial violent crime perpetrator, but it’s really a very attractive plant!
’Cos we all need, somebody, to lean on!
Passionfruit flower: Its fragrance is intoxicating!
Flowerbeds on horticultural carbon. Carbon is lighter, and therefore suitable for rooftop gardens. In addition, it provides aeration for root systems. However, it does not retain much moisture due to its porous nature.
Covert Mum and I admiring the flowers during the guided walk.
Covert Mum and Covert Dad taking a break.
Saturday, 26th September 2009: Mid Autumn Festival at One Utama
An ersatz Chinatown in the concourse area of the One Utama Shopping Centre. How quaint!
Mid-Autumn Festival is only a week away!
Gorgeous lanterns to brighten up one’s night with.
Saturday, 26th September 2009: Early Mid Autumn Festival celebrations at the parental home
Almost all the lanterns are up, oo-rah!
Lanterns hanging from our garden hedge.
A recent acquisition: Covert Twin and his girl bought me this fish lantern.
I have had my panda lantern since 1989 – 1990.
The cellophane is now brittle and the lantern has been repaired and taped over a few times. I hope my panda lasts me another 20 years. Covert Dad was amazed that I am still keeping this, and was touched when I reminded him of the circumstances that led to him buying me this lantern. We had gone out to town and he had let Covert Twin and me choose a lantern each. Ever the thrifty one, I wanted the smallest lantern, because it was the cheapest. Covert Dad asked me not to merely choose the cheapest, but the one I liked best, because I had done well in my exams. I wanted the panda lantern most badly of all. And 19 years on, the panda lantern is still cherished, illuminated and displayed during Mid-Autumn each year.
Sunday, 27th September 2009: Beautiful Battletank
This is the most beautiful car in the world, and she’s mine.
Sunday, 27th September 2009: Cultural Performance at University Malaya
Alicia couldn’t make it to the Cultural Performance due to a pressing matter that she had to attend to, and so I brought my housemate Jess along with me. There was an excruciatingly long wait followed by an excruciatingly slow performance. The props and costumes were bright and cheery, but the performance was sophomoric (but in an endearing way, like watching a school play).
Lion dance: The only element of my Chinese heritage that I have embraced with passion.
University students of Kadazandusun ethnicity performing a traditional dance.
A painfully slow lion dance drama with an obscure message. For a moment, I thought I was in a Kabuki theatre!
Thursday, 1st October 2009: Otis the Adorable Adoptable
Isn’t he lovely?
See how well his eye has healed!
It is now 0330h where I am. I will be at the SPCA on Friday (a day off for me) to help out, and to put my darling Otis up for adoption. I have no doubts whatsoever that he would find a good home quickly. I am glad I have had the opportunity to love him and care for him, and I want him to grow up strong, healthy and safe. I wish you all the best, with all my love, Otis!