Saturday, 30 May 2009

JJ MARKET, SSS

There are 15,000 stalls here in JJ Market, Bangkok - Thailand. Not a place to miss for shopping.








Go over to Hey Harriet to see the other shooters. Happy weekend everyone.

Monday, 25 May 2009

LAZY DAYS

She's been both busy and lazy. Preparing travel post takes up too much time to sort those hundreds of photos and doing some simple research too. So, here goes the lazy post, still excited about gardening.

She aims to be an organic gardener, meaning definitely no pesticides, poisons and chemicals to be used. To invite those butterflies to come visit daily on her gardenia bush.


Love this beautiful golden butterfly on her zinnias..and there were plenty of those zinnias planted everywhere.



She knows blogger, Julene is planting her Zinnias across the pond, and here's her favourite one...


Another regular visitor here.





Waiting patiently for her shy sunflower to unfold itself...



Oh..she's so in love with this low lying Japanese rose bush grown with zinnias and lantaras, it makes her so happy :D


It makes sense to plant lots of bouganvillas..they just need lots of sunshine which we have plenty here.


It's the perfect flowers for lazy gardeners ...


Another easy plant to care for, the multi-colored lantaras growing along the wall.


As usual, she doesn't know the name of this flower but just love that golden color!


If there is anything vintage-y in her garden, it would be this 30+ years old desert rose plant.


There is nothing better than having breakfast next to this orange jasmine...it just smells so wonderful!!


Cheers for now :D

Saturday, 23 May 2009

SHADOW SHOT SUNDAY, KOTA KINABALU - SABAH

I posted this SSS somewhere in January. It was a Chinese New Year card with the shadow of the word "FU" meaning prosperity, one of the most used Chinese character during Chinese New Year and widely found everywhere.


When I was staying at the Le Meridien - Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, I shot this picture of a Chinese bamboo and the shadow look very similar the top picture/word - Fu. I call it my lucky shot.


During my trip to Sapi Island, there were plenty of iguanas lounging around lunch time. They were friendly and were looking for food.


Lifeguards on Sapi Island.


A good way to travel within Asia..though not much is happening for now with the 'flu' floating around. We've got our first 2 suspected cases here, so gone are my plans for travelling for the moment..



The weather has been terribly hot and am longing for some rain. You'll find me pottering around the garden and these huge lotus leaves provide some shades for now.


..and this is for Lisa, the coconut candle holder I bought from Bangkok, here doing a SSS at the kitchen.


Happy belated anniversary to Hey Harriet for hosting our SSS and thanks to you, I've got to stock up more sunblock nowadays ;p

Happy weekend everyone.....

Monday, 18 May 2009

BUSY

I have been busy. Every morning, evening and all weekends in the garden. It's a never ending task but it makes me so happy too.















Husband favorite will be with the Kois.


Above are all my collection of lotuses, there are so many other flowers in the garden and I have not taken picture of. It's all I ever think of nowadays, the flowers and gardening. It's almost like an obsession, one I don't want to be cured of too. What about you? Is there something that you are excited about..other than blogging?

Bye for now :D

Monday, 11 May 2009

FOUR FACE BUDDHA @ BANGKOK

In conjunction with Wesak Day, or Buddha's birthday last weekend, I'm posting on the famous Four Face Buddha located at the Erawan shrine. This is the renowned Buddha icon which attracts huge crowds of local and foreign visitors. Our conference was just 500 meters away from this place, so on the last day, we took a walk to this shrine to have a look.


The Erawan shrine was first built as a 'spirit house' in 1953 during the construction of the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel then. The construction workers faced many problems and with the help of a local spiritual adviser, this spirit house was built.



From then on, many visitors experienced good fortune and thus, it attracted a huge crowd daily.


People come to ask for blessings of all kinds and in return, they repay with flowers and burning of joss sticks. Anyone can give a small donation but mostly will offer flowers.



Elephants decorated colorfully, here, they are viewed as a sacred animal.



Locals praying.


A huge incense burner.


Locals busy buying flowers.


Outside the very congested street of Bangkok, tuk tuks jostling with cars, a common sight you will see everyday..and night. There was one night we had to go for a dinner from the convention centre to another restaurant just 3 kilometers away, it took us 45 minutes..I could have easily walked over. I have ceased taking the tuk tuk for some time, it gets a dangereous when you are travelling on the opposite traffic and rubbing shoulders with busses most of the times.


Locals busy walking to somewhere, though half were not really 'females' originally, if you get what I mean :P




Took a self reflection photo outside my favourite shop, Jim Thompson. The jacket had to come off when one was walking under intense heat and humidity, even though it was only 500 meters away.


Took a picture of Jim Thompson's bag.


I have been trying to complete my Bangkok post and failing miserably trying to sort out the hundreds of photos and not remembering which had been posted before.

Emi turned 12 last weekend..though she wasn't too happy as she was sick with viral fever, but much better today. It seems like yesterday when she was a toddler, they grow up way too fast..



After months of hibernation, my dwarf yellow frangipani decided to bloom madly for the past 3 weeks. We have 6 of them in different colors but this is definitely a favorite as it's only 4 feet tall and smells utterly divine!



Bye for now :D