Monday, 10 May 2010

AQUARIA - KLCC

It was the same weekend for Emi's birthday (below, left) and also Mothers Day. She turned 13 this year and while I can't deny she is growing up so fast. I wish they don't grow up so fast.


When you are visiting Kuala Lumpur, you should pop over to this place. Since we haven't been there for some time, so we went here:



Some meat eating Piranhas greeted us.


Apart from fishes, there were bugs and butterflies too.

I saw my favourite, the distinctive black and electric green bird-wing butterfly, the Rajah Brooke, named after James Brooke who was also well known as Rajah Brooke. He was the Englishman who was sort of ruled Sarawak in the early 1830's. These butterflies are available mainly in Borneo and West Malaysia too.

Loved this spotted stingray!

When we finished the first level, we had to go down to another level and this huge glass tank greeted us.



Even the pig snouted turtle posed for my camera!


Loved this sad looking lion fish.





The highlight of the trip was going through this tunnel. It almost felt like we were inside the ocean.



The Sand tiger shark.










This looks like a giant squid doesn't it?


Another star of Aquaria, the Giant Fan Tail Manta Ray. It was huge!





This alien looking guy is a Chambered Nautilus.

Jelly fishes.


Finally what is a celebration without food. So, we went here:

The kids wanted to eat the famous 'ABC' or ais batu campur, meaning shaved ice with sweet corn, syrup, cincau and many other stuff inside. Great to eat on a hot day!

The kids and I had their well known 'nasi bojari', or bojari rice. It came with fried chicken, beef rendang and assam (sour) prawns..yummy :)

Husband tried the 'assam laksa', hot, spicy and sour soup with noodles.

The best dish I would say is this, satay! Available everywhere and eaten by all. However, their beef version was very tender and well marinated. Eaten with peanut sauce..and I am in heaven :)


This lotus hibernated for more than a year before blooming again, so I am happy.
Meanwhile, it's been a busy week here, will visit everyone soon..have a great day and weekend.

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

WATER

Firstly, a big thanks to http://www.saraandherblog.blogspot.com/ for highlighting a new feature in http://www.draft.blogger.com/  which have so many new templates to choose from. I had so much fun changing the themes and had a tougher time choosing one.


We love water plants at home and have several pots of them. One of my favourite is this water lily which I have 2 plants inside, one purple and another white.







In hot afternoons, I will be hiding under this lotus leaves and we have small fishes in all pots to keep mosquitoes larvaes at bay. Dengue fever is no joke as many people die yearly here and if the authorities even find one miserable larva in my pot, I'll be slammed with a huge fine. So, I feed these small red fishes everyday and they are very cheap. I am sure they are glad I bought them as they are sold as food to big fishes.





I have 2 blue pots to cultivate water lettuces, they will be food for my kois..and more fishes inside.




The koi pond is finally ready. Husband and I wanted a so called 'Japanese' inspired pond. I told him, this heavy granite lamp is a must and we love it when it is lighted with candle at night. It sort of completes the theme. A Chinese contractor quoted us 3.5 times more than what we paid for this pond and we got some Indonesians to do it up well for a much smaller amount. I think these Indonesians are probably the sub-con to the Chinese contractors.


With a new filtering system, the pond is always clear and the fishes happy. I must say that I find it difficult to take pictures of these fishes. They recognise my husband and swim leisurely around, but if I am there, they will are always swimming away or hiding somewhere. Unfortunately, we had to lost a few fishes after putting them in their new home. I am not sure it's the water or excitement, some jumped out and committed suicide :(




Same granite material for the water cascade pot.


If you buy an insect repellent spray which contain citronella oil, it will smell exactly like the bush on the bottom right. I put it there so mosquitoes will leave me alone when I am feeding the fishes.


Another view of the pond and part of our garden.


Have a happy week everyone :)