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Showing posts with label Nature. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nature. Show all posts

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Tapang Tree.

Tapang Tree in Semban Village,Sarawak.
Tapang Tree in Semban Village,Sarawak.
The Koompassia excelsa tree is among the tallest trees in the world, and also one of the most prominent trees in the tropical rainforests of the Sunda Shelf. It is found in Sumatra, Borneo, South Thailand, and Peninsular Malaysia. The grey, whitish bark of the tree, large bole, and often handsome crown makes it stand out amongst the other trees (usually). It is known by different names in different regions – Mengaris in Brunei and Sabah, Tualang in Peninsular Malaysia, Sialang in Indonesia, and Tapang in Sarawak. The name tualang comes from the Malay words of tua – old, and helang – eagle. More info The Tualang Tree or Koompassia Excelsa
The tapang tree is a revered tree for the indigenous people of Sarawak. There is a taboo in Sarawak against cutting down the tapang treee. Only naturally felled tapang trees (usually by an unusal storm or a  landside which might be natural or even unnatural) can be used. Furthermore Ibans do not cut their tapang tree in their temuda (farm) because it is a valueable source of honey and a home for the Great Kenyalang or Hornbill. Hornbills on the other hand control the snake population in Sarawak and Borneo. Without the hornbills our habitat may become dangerous actually...(sources from Sarawakiana@2)..Thank You credit to Sarawakiana@2 & Jungle Dairy.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Ramadan-Open Your Eye,Look around yourselves.


Look around yourselves
Can't you see this wonder
Spreaded in front of you
The clouds floating by
The skies are clear and blue
Planets in the orbits
The moon and the sun.




Such perfect harmony
Lets start question in
Isn't this proof enough for
Or are we so blind
The push it all aside..

By Maher Zain.

Sunday, July 18, 2010


Wow !!!!! it's been quite a while since I posted something here in my blog.


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Mushrooms are great subject to photograph.I found this mushrooms growing in our backyard.I am not sure what type of mushrooms it is,but I think its could be a type of field mushroom or umbrella mushroom.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Photographing Flower.

Flowers are so cliche when it comes to photography… but that doesn’t stop me from shooting them! Heck, some photographers even specialize in flower photography and they do a darn good job of it. If you’re getting bored(like my shoot below) with your current bag-o-tricks for photographing flowers, go and look for some amazing tips from the WEBsite.

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All above flowers are from my own small garden and shot with my Olympus E-620 .

When come to flower shooting I get out early and late when the light is softer and nicer.Sometime you will see a wonderful flower image midday but I like early morning .Another great time for flower hunt is right after rainstorm ! There's nothing like mist and water droplets to bring some of the image alive.


Mist and water droplets to bring some of the image alive.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Kuching Waterfront-Solar Energy.



The new Kuching City waterfront extension is environment friendly,They are install with eco-friendly electrical power or solar energy.This is clean energy and lower cost to the city council to run the new two water fountain build near to the waterfront.

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The solar panel and the fountain but the ugly building is yet to be make over to new image.(perhaps the owner is looking forward for sponsor from the city council)

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What about the local people of Kuching.,are they environmental friendly .Oh my God, just look at the rubbish.They don't even bother to say thank you (not to me) but to the government who have spend so much on tax payer monies to beauty the little city of Kuching.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Grass.

I noticed there was something interesting & natural to shoot at my own backyard.I took my camera and the result see the photos below:


Grass as a foreground.

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The Grass.

Monday, January 11, 2010

The Reservoir Park in Kuching.

Sunday, December 03, 2006


Posted by: nor3337

I hope the DBKU(Dewan Bandaraya Kuching Utara)Mayor will hear of this. The reservoir is a favorite for joggers,old and young to converge,be it early morning or afternoon.But the place is an eye sore. As a regular there, I look in dismay at the rubbish strewn all over the place. There are more at benches up the slope. The mineral water bottles, cheap wine bottles, sweets, chocolates and 'keropok' wrappers clearly shows the disregard the visitors have for the authorities. Its really terrible and its very embarassing when tourists come to the park and just imagine the impression they will have of Kuching City folks.OH, not forgetiing those lovey-dovey couples who seems to enjoy the 'secluded' areas on the slopes to do whatever they are doing. Now let me see,aaah yes the glue sniffers, and guys,we do have the toilet.please don't do your business in the open. There is a public toilet provided. And for those who love to bring your dogs there..PLEASE KEEP THEM ON A LEASH..Respect others. Hopefully those DBKU officers will do something about the cleanliness of the reservoir. And the lake too please...the water is really dirty...and it is great place for the mosquitoes to breed.

Well I have a lot more to comment but I will save it for another day!!!!!!!!


I read the above article in the star citizen blog dated Sunday,December 03,2006

Sunday ,January 10,YEAR 2010 I took a walk through The Reservoir Park and found it a good spot for a walk and jogging.I agree with the statement above and below is the photo of The Reservoir Park taken yesterday Sunday January 10,Year 2010.


Good spot for walking & jogging.

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And the lake too please...the water is really dirty...and it is great place for the mosquitoes to breed.

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The Park is the favorite place for the Old & young and even the squirrel.

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I do hope they keep the park clean.This reservoir was built during the Brooke era and the park that surround it has been around since the colonial time.

Kuching Reservoir Park is right in the city centre, within walking distance from the Kuching Waterfront. It is very popular with joggers and strollers in the evenings - there are usually quite a number of people there when the weather is good. It used to be the fresh water reservoir for Kuching town and the park was developed around it.The Japanese Bridge crossing the main lake is one of the truly iconic structures in Kuching. This park definitely holds a sentimental value for many people.

Being right in the city centre, it is quite surprising to find a place with so many tall and mature trees. The trees here could be some of the oldest in Kuching, as they seem to have been there forever.

This is a great place for exercise as the trees provide plenty of shade and the tracks give you a choice of either an easy run around the lakes, or a more strenously trek on the hilly slopes . There is also a nice playground for the kids.Hopefully the authority will do something about the cleanliness of the reservoir.

Monday, January 4, 2010

My World Tuesday-A Day Trip to Annah Rais Village.


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Annah Rais belong to the Bidayuh tribe with over 80 families living in the long house.My research is that it had a written history of 175 years and unwritten of 500 years with 8 generation of Bidayuh who lived here.


Annah Rais Village is not far from the Sarawak/Kalimatan Indonesia border as I can see our Malaysian Immigration & Custom office is located there.

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A Bidayuh maiden will serve  you a welcome drink  with  their local rice wine "TUAK".

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Enter the Village & the long house.


Traditionally,the long house is one unit where many families occupy their own space in the divided only by manimal bamboo partition

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The Head House.............


The Skull.........

Just don't miss the HEAD HOUSE...this is must visit house if you are at Annah Rais Longhouse .Perhaps 100 or more years ago head hunting was a common practice.They say the more head you collected meaning you are the most powerful person.

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The villagers use traditional sugar cane crush to make sugar cane juice.


Annah Rais Village Hot Spring........

After the long house tour I went to the hot spring which is another 5 minutes drive from the village and followed by 3 to minutes walking through the jungle.

If you have chance to visit Sarawak , don't miss this little adventure ..just e mail me at uncleawang at G mail dot com.

Monday, December 28, 2009

My World Tuesday-Borneo Highland.


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During the Christmas Holiday I decided to have a one day trip to Borneo Highland.The place is about 60 kilo meter from the city and it is about an hour drive using my small compact car .It's a zig zag  and single dual road so I have to drive carefully.I reached Borneo Highland  foothill,however I am not allowed to enter because I did not made an advance booking.I did not know that a day trip to the highland  need an advance booking unless we stay over night for a room booking.The rate for day trip is Rm100 per guest including drink & food.


The welcome gate at the foothill of the Borneo Highland.

The guard told me I have to make my booking at the city office in Kuching then they will arrange a 4WD lorry to guide us to tour the Borneo Highland.

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By the way this is the powerful 4WD lorry or bus that they use to ferry their guest to tour the Highland.

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This photo courtesy of Tourism Malaysia-Thank You.

Borneo Highlands is one of the most exciting and unique environmentally friendly resort.   Cocooned in a lush jungle and snuggled within the hills, it is a retreat one of its kind, offering an exclusive membership club and truly unique residential development by creating a sanctuary for you to retreat to in this region.

Located just an hour's drive (60km) southwest of Kuching city, the capital of Sarawak, the resort stands at the height of 1,000 metres above sea level on the Sarawak-Kalimantan border and is nestled amongst the oldest and second largest tropical rainforest in the world.

A resort created with emphasis to blend with nature, the resort offers boundless opportunities to experience numerous outdoors activities all year round in stylish comfort.

Take pleasure in the finest natural wonders and find luxury in the bare basics. At Borneo Highlands Resort, it all about getting “Back to Nature, Back to Basics”

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Since my trip to Borneo Highland is failed,why not I go further about 10 minutes drive to go to another tourist attraction  the Annah Rais Village.The attraction is the oldest long house and the hot spring.Anyway I will do the posting about the village on my next My World Tuesday that is next year 2010.