Saturday, October 21, 2006

Happy Deepavali & Selamat Hari Raya

Raya at the Curve
Originally uploaded by Lye Hock.

Happy Deepavali & Selamat Hari Raya to all my Hindu & Muslim friends. This year the almost back-to-back festivals meant a five-day break for most of us. But all that haze which showed no signs of receding kind of dampened the mood...

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Ms Read

Grilled vegetables sandwich
Originally uploaded by Lye Hock.

A boutique for larger frame ladies, this outlet at 1 Utama has also branched out into serving food. We had this grilled vegetable sandwich for brunch. Capsicum, eggplant, zucchini, asparagus & mushrooms were grilled & overflowed onto a piece of toast and topped with a dollop of pesto sauce. Great for vegetarians or just to have a less meaty toxin-laden meal....


Originally uploaded by Lye Hock.

Bougainvillea is a genus of flowering plants native to the tropical and subtropical regions of South America from Brazil west to Peru and south to southern Argentina (Chubut Province). Different authors accept between four and 18 species in the genus. The name comes from Louis Antoine de Bougainville, an admiral in the French Navy who discovered the plant in Brazil in 1768.

They are thorny, woody, vines growing to 1-12 m tall, scrambling over other plants with their hooked thorns. They are evergreen where rainfall occurs all year, or deciduous if there is a dry season. The leaves are alternate, simple ovate-acuminate, 4-13 cm long and 2-6 cm broad. The actual flower of the plant is small and generally white, but each cluster of three flowers is surrounded by three or six bracts with the bright colors associated with the plant, including pink, magenta, purple, red, orange, white, or yellow. Bougainvillea glabra is sometimes referred to as "paper flower" because the bracts are thin and papery. The fruit is a narrow five-lobed achene. (Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Photo taken with a Nikkor 50mm/f1.8mm lens attached with a Hoya +4 Close-Up filter

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Taiping weekend

Lake gardens
Originally uploaded by Lye Hock.

Was back home over the weekend for my mum's anniversary prayers at the buddhist temple. Pretty hazy too but not as bad as in the Klang Valley. It was fifteen years ago she left us. I remember the last time I saw her was during the mooncake festival in 1991. These festivals are not the same anymore.