Putrajaya Ho!

Jambatan Seri Wawasan, Masjid Putra and Perdana Putra
Jambatan Seri Wawasan with Masjid Putra and Bangunan Perdana Putra in the background.

The many times that I went to Putrajaya, I thought of it as a boring place. The roads are wide and traffic relatively light. There are very few people out and about, except at the government complexes, where the civil servants work, and civilians who are there on official business. Other than that, there are few reasons for people who do not reside or work there to be there. That was what I thought.

Unbeknownest to me, there are gems all over Putrajaya that is waiting to be discovered if I had just bothered to look harder. While looking for directions to Putrajaya Floria 2010, I discovered that there are a number of parks and gardens that Wuan and I would find interesting. I am eagerly looking forward to visiting the Taman Botani (Botanical Gardens) that is acclaimed as “a national sanctuary for the Malaysian living collection of plant taxonomy as well as a centre for education and research.”

There is also the Taman Warisan Pertanian or The Agriculture Heritage Park which showcases Malaysia’s commercial agriculture like the rubber tree, oil palm, coffee, tea, cocoa, fruits, herbs and spices. We would love to learn more about the local flora and I believe Taman Botani and the Agricultural Heritage Park are the two best places to enrich our knowledge on this subject.

I am sure there are more attractions in Putrajaya that would be of interest to us and the shutterbugs that we are. We plan to be making frequent trips there on weekends, which will do us a world of good, instead of spending most of our leisure time in shopping complexes wandering aimlessly because we do not know of others places to go that is interesting as well as accessible. Putrajaya is going to see more of us from now on.

Hello Again Hot Pixels

Hot pixels are not cute and colourful pastries for satiating sugar cravings. They may be tiny but they can be annoying as hell when they appear. Hot pixels are bright dots of either red, green or blue that shows up in the same spot in digital images caused by faulty sensors in the camera. I discovered the first hot pixels in my digital images back in 2004 when I was using the Nikon Coolpix 3100.

Hot pixels in digital images
Two hot pixels in this digital image.

Yesterday, I found that these pesky hot pixels in the images that I took with the Canon Powershot A610 as well. There were two and they were right smack in the centre of all the images. When I checked my digital photo album, they apparently have been around since September 2006 and are only visible in darker images.

This camera has been with me for nearly five years already. I have shot well over 20,000 images with it from Malaysia to Japan to Thailand and to South Korea. It has been with me to places that I never imagined I could visit. This is one trusty camera that I have grown fond of. I almost never leave home without it.

It has crashed onto the floor with a sickening thud, not once but multiple times, and still worked like a charm through the years that it has been with me. I do not think I am going to retire this camera any time soon. I can still live with two odd dots out of the five million pixels.

Images of Floria Putrajaya 2010

Heliconia compositions at the entrance of Floria Putrajaya 2010
Heliconia compositions at the entrance of Floria Putrajaya 2010.

Chrysanthemums - Floria Putrajaya 2010
Chrysanthemums – Floria Putrajaya 2010.

Orchid Fantasy by Suzie Chan - Floria Putrajaya 2010
Orchid Fantasy by Suzie Chan – Floria Putrajaya 2010.

Anthuriums - Floria Putrajaya 2010
Anthuriums – Floria Putrajaya 2010.

Juniper bonsai - Floria Putrajaya 2010
Juniper bonsai – Floria Putrajaya 2010.