Putrajaya Floria 2010 – Flower And Garden Festival

Putrajaya Floria 2010
Putrajaya Floria 2010 – Flower and Garden Festival.
Photo by Wuan.

Wuan and I had missed the Penang International Floralfest for a few years in a row due to the timing. When we read about the flower and garden festival being held at Putrajaya, we decided we should not miss this one. We used the Maju Expressway and discovered that it took slightly less than 20 minutes only from Bulatan Pandan to Putrajaya. The last time we went, it took us about 1 hour via the Kuala Lumpur – Seremban Expressway.

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Grand Flower Bed – Putrajaya Floria 2010.

The event was held at the Waterfront at Precinct 2. We had to circle a few times around the place looking for an accessible parking. We could not find any. Wuan asked one of the officers in uniform and he directed us to park at the space reserved for VIPs. Still, Perbadanan Putrajaya, the agency under the Ministry of Federal terrotories and Urban Wellbeing, that organised the event and responsible for the infrastructure, should have allocated space for vehicles for disabled people visiting the festival.

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1 Malaysia floral structure greeting visitors to the Putrajaya Floria 2010.

The theme flower for this year’s festival is heliconia. The flower of this plant looks like lobster claws with its fire engine red colour. There were also an abundance of yellow and pink heliconias. The floral pavilion featured Heliconia floral arrangements from various countries like Australia, Netherlands, Serbia, Taiwan, Japan and Canada. I especially like the entry by Koji Ninomiya which he called “a contemporary Japanese garden based on a traditional Zen dry garden with a bamboo fence.” The garden exuded a sense of serenity amidst the hubbub of people and camera flashes.

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Vortex In Bloom – heliconia floral composition by Joel Marc Frappier of Canada.

Outside the pavilion were flowerbeds of chrysanthemums and a variety of flowers that added splashes of red, yellow, orange and an assorment of other colours that livened up the atmnosphere. Themed gardens located opposite the pavilion featured bonsai, orchids and heliconias. I did not check them out as most were not accessible by wheelchair because of the loose pebbles and lawn used for paving the pathways. Moreover, the heat was unbearable. I found respite inside the floral pavilion while Wuan went shooting around the theme gardens. There were also stalls selling plants, gardens products and crafts that we did not fully explored due to the poor condition of the pathways as well. They were littered with loose rocks that made wheeling around almost impossible.

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“Seisei-Tei 3” – Contemporary Japanese garden by Koji Ninomiya- Putrajaya Floria 2010.

We may go back again this weekend as there were other parts of the festival we have not covered yet, namely the garden showcases by local authorities (PBT), NGOs, universities, schools and the private sector. This festival is worth a visit for photographers, flower lovers and gardeners. However, a large umbrella and lots of drinking water is a must. We left early because of the heat and also because I could not find an accessible toilet to ease my near-bursting bladder.

More photographs of the festival: Images of Floria Putrajaya 2010

Putrajaya Floria 2010 began on July 10 and ends on July 18. More information and directions to the festival here.

The Day I Lost A Morning Worth of Digital Images

Among the things that make digital photography buffs cringe in fear, losing photographs in the memory card before transferring them to the computer tops the list. This is exactly what happened to me last Saturday. Wuan and I were at the Ulu Bernam R & R. We had stopped there on our way back from Ipoh after celebrating Father’s Day with her Dad.

I was astounded to discover that I could not close the door for the accessible toilet after I got inside. The door opened inwards instead of outwards. There was simply not enough space for me to manuever to close the door. This is stupidity on the part of PLUS Expressways Bhd at its utmost.

My bladder was near to bursting and that was the only accessible toilet within 70km or 80km of the North South Expressway. I took out my camera and took a few shots of the toilet. This is certainly something I can use the next time I am invited to speak on accessibility.

Anyway, the camera kept displaying memory card error despite my attempts to turn it off and on again several times. The first thing that I did when I got home was to download the photograph from the card. Fortunately, I could still transfer the photographs into the laptop.

I hastily did a low-level format after that and the card seemed to work fine again. When I went through the album, I was dismayed to discover that over 100 photographs of the Kelana Jaya Pasar Tani taken the week before were not transferred. It was my mistake. I should have ensured that all the photographs were downloaded before I formatted the SD card.

Several data recovery programs that I used could not find the deleted files. Apparently, low-level format wipes the memory card clean. Luckily, it was just photographs of pasar tani. I can always go back to shoot more. This incident has taught me to ensure that, in the future, all photographs are downloaded from the memory card before I delete or format it.

Year Of The Cat At 1 Utama 2010

The theme for Chinese New Year at 1 Utama Shopping Centre is cats, not just any cat but the famous Maneki Neko from Japan. Wait a minute! There is no cat in the Chinese zodiac. There is a tiger but are they the same? Nevermind that. Being cat persons and being collectors of the Maneki Neko figurines, Wuan and I had fun taking photographs of these giant feline sculptures at the Oval of 1 Utama.

One of the Maneki Neko greeting shoppers at 1 Utama
One of the Maneki Neko greeting shoppers at 1 Utama.

Close up of the Maneki Neko trio at 1 Utama
Close up of the Maneki Neko trio at 1 Utama.

View of the Maneki Neko from the ground floor at Oval 1 Utama
View of the Maneki Neko from the ground floor at Oval 1 Utama.

Peter Tan posing in front of the Maneki Neko at ground floor facing the Oval 1 Utama
Peter Tan posing in front of the Maneki Neko at ground floor facing the Oval 1 Utama.
Photo by Wuan.