Sunday, July 26, 2015

Cirebon-Jakarta-Kuala Lumpur

Travelling to Tegal Gubuk via an 'Angkut'

23rd May 2015: Cirebon Shoppinglogue

6.00am: Heading towards Tegal Gubuk Market, a local market that's really huge. 30 hectare in all. It is said to be the largest market in Indonesia. Mainly selling at a dirt cheap price of clothings, all kind of fabrics and tailoring supplies. My second time visiting Tegal Gubuk. Mark my words, your trip here will be all worth it. However, you had to bare the scorching heat and humidity of the place. 

The market starts on Tuesday and Friday night from 10.00am and closes at noon 12.00noon until Saturday. 

7.00am: Reached Tegal Gubuk. We started scouting the area for the best bargain. I can see improvements made to the market. Wooden structures have been replaced by an orderly bricks and tiles. Previously, all floors were by wood but now they slowly change it to tiles which is more practical. If it rains, there will not be mud spoiling their wares. 

We shopped there until about 10.00am. We pretty much know what to get, so it's very quick for us. And our Angkut which we rented for the whole day was there to fetch us back.

1.00pm: We headed to Cirebon Train Station to buy train tickets back to Jakarta as we are going to shoot back to KL the next day itself. The ticket costs us IDR105,000.00 per person (about RM29.00). 


Circa October 2010 visit in Cirebon - We had the best 'Bakso' and 'Teh Botol' experience
2.00pm: Tired of eating rice, we opted for a not to be missed only in Indonesia, i.e. teh botol (or rather its competitor as they didn't have teh botol at the hotel) and the instant bakso flavoured cup noodle. We've been trying to get 'bakso' the whole time on our trip but it was just too packed with shopping activities. The famous 'bakso' in Manje

Cirebon back to Jakarta via Express Train

24th May 2015 (Sunday): Cirebon-Jakarta-Kuala Lumpur

4.00am: Hotel staff knocked our door; i.e. it's a wake up call. No phone in the room. They brought us breakfast. A tosted bread with jam and butter, boiled egg and tea.

5.30am: Our 'angkut' arrived to take us to the railway station.

6.15am: Boarding the train back to Jakarta. Beautiful sceneries along the way. We saw farmers busy planting new 'padi' in the as-far-as-the-eyes-can-see fields. Excellent view!



Back to Jakarta straight to the airport to head home to Kuala Lumpur

9.30am: Arrived in the city of Jakarta and quickly took a private vehicle straight to the airport. Our flight was sheduled at 2.30pm. Cost of renting two cars was IDR500,000.00 (about RM140.00). We had to use the private car because so many bags. Lots of extra shopping bags. Pheww...

10.00am: Stopped for an early lunch at the Rumah Makan Kita, a padang restaurant (as if I didn't order food in the flight). The food was delicious as always in Padang Restaurant. But lots of flies. Ewww... . And yeah, I ate again in the flight. What a gorging. 'Nasi Briyani' some more! It's no surprise I had purging and fell sick right after I got back.  

11.00am: Arrived at the airport just nicely. It was a smooth ride back to the airport on Sunday morning. No traffic jam. 

2.30pm: Boading the flight home. Ate like a p** and slept the whole ride home. 

7.30pm: Touched down in KLIA2. Home sweet home and tired to the bones. 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Rose Chamber B&B-Kartikasari-Toko 3-Rumah Mode-Cibaduyut

Orchids,  Ixora, Echinacea, Mexican Bluebell, Sansevieria and many more. Love it!

22nd May 2015: Bandung Excursion

5.30am: All rise. Embracing another wonderful day. All I care about any place I visited is the environment. It has to be beautifully landscaped and soothing to the eyes. The Rose Chamber Bed and Breakfast has all that. I had a blast time at every corner.

Rose Chamber B&B, Bandung
The room rate at the time we arrived was IDR260.000.00/night with breakfast for 2pax (about RM70.00). It's a weekday rate as we were there on Thursday night and checked out the next morning for our next itinerary to shop in Cirebon. 

The owner is an Indonesian married to a German wife. So the decoration and feel of the place was a fusion of traditional wood carvings with touched of modern architecture and furnishings. It's run by the family themselves. 

Breakfast of omelette, pancake and nasi goreng.
6.30am: We had our breakfast and quickly arranged our next shopping excursion. Lots yet to do.  

This is Kartikasari a very famous brownies and cake house in Bandung
8.00am: The first shopping we did in Bandung was in Kartikasari, it opens early. Kartikasari is a famous brownies and cake house. It opens early at Lots of brownies and cakes to choose from. They sells other popular Indonesia delicacies as well such as the smoked banana cheese and fermented tapioca. There are candies, cookies, crackers, mochies, tarts and ice-creams. All so mouth watering. I bough the delicious Prune Cake. Owhhh so yummy, everyone who tasted it said so. A must repeat buy in Kartikasari.

10.00am: Shopping in Pasar Baru Bandung. A fabric heaven for fashion designers, boutique owners and fashion enthusiasts. We had great bargains for laces and other fabrics we need for our Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

Shopping laces in Pasar Baru Bandung
My sister insisted in finding 'buah salak'. The fruit was delicious. Very sweet unlike in Malaysia which is slightly sour.

Very sweet Salak Fruit outside of Pasar Baru Bandung

1.15pm: Shopping for a Levis Jean in Toko 3 Bandung. My sister requested to stop there. I had nothing of interest. Just a window shopping for me.

Toko 3, a place people buy original branded jeans which is more cheaper than in Malaysia
2.00pm: We had lunch at Sederhana Padang Restaurant. It's one of a clean outlet to eat for those who care about food hygiene. Lots of choice to eat from. But one thing a must order is the Avocado Juice, they called it Alpukat Juice.

Sederhana Padang Restaurant in Bandung
3.00pm: Shopping in Rumah Mode. An exclusive mall selling branded clothings. I bought a pair of sandals cause I broke my high wedge shoes. I fell at Toko 3 while going down from the vehicle. Rumah Mode is not really my ideal shopping mall. Nothing attracted me. Kuala Lumpur has better bargain if looking for fashionable clothings. We left Rumah Mode at 4.30pm.

Rumah Mode
4.30pm: A very jam Friday in Bandung as we headed to Cibaduyut, an area where you can buy goods made from leather. My eldest sister wanted to buy leather gloves for her husband. The place was all leather. You can see leather shops everywhere. There were leather shoes, bags, gloves and jackets. It's a leather heaven!

At the Cibaduyut Mall awaiting our driver to go to Cirebon
6.30pm: Finally we have completed our itinerary for the day. All were tired and can't wait to head for Cirebon, our next destination. We were travelling there via a private vehicle. The journey turned out to be a very hectic one. It took us almost 7 hours to reach Cirebon. We regretted for not taking the train.

1.00am: As we arrived in Cirebon, the driver surprising was not familiar with the town. He can't even direct us to a proper hotel. We wanted a hotel which is nearby the train station as we planned to take the train back to Jakarta. After rounding the station for about three times, we found one inn closest to the station and decided to stay there.

We stayed there for two nights. It's already passed midnight. We were tired to the bones.

To be continued in the next last posting about Indonesia shoppinglogue. Stay tuned, folks :)



Bandung - Malaysians' Favourite Shopping Destination

This is Gambir Train Station, Jakarta. We were leaving for Bandung. My sister hated being photographed. Hahaa..

21st May 2015- Jakarta to Bandung

Bandung is a shopping heaven for Malaysians. Many Malaysians flocked to Bandung each year to buy fabrics and luxury items from their many factory outlets. Business owners usually go there to buy straight from the warehouses or get a good deal from the local market. 

We travelled to Bandung via an express train as a better way to travel in comfort and to avoid the massive road jam as well as the long hours on road. It was done all in a rush as we hoped to be able to do our shopping as we arrived. However the shopping plan crushed due to miscommunication with our travelling buddies who took a different car to the train station, we wasted almost 3 hours at the station waiting the other party who were in fact already at the station but we didn't see them until after 3 hours! Ridiculous. Yup, I know. 

The environment in Gambir Train Station is pretty much like in Malaysia. It is the side of Jakarta that feels like home. Very modern and the crowd can be said to be middle to upper class. You don't see poverty around. No beggars and no shabby clothed people walking around. Surprising to see how the city could separate its population like this. Social division is very apparent in Jakarta. It's the result of corruption and previous lame government. It can similarly be said about Malaysia. How disappointing and lame the government is now under the current PM. Sigh... I shall stop there.     

Okay, the ticket price was IDR100,000 which equivalent to about RM27.00 (exchange rate at that time). Arrived at Gambir Station around 12.00noon but boarded the train at 3.30pm. The moment the train started to move, we see the real picture along the tract. How poverty was lining the tract. People building houses and building the lives like only inches away from the railway tract. It was scary when you saw children so near playing and running. How can they curb accidents from happening. It bugged my mind the whole journey to Bandung. 

As we were nearing Bandung, the scenery was magnificent. Padi field as far as the eyes can see. And the sunset was beautiful. It took us almost 4 hours to reach Bandung at 7.00pm. 


All excited to board the train. Like God knows how many years since I've been on a train.
My Goodness, it took me so long to finish posting about my Indonesia trip. I am forgetting many details. Now am trying my best to record as much as I could gather from my journal. 

As we arrived in Bandung at 7.00pm, we took a rented vehicle to mobilise ourselves. Of course so many operators will approach you for this matter. We choose a car that can fit all nine of us. We didn't make any hotel reservation. So we walked in to a few hotels located at the centre of the town but couldn't find a satisfactory one. After the third time trying to find a hotel failed, we decided to get our dinner first at a place my sister recommended as she had been there before. The place is called Kampung Daun. Located at a highland area of Lembang that felt almost like in Cameron Highland. It was already 9.00pm when we reached there but the restaurant accepted last diners at 10.00pm. So we were lucky.

Kampung Daun was a superb place to dine. A kampung (village) style eating heaven with wooden structures and man made stone decorated streams. I would say. Everyone was famished. We ate and unwind. The vehicle driver was invited to eat with us as well. Our culture taught us to be courteous and we must share our food with whomever we are with.

Dinner in Kampung Daun, Bandung

We ordered their signature most popular dish, i.e. grilled/fried gouramis fish (kaloi fish in Malay), ox tail soup (sup ekor in Malay) and other smaller dishes. It's yummy and worth our travelling up the hill to reach the place. We paid not more than IDR900.000.00 for nine person, which equivalent to RM250.00. Not so bad, heh. 

Along the stretch of the road to Kampung Daun Restaurant we saw a lot of lodgings. It looked serene and very cool up there. We decided to stay nearby the area and we finally settled at a place called the Rose Chamber Bed and Breakfast. It turned out to be a very memorable place that all of us really enjoyed in Bandung. 

I would love to share the details of the place in my next posting. For now I am signing off :)  

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

JAKARTA

This is a 'BAJAJ', a tree-wheeler public transport or 'Angkot' that still exist in Jakarta, mostly seen around busy market area like Tanah Abang

 20th & 21st June'15 - Jakarta Shopping Spree

Landed in Jakarta at 5.30 pm local time. Jakarta time was an hour later than Malaysia (5.30 pm in Jakarta means 6.30 pm in Malaysia). The airport was under major construction. Looks like they were building a really huge one like KLIA and KLIA2 or bigger, I think. The remaining airport in operation was really small and we can't even find a money changer because it operates only until 1.00pm, we were told. Yikes!

True to its infamous traffic jam, Jakarta was worst than Kuala Lumpur. I can't believe it myself but my sister and I had to suffer for almost four hours in a taxi going to the hotel in Tanah Abang area that usually takes less than an hour to reach. The taxi fare was IDR180.000 (about RM50+). We were told that the jam was worst than normal due to an accident which occurred in the afternoon somewhere far away but affected all the roads. Phewww... 

Reaching the hotel late at night, we were hungry like a wolf and our eldest sister, Along who took an earlier flight that arrived in the morning, thankfully she bought us a take away food from an Arab restaurant. It was yummy! 

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We went straight to our first itinerary, i.e. shopping at the famous Tanah Abang Market
Rise and shine so early in the morning, we had our breakfast at the hotel, and walked straight to our first itinerary, i.e. Tanah Abang Market. The distance was only about 10 minutes walk from N1 Hotel (pronounced as Inn One in Bahasa Indonesia. Room rate was at RM130 per night with breakfast). Tanah Abang Market is a one stop textile wholesale market for traders and business owners. The shops opened at 9.00 am but we were earlier than that. That's the trick. You get the best bargain during the shop opening. They call it 'pecah telur' which literally means 'breaking an egg'. It actually means morning opening price to bring in the luck of the day. The first customer that walks in must buy something in regardless of the price, they can not be turned off or the business will not pick up throughout the day. Something like that. It's an Asian business culture belief. We had great business bargain indeed! Everyone was happy. 


Shopping nearby hotel in Tanah Abang. All within walking distance, i.e. market, perfume stall, a convenient store and a textile museum.
Also along the street neaby N1 Hotel was a perfume shop and a convenient shops. We bought little this and that to bring home. A happy shoppers we were. I regretted for not buying more of the perfume. The fragrant lasted longer than I expected and it smells heavenly. It is a must repeat place in Jakarta apart from Tanah Abang Market. 


The cold hard reality of life in Jakarta; Student demonstration that happens frequent enough, as well as the harsh life of its citizens due to inequality of wealth division.

We were so much rushing to go to Bundung on the same day as we were shopping in Tanah Abang. The shopping was made in a haste, but we got everything we came there for. In our rapid movement from one shop to another, I can't help but noticed, what an amazing city, Jakarta is. Such a really busy city. A kaleidoscope of colours and texture that can make one feel dizzy. You can see it yourself from all the photos here. Such a contrast of the rich and the poor, the high and the lows, the modern and the traditional. All mixed up in a pot.

The stress of city life can be felt strongly. The socio-economy division was really apparent.  Jakarta has many big shopping malls and countless 5-star hotels but it equals to as many homeless people living on the streets and building shelters where ever they could find. Some are living on water pipes along rivers, and under bridges. The sad reality of unequal wealth division. 

Jakarta really had to find ways to solve its infamous traffic jam. I can conclude easily that it was due to the lack of metropolitan means of transportation such as the MRT and Monorail. Therefore the usage of motor vehicles was massive. More than the highways could cater. My sister even voiced out loud her curiosity about how the people in Jakarta reach their offices on time in such a jam.

Our next destination was Bandung. Stay tuned, folks!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Jakarta-Bandung-Cirebon

Travelling liberates the mind

20th-24th May 2015: 5-Day 4-Night, Jakarta-Bandung-Cirebon


I am always the happiest when I went travelling. It's such a liberating experience, it opens up our mind to many things that it sometimes challenging our norm. Most of the times, we are no longer in our comfort zones. I like! Like! Like!

My recent trip to our neighbouring country, Indonesia is not without challenges. However, it was fun and worth every pain. I love it! Love it! Love it!

Travelling with sisters and friends whom you can trust is the best! I am grateful for every little thing and lessons along the way. The precious moments shared and created were priceless. I am glad to have shared it with my loved ones. 

Exploring my talents and endurance of a harsh existance
This trip that I embarked on was not a vacation per se. It's more like a business trip for my other talent, that is sewing and designing cloths. Yes I am a Jake of all trade master of none. I went there to buy sewing and clothing supplies. I went there together with a bunch of like-minded people who have the same passion and talent. We've been in the business for almost all our lives; some of us on a full time basis and some, on a part time basis, such as me. I went to Indonesia to learn my trade. At the same time I want to enjoy my trip as a tourist too. 

Haven't finish reading this. Sigh... 
Our trip started in Jakarta where we bought supplies in Tanah Abang, a very famous wholesale mall and continued to Bandung with hired private vehicle. In Bandung we went to another famous wholesale mall, i.e. Pasar Baru. We went to Rumah Mode, one the many factory outlet that sells branded clothings for our personal Hari Raya needs. We also went to Kartika Sari, a famous bakery that sells many mouth watering Indonesian delicacies. I just can't have enough of its 'Pisang Salai Cheese' (smoked cheese banana) and its Prune Layered Cake. Simply Yummy! 

Our final business trip stop was in Cirebon via an express train where we went to a local trade market not known to many foreigners. It was a very huge market that starts from 10pm and ends at around 12 noon the next day. 

So this is just a teaser. I will be putting lots of photos and details in my next posting. Stay tuned, folks :)  

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Pray for Nepal - Show some love

Photos are not mine. I copied from all over the media in the net. If you are the owner of anyone of these photos, please pardon me. I only have good intentions; to spread the love and to help raise funds for the victims. 
When the 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal on 25th April 2015, I was so shocked. It seemed that I have not yet finished documenting my previous travel in Nepal last February and yet this devastating news came via FB and telegram messenger after about four hours of incident. 

The first I did was to reconfirm the news via the net and it was true. I was beyond shock. Our chat group was filled with concerns of the people we know and we were panicky, to describe it truly. We tried to contact our previous guide, Ganesh of Third Eye Adventure. Within less than an hour, he replied saying that he was safe together with his family, however his house and village were in total damage. They were all left without shelter. In fact that particular night, most Nepali slept on the streets, homeless, scared and still in a state of disbelieve. It's the after shock of a great devastation. My heart goes to them.

In Malay, there is this saying, 'Tak kenal maka tak cinta'. Translated, 'Whithout knowing, there's no love' or simply it is similar to the understanding in English, i.e. 'To know is to love'.

True to this saying, I feel their pain and it's almost personal because I get to know them for my 8 days travelling over there. I know for a fact that Nepali are the most loving and kind people that I have known in this world. They are very hospitable, helpful and gentle with strangers. I learn a bit about their culture and I learn to love them. 

Out guide Ganesh and his assistant Ramji had been with us the whole 8 days in our trip. We have developed some kind of friendship. Both are affected tremendously by the earthquake. 

As of April 30th, UN News Centre: $415million fund for humanitarian relief needed. 4.3 million people needed emergency health services (medical supplies and facilities), safe drinking water and sanitation facilities, 500, 000 live in the open, braving damp and cold weather for the next 3 months. 20 teams are working on reuniting children with their parents. 

Please help them by clicking any of the links here. Your little help even if only RM5 or USD5 will sure make a difference in somebody's life. Everyone, let's do our part. 

Click here to donate for the benefit of the children of Nepal

Donate directly to my friend Ganesh appeal for his village here

MERCY Malaysia Healthcare Relief Fund in Nepal click here

You may want to check more on the web for other credible organisations that you believe on. The above are organisations I trusted in my country, Malaysia. Whichever ways, please please please.... help Nepal to go through this hardship. 

Again, these photos are copies from the media in the net. Please pardon me using it here. All for good cause.

"Kindness is a mark of faith, and whoever is not kind has no faith". ~ Prophet Muhammad SAW

"If you can't feed a hundred of people, then feed just one" ~ Mother Theresa

"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible" ~ Dalai Lama

Friday, April 24, 2015

Flora of Nepal

My most precious capture, the Blue Gentian. Very tiny that if you don't really look down, you won't find it. This is the reward of my slow climb up Dhampus village with Awang. Yeay!!!

In paradise, there are beautiful gardens and rivers flowing underneath it. It's been described many times in the Quran that heaven is a place so beautiful beyond our imagination; green in colour with gardens and rivers. In Arabic, heaven is 'jannah' which also means 'garden'. And what is a garden without its flowers. Of course flowers wither and in its place, there are fruits and from fruits, there are seeds, and from seeds there are new lives. The cycle continues until appointed time on Earth but in 'jannah', it is for eternity. The fruits are of the best kinds, in pairs created for the pleasure of the residence of jannah.


Yellow Flax or Golden Girl Flower found along the cliffs at the roadside as well as on treks going up to Sarangkot. One might mistaken it for Dancing Lady Orchid as it looks almost like it. 



This posting is dedicated to the flowers I stumbled upon my travelling in Nepal. It took me so long to write this one particular posting because a subject so close to my heart. It has to be perfect. I noticed many blooms along the way up towards the highland villages. The species and its beauty will be shared here as best as I could manage. Though I am not a botanist by profession, I am one at heart. Throughout the years, I have developed a habit of taking photos of plants and flowers, studying them in various means and ways, surrounding myself with world of plants and I have made a living out of these knowledge too. I am living my passion and loving it!


Yellow Himalayan Raspberry. Yup edible and only if I've known it during the discovery, I would've eaten it too. Huhuhu...

I repeat, yes... what is a garden without its flowers. Surely these fragile creations that wither in such a short lifespan are a glimpse of heaven for us to wonder. A bliss of senses. A perfume of delight and loveliness. Such a gentle existence that coexist with the rest of us animals and human beings. A world of knowledge that makes me wonder.


Marigold, one of the most commonly grown ornamental plants in Nepal

I am a sucker for all things green but more crazy I am for all things flowers. A sight of it is enough dose of endorphins for me. You call it, happiness and stress reliever especially for the ladies. Men should have known this a long time ago. Many a poet and artist get their inspiration from flowers. Such as the famous Vincent Van Gogh Sunflowers painting. 

"After women, flowers are the most lovely thing God has given the world". ~ Christian Dior


Red Cestrum, a tubular flower type, found in Greenland Guest House, Dhampus

Flowers and its wisdom. If you noticed, most flowers are bright and striking in comparison from its surrounding. This is natures intelligent to attract pollinators. Not just pollinators, us human beings too are atWe find Fibonacci number sequence in most flowers that bloom from a spiral middle. The number sequence is 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, and so on. These phenomena is explained as nature's way of managing its efficiency in filling up spaces in one flower. You may find this easier to understand when you look it up in the sun flower for an example. It has the most obvious and easy to notice Fabonacci Spiral. Well, I am not going to discuss it here as many have known this. It's just an example of what nature could offer to the curious minds.


Pot Marigold/Common Marigold/Garden Marigold, found in Greenland Guest House, Dhampus. Planted as an ornamental plant around the guest house. Very beautiful and striking in colour.

Not all flowers follow Fabobacci spiral rules. Nature has its own supreme set of own rules, i.e. the Creator. Number of petals varies depending on the species. You may stumble upon a one-petal flower such as the Calla Lily, the two-petal flower such as the Crown of Thorns, a three-petal flower such as the Walking Iris, four-petal flowers such as the Radish flower you see in the picture and the Peacock Flower too has only four petals. There are five-petal flowers such as the Periwinkle and six-petal flowers such as the Amazon Lily, Tiger Lily and most lilies are. Some petals are arranged in many levels. Some have a corolla that are joined together to form a tube such as the Morning Glory.   These are just a few examples. 


Crown of Thorns, a two-petal flower found in abundance along the trek up Dhampus Village at a higher elevation.

Determining the morphology of plants can be a tedious process. It took me so long to write this posting because of this. I had to ensure the correct name and species. Many aspects of a plant had to be carefully studied. Plants have a vegetative (root, stem and leaf) and reproductive (flower, fruit and seed) organs, the study will take account of the physical features, arrangements, and relations of each organ, the shoot (above the ground part) and the root system (below the ground part) as well. Then all these information will be compared to a taxon (plants database) to match the genus of species. The more you are exposed to species of plants, this process become easier and more familiar. It cuts the process short.

Daikon Radish flower left in the field to mature for its pods which are edible too. The four-petal flowers are beautiful indeed.

Apart from admiring this fine creation, namely plants and flowers, sometimes my curious mind will wander on what it could do to us. My late Mom had a great fascination towards usage of plants and flowers as an alternative medicine. She went to great length to discover rare plants and flowers and experimenting it with us. I regret not fully gather all her knowledge in the usage of herbs. However, all are not lost because I took after her. Still learning and practising whatever I know up to present time.


White Melastoma/Senduduk Putih, found on a trekk going up to Dhampus village. It has many medicinal values as known by Asians.

From time immemorial, civilisations have known the usage of plants and flowers and have incorporated it in their everyday lives. In many culture flowers play important part in spiritual rites. Such us in Buddhism and Hinduism. Flowers are an everyday offerings. In alternative medicine, flowers have been used for healing, cleansing and enhancement of aura. It has been used for bathing rituals in many cultures across the world. Reason being, flowers have many colours, distinct fragrance and character.  We can identify a flower simply by these traits.  



In Nepal, you may find lots of this yellow field of Mustard Plants. It's everywhere cultivated for its oil.

My trip to Nepal has definitely given me some satisfaction as I had managed to kill two birds with one stone. I got to satisfy my wanderlust and I had my plant list broaden for a tiny bit. The Blue Gentian flower was the winner of all. It was very precious. I feel happy to have discovered it in between the rocks.


This is the National Flower of Nepal. The crimson-colour Rhododenron. You may see this a lot in spring, as far as the eyes can see. Beautiful!

I had never seen a Rhododenron before and it was a great pleasure to see it aplenty in Nepal as its National Flower. It's beautiful and majestically grown in all the highlands. They are many colours, from red, yellow, pink and white. However it was not yet the blooming time of Spring. I will ensure to capture Rhododendron in all its glorious colours during my next trip to Gokyo. InsyaAllah...


The Nasturtium or Indian Cress or Monks Cress. It is edible from its leaf to its flower. Simply gorgeous colour. It's called simrik colour in Nepali.

We took Simrik Airlines from Kathmandu to Pokhara. I asked the guide, Ganesh to explain what does simrik means. He explained that its a kind of colour. And the colour is described as crimson red such as seen in the Nasturtium/Monk Cress flower above :)


Wheat is also one of the main crops in Nepal. Found this grown randomly in between the Daikon Radish and Green Peas plants in Sarangkot. 

It was also my first time to see the Wheat Plant. Very delighted I was. Like a child. Wheat was not our main crop in Malaysia, therefore we only see white flour not the plants. Hahaha!


Japanese Cedar, found in Sarangkot Sherpa Guest House. 

I got fascinated with this pine cones such as pictured above. Things like this makes me happy. Simply that.

The purple Billygoat Weed. We found it in an abundant field in Sarangkot. So beautiful still.

We went further to the abundant field in Sarangkot and found the unattended field was covered with colourful wild flowers. Such as the Purple Billygoat Weed pictured above. In quantity, it was a sight to behold. Beautiful in colour itself.


Behold the Pearly Everlasting Flower. So true to its name. This one was a dry one but look at it, so everlasting in bloom. Amazing!


This Pearly Everlasting Flower reminded me of the Bunga Cinta I once found in Mount Rinjani. It's everlasting even after all its leaves withered but the flowers remained beautiful. I think that's how it has gotten the name. Pearly white and everlasting :)



The Mexican Daisy, grown in between the stone steps going up Dhampus. 

Finally, these small white daisy, namely Mexican Daisy, captured my sight in regardless. Most of the plants in higher altitude become smaller in size due to temperature. Most plants can not survive altitude higher not because of the altitude itself but because of the temperature.  

"It appears that plants — irrespective of species wherever they are across the world — can't effectively build cells once the temperature drops below 7°C." ~ Associate Professor Mark Hovenden, Plant Scientist, University of Tasmania.

Even those surviving plants will be stunted as its way to adapting itself to the climate. There, it explained why most trees we found above the mountains were small and sturdy. 

Ok folks, I had enough writing this piece. I hope it gives you some new knowledge if not too boring to finish reading up to here :)

Yours truly signing off for now. Take care. Mwah! Mwah!

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