It was a few years back that we made our trip to Kota Kinabalu.
As part of the trip, we went to have a look at the world’s largest flower on the lower slopes of Mount Kinabalu. This flower is known as Rafflesia – a flower which can be as large as 39 inches in diameter and weigh up to 22 lb. The plant has no stems, leaves or true roots. It is an holoparasite of vines in the genus Tetrastigma , spreading its absorptive organ.
The bud of the Malaysian version of the flower remains dormant for 6 to 9 months and then suddenly burst out at night to become a flower, but then it start to decompose only after 2-3 days later.
Actually, we paid the local villager who kept the flower an “entrance fee” to see the flower. The flower has a smell similar to rotting flesh and for that reason it is called a “corpse flower” by the local people. This is the biggest stinky flower we have ever seen in our life.
The flower is just out of scale with the rest of the plants in the vicinity!
Usually, I will try to submit several entries on the WPC’s weekly theme.
The first entry is usually about something which immediately comes to mind when reading the Daily Press ‘s WPC.
Then, I would go for a search in my archive to see what else can be submitted as well.
For this week’s challenge, the view from the top of a mountain on the Langkawi island, Malaysia immediately came to mind.
We were up on this mountain and the cable car brought us even higher up. From the top of the mountain, we saw a deep valley below and as a background, we have the blue sea separated by a layer of white clouds from the equally blue sky.
The steeply rising hill contrasts quite a bit with the valley below!
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We can see serenity in many things.
This water lily in our hotel at Langkawi did invoke a sense of serenity.
I guess serenity starts with something external but then spreads inwards so that we achieve inner peace.
I can never forget the beautiful view at Lake Barrine, Australia.
These water plants in the lake gave me a sense of serenity which I have always remembered.
The sunlight seemed to shine only on the plants I like.
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The theme for this week’s photo challenge is Shadowed.
Those who have been following me know that I love the island of Langkawi, Malaysia very much.
The two pictures here were taken almost at the same spot, viewing towards the sea.
The first one was taken when the sun has gone down and the seaside restaurant has turned on the lights.
The second one was taken earlier when the sun was still up, with the shadows of the chairs and the tables on the ground.
The pictures invoke during tones and moods. Hope you like them :-)
How blissful it is to wake up and have breakfast under the morning sun!
As usual, we didn’t wake up early to have our breakfast when we visited the Island of Langakwi.
Having breakfast among the nature and listening to the soft murmurs of the sea must be one of the biggest joy in life!
It was another day in paradise :-)
I am filled with gratitude to the responses I have received to my previous post – Prayers for Mom.
At the time of writing, almost 60 responses were received.
All of them offered prayers, good wishes, blessings, healing thoughts and even positive reiki energy to mom. I know I am unable to thank each of you enough.
I am deeply moved and would like to thank you all on behalf of mom who will be having an operation today. I know I have very kind blogging friends around me and the blogosphere is full of love.
I was much saddened when I understand my mom has cancer in her colon and that because of old age and immobility, she has decided not to undertake any treatment.
But it seems the good Lord has kindly showed us the way and I hope that He will increase His mercy on us and the whole world.
Eternal God, please be with my mom today as she goes through the surgery. I know we deserve nothing.
I hope , whatever happens to mom in the surgery, this is a rebirth for her.
I sincerely hope it is a day when the sun will rise with all its glory and warmth.
For this, I am showing a sunrise photo taken in Langkawi, Malaysia.
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The theme Descent for this week’s challenge seems to be my favorite topic.
Here are a couple of photos taken a while back at a beach in Langkawi, when the sun was setting.
One photo shows the sun was just about the horizon; the sky was almost red.
The other one shows the sun was actually “dipped” into the sea with the sky becoming darker.
Please enjoy :-)