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by : BTF

As I Wander...

Living in tropical Malaysia, we tend to take the hot humid weather, thundery rainstorms and the spectrum of wild evergreen plants as a given.

Recently, I noticed more exotic plants making its way into landscaped home gardens, recreational parks, frontages of shopping malls and
commercial buildings.

Along kerb sides of residential streets and busy motorways, palms, trees and flowering plants make pleasant and interesting fringes.

This is a record of the various species "as I see it" for I am in awe of palms. Hence, my premise for this blog is that the global garden,
i.e. every physical garden (tended or untended), becomes a part of my, simply said, cyber palm garden. ;-)

Please feel free to share your thoughts or comments.

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Friday, July 30, 2010

The Rainforest at 1Utama

Surprise! Surprised myself again!
Perhaps like many others, I had been blindly making my way around the shopping mall without exiting its enclosed cool air-conditioned environment for fear the heat outside would be unbearable! 

This staged Rainforest themed garden would be worth every drop of perspiration if only we venture out of our comfortable confines. There are several exits from the lower ground floor leading to this exhiliarating 'forest' with an interesting variety of tropical greenery including palms, beautiful carps (Japanese koi), Malaysian freshwater tropical fishes,soothing flow of streams and the sound of trickling water coasting or should it be cascading down from high.

You get the feeling of being in the forest but without having to sweat it out to get there. How pampered today's lifestyle have made us feel. And if you don't get to go into the rainforest, it will come to you, courtesy of 1U Management. Best of all, you travel to the lower forest floors via escalators. tic..tic

Some photos here to tempt the uninitiated. You might want to hurry up and come by for an enjoyable walk to see what simple joys you had bypassed, followed by a relaxing cuppa at any of the adjoining eateries. Arcadia!

sign posted

giant lily pads (Victoria amazonica)
water lilies

cool stream

curious carpies

cascading waterfall 
sitting duck

close up of young Victoria

birdlife cast in stone

forest floor

tropical freshwater fish aquarium

River catfish  (Pangasius kunyit) 
dumb cane (Dieffenbachia)
ctenanthe oppenheimiana tricolor

reflection of atrium (beam me up, Scottie!)
cyclanthus bipartitus

Of course, the delightful walk unveiled some new (to me) and exciting palm species too.  Blog soon...  

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