A forest to cherish in Tangjung Tuan

Tembusu trees, Tg Tuan, Port Dickson – courtesy of Toh HL

A forest to cherish in Tangjung Tuan

Fortunately, Tanjung Tuan has been gazetted as a forest reserve since 1921 and as a wildlife sanctuary since 1971. We certainly hope this natural beauty would remain as a reserve and sanctuary for eternity for the public as well as for the flora and fauna. During most weekends and public holidays, this small sanctuary is swarmed with hundreds of hikers, a testimony of its attractions.

Sunrise in Tangjung Tuan, Port Dickson – courtesy of TohHL

The breath-taking beauty of the forest, boulders, beaches, cliffs and sea proves irresistible to most of us. Hikers come for exercise. But it’s normal for us to take photos of strange trees, fungi, unique rock formations. Also, on rare occasions we took our poses amongst rock pools and watched whirlpools while hiking.

Note:

This is a post by Toh HL. Coauthor, Toh HL is an avid cameraman. He used to teach physics. It’s much later I discover that he is a good writer too!

Perhaps, Covid19 is nature’s remedy…

Watching turtles during sunrise in Port Dickson – Courtesy of Toh HL

Perhaps, Covid19 is nature’s remedy…

The sky and sea are bluer than ever before, with the lockdown in place and reduced human activities. Even the sunsets appear more splendid and brilliant. I saw 6 turtles bobbing up and down in the sea just a week ago. Perhaps the reduction in pollution makes it right for them to seek a place nearby to lay their eggs. Who knows?

Perhaps, Covid19 is nature’s remedy for the pollution and destruction we have wrecked on Mother Earth. It’s time for humans to cooperate to conserve the Earth’s resources. Pollution is increasing, sea levels are rising, global warming is becoming a threat, floods and tornadoes are more rampant. There can’t be economic prosperity when Mother Earth is dying.

by Co-author Toh HL

Note:

“… I saw 6 turtles bobbling up and down in the sea, just a week ago.”

“.. you’re supposed to stay at home during this pandemic!”

“… from my balcony.” (by the seaside!)

Quote: I like this statement!

Perhaps, Covid19 is nature’s remedy for the pollution and destruction we have wrecked on Mother Earth. ” – Co-author Toh HL , from Port Dickson

Free-Falling Heart Jolts

Bungee jumping kids can give many a parents heart jolts!

Free-Falling Heart Jolts

Rock climbing, scuba-diving, 
and now free-falling bungee jumps
as high as a nine-storey building!

These adrenaline-producing activities
may jolt many-a-parent's heart, many times!
All for the challenge of courage and excitements!

Have you felt such heart jolt before? I did!


Faithful Friday with the News Breaker

Faithful Friday- nightmares after a cancer diagnosis ( a sketch by author)

Faithful Friday with the News Breaker

This is a poetic triplet (tercet) depicting faith and the anguish after a cancer diagnosis.

They come to break the cancer news
decision over treatments, I muse
with meditative prayers and cues.

Vegetarian I am on Fridays
Feeling dispirited, in malaise
At times, in denial, fiercely ablaze.

In your hand I take it all in a stride
though tears came and dried
this journey I will take under your guide.

Quotes:-

  1. Be faithful in small things because it is them that your strength lies. – Mother Teresa

Flowery Thursday!

An item with different species of orchid flowers wins the prize!- Orchid World Sanya

Flowery Thursday!

In Diversity and Unity, we stand!

Quotes:

  1. “A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.”– Zen Shin
  2. “The flower that follows the sun does so even in cloudy days.”– Robert Leighton

Thoughtful Thursday

elderly woman busy writing
Thoughtful Thursady (Photo by Cristian Rojas on Pexels.com)

Thoughtful Thursday

As I read and type 
Thinking deliberately today 
Have I forgotten
 to reciprocate some 
who has visited my sites? 
Have I forgotten 
to reply to comment? 
Have I commented enough? 
For it takes a while  and
to think and respond! 

So I ponder
Maybe I should do
a light 'touch and go.'
and an easy 'hi'!
As most do,
Click a 'like'!
That's thinking on 
a Thoughtful Thursday.

Quote:-

  1. Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less. – C. S. Lewis.
  2. If there were one word that could act as a standard of conduct for one’s entire life, perhaps it would be ‘thoughtfulness. – Confucius

Evening walk: Fruits and monkeys

Evening walk: Fruits and monkeys

Fruits, fruits, all wrapped-up

bin grilled to prevent stealing

by the swinging apes!

This Haiku tells of an evening walk, the fruit trees along the way and the monkeys who come down from the hills. Development has destroyed some of their habitats.

Lovely Freezing Wednesday

An icy backlane: Icy toppings over all structures it laid upon!

Lovely Freezing Wednesday

Living in an all year round summer country, snow is

… a novelty!

See the smooth icy toppings on all structures it laid upon!

Such a beautiful sight!

Quotes:

  1. To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake, it is necessary to stand out in the cold,”- Aristotle
  2. “The snow was endless, a heavy blanket on the outdoors; it had a way about it. A beauty. But I knew that, like many things, beauty could be deceiving.”― Cambria Hebert, Whiteout

Ginger and Tambunan; Switzerland of the East

Ginger and Tambunan; Switzerland of the East

About 750 metres above sea level, 
Tambunan is part of the Crocker Range 
where we passed the gravity hill
along the way.

Bamboo fencing welcomes us,
and bade us goodbye, too.
The dense forests of bamboo; 
a result of a British colonial edict 
'20 bamboo sprouts to be planted
for every bamboo cut'!

The Huge Ginger sculpture 
reminds me of my household increased usage;
ginger for every pot of rice,
ginger for every kettle of boiling water!

Because it tastes better? 
Or an anti- Covid dietary item? 













Evening walk: Raining flowers

Evening walk: Raining flowers

Spiralling rain of

Tecoma flowers from trees

purplish carpet formed.

This Haiku tells of the pleasant experience during an evening walk. It is walking through the rain of spiraling Tecoma flowers. They form a bed of flowers on the ground.

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