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Heart2Heart with orangutans

By on September 8, 2009 in Eco

“When you realize the value of all life, you dwell less on what is past and concentrate more on the preservation of the future.” — Dian Fossey

I have idolised Dian Fossey, the zoologist ever since I watched Gorillas in the Mist on television. She was the champion of the gorillas in Africa and had dedicated her life to preserve and protect the great apes from extinction. Without her painstaking research and groundbreaking studies, we might never have known or cared about the primates’ existence.

I may not have the single minded devotion that Dian Fossey had for the majestic mountain gorillas of Rwanda but I am passionate about the conservation of wildlife. Although I’ve made a practise of donating money to various wildlife organisations, I have never participated in any conservation programme.

So, I believe it was fate that brought me all the way to Matang Wildlife Centre in Kuching, Sarawak, last July. I was in Sarawak for a holiday but a friend had invited me to attend the launching of a conservation programme called Heart2Heart with Orangutan at the rehabilitation centre.

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The Borneo Escapade.

By on May 29, 2009 in Eco with 11 Comments

Whenever the word “apple” springs out, among the first things that come to my mind are usually, “Washington”, “Pies” or “Snow White”. Well, that’s just me being random. But all that has definitely changed. Say apple to me now and it’ll take me straight to Ba’kelalan. Some may go “say what?” in response (like I […]

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Apples Galore

By on May 26, 2009 in Eco with No Comments

Its shiny green skin dazzled brightly under the hot, morning sun. Next to it, grew another round, shiny green fruit; its small size screaming for attention.

Workers are seen tearing away the old newspapers around the other fruits, offering a glimpse of the succulent home-grown apples.

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A Bako to remember…

By on April 20, 2009 in Beach, Eco, Family, Islands with 3 Comments

Wshhhhhh…..wihssssshhhhhh…

The trees bristle violently in the chill wind.

A large orange nose peers shyly from the tree tops. Wide-eyed with weary lines under its eyes, the proboscis scans the horizon.

“Click..Click……”

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Malaysian strawberries

By on March 5, 2009 in Eco, Family, Food, Highlands with 16 Comments

Juicy, red, succulent strawberries…ever had a craving for some?

Malaysians are very fortunate as we do not have to book the next plane ticket overseas as strawberries are grown right at our very doorsteps.

Cameron Highlands, with its cooling climate and low temperatures is the most suitable place for these strawberries to thrive.

Its low temperatures of 10 to 25 degrees Celsius, with a height of more than 1500 meters make the place suitable for the cultivation of strawberries.

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Desaru Fruit Farm

By on February 23, 2009 in Eco, Family, Food, Tour with 16 Comments

“Do you know how to choose a good jambu air?”

“Here, look at its fleshy back. It must be firm and make sure it is clean.”

A bubbly, Henry Goh, our guide at the Desaru Fruit Farm, with his cowboy hat grinned widely.

Several ikat of jambu air were hanging from a pole in the clean orchard. Pink and blue plastic wrappers hung colourfully on the treetops above us.

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Butterfly Farm

By on February 23, 2009 in Eco, Family, Highlands, Museums/Gallery, Tour with 1 Comment

“When holding a scorpion, never touch the middle of its body. This is the most sensitive part,” bellowed Mohamad Jahangir, a worker at the Butterfly Farm at the Kea Farm area, Cameron Highlands. “Make sure you touch the scorpion at its tail (not the part with the sting, though). This is because scorpions can only […]

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