Friday, March 30, 2012

Kuala Lumpur Tower - Menara Kuala Lumpur

Menara Kuala Lumpur - KL Tower - View from the ground.

Kuala Lumpur Tower is the tallest telecommunication and broadcasting tower in Malaysia, seventh in the world. Located in Bukit Nanas, Kuala Lumpur, total height for this tower is 421m. This tower was officially open in 1996. Construction works started in 1991 and completed in 1994.

It is surrounded by the oldest rain forest in Kuala Lumpur which special cares was taken during construction of this tower to avoid harming the forest including a 100-year old Jelutong tree (Dyera costulata) which can be found near the parking area.

Kuala Lumpur Tower is a famous destination for local and foreign tourist, which consist a 360 degrees panorama view at the observation platform which located at 276m height and a revolving restaturant. Other than that, there are fun activities at the ground level including pony ride, mini zoo, 3D theater room and Malaysian traditional house exhibition.

Menara Berkembar Petronas.
Petronas Twin Tower - Kuala Lumpur City Center - View from KL Tower observation platform.

Masjid Negara, Menara Dayabumi dan ibu pejabat Pos Malaysia.
National Mosque, Dayabumi Tower and Pos Malaysia headquarter - View from KL Tower observation platform.

Menara Maybank - Maybank Tower - View from KL Tower observation platform.

Skycrappers in Kuala Lumpur - View from KL Tower observation platform.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Malayan Tiger - Harimau Belang

Malayan Tiger - Harimau Belang (Panthera tigris jacksoni)

Malayan Tiger is the largest and most powerful cat. A tiger is 10 times stronger than a man. This mammals can be found in peninsular Malaysia. There is no clear different between the Malayan and Indochinese Tiger.

Tigers love water. During hot and sunny days, swimming will cool down their body.

What we should know about tigers:

1. Eyes- forward facing eyes, for binocular vision to judge distance. Can see 6 times better than human in the dark.

2. Ears- excellent hearing. Can rotate nearly 180 degrees.

3. Nose- excellent sense of smell to detect prey.

4. Whiskers- sensitive to touch. Detect obstacles and access the prey's body position.

5. Teeth- can deliver fatal bites to the prey's throat.

6. Stripes- camouflages the tiger and allows it to get very close to the prey while hunting.

7. Tail- half as long as its body. Used for balancing and to communicate.

9. Tigers are endangered species. Stop buying tiger products to stop killing this animal.

Source: National Zoo, Kuala Lumpur.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Ikan Ubi - Ikan Ketutu

Ikan Ubi - Marbled Sleeper

Ikan Ubi, juga dikenali sebagai ikan ketutu, ikan hantu, haruan bodoh, belantuk atau soonhock oleh masyarakat cina. Dalam bahasa inggeris disebut sebagai marbled sleeper atau marbled gudgeon, mungkin sebab ikan ini yang seperti tidur hampir setiap masa.

Ikan ubi hidup di dalam air tawar, biasanya di dalam sungai, tali air ataupun tasik. Merupakan ikan yang pasif dan jarang bergerak walaupun untuk mencari makan. Disebalik wajahnya yang hodoh, rasa isinya sangat sedap dan digemari ramai terutama masyarakat cina. Ini menjadikan ikan yang susah untuk ditemui ini berharga tinggi sehingga mencecah RM100 sekilogram. Penternakan ikan ubi secara komersil telah lama dimulakan untuk memenuhi permintaan ikan ubi yang tinggi walaupun ikan ini agak lambat untuk membesar kerana malas untuk mencari makan.

Ikan Ubi, Ikan Ketutu (Oxyeleotris marmorata)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Yellow Flame Tree - Pokok Batai Laut (Peltophorum pterocarpum)

Yellow Flame Tree - Pokok Batai Laut

Yellow flame flower
Yellow flame tree

Yellow Flame Tree - Pokok Batai Laut (Peltophorum pterocarpum)

Family: Fabaceae

Genus: Peltophorum

Common name: Batai Laut, Jemerlang, Yellow Flame.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Serkap Ikan

Serkap Ikan. Conical Fish Trap.

Conical Fish trap or serkap ikan is a traditional gear to catch fish during dry season, especially when the farmers plowing their fields before paddy seedlings. During that time, fish can be seen in the water and a fast action should be done to catch the fish.

The trap is made from bamboo and rattan, which was shaped and cut into required size before its fix together to become a hard, beautiful and long lasting product. Its not everybody got the skills to make this product. Only talented people can produce good fish trap, usually inherited from their older generation.

Concentration is among the factor to produce a good fish trap.