Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Fashion Grand Finals - Piala Seri Endon 2012

It was Sunday, 2nd December 2012. Grand Ballroom Level 3 Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. The event was Piala Seri Endon 2012. It was named after the late Tun Endon Mahmood. The Cup or Piala was conceived to discover and provide a platform or support, recognition and encouragement of Malaysia's batik - making talent. It is an annual event that is open only to Malaysians over 18 years of age, and is part of the Malaysian Batik: Crafted for The World Movement, which was launched by Tun Endon in 2003.

12 entries made it to the final out of 64. Our team  with Elegance of Betta Splenden was in the final too. Both of us (Bangchik and Kakdah) made a long trip to Kuala Lumpur to get a glimpse of a different world, the world of fashion......

Alunan Garisan

Beauty of Red

Garden Seduction

Ilusi Bara


Random Spirit of Passiflora

...........................Our Team.................................
Badrul Hisham Shaharin
Mohd Izswan Mohd Sidik
Davis Paul Lister

Elegance of Betta Splenden

(elegance of fighting fish, ikan laga)

our team, the design and models

...........................Our Team.................................

Our team earned one of the RM1000 consolation prize. They are adamant about coming back next year for the RM30,000 First Prize !.... Yeah!!!!...

bangchik and kakdah

Friday, November 16, 2012

garden: virgin colour







array of beauties


virgin colour, beauty, youthfulness

virgin colour

8.00 am
thursday morning.

bangchik and kakdah
pasir gudang johor

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Butterfly so beautiful, "lacewing"

pic1  lacewing butterfly

pic2  lacewing butterfly

pic3  lacewing butterfly

pic4  lacewing butterfly

pic5  lacewing butterfly

pic6  lacewing butterfly

pic7  lacewing butterfly

pic8  lacewing butterfly

pic9  lacewing butterfly

pic10  lacewing butterfly

pic11  lacewing butterfly

pic12  lacewing butterfly

The pictures were taken yesterday 13.11.2012 at 6.30pm. The beautiful butterfly enjoyed marigold flower so much that it kept coming back. A quick check in the internet identified it as either plain lacewing  (cethosia penthesilea methypsea) or malay lacewing ( cethosia hypsea hypsina). I can't figure out which one.

bangchik and kakdah
my little vegetable garden

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

cucumber in english, timun in malay.

The trellis is ready, six cucumber seedlings had come up to the fourth leaves. Everything seems set for another adventure with cucumber. The seeds were given last month by Azwar an old friend.

trellis for cucumber

Then we had to be away for two days, attending Yop's convocation in Bangi.  Losing seedlings at that stage is going to be heartbreaking, and to make it worse, our neighbour Syed had to be away too.  So we decided to temporarily put them in the bathroom. We were back on Sunday 4th November 2012, what a relief, they looked alright.

bangchik and kakdah
pasir gudang johor

Monday, November 5, 2012

seedlings and seedlings

Seeds will be obsolete if stored for far too long especially in the kind of weather we are having in Malaysia.  One eggplant was allowed to grow and grow and finally turned yellow. It was so big. I scooped out seeds, and it could easily be thousands.  I germinated immediately, filling up 104-tray. There is no intention of selling them at all, and the whole process is to satisfy my earlier hypothesis that fresh seeds will germinate better.

So, as expected every single seed germinated...... 104!. The most I am going to use is 20 in the vegetable patch over the left side of the backyard.... The rest is for the neighbours and visitors, - kakdah's green giveaways, in a down to earth reply to modern cry - sustainable living. Kakdah may not have the capacity to champion 500,000 strong march down Kuala Lumpur for green living or stop jungle clearing campaign. And all she has is the green pencil to give some colour to the canvas in form of little seedlings giveaways....

eggplant seedlings

two rows of zinnia on the left,  a tray of spinach on the right

After years of  germination attempts,  we can almost gauge what's the outcome, given the age of seeds and weather conditions.  My way is crude, no lab, no meter readings.... just plain layman approach. Like an old fisherman who can tell storm is coming, not repeating weatherman's report on TV but understanding the tingling feeling at ear lobes..... hmmmm...hmmm... haha.

bangchik and kakdah

Friday, November 2, 2012


 Every plant has a story to tell, like us too, humans. This eleborate fern known locally as pakis tanduk rusa or staghorn /deer horn fern really traveled far. It was taken (through division technique) from my sister's place in Perak. Five hundred and fifty kilometers away, or 7 hours by car. I wonder if the spores can travel that far surfing through the sky with it's life-time natural dispersal agent, the wind. Spores are seeds for ferns, so small and light almost like dust.

The fern ended up  the large raintree, at the right side of our house.  It was placed in position by tying up with steel wire. After almost six months, the fern manage to grow and cling to the tree and we had removed the wire.

tanduk rusa

tanduk rusa

tanduk rusa

We measure the overall height of this gigantic fern..... a whopping 6 feet from top to bottom!!
To us, the staghorn fern is still a 6 month old baby...

bangchik and kakdah
pasir gudang johor

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Wordless Wednesday ~ aromatic pink

aromatic pink
 ~  bangchik ~



my little vegetable garden

Monday, October 29, 2012

Ulam Pegaga dalam pasu


Pegaga is as old as malay traditions. It's one of the easiest herb to find in the wild. It can adapt and will grow  better in gardens.  I even try growing pegaga in pots. The plant is primarily a creeper but it doesn't mind   growing in  plastic container.  Both of us don't consume a lot, just two or three leaves will do as salad.

For those who are keen on benefits of pegaga ( pennywort ), should read of this article:

The Pennywort herb is a member of the dill and carrot family. Also known as Gotu Kola, Pegaga or Centella, it boasts numerous health benefits. These include increased youthfulness and vitality, improved eyesight and memory, relief from pain associated with arthritis and relief from insomnia. 

Li Ching-Yuen, a Tai Chi Chuan Master, was rumoured to have lived for a staggering 256 years because of his daily use of Pennywort. Sri Lankan King Aruna was said to have given Pennywort the credit for giving him enough stamina to satisfy all 50 women belonging to his harem during the 10th century.
click here to read more >>>   Improve memory and increase vitality with Pennywort by: Shona Botes

Pegaga in pot

pegaga: healthy clean leaves


pennywort - pegaga

pegaga - pennywort

and pegaga in pot would push it higher 
on ornamental value.

bangchik and kakdah
my little vegetable garden

Saturday, October 27, 2012

butterfly, a rare visit.

a butterfly

enjoying the pink flower
 blue rings circling white dots
white at the edges.
otherwise all black

the same butterfly came back 
for the white flower

it is male Jacintha Eggfly

bangchik and kakdah

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