Spring Blossom in Japan

Although visiting Japan had been in my mind for sometime, it was quite an impromptu decision when I booked the return flights from Singapore (SIN) to Osaka (KIX) with AirAsiaX via Kuala Lumpur (KUL). The promotional airfare by the low cost carrier was SGD396.40 (~GBP200) and the ~6hour flight between KUL-KIX was a breeze despite the no-frill service. My first visit to Japan was an intense cultural experience that covered four cities in the Kansai area, namely Osaka, Kobe, Kyoto and Nara in four full days. It was also perfectly timed with the full bloom of cherry blossom in spring (満開日), best experienced at the Philosopher's Walk (哲学の道) in Kyoto and Osaka Castle (大阪城).

Philosopher's walk (哲学の道) in spring (04/2012)

Osaka Castle (大阪城) from Nishinomaru Garden (西の丸庭園) (04/2012)


Sunset at Kuta Beach, Bali

A short weekend break with my labmates brought me south, across the Equator for the first time, to the Island of Bali in Indonesia. All in all, Bali certainly did not disappoint, albeit the inevitable commercialism and tourism. The exotic Balinese culture has spectacular nature to match and the locals are generally friendly and courteous too. We had great time there and concluded our trip by a visit to Kuta Beach for sunset and dinner before flying back to Singapore the next morning.

Sunset at Kuta 1

Sunset at Kuta 2


Forest Research Institute Malaysia

Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) is a good place to go if you are already bored with the twin towers and shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur (KL). Located in Kepong, a suburb north of KL, FRIM offers a unique tropical rainforest experience within 1 hr of car drive from the hectic city centre. One of the popular attractions in FRIM is the 200 m long canopy walkway, which can be an interesting way of admiring nature as long as you do not mind walking 30 m above ground level on the planks!


TL: tall trees; TR: forest path; BL: wild life; BR: city view

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Spring Blossom

New evidence to support the arrival of spring, just outside the window!

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Blossoming tree at Andrew Ure Hall (29/04/2008)

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A Host of Golden Daffodils

Spending a few years in the "temperate climate" of Scotland teaches me sight of golden daffodils signifies the arrival of spring (ignoring the occasional hail and snow that we still get these days). Of course, who can forget the beautiful "Daffodil poem" that we recited back in school. It was in the tropics then and none in the class had seen the flower before!

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Daffodils in Glasgow Green (21/03/2008)

Busy Like a Bee

If I am ever going to start a mood updater in this website (as the one in facebook), I'd begin by updating from THE PREVIOUS MOOD to THIS CURRENT ONE. Inspired by Bee Movie? Maybe...BuZzzzzz

Bee on a flower
Taken in Tøyen museum park, Oslo (07/2006)

In Search of Ice

A cold day at Lillehammer when liquid turned solid, cool!

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Maihaugen of Lillehammer, Norway (11/2007)

What Animal Are You?

I got this interesting question the other day, "What animal are you?". Eagle, the king of the sky , always sounds like a good answer...but at the moment, I think something else fits me better :-P

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A slug, Isle of Mull, Scotland (04/2007)

Two More Animal Facts Learnt

A brown bear can climb a tree and a grey squirrel can climb a wall!!!

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Brown bears in the Skansen zoo, Stockholm (04/2006)

Video: Grey squirrel outside the SIBS building, Glasgow (10/2006)

Shades of Autumn at Strathclyde

It's that time of the year again when the campus is decorated with colours of autumn...time to abandon my usual tropical outfit :-P

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Library, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (24/10/2007)

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The Other Side of the Fence

Is the grass greener on the other side of the fence?

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A hill, somewhere on the Isle of Mull, Scotland (04/2007)


Sunrise delights me and it's even more so when performed live by Norah Jones :-)

Sunrise, as seen en route from LHR to PEN (01/2006)

Marine Botany

Never knew that a seemingly lifeless rocky beach could offer such a myriad of colours and diversity of lives, therefore, I have to agree that nature is the best classroom to learn...marine botany (+ zoology, to include the red stuff between rocks)!

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Snapshots taken at a beach on Isle of Mull, Scotland (04/2007)