Where Colors Fly

“Oh no! Not a bird park again”. This was my immediate response to my friend’s suggestion of visiting a bird park in Singapore. How was it going to be different from the ones I had visited in other countries?

“A bird park is a bird park”, I said. Well, actually no.

flamingoes jurong park where colors fly

It took me three trips to

Tangkuban Perahu – Arising out of a legend

Tangkuban Perahu – Arising out of a legend

As I stand at the rim of Tangkuban Perahu crater, the legend unfolds in front of me. A single mother Dayang Sumbi who lived in West Java, cast away her son Sangkuriang for disobedience. Son went to a faraway place. Saddened by her actions, the beautiful woman was also worried about her future. Looking at her sadness the Gods granted her the power of eternal youth.

Tangkuban Perahu crater

Time passed,

I am back from Valley of flowers and more

You must be wondering what I am upto these days!

Well, I am back from my trekking trip to the valley of flowers, Hemkunt Sahib and more. And I tell you, trekking nearly 60 kilometers in all, half of which was uphill is no joke for a city dweller like me !
I also went to Badrinath and walked up to the last tea shop in last village on Indian side before descending to Rishikesh, Dehradun et al.
The time was not perfect for the entire trip as it was raining heavily and we faced a number of landslides on every single leg of our journey which made the job tough. If we faced only 4 landslides on a stretch while going up, the fate had more in store for us while coming down the same stretch.

valley of flowers

What colors!

But our main attraction was

Malaysian Lipstick

Picture of the moment is a weekly series exhibiting pictures, through which I show you a bit of my world.

Malaysian Lipstick is also called as Lipstick palm or sealing wax.

Two years back I saw it for the first time in Seremban, Malaysia and immediately fell in love with it. I marveled at the bold red color that had overshadowed the typical greens. The rustling sound of its leaves had caught my attention and I so wanted to possess one.
I stopped and yes, you guessed it right. I clicked pictures. 😀

Well, I couldn’t imagine a bamboo tree like that! It was much later (on my recent visit) that I was corrected, they are NOT bamboo trees but palm !
lipstick palm

A bunch of red Malaysian lipsticks. 😛