Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Lovely Collection

More lovely drawing's collection by Haikal (and his teacher at Da Vinci). Good job, son!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Illustration Friday- Lonely

Sometimes in our lives we all have pain.
We all have sorrow.
But if we are wise.
We know that there's always tomorrow.
~ from 'Lean On Me'

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Illustration Friday- Lost

My kids love Ultraman so much. I bought plenty of toys for them, but they will only pick Ultraman and Monster to play with. One day, Haikal told me that the Monster lost its head. I told him that maybe the Ultraman fired his heat ray to the monster during the fight and burnt its head.

On the next day, I found the Monster's head under the sofa.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Bukit Malawati, Kuala Selangor

Last Saturday, we were at Kuala Selangor. That was my husband's idea and we brought along the voucher of De Palma Hotel. Actually, we plan to keep the voucher for our big family gathering but it's hard to find available time for everybody. Without prior booking, we safely arrived at De Palma Hotel around 5.30 in the evening. Unfortunately, the voucher is only valid during weekdays. And... there's also no available room for us. Ohhh..

We changed our plan and visited Bukit Malawati which is located nearby. My kids loved the colourful tram ride to the top of Bukit Malawati. Haikal sang his favourite song loudly, "Keretapi..Dinasour..Chooo..Chooooo". The tram fees is only RM3 for an adult and RM1 for children.

And guess what we saw at the top of the hill? We were greeted by black monkeys! Silverleaf Monkeys... I don't really like monkey although it looks gentle and quite friendly (-_-). Anas tried to approach the monkeys but I warned him not to. I told him that I will always allow him to touch and play with cat, but not with monkey. 

Thursday, July 12, 2012

A Story of A Bad Tree

Pak Mamat loves gardening. Every day he went to his farm to take care of his banana farm.

One day, a strong wind blew a seed of unknown tree which fell on the ground somewhere in the farm. Not long after that, the seed started to germinate and proudly introduced itself as “Liyusina” tree.

Pak Mamat received a call from his son, Hashim, who lived in town. Hashim’s wife had safely delivered their first baby after two years of marriage. Pak Mamat and his wife, Mak Dibah, excitedly rushed to the town and planned to spend a couple of months there.

During his absence, Liyusina began to dominate Pak Mamat's banana farm. Liyusina is a fast growing tree and produces hundreds of seeds.  The seeds then could germinate and grow as fast as their parents. The banana were threatened by Liyusina’s existence, and soon the banana farm was totally converted to a Liyusina farm.

As Pak Mamat came back from the town, he was shocked to see what had happened to his banana farm. With his full strength, he cut the Liyusina trees one by one. Besides, he also collected the seeds and destroyed them.

However, Liyusina was such a resilient invasive tree. New shoots were sprouted out around the stump in no time after the trees were cut. Even girdling the trunk could not kill Liyusina. The situation became even worst during the rainy seasons because more young shoots and seedlings were sprouting in the farm. 

After thinking hard, Pak Mamat got a brilliant idea.This time, he drilled a small hole in the trunk and injected a herbicide. It was said that the herbicide was very effective to kill the plant cell although it might take some time. 

Gradually after that, the Liyusina leaves started to wither and turned black.The leaves fell and the Liyusina trees appeared weak and dying. Pak Mamat was relieved with the progress. The banana were happy and of course Pak Mamat was the happiest man in the world. 

In the following month, Pak Mamat harvested a lot of banana from his farm. As a way of grateful to the blessing, Pak Mamat shared some of the fruit with his fellow villagers.