Sunday, December 14, 2008

Brian & Abigail

It's been a while since I attended a wedding and yesterday I had the opportunity to attend my cousin Brian's wedding at Equatorial Bangi. I must say I enjoyed myself thoroughly even though weddings are not usually my thing. Dawn & Grace were roped in to be flower girls for the occasion and fortunately for us, they behaved themselves and that's saying a lot for a pair of 5 year olds.

Since the ceremony was held outdoors, I think all parties concerned were worried that the rains would wash out the occasion. It was already pouring in KL & PJ when we were driving to Bangi. Believe me when I tell you a miracle happened when the clouds held back its contents. It only started to drizzle when everything was concluded.

Later in the night, we had the usual 10 course dinner which concluded around 11 p.m. I am very happy for Brian & Abigail and I wish them nothing but happiness, prosperity, and good health. Congrats cuz.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Muzium Negara

Not too long ago, I had the opportunity to visit Muzium Negara with the kids. Frankly I did not know what to expect since it's been nearly 20 years since I last set foot on it. I didn't really plan on going to the museum with the kids but we were driving aimlessly around KL on a lazy Saturday morning when we passed by the museum.
So what the heck, I told myself, let's go in to have a look. To say I was disappointed is to understate it. I don't really know how to put it but after touring the place, it's like Malaysia does not have much of a history or at least that our history has not been documented all that well.

The first thing you see when you enter the museum at the foyer are several plastic tanks filled with fish, turtles and other assortment of aquatic life. You can also see a whole skeleton of a small whale, a skeleton of a dugong, a baby dugong preserved in a jar (well in a small aquarium like jar), a 2 foot fish also preserved in a small aquarium like jar and several other small glass aquariums filled with sea horses and fishes.

At the side wall on the ground floor, there is a display of some porcelain bowls, plates etc which the museum authorities helpfully inform us is from the 'Lady Diana'. Information like what the hell was the 'Lady Diana', was the 'Lady Diana' sunk (I am assuming it's a ship), where was it sunk, who sunk it, where was it coming from, where were the porcelain bowls etc from, what year did the 'Lady Diana' know casual information that might satisfy the curious mind were sadly unavailable

Now, if you decide you want more disappointment, as I certainly did, you might want to venture upstairs. At the time of my visit, the entire left wing was closed. No reasons given. Fine. You still have the right wing.

In it your will find the replica of a tin mining dredge. Press the red button and the mechanical parts will move. Woohoo! Next to it, you might catch a glimpse of a pre-WW2 bicycle, iron, rifle and the replica of the A'Formosa and some cannons

Another section of the museum will show pictorials of our recent history with scenes dominated by our ex-prime minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir, our Thomas Cup exploits etc and even a small section for our World No. 1 pendatang Nichol David.

The only part I found interesting was the section where they had the pre-Islamic era artifacts from the Bujang Valley on display. Again there was hardly any information on it. Of course there were the usual broken pottery and stone axes on display in another dimly lit section of the museum.

My verdict? If you have really run out of ideas on where to visit, give the museum a shot. Otherwise go to a bookstore and buy a book on the history of Malaysia. I hate to say it, but the museum like many institutions in Malaysia has seen better days

Monday, December 1, 2008


I think this might be the first time that I've seen the stars and the moon in this alignment. So with the Leica always being the handy companion nowadays, here is a shot of the smiley sky.