Magic, Royalty & Birthdays

The main reasons for my Malaysia trip were:

  • Floria 2012, Malaysia's premier outdoor/indoor garden and flower showcase and

  • Magic of the Night, a parade of decorated flotillas that cruise along the Putrajaya waterfront



Float of Tourism Malaysia.


Both events were held in conjunction with the other and I was looking forward to attending both events. According to Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen, “We would like tourists to come back to Malaysia repeatedly through new tourism products (such as this) and at the same time, to encourage Malaysians to develop a passion for gardening and to respond to the call for a greener and cleaner Malaysia.

It is very unfortunate that my schedule did not permit me time to go through the Floria booths until dusk and even then it was at a very fast pace. I've decided not to post any photos because what I have will definitely not do the show any justice. The lighting was poor and I did not have time to compose the image with all the other milling crowds of guests.

For you readers who are keen on seeing the Floria 2012, you can head on over to the "My Nice Garden" website of Autumn Belle who has extensively covered the event, including the highlights, orchids and caladiums, and the bougainvillea competition. On hindsight, we should have traded pictures. My Floria 2012 pictures were underexposed and her Magic of the Night pictures were overexposed.

Magic of the Night participants included two foreign countries, nine states and four organizations. I was able to photograph most of the floats and here they are.

***Feel free to click on the images to enlarge for more detail:

From Johor state. This one is my favorite. They are building Legoland in Johor and even if I am not sure if the design is related to this, I like the idea. Plus, my son loves his Lego.


From the Langkawi Development Authority (LADA).


From the Ministry of Tourism


From the state of Perlis.


From the state of Sarawak. Placed 3rd in the Most Creative category.


From the state of Negeri Sembilan. Placed 2nd in the Most Creative category.


From the state of Terengganu. 2nd Overall Best Boat.


From the state of Sabah. Gold medal in the Best Lighted category.


From Perbadan Putrajaya (administrative authority of Putrajaya). Placed 2nd in the Best Lighted category. Voted Most Popular by public poll.


Winning Overall Best Boat is the entry from Suzhou, China. It also placed 3rd in the Best Lighted category.


Which one is your favorite?

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In my previous post, Royal True Yellow, I mentioned that the royal retreat house was next door to my hotel and I visited the past and present royal palaces. I wondered if I would ever see the King or Queen.

Well, the reason we had to hurry through the garden show was because we could not afford to arrive later than the opening ceremonies of Magic of the Night which would be officiated by Seri Paduka Baginda Raja Permaisuri Agong, Tuanku Hajah Haminah. Her Majesty the Queen of Malaysia.

Her Royal Highness at the center of the photo with the flotilla in the background.

I got to see royalty after all.

Photo from Tourism Malaysia

The Queen in the yellow chair. On her right is Malaysian Tourism minister Dato' Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen. I am not certain but I think that on her left is Deputy Tourism Minister Datuk Dr James Dawos Mamit. Can you find me in the picture?

I also met the iconic shoemaker, Mr. Jimmy Choo. I was not able to have my picture taken with him much to my wife's dismay.

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Happy Birthday greetings to my co-celebrants this July. I hope I do not miss anyone this year.

July celebrants and long-time friends who have been celebrating together for more years than we care to count. (L-R) Chito (featured in my Plant Clinic post), myself and Marc.

  • pretty, pretty godchild Krizhca

  • extraordinary host whom my kids call Tito (Uncle) Awesome, Mike

  • beautiful, nature-loving Asra

  • my mother-in-law, Mommy May, who spoils my kids rotten

  • cousin Baby, to whom I entrust my children's health

  • colleague and friend, the dashing and debonair, Clarence

  • tennis buddies, Obet, Gus and Jay

  • blogversary of David's Tropical Texana

  • Benjamin of The Deep Middle

  • Diana of Kebun Malay-Kadazan Girls and

  • Diana of Elephant's Eye

  • Laura of Patio Patch

  • Loree of Danger Garden

  • the talented Dahlia of Makita Studio (my daughter loves her work), wife of Rob of the Pitcher Plant Project.


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Last but not least, my thanks to Pals (also featured in my Plant Clinic post) for lending me his camera to use for the evening shots. My P&S would definitely not have been up to this challenge. Likewise, my thanks to Keith (guest photographer in my Con Color post) for helping me with the post-processing.


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