Lost Horizon Found

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One of the classic films that I watched over and over was "Lost Horizon", both Frank Capra's version and the 1973 musical remake.  Based on James Hilton's book of the same title, it is about plane crash survivors who find Shangri-la, an idyllic valley in the Himalayas (but in Karakoram in the book).

 

Have you ever dreamed of a place far away from it all?  Where the air you breathe is soft and clean, and children play in fields of green.  -- Burt Bacharach

Putrajaya is the designated Federal Government Administrative Center.  Government buildings abound and yet it is also touted as Malaysia's "Garden City of Tomorrow" and the world's first "Intelligent Garden City".  I mentioned in my previous post that while visiting this garden city, I was billeted at the Shangri-La Putrajaya.  As you can see, it is a low-rise hotel and each of its four floors has its own unique theme:  palms, bamboo, aromatic herbs and aquatic plants.

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The Water Tank's New Clothes

Regular readers of this blog and owners of blogs I frequent are  probably tired of hearing me say that I don't have a "proper" garden.  Some areas of Southern Metro Manila used to have a water shortage problem which is why our current home's grounds have hardly any soil at all.  What we have is a lot of cemented flooring which requires no trimming, fertilizing and most especially no watering.  Here are pictures of our "yard" a few months before we and the plants moved in.

The view from the back wall showing the base of our water tank.

 

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