Dinner At Ming Yuen Noodles Restaurant

Posted by : foongpc | Monday, July 29, 2013 | Published in

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Besides sightseeing, the other thing that made me really enjoyed my holidays in Hong Kong was the food! In fact, I do not mind flying all the way to Hong Kong just for the food alone.

After my friend and I descended from The Peak, we walked to the the Central MTR Station and took the MTR back to Mongkok. It was already 9pm at that time, so there were not many people in the MTR train.

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After we alighted at Mongkok, we walked around the streets before deciding to eat at this restaurant called Ming Yuen Noodles Restaurant. Located at Soy Street, this restaurants serves mainly noodles.

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I ordered this braised noodles with wontons. The noodles were springy and came with oyster sauce and  if not mistaken, glass lettuce. I can't imagine our very own Malaysian wonton noodles with glass lettuce, can you?

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The wontons came separately in a bowl of soup. They were super huge, fresh, juicy and simply delicious!!

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My friend ordered this braised noodles with stewed ox-tripe. It came with servings of offal, liver and the the innards which I'm sorry to say, really puts me off. LOL.

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My friend loved it a lot though. I guess not everyone will like eating all these inner organs, but if you do, then chances are you will love it too.

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One thing I love about the food in Hong Kong is that the portion is huge and the taste ranges from satisfying to excellent. Rarely did I come across any food that taste horrible or unpalatable.

The only problem is you almost always need to share tables with others, and the service is normally not very good either. When we needed to pay the bill, the male waiter rudely directed us to the cash counter. My friend said the waiter acted more like a gangster than a waiter haha!

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The saving grace is of course the yummy food. I think that is so important because with delicious food, I am willing to forgive the restaurant for poor service.

But I have to say, having experienced dining in Hong Kong, I kind of appreciate Malaysian restaurants more, not because our Malaysian food is tastier, but because I always get a whole table to myself even if I am dining all alone. Haha!!

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After our dinner at Ming Yuen, we strolled around and ended up at Hui Lau Shan. I simply love the mango desserts at Hui Lau Shan and we had it almost every night. I have already blogged about Hui Lau Shan - you can read it HERE.

This is the end of Day 3 in Hong Kong. The next day would be exciting as it would be my very first trip to Disneyland Hong Kong! Stay tuned : )

Night Views Of Hong Kong From The Sky Terrace

Posted by : foongpc | Thursday, July 25, 2013 | Published in

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OK, dear readers. It's back to my Hong Kong travel posts again!

This is the trip I made with my friend back in March 2011. I know, I know - that's like 2 years ago. But there were so many other things to blog about and I had to keep putting it off.

Anyway, to refresh your memory, here are all the Hong Kong posts I have blogged about thus far, in chronological order.

Day 1
1. My First Day In Hong Kong
2. I Bought Something Naughty At The Ladies Market In Mongkok
3. Yummy Mango Desserts At Hui Lau Shan

Day 2
4. My Breakfast At Australia Dairy Company
5. Pandas Galore At Ocean Park Hong Kong! (Part 1)
6. Pandas Galore At Ocean Park Hong Kong! (Part 2)
7. The Waterfront At Ocean Park Hong Kong
8. The Cable Car Ride At Ocean Park Hong Kong
9. The Summit At Ocean Park Hong Kong
10. The Symbio Water Screen Show At Ocean Park Hong Kong
11. Searching For Roast Goose Rice At Lan Kwai Fong
12. A Steamboat Dinner At Dao Xiang

Day 3
13. My Dim Sum Breakfast At Dao Xiang
14. My Visit To Wong Tai Sin Temple In Hong Kong (Part 1)
15. My Visit To Wong Tai Sin Temple In Hong Kong (Part 2)
16. Riding The Peak Tram In Hong Kong
17. My Visit To The Peak
18. A Tribute To Hong Kong
19. My Visit To Madame Tussauds Hong Kong (Part 1)
20. My Visit To Madame Tussauds Hong Kong (Part 2)

Phew!! 20 posts and I have only covered 3 days out of the 6 days I was there. Brace for more, folks! : )

Continuing from where I left off, as soon as my friend and I came out of Madame Tussauds at The Peak, we headed up the escalator to the Sky Terrace.

Since the Sky Terrace pass could only be used once, we decided to go up at night to get a panoramic night view of Hong Kong city. This was what greeted us at the top!

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It was breathtaking, although my not-so-good photo may not be doing it full justice. By the way, those white specks or grainy spots are not haze or polluted air, but digital noise due to lack of light, and of course the not-big-enough sensor in my humble Lumix LX3 camera.

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There were quite a lot of people at the Sky Terrace but thankfully, not overly crowded. I could remember how strong the wind was blowing at that time. I felt a little chilled, but thoroughly enjoyed the pleasant weather.

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By the way, did you know that at 428 metres above sea level, the Sky Terrace boasts the highest 360-degree viewing platform in Hong Kong?

View the Sky Terrace from below during the day time HERE.

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More photos below ....

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We spent about half an hour up here to soak in the night air and the wonderful atmosphere. Looking back, I truly miss this place.

Soon, it was time to descend The Peak. There was quite a long queue at the Peak Tram Station. Luckily, we did not have to wait too long. While waiting for the tram to arrive, I took a picture of this.

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For photos of the Peak Tram, click HERE.

When we reached the Peak Tram Terminus at the bottom, we made our way to the Central Station to take the MTR back to Mongkok where we stayed. Along the way to the Station, we enjoyed looking at  some of the Hong Kong buildings and landmarks.

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These are two iconic buildings in Hong Kong. On the left is Cheung Kong Center, which was designed by Cesar Pelli, the same person who designed Malaysia's famous Petronas Twin Towers. On the right is the Bank Of China Tower which resembles a bamboo shoot.

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A bit further from Cheung Kong Center is the famous HSBC Tower, which is one of the most expensive buildings in the world built at the cost of US$668 million.

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To view some of these buildings in the daytime, click HERE.

Another photo of the two iconic buildings - this time, the Cheung Kong Center on the right and the Bank Of China Tower of the left.

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I was glad I managed to capture Hong Kong's second tallest building - the International Finance Center (the second building from the right in the photo below).

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I had a great time walking the Hong Kong streets at night to admire all these buildings. But my tummy was already growling. It was time for dinner and I could not wait to get back to Mongkok for some yummy Hong Kong food!

Walking The KLCC - Bukit Bintang Pedestrian Walkway

Posted by : foongpc | Tuesday, July 23, 2013 | Published in

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Note : This post is long overdue. Supposed to blog this sometime in January this year but forgot all about it until I stumbled upon these photos in my laptop. Anyway, better late than never : )

Early last year (2012), a fully air-conditioned pedestrian walkway linking KLCC and Bukit Bintang was opened to the public. I wanted to try this walkway for the longest time but only had the chance to do so in January this year.

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Starting from the KL Convention Centre which is linked to Suria KLCC shopping mall via an underground pedestrian tunnel, I went up the elevator.

The elevated walkway as seen from the top of the elevator.

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There were not many people using this walkway. Probably because it was still early in the morning? But it was very safe as there were security guards stationed at strategic places to keep a look out and also to help with directions.

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The walkway was clean and well maintained, which I think is quite impressive considering that it was launched one year ago. With ample lightings and working air-condition, I felt quite comfortable walking here.

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Built at the cost of RM100 million (financed by Petronas as part of its social contribution program), this 562m long and 5m wide elevated walkway provides a direct link between two popular shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur, namely Suria KLCC and Pavilion KL.

That's right! Now you can walk from Suria KLCC to Pavilion KL and back safely, shielded from the sun and rain in air-conditioned comfort! How awesome is that!

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The walkway passes through Jalan Pinang, Jalan Perak and Jalan Raja Chulan with entry and exit points at a few convenient locations. Also accessible via this walkway is the Impiana KLCC Hotel, the Raja Chulan Monorail Station and the KLCC LRT Station.

As I walked, I noticed that I was passing by the famous Saizaki Japanese Buffet Restaurant opposite.

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I also passed by The Butter Factory KL located at Jalan Kia Peng.

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Earlier, I passed by the KL CityWalk, a lifestyle concept between KLCC and Jalan P Ramlee, but I forgot to take a picture of that!

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I would say that this pedestrian walkway provides a good opportunity to view some of the famous buildings and landmarks in KL.

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Passing by Novotel Hotel.

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Soon, I reached the Hakka Restaurant at the corner junction of Jalan Kia Peng and Jalan Raja Chulan.

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The view of Jalan Raja Chulan. Can you see the long elevated walkway I just walked through earlier?

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I was out of the air-conditioned walkway, having reached Pavilion KL.

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The whole pleasant walk took me about 15 minutes. It could have been faster if I did not stop to take photos.

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This bridge leads directly to the Pavilion Connection area where the al-fresco dining, street bistros and entertainment strip were located.

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Although I felt the distance from KLCC to Pavilion was slightly longer using this pedestrian walkway compared to walking on the road side bypassing Novotel Hotel, it is definitely safer and more comfortable, and is especially useful when it rains!

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With this pedestrian walkway, getting around BBKLCC is no longer a big hassle.

10 Places To Visit In London For First Timers

Posted by : foongpc | Thursday, July 18, 2013 | Published in

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I have never been to London. But maybe that's about to change.

You see, I have always been fascinated by photos of the Buckingham Palace, the Big Ben, the Piccadilly Circus, the Marble Arch and iconic red double decker bus and telephone booth. Besides, I have always been following closely the latest news and events in London so it's quite safe to say I am a pretty huge fan of this lovely city!

There's only one problem going to London. Flying. It's not that I am afraid of flying but I can't stand being inside an enclosed area like a plane for more than 5 hours. And the flight from Malaysia to London takes 13 hours, no less!

I guess if I am serious in wanting to visit London, I will have to find a way to get around that. Perhaps there is a way to make me sleep throughout the flight? LOL!

Anyway, my friends who had been to London have recommended me many places to visit there. So I have compiled the top 10 places which every first timer to London must visit. (well, according to my friends anyway). Here they are, in no particular order ...

1. The British Museum

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Image courtesy of The Sunday Times

The British Museum, which is the largest museum in Britain, is dedicated to human history and culture. Founded in 1753, it's remarkably comprehensive collection spans over 2 million years of human history! You can find world famous objects like the Rosetta Stone, Parthenon Sulptures and even Egyptian mummies here. Entrance is free.

2. Tate Modern

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As one of the most visited art gallery in the world, Tate Modern features modern and contemporary art from around the world. You can see amazing works by Cezanne, Picasso, Dali, Pollock, Warhol amongst others here. Admission is free.

3. National Gallery 

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The crowning glory of Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery displays over 2000 Western European paintings from Middle Ages to the 20th century. You can find inspiring works by Van Gogh, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Renoir, Rembrandt and Gainsborough amongst others. Admission is again, free.

4. Big Ben

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One of the most iconic London landmarks, the Big Ben is the nickname given to the huge bell housed inside the clock tower now known as the Elizabeth Tower. Unfortunately, the interior of this tower is not opened to foreign visitors but taking a photo of the Big Ben is a must for any first timer to London.

5. St Paul's Cathedral

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Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

This is the famous church where Prince Charles and Princess Diana were married. Located just directly across the Thames River from Tate Modern, this is a must-visit for a first time visitor to London.

6. Hyde Park

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Too many museums may get a bit tiring, so a trip to Hyde Park is highly recommended. One of the greatest city parks in the world, Hyde Park has something for everyone. You can enjoy swimming, boating, cycling, skating, horse riding besides visiting many interesting structures and monuments here.

7. Tower Of London

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Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

The Tower Of London is a historic castle that has an amazing 900-year old history serving as a palace, prison, a place of execution, arsenal, jewel house and even a zoo! One of the most popular tourist attraction in London, it is now a World heritage Site. The only downside - it's not free. Ticket costs GBP19.50 (USD29.70) per person, but my friends said the price is worth it!

8. Les Miserables London

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Image courtesy of Access London

Technically not a place you must go to, but rather something you must do while in London and that is, to watch the longest running musical of all time - Les Miserables. Some say that the Les Miserables in London is still the best compared to other places around the world.

9. Buckingham Palace

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As the official office and the London residence of Her Majesty The Queen, Buckingham Palace is usually closed to visitors except during the summer. Visitors can tour the 19 State Rooms, the Royal Mews and the Queen's Gallery. And if you are lucky, you can get to see the changing of guards ceremony. Ticket prices start from GBP19.00 (USD28.90) for adult.

10. The London Eye

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The London Eye is a giant 443-feet high Ferris Wheel mainly for tourists, so not many people will agree this to be included in the Top 10 list.  But my friends said riding this Ferris Wheel will give me the chance to have unimpeded views of London city. There's a price to pay for this privilege however, and it's GBP19.20 (USD29.25) which is inclusive of an entry to the 4D cinema.

There are of course, many other places and attractions worth visiting in London but the above 10 are a MUST for first timers. Do you agree or do you think there are better places to visit?

A Relaxing Morning At Putrajaya Floria 2013 (Part 3)

Posted by : foongpc | Monday, July 15, 2013 | Published in

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Continued from Part 2

After almost two hours walking in the hot sun, it was a big relief to enter the indoor Floral Pavilion for some air-conditioning comfort!

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But first, I took some photos of the garden outside the Floral Pavilion.

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Very colorful, no?

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The floral 'tunnel' entrance into the Floral Pavilion.

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The Floral Pavilion showcased a wide assortment of exquisite flower species featured in softscape and hardscape designs by both local and foreign participants.

The first attraction I looked at was the Wall Decoration.

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Below is a wall decoration from Indonesia which won the Silver award.

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This won the Bronze award. If not mistaken, I think it's the work of a Malaysian.

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This one was from Korea which won the Gold award.

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This entry from Malaysia won the Special Jury Pavilion Award.

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Next, I walked over to the Water Feature Garden attraction. Below are pictures from those who won awards. I did not record down the winners' names and from which country they came from, unfortunately.

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Another attraction was Event Decoration - Dining Setting 

This one from Malaysia won the Gold Award.

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Another Malaysian entry but did not win any awards.

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This entry from the Philippines won the Silver Award.

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An entry from Shangri-la Putrajaya won the Bronze award.

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Another category is Event Decoration - Pelamin. The one below from Malaysia won the Bronze award.

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This entry also from Malaysia won the Merit Award.

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Do you like it?

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Another attraction was Potted Dish Garden.

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I was not particularly impressed except for this one.  Thought it was very creative to use those spoons!

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Next to the Potted Dish Garden was the Body Flower category whereby mannequins were dressed up in flowers.

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This one won the Silver award.

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Whereas this one below won the Gold. Forgot to note down which countries the participants were from.

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In the centre of the Floral Pavilion hall, I saw something interesting. There was a 'bridge' structure filled with orchids on the sides leading towards 3 mascots on a 'flying carpet'!

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The 3 mascots on a flying carpet.

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Walking past the flying carpet was the Dolphin Sea World.

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I like it! Besides the dolphins, there were lots of underwater fishes and other sea creatures together with underwater plants.

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More photos below ....

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Cute octopus!

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Plants and fishes

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Next to Dolphin Sea World was my favorite - Panda World!

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There were two giant pandas here! This is one of them.

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The panda could move! As you can see, it had turned its head. I should have taken a video of this moving panda!

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This is the other panda on the other side with the giant globe on top.

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Didn't quite like that red lights shining onto the panda's face. Spoilt my photo! LOL!

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This panda could also move. As you can see it had turned its head : )

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Next, I continued with another attraction - Floral Art.

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Here are some of the more beautiful ones. Which one you like best?

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Beautiful.

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This one looks pretty interesting.

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Close shot.

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Nice.

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Since the theme for this year's Putrajaya Floria is 'Orchid - Tropical Treasure', there was a showcase of orchid displays by orchid societies from around the world.

Philippines

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Indonesia

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Myanmar

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Australia

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Could not resist taking a closer shot of this cute koala bear with the baby koala!

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China

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South Africa

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Taiwan

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Thailand

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I think I missed out on Singapore and Italy since there were quite a number of people posing for photos there. No patience to wait for them!

Next, I walked over to the floral displays by associations and schools.

I really like this one by the Malaysian Council For Rehabilitation & Abilympics. Very creative!!

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Look at these pretty flowers in egg shells!

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Flowery socks and creative use of twigs and branches for the wheel!

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More photos ...

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Love this socks!

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Creative use of the brush to symbolise a person holding a placard.

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Top marks to the Malaysian Council For Rehabilitation & Abilympics!

This is a giant bird image built from flowers by the International Heliconia Society.

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Not sure what to make up of this design by the World Flower Design Center.

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Finally, there's a section on International Floral Design. I did not take pictures of them all, just two that impressed me.

This is floral design from Korea.

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And this one by Kenya.

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All in all, the exhibition on flowers and floral designs at this indoor Floral Pavilion was pretty interesting. I have no regrets visiting Putrajaya Floria 2013 - the trip was worth it.

So anyone going Putrajaya Floria 2014 next year? : )