Friday, May 30, 2008


I did major pruning of the Magnolia grandiflora and Akebia quinata yesterday. Also tidied up the honeysuckle along the stone fence.
I am tired after that.
I will research on next destination:
either Vietnam or West Malaysia.
In the picture is the edible and fragrant flowers of Akebia quinata 'Alba'.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008


Summer Kimono.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Ubud Botanic Garden

Taman Harum

Balinese room

I stayed in Mas near Ubud in Taman Harum Cottages which is a nice Boutique Hotel, very quiet and the rooms are so unique and beautiful.

me up on top of Borobudur

Borobudur, late afternoon

Tuesday, May 13, 2008


The buddhist monument is very impressive. I was staying at Monohara Hotel inside the Borobudur Park. So I have access anytime to the monument. I avoided the mid day heat and had a sieta and late afternoon I went up to the monument. Then also I did the sunrise tour, so went up the mnument in the dark before sunrise and sat there and waited the wonderful moment.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

New Batik Shirts

These are bought from Yogyakarta's Mirota Batiks. They are of nice silk and I love them.

Akebia species in Vancouver

I have quite a few Akebia in my garden. There are a few Akebia quinata in the front and back yard. They have nice purple seperate male and female flowers.
Akebia quinata 'rosea' has paler purple to rose colour flowers. Akebia quinata 'Shinobana' has white flowers. Akebia trifoliata has deep deep purple flowers that are almost black.
They are native to Japan and China, and here in Vancouver, they are evergreen and keep their foliage thru winter.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

telaga Warna coloured lake

Near the top of Puncak Pass about 1 hour away from Bogor. It is a tranquil place. The different colours need sunlight, that day was a bit overcast, so it looked a bit plain but still nice.

Monday, May 5, 2008

phytocrene macrophylla and me

To give you an idea how big the vine is...

phytocrene macrophylla

This is the most unique climber in Bogor Botanical Garden. I was fascinated by the vine. It was my painting subject.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Luxury Hotel

The Grand Mercure in Yogyakarta is so nice. Colonial style building with inner courtyards, french doors, verandas, grand halls, antiques everywhere, so beautiful and excellent service.
This is my room, and I love it.

New Kimono

I got this Kimono in Kyoto, the colour of the lining is a bright lime green. I finally got a belt of the same colour in Asakusa of Tokyo to match the kimono.

Highland landscape

Beautiful vista, in the afternoon half covered by the mist rolling down from the mountains.