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Title: Hey, that's ME!
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 7 May 2009, 10:00am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 100

A self portrait at the middle of the paddy field. It was a damn HOT DAY!!!!

Title: Green Walkway
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 7 May 2009, 10:02am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/6.3, ISO Equiv.: 100

A wooden walkway at the middle of the paddy field.

Title: My Bicycle
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 7 May 2009, 9:51am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 100

My bicycle at the paddy field.

Title: Roof Without Tiles
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 7 May 2009, 9:54am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/7.1, ISO Equiv.: 100

An abstract shot taken at the paddy field.

Title: Reach HIGHER 1
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 7 May 2009, 10:53am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/7.1, ISO Equiv.: 100

First time seeing these GIGANTIC banana plants. SIGHT TO BEHOLD!

Title: Amazing Stem 1
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 7 May 2009, 10:52am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/8.0, ISO Equiv.: 100

Simply Divine. Nature's work of art.

Title: Reach HIGHER 2
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 7 May 2009, 10:41am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/8.0, ISO Equiv.: 100

These banana plants are HUGE and TALL!

Title: Amazing Stem 2
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 7 May 2009, 10:52am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/8.0, ISO Equiv.: 100

Interesting nature motifs.

Title: Cocoa APLENTY!
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 7 May 2009, 11:03am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.0, ISO Equiv.: 200

The cocoa trees are producing lots of druits. Shade-grown cocoa trees can produce fruit for 75 to 100 years or more.

Title: A Growing COCOA
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 7 May 2009, 10:18am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 200

A young cocoa fruit growing on the tree trunk.

Title: Golden Brown Cocoa
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 7 May 2009, 10:26am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 180

Cocoa fruits were left to rot! The cocoa plantation is an experimental project bearing thousands of fruits.

Title: It's ALL MINE!!
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 7 May 2009, 10:32am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 140

I was allowed to harvest this large-sized ruby red cocoa fruit.

Title: The Cocoa Tree
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 7 May 2009, 10:33am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 180

Can you find the cocoa fruit in this picture? Hint: Look for a ruby red fruit.

I decided to rent a bicycle. According to some blog posts, bicycle ride is one of the MUST-DO activities in the park. You need to leave behind your ID card or driving licence. Pay and pick up your ID only when you return the bike. Bicycle rental is RM3 for the first hour. For every subsequent hour, you'll need to top up another RM1.

Riding bicycle downhill is a GREAT ENJOYMENT! I felt strong cold wind blowing all over me. Riding uphill is really TIRING. By end of day, I paid RM7 (5 hours). My buttocks, thighs and balls were SO PAINFUL - I've rented a bicycle with a stiff seat. Remember to choose your bike wisely - you can try out a few bikes before you rent. Despite having pain in the arse, I'm glad that I had the bicycle experiences - for a moment I feel like a kid again. (NOTE - Alternatively, you may wanna board a tourist bus provided by the park's management. It's FOC and travels to all strategic location in the park).

First, I travelled to Laman Padi (Paddy Field). It is a smaller version of Laman Padi in Langkawi Islands. I can see plots of land cultivated with paddy. It was a HOT MORNING. Bucket of sweat was flowing all over my body. I was virtually 'burned' and 'roasted' alive. I gotta invest on a cap.

Later, I ride to the cocoa plantation. The plantation is partially hidden and can be accessible by following the stony path along Laman Padi. The cocoa plantation is medium-sized but I was BLOWN AWAY! I was standing next to endless rows of REAL COCOA trees that are bearing lots of fruits. First time in life seeing, touching and smelling cocoa fruits. It was a surreal experience. The fruit is CUTE and come in different sizes and colours (ruby red, golden brown and jade green).

While I was moving along these trees, I was surprised to see a green snake climbing up a cocoa tree. Gosh, I was standing 50cm from the snake. I snapped lots of pictures. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a worker turned up at my back. I nearly had a heart attack! He turned out to be a nice fella. I chatted with him and discovered the cocoa plantation is actually an experimental project. The fruits will not be harvested for industrial purpose. Well that explain the reason why the fruits are left to rot. He later allowed me to harvest a large-sized ruby red cocoa fruit as a souvenir. YIPPEE! I brought it back and hacked it into half....but the fruit is RAW - WASTED :)

Remember to follow Part 3 & 4 for more reviews and pictures about Taman Pertanian Malaysia (Malaysia Agriculture Park)

2 comments

  1. xplorer Says:
  2. i had plan to go to this place today to shoot some picture.But i had cancel it due to the scorching hot sun.In the end i went to KLCC

     
  3. shloke Says:
  4. Yeah...hot spells for many days! Maybe an early trip will do. Remember to carry along a cap. The place is HUGE! It's tiring to move from one place to another.

    Cheers!
    mylo

     
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