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A trip to Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Bukit Cahaya Seri Alam (Malaysia Agriculture Park) is not complete without a visit to Rumah Empat Musim (Four Season House). Entrance fee is RM3. Sigh...the Four Season House is a BIG LETDOWN! The 'house' is small with limited exhibit. What a shame. I took only 5 minutes to explore the entire building. Nothing to shout about. Wasted my three bucks :(

Mushroom park is a JOKER - NOTHING THERE. The two buildings that supposed to house these fungi were locked and left to rot. Hydroponic garden is way better. Local veggies such as chilies and cabbage are cultivated using hydroponic system.

Overall, Taman Pertanian Malaysia is still a MUST-SEE attraction. You'll need at least one full day to explore the entire park. It was a tiring trip but I enjoyed every single moment.

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Title: Red Beauty
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 12 May 2009, 11:16am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 360

Holding the flower with my left hand and snapping the picture with my right hand. Talking about multitasking :)

Title: Green Lanes
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 12 May 2009, 12:05pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 200

This plant was illuminated with the midday sunlight. Love those green glow.

Title: Rusted Metal? Nah.
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 12 May 2009, 10:47am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 200

A close-up shot on a piece of wilted leaf.

Title: Wilted
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 12 May 2009, 11:06am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 500

The leaves were curling up due to extreme heat. Look at those linings and ridges formed during the process - dead but still beautiful.

Title: The Cactus Garden
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 12 May 2009, 1:23pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/8.0, ISO Equiv.: 100

A garden full of surprises. Over hundreds of cactus plants with different colour, size and shape. A MUST-SEE attraction in the park.

Title: The Cactus Tree?
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 12 May 2009, 1:35pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 125

A healthy cactus plant with lots of small green leaves.

Title: Reaching for the SUN
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 12 May 2009, 1:07pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/8.0, ISO Equiv.: 100

A big flower coming out from the stem :) Wish I can wait for the flower to bloom.

Title: The Thorny Leaf
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 12 May 2009, 1:11pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/7.1, ISO Equiv.: 100

Look like a piece of oven glove.

Title: Hi, How Are You?
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 12 May 2009, 1:06pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/8.0, ISO Equiv.: 100

Mr. Cactus is waving to me! WELCOMING ME to the Cactus Garden.

Title: Elongated Cactus Plant
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 12 May 2009, 1:06pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/8.0, ISO Equiv.: 100

An interesting cactus plant with extra long stem - nearly 2m long!

Title: Portable Weapon
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 12 May 2009, 1:02pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/7.1, ISO Equiv.: 100

Look like one of those medieval weapons.

Title: One Big Happy Family
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 12 May 2009, 1:05pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/8.0, ISO Equiv.: 100

Smaller cactuses growing on this big momma plant.

Title: Thorny Pricks
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 12 May 2009, 1:03pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 110

Lots of needle-like thorns.

Title: A Maturing Fruit
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 12 May 2009, 12:39pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 180

This matured dragon fruit has a dramatic appearance, bright pink with green coloured spine-like scales. The scales turn yellow as the fruit ripens while the skin peels easily.

Title: Blushing
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 12 May 2009, 12:40pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/8.0, ISO Equiv.: 100

The dragon fruit is either oval shaped, elliptical or pear-shaped. Inside, the flesh has subtly flavoured sweet taste or sometimes slightly sourish.

Title: The Buds
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 7 May 2009, 12:37pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/6.3, ISO Equiv.: 100

Two healthy buds growing on the stem.

Title: Cute Baby Dragon Fruit
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 12 May 2009, 12:37pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 100

A dragon fruit growing on the stem of the plant. It can be propagated by seed or by stem cuttings.

Title: MAJESTIC Fruit
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 12 May 2009, 12:41pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 100

Interesting shape and colours - light green and bright red.

Title: Getting Bigger
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 12 May 2009, 12:45pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/7.1, ISO Equiv.: 100

A growing dragon fruit.

Title: The Dragon Fruit
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 12 May 2009, 12:36pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 125

The fruit is growing on the edge of the stem.

Title: Dragon Fruit Trees
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 12 May 2009, 12:30pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/7.1, ISO Equiv.: 100

Endless rows of dragon fruit trees. Dragon fruit (Hylocereus Undatus), a tropical fruit popular in Southeast Asia, belongs to the climbing cacti (Cactaceae) family.

Title: Ciku Fruit (Sapodilla)
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 12 May 2009, 1:49pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/6.3, ISO Equiv.: 100

I wanna pluck one of these fruits but decided otherwise. The fruit is tough! Strange...it's suppose to be soft like a kiwi fruit.

Title: Ciku Galore!!!
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 12 May 2009, 1:42pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 200

Baby cikus look like longan. Matured ciku look like kiwi fruit :)

Sigh, I need to walk all the way to the fruits and cactus garden. Buses plying west part of the park only available during weekends. A CRAZY 3.5km one-way route. I don't mind walking all the way since I LOVE NATURE.

I enjoyed the morning walk. It was a COOL and BREEZY day. But, by midday it was SUPER HOT!!! The surrounding temperature was unbelievable (around 35 degree Celcius!) - I can feel my camera lens 'melting'! I was sweating non-stop.

Both dragon fruit and cactus garden are located side by side. I decided to explore the dragon fruit garden first. I saw rows and rows of dragon fruit plants. I was searching high and low for those elusive red coloured fruits. Fortunately, I explored the entire garden. Matured dragon fruit trees are located on the last few rows. The trees over there were bearing small to large-sized fruits.

Later, I walked across the road to visit the cactus garden. The cactus garden is HUGE with over 50 different types of cactuses. You can see variety of flowering cactus, amazing thorny leaves and bush-like cactus. At the inner part of the garden, there are cactuses with large-sized leaves. Sadly, most of these plants were 'tortured' by irresponsible visitors who sketched their names on the leaves leaving permanent scar.

Lastly, I walk for another 400m to check out the ciku or sapodilla garden. The ciku trees were bearing brown coloured fruits that resemble smooth-skinned potatoes. I estimated each tree producing at least 500 fruits.

Remember to follow Part 6 - The Conclusion.

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Title: Thorny but LOVELY
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 12 May 2009, 1:08pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/7.1, ISO Equiv.: 100

Four words to describe - I LOVE this picture :)

Gosh it was a SUPER HOT DAY! By midday, the surrounding temperature rises to 35 degree Celsius. By the time I reached Cactus Garden, I was sweating mad.

I'm still uploading the remaining pictures from my collection. I'll be posting more pictures and reviews for Cactus Garden, Ciku Garden, Dragon Fruit Garden, Hydroponic Garden and more.

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Title: Rubbing Eyes
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 7 May 2009, 12:17pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 800

Junior rubbing his eyes, feeling sleepy.

Title: Sleepy Eyes
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 7 May 2009, 12:17pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 800

Junior dozing off.

Title: I miss momma!
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 7 May 2009, 12:15pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 320

Feeling misery.

Title: Reaching Out
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 7 May 2009, 12:12pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.3, ISO Equiv.: 400

I think junior was asking "When is my FREEDOM?"

Title: Blooming White Lily
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 7 May 2009, 11:39am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/9.0, ISO Equiv.: 100

The petals were opening up.

Title: Opening UP
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 7 May 2009, 11:32am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/9.0, ISO Equiv.: 100

Look like a white tulip to me :)

Title: White Lily
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 7 May 2009, 11:35am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/9.0, ISO Equiv.: 100

A pond full of white and red coloured water lilies. The pond is located at the kayak bay (next to animal park).

Title: Gimme Light
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 7 May 2009, 11:33am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/9.0, ISO Equiv.: 100

It was a scorching HOT morning. I needed to squat very close to the pond to capture this flower.

Title: Red Water Lily
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 7 May 2009, 11:31am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/8.0, ISO Equiv.: 100

Look like a rose without thorns.

Title: GREEN
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 7 May 2009, 11:26am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/7.1, ISO Equiv.: 100

Even grasses invade the pond.

Title: Kayak Boards
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 7 May 2009, 11:25am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/10.0, ISO Equiv.: 100

A colourful array of kayak boards.

Title: Doe a Deer, a Female Deer
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 7 May 2009, 12:09pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 200

A deer in the animal park.

Title: An Elegant Pose
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 7 May 2009, 11:49am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/7.1, ISO Equiv.: 100

Horse ride available upon request. This horse reminds me of an animated cartoon.

Title: Camera Shy
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 7 May 2009, 11:53am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.3, ISO Equiv.: 200

A pony yearning to get out of the stable.

Title: Feeling Grumpy?
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 7 May 2009, 11:54am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/4.8, ISO Equiv.: 220

A rather bored looking pony. Look at those lips :)

Title: I'm Sitting on Top of the World!
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 7 May 2009, 12:01pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 200

This alpha male was sitting on top of the fence that barricade the deers in the animal park. There is a huge group of wild monkeys stealing food meant for those deers.

Title: The Alpha Male
Location: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 7 May 2009, 12:01pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 140

This alpha male (wild monkey) decided to go away after lunging on me on a surprised 'attack' He was fierce like a TIGER! Half of my size :(

I did not expect to see an animal park in Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Bukit Cahaya Seri Alam (Malaysia Agriculture Park). It is a small animal park with a collection of horses, ponies, birds and deers. Entrance is FOC. There is also a big group of wild monkeys 'invading' the animal park.

The forest rangers are taking steps to control the monkey overpopulation. Makeshift traps are being set up to catch and relocate these wild monkeys back to nature. The method of capturing these primates is very humane. The forest rangers leave a large open cage with peanuts as baits. When the cage senses any slight movement, the door will shut down automatically.

While I was observing these wild monkeys, I saw a huge ALPHA MALE (half of my size) resting on an open grassy field. I approached it discreetly to take some close-up shots. Suddenly, I was taken aback when the alpha male launch a lunge attack on me. It was 'running' towards me and displayed his treasured canine teeth. It was a real SHOCKER to me. I was scared to death worrying sick whether I'll be bitten by this aggressive primate.

I took a few steps back and stood still instead of running away (backwards). The alpha male was 20cm in front of me and it stopped chasing me. That was C.R.A.Z.Y!!! If I've gotten hold a piece of stick, I will whack him nicely - nah I'm just joking. I've learnt my lesson. Never underestimate these wild animals.

Remember to walk further until you reached the kayak bay. There are hundreds of large-sized beautiful water lilies flowers. I had to squat down as close as possible to get some really nice photos. It was a tiring effort but the outcome is good.

Remember to follow Part 4 for reviews and pictures about Mushroom and Hydroponic Park.

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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)

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