praise!

The morning views from my bedroom window that I am accustomed to….. but in recent weeks the view has changed to this, hazy!!! Although I have not been greeted by the usual sight of glorious sunrise/clear blue sky/interesting cloud formations/the majestic Mt. Kinabalu in a distance for some weeks now due to the haze caused…

monkey cups

genus: nepenthes common names: tropical pitcher plants, monkey cups (refers to the fact that monkeys have been observed drinking rainwater from these plants!) An awe-inspiring plant… A tendril extends from the midrib of the sword-shaped leaf and at the end of the tendril the pitcher forms. The pitcher starts as a small bud and gradually…

nocturnal fragrance

The fragrance of Tonkin Jasmine (Telosma Cordata, Pakalana Vine, Tonkinese Creeper, Chinese Violet) is one that will stop you at your track and make you look for the source as it is rich and heavy yet wonderfully pleasant. Although the Chinese name of Tonkin Jasmine/夜来香 literally means “when night falls comes the fragrance”, the heavenly…

a walk in the garden – part 2 of 3

After spending a considerable length of time going through Victor’s cacti in the desert garden, I moved on to other plants in the huge greenhouse. I enjoyed the few flowering plants that were blooming at the time and I could see that when the weather gets warmer in the coming months with the plants coming…

rejoice, for He is risen!

Resurrection Sunday — empty tomb, risen Lord! 1 Peter 1:3 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead… 彼得前書 1:3 3 願頌讚歸與我們主耶穌基督的父神!他曾照自己的大憐憫,藉耶穌基督從死裡復活,重生了我們,叫我們有活潑的盼望… Our Lord has written the promise of…