“dragon spitting fire ball”

Clerodendrum thomsoniae Common names: bleeding heart vine, glory bower I first came across the Chinese common name of these flowers in my primary school science text book and due to it’s uniqueness, the name had made a deep impression on me.  My close encounter with these flowers named “dragon spitting ball” (龙吐珠) came only very…

phenomenal woman

An ode to all the phenomenal women out there on this International Women’s Day — Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size But when I start to tell them, They think I’m telling lies. I say, It’s in the…

stand the test

James 1:2-4 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. face the trial  —–>  stand the test of faith  —–>  perseverance is produced —–> maturity is attained…

am I ready?

Most of us had never expected that we would experience a 6.0-magnitude earthquake in Kota Kinabalu in our lifetime as our state Sabah is outside the Pacific Ring of Fire, unlike our neighbouring countries the Philippines and Indonesia. The tremour we felt in KK early morning on 5 June lasted for only about 15 seconds…

shall we dance?

The Oncidium orchids are referred to as the dancing ladies because of their flared lips that look like flounced dancing gowns. How beautiful they are when they dance gracefully in the wind in their yellow skirt… Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair… — Susan Polis Schutz, American poet Dance…

from buds to blooms

Take time out, slow down, exhale and immerse in the wonderment of nature — enjoy the flowers, from buds to blooms! —– the flamboyant multi-petal hibiscus the delicate yellow ixora the elegant red ixora the delightful powder puff flower Flowers Albert Laighton (1829-1887) They are autographs of angels, penned In Nature’s green-leaved book, in blended…