Monday, June 24, 2013

Glimpses of Floria 2013 - Part 1

Despite the current haze situation, and API readings of above 100, Floria 2013 is 'business as usual' at Putrajaya. I made a customary visit on the first day, as this is usually the best day to view the flowers especially the indoor displays. So here are some photos for the event.
Fireworks from the 1Malaysia International Tourism Night Floral Parade - Colours of Harmony.
Aranda orchids in water at the outdoor display. A good way of using orchids.
One of the flower arrangements in the indoor display area.
A lovely couch with white Phalaenopsis and Dendrobium orchid pillows.
Stairway to Orchid Heaven?? A beautiful display made with Cymbidium and  Oncidium blooms.

Night time transformed the area into a wonderful display of lights and of course, the very much awaited Magic of the Night Floral Parade on the lake with the fireworks display that accompanies the parade.
The garden displays along the path to Menara Alaf Baru - beautifully lighted.
The show about to start. Our dear minister was late and we were all getting fidgety waiting for him to arrive and officiate the event. 
Balls of fire - Fireworks during the parade.
Another long exposure shot of the fireworks display.
Golden showers of lights.

There were also mimes and performances on the various stages and exhibits throughout the day. Though the mimes might be a little 'weird' to some, they were really good at getting people to take photos with them and were most willing to pose for any camera.
Don't worry,they don't bite.

I have taken sooo many shots that I even need to ask a friendly stall owner to allow me to recharge my camera battery to ensure that I don't run out of juice for the fireworks display. I must admit, after putting the battery to charge, I shamelessly excused myself to chat with the other sellers that I know from the various flower shows and fairs. So to negate the feeling of guilt, I will give her a mention in here - she is there selling roses and her stall is pretty strategic. 
Kak Ima and her lovely roses. Thanks Kak Ima, lain kali I datang charge bateri lagi, OK? Hehe!

What is new and good this year is the stalls across the roads have been given a tentage, which allows people to eat comfortably whilst seated instead of the rows of stalls in the open. Prices were not too dear, though food quality is quite variable.

So do come to Floria 2013 if you have the time and the API isn't that bad. Will post more photos as I process them.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Time for...Floria 2013

Yup, it is back...Floria 2013. The annual flower show will be starting from the 22 of June until the 30th of June 2013, at Putrajaya's Precinct 2. The theme for this year is Orchid - Tropical Treasure.

I think it is a smart move to bring back the ever popular orchids as a theme flower after a rather poor use of last year's Bougainvillea theme. Opening hours are from 9am to 10pm on Mondays - Thursdays and 9am to 12 midnight on Fridays to Sundays.

As in the previous year, the 1Malaysia International Tourism Night Parade will be held at Putrajaya Lake in conjunction with Floria 2013. So do stay back at night and enjoy the floating parade and the fireworks display at the end of the event.

Admission is free so do try and make it. Lots of plant viewing and buying opportunities as well as being a photographer's haven as the people, flowers and fireworks makes interesting subjects.