Saturday, November 14, 2015

The historical Mango tree identified in photograph

The yellow arrow indicates the position of the mango tree.
Note: This aerial picture of Bintulu town is valid for the period  late 1950 - early 1960's
I have just come across a photograph that shows the government quarters where we stayed in the early 1960's (Quarters No.4) and next to it the government quarters where the historical Mango tree was planted.  This discovery ends my search for a clear photographic evidence of the tree and its location.  The tree is still standing even at this point of writing.  For more background story of this tree and its importance in relation to the history and development of Bintulu , please follow the links below....



Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Photographing Bintulu 2010 - using Sony DCS - W310 digital camera

Note: All the above images taken using DCS - W310 in 2010.

I have a blog dedicated to images I took using the Sony digital camera - DSC -W310 which was at that time my main photography camera.  One of the labels of the blog is 'Bintulu'.  Here is the link to pictures of Bintulu I took in 2010 using the DSC- W310 compact camera....>>>

Monday, November 2, 2015

More pictures of Bintulu taken using N93i camera (2009 - 2010)

Mangosteen, taken by camera N93i, 2009.
River scene near Bintulu town, taken using N93i camera,2010
Philippines Glossy Starling, taken using N93i, 2010
In 2009 to 2010 the camera I used to take digital images of Bintulu was the N931.  This was a beautiful camera and one of my favourite.  Unfortunately I lost it.  However here are more images of Bintulu using the Nokia camera.  For a full list of pictures using the camera, please follow this link ..

Memorable " Images of Bintulu Today" with a Sony Cyber-shot

Malaywedding at Bintulu, 2010 . Taken with Sony Cyber-shot
Bintulu waterfront, view from Kpg Jepak, 2011. Taken by Sony Cyber-shot.
Main Bazaar Road, 2013. Taken by Sony Cyber-shot
"Images of Bintulu Today" is an attempt by me to capture memorable images of Bintulu from 2010 - 2013 using the only available camera to me then - a Sony Cyber-shot.  The images taken were shared in my blog 'my Sarawak (2nd Ed.)".   This digital compact camera was very handy in recording images about happenings around Bintulu, its people and places, food, nature, river scenes, beaches, roadside trees, shophouses, townscapes and many more.  To see the many categories of pictures using the digital compact camera please follow this link.    

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Clicking around Bintulu (2008 -2015)

Since 2008 till today, I have been spreading the Bintulu brand over the internet in the form of Bintulu clicks.  A blog that compiles pictures about the Bintulu story is entitled 'my Bintulu clicks' .  Above are just a handful of pictures that I copied using url from the blog to this blog.  Otherwise it is better to get more photographic memories of Bintulu by just visiting the blog.

The pictures are accompanied by short snippets and write-up to give some additional information to visitors who are not yet familiar to Bintulu.  In this manner the blog is a wealth of information not available in books, and after all there is hardly any book that covers such a fast range of topics like the blog.

Check out the labels.  For unique local names try these labels - azan,balem,umai, satay,tipuk,ong lumok, ketupat,belian,.  The labels tells it all - from places of interest to Nature and man-made structures, try:- roads, streets, tamu, beaches, trees, flowers, mosque, cats, timber, ferry boats, express boats, and the list goes on and on.....Happy visiting Bintulu online! It's just a click away.  The link is here.

(Note: At the point of writing (2 Nov'15) the blog has received 36,639 page views from all over the world)

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Wildlife Park of Bintulu in 1989

View of the Wildlife Park ( Taman Hidupan Liar) seen in 1989.
Works on the construction of the Wildlife Park or Taman Hidupan Liar in Malay started in 1989 and the park was officially opened to the general public on the 2nd of August,1991.
Picture shows my family members and their cousin, with our car driven right to the top of the hill where later the wordings  "Taman Hidupan Liar" were planted using cover plants approximately where  the car is parked.
View of the park  taken on 9th of March,2015.  
Today, the park is re-named as "Taman Tumbina".
It was the first and only park of its kind in Sarawak when it was opened in 1991.  Today, the park is called "Taman Tumbina" but when it was first started and opened it was known as Taman Hidupan Liar or Wildlife Park.  It was one of my pet projects while in the Bintulu Development Authority (BDA).  This project brought me places to Singapore and West Malaysia to see similar projects and learn from them.  In the park (as shown in the layout plan below) there were many botanical as well as zoological attractions.  One of the big attractions was the flamingo pond.  Follow this link to know more in-depth story of my role in bringing the flamingoes to Bintulu  here .  In the top picture, the Bintulu coastline is seen in the background.  It is evident that that were no condominiums or high-rise buildings in Bintulu in the 1980's along its coasts.  The condominiums were a thing of the 1990's in Bintulu.  

( Note: The above story is a re-posting from my blog ' Images of Bintulu Before and Now' and the link is here.

Birding in Bintulu 2013 - 2015

 Black-winged Kite (Elanus caerulueus) , sighted 2014

Dark-sided Flycatcher (Muscicapa sibirica), sighted 2014
 Large-tailed Nightjar , sighted 2013
Black Hornbill, sighted 2015
One of the many things that Bintulu can offer is nature.  In fact, nature tourism is one of the pillars of tourism for Sarawak and is capsulated in the acronymn CAN (Culture, Adventure, Tourism).  Bintulu as part of Sarawak also puts emphasis on nature tourism though at a secondary or low priority level, since Bintulu is promoted as an industrial city by the local development authority (BDA).  This does not mean that attempts to bring back nature to urban living or environment is forgotten.  I tried my own ways to bring this at my Kambatik Park.  Thus from 2013 to 2015 I was effectively photographing and blogging on the birds at the park.  There are of course other birding sites in Bintulu like Bakun dam, Similajau National Park, Tanjung Batu beach areas besides the Kambatik Park.  For a list of birds which got into my camera frame in and around Bintulu between 2013 to 2015 follow the link here and here