It begins with three of us, hubby, Munie and I going back to Taman Arboratum in the Kiara hills yesterday morning - after a 6-month hiatus.
Noticed that a few new signboards had been put up along the tarmac path.
The first says that the park is now under the purview of the National Department of Landscapes.
That was since 1st August 2010. Good news indeed and about time too.
This place was slated for a luxury hillside residential development and is nestled between the Taman Tun Dato' Ismail Recreational Park and the sprawling KLGCC Golf Course.
It would have been a very desirable address to live in and to coolly mention to the curious.
Although roads and drainage are already in place, nature lovers of TTDI and the surrounds have managed to stop the project.
Yesterday in full throng, exercisers descended on this place and then ascended the sometimes steep inclines for a vigorous workout.
Hubby did three and a half circuits, Munie two.
I cheated and went the opposite direction which is mainly downhill for one round.
Still huffed and puffed in places and worked up a sweat.
They had erected a signboard where Sg. Pencala originates and also one further downstream cautioning people about polluting the stream or introducing aquatic animals there.
Came across this flower in full bloom. Am hopeless where flora is concerned and have no inkling what it is.
Bumped into a friend... Suzy, and exchanged pleasantries.
I took the "strolling" theme further by finishing my single round and then buying the Sunday papers at the end of the trek.
I plonked on the seller's plastic stool to read while waiting for the other two to be done with their masochistic acts.
And there I undertook my own route for pleasurable pain - the CRYPTIC crossword puzzle!
Years ago, before marriage and baggage, I used to tackle the one in the New Straits Times.
It was taken from the Daily Telegraph and was of course British-oriented with clues that refer to very British icons like the Queen, their political parties, the British Rail, or the Tube, or even plain tea.
But the one in the Sunday Star is on general knowledge and you can almost always find the answers in the clues themselves.
That's what makes cryptic crosswords so enjoyable. rather than the straightforward ones for which you must possess a wide vocabulary or a Roget's Thesaurus at hand.
Take this cryptic clue:
Further chaos in Laos (4 letters)
I bet word pundits like those I have on Facebook will instantly spot the answer to be the word "ALSO".
It has nothing to do with Laos the country, except the letters.
"chaos" indicates a jumbling up of the letters that make up the answer. If you re-arrange the letters L.A.O.S, you get "ALSO" which is a synonym of "further" which is the answer.
Here's another one:
He could be in Madrid and Paris at the same time (8 letters)
The answer is neither a super-hero nor a cartoon character. Since Madrid is in Spain, the clue may be referring to a Senor, but if you can spot that "and Paris" is an anagram of "Spaniard", then you can be 99% sure that that is the correct answer.
Fun isn't it?
Anyway, those were the only two clues I managed to solve while waiting for my super-heroes.
How about this one?
Is afraid of disturbing adders (6)
(I'm not giving the answer)
Actually none in my family have taken to crossword puzzles like I have.
I'm also the only one who enjoys diabolical Sudoku.
Am I nerdy or what?
Sudoku was very popular when it first came out.
Although it has nothing to do with calculating anything, some people are put off by the numbers in the puzzle.
Actually it's just about pattern recognition - and putting symbols in their rightful places.
The reason the puzzle designer used numbers in the first place is probably because everyone knows them and thus will have universal appeal.
Speaking of numbers, when I first went to school, they taught me to say
Nought, One, Two, Three, Four, Five....
Then Nought became Oh as in "Agent Double Oh Seven" or "Peejot (Peugeot) Five Oh Five".
Was it in Form Four when Oh evolved into Zero with maths teacher droning "when dee y dee x tends to Zero... ba,bla,bla...".
Now they tell me zero is not a number... it is a concept, and you can go from zero to hero!
OK... I'm not sure what this posting is about. Hence the title.