Sambal Ikan Bilis (Delicious Spicy Anchovy)












100g ikan bilis (Anchovy – washed and drain well and pound with grindstone – batu giling )

Spices (pounded)

120g shallots (removed skin)
5 cloves garlic (removed skin)
10 dried chillies (soaked until soft and cut into pieces)
1 onion (removed skin and shredded – use extra if you like more)
2 tbsps tamarind pulp (mixed with 100ml water and squeezed out juice)


¼ tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp toasted belacan powder


Heat up oil till medium hot and leave about 3 tbsps oil in wok, saute pounded spices until fragrant.

Add in onion and stir-fry until soft. Put in ikan bilis (Anchovy) and stir-well.

Pour in tamarind juice and stir-fry until almost dry.

Add seasoning and stir-fry until well mixed.

Taste and dish up, serve with rice.

Good to eat with omellete.

Sea Creature

Striped Surgeonfish










Striped Surgeonfish also known as Doctorfishes, Lancetfishes, Striped Surgeon, Lined Surgeon, Lined Surgeonfish, Blue Lined Surgeonfish, Blue Banded Surgeonfish, Bluebanded Surgeon, Clown Surgeon, Clown Surgeonfish, Pyjama Clown, Clown Tang and Tang Clown.

Surgeonfish have a blade like spine in the tail that points outwards when bent, unicorns have two hook-like plates along the tail, these are used for defence and are as sharp as a surgeons scalpel, hence the name “Surgeonfish”. Some species are venomous.









This is one of the most beautiful of the surgeonfishes and also one of the most aggressive. It exhibits fluorescent blue and yellow lateral lines on the head and sides of the body, while the ventrum is white. It is capable of instantaneous color change. For example, the head will become dark and the body pale when it attacks intruders. This species is most prevalent in shallow water on the reef flat, reef crest and reef face. It feeds on larger filamentous algae and fleshy macroalgae, usually off of hard, flat substrates.

Striped Surgeonfish it occasionally makes its way into the aquarium trade. It grows to a size of 38 cm in length. Like all tangs it is laterally compressed.

It occurs throughout much of the central and Indo-Pacific. In Australia it is known from off north-western Western Australia and from the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland to northern New South Wales.

Other interesting species in the surgeonfishes family are such as Palette Surgeonfish, Whitecheek Surgeonfish, Whitetail Surgeonfish, Yellowfin Surgeonfish, Barred Rabbitfish and many more.















Scientists believe that the world’s seas hold some 1,200 different venomous fish species and estimate that they injure about 50,000 people per year. But fish venoms can also bring great benefit—they are useful in the development of new drugs.


Wide blue yonder

A beautiful picture shows a thousand of meaning without a single word of explanation to it.
For those who loves nature will not regret ever to feel the glory that hides inside of these pictures…. Hope you enjoy and feel they way I felt it too….

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Today’s picture is from my recorder playing friend Sue’s holiday on a  Greek island.  Looks quite nice there.

sue in greece

It was almost as sunny there as it was in Langholm this morning and I had taken several photos before Dropscone and I set out for the customary pedal.

A frog was already sunbathing.

frog sunbathing

I like the paradoxically white pinks.  You can see the simple pattern of the developing flower in the bottom left of the picture below and the incredibly complex result of maturity at centre stage.


The blue Himalayan poppy looked happy to be here.

himalayan poppy

To go with my white birthday peony, Mrs Tootlepedal has been nurturing this gorgeous beast as well.

I stooped snapping when Dropscone arrived and we set off towards Callister.   I felt so perky that I was almost tempted to go past the five mile mark but a nagging twinge in my knee persuaded me to…

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Cuti-Cuti Malaysia · Ocean of Discovery · Sea Creature

Aquaria KLCC


The Aquaria KLCC







is an underwater park located beneath Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre within Kuala Lumpur City Centre development precinct.







This “ ocean of discovery ” is unveiled at the Aquaria KLCC right in the heart of the city. It is the first commercial aquarium in the Federal capital and a wonderful place to spend the school holidays with the family.

It’s a RM60 million aquarium featuring some 5,000 aquatic and marine animal exhibits of over 150 different species from Malaysia and around the world – some caught, some sourced and some given. Boasting of an area spanning two levels and covering over 5,500 sq m, making it the largest in the world, the Aquaria has 19 tanks with various environments to keep and display fishes from various parts of the world.

Attractions to the Aquaria KLCC are the journey of water where you can find Sand Tiger Shark, Giant Blotched Fantail Ray, Arapaima, Luna & Loco, Red-bellied Piranha, Tawny Nurse Shark, Green Turtle, Giant Grouper, Moon Jelly, Coatimundi, Water Rat  and many more.





The aquarium is also home to monkey-eating catfish from Endau Rompin, sharks from Singapore and the endangered fresh water tortoise called “ Chitra-chitra ” which were saved from the cooking pot.

A lot of visitors come here to learn more about the marine life and see what we have to offer, the feeding times are extremely popular with the crowd. Sometimes, there are divers get into the tanks to feed the fishes and marine life, and visitors crowding around the tanks during that times.





Rocky The Shark – If you are lucky, you might catch them  strolling along at Aquaria KLCC during special occasions. Don’t forget to grab your camera as they strike a pose for you!