Sunday morning. I have read all the Sunday papers and done all the lazy sunday morning routine but there was something I yearned to do. I yearned to be at FRIM, the Forest Research Institute Park in Kepong. It must be the laborius number crunching saturday, I just needed to be surrounded by nature. The only park in KL /PJ that qualifies and meets my criteria of a park is FRIM. A distant alternative would be to spend a wintry morning at the embankment park. No joke, and not wishful thinking, Maybe I will do that next week when I will be in cold wet and windy London.
To me a park is an open space with trees and turfs. It could be a manicured manmade green park or it could be a natural tropical park. There is a park near home but that is more like a Morib, or kuala selangor Municipal park, with steel structures, redbrick pathways and concrete monuments and benches. There are also electrical palms growing.
These people, the park planners of city hall, misunderstand the concept of park design. They think a park is a children playground. I repeat, a park is an open space with trees and turfs. A lake, a stream or a water feature is a bonus. No, not to this government landscapist. They tend to be preoccupied with things unnatural, things plastic. Fake, fake , fake.Tthey tend to be too engrossed in meeting their KPI which I guess is the number of contracts for erecting those silly looking structures and monuments.
A great city MUST have a park. It is mandatory. I was looking forward to see the amalgamation of a few forest reserves to be the KL central Park. It is the best gift from Malaysia. Brilliant, but I am not sure if those guys in city hall understand the difference between a playground, a fare ground and a nature park.
The likely explanation for the love of concrete structure could be the overexposure to tropical menace in their chilhood. They see concrete and plastics as modern.
I hear with delight the proposal by Malaysia Nature society to make the Federal Hill a national heritage. It is in the the STAR today.
I yearn to be with whoever with a cigar, a book, a picnic basket and the glassware and readyto uncork. Nasi lemak would be nice, with black coffee or a red. The winter morning and nasi lemak is a perfect combination. . Nevermind getting the mat wet.