Thursday, June 26, 2008

Trip To Kandy

On 21st June, I went to Kandy with my bro, 2 cousins, aunt and my friend. This was my third visit to Kandy, but unlike the other two visits, this time I went to two places I never went but always wanted to go.

We left home morning at around 5:30AM, and reached the high hill mountain area around 7:30AM. We were heading to the Peradeniya Royal Botanic Gardens which is situated at Peradeniya, 6 kilometres from Kandy. On our way we stopped on the mountain hills to take some pics of the nice views, there were monkeys enjoying the morning light. But as we approached them, they ran and hid in the trees. not very friendly at all :D We took some photos there and carried on with our journey.

By the time we reached our destination, it was 8:30AM. First we had our breakfast which we prepared at home. Then we headed to the ticket counter, but for foreign adults, a ticket was for Rs.600, students for Rs.300 and locals for Rs.30... When I, my bro and friend showed our visa, we got tickets for Rs.30. But my cousins had to take the students tickets for Rs.300 and my aunt for Rs.600. That's coz they didn't have visa. They had to enter from a VIP gate and we entered the place from the gate where other locals entered.

This beautiful garden has some 62 hectares in extent and located at an altitude of 550 metres. Peradeniya takes its name from pera (guava) and deniya (plain), which would suggest an early connection with the introduction or the cultivation of fruits, as the guava is not indigenous to the island. The site was originally the royal pleasure gardens of King Kirthi Sri Rajasinghe (1747-1780) of Kandy. It's a beautiful place with nice green plants and varieties of flowers. It gave me a look of a European country more than a place in Sri Lanka. The big old trees and the green grasses were so beatiful that it could take one's breath away :P.

We walked in the place, took photos and videos for more than two hours. After we were satisfied of what we've seen, then we headed to the Dalada maligawa (Tooth temple which is said to have a tooth of the Buddhaa). The temple occupies a big area and has a museum which shows a taxidermized elephant which was donated by someone to the Dalada Maligawa. It served in the temple for more than 50 years and passed away in 1988. This is now on display at the Meuseum in Dalada Maligawa. After being amazed of the elephant we saw, next we headed to the Elephant Orphanage.

After an hours drive, we arrived at the orphanage around 2:40pm. Tickets for the visitors from SAARC countries are for Rs.250, for once we were lucky to be from a SAARC Country. Otherwise a foreigner has to pay Rs.1000 ($10) for a ticket. It was a scene that i've never seen other than from the internet and tv. So many elephants bathing in the river, playing and running around together was a scene that would never bore you. There are fixed feeding and bathing times for the young jumbos. Luckily we arrived at the bathing time and we had a good time taking photos and getting close with the elephants and touching them. We had so much fun that i could never stop writing in my blog. Even now it's got longer and seems like there is no end. So I end it up here. "A picture speaks louder than words". So feel beauty of the places with the pictures I've added here. That was the end of our journey and we headed home around 5:30pm and reached home around 7:30.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

We are the CHAMPION!!!

Yaaaayyyyy!!!!! Maldives won.. WE ARE THE CHAMPION... Maldives, CHAMPION!!!! Yesterday was a day which will be written very bold in history. Maldives won the SAFF Championship for the first time and it brought so much happiness and joy to the Maldivian hearts...

No matter of the size of the population and no matter of the differences we have among us, Maldivians have showed that there's one thing in common in all the Maldivians. All the Maldivians all over the world are united to support the Maldives National Team while even before they come out for the final game.

Congratualations Maldives National Team... We are proud of you... You have proved that Maldives is the best in South Asia and that how true it is that "this time it's our"!!!!

A last-gasp goal by Mukhthar Naseer shook the whole stadium with the supporters screams, shouts and joyful words. It's truly an amazing moment in my life as I myself screamed out of my lungs in joy. The loud cheers of the supporters expressed how much we've wanted to see this day... Finally It's ours...

Tonight we went to the reception in High commission with the team members. we got the chance to lift the SAFF Champion's Cup. We also took photos with some of the players. Had fun singing "theyravaa" song with Assad, the captain of Maldives National football team. But I was disappointed that we got little late to meet all the players. Anyways, we had a great night and enjoyed a good meal.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

This time it's OURS!!!

I went to watch the SAFF championship semi final match yesterday. A group of 13 people left home around 5:15 pm and reached the stadium around 6:00 pm. By that time, the whole stadium was roaring with the sound of Maldivian supporters. Almost one third of the stadium was full of supporters in red.

The kick-off was at 7:30 and the ball was most of the times in the Maldives half. But later we saw a good play by the Maldives team. First half ended with no goals. Second half also started with the ball most of the times in the Maldives half, but later again they showed a good play. i have never supported and wanted our National team to win this bad. was even praying for at least one goal for Maldivians. Luckily in the 27th minute of the second half, Oppo scored a goal which took Maldives for the finals. In the last few minutes of the match, I was holding my breath and praying Sri Lanka won't score a goal. If it did, or if the Maldivians lose, there were some SL friends we dare to show our face to them :D. After all, buying the red t-shirts and printing the head bands was not a waste. Today, I'm really proud to be a Maldivian and proud of our National team too. The joy of victory against the lions on their own land is not describable. Congratulations Maldives Football Team.

The refree blew the wistle and the match ended with Maldives winning over Sri Lanka with 1 - 0. the whole stadium was shook with the loud screams and shouts of the Maldivian supporters. I Hope Maldives will show a good play and win the SAFF championship and lift the trophy for the first time. Insha Allah! Maldives, Hop! Hop!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Support Maldives!!!

Here is a mascot I designed to support the Maldives Soccer team. It's nothing official. Just thought of doing one as a symbol of our National Team. :) :P

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Ben 10 Wallpaper

These are two wallpapers I created from CorelDraw... It's for all the Ben 10 lovers out there. I This one also I did just to kill time. I really like the way I have done the Ben10 Character... This is the first Cartoon character I did in CorelDraw. I did two wallpapers, in two different background colors. I'm working on doing more. So keep checking back as I will add more here... Click the Image to view higher resolution (1280 x 1024)

Monday, June 2, 2008

Cartoon Characters

Below are some my works done in CorelDRAW... Was playing around with Corel and thought to do a cartoon character. The first one I did is the heart character, then thought of making some more different characters. So there they are... I'm thinking of creating some more characters and some animated characters as well...