During one of our shopping trips (window shopping :D), we came across the giant water lily at 1Utama Shopping Mall.
We were attracted by the gigantic leaves of this water lily, which is called, Victoria amazonica. We have never seen such a big water lily leave before. It was a great eye-opener.
From the googling that we have done, these giant water lily leaves are capable of supporting a certain amount of weight. In other words, people can actually sit on them! I think they can support a child’s weight but I am not so sure about an adult.
However, we have seen an image on the Internet that depicts a lady sitting on a chair on a giant water lily leaf whilst playing a Chinese musical instrument called, ErHu!
There wasn’t a sign that forbids the visitors to be in contact with the plant. Although we did not try to sit on it but I did use my fingers to gently touch one of the leaves that was nearer to the edge of the pond and was conveniently reachable.
It felt like normal water lily leaves and when I tried to press it down but it wasn’t easy. These leaves are indeed quite strong.
We saw the buds of the water lily too but not a lot of flowers though. It was a fun and exciting experience. However, the opened space giant water lily pond has attracted rubbish disposal by some irresponsible parties.
I hope we can all do our part to preserve mother nature so that the next generation will still have a chance to see these magnificent views. Sometimes, the bins are just a few steps away or if the bin is full, we can hold on to the rubbish until we find another bin.
There is a bus stand next to this pond at a higher position, and we saw quite a number of people waiting for the bus there, we were guessing whether the empty bottles were thrown down by one of them.
Please don’t harm mother nature anymore just for the sake of your own convenience. Please think about your children the next time you throw another piece of rubbish on the ground. You are not only making this world a worse place for them but you are also a bad role model for them to follow. I would like to urge everyone to be more considerate and less selfish. Let’s play our part to protect the environment before everything is too late.