I am sure many of us are familiar with the word "Shangri-La' since many hotels in the country and else where in the world carry the name. I am made to understand that the first hotel that carries that name sprung in Singapore 1971 and there after many others follow throughout the world , all accepting the finery and delightful design as put in place or even much better.
Then again 'Shangri-La' also evokes a mysterious, magical place that has been sought out as an earthly paradise. Yet to be discovered. The setting and the urge to discover 'Shangri La' came with the novel 'Lost Horizon' written by a British writer James Hilton in 1933. The seniors among us and the younger ones too who have opened the pages of the novel may know why there has been that search for " a mystical harmonious valley gently guided from a lamasery, enclosed in the western end of the Kunlun mountains" The Hilton novel placed Shangri-La synonymous with an earthly paradise but a mythical utopia'
Each one of us may have dreams or sights of our own Shangri-La. Maybe we have found one because there are varieties of choices and not confined to the mysterious mountain abodes which has been sought for half a century now.They are however Sangria La or paradise that awaits us and that knowingly is easier to reach but with devotions, religiosity and all the finer qualities of this present life.
Let me share with you some sights that caught my eyes and therefore the camera lenses of flora and fauna just around the Shangri-La at Putrajaya. The greenery surely grants freshness and life.
The palms and the shadows caught in the afternoon light