Saturday, April 3, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
A Mysterious Fruit
A resident in my neighbourhood of SS14 Subang Jaya, Mr Thangarajah, 74, a retired Kirkby UK-trained teacher, has discovered a fruit which the Indonesians will buy for some US$6 per fruit, because it can be used for medicinal purposes.
He was doing some gardening with a friend when an Indonesian man approached him asking him whether the trees in front of his house were bearing fruits which "point up to the sky" because they grow at the end of the stem.
However, as far as he knew, having lived here for so many years, those trees don't bear fruits.
But recently someone picked up one fruit dropped from one of the trees. (Pictures of the fruit, the leaves and the trees are shown above.)
Mr Thangarajah is eager to know the name of this rare and valuable fruit, its medicinal value, and the botanical name of the tree. Can anyone help? Please post the answer in the comments. Thank you very much.
Friday, March 19, 2010
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Sunday, February 28, 2010
celebrations at SJBA in Subang Jaya, Feb 27. Pictures of
God of Wealth (Choy San) and Dragon Dance on the
eve of Chap Goh Meh, which is the 15th day of CNY
and the last day of CNY.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
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This is a pineapple plant in my sister-in-law's backyard in Kajang.
Origin: The pineapple is native to southern
Growth Habit: The pineapple plant is a herbaceous perennial, 2-1/2 to 5 ft. high with a spread of 3 to 4 ft. It is essentially a short, stout stem with a rosette of waxy, straplike leaves.
Harvest: It is difficult to tell when the pineapple is ready to be harvested. Some people judge ripeness and quality by snapping a finger against the side of the fruit. A good, ripe fruit has a dull, solid sound. Immaturity and poor quality are indicated by a hollow thud. The fruit should be stored at 45° F or above, but should be stored for no longer than 4 - 6 weeks.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
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Decorations and goodies at The Summit shopping mall in preparation for the Chinese New Year which falls on Monday, the 26th of January, 2009.
Sometimes called the Spring Festival, it is one of the most important traditional Chinese holidays. It is also called the Lunar New Year, especially by people outside of China.
The festival begins on the first day of the first lunar month of the Chinese calendar and ends with a Lantern Festival on the 15th day, also called Chap Goh Meh.
Celebrated in areas with large populations of ethnic Chinese, it is considered the most important holiday for the Chinese. It had influence on the new year celebrations of its geographic neighbors, as well as cultures with whom the Chinese have had extensive interaction.
These include Aboriginal Taiwanese people, Koreans, Mongolians, Nepalese, Bhutanese and Vietnamese. In mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and other countries with significant Han Chinese populations, Chinese New year is also celebrated, and has, to varying degrees, become part of the traditional culture of these countries.
In Canada, although Chinese New Year is not an official holiday, many ethnic Chinese hold large celebrations and Canada Post Office issues Chinese New Year theme stamps in domestic and international rates.
In Malaysia, it is a 2-day holiday and the ethnic Chinese celebrate it in a very big way. There will be open houses and food and traditional Chinese New Year cookies will be served to relatives and friends who come avisiting.
The elders will give out red packets of money or "ang pows" to the younger ones who are not yet married. Inmates of old folks' homes and children's homes will also receive "ang pows", food and mandarin oranges. It is a time of great rejoicing.