Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Light of Day

Staying out of the heat from the afternoon sun,

this window provides the perfect frame

to the picture of harsh light outside

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Sleepy Siniawan in Sarawak

The visit to Siniawan leaves 

an extraordinary impression on me

It must be the rustic looks of the old buildings 

that has left me in awe

Walking along the buildings, 

I had this melancholy feeling 

and mental images of what life must had been 

back in the early 1900s 

when our fore fathers first set foot in Borneo

Some probably had resettled in Bau (the gold mining town) 

not far from Siniawan

Dogs frolicking on the five-foot walkways in Siniawan

The shophouses here are still made of timber 
which makes them a fire hazard
Ironically, the inhabitants are more worried 
about the frequent flooding from the river 

just behind these shops

Imagine walking on the same cobbled stone path 

and touching the same wooden stilts 

that had stood the test of time

Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Twin Towers

Sunday is the ten year anniversary of September 11

That date was a defining moment

in the history of the United States

Postcard courtesy of Postcard Friendship

Friday, September 9, 2011

My Mulberries

We grow mulberies in the garden 

because they taste great and they're full of nutrition

They are considered an important food remedy 

in Chinese medicine

Here are ten health benefits

It should be noted that many of these benefits 

have not been scientifically verified 

but are traditional folk remedies 

that have developed in countries

where mulberries have been eaten 

for hundreds of years
Cancer Prevention
Mulberries are a good source of resveratrol,
a potent phytonutrient also found in grapes
that researchers believe can prevent cancer
and aid in the fight of existing cancers

Life Extension
Because of their resveratrol content, 
mulberries may be a tool in one's life extension arsenal,
as resveratrol has shown in several studies 
to extend the life of mice

Blood Tonic
In Chinese medicine, 
mulberries are considered a blood tonic, 
meaning that they cleanse the blood 
and increase its production, strengthening the entire system

Kidney Strengthener
In Chinese medicine, 
mulberries are believed to strengthen the kidneys

Liver Cleanser
In Chinese medicine, 
mulberries are believed to be effective in cleansing the liver

Better Hearing and Vision
In China, 
tea made with mulberry paste is believed 
to strengthen one's hearing and vision

Constipation Cure
In Turkey, 
a treatment for constipation is 
to eat white mulberries on an empty stomach 
with a glass of water

Anemia Treatment
Because they are quite high in iron, 
mulberries are a great food 
to use in the treatment of anemia
Cold and Flu Treatment
In Turkey, 
mulberry molasses is used 
as a treatment for colds and flu
Their effectiveness in this way 
may be due to their high vitamin C content

Premature Gray Hair Remedy
In several countries, 
mulberries are considered an effective remedy 
for prematurely gray hair

Tidal Tourist

Dare Devils or Tidal Tourists ?

In China, there is a type of tourist called Tidal Tourist

Thousands of tourists flock to the banks of the Qiantang River

in Haining, Zhejiang Province in China 

to watch an annual natural phenomenon

Every year a tidal surge creates a huge wave 

that charges up the Qiantang River 

with the largest reaching a height of 29.5ft

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Friday, September 2, 2011

Watching the Water monitor

Using iphone 4,

here is a photo of the Water monitor

near the monsoon drain behind the backyard

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Celebrating Eid ul-Fitr

I was invited to an occasion of

the Breaking of Fast  festivity


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