Saturday, 11 June 2016

Ladang Madu Kelulut Ori (The Honey Farm) Alor Setar, Kedah

Because of the school holidays are coming to an end, I decided to bring my girls to visit the "Ladang Madu Kelulut Ori (The Honey Farm)" in Alor Setar, Kedah

It is a nice mini farm, with hive of honeys, birds, chickens, ducks, goats, rabbits and a retail store for mostly natural products.

Behind the farm is the famous Rice fields, which look like newly planted with green leaves all over the fields.

A nice place to visit if you are in Alor Setar.

Address:
Jalan Alor Setar-Kangar, KM 8.4, Kampung Padang Lalang, Alor Janggus, Alor Setar.
Free entrance.
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Ramadan Mubarak 2016

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During Ramadan, Muslims restaurants are closed till the afternoon, and will open again normally for breaking fast till till early morning.
In afternoon the food bazaars specially organised for in the month of Ramadan are also available. It is a nice atmosphere, to go to to the bazaars. The bazaars are normally very crowded and it is very hard to move to see the various selection of food. Lack of parking space would also pose a problem for those wanting to stop at the bazaars.

The fasting starts from dawn until sunset, and the Muslims observe it by refraining themselves from consuming food, drinking, smoking and engaging in sexual relations.

During Ramadan the Muslims dedicate mostly in increase prayers and recitation of the Quran.

In Malaysia, some restaurants still open such as the Chinese, Indian (non-muslim) and all fast food restaurants.

Happy Fasting 2016! Selamat berpuasa 2016!

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Farmers, Breeders and Fishermen` Days at Taman Jubli Emas, Alor Setar.

Sharing some images captured today at the "Hari Peladang, Penternak dan Nelayan (Farmers, Breeders and Fishermen`s Days) "

Location: Taman Jubli Emas, Alor Setar, Kedah
Event Date: 25-29 May 2016
Time: 10 am - 10 pm

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Saturday, 21 May 2016

DIY - hanging flower pots from coconut husks - step by step with images.



DIY - hanging flower pots from coconut husks - step by step with images.Cheap and convenient handicrafts, if you have coconuts.

It`s useful especially to grow orchids in them. 
You can create a more natural growing pots for orchids and the coconut husk will help to keep the orchids moist for longer period and doesn't need daily watering.


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Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Durian Season!!!

Hi guys! The durian (The King of Fruits) is available in Kedah, Malaysia. Visit Kedah's city to savor the durian fruit. Despite the El Nino high temperatures the durian fruit is still tasting sweet and the smell awesome like always.

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Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Happy Mother's Day!

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Wishing to all my readers and followers Happy Mother's Day and a beautiful Sunday!

In Malaysia, Mother's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May which
falls on 8 th May 2016.

My early present for Mother`s Day from my daughter.




Monday, 2 May 2016

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Last March 2016, I was surprised to see my AdSense account had accumulated $101.03 which Google successful transferred to my Malaysian bank account within 3 days from the due date of payment. Google Adsense services is available in Malaysia.

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Mango/ Durian served with Glutinous rice.

A delicious dessert to try when you visit Malaysia is the Mango or Durian served with Glutinous rice known in malay language as "Pulut Durian" or "Pulut Mangga", sometimes both fruits are combined for a "Pulut Kawin" variety.

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In Alor Setar the popular pulut`s stall is Awi Pulut food stall which is located in the center of Alor Setar,  behind Unitar University or at the street address, 558, Jalan Langgar, 05460 Alor Setar, Kedah Darul Aman.

Price + RM  4.

Opening time morning till afternoon.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Spring flowers

The spring season is on in my country. Today received latest spring flowers from my garden. Today in the garden: tulips and narcissus. Romania has a big variety of flowers, is no need to travel to Amsterdam to pose with the tulips, you have the chance for it even in Romania.


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Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Easy flower to grow

The easiest flowers to grow in Malaysia, which I experienced are: the Japanese rose, hibiscus (popular in Malaysia as bunga raya) and orchids.

My small flower garden have the orchids, hibiscus, Japanese rose and a few more rare plants such as: Red rose which I brought from my country, the Yasmin flower, petunia and Ipomoea quamoclit (cypress vine).

I noticed that these flowers can grow good in Malaysia, especially the Japanese rose, all the year full of flowers and they grow very fast with little good care, water and fertilizer. They need the sun light. The flowers color can relax your eyes.

Hibiscus (bunga raya) are also growing everywhere in Malaysia and they can flourish under hot sun but my hibiscus are flowering more during the rainy season.

Orchids are my first attempt in growing them but seems so far so good. I am looking forward to see my first orchid flowering.

I plan to add a few more cactus plants to my flowers garden.
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Chili paste - Sambal belacan

One of popular dishes and must have dishes when eating rice with fish is the chili paste - sambal belacan.

Most Malaysian considers sambal belacan as a must to go with their normal rice servings.

Sambal belacan comes in various recipes. Today I am going to share with you my simple sambal belacan I make for my husband.

Ingredients:

20 fresh red chilies
2 green lime
Half spoon salt
Half spoon sugar
Half spoon prawn paste (belcan)
20 g mineral water

The red chilies are cut in small pieces and pounded to be paste like. I use a stone mortar and pestle to pound them, giving you a feeling of a traditional dish. Nowadays people use the electric blender.

Once the chili paste is formed add the remaining ingredients and mix well. The paste is kept in refrigerator and can last for 1-2 weeks.





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Gardening

I always used to grow flowers and some important herbs for my cooking, but this year seems more favorable despite of the heat wave (El Nino) currently experienced in Malaysia for the past 2 months.

I have 2 small gardens in my front yard which caters for flowers, and at the back of house which consists mostly of herbs.  Because of the dry season in Malaysia and the heat wave (El Nino) the plants seem to struggle to survive. I water them twice a day but the insect and pest seems more to enjoy them at present, but thank God all under control with anti-insects spray, and some fertilizers.

This year I spend more money on taking care of the plants and even the water bill increased. Hopefully by end of April the weather will be back to normal and the rain season will come.

The heat wave (El Nino) affected drastically the rice planting season, which is delayed due to no rain for the past 2-3 months.

Also mango and durian plantation suffers due to the heat wave.

Not only the plants but even the humans are affected. I had never experience anything like this in my 10 years in Malaysia, so hot like now, which is continuing with no rain.

In Alor Setar, 3 times the school closed due to the high temperatures of 37 C continuously for 3 days.

Every landscape in the city seems yellow and dried.




Herbs and vegetables

I enjoy cooking for my family and I love to use my home grown herbs and vegetables from my small garden.

After my relocation to Malaysia, I was exposed to more herbs and vegetables, which I take as a bonus in my knowledge and started to eat more vegetables and herbs.

My favorite vegetables in my country was tomato, cucumber, pepperoni, radish, egg plants and broccoli and we have the chance to enjoy them during summer and autumn seasons only.

In Malaysia you can enjoy the vegetables all year long.

My dream is just to open my kitchen door, step in my herbs garden and pluck whichever plant I want, which already I started to work on and continuing to add more varieties to it.

Some of my vegetables and herbs that I grow in my graden are: Green small lime, Lime Tree (Pokok Limau Purut), Curry, Cosmos caudatus (Ulam Raja), Ulam, Salad, Green bean, Chilli, Lemon grass (Serai),  Vietnamese mint (Daun kesom), Peppermint (Pudina), Thai Basil (Daun kemangi) and Chinese broccoli (Kailan).

I also have fruit plants such as raspberry ( brought here from my country)  mulberry, and mango.
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Small lime tree

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Lime Tree (Pokok Limau Purut)

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Lemon Grass (Serai)

Green small lime, Lime Tree (Pokok Limau Purut), Curry, Cosmos caudatus (Ulam Raja), Ulam, Salad, Green bean, Chilli, Lemon grass (Serai),  Vietnamese mint (Daun kesom), Peppermint (Pudina), Thai Basil (Daun kemangi), Chinese broccoli (Kailan).
Chinese broccoli (Kailan)

Green small lime, Lime Tree (Pokok Limau Purut), Curry, Cosmos caudatus (Ulam Raja), Ulam, Salad, Green bean, Chilli, Lemon grass (Serai),  Vietnamese mint (Daun kesom), Peppermint (Pudina), Thai Basil (Daun kemangi), Chinese broccoli (Kailan).
Curry tree

Green small lime, Lime Tree (Pokok Limau Purut), Curry, Cosmos caudatus (Ulam Raja), Ulam, Salad, Green bean, Chilli, Lemon grass (Serai),  Vietnamese mint (Daun kesom), Peppermint (Pudina), Thai Basil (Daun kemangi), Chinese broccoli (Kailan).
Water spinach (Kangkong)

Green small lime, Lime Tree (Pokok Limau Purut), Curry, Cosmos caudatus (Ulam Raja), Ulam, Salad, Green bean, Chilli, Lemon grass (Serai),  Vietnamese mint (Daun kesom), Peppermint (Pudina), Thai Basil (Daun kemangi), Chinese broccoli (Kailan).
Japanese mint (Daun Kesom)

Green small lime, Lime Tree (Pokok Limau Purut), Curry, Cosmos caudatus (Ulam Raja), Ulam, Salad, Green bean, Chilli, Lemon grass (Serai),  Vietnamese mint (Daun kesom), Peppermint (Pudina), Thai Basil (Daun kemangi), Chinese broccoli (Kailan).
Peppermint (Pudina)

Green small lime, Lime Tree (Pokok Limau Purut), Curry, Cosmos caudatus (Ulam Raja), Ulam, Salad, Green bean, Chilli, Lemon grass (Serai),  Vietnamese mint (Daun kesom), Peppermint (Pudina), Thai Basil (Daun kemangi), Chinese broccoli (Kailan).
Raspberry

Green small lime, Lime Tree (Pokok Limau Purut), Curry, Cosmos caudatus (Ulam Raja), Ulam, Salad, Green bean, Chilli, Lemon grass (Serai),  Vietnamese mint (Daun kesom), Peppermint (Pudina), Thai Basil (Daun kemangi), Chinese broccoli (Kailan).
Mulberry

Green small lime, Lime Tree (Pokok Limau Purut), Curry, Cosmos caudatus (Ulam Raja), Ulam, Salad, Green bean, Chilli, Lemon grass (Serai),  Vietnamese mint (Daun kesom), Peppermint (Pudina), Thai Basil (Daun kemangi), Chinese broccoli (Kailan).
Ulam

Cosmos caudatus (Ulam Raja)

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Chilli

Green small lime, Lime Tree (Pokok Limau Purut), Curry, Cosmos caudatus (Ulam Raja), Ulam, Salad, Green bean, Chilli, Lemon grass (Serai),  Vietnamese mint (Daun kesom), Peppermint (Pudina), Thai Basil (Daun kemangi), Chinese broccoli (Kailan).
Thai Basil (Daun kemangi)

Green small lime, Lime Tree (Pokok Limau Purut), Curry, Cosmos caudatus (Ulam Raja), Ulam, Salad, Green bean, Chilli, Lemon grass (Serai),  Vietnamese mint (Daun kesom), Peppermint (Pudina), Thai Basil (Daun kemangi), Chinese broccoli (Kailan).
Green Bean
Green small lime, Lime Tree (Pokok Limau Purut), Curry, Cosmos caudatus (Ulam Raja), Ulam, Salad, Green bean, Chilli, Lemon grass (Serai),  Vietnamese mint (Daun kesom), Peppermint (Pudina), Thai Basil (Daun kemangi), Chinese broccoli (Kailan).
Spadeleaf (Daun Pegaga)

Green small lime, Lime Tree (Pokok Limau Purut), Curry, Cosmos caudatus (Ulam Raja), Ulam, Salad, Green bean, Chilli, Lemon grass (Serai),  Vietnamese mint (Daun kesom), Peppermint (Pudina), Thai Basil (Daun kemangi), Chinese broccoli (Kailan).
Salad