Monday, June 27, 2011

Save the world/my world Tuesday/outdoor wed: wrapping your fruit

In many parts of Malaysia and Singapore, fruit growers use paper bags, plastic bags, sacks to wrap fruits to protect the fruits. Hence reduce the need to spray insecticide. These fruits are healthier to eat.

When I was living in Singapore, I was told wrapping the fruit aka saronging the fruits, it reduces another kind of pest, the two legged type. I was living in the staff residence of the Nanyang Technological University. I grew beautiful papayas and bananas and they went walking before I was fast enough to harvest them. A Malay cleaner told me to sarong them. The logic behind this was traditionally, in the kampong, fruit trees were communal. Anyone was free to harvest the fruits. But saronging/wrapping it, this signals to others that this tree is private. I worked. You need only to sarong one fruit.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Sunday Stills: Black and white,or sepia

Sunday Stills, the next Challenge: Black and White or Sepia
Posted in Sunday Stills with tags Sunday Stills on June 19, 2011 by Ed

I know we have done this before but the possibilities are endless, and try not to use archives for this week ..:-))

It is winter here in New Zealand, everything looks Black and white. One day, a colleague counted, almost everyone at workwas wearing black.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Friday shootout: Hats

Member Voice for June 24 - Hats by JarieLyn
Hi Shooters!!

Hats is our theme for June 24, chosen by JarieLyn. I have not gotten a Member Voice on the theme and I am not sure what she means by Hats of Your Town. So ........ yoo hoo ......... JarieLyn .......... leave us a comment here so we know!! :-) If not, show us different hats you have seen while out and about in your town.

I also have not gotten around to seeing everyone's posts from last week's theme and I will get around to that asap. Summer, gotta love it! Such a short time here in Michigan so I am not at the computer so much.

As always ............ HAPPY SHOOTING!!

Monday, June 20, 2011

pest fish: carp koi

This story breaks my heart. About twenty years ago, I listened to a talkback radio. They were talking about the Koi or Japanese Carp. At that time, there were talks about how this beautiful fish is very expensive and people in Asia like to keep them in their ponds or tanks.

A beautiful koi can cost over $100,000. In New Zealand, we protect our waterways and Koi is banned because it is a pest fish and disturbs the ecology of the environment. The koi tastes like wire guaze because it has so many bones. There were talks about people smuggling the Koi in.

16 years in Singapire, I saw plenty of Kois and how expensive they were.

I came back to New Zealand five years ago, and I saw dead Koi in some fish markets. They were selling for $1.60 a kilo. I thought of the wire guaze. I asked my fish monger, do they taste good? He replied with a smirk," What do you expect for $1.60?

Recently I watched a documentary about a lake in the Waikato river. The lake was choked with this Koi. Apparently some people had smauggled them in as a ornamental fish, but thet got too much and they were released in the water way. The Chinese have a custom of FIONG SAN, releasing alive. These fish multiply and kill off the native fish. The Koi had have a dredge like mouth which prevents native water weeds from growing.

To save the world, please don't FIONG SAN. Don't smuggle fish. They are on the illegal list for a reason.

These photos were taken in a golf club in Singapore.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Sunday Stills, Birds and bees

This giant bee was snapped in Brunei airport.

Sunday Stills, the next challenge: The Birds and the Bees
Posted in Sunday Stills with tags Sunday Stills on June 12, 2011 by Ed
This challenge is from WanderWoman who asked if we could do this challenge. It may be a bit difficult but I’m sure ya’ll can rise to this challenge and to help out a bit you can do any insect and not just bees..:-))

Good luck..:-)

In Singapore, there is a hobby. Songbirds and their owners, I must say this is almost another of this :Girls not allowed. Men groom their song birds, and meet under the void deck of the high rise housing blocks. You see the special rails for the cages to be hung up.

I don't see any women indulging in this hobby. Perhaps Jama will correct me.

In Singapore, there are four categories of competition birds namely:

The Shama (Copsychus malabaricus)
The China Thrush (Garrulux canorus)
Mata Puteh (White eyes) (Zosterops palpebrosa)
Red Whiskered Bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus)
When these imported birds are trained, they soon loose their fear of man and are then put to task to compete in the “singing abilities”.

The bird singing competitions are organized by the local clubs or the Community Centers of the Singapore People's Association. Each competition generally attracts about 450 to 600 entrants.

The birds -- merboks, China thrushes, white rumped shamas, red whiskered bulbuls and mata putehs (white eyes), some costing hundreds of dollars -- arrive in intricately carved, highly lacquered teak cages with porcelain and ivory fittings and custom-made cloth covers.

Owners proudly unveil the cages and move them from hanger to hanger with the strategy of international chess champions, trying to position their birds near those that will encourage them to sing their best. In nature, songbirds try to outperform one another in an attempt to attract the opposite sex.

Songbird Lyrics

For you, there'll be no more crying,

For you, the sun will be shining,

And I feel that when I'm with you,

It's alright, I know it's right

To you, I'll give the world

to you, I'll never be cold

'Cause I feel that when I'm with you,

It's alright, I know it's right.

And the songbirds are singing,

Like they know the score,

And I love you, I love you, I love you,

Like never before.

And I wish you all the love in the world,

But most of all, I wish it from myself.

And the songbirds keep singing,

Like they know the score,

And I love you, I love you, I love you,

Like never before, like never before.

Fleetwood Mac Songbird
Here;s a Chinese song about a song bird in a cage,
Pan Xiu Qiong/潘秀瓊 - Wo Shi Yi Zhi Hua Mei Niao/我是一隻畫眉鳥

hootin--anni has a new meme.
IT'S ALL ABOUT MY NEW MEME THAT I HOPE SOME WILL FEEL LIKE JOINING IN ON THE CHALLENGE AND THE FUN [at least I hope the weekly challenge will be fun!]. It's loosely based on song lyrics [recorded songs since the beginning of time to today] and associating them with photos of I've done in the you click on the link above, it'll take you to the Meme's Homepage for rules and buttons. There will be a Mr. Linky Widget for each individual week also. Do consider joining me sometime. Hope to see it flourish in time.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Friday shootout: Fishing

I grew up In Borneo, my Rejang River is very big, and there were creeks, my maternal grand dad had fish ponds. I grew up fishing.

When I came to New Zealand, I taught English as a second language. One of my students was a Vietnamese boy. He tells me," Girls NOT allowed."

These photos almost confirms what he said.

Member Voice for June 17 - National Fishing Day suggested by Camella
Camella's Member Voice on National Fishing Day.

Okay, I admit it I did not do a lot of research when I viewed a web based calendar that said June 18 was Go Fishing Day. I knew that National Fishing and Boating week was in June, so I just assumed… so let’s start over and say our theme for the week ending June 17th is “Fishing and/or Boating” in honor of National Fishing and Boating Week.

I grew up fishing with my dad. Most weekends were spent at a creek or river in North Florida fishing for Bream but often we would head to the pier on the beach and fish for Red Fish and whatever else we could catch. Growing up on the Gulf of Mexico we had our pick of what to fish for and fish was a staple of our diet.

More than 39 million people fish each year in the United States according to The American Sportfishing Association. This is 33 times more than the average attendance at ALL Major League baseball parks combined!

National Fishing and Boating week always falls the first full week in June and coincides with most states free fishing days. It is sponsored by The (RBFF) Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation which is administered by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service; the RBFF was founded following the passing of the Sportfishing and Boating Safety Act of 1998 which “required the Secretary of the Interior to implement a national outreach and communication plan to address participation issues associated with recreational fishing and boating, while ensuring public support for aquatic resource conservation.”

Monday, June 13, 2011

my world Tuesday/ Outdoor Wed/save the world:Wind power generators

I see the blades of this generator turning round and round on this yacht docked at Half moon Bay. I suspect those flat panels are solar panels.

What a way to go, enjoy this marine sports and not use the earth's precious resources.

Marine wind generators can help generate electricity to charge a boat's batteries while away from the dock. But careful installation and maintenance are critical.

Wind generators produce electricity when the wind spins their blades, and the harder the wind blows, the more power they produce.

Many larger sailboats and powerboats where the wind blows hard almost continuously mount marine wind generators to capture that wind energy and use it. There was strong gust of wind yesterday.

But boats in other areas can benefit from wind power as part of an overall electricity generation plan that might also include solar panels or even a diesel generator.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Sunday Stills: Yellow

Sunday Stills, the next challenge: Yellow
Posted in Sunday Stills with tags Sunday Stills on June 5, 2011 by Ed
Time for another color challenge courtesy of Val over at Fantastic Voyager who mentioned to me that yellow was her favorite color…:-))

p.s. hope your ankle is healing well..:-)

Once upon a time,
when butter was just yellowry butter.
Not the sinful food.
What a delight eating was.

Oh blow it,
I still like to sneak in a spoon of butter on my toast.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Friday shootout: Flags

This Friday our theme is Flags. In the United States we have a National Flag Day (or Flag Birthday as some called it) June 14th. For a brief history of the National Holiday click here. As I have traveled around to various towns and cities, I seem to always spot a flag or two waving in the breeze. Shooters............... show the flags of your town!!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

My world Tuesday/save the world/outdoor wednesday: Mountian cooking
In a little village in Sarawak Borneo, a woman is quietly doing her bit to save the world. She is Pantan Jiram (or Mrs. Entalai Aji or Robert's Mother...Indai Robert) She is cooking outdoors. Do you see the colored discs at the top left hand corner> They are not discs, but collapsed cans.

Fellow blogger Sarawakiana had the photo in her facebook and I asked her permission to use it.

She wrote: .my sister in law is recycling..sells them at 0.5 ringgit a kilo...but she cannot find anyone to buy the twist handle (which is more valueable....Sure you can use the photo...the honour is mine.

I don't buy canned drinks, and infact I hardly buy any carbonated drinks. I am saving my wallet and waist line, besides doing the honorable thing of saving the world.

To My World Tuesday, I am taking you to a journey to Borneo. Note the way her chicken is cooked in a bamboo tube. It is Pansoh ayam in the making!! Not many people have seen this way of cooking. I have because I have sibling-in-laws who are natives of Borneo.