Dec 29, 2009

Closing 2009.

Year 2009 calender is coming to an end. Next year will be the last year of the 21st century. Many business are closing their financial by year end. It 's time for them to evaluate and review the annual performance especially financially. Simply because finance is the pillar of every business. Finance is like a blood in the body for business to survive and grow.

If taht is crucial to business and business owner, how about we ourself? We should be prudent in planning and forcast our own financial. In academic, this is term as Personal Financial Management. Have we started to review our own financial performance and achievement at this moment of the year.? Thing like;
how much we earn,
how much we spend,
is our asset grow,
or our liability booming instead,

Whatever it is we need to look back at what we've achieved, learn a lesson from the past, may it be good or bad and plan for the coming year.

Not to forget wishing everybody HAPPY NEW YEAR 2010. MAY THE COMING YEAR BE MORE PROSPEROUS.

Dec 15, 2009


This is the road leading to my village (kampong). About an hour drive from Kuching city, the state capital of Sarawak. Recently few development took place. 24 hour electricity supply, tarred seal road and even a communication tower was built to provide the ICT facility are few example. In the past, i went to school on foot, kerosene lamp to light up the night, hardly watch TV (remember the black and white TV powered by battery). Anyway life is enjoyable at that time. My childhood life is full of fun. After school, most of the time we will play football on the muddy pitch, play combat and during fruit season, go to the jungle to look for durian and other fruits. Combat is a TV movie, a war between British and German. Rick Jason and Vick Morrow was a hero of the film.

This coming week i will spent my holiday in kampong for Christmas. I don't have any photo related to Christmas yet. Anyway let share something else.

Tropical forest plant. It bear fruit which has a sweet sour taste.

A young durian tree.
This is a mountainous area. To me i really enjoy the green scenery of the area. Hopefully no body will open up plantation nearby that will destroy the nature beauty.

Dec 12, 2009

Weekend chore... Search and destroy.

Dengue is on the rise.
Destroy their breeding place before they do harm to us.
Knowing the signs and symptoms, prevention measure and ensure prompt treatment is important in preventing the disease.

Dec 4, 2009

Mangosteen the "Queen of Fruits".

The fruit usually described as sweet and tangy, Citrusy with peach flavour and texture.

Mangosteen is among one of my favourite the local fruits. When I was young, I always joined a group of friends climbing the mangosteen tree. It not only the marvelous taste of the fruit we enjoy but what matter most us was the joy and trill of leaping between branches. It is quite safe as the branches are tough and won't break easily. It is also the training ground for us to enhanced our tree climbing skill. I never know that the mangosteen has such a great medicinal value until I intended to post this entry and do some search.

The Purple Mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana), colloquially known simply as "the mangosteen", is a tropical evergreen tree, believed to have originated in the Sunda Islands and the Moluccas of Indonesia. The latin name for the mangosteen is Garcinia mangostana L. and the genus Garcinia is an honor bestowed upon Laurent Garcin by Linnaeus for his work as a botanist and naturalist in the 18th century( Other source ( stated that Laurentiers Garcin (1673-1751)is a French priest and explorer. The tree grows from 7 to 25 m (20–80 ft) tall. The mangosteen is composed of the rind (exocarp), pulp(fruit) and seeds.
It is believed that the Queen of England was so delighted by the mangosteen's unique taste and exquisite flavour that she named it "Queen of Fruits".

This fruits are gaining popularity in the local market. We can easily found it in Pasar Tamu or sentral market(Sibu).

A basket full of mangosteen fruit.

Recently I have the opportunity to climb and pluck the mangosteen fruit. It won't take me long to fill up this basket. (our tradition basket made from rattan and has been exist for centuries).

Mangosteen tree.

This is a young mangosteen tree, starting bear fruit for the past few years only. The life span for the mangosteen could easily reach 100 years. Probably my third generation wil still be able to eat the fruit from this tree unless somehow someone chop it down for some unknown reason.

This is the branches of the mangosteen tree. It protrude horizontally from the tree trunk. Thus it position itself vertically with the ground.

There are numerous scientific research has been conducted on the mangosteen with the majority of it focus on the biological ingredients, the xanthones. Xanthones are active and natural substances rerely found in fruits and vegetables and are extremely powerful antioxidants. Scientists have identified 200 diferent variety of xanthones and remarkable, 40 is found in mangosteen.

Mangosteen is typically advertised and marketed as part of an emerging category of novel functional foods sometimes called "superfruits" presumed to have a combination of 1) appealing subjective characteristics, such as taste, fragrance and visual qualities, 2) nutrient richness, 3) antioxidant strength and 4) potential impact for lowering risk of human diseases.
Potential benefit of mangosteen; -Anti bacterial, -Anti Fungal, -Anti Inflamatory, -Anti Lipidemia (lowering of blood cholesterol), -Anti-oxidant, -Anti tumout/cancer and Anti viral.


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