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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Scenic Sunday # 2

Scenic Sunday

I'm blessed with friends and one of them gave me this picture from the border of Thailand and Mayanmar. Thanks for friends everywhere.

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The Malunggay Adventure

Can you imagine this friend of mine doing all possible things just to get this miracle plant?
Last week when we were in Bangkok we saw some trees of malunggay - (this miracle plant I was sharing in my latest posts) near the church. We had asked permission to some of our friends there if we could get some leaves because we badly missed it, and they agreed.
So in the evening, after the service, my friend and I decided to come down and get some leaves for us to cook the next day. She was really decided to do all the possibilities just to get some.

Look, she was able to get some leaves and took some drumstick for us to plant. We really missed eating this kind of miracle plant. I remember, when we were still in the Phil., everytime we were sick or not feeling well, I will just buy or get some leaves of malunggay from our backyard and cook with fish and a soup. Then I will be okay the next few hours.

Similarly, in the mountains, my friends would tell me about it. That when they felt tired or not feeling well, they will just cook some malunggay leaves with other vegetables or with fish (if available) and ate it. Then a little while they will be okay. That's the miracle plant - malunggay - the green leafy vegetable. Rich in protein, potassium, vitamin C, iron and a significant source of beta - carotene.

When this old lady saw us getting some leaves, she talked to us in Thai language and told us that she heard this kind of plant in the radio that could heal many diseases and she asked if we could share some leaves to cook and drumstick to plant. And we agreed, we shared to her some leaves and small sticks to plant. She was so happy that she has something to eat and to plant. And we're all happy going home with something that we missed a lot!

By the way I was the one taking pictures so you could not see me here, hehe!

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Moringa Oleifera - Scientific name of Malunggay # 2

I did a google search a while ago and I found the scintific name of malunggay- the miracle plant. It's scientific name is known as Moringa Oleifera - here's the result of my google search.
Moringa oleifera, commonly referred to simply as Moringa (Tamil murungai ), (Kannada Nuggekai) (Mulakkaya in Telugu), (Marathi Shevaga), (Malunggay in Tagalog) is the most widely cultivated variety of the genus Moringa. It is of the family Moringaceae. It is an exceptionally nutritious vegetable tree with a variety of potential uses. The tree itself is rather slender with drooping branches that grows to approximately 10 m in height; however, it normally is cut back annually to one meter or less, and allowed to regrow, so that pods and leaves remain within arm's reach.
The Moringa tree grows mainly in semi-arid tropical and subtropical areas, corresponding in the United States to USDA hardiness zones 9 and 10. While it grows best in dry sandy soil, it tolerates poor soil, including coastal areas. It is a fast-growing, drought-resistant tree that is native to the southern foothills of the Himalayas, and possibly Africa and the Middle East[1]. Today it is widely cultivated in Africa, Central and South America, Sri Lanka, India, Mexico, Malaysia and the Philippines. Considered one of the world’s most useful trees, as almost every part of the Moringa tree can be used for food, or has some other beneficial property. In the tropics it is used as forage for livestock. And in many countries, Moringa is used as a micronutrient powder to treat indigenous diseases.
A traditional food plant in Africa, this little-known vegetable has potential to improve nutrition, boost food security, foster rural development and support sustainable landcare.[2] The immature green pods, called “drumsticks” are probably the most valued and widely used part of the tree. They are commonly consumed in India, and are generally prepared in a similar fashion to green beans and have a slight asparagus taste. The seeds are sometimes removed from more mature pods and eaten like peas or roasted like nuts. The flowers are edible when cooked, and are said to taste like mushrooms. The roots are shredded and used as a condiment in the same way as horseradish, however it contains the alkaloid spirochin, a potentially fatal nerve paralyzing agent, so such practices should be strongly discouraged.[citation needed] Leaf in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. The leaves are highly nutritious, being a significant source of beta-carotene, Vitamin C, protein, iron and potassium. The leaves are cooked and used like spinach. In addition to being used fresh as a substitute for spinach, its leaves are commonly dried and crushed into a powder, and used in soups and sauces. Murungakai as it is locally known in Tamil Nadu and Kerala is used in Siddha medicine. Its leaves are full of medicinal properties. The tree is a good source for calcium and phosphorus. In Siddha medicine, the drumstick seeds are used as a sexual virility drug for treating erectile dysfunction in men and also in women for prolonging sexual activity. Trunk in Kolkata, West Bengal, India The Moringa seeds yield 38–40% edible oil (called ben oil, from the high concentration of behenic acid contained in the oil). The refined oil is clear, odorless, and resists rancidity at least as well as any other botanical oil. The seed cake remaining after oil extraction may be used as a fertilizer or as a flocculent to purify water. The bark, sap, roots, leaves, seeds, oil and flowers are used in traditional medicine in several countries. In Jamaica, the sap is used for a blue dye. The flowers are also cooked and relished as a delicacy in West Bengal and Bangladesh, especially during early spring. There it is called sojne ful and is usually cooked with green peas and potato.
More posts coming about this miracle plant.

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Malunggay- the Miracle Plant - # 1

Malunggay is a leafy green vegetable that we love to eat in the Phil. It tastes good for me, but tastes bitter to others. It's a kind of vegetable that has a lot of nutrients and recently it was discovered that it can heal a lot of diseases.
When we first came to Thailand, we missed that kind of vegetable because it's not common to them nor can be found anywhere.
Few years ago, my friend came to Thailand and attended a seminar, and she told me that they specifically had a seminar on a Miracle Plant - she didn't know the plant at first because it was known for its scientific name. And when she saw the picture, she was shocked when it was our malunggay in the Phil. Just imagine coming to another country just to attend a seminar on the leafy vegetable that we commonly ate in the Phil. She laughed when she shared it to me.
Similarly, we could hardly find this kind of plant in Thailand unless Filipinos brought it here for their family consumption. People living in the mountains loved this kind of green leafy vegetable (malunggay) in our place and no question about it because they are healthy and strong. I presume people in the Phil. had one or more malunggay trees planted around their house. Every one has one for family consumption and others sold it if there were a lot of malunggay planted with many leaves.

I will make a post again after I do the google search.

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Friends Visit

Yesterday, our friends came and visited us and stayed in our house last night. It's a gathering of couples. We were sharing some experiences we have had with joys and laughters. Our kids loved and they're happy to have friends around. So my 6-year old had a lot of fun with their children. It's his happy time. Today, the families decided to go out for a picnic because it's too hot in our place these days. So in a few minutes we will be going out with them. So I will off for now and prepare. I'll be back in the evening.

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Mommy Moments # 5 - Daddy's Time

mommy moments
Mommy Moments is something that I treasured because it's family time. We, parents would like to give special things to our kids like: precious moments, our attention, our love and care. Our children need all of these. Today's Mommy Moments is for Daddy or Papa for our kids. Thank you Chris for hosting this Mommy Moments meme.

This is AJ when he was 3 years old with his Papa.

My eldest son Em-em when he was 11.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Thankful Thursday # 8

Our Father has been faithful and true to all His promises. This week I am thankful of so many things. We just arrived from Bangkok and we travelled for 16 hrs by train. I still felt dizzy but I don't want to miss this opportunity to thank God for His blessings. I'm thankful for:
1. HIS PROVISION - we stayed in Bangkok, Thailand for more than a week (it's 9hrs by bus and
16hrs by train from our place.)
- He provided a place for us to stay
- I'm thankful that though we just met that friend in Bangkok recently but she allowed us to
stay in her house ( blessings be upon her)
- for God's provision ( we never lack anything)
2. HIS PROTECTION - we were just new to Bangkok, it's our 2nd time to go there
- I'm thankful for His protection as we go back and forth to the place
- we were lost for a while in going to the Phil. Embassy in Bangkok but we're able to manage
and the Lord protected us and led us the way
3. HIS BLESSINGS & GUIDANCE - we attended a retreat and we're refreshed
- I'm also thankful that we were able to renew our passport (as a family) in Bangkok
- for the blessings of friends that we met there
4. HIS LOVE to all mankind - His love endures forever!
I'm always thankful for this THANKFUL THURSDAY meme.
More thankful Thursday posts with Laurie

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Watery Wednesday 1

My Watery Wednesday photo. I just joined today and glad to be a part of this.
I took this picture at Songkhla Beach, Thailand. My sons with their friend.

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My New Look

This new look was taken when all the private schools and centers here in Songkhla Province had Open House Promotion. All private schools and universities came to join this activity.
I came on the second day because I was free and I saw ladies doing beauty thing for all the ladies who were coming and visiting the area. They were doing some kind of promotions for their schools. After few hours viewing at them, one lady asked me if I wanted to beautify myself. I was encouraged and I told her I wanted a new look on my hair.
I asked her, Tawray? Which means "how much," then she said, "mai pheng" which means "not expensive". I was shocked when she said, it's only 20 baht (it's more or less .57$ US). It was so cheap and it's worth it! Then I immediately came to the lady. After 15 minutes, this was the result.

But it only lasted for 1 day. Anyway, I had the clue of what do I look sometime later when I wanted to change my image.

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Monday, April 20, 2009

My Favorite Scenes

I took this scene when we were inside the Bangkok Sky Train in Bangkok, Thailand.
My friend smiling and taking a pose near Don Mueang Airport, Bangkok, Thailand.
Taking a pose near the house we are staying in Bangkok, Thailand.
Near Don Mueang Airport, Bangkok, Thailand.

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A Day of Rest

Sunday is a special day for us. We usually visit and attend a worship gathering. But yesterday, we decided to stay and had our rest from roaming around Bangkok. It was a day of rest for us. After breakfast, we desired to hold a worshipful activity in the center where we were staying. We had our own worship experience with the Lord. We sang some songs, prayed, and listened to the Word shared by my hubby. In the afternoon, my friend and I decided to go out for a walk outside the house and took some pictures, bought something to eat and stayed until 7 pm.

My sweetie took this picture while riding the sky train in Bangkok. Wanna come?

I was just contemplating ....

My friend desperately waiting for her destiny..... lol!

When we went back home, my hubby told us that the owner of the house told him that we will go out and eat outside. I refuse because I ate some vegetables already but we went anyway. She brought us to the "Eat all you can" restaurant near the house. My diet was disturbed again, lol! Anyway, we ate until 9:30 pm.

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