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Saturday, May 2, 2009

Scenic Sunday # 3

Scenic Sunday

This photo is taken in Malaysia. This is the renowned tower known as "Twin Tower" in KL, Malaysia. We had been to this place before. It's really an amazing Tower and a lot of tourists are coming and visited this place.

More great and fascinating photos at Scenic Sunday.

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Mommy Moments # - Doctor Am I Sick?

mommy moments
I'm excited to be here again. Mommy Moments post is something that I long every Friday. Though my kids are quite big now but I missed the time when they were cutie babies.
When we were in the Phil. last year - we went to the clinic for vaccines. Our family doctor told us to have it in preparation for our trip back to Thailand. Everytime AJ saw the syringe he will immediately cry and make a lot of noise. He had a phobia on syringe because he had experienced heplock when he was a day old.
When I gave birth to AJ, I was chilling with high fever - I was in the delivery room for 36 hours and I was induced twice. That's why AJ came out feverish and yellowish. So when he was only few days old, everytime he saw a lady coming wearing white attire (who is the nurse) to inject him, he would immediately cry. But he was able to survive
Anyway, it's a part of his memory and our history as a family. God has been good and faithful and AJ grew stronger and bigger each day. He loves to eat! hehehe!
I don't have any picture to share when he was in the clinic or hospital but I will just share this one.

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English Camp in Nakhon

We started our English Camp last Monday and we had students in the morning, in the afternoon and in the evening.
In the morning, the students were in primary and elementary levels while in the afternoon were all high school students. And in the evening, higher level. At first, it's quite hard for us to teach because the students are not used to speak and understand the language but we had fun teaching them. They are really eager to learn and speak.
We taught them some crafts, action songs, acting, and some games. It's only a 5-day camp and we have a little time to prepare for our graduation. But we were able to practice them and tomorrow will be our last and final day. We invited the parents and we want them to know the love of Jesus in a special way.
I will share it with you the day after tomorrow of what will happen on our graduation day.
This is one of their crafts. They made a butterfly out of a paper with different designs and colors.

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Nakhon Province

Last Sunday, we were on our way to Nakhon Si Thammarat Province to do another English Camp. It's a long, long way for me because it took more than 3 hours of travel by car and more than 4 hours by train. We went by car, so I was able to take some pictures on the way. It was located in the moutainside where malls could not be found. However, I was amused by the place because I saw a lot of markets and stores. People are fond of making money even in the mountain regions. Small stores are everywhere and people are busy buying some small things. It's quite a small place and living a simple life. I was also amazed because stores are closed at 5pm. And everybody is preparing to go home around 4:30pm. A very quite place. I think policemen had no work, they just look at the people and smile!

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The Music in Me

Last week we met some friends and we were together for a couple of days. They stayed with us and our kids really had some good times with their kids. Then we decided to go to another place because it's summer time and Hatyai is very hot during those days. We went to a cooler place known as Suansat. It's a garden park with lots of trees and a small lake. Our friend had a baby and everytime he saw me he wanted to come especially when he's about to sleep. I usually sing lullaby to the baby and everytime he's with me, I will sing and slowly he will go to sleep. But before he sleeps, he would look at me as if he wants to say something, then he will sleep. That's what I do to my kids when they were small to make them feel asleep. Sometimes, I will compose a song especially for them. And everytime they hear the song, they will gradually fall asleep. I love to sing especially during weddings, birthdays or any occasions that I can be of help in the singing. Sometimes I will volunteer or sometimes though my friends would ask me to sing for them. What a privilege for me to share in my own special way, the love of God through singing. I love it and enjoy doing it!

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Thankful Thursday # 9

Thankful Thursday again and I was pondering on what to share and to Thank God for this week because I have a lot to share. When I opened Laurie's site, I'm glad I've found the answer. Today's theme is about courage.

I remember Joshua when he told the Isrealites in Joshua 1:9 ...."Be Strong and courageous. Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go". We always claim this promise since we came here in Thailand to be a blessing to the lost.

I'm not that brave to share about Jesus before but when we came here everything was just smooth and keeps on coming out of my mouth of who our God is.

For a couple of months, we had been doing English Camps from one place to another and I am thankful for:

1. The courage and the strength that HE gave us. We were able to share on our own way how great the love of God to mankind. Telling our students about HIS love to them and to all of us.

2. My sweetie was able to share Jesus' love to his teenage students and they were intently listening and agreeing to what he was sharing.

3. Sharing His love needs courage but when you overcome it, the enemy will loose and Jesus will be glorified.

Please visit Laurie for more Thankful Thursday posts. You will be blessed by just reading. Blessings to all!

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Moringa - the Miracle Plant # 5

This is the continuation of my internet surfing on the Miracle Plant- Malunggay ( Moringa). The Culinary uses below:

Culinary Uses
The fruit of the tree is quite popular as a vegetable in Asia and Africa. The fruit is a long, thin pod, resembling a drum stick. The fruit itself is called drumstick in India and elsewhere. Moringa leaves are also eaten as a leaf vegetable, particularly in the Philippines and Africa.
India The moringa pod is known as drumstick or saragwa or saragwe in India. In South India, it is used to prepare a variety of sambar and is also fried. It is also preserved by canning and exported worldwide. In other parts of India, especially West Bengal and also in a neighboring country like Bangladesh it is enjoyed very much. It can be made into varieties of curry by mixing with coconut, poppy seeds and mustard. It can just be boiled, until the drumsticks are semi-soft and consumed directly without any extra processing or cooking. It is used in curries, sambars, kormas, and dals, although it is also used to add flavor to cutlets, etc.
Tender drumstick leaves, finely chopped, make an excellent garnish for any vegetable dishes, dals, sambars, salads, etc. One can use the same in place of or with coriander, as these leaves have high medicinal value. If the pulp has to be scraped out after cooking the sticks, then keep the pieces as long as 4-5 inches long. Also do not scrape the skin before boiling. This will help to hold and scrape them more easily and with less mess. For drumstick sambar follow recipe for traditional sambar, adding boiled drumstick fingers, along with onions in the oil, while stir frying. Scraped drumstick pulp can be made into drumstick bhurtha, more or less like the baingan bhurtha after the pulp has been obtained. It is a wonderfully unusual and tasty dish. The recipe is identical to that of baingan bhurtha.
Drumstick dal, is also a very tasty version of the traditional 'toor dal'. Add some of the pulp to the boiled dal, and hand beat it along with the dal before seasoning. This will give an unusual, novel flavor to this dal. In another variation you may add pieces of boiled drumstick including the water in which it was boiled, to the traditional toor dal while it is simmering. The pieces are delightful to chew on with the dal & rice. In addition to being known as Drumstick Dal, the South Indian version which is a spiced lentil soup is more popular by the name - sambar or sambhar. Sambar is usually cooked with toor dal, drumsticks and other locally grown vegetables. The spices used typically in this stew are turmeric, chili powder and cumin among others. It is eaten with rice just like the Drumstick dal.
I think it's quite interesting and it's easy to plant and cultivate. Posts are still coming...

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The Love of Art Inside Him

This is AJ, my 6-year old son leaning on the table while painting his model. He loves to paint, write or draw something. One time, during the children's day celebration, he went with his Papa in the University and had joined the painting activity. He had received school supplies and other toys. When they went home, he immediately told me about the activity he had joined. He really enjoyed being a part of any activity in our place. He's matured at his age and many people would think that he's already 8 or 10yrs old. He also loves to eat and enjoys being with others and play with them.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Moringa - the Miracle Plant # 4

I did another internet surfing about cultivation and on how to plant the seeds of this Miracle Plant that I was talking about. I really love searching because I really missed this kind of green leafy vegetable since we came here in Thailand. Here's what I've found: THE CULTIVATION In the Philippines, the plant is propagated by planting limb cuttings 1–2 m long, from June to August, preferably. The plant starts bearing pods 6–8 months after planting but regular bearing commences after the second year. The tree bears for several years. It does not tolerate freezes or frost. It can also be propagated by seed. As with all plants, optimum cultivation depends on producing the right environment for the plant to thrive. Moringa is a sun and heat loving plant. As a seedling, however, you must monitor the environment in the beginning until the tree is established. Seeds can be germinated year round. Soil Moringa needs well draining soil. Increase the drainage of your soil by adding perlite or other porous substance. Planting seeds Plant an inch from the surface of the soil, cover and tamp gently. India is the largest producer of moringa with an annual production of 1.1 to 1.3 million tonnes of tender fruits from an area of 380 km². Among the states, Andhra Pradesh leads in both area and production (156.65 km²) followed by Karnataka (102.8 km²) and Tamil Nadu (74.08 km²). In other states, it occupies an area of 46.13 km². Tamil Nadu is the pioneering state insomuch as it has varied genotypes from diversified geographical areas, as well as introductions from Sri Lanka. – [3] Moringa is common in India, where its triangular, ribbed pods with winged seeds are used as a vegetable crop. It is particularly suitable for dry regions. The drumstick can be grown using rainwater without expensive irrigation techniques. The yield is good even if the water supply is not. The tree can be even grown on land covered with 10-90 cm of mud. Moringa is grown in home gardens and as living fences in Thailand, where it is commonly sold in local markets. [4] In the Philippines, moringa is commonly grown for its leaves, which are used in soup. [5] The leaves (called dahon ng malunggay in Tagalog or dahon sa kamunggay in Cebuano) are commonly sold in local markets. Moringa is also actively cultivated by the AVRDC in Taiwan. The AVRDC is "the principal international center for vegetable research and development in the world. Its mission is to reduce poverty and malnutrition in developing countries through improved production and consumption of vegetables." Interesting? More posts coming...

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Watery Wednesday # 2

This is the second post for my Watery Wednesday. Joining some memes are fun especially this post. This photo was taken in Suan Siam Park in Bangkok. Hope you will have fun too.
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Monday, April 27, 2009

Malunggay (Moringa) the Miracle Plant # 3 -Aid for Malnutrition

This is my 3rd post in my search for Malunggay(Phil.) or Moringa (English), a miracle plant. This post talks about "Malnutrition." You can check here for more info...
Here's another info I've got:
MALNUTRITION
Moringa trees have been used to combat malnutrition, especially among infants and nursing mothers. Three non-governmental organizations in particular—Trees for Life, Church World Service and Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization—have advocated Moringa as “natural nutrition for the tropics.” Leaves can be eaten fresh, cooked, or stored as dried powder for many months without refrigeration, and reportedly without loss of nutritional value. Moringa is especially promising as a food source in the tropics because the tree is in full leaf at the end of the dry season when other foods are typically scarce. (Jed W. Fahey, 2005)
A large number of reports on the nutritional qualities of Moringa now exist in both the scientific and the popular literature. Moringa leaves contain more Vitamin A than carrots, more calcium than milk, more iron than spinach, more Vitamin C than oranges, and more potassium than bananas,” and that the protein quality of Moringa leaves rivals that of milk and eggs. The oral histories recorded by Lowell Fuglie in Senegal and throughout West Africa, who reports countless instances of lifesaving nutritional rescue that are attributed to Moringa (Fuglie, L.J., 1999, 2000). In fact, the nutritional properties of Moringa are now so well known that there seems to be little doubt of the substantial health benefit to be realized by consumption of Moringa leaf powder in situations where starvation is imminent.
Nonetheless, the outcomes of well controlled and well documented clinical studies are still clearly of great value. (Jed W. Fahey, 2005) In many cultures throughout the tropics, differentiation between food and medicinal uses of plants (e.g. bark, fruit, leaves, nuts, seeds, tubers, roots, flowers), is very difficult since plant uses span both categories and this is deeply ingrained in the traditions and the fabric of the community (Lockett et al., 2000). ”
I agree with this statements above that it can combat malnutrition because I had been a nursing mom before and I love to eat this miracle plant while feeding my babies and it has been proven to have healthy babies and moms as well.
Another post coming...

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