Sep 24, 2010
I write this blog to celebrate life; that there is to be found the work of God ( Stephen Hawking's latest book, The Grand Design, notwithstanding ), and the love of God for us everywhere, in the rainforests, in trees, in birds; everywhere.
And in wonderful people like Lechimi Raman; of humble birth and humble upbringing but of the noblest of spirit.
As I am honoured to know the rainforests, the birds, the magical plants in the jungle, so too am I honoured to have known Lechimi Raman.
It is de riguer nowadays to put the blame for youths who turn out badly on the environment, on poverty, on physical deprivation, and a host of other external reasons.
Lechimi brought up 5 sons, singlehandedly, in the most difficult of circumstances.
They completed their tertiary education, became well balanced, loving human beings despite their deprived background, and grew to become role models for all those who know them or hear of them. That is the legacy of Lechimi; that no matter the adversity, one continues to strive, one continues to do the best one can, with no blame or anger or bitterness in the heart towards anybody or anything.
I remember days spent in her humble home, and enjoying her curries and her fried curried fish. After a long day of rugby, my hungry friends and I would wolf down an entire week's provisions I am sure, but she will always be topping up, always with that warm, open, motherly smile of hers; happy that her son's friends are enjoying her cooking.
I remember well her love for us all. We were her children as well; and yes, I have had a couple of smacks from her.
Though time and distances have caused memories to fade, nonetheless the heart never forgets.
Thank you Lechimi, for being there for us in our growing up years. We all grew up well, and you were part of the reason why.
May you rest in peace.
Sep 12, 2010
Our efforts to attract butterflies to the farm are showing results.
We noticed many new species lately, but it is not always possible to take a photo due to our limited equipment.
Here's a Common Rose Swallowtail that came and perch itself above our heads while we were having lunch.
Common Rose Swallowtail (Atrophaneura Pachliopta)
It's a beauty and behaves very nonchanlantly in the presence of humans.
Here's a Cruiser ( Vindula dejone erotella ):
Sep 04, 2010
The latest craze in the US is black rice, touted as a superfood because of its high anthocyanin content. Here's an article from Yahoo! News.
Wait till these direct sales marketers and health food companies get hold of our black kunyit.
NOTE 22/7/2012 : TWO READERS OF THIS BLOG, ONE FROM HAWAII, AND ANOTHER FROM LANGKAWI, PAK DIN, http://herbwalk-langkawi.com.my/thewalk.html HAVE IDENTIFIED THIS PLANT AS Kaempferia parviflora, A PLANT FOUND IN NORTHERN THAILAND AND USED EXTENSIVELY FOR TRADITIONAL MEDICINE. THANKS TO BOTH FOR HELPING OUT.
THE PLANT WAS FOUND IN A FOREST NEXT TO OUR FARM. WE TAKE NOTE THAT THE FOREST IN QUESTION IS BOUNDED ON THREE SIDES BY FARMS AND ON ONE SIDE BY A FOREST RESERVE. WE CAN ONLY SPECULATE HOW IT WAS INTRODUCED INTO THE FOREST, THOUGH WE MUST ADMIT IT SEEMS EXTREMELY WELL ADAPTED TO THE CONDITIONS LOCALLY AND WE HAVE NEVER SEEN ANY DISEASE AFFECTING THE SAID PLANT.