Wednesday, 29 June 2016

FESTIVE CLOTHES FOR THE UNDERPRIVILEGED

Yesterday afternoon my friends and I helped 30 orphans, needy children, muallafs and special needs individuals to buy Raya clothes. The money for the clothes was contributed by my colleagues, friends, former teachers, former students and friends of friends. The children were also given duit raya.







DONE YEAR NINE OF RAMADAN PROJECT

Hjh. Kamariah and I with Aishah and Firdaus. Their mother died from brain cancer 3 years ago. They are living with their aunt at the Pondok.
We successfully completed year 9 of our Baju Raya Project which we both started in 2008.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

THE GOODNESS OF GUAVA LEAVES



  1. Guava leaf tea can decrease bad LDL cholesterol without affecting good HDL cholesterol levels.
  2. Treat bronchitis and coughs with guava leaf tea
  3. Apply crushed guava leaves onto affected areas to relieve itching caused by allergies
  4. This method can also be used for relieving insect bites.
  5. Guava leaves offer an amazing aid against hair loss when boiled and allowed too cool on room temperature. Gently massage your scalp to stop any further hair loss
  6. Guava leaf tea stops carbohydrates from turning into sugar and thus suppresses appetite. This will also help you to reduce weight.
  7. Guava leaf tea is also great for upset stomach and provides a great help in cases of food poisoning.
  8. This tea is also effective in the treatment of diarrhea and dysentry since it provides strong antimicrobial properties.
  9. Guava leaf tea is considered to be effective in treating enlarged prostate and cancer.
  10. It is especially recommended for men who deal with fertility problems.
  11. Guava leaves are high in vitamin C, which helps to heal those trouble spots on your face, called acne and pimples.
  12. In order to prevent infections, aplly crushed guava leaves on minor cuts like scrapes or abrasion. You can also prepare a tea to relieve an outer ear infection. Leave the tea to cool and then drop some of it in on the affected area.
  13. Boil 9 guava leaves in 5 cups of water until the amount you have in your pot reduces by half. This is great in the treatment of dengue.
  14. Guava leaf tea is very beneficial for diabetics as it reduces blood sugar level and does not stimulate insulin secretion.
  15. Chew guava leaves in order to relieve toothache, inflamed gums and sores in the oral cavity.
  16. If you want to remove blackheads naturally, crush a few guava leaves and stir in a little bit of water. Use this instead of your regular face scrub.
  17. Use the same combination to prevent premature skin aging, and you will be amazed by the result.

Now when you know all these amazing benefits of guava leaves, you can use them whenever you need, and if you have guava tree in your backyard, you are very lucky.

Source: healthdigezt.com

Via: fhfn.org

WET OR DRY FOOD?

Which food to feed your cat if you have one? Wet or dry?
Many cat owners opt to feed both dry and wet foods, which is yet another option. Using both allows you to take advantage of the convenience and dental health benefits of dry, yet provide flavor variety with the wet foods.

Monday, 27 June 2016

OWL VEGE TRAY

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If you are hosting a party or gathering, then you might consider arranging your vegetables for the salads into the shape of an owl.  Very creative and imaginative.

EARRING HOLDER FROM ICE-CREAM STICKS

Check out this easy to do earring holding made from ice-cream sticks.  Hmm ... I shall make some for my earrings soon.  Now I need to get me some ice-cream sticks.
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MY CATS AND THE ROBOT CLEANER

Junior: Mama bought us a new toy.
I have 2 cats with different characters. Junior is brave and has a devil may care attitude. Precious is your typical scaridy cat.
Precious: What is this? EEKS.. it moves.

RUBBISH WOES

The outside of my Ipoh house and that of my neighbour Inderpreet Kaur Purbah has become a dumpsite. Inconsiderate neighbours throw soiled adult diapers, food scraps and other rubbish there. The moment my aunt and I opened the car doors we got a whiff of the stench.
My neighbour told me that the city council refused to throw the bags of cut grass and the grasscutter's van is being repaired. For the past few weeks I have taken bags of grass to the dumpster but each week there will be more bags. Arggghhh.
Feng Shui wise this is BAD.  All the rubbish is giving all bad energy.  Thankfully Mr Krishnan, the guy who regularly cuts the grass in my garden has promised to get rid of the rubbish once his van is repaired.  Hopefully there will be no rubbish dump outside my house when I go home next weekend.



Saturday, 25 June 2016

WITH TWO GOLDEN GIRLS

I visited these two lovely Golden girls at Pondok Batu 10 yesterday afternoon. My colleagues, students and I were there on a mission to present Raya goodie bags to the senior citizens and muallafs at the Pondok.  This is the 9th year that my friends and I have been carrying out this project.

FESTIVE GOODIE BAGS FOR SENIOR CITIZENS AND SPECIAL NEEDS INDIVIDUALS

Yesterday evening my colleagues, students and I went to Persatuan Manabi'ul Ulum to present Goodie Bags to 46 Opahs (senior citizens) 2 special needs individuals and 4 Muallafs (converts). The money for the goodie bags were contributions from colleagues, retired colleagues, family of colleagues, friends, former students and friends of friends.








TENDING TO THE HERB GARDEN


When it is holiday time and the janitors are not around, I try to go back to college to tend the plants in the herb garden. I took over the management of the garden in 2007 and have added a lot of herbs. Many of the herbs that were originally there had died and were replaced with different ones like pokok ajaib, semangkuk, lidah ayam, zebrina, tunjuk langit, halban, mata itik, cabang tiga, senggugut, telinga gajah, tebu gajah, tunjuk langit, YTT, puding belacan, putat, kayu manis, limau nipis, Sabah Snake grass, lelipan, aloe vera, haba neraka, lime, pepanggil, Vanilla, keremak and the list goes on..

FLOUNDER FISH

I was introduced to this flounder fish a few years ago.  The then canteen operator had this fish on the menu.  She would deep fry the fish until it is crispy.  I saw them on sale recently at the jetty.

Friday, 24 June 2016

PRECIOUS AND NORMA: THEN AND NOW


Here are two pictures of Ismi Norma and Precious. The one above was taken somewhere in July 2015. The one below was on April 8, 2016. Norma has remained the same size but what a big difference in size for Precious! It is June now and he is already slightly bigger than the April picture. Of course, Norma is still the same. Hehehe


MAKING PICKLED CERMAI

I have pickled mangoes and papayas but never cermai.  So this is a first for me.  I googled the ingredients and process and found that it is similar to pickling mangoes.
First I washed and soaked the fruit.
Then I weighed the fruit to see how much salt I needed to soak them.  It came up to 3 kilogrammes.
I put enough water to cover the cermai and added 6 tablespoons of Himalayan salt. This will be left to soak for 12 hours.
After soaking in brine for 12 hours, I rinsed the cermai and then added syrup. Finally I put a few tablespoons of sugar before closing the lid. I left it to for a day. I also added a bit of vinegar.
 This is how the pickled cermai looked after a day soaked in syrup.  It is then kept in the fridge.


My pickled cermai. To be given to those who have been looking after the plants in the herb garden and those who helped pluck the fruits.
FYI I used brown sugar instead of white to do the pickling.

DURIAN CREPE

Yummy durian crepe sold at the Ramadan Bazaar made from Musang King durians.  I bought 3 for RM5. They taste really yummy.  I will go and buy another set next week.

PREPARING GOODIE BAGS FOR SENIOR CITIZENS





What you see in the above pictures is the concerted effort by staff and lecturers of the college to prepare Goodie bags as gifts for 48 senior citizens residing at Pondok Lekir.  We collected money to carry out this annual charity project for the month of Ramadan.
This is the spirit of charity and goodwill that the holy month of Ramadan brings.

MY CACTUS BLOOMS



Happiness is seeing 3 cactus blooms early yesterday morning.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

THREE BUDS ON CACTUS PLANT


I am awaiting the three buds on my cactus plant to bloom this morning.  Hopefully when I wake up at dawn, the flowers would already be at full bloom.