Friday, April 27, 2018

Sulawesi Toraja coffee

I was attracted to a booth selling Toraja coffee. Sulawesi Toraja coffee is one of my favorite coffees and was very happy to be able to purchase some green fullly washed Toraja coffee. The friendly folks at the booth were a pleasure to talk to and I wished I had more time to find out more from them. If I ever get to Jakata one day, I will make a visit to their cafe.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018


I received this prescription from a well known specialist. He got it from a Chinese doctor at a medical conference. At that time, I found it intriguing that a well known Professor of western medicine should offer us a Chinese tonic. His words to me at that time was whether we trusted the efficacy of Chinese medicine. We accepted it gratefully and it worked wonders for us and two other families.

Posting it here for safekeeping after losing it for over ten years. I was greatly relieved after fnding it again.

Thursday, March 08, 2018

My three passiflora

Passiflora vitifolia

Passiflora vitifolia leaf

Passiflora miniata

Passiflora Edulis

After two long years, my Passiflora Vitifolia finally bloomed. As the name suggests, the leaf has the shape of grape leaves. The "eyelashes" are red in color as opposed to black in the Passiflora Miniata Vandeplank.

The two scarlet passion flowers look alike and were discovered to be different only recently.

The Passiflora Miniata has been flowering profusely but the Vitifolia was slow to bloom. I was keen to see the differences and heard that it had a perfume. Unfortunately, I did not detect as any fragrance coming from it.

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Love is in the air

The courtship of two Olive-backed Sunbirds in my backyard. The two were spotted by my son. The male puffed out two orange pectoral puffs during the courtship ritual which would have been no less dramatic to Birds of Paradise.

These birds have been building nests just outside my house. So far, three broods have hatched. I feel blessed by their presence and am especially happy to see them feeding from my Scarlet Passion Flowers.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Portulaca Grandiflora

The pretty Portulacas are doing spectacularly well in the sunshine. With water from the fish tank and some pest control, they are blooming beautifully.

They were constantly infested with Mealy bugs. Spraying them wasn't effective as they had a white waxy coat. I found that dabbing them with turpentine worked as the solvent dissolved the waxy protective coating.

Fruiting season

The Passionfruit vines grown from seed are finally bearing flowers in the front yard. Draped on the front wall, they look very attractive. They started fruiting after I hand pollinated them.

The Bittergourd in the backyard have finally sprouted delicate yellow flowers. Small butterflies have been pollinating the flowers and the gourds appeared.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Garden update

With more time on my hands to look after the plants, I am glad that they are thriving well. I am especially happy with the two Passiflora Miniata plants which I had grown from cuttings. They finally bloomed after adding Rabbit poop from my dear cousin, who is more of a brother to me. Seeing the scarlet blooms just make my day.

The other Passiflora Edulis is also blooming.

Passiflora Edulis outside my bedroom windows. Spot the four blooms.

Hand pollinated. Waiting to see them fruit.

The herbs are thriving beautifully from the rich soil.

Basil bush

Rosemary and mint

Chye sim


Pandan, Curry leaf and Laksa, Tumeric

Chye Sim


Art installation

Visit from Singapore national bird, the Crimsom Sunbird

New couple visiting their BTO in my backyard. Waiting patiently for their little one to hatch. This is there second time that Olive-back Sunbird are making nest outside my house. I take it as a recognition of my love for nature and home as an abode of peace.

BTO nest of new couple. Can you spot the female looking out of the portal waiting for her mate to return?

Coffee roasting - Columbian Supremo

5kg Green beans

Green beans

After roasting.

Coffee roasting on a quiet afternoon. Having run out of my Lintong beans, I had to roast two batches of coffee for my afternoon fix.