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Monday, 7 August 2017

Seasonal Fruits of Malaysia | Guide for Tourists

It happened several times that I landed on Malaysian soil, expecting some local fruits being sold at the stalls along the streets, which is a really common scene when the fruits are in season. To my greatest disappointment, the fruits were not harvested yet because they were unripe and some of them were even months too early. Therefore I keep in mind the next time I’m visiting the country, I’ll be there when the fruits are ready.

1. Durian

Although some, especially foreigners, despise the smell coming out from it, a durian is always sought after year after year because of its taste once you get past its persistent odor. The meat can be used in local cuisine and it is quite a delicacy once you try it cooked as the smell won’t be that strong anymore, yet the taste is still creamy and rich. Durians may be found at any time of the year as they can be imported from the neighboring countries, but for Malaysian durians, they will be available from June to August and onwards.

Image credit: Yun Huang Yong from Harbord, Australia

2. Rambutan

This furry, exotic fruit comes in red and yellow. They respond well to rainy seasons, which is from June to November, and the best rambutans may be harvested around August where at times, the fruits will be sold at the lowest prices and sometimes even be given away for free. Apart from tasting sweeter than the ones harvested earlier in the season, the flesh is also thicker and more satisfying to consume. You could also encounter rambutan preserves in jar which is one of my favorite spreads for breakfast.

Image credit: By Tu7uh - Own work, CC BY 3.0 | Source

3. Mangosteen

Often considered as nutrient-rich food, mangosteens show up following a rainy season after a dry spell, typically from August onwards. Covered with a thick, hard deep purple skin, its white flesh is pleasant with a mixture of tangy and sweet, and fibrous texture. Mangosteen is largely produced only in Southeast Asia where they will be exported commercially around the world, so grab the chance to taste it while you’re in its homeland.

Image credit: By مانفی - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0 | Source

4. Guava

Commonly in white flesh, a guava may also come in pink, though they equally boast outstanding tastes. The fruits require a long period of drought, where the blooms are not interrupted or damaged due to rainfall which also affects the quality of fruits when harvested after the rain. To achieve the best batch of guavas, orchard owners will make sure the trees bear fruits when it’s dry, which is somewhere from June to July. This is ultimately the season for guavas, where you can enjoy eating them fresh or turning them into juice.

Image credit: By Rodrigo.Argenton - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0 | Source

5. Jackfruit

Known as the largest fruit in the world, a jackfruit can weigh up to 50kg when it’s ready to harvest. The good news is that this fruit is available all year round, but the bad news is that you have to wait for it to become ripe, which is a tricky procedure as the fruit will be wrapped whole in a sack with its stem still attached to the tree. It can take from 3 to 8 months for the fruit to be edible as even a slightly unripe jackfruit will leave bad, sticky sap taste in your mouth. A young jackfruit flesh, however, is often used in cooking.

Image credit: By Mullookkaaran - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 | Source

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Dogathon™ 2013

As mentioned before in this entry: COMING SOON: Dogathon™ 2013, this year's Dogathon™ was much more successful compared to last year's. (Check Dogathon™ 2012 for last year's event coverage)

The main factor could be the perfect weather. Unlike last year, the field was not muddy and filled with puddles even though it still rained right before the event started. I had to call the person in charge (Ms. Tan Shin-Yi) to ask about the weather, and she said the sky was getting sunny and clear.

More people showed up too, especially those with Huskies!

There was also a group of Corgi owners, having a photo session with photographers.

This event has made our day. My family had so much fun interacting with all the friendly dogs ready to be petted and held by anyone (friendly owners too!).

Hopefully next year they will provide more shelters for the dogs and visitors. Perhaps a bigger canopy and some refreshments that can be purchased.

Nevertheless, great job to the organizers! We're looking forward to visit Dogathon™ 2014!

Friday, 9 August 2013

Dubu Dubu Seoul Food (1 Utama)

We went to try out some Korean food today and the restaurant that we picked among the rest is Dubu Dubu in 1 Utama Shopping Centre.

It has variety. I chose a set with kimchi soup in it, while my husband went for beef bulgogi.

I love the Aloe Vera drink that comes with the set. It's just right for my taste, not too sweet and very refreshing.

However, Dani my husband thinks there was too much onions served together with his beef bulgogi, making it feels like onion bulgogi instead of beef.

My kimchi soup came out great. I guess I just love the taste of kimchi. Too bad I couldn't finish it all so I had to pass it to my husband.

Of course he accepted it happily. He loves kimchi too.

Overall, the food is not so bad, but nothing special either. What matters the most is that we don't think it's worth the price we're paying for. There must be better Korean restaurants out there.

Nevertheless, we will go for Dubu Dubu again when it's needed, such as accompanying someone or working purposes, but not because we want to eat Korean food.

Monday, 29 July 2013

COMING SOON: Dogathon™ 2013

Do you still remember Dogathon™ 2012 with the theme Howl-O-Ween?

Well, the theme for this year will be The Stone Age and for those bringing their dogs, be sure to dress up the dogs following the theme!

The particulars of Dogathon™ 2013 are:
DateOctober 6th 2013 (Sunday)
Time 6:30am to 2.00pm
Venue : Bukit Ekspo, UPM Serdang

Theme: The Stone Age, “After 33,000 years, the man-canine bond never ends!"

This event is held mainly to raise funds to be channeled to the welfare project called “Pro-Kasih”; which is a student run organization that aims to achieve control of the population of stray animals and to raise awareness to the public about their collective responsibility for these neglected animals. Besides raising funds, the event also aims to promote exposure to all breeds of dogs and their owners as well as being a platform for owners and their dogs to enjoy a fun filled day of games and other activities.

So, make sure to share the news and be present for this doggie-fun event!

*source: VETERNAK, UPM Serdang.

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Secret Garden 1Utama

Are you a fan of nature but living in a city well-known for its urbanized lack of green landscape?

Then you should drop by 1Utama in Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya and pay a visit to the Secret Garden which is reachable via elevator to UR floor, the rooftop.

I had no idea how wonderful the garden is and each plant is tended properly and arranged with other accompanying shrubberies that benefit one another. These plants also attract beautiful butterflies and bees, which is an added value to this magnificent secret area of the biggest shopping centre of Selangor, 1Utama.

The name fits it - a garden worth a visit.