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Saturday, 22 July 2017

Plantago Major Herbal Drink & Tiny Critters From The Garden

Recently I noticed that the Plantago Major plants in my garden are growing very well and healthy. They can be found growing in flower pots and on the ground. Here, we called the plants "Teen Koon Choe" in Cantonese and we use the plants as a herb for cleansing the urinary track and bladder. I had previously done a post on Plantago Major and its medicinal uses. If you are interested, you can click here for more information on the plants, its many uses and how to boil the herbal drink.
 I harvested the bigger plants and left the smaller ones for a later harvest. A herbal drink boiled from this herb will be good for the body during this hot weather. I shook all the dirt from the roots in the garden before taking them into my kitchen.
The harvested plants were then soaked in water in a basin to further loosen any dirt from the roots. The herb is usually boiled whole together with the roots with parboiled barley. I used raw barley because that was what I had in the fridge.
We drink this herbal drink for cleansing of urinary bladder, urinary track and kidney of impurities and stones.
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The following photos are for joining Saturday's Critters.
While harvesting the Plantago Major herb from my garden, I noticed this tiny insect on the Eggplant or Brinjal leaf.
 It is a pretty tiny insect with wings that looks like a pretty moth.
 It was then that I noticed that my green eggplant has turned yellow. It was well hidden from my sight behind a leaf.
 As I was going through the Critters folder, I found something similar to the pretty winged insect. These photos were taken in our friends' garden. They found this joined couple in their garden and they got them safely out of their dogs' way.
 According to our friends, this couple has been joined together since the previous day.
 Do you think these two insects are similar to the one I saw in my garden?
 If anyone can identify these insects, please do kindly share it with me.
 There is so much to learn about nature, God's beautiful creation.
Linking to Saturday's Critters.

For from the very first he made man and woman

to be joined together permanently in marriage;

therefore a man is to leave his father and mother,

and he and his wife are united so that they are no longer two, but one.

(Mark 10:6-8, The Living Bible-TLB)

Friday, 21 July 2017

Our Breakfast On A Grey Cloudy Morning.

We woke up one morning to a very dark, cloudy sky. Initially we were worried it might rain while we were walking at the park. Good thing it didn't. After we have finished our walk, the sky cleared a bit but it was still a grey, cloudy morning.
 This morning we decided to have our breakfast somewhere nearby.
 In spite of the dark clouds, we could see the beauty of the rising sun.
For the rest of the day, we had grey, cloudy sky over us.
 Once in a while, we like to visit this shop named Restoran New Fair Garden for its non-creamy or not so lemak curry noodles. This shop is a corner shop and is located along Jalan Ng Weng Hup.
 I ordered a bowl of curry noodles (yellow noodle) with chicken, prawns, roasted pork, bbq pork, some crispy friend bean curd, etc. It was served with some lime juice in a spoon.
 I love this non-creamy (less coconut milk) curry noodles and I also love the creamy ones.
Hubby like the dry version curry noodles but I prefer the wet version.
 This was the evening sky at about 6.30 pm when we went out for dinner.
 Linking to Skywatch Friday.

Do you understand the balancing of the clouds

with wonderful perfection and skill?

Do you know why you become warm

when the south wind is blowing and everything is still?

(Job 37:16-17, The Living Bible-TLB)

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Dinner With Friends At Kim Bali Restaurant, Ipoh.

We came to know about a church event in Ipoh and the guest speaker is known for his interesting topics. As we were free that particular evening, we joined our friends to attend that evening's talk at one of the local church in town. We agreed to gather for dinner first before going for the talk.

This time, we went to Kim Bali Restaurant in Ipoh town to try the offer set. According to the menu, this offer set is enough for 4 to 6 people. The set includes the following dishes.
Tom yam seafood
Teo Chiew pork belly
Smoked Duck
Angel gourd & bean curd
Stir fried bean sprouts
The above dishes were from Set B @ RM 68.80 net.
4 plates of white rice - RM 10.00
Chinese tea corkage fee - RM6.00
The total cost of the dinner for 4 people, inclusive of 6% GST
= RM 84.80 (approx. 19.78 USD)
Decorations on the wall.
Thai lady sculpture next to our table (at the doorway).
The following photos are for joining Good Fences.
Concrete fence and metal gate.



Linking to Good Fences.

Sing praises to the Lord!

Raise your voice in song to him who rides upon the clouds!

Jehovah is his name - oh, rejoice in his presence.

(Psalm 68:4, The Living Bible-TLB)

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

A Tobouchina Plant Growing In My Garden.

Few months back, I was weeding my garden one morning and I came across a small plant just about 3 to 4 inches tall growing in one of the flower pots. The leaves are like a plant I have seen before while we were in Fraser's Hill. I dug out the small plant and transferred it to a small pot.
I didn't know the name of the plant so I googled and found that it is called Tobouchina. Some of its common names are Glory Bush, Glory Tree and Princess Flowers.
This familiar looking plant has grown beautifully in its own pot.
It is a fast growing plant and enjoys full sun.
One fine day, I noticed signs of flower buds.
The bud nearest to the fence will be blooming soon.
More buds.
The plant is full of purple buds.
Close up view of the flower buds and I caught a black beetle on a leaf.
Feeling excited waiting for the first flower to open.
Ahh! Here it is! Such a pretty flower.
The big buzzing black bees with yellow stripes love these flowers. I couldn't get any proper snapshots because they were too busy moving from flower to flower.
The branches are fighting for space with my other plants. So far I haven't noticed any seeds forming. I don't know how this seedling got into my garden in the first place.
I am glad to have this plant in my garden. It is easy to grow and easy to take care and the flowers are plentiful and pretty. Thank God for blessing me with this Glory Bush with Princess flowers.

Linking to Floral Bliss.

"But the good soil represents the hearts of those who truly accept

God's message and produce a plentiful harvest for God - thirty, sixty,

or even a hundred times as much as was planted in their hearts."

(Mark 4:20, The Living Bible-TLB)

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Dinner With Friends At Kedai Makanan & Minuman Fay Loo, Ipoh.

It was a Thursday evening and together with our friends, we were going to attend a talk by a guest speaker in a local church. But before that, we wanted to have dinner at a restaurant nearby to the church and we thought of Kedai Makanan & Miniuman Fay Loo which our friends have not been to. This restaurant opens from 6 pm till 3 am!
 We ordered this dish which we have not eaten for a long, long time.
Same dish as above, taken from a different angle.
 This is deep fried black pomfret, topped with cooked preserved salted veggie. It is sweet, sour and is a very appetizing dish.

 Eggplant or brinjals cooked with minced pork.

 Steamed minced pork with chopped salted fish.
We used to order this dish as fried patties but this time, we wanted to try it steamed.
 All 4 of us ordered porridge. 6 bowls of porridge for 4 people.
The dishes go well with both white rice and porridge.
 We reached the church early and I couldn't resist taking a snapshot of the altar from where we were seated.
One more photo before I put my smartphone away. Then it was time for the praise and worship to start before the guest speaker was invited to speak.

Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me

so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel.

(Ephesians 6:19, New International Version-NIV)
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The following photos are for joining Tuesday's Treasures & Image-in-ing. These antiques photos were taken at the above restaurant where we had our dinner. Sad to note that these were covered with fine dust and cobweb.



Miniature bottles of Carlsberg beer dating from 1904 to 2011.


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