Thursday, July 20, 2017

Bunga Putat, Sagaribana, Barringtonia

It's the peak of summer (July 2017) and that means the peak of Sagaribana blossoms in Okinawa. Before this, I always missed viewing the blossoms closely but last night, hubby drove to the housing areas around Shuri Castle. On one stretch of there were many Sagaribana plants.
It has a soft, sweet smell like a ripened guava. I should say if the smell is bottled into cologne, it is a female smell as a contrast to musk.
I know in Malaysia the Sagaribana new leaves and fruits are taken as a salad. I've tried tasting the leaves, quite bitterish for my liking but I supposed taking it with spicy belacan should go well with rice.
The Japanese called it Sagaribana. Sagaru to lower or to bow, hana is the flower. Don't you think this name is most appropriate when you see how the flower lowered itself lower while blooming into glorious beauty and fragrance?

Malay: Sekarang tengah rancak musim panas di Okinawa. Inilah juga musim pohon Putat berbunga. Sebelum ini saya tidak berpeluang mendekati pohon Putat pada musim ia berbunga tapi malam tadi saya pergi ke kawasan istana Shuri. Terkejut juga apabila terlihat salah satu laluan penuh dengan deretan pohon Putat ini. Bunganya berbau halus dan manis seperti buat jambu batu yang sudah masan ranum. Saya rasa kalau dijadikan air wangi, bau bunga ini ada kejelitaan seperti tabiat kewanitaan, bukan seperti musk yang baunya kuat seperti jantan.
Saya dimaklumkan di Malaysia, pucuk daun dan buah pohon ini dimakan bagai ulam dengan sambal belacan.
Ini gambar2 yang saya ambil waktu malam sebab bunga Putat kembang selepas maghrib. Gambar menggunakan 3 lampu touchlight.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Walking routine

After I came back from the Hokkaido trip, I started to do morning walk for 30 mins. everyday.
Every morning I see this man sweeping the sidewalk. I think he owns a shop-house. He washes the parking lot in front of his shop, then he cleans the whole length of the road.
I was thinking this man get up early and cleaned the whole length of the road without pay every day, I wonder what makes him so dedicated. Doesn't he have other work to do? Does he live only to sweep the side walk?

There's another man I see during my morning walk. This man is not homeless. But I think he has some mental problem. He's dirty and wears torn outfit. Sometimes, I see him eating thrown food from the trash.
One time, I gave him a bun. Then came home and told my hubby about it. Well, I shouldn't be doing it as it encouraged him to beg for food. So, we are not supposed to give him any food.
But, this man has pride. There was another occasion when I gave him a can of drink. He refused my offer. Again, I was told not to give anything to him.

The meaning of hospitality in the dictionary is not the same hospitality as the Japanese read. Empathy is not for homeless or dirty people on the street in Japan.
It reminds me of the deer on Ikutsujima. Visitors to the island are discouraged from feeding them. They don't want the deer to be fed as the leftover food might dirty the park.
May be hungry and dirty people are like deer. Leave them alone and the place will be spiky clean.


Monday, July 10, 2017

Shirakaba (White Birch)

On my trip to Hokkaido recently, I noticed shirakaba trees lined up the highways of Hokkaido.

I thought the white tone is only on the outer bark of the tree but upon closer inspection during one of the walks in the garden trails, I found out the white colour of the tree went deeper into the trunk.

Previously this tree was normally used as fire woods. I find out this tree is not cheap to have from the shop that sells it as mementoes of Hokkaido.


Monday, July 03, 2017

Siaran haiku

Kumpulan haiku dari salah seorang anak didik saya. Nama pena Jepun saya beri Hasa-Ari-Hassan (Hassan Hasaa'Ree Ali)
Kumpulan haiku ini ditulis dalam bentuk satira. Setiap rangkap memenuhi syarat kigo yang sempurna. 
Terima Kasih Berita Harian Singapura kerana memberi ruang utk genre ini.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Birthday Video letter

When you're far from children and grand kids, video letter or WiFi call are the best way to communicate.

Yesterday, my grand kids sent me their birthday greetings. 
This is from Mi chan.

Then this is from Ken, Yuri and Ryo chan.

Actually, I opt for video letters anytime rather than for them to send birthday presents by slow mails.

Thank you to all my beautiful grand kids.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017


I woke up this morning at 3.30 am to take my Ramadan breakfast. Then opening my homepage, I saw this moving lighted candles. Lately, I did notice Google putting up various themes of the day like Valentine Day, Halloween and stuff like that.

I kept wondering the implication of the image, then it hit me.
It's my birthday today!

How wonderful to have Google giving me a personal wish that only come once in a year, just for me. Only for me.
Anyway, I skipped writing the birthday date on my Facebook. This means I don't expect any birthday greetings. But having said that, this early morning, I saw some private birthday wishes in my Facebook inbox. 
To celebrate my birthday, I'll have a camembert cheese bun to break the Ramadan fasting which falls on its 19th day today.

Happy Birthday to me. 14 June 2017.


Friday, May 12, 2017

Projek penyelidikan Azlansyah Aman

12 Mei 2017

Semalam saya ke Muzium arkioloji bersama seorang pelajar dan berjumpa dengan seorang pegawai muzium berkenaan projek penyelidikan itu.
Azlansyah membawa salam daripada beberapa orang kawannya yang kenal saya lewat blog ini.
Waalaikumusalam kepada kawan-kawan itu (Azlansyah ada sebut nama-nama kawan itu tapi sebutannya terlalu pantas, tak dapat saya tangkap).

Keris purba Okinawa.

Semoga Azlansyah berjaya dalam penyelidikan ini.