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Friday, April 30, 2021

Stop And Smell The Roses

On my walk to the neighbourhood grocer...


Stinking passionflower

Bird's nest fern


When was the last time you stopped and smelled the roses? 

I would give the stinking passionflower a miss though!

My Corner of the World

Friday, April 23, 2021


I was strolling in a different part of my neck of the woods when a burst of blazing-red flowers lining the sidewalk caught my attention.

I was instantly reminded of my late aunt A.

Aunty A had a super green thumb.

All the greens on her plate came from her garden and the manure for her greens came from her if you know what I mean  —  the circle of life, eh?

Whenever we were invited over for dinner, Aunty A's homegrown veggies were a running joke among us cousins .

"Well, it doesn't get more organic than this!" Cousin Noel once quipped. And this joke has been recycled over and over again long after Aunty A was gone.

All sorts of wonderfully-weird beans, gourds and flowers grew in Aunty A's garden and my favourite bloom was her cockscomb celosia. 

With its outrageously showy flowers, it was the most conspicuous plant in the neighbourhood and it drew many compliments.

Even passersby would stop to gawk at her curious celosia!

It does resemble a rooster's comb, does it not?

Sunday, April 11, 2021

The Curry Leaf Trees

They say money don't grow on trees but these curry leaf trees sure save me a lot of money!

Ever since we moved to our condo 25 years ago, I had been unsuccessful in my many sad attempts to grow the curry leaf plant on my balcony. 

Eventually, I gave up.

Whenever a recipe called for a sprig or two of the curry leaves, I would have to dash out to the grocer in my neck of the woods to get them. Sometimes, they were not available. 

Imagine my delight when I stumbled upon this curry leaf plant in an obscure area of the condo grounds!

There are two more curry leaf trees farther down the road!

I am doing the happy dance!

I was told that a resident of the condo turned to gardening during the lockdown and the curry leaf trees are the fruits of her labour.

The tantalizing aroma that is released when a fistful of curry leaves is tossed in hot oil is really quite out of this world! You can smell it a block away!

An amazing Indian recipe to share. The curry leaf is the star of this dish.

Prawn Varuval

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Flowers In My Garden


Nah, it was summer the last time I checked, still is and forever will be in my equatorial corner of the world!

Sharing these captures of the perennial flowers that grow in the common garden of the condo where we live.



Woodland Sunflower


Bird Of Paradise

Spider Lilies

Fun Fact
Malaysia ranks among the world’s most biodiverse countries, housing an estimated 15,500 species of flowers, plants and trees.

Happy Easter, pallies!