Unusual Fruit – Durian

I had previously blogged about the King of Fruits – Durian.

Imported durians from Thailand are available in New Zealand from local Asian supermarkets.  The best durians are ‘Mao Shan Wang’ from Malaysia which are a lot more creamier and of course more costly.

Quoted below from Meryl Koh in Michelin’s ‘Guide to Durians – the difference between Mao Shan Wang and Thai Durians’.

Hate it or love it, durians exude an exotic appeal that inspires intense devotion. Some might pucker their nose at the fruit’s strong smell, yet durian prices are steadily on the rise thanks to heated demand from the China market that, more recently, have fixed their sights on Malaysia’s durian supply instead of Thailand’s.

A very interesting read on the various durian varieties and what they taste like.

More news on this unusual spiky fruit in The New Paper, Singapore.

Durian prices reach 33-year high

Durian lovers, take note – prices of the spiky fruit have shot up to a 33-year record high, according to sellers.

The price of Mao Shan Wang – the most expensive variety – has hit $38 per kg.

Another popular kind, the Golden Phoenix, is now $32 per kg.

The prices of the former went up by $3 and the latter by $2 in three days, reported Chinese newspaper Shin Min Daily News yesterday.


While there are cheaper options from Thailand, the Malaysian ones, which can cost more than $100 per fruit, remain popular.

Click here for the rest of the article.


Care for durians, anyone?

Make money from the air you breathe

Feeling blessed that I am living in New Zealand breathing fresh and free air !

On average, a person at rest takes about 16 breaths per minute. This means we breathe about 960 breaths an hour, 23,040 breaths a day, 8,409,600 a year

Assuming the cost of our exported NZ Air is $35 a pop for 150 breaths, using that sparingly one can easily used up one pop/can per day.  Over a 30 days, the cost would be $1,050.

Wow, for $1,050 a couple could fly from Auckland (or anywhere in NZ) to Queenstown, stay two nights in a nice hotel and breathe the fresh air looking at the breathtaking scenery  of the Remarkables, Lake Wakatipu and the alpines.


Put your thinking cap on, brainstorm, get creative to see if we can make money out of anything and everything, in this instant, ‘air’ (read article below).

Work in collaboration with entrepreneurs, professionals, researchers and create an idea.  The Wall Street Journal said ‘At the heart of any successful business is a great idea. Some seem so simple we wonder why nobody thought of them before. Others are so revolutionary we wonder how anybody could’ve thought of them at all.’

A interesting read – extracted from NZ Herald

Just a load of hot air? Chinese consumers paying $35 a pop for canned Kiwi air

Airteroa sells cans of Southern Alps air for $35 a can online. Photo / Supplied
Airteroa sells cans of Southern Alps air for $35 a can online. Photo / Supplied

It might not seem like much of a bargain – $35 for a can of nothing.

But for those suffering through China’s oppressive smog seasons, cans of mountain-fresh…

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Weather and Money Talk on Sunday

Today’s Sunday herald features all the news about the wild weather last a night that left fifteen thousand Auckland homes still without power this morning.


A tree toppled over and hit a car. Photo / Tony Smith

I had enough watching the trees blowing so wildly last night out my bedroom window that look out into a reserve.  We heard the wailing of the wind but watching them is a different matter.  It can be pretty interesting when you have nothing better to do.  My dog under the duvet shivered in fear.  That timid boy.  My bedroom door  didn’t hold on to the wind that well.  The catch could not keep the door shut giving way to the wind, swaying back and forth and that was so annoying !


Keeping calm in the rough weather is kind of graceful. Photo / Doug Sherring

And then out of the blue, weather talk became money talk.

Interesting enough Oxfam tells us that the world’s richest eight people have as much money as its 3.6 billion poorest people. It sounds shocking. But what, if anything, does it really mean? Click here to find out more.


In 1950, 75 per cent of people lived in extreme poverty. Today, just 10 per cent do. Photo / Michael Craig

Do you own a mortgage-free home in Auckland? You’re part of the global richest 1 per cent.

Unfortunately I didn’t make it to that 1 per cent.  😦

Does it really matter?

Certainly not !

I can still feel the wind, rain and shine.

The weather does not care whether you are rich or poor.  The sun will shine, the rain will come, the wind will blow and no amount of money can stop that……………….

Strawberry Shortcake or Pumpkin Patch

When I was a young working adult, I was introduced to Strawberry Shortcake.


My ex boss’s daughter was everything about Strawberry Shortcake and that has nothing to do with fruits or cakes but toys and clothes.  The original design of Strawberry Shortcake and her cat, Custard was done in 1979 by Muriel Fahrion during her time as a greeting card illustrator at American Greetings‘ Juvenile & Humorous card department.  During the 1980s, Strawberry Shortcake became a huge fad for young girls throughout the United States and beyond.

How I enjoyed dressing my wee girls (both born in the mid and late 80s) as Strawberry Shortcakes then.

When my son was born in the 1990s, my favourite brand was OshKosh B’Gosh dressing him into a cute lil’ boy in bibbed overalls.

In the news recently, Pumpkin Patch, once upon a time, a runaway success story is going into liquidation.

At its peak in 2007, the kids’ fashion label founded by New Zealander Sally Synnott was valued at $830 million, with hundreds of stores across the globe.

Nine years later the clothing empire is worthless, with its receivers unable to find a white knight willing to take on the basket case of a company after it was placed into administration, owing $76 million.

– quote NZHerald-

The above are just one, two, three of the many famous kids brand in the market.

Are you into labels and brands?

Two clowns running for president

While the two clowns run for president, the Canadian immigration website crashes as Trump moves closer to victory.

Not only that, “Move to New Zealand” has begun to trend on Google.

Who’s winning?  Numbers, numbers, numbers !

Clinton vs. Trump

Who’s visiting the 2016 presidential campaign websites? While “site visitor” may not equal “supporter,” the stats are still revealing.

Check out the demographics of individuals who visited donaldjtrump.com or hillaryclinton.com over a 90-day period.

trump vs clinton

via Discover WP – Numbers

Numbers $10

As many are having the day off work, celebrating the Queen’s birthday, I read two very nice stories and thought I’d share.

First there was an article about an Auckland University student who lost his wallet in central Auckland he didn’t think he would see it again. But it was returned the next day with a $10 note.


A message from Kathryn Murphy to Taniora Ngatai after she found his wallet. She put a $10 note with the message saying ” Here’s a hot chocolate on me… stay warm during winter! Best of luck for exams, enjoy your last week of semester ” picture supplied via facebook.


Another article was when Samson Faulafo and his friends pointed out to a family they’d dropped a $10 note at Denny’s, they didn’t expect anything in return.

But the grateful family took them by surprise and paid the trio’s $52 bill, giving them the docket with the note: “Thank you for your honesty. God bless.”


Somsung Da Mamona , with the Denny’s bill that someone else paid for .
Image via facebook.


It’s the start of winter in New Zealand, let’s make it a new season for giving.


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Sad Monday – Rest in Peace, Harambe

I grew up in Borneo, home of the Orang hutans or Orangutan (translated as Men of the forest).  These apes of the forest are amongst the most intelligent primates.

This morning, I read with sadness that a Gorilla had been shot.  Zoo officials said a 4-year-old boy climbed through a barrier at the Gorilla World exhibit and dropped 4.5m into a moat on Sunday. He was in there for about 10 minutes.

The boy sat still in the water, looking up at the gorilla as the animal touched the child’s hand and back. At one point, it looked as though the gorilla helped the youngster stand up.

Two witnesses said they thought the gorilla was trying to protect the boy at first before getting spooked by the screams of onlookers. The animal then picked the child up out of the moat and dragged him to another spot inside the exhibit, zoo officials said.

Zoo officials said they feared for the boy’s life. The zoo’s dangerous-animal response team shot and killed the 17-year-old ape.

The world mourns ……………..  Rest in peace our baby Harambe.


This is an orang-utan, photo credit Wikipedia.

Via one-word prompt – This is definitely not Orderly

The spirit of Christmas


xmaslunchThe Viaduct Event Centre is preparing for 2500 guests for the Annual Community Christmas lunch by Auckland City Mission.

This year’s volunteers are already all hands on deck at the City Mission headquarters as the big day draws closer.

To feed the thousands the mission has ordered 2000 chicken drumsticks, 300kg of ham, 300kg of potatoes and 240kg of kumara.

The City Missioner, Dame Diane Robertson, said ….

“It’s like an instant pop-up restaurant for 2000 people.”

“It is not about people being hungry, it’s not only about poverty, it’s about the spirit of Christmas and about celebrating together.”

Photo credit & report from NZ Herald.

 I thought I would share this photo, a meaningful gathering of people celebrating together in the spirit of Christmas.

A blessed Christmas to all friends and bloggers across the globe.


I don’t want ………to sleep alone

Want a better night’s sleep?

Share your bed with a pet

A study of dog owners found more than half let their pets share their beds. Photo / Getty
A study of dog owners found more than half let their pets share their beds. Photo / Getty

Do you have trouble sleeping?

A new study has found having a pet in the bedroom could be the answer to a better night’s sleep.

A recent study of 23, 000 dog owners found more than half of them let their canines sleep on their beds.

Amazing but true !  What are your thoughts ?

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