Backyard Prompts 2: Jackfruit

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When my father was still alive, he had a penchant of planting fruit trees which he felt his family would enjoy the fruits as much as he did. He liked jackfruit and we also do. We love it. It is sweet, fleshy, and has a distinct aroma and smell. It is starchy and fibrous and a good source of  dietary fiber. At a distance,  we can’t notice that the fruits are ready for eating.  Not until we smell it. If it over ripes in the branch it falls off because it can no longer hold the weight of the fruit which has become soft at its base. Its average weight reaches 1 – 5 kilos per fruit depending on the size.

This is the ripened fruit which can be eaten as it is. It may also be an ingredient in local desserts, such as, halo-halo and banana turon,  or in sweet concoctions with shaved ice, as in, es campur, and es teler.

This is the ripe, sliced jackfruit.

Living with memories of my father and the jackfruit tree are sweet affairs from the past and thorny resemblances of our present life. No matter how ugly the fruit is, it is liked by many  because of its sweetness and excellent characteristics of the flesh. 

Large photo by: thehutowner
small photos by: Wikipedia



Chili Pepper

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Once in a while, a random check of your backyard will yield a number of excellent post  materials which abound at the expanse behind your house. Flowers, trees, vegetables in pots, domesticated animals, old and antiquated objects or anything that catches your attention. They are good prompts for your writing.

As my health ebbed a little bit, I don’t want myself to languish and rot at the comfort of my room without doing something that would merit the enhancement of my posting. So, after eating my breakfast, I got my camera and started my walk  for a close encounter of the backyard. Taking pictures at anything I fancied as a good material for write-ups, musings, scoops, etc. was very rewarding as it further boosted my photography techniques. Here are some photos of  the hot chili pepper, the plant that puts fire on your tongue and tears in your eyes.





Photography: Rice Paddies

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This is how rice paddies are being prepared for planting. A small, limited plain like this,  sandwiched by a river down below and a hilly part of a resort makes it an attraction for city visitors of Ma-au, Negros Occidental, Philippines. Its irrigated field makes it perfect for a year-round production of rice and co-exist with the surrounding natural charm of the place.

Shrimps & Bananas

Shrimp and other shellfish are among the most common food allergens.[3] The Jewish laws of Kashrut forbid the eating of shrimp.[4] According to the King James version of the Old Testament, it is acceptable to eat finfish, but shrimp are an abomination and should not be eaten.[5] In Islam, the Shafi’i, Maliki and Hanbali schools allow the eating of shrimp, while the Hanafi school does not allow it in Sunni Islam as well as the Shi’ite school (Ja’fari).
Shrimp are high in levels of omega-3s (generally beneficial) and low in levels of mercury (generally toxic).[6] As with other seafood, shrimp is high in calcium, iodine and protein but low in food energy. A shrimp-based meal is also a significant source of cholesterol, from 122 mg to 251 mg per 100 g of shrimp, depending on the method of preparation.[7] Shrimp consumption, however, is considered healthy for the circulatory system because the lack of significant levels of saturated fat in shrimp means that the high cholesterol content in shrimp actually improves the ratio of LDL to HDL cholesterol and lowers triglycerides.[8]
A ripe fruit of banana contains as much as 22 percent of carbohydrate, mainly as sugar, and is high in dietary fibre, potassium,manganese, and vitamins B6 and C. They are grown mostly in tropical countries.
Bananas are ideal for people looking to lose or maintain weight through sound nutrition, while also giving the body sustenance for daily strength and fitness.


source: Wikipedia, Encyclopedia Britannica, how stuff works


Prodigal Mails Have Returned…

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During brownouts, I can only rely on the battery life of my laptop which lasts for only 3 hours, more or less. And at the height of those dark hours, I was at the mercy of the remaining breath of the cells storing the energy and converting it to electrical power to sustain my laptop usage. At the brink of its death, I was at my Yahoo Mail, inspecting, scrutinizing, and deleting a great number of aged ancient mails which dates back to the time of yesteryears. For the surviving weakened power, I was forcing to strike out three mails, pushing my way again and again until the arrow slipped from its intended direction and struck out an unknown item of an unknown key clicked. A portion of the monitor vanished without saying goodbye to its author. Trying hard for a harvest of good results, my recovery process proved fatal as the problem burst at the seams. Vacant lots widened where no one claimed ownership. More erratic key strikes were made. Titles left the screen and their bodies too. I thought it was time to seek HELP on line. I posted and came one. It was sunshinebaby86. I got hold of her warm hands minutes after HELP went flying on line. I tried to follow the instruction but did not get answers instantly. I opened a different window to spend some furious thoughts and feelings of my making mistakes on the keyboard.

Electricity have returned but only for awhile. Now, it’s gone again! Sleeping was the best panacea of a power outage during a stormy night.

I was awakened by the bright light left switched on during the brownout. With the thought of checking how was my Help been responded by Yahoo Request was put aside. I have still heavy eyes ready to close again as soon as I’ll sit at the chair nearby my bed and flip open the laptop. I’ll just wait for the sun rise.

Late. Very late. The latest. Waking up was hard to do. It’s already 9:30 AM and the latest to see the cloudy skies outside the window. Having an empty stomach, taking a bath was a clean “must do” after sleeping with the aircon off sweating it out in bed, lazy to stand up to turn it on.

Feeling refreshed, I checked on the unfinished business several hours passed. After some clicks, it rained mails. My laptop was drowned again with hermits, bearded hermits from nowhere. But still i was thankful those prodigal mails have returned in their rightful abode. Happy deleting session to me! I’ll begin the task soonest and Thank you, sunshinebaby86 for your helping warm hands. Extending them into my bedroom was a welcome treat.


Betel Nut And My Grandmother

My grandmother enjoyed this rock-hard nut with lime, tobacco, wrapped in buyo leaf and chewed. The mixture is called a quid, which becomes bloody red  after chewing. She was already 90+ years old but still strong enough to climb the two and a half-meter high iron gate of the house. She was then seen by neighbors walking two kilometers away from our home searching for her baby child which was already a grown-up and in heaven. I think this is the result of her chewing the  quid, increased stamina and being alert. It also stimulates the flow of saliva to aid digestion.  Stimulating the appetite has also resulted from this. Although there was alertness in her actions, being in the spell of second infancy did not escaped her. It was a good thing she was not run over by vehicles speeding on the road.

“I like intelligent answers to stupid questions and hate stupid answers to intelligent questions!!”

It’s been years that I haven’t visited the Yahoo Answers site. This used to be the den that hooked my time away when I was not yet a part of the blogging craze. I let pass my 24 hours obligations of the day just to answer a number of questions that I fancied answering. I accidentally flew over and landed in it, so I tried getting a glimpse at my answers once again.

This is my previous record which is still active up to now. I was already on Level 4 with 3,131 points. I have answered 336 questions, 28% of which were chosen as Best Answers. I have submitted only 14 questions.

As I went along, I’ve learned that if you have more questions submitted, the more points you loose. So, I opted to answer questions only, to get rid of loosing points. As the title, Yahoo Answers suggests, it encourages readers to submit questions for people to answer quickly. You get to loose a certain point if there is a barrage of questions being submitted.  So, it is best to answer more questions than ask. “Answerers” are being encourage rather than Askers. What will happen if there are more questions than answers being thrown in the blog? Answers beget points and a visit earns some points too. So, it is better to answer than ask questions as the title implies.   There are plenty of questions so, choose your wild.

Here’s the Table on how to get points.

*Points Table

To encourage participation and reward great answers, Yahoo Answers has a system of Points and Levels. The number of points that you get depends on the specific action that you take. The Points table below summarises the point values for different actions. While you can’t use points to buy or redeem anything, they do allow everyone to recognise how active and helpful you’ve been. (And they give you another excuse to boast to your friends.)”

*Points and Levels

Action Points
Begin participating on Yahoo Answers One Time: 100
Ask a Question -5
Choose a Best Answer for your question 3
Answer a Question 2
Self-deleting an answer -2
Log in to Yahoo Answers Once daily: 1
Have your answer selected as the Best Answer 10
Receive a “Thumbs-up” rating on a Best Answer that you wrote (up to 50 “Thumbs-ups” are counted) 1 per “Thumbs-up”
Receive a violation -10

There was an instance that an answer to my question delivered laughter and stretched a number of facial muscles that I have, “If I am in jail, what is the best thing I should do in my moment of solitude?”

Three bloggers have submitted their answers and I have chosen the first answer as the best, Pray. However, the second answer took me by surprise and made me laugh all the while with the thought of how sincere the guy was. Here are their answers:

Rezluz Prwure
blueiis· 2 years ago

Best Answer:  Pray 

Asker’s rating 3 out of 5

  • Rezluz Prwure
    Answer: Masturbate and lube up the rectum for tomorrow.
    Rezluz Prwure· 2 years ago

    Rezluz Prwure
  • Answer: don’t get rapped
    Charlie· 2 years ago
    Well, some people make this a laughing matter and I like it that way. It makes people smile, and burst into laughter along the way.

Here are some of my answers that I thought was great enough to be best. Was this really my answer? Was this answer really mine? After some rethinking and returning back to the years gone by, I could say, “Oh, Yes, it’s mine” “That’s my answer”. Anyway, Yahoo Answers grouped this one with mine and, it’s computerized.

Here are my  Best Answers:

Best Answer:  It depends on the usage. If you use it as a metaphor in a sentence that means morning, then the opposite is night, as in: “I saw the light of day” . if you mean to start a fire, then, it is extinguish, douse: if you mean less weight, then it is Heavy: if you mean easy as in. “My exams were light” then, it is difficult….etc.
It all depends on how you use it in a sentence.

How can u tell an egg is fertile after a hen lays it?

Best answer: Hold the egg closed against the light or bulb. If there’s something formed like a chick, then it’s fertilized already.
 2 years ago
Best Answer:  Design must follow the needs of the owners. Illusion of space means to make the place looks bigger and wider without altering the area of the place. This is just to simulate a wider space. Mirrors hang in the right place add some illusion of space to a small room. It creates some visionary expansion of the room. It will look larger.
 2 years ago

Tips on how to end a story?

Best Answer:I’m sure you passed the climax of the story. Well, I don’t know what the story is all about. You didn’t tell us it’s synopsis. So, I’ll just cover all the scope of all stories.Nearing its ending, I suggest you put your readers in a little mixed up of ideas. Bring them into a short dreamland of “Why”. Have a tragic ending. Don’t let them go with their own speculative normal ending. Inject some twists that they will not forget. Make your ending far more different from the usual formula. Make an outline and work out the twists of the scenes, and not the …” and they live happily forever after” ending. You can make it!

 2 years ago
Who yearns for something, but when you finally get it
You get bored with it within a week?
Update: or will you cherish it, if it makes you feel content
Best Answer:No, In one of those window shopping that I had, I had always spent more time sneaking around and touching lap taps and always wish it could be mine. Now, that I have bought one, I wish I could buy another one bigger than I have bought before. Now I have two, it did not get me to the point that it will be a boredom using them.
This will be for a lifetime, I guess !.
1 year ago
for Yu Luoke
Perhaps the final hour is come
I have left no testament
Only a pen, for my mother
I am no hero
In an age without heroes
I just want to be a manThe still horizon
Divides the ranks of the living and the dead
I can only choose the sky
I will not kneel on the ground
Allowing the executioners to look tall
The better to obstruct the wind of freedomFrom star-like bullet holes shall flow
A blood-red dawn

Best Answer:  Death is nearing for him and he has not prepared a last will and testament. The only thing that he will leave behind is a pen for his mother. When he dies it is freedom for him but he sees killings when he goes.
 2 years ago
* tables,Questions&Answers from Yahoo Answers

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