Thursday, August 27, 2015

King of Bitters : Andrographis Paniculata

King of Bitters : Andrographis Paniculata or Chuan Xin Lian in Chinese. Chuan Xin Lian (穿心蓮) ...

No, it is not the kind you buy in the pub or bar, but a small Chinese medicinal herb.
As the name implies, a tea made from the leaves is very very bitter. Used in Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic medicine.

It contains ingredients which possess astringent, anodyne, tonic,and alexipharmic properties.

It has been traditionally used in healing dysentery, cholera, and diabetes. Influenza, bronchitis, piles, gonorrhea, hepatomegaly, skin disorders, fever and worm infestation. Useful in healing wounds, ulcers,leprosy, and diarrhea. For red eyes, sore throat, tooth ache.

This little herb has been in my great grand mother's garden as long as I remember. I used to dread to take the concoction, and now, in turn my kids won't touch it.

The Chinese SING SAY or doctor says, according to the herb grower, you must use, 3, 5, 7 leaves, always in single form. I don't really believe, I just use some when I feel heaty or general unwell. It keeps your mouth fresh and rids the flurry feeling.

My friend B says, " It is very good for sore eyes , Just make a tea, and wash your eyes.
Most Chinese say it is good as a gargle for sore throat.

My younger sister Margaret. who is a professor in plant pathology remembers, “ Whenever we complained about headache, Mother would ask us to go downstairs and pick a few leaves of the bitter leaves. Then we said, "No more headache" But Mother would prepare for us and we took with a spoonful of sugar after that. “

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Japanese rose and writing.

In August 2008, I did a similar post and it attracted 828 hits.

I liked the Japanese Rose, it is nothing like a rose that you are familiar with. In USA, it is called a moss rose. It is a succulent or a bush.

Portulaca grandiflora hybrids grown in Singapore Malaysia.

The common varieties in Malaysia are many-petaled (doubled) hybrids which comes in different colours: white, red, pink, orange and a white-pink combination.

There is also a single layer petal, and the leaves are broader.

Japanese Rose makes a nice ground cover, borders and beds in the sun. It also makes a good hanging basket plants.

My paternal Grandfather grew many kinds of flowers in the garden of his big bungalow.

The Japanese Rose has reddish stems. It grows like a grass carpet with green single thick pine needle like leaves. He grew them as borders for the opulent look, the one inch rosette-like flowers are beautiful and can be cut for a little vase. Grandfather’s footpath to the house is very long, and on both sides of the footpath are lined with the beautiful flowers.

The Japanese Rose blooms only in the morning under strong sun. In the afternoon, the rosette closes up into buds but they still look very beautiful.

In NTU, there was a ruling that residents could grow only in pots and not directly in the ground except at the gardening club allotment. I grow my Japanese Rose in pots. I have a whole border of red, pink orange and white Japanese Rose leading to my house. If you drive out from the North Spine car park, there is a nice border and patch of beautiful Japanese. Slow down and appreciate and smell the flowers.

Japanese roses make me smile. I started blogging much longer than FB. I wrote about my Japanese Rose. 

Some time last year, someone googled and found my blog. He asked me to write about his product. I told him, I am a writer, and get paid when I write. I told him, when I write for my interest and on my own volition, I don't charge. But if someone asks me to write, I charge. 

He didn't come back, which is a shame because I told him I would introduce to many  forums.

New Zealand Fashion Week : Autumn/Winter 2016 looks at the Wella Presents

Julian DangerHair by Raymond Robinson and Servilles team using Wella Professionals and Wella SPMake-up by MACPhotographer: David K ShieldsDesigner InspirationThe hairstyling concept behind the Julian Danger runway look was about creating a pretty and confident look with elements of luxury. The team use an adorable fluffy hair accessory teamed up with a semi-structured chignon and lots of texture.

Designer Shuai Zhang was inspired by the look of the look of the 60s, and chose a soft wave with an  ultra-smooth finish and a deep side-swept parting in front

Yesterday, two of New Zealand’s most promising designers introduced their Autumn/Winter 2016 looks at the Wella Presents show to a packed out audience at New Zealand Fashion Week. 
The two Kiwi designers collections hit the runway under a collaboration of striking hair trends constructed by celebrity hair dressers Brad Lepper and Raymond Robinson and their Wella teams.  

Amy-Rose Goulding of Julian Danger and Shuai Zhang of ITZME teamed up with Wella tocreate a spectacular runway show with some of the worlds top fashion media, international buyers and industry guests in attendance.The two Kiwi designers collections hit the runway under a collaboration of striking hair trends constructed by celebrity hair dressers Brad Lepper and Raymond Robinson and their Wella teams.

Products used for the Julian Danger 2015 Wella Presents... Fashion Week show Wella System Professional LuxeOil Reconstructive Elixir – work through the hair to keep it sleek and shiny and allow it to float rather than hang (RRP $48.00) Wella Professionals Shape Control Styling Mousse – Mousse makes hair malleable, an important factor with an up style. Raymond said he ALWAYS uses a good mousse in every hair style he does (RRP $27.00) Wella Professionals Stay Styled Finishing Spray – This keeps the style intact and helps to prevent flyaways (RRP $27.00)

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Monday, August 24, 2015

my alma mater: Auckland Unveristy.

Feeling good, all my five books are circulated by my alma mater , Auckland University.
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From China to Borneo and beyond

Ann Kit Suet Chin 1954-

Auckland, N.Z. : Ann Kit Suet Chin-Chan 2013

Available at GENERAL LIBRARY Main Collection (959.5 C539 )
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Mail order bride

Ann Kit Suet Chin 1954-

Auckland : Ann Kit Suet Chin. 2013.

Available at GENERAL LIBRARY New Zealand & Pacific Level G (823.92 C54Gm )
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Cry of oppressed women

Ann Kit Suet Chin 1954-

Auckland : Ann Kit Suet Chin. 2014.

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Diary of a bereaved mother

Ann Kit Suet Chin 1954-

Auckland, N.Z. : A.K.S. Chin 2011 2nd ed..

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Hai wai hua ren de Zhong Guo hun = From China to Borneo and beyond

Ann Kit Suet Chin 1954- Kong Sing Ting translator.

Auckland : Ann Chin 2015 Chinese edition..

On Loan.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

brazilian button flower

Centratherum punctatum: (Centratherum intermedium) brazilian button flower or brazilian bachelor button flower. Origin : Philippines to Australia

This is a bushy shrub that blooms at the stem tips. The flower is about one inch across, with fluffy down looking petals and the purplish, bluish, lavender blooms making it a very attractive plant. The leaves are jaggedly edge, deep green and very attractive as a
green background foliage for your cut flowers.

Both the flowers and leaves have a good scent that my friends mistake the plant to be a herb. In a big pot, it grows to a meter tall. It grows from rooted cutting. I have also experimented grafting and succeeded

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

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