Different types of Durian


Here are different types of Durian shown above and some recommended below.

D24 – Bittersweet in taste, with small seed and flesh in dark yellow color.

This is one of the most expensive varieties.

XO – It has bitter taste and XO aftertaste. This is one of the most expensive among all.

Hong Xia- (meaning red prawn) the flesh in the color of cooked prawn, thin and orangey, strong aroma.

Mao Shan Wang- (meaning mountain cat king) the flesh that is firm on the outside, creamy on the inside. Having the most satisfying of all durians types, having said that, this is considered the best among all.

Red, Orange meat- one of the rare varieties, fruits are very small and can be held by one palm. Both are considered as Wild Durians.

Esplanade – The biggest Durian in the world

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Universal Religion

New Earth Heartbeat

Dalai Lama Kindness

“If we practice religion properly, or genuinely, religion is not something outside but in our hearts. The essence of any religion is good heart. Sometimes I call love and compassion a universal religion. This is my religion. Complicated philosophy, this and that, sometimes create more trouble and problems. If these sophisticated philosophies are useful for the development of good heart, then good: use them fully. If these complicated philosophies or systems become an obstacle to a good heart then better to leave them. This is what I feel.”

— HH Dalai Lama

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Galang Pusa

May 13, 2013. Borobudur Temple, Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. 


There’s a prescribed method for exploring this visually astonishing gem of Buddhist architecture that is locally known as Candi Borubudur.  You have to enter the temple from the east entrance and walk around clockwise, moving from one terrace to the next, with each level representing a higher level of enlightenment, until you reach the summit where a giant stuppa sits and the symbolic spiritual journey ends.


The summit represents Nirvana, “a transcendent state in which there is neither suffering, desire, nor sense of self, and the subject is released from the effects of karma and samsara.”


The walls leading to the top are adorned with exquisite bas reliefs depicting scenes from the life of Buddha on whose teachings Buddhism was founded.



The temple was already bathing in the soft glow of the early morning sun when we arrived. Just perfect…

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Blue Sky

Life Is Like That

What’s up? 
One colleague constantly asks me: What’s Up? 
Being English is my second or maybe third language, I take this question literally.  I look up and the response I give him is: the ceiling, the light, the air blower or anything that’s above me.  He seems to get a kick out of these answers. 
Yesterday, we were outside and he asked me the same question.  And I look up and said: blue sky. 
Yes, 26 straight days of blue sky, hardly any clouds in the sky.  I love the blue sky but I cannot tolerate being in the sun.  
I would think coming from a tropical place close to the equator would make me immune to the sunshine hoping that the dark pigmentation of my skin will deflect all the UV rays.  It does but I’d sooner be in the shade. 
In the meantime, the grassy…

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