Durian Chocolates

My sister, fresh from Malaysia, has brought us a lot of souvenirs and goodies bought in Langkawi and Kuala Lumpur. How sweet! Among the things she gave us was a box of chocolates – with a twist! Ever heard of the King of Fruit, otherwise known as durian? (How exactly this pungent-smelling, thorny fruit could be called the King of Fruit, I don’t know.) Now this is something I haven’t heard of before (pardon the ignorance!) – durian chocolates!

Durian box
Here’s the box of durian chocolates, simply titled, “Durian.” LOL


chocolates inside
Aww…the chocolates even come in three varieties of shapes!


My daughter gobbled up the twirly-shaped chocolate and immediately declared it “oishii.” Oh really. I tried it myself, but couldn’t seem to agree with the rather strange taste! It tasted like durian, of course. It’s the combination with the dark, bitter chocolate that makes it rather strange. I don’t know. Maybe it’s just me. In fairness, the white heart-shaped one tasted better. 😉

Back to reading, again

I’m not much into reading fiction nowadays (I’ve consumed my fair share of fiction books in the past). I’m more into non-fiction, self-help books and the like. The latest books I’ve read this year include What Color is Your Parachute by Richard Bolles, Survival Skills for Scientists by Federico Rosei and Tudor Johnston. I’m currently reading How the Mind Works by Steven Pinker. But oh boy, that is a relatively thick book, and it would take a while before I finish it.

Anyway, I’ve just ordered three books from Amazon, my regular supplier of books and DVDs. The first book is a bestseller from one of my fave physicists, none other than Richard Feynman. I loved reading What Do You Care What Other People Think, and after finishing the book, I vowed to get hold of Feynman’s other book, Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! It is so refreshing to read about the personal stories of one of the greatest minds in science. I highly recommend these two books for everyone. Don’t worry about the books being too technical – the books were written by the Nobel-prize winner with simple folks like us in mind. :)


The other two books are How to Raise a Child with a High EQ, A Parent’s Guide to Emotional Intelligence by Lawrence Shapiro and Emotional Intelligence, Why it Can Matter More than IQ by Daniel Goleman. I decided to read these books, due to my resolve to learn more about the subject after the encouraging seminar I attended. Emotional intelligence is a familiar term to me, but I would be lying if I said that I know that much about EQ! At the back cover of the book by Goleman, it says:

…Goleman shows the factors at work when people of high IQ flounder and those of modest IQ do surprisingly well. These factors, which include self-awareness, self-discipline, and empathy, add up to a different way of being smart–and they aren’t fixed at birth. Although shaped by childhood experience, emotional intelligence can be nurtured and strengthened throughout adulthood–with immediate benefits to our health, our relationship, and our work.

Which means, folks, there is hope for the rest of us who want to improve our EQs. :)

Aya and the Art of Origami

One of Aya’s friends gave her a kiddie book on origami for her birthday. Aya really loves origami, and at the daycare they are learning to create lots of them. Ever since Aya got the book, she would make a new origami everyday, and show it off to us. I don’t even have to supervise her. She reads the instructions on the book all by herself. And she’s really good at it. In fact, one of her senseis even told me how good she is at origami.

Here are some of her creations:

Koi (Carp)


Tsuru (Crane)


Boxes (Aya tells me that they’re called “sanbou,” but I don’t know what purpose they serve


Here’s Aya proudly showing off her origami creations


Good thing she’s into origami – she leaves me alone long enough so I can catch up on my reading, heh. :)

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5 Responses to Potpourri

  1. karmi says:

    hmmm…more books, more tempting books for a book addict like me. Kathy, Aya is growing up really fast. Last time I saw her, I guess about two years ago, she was much smaller with shorter hair and with crazy shades on…hahaha! So cute…

  2. annamanila says:

    Oh wow, durian has gone sosyal! High time the king of jungle fruits get five star treatment. I heard that one either loves or hates durian. I love it. Best eaten straight from the tree. I love the yemas too. And durian icecream is to die for … unfortunately, it is only available in Davao.

    Your taste in books is in non-fiction. For a while, I had a hiatus from fiction and read a lot of inspirational books like scott peck’s neil walsch, and chopra. Now I am back with devouring authors I almost entitrely missed while in my non-fiction interval. Whatever it is we’re reading, books are a treasure, a balm for the soul.

    Wow, Aya is learning origami from the masters. Galing ng initial output nya.

    (Hey I have posted one on Gagalangin which I plan to make into series. Maybe you will be interested in reading about our common roots … hindi nga lang common ang timelines. hahah)

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  4. caryn says:

    hi kathy! durian chocolate! i cannot begin to imagine how that tasted! hahaha!

    those origami are really good! i can only do one; the crane thingie. does bankang papel count? hahaha!

  5. kathy says:

    Karmi: Aya’s growing up fast, no doubt about that! Makes me feel older, though, hahaha.

    annamanila: I love durian candies too, but I don’t think I’ve tried the ice cream yet. Love it or hate it…hmm, I think I’m somewhere in between. :)
    As I’ve commented in your posts, I love reading your Gagalangin series. Where’s the next one coming? Mukhang busy ka ata lately?

    Caryn: The rest of the durian chocs are still on the shelf, untouched, hahah.
    At least you know how to do the crane. I still need Aya to teach me how to do it step by step. Origami is obviously not my forte.

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