Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Durian parties revive kampung spirit

My Paper, Monday, August 12, 2013, Page A9, News
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Source Website: http://mypaper.sg/news/durian-parties-revive-kampung-spirit-20130812
By JACQUELINE WOO, tsjwoo@sph.com.sg, Published on Aug 12, 2013
MEET AND EAT: The Thomson Hills Neighbourhood Committee held a durian party attended by over 500 residents.
PHOTO: MEET AND EAT: The Thomson Hills Neighbourhood Committee held a durian party attended by over 500 residents.
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My Paper, Monday, August 12, 2013, Page A9, News



DURING durian season, employees at local book distributor Penguin Books Singapore look forward to satiating their appetites and having a good time together after work at durian parties.

"Many people love eating durians, some with great passion, so it's something a lot of us here have in common," said Ms Loi Zhi Wei, 36, senior manager of product and marketing.

She told My Paper that the company has already organised several durian parties, with a recent one held on July 29.



The durian party definitely got everyone together
PHOTO: The durian party definitely got everyone together
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"(The durian party) definitely got everyone together," added Ms Loi.

Many Singaporeans have also been using durians as the perfect excuse to gather as a community for a good time, from organising grassroots initiatives to private parties.

This is especially so of late, as the "best" durian season is believed to fall between June and August.



Durian season (Ubin)
PHOTO: Durian season (Ubin)
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Last Saturday, the Singapore Kindness Movement lent its support to this year's Operation: Durian Mobilisation, an annual durian-degustation event organised by food blogger Leslie Tay.

Dr William Wan, general secretary of the Singapore Kindness Movement, said he hoped to use the fruit as a binding factor to "create conversation" among people, even strangers.

The paid event, which took place at the Telok Ayer Community Centre and Hong Lim Park, offered a wide selection of durians - including Mao Shan Wang and D24 - to some 300 participants. Profits from the event will go towards organising a similar charity durian gathering for the Prison Fellowship Singapore, which supports prison inmates and their families.



Durian party helps revive the open, inclusive kampung spirit and reminiscent of the past kampung life.
PHOTO: Durian party helps revive the open, inclusive kampung spirit and reminiscent of the past kampung life.
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Dr Wan said he hoped that the durian event would help develop friendships among durian lovers and "revive the open, inclusive kampung spirit through this communal activity".

He explained that, these days, "the idea of community is getting fuzzy, because everyone is always in a hurry". He added that some people do not even know their neighbours.

Dr Tay, known for his ieatishootipost food blog, has been organising such durian-degustation events since 2008.



The durian culture in Singapore is unique, it's almost like a national pastime to indulge in to satisfy the cravings.
PHOTO: The durian culture in Singapore is unique, it's almost like a national pastime to indulge in to satisfy the cravings.
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"The durian culture in Singapore is unique, it's almost like a national pastime," he said.

For research associate Samantha Ong, 24, durian eating is a pastime that she and her close-knit group of friends indulge in to satisfy their "cravings".

On such occasions, they simply talk, laugh and have a good time, she said.



Residents can even get 'high' on durians sometimes. Grassroots committees, have been using durian parties to promote interaction among residents.
PHOTO: Residents can even get 'high' on durians sometimes. Grassroots committees, have been using durian parties to promote interaction among residents.
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"I think we can even get 'high' on durians sometimes," added Ms Ong.

Grassroots committees, too, have been using durian parties to promote interaction among residents.

For example, the Thomson Hills Neighbourhood Committee held a durian party on July 27, where over 500 residents turned up for the feast. When the event was first started in 2009, only 150 residents participated.



Queen of fruits is an important supplement to the King of fruits (Durian).
PHOTO: Queen of fruits is an important supplement to the King of fruits (Durian).
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Besides allowing residents to bond, the event also helped to raise awareness about estate issues such as dengue and crime prevention.

"When residents participate in (these durian parties), they feel more vested in the place they live in," said a neighbourhood-committee spokesman.
By JACQUELINE WOO, tsjwoo@sph.com.sg, Published on Aug 12, 2013


Mangosteen is eaten together with (excessive) durian, to overcome the heatiness.
PHOTO: When residents participate in (these durian parties), they feel more vested in the place they live in.
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Durian parties: 榴莲派对 liú lián pài duì
Season: 季节 jì jié
Pastime: 消遣 xiāo qiǎn
Interaction: 交流 jiāo liú




For some people, the durian is the king of all fruits. It smells delicious and tastes like no other, addictive. Aja uda heard that word make you drool .... For some others, the smell of durian from a distance of 5 meters was already made nauseous.
PHOTO: For some people, the durian is the king of all fruits. It smells delicious and tastes like no other, addictive. Aja uda heard that word make you drool .... For some others, the smell of durian from a distance of 5 meters was already made nauseous.
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Overview of Durian

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Durian (Durio zibethinus) is a fruit native to Southeast Asia, which is cultivated and grows wild in the forests of Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines. Durian is one of the largest fruit, which can weigh up to 1-4 kg with a diameter of 15-30 cm. Each fruit durian typically have 5 kompatemen. Golden yellow flesh, with seeds the size varies, depending on the species. Durian trees to bear fruit after 4-5 years old and can grow to a height of 50 meters. Durian is a seasonal fruit at harvest time is usually at the end of the dry season until the beginning of the rainy season, along with the other fruit crops such as mangosteen, mango and rambutan.



Durians! Kampung Teratai, off Segamat, Johor
PHOTO: Durians! Kampung Teratai, off Segamat, Johor
Posted by Ho Chiak on Monday, August 4, 2008
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Excessive durian eating it can give adverse implications for health, among others:
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1. The content of durian which is mainly to watch is the calorie. Every 100 grams of durian has about 120-180 calories calories. The durian fruit with meat weighing 500 grams contains 600-900 calories. If you eat four durian fruits, then your body will get a burst of instant energy for 2400 - 3600 calories, far exceeding the average daily requirement. Therefore, if you are overweight or obese, have high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes, eat with caution.

2. The content of sulfur (sulphur) on the durian is also known to inhibit the metabolism of alcohol. Eating durian with alcohol is very dangerous, could even lead to death. According to the study, durian extract inhibit the activity of aldehyde dehydrogenase, an enzyme that cleans toxic product fractions, up to 70 percent.

3. The content of alcohol in durian can cause fetal growth disorders. One result is that many found that low birth weight.

4. Acid Content arachidonat is a compound that is a precursor to the formation of prostaglandins trigger alias. Prostaglandin itself is a compound that can stimulate uterine contractions resulting in miscarriage (the first trimester) or premature birth (at under 36 weeks gestation).

5. Durian fruit can produce gas in the human stomach. So for those of you who have a history of stomach ulcers .. saranin, do not eat a lot because you can have ulcer relapse ...



Durians! Kampung Teratai, off Segamat, Johor
PHOTO: Durians! Kampung Teratai, off Segamat, Johor
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But do not be discouraged once .. as long as we eat durian in appropriate portions, not too much, just 100 grams of durian will give a good impact on health, such as:
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1. Durian fruit soft and easy to digest. Simple sugars such as fructose and sucrose and simple fat durian can recharge and revitalize your body quickly. Durian can be used as a food supplement for children who are underweight. Contrary to common understanding, fat durian contains no cholesterol.

2. Durian is rich in dietary fiber, which can aid digestion. Fiber content helps to protect the intestinal mucous membrane by decreasing exposure time and chemical binding causes colon cancer.

3. Durian is rich in vitamins. The vitamin C content has high antioxidant benefits. It also contains many B-complex vitamins, such as niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), pyridoxine (vitamin B6) and thiamin (vitamin B1). These vitamins are essential vitamins that are not produced by the body and are rarely found in other fruits.

4. Durian contains minerals such as manganese, iron copper, and magnesium. Manganese is used by the body as a cofactor for the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase. Copper and iron needed for red blood cell formation. Potassium is beneficial for controlling heart rate and blood pressure.

5. Durian contains the amino acid tryptophan ("natural sleep pills"), which relieve anxiety, depression, and insomnia, and create feelings of euphoria, with increasing levels of serotonin in the brain.

6. Durian can increase sexual desire (aphrodisiac), according to popular belief among the people of Asia.



Excessive durian eating it can give adverse implications for health. However as long as we eat durian in appropriate portions, not too much, just 100 grams of durian will give a good impact on health.
PHOTO: Excessive durian eating it can give adverse implications for health. However as long as we eat durian in appropriate portions, not too much, just 100 grams of durian will give a good impact on health.
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Ermm … and some lovey dovey shots … at the durian stall (!!!) …
 

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