Tapirs and Seed Dispersal

Posted on Mar 23 2012
Malayan Tapir How are seeds dispersed now that the large animals, elephants and rhinoceros, have been hunted from their ecological habitat? Who took their place? A Tapir? Rhinoceros were once plentiful throughout the Southeast Asian ecosystem. They consumed vast quantities of plants and seeds and moved from one area to another pooping the seeds out from one place to another. However, the demand for rhinos foolishly used as an aphrodisiac in Chinese “medicine” has decimated the population to...

Old Recipe Revived, Cottage Industry Born in Malaysia

Posted on Nov 04 2010
Cake Lapis, A Kuching Institution A popular desert, cake lapis, has become required eating and a “must bring back” for the visitors who come here to Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo. Returning flights carry an extra ton of the local delicacy for their returning passengers. Translated into English it means layer cake, but is much different from the deserts known to the west. The layers are only about half a centimeter thick creating a striped mosaic as one gazes from the side. Today, there are many different...

Kuching, Malaysia Dining Out

Posted on Oct 28 2010
Here in Kuching, I can walk to a restaurant for dinner, sit down and have a nice meal. I can even stroll to a fast food western restaurant. But, I always take a boat across the river to a selection of stalls with delicious local foods. I greet the thin, wiry captain with the Islamic greeting, “Peace be with you”. Stepping down, I usually always slip, but being a regular, the captain has a hand ready in case I tumble into the water. The sampan rocks crazily back and forth as people come aboard....