Mr. Betel Nut

It’s a well known traditional practice, a favorite past time and now has already made its mark in the modern era and with so many people enjoying it, the complications it brings when chewed doesn’t really matter to anyone, or does it? Especially to the natives of this lovely land of paradise. Yes, I’m talking about the quite popular and famous trio:

The Betel nut – the leader of the pack, has on outer greenish skin layer when its ready but turns yellow when hard, this is peeled off revealing the nut within which is the part that the people consume. By itself the nut is quite soft and bitter on taste and causes a lot of salivary secretions, but sometimes the harder nuts can be just chewed all on its own without the mustard or lime.

The Mustard – is a soft long thin fruit which has a outside greenish color with a light green interior and white tiny round seeds, and it grows from a creeping plant. Occasionally if there are no mustard fruit available than the stem of the plant will almost do the same job as the fruit itself when chewed. There is a variety to choose from and all quite sour but one or two are sourly pleasant and anyway it is this sourness that gives the added nice flavor, well that’s my opinion.

The Lime – this is probably the most vital of the three ingredients that combines and completes the mixture. The substance is derived from Sea shells or coral which is burned until quite powdery and then strained until all that remains is a fine, smooth white powdery finish. Nothing else is added, the substance is consumed just as it is, but in small quantities as too much does burns the inner mucous tissues of the mouth and consequently leads to diseases you don’t want to know

That’s what all the fuss is about in the Pacific countries especially in Papua New Guinea, in no particular order are these three ingredients chewed together and either of them cannot be left out. The result of these substances put together is a reddish mixture and a taste that is indescribable, but it is that wonderful effect that it gives to your mind and body that most people would probably highlight.

The feeling is amazing, as what a sedative drug would do to you. For a short period, you experience a feeling of comfort and well being with heightened excitement and an overall sense of pleasure and satisfaction of life which ends in ten minutes (can be longer) but starts again when you chew another one. Of course there is an added bonus of spitting the juices every now and then which I think gives the consumer a feeling of freedom (I think) and everything turns red everywhere you spit, not a pretty sight. Also the fact that it can sometimes give you bad upset stomach if swallowed in excess.

Well there you have it, a brief description on this mind blowing addictive habit that we have here. It does also have an impact on the social issues of our communities but that of course is another story, stay with me.

MALE MAN

The all so familiar mention of a broken heart by a female individual has been a common phrase I have been hearing in many activities and circumstances in this life. It has become all too common and at an alarming rate, possibly 8 out of 10 beautiful and smart women have had their hearts broken for reasons which are most commonly known to their male counterparts. Yet the man would say he never understood what happened, in most cases the poor woman would turn out to be the eventual looser and the man just adds on to it maybe knowingly or denies having any part in it.

The male species in my opinion are a confusing bunch of the human race and surprisingly making up a little above the 50% mark of the total human population on earth. You’re thinking what I am thinking right? Yep! Were equal with the females 50/50, so why can’t we just all pair up and live happily ever after. Instead, been the self proclaiming dominating species on earth over woman, they have become somewhat arrogant and greedy, stupid and disrespectful on the matters of the heart if I may say. In addition to that, they have been the more consistent in all the ups and downs of the human world overcoming any obstacles in their way with effectiveness and precision, never backing down. You would ask a common phrase that is debated quite often, where would we be if there was no man? Just an opinion, any suggestions?

A MOTHER SILENTLY STRUGGLES

A young mother from a remote village very weakly and slowly, walks painfully into the labor ward with blood all over her. The front hem of her dress held up to her waist with both her hands indicating she was carrying something outlining a lifeless body. Nothing compares the emotions I felt when I found out seconds later that it was the body of a newborn child without the head! Routine emergency medical procedures took place as usual and when we asked the mother where the child’s head was she quietly and sadly replies, “em stap insait” (in the PNG pidgin language meaning “its inside”). I am a professional health worker and I have seen my share of pain and suffering, but this was incomparable and unimaginable and it changed my life forever. The shocking details (which I am not going to say) of how this happened are indescribable let alone the strength and courage of this young mother. There is nothing more beautiful than the birth of a child and nothing sadder than the death of a new born child. Fortunately the young mother did survive barely after the emergency delivery of her baby’s head, but the unbelievable experience of this tragic incident changed my whole perspective on maternal health medically for the rest of my life. In reality, I never saw our female partners the same again after that. With every hardship that they go through in life, especially child birth, they will have my respect until the end of time.

LOVE YOU, WILL YOU?

Ladies, have you prepared yourself for the once in a life time question that would be thrown to you in this life time? of course not, you want to be surprised or rather pretend to be surprised because you already knew (I think in most cases..hehe!), but you would agree with me that your so called male counterparts are not very romantic these days. In fact they seem to have a way of popping the question without saying much…top of the list “WAY”?, getting you pregnant! now that’s a sure way of saying “I LOVE YOU, WILL YOU MRRY ME?” without much effort on your part, its a sealed and stamped deal! Steady girls…don’t even move an inch…

LIFE AS IT IS

Everywhere you go you will see someone in need of help for just about anything at all. It use to be about money but now it involves a whole lot of other things. I understand that life is cruel and it never would probably forgive anyone let alone be forgiven itself. You make a decision in life to accept something and than your stuck with it for the remainder of your human years unless a sudden drastic event happens and its in your interest to obey it, to give into it. That is regardless of what you might be or what you have become or what you want to be, its all for the good of the human race to just except what was meant to be and live with it and not live around it. Lives that are unfortunate would need consideration but that does not mean walking them through the whole distance, poverty here in my world is problematic and the term itself might not be a best description for the less fortunate here. People here are quite hard-headed and independent that they defy the effects of poverty and even sickness, life is meaningless to them in that circumstance but when provoked they will push on with no hesitation. I am happy to be in that category and I am not trading places with anyone.   

A SAFE STORY

What do you think could have happened to this man made necessity? I could only just imagine the pain and suffering that was gained from possessing this safe and the lives that were changed because of this incident both good and bad. What do we gain from such actions, is it for the good of our families and society or is it just the violent nature of men and the struggle for survival. I am no stranger to mankind and the hardships we endure and the story of this once used safe box is probably a good example, it not only portrays the downside of human nature but also the qualities we share. What could have been did not happen, but for this tough and strongly designed safe, it still stands proud.  

I DONT KNOW WHAT IM WRITING

SILLY TOPIC FOR A BLOG,Image DONT YOU THINK, WELL I THINK ITS A GOOD WAY TO GET ME STARTED ON WHAT TOPIC I COULD POSSIBLY WRITE ABOUT. BLOGGERS ARE PROBABLY THE MOST INTELLIGENT PEOPLE IN THE WORLD AS THEY ARE CAPABLE OF WRITING ABOUT ANYTHING IN THE WORLD AND CAN ACTUALLY CONVINCE SO CALLED INTELLIGENT OR WISE PEOPLE TO REALLY BELIEVE IN THEIR BLOGS. I MEAN THEY CAN SELL YOU A PIECE OF HAIR OUT OF SOMEONES HEAD JUST BY SAYING A COUPLE OF INTELLIGENT WORDS AND WALAH!! IT’S BELIEVED AND SOLD, THE PERSON WHO BUYS THE PRODUCT WON’T EVEN KNOW WHY HE EVEN BOUGHT THE USELESS THING UNTILL A MONTH LATER. BLOGGERS CAN TURN A SIMPLE ISSUE INTO A MAJOR EVENT ATTRACTING ALMOST ALL MAJOR BLOG COMPANYS OR MEDIA GURUS. WHAT ABOUT DISHONESTY, I THINK SOME BLOGGERS HAVE THAT, INFACT THATS PROBABLY WHAT GOT THEM STARTED OUT IN THE FIRST PLACE AND THAN MAYBE THEY BECAME GOOD BOYS AND GIRLS LATER ON. HONESTY MIGHT BE JUST THE LAST THING THEY THINK ABOUT BUT REALLY THE WORLD HAS COME TO A STAGE WHERE HONESTY HAS BECOME A LUXURY THEY CAN ABSOLUTELY AFFORD BUT CHOOSE TO AVOID ON CERTAIN TERMS AND CONDITIONS. LIFE, SOCIAL MATTERS, MEDIA, HUMAN MENTALITY, GOVERMENTS, SPIRITUAL WISDOM, SUPERNATURAL ISSUES, BUSINESS ETC. THE LIST GOES ON AND ON. I MEAN BLOGGERES WERE ACTUALLY ON TOP OF THE WORLD, NOTHING GOES PAST US, WE SEE EVERYTHING. WERE ACTUALLY MUCH MUCH BETTER THAN JOUNALISTS, AUTHORS ETC. WE CAN MAKE THE SUPERNATURAL BECOME REALITIES, WE EVEN HAVE ALIENS LIVING NEXT DOOR TO US BECAUSE THEY KNOW WE CAN MAKE THEM DISSAPPEAR IF THEY WERE FOUND OUT! I REKON WE MAKE THE BUSINESS WORLD ROCK UNINTENTIONALLY UNCONSCIOUSLY AND INDIRECTLY MAKING PEOPLE MILLIONAIRES WITOUT BEEN PAID ANYTHING, NOW THAT’S AN OUTRAGOUS CLAIM BUT ITS TRUE, YOU LOOKING FOR PROOF? WELCOME TO MY WORLD “THE INTERNET”. SOCIAL MATTERS? WE EAT THAT FOR BREAKFAST AND  DONT EVEN POOP IT OUT. GOVERNMENT? SHOW ME A POLITICIAN AND ILL SHOW YOU A DISEASE THE HUMAN RACE HAS EVER SEEN. HUMAN MENTALITY IS AN AWSOME THING, MAKING EVERY INDIVIDUAL AS UNIQUE AS THEY HAVE TO BE. I MEAN IF MENTALITY DID NOT EXIST, THAN HOW WOULD I BE WRITING THIS BLOG…RIGHT? KNOWLEDGE GIVES YOU POWER, THAN WHAT DOES WISDOM GIVE YOU? SUPERHUMAN POWERS? LIKE WHAT A GRAND MASTER ONCE SAID, WISDOM COMES FROM KNOWING NOTHING SO A WARNING, I MIGHT MAKE YOU BELIEVE THAT BUT YOU WOULDNT KNOW UNTILL I ACTUALLY KNOW WHAT I AM WRITING ABOUT. DOES THAT MAKE SENSE? HEHEHE! RELAX, IT’S JUST A BLOG AND IM NOT ALONE…JOIN ME AGAIN.

 WALS FIVE CRAZY STEPS TO WRITE A BLOG:

  1. BE RELAXED, CHEW SOMTHING, LISTEN TO MUSIC THAT RELAXES YOUR SOUL.
  2. LOOK AROUND YOU, WHATS THE FIRST THING YOU SEE? GO FOR IT.
  3. STUDY THE “WHATEVER YOU SAW” AND HOW DOES IT INSPIRE YOU, WHATS THE FIRST THING THAT COMES INTO YOUR MIND, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, THE RIGHT WORDS TO MAKE PEOPLE PAY ATTENTION AND CONTINUE TO READ NO MATTER HOW BORING IT IS.
  4. DONT THINK ABOUT WHAT YOUR WRITING, LET YOUR HEART DO THE THINKING AND YOUR HANDS THE TYPING, YOUR BRAIN SHOULD BE READING.
  5. FINALLY, DONT WRITE TOO LONG OR YOULL END UP GOING OUT OF TOPIC.

THIS WORKS FOR ME, YOU MIGHT HAVE A DIFFERENT STYLE EITHER WAY AT LEAST WERE MAKING SOME CONTRIBUTION TO OUR BLOGS.,,CATCH!