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Rafflesia Kerrii

During a visit to Khao Sok Lake in 2007 while onboard a long-tail boat, somebody mentioned the flower Rafflesia or "bua-pòot" ( บัวผุด ) in Thai. Quickly came to my mind Attenborough's BBC series and his passionate narratives. At that time, this was the only reference I had about this flower, and I am grateful that it was through these series of nature I came to know about it because Attenborough’s enthusiasm can indeed, be very contagious.

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Leaf wrapIn May 2008, after a long walk in the jungle, we decided, Jun, Tid, and myself to prepare and cook rice made in bamboo, and in a method that was commonly used for centuries, before being forced out, giving way to common and modern methods used today.

I was quite excited to try this out, as I couldn’t really picture the scene without a saucepan, or another similar device, and I didn't want to ask too many questions - as this would have ruined the surprise.

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Meed NoreChances are, if you have ventured into the countryside in Southern Thailand, that you already have seen farmers carying a hooked blade attached to a 40-60 cm wood handle. Often seen on the back of their motorcycles. The name of this tool in Southern Thailand is Meed-Nore ( มีดงอ - mêet ngor) and in the rest of the country is known as Meed-Pra ( มีดพร้า - mêet práa ). At least here in the south, is the most common cutting tool. It also comes in various sizes and slightly different shapes.