Saturday, August 19, 2017

Boating for fun


Boating  is a recreational sport  You can  boat alone, but the greater satisfaction is in boating for fun with others. Bonding with family and friends, and developing teamwork that makes your boat go better. Working together to leave the dock, racing, cruising, anchoring, and returning to harbor can expand your life and relationships. Sailing, perhaps, offers the greatest opportunity for team building, but so does two man canoeing, even pedal boating. There is so much to learn about boating. Boating for fun is a great sport. Boating books are available for those interested
 Sailing is a perfect activity to share with family and friends. It brings more happiness into your life. Sailing can be relaxing, adventurous and thrilling. No matter what you create out of it. Sailing boats are forever fun; it is a perfect activity to share with family and friends of all ages.
Boating is a leisurely activity of travelling by boat, or recreational use of boat. It is a preferred activity and there are many boaters worldwide.
Boating for fun
No matter what quantity stress you got at work, at home, or at school, when you take your boat you leave stress behind. Remember to take your boat shoes and life jackets. Boating is all consuming your attention. You are aware of each minute what is happening right now and what is ahead.
Boating is an exercise. Every muscle in your body works on a boat even once you are sitting at Anchor your body is functioning because the boat rocks and rolls. You are getting a plenty of fresh air and Vitamin D and sunshine.
Boat trader
A Boat trader  can help you  charter or rent by the hour, the day, or the month. There are family cruise packages at nominal price. Group cruise packages are also accessible.You can boat alone, but bigger satisfaction is seafaring with family and friends and enter  cruising  world.
 Sailing made easy 
You get both physical and mental work out on water. Finally sailing will bring additional happiness into your life. Sailing fun is priceless, even when it is in your mind.
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Posted by: Donald Jayasundera, (Registered pharmacist. Licenced Insurance consultant)

Wednesday, August 2, 2017


Whale watching Sri Lanka

Whale and Dolphin watching 

 Whale watching in Sri Lanka  has always been a very exciting activity.  The sights  that you get when you witness these beautiful and mammoth creatures is always thrilling. Dondra Point of down south in Sri Lanka is the main port of Whale Watching in Sri Lanka during December to April. Out of these months December, January and April are the peak months of sightings.

During these months there is 90% chances of spotting Sperm Whales and great chances of spotting Blue Whales.   Their migration path is just off Dondra Point in the Indian ocean. You are able to arrange Whale Watching Trips off Dondra Point in a fully insured trawler boat. It will last for 3 hours. Also there are good chances of spotting Spinner Dolphins also off Dondra. Ample of accommodation options are available.  Dondra point can be reach easily from Hikkaduwa, Galle, Unawatuna, Weligama, Mirissa and Tangalle which are popular beach locations in Sri Lanka. Mirissa is the closest point to Dondra Point with good accommodation options.


The ever smiling, mischievous dolphins will put on a show while some of the oldest and the largest sea creatures, the humpback and the blue whales, will nonchalantly  glide past you.  When you embark on a whale  watching excursion off the Southern, Eastern or the West coast of Sri Lanka. The ideal locations for whale watching would be Dondra Point (accessible from Galle, Hikkaduwa and Mirissa) and Trincomalee while the sea off Kalpitiya teems with an abundance of dolphins.


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Kalpitiya which is situated in the north western part of Sri Lanka, is  one of the best spots for dolphin watching in Sri Lanka. You can witness massive pods of dolphins, even thousands at once, in their natural habitat. Kalpitiya is the best  for its beaches and boat rides, If you are there in November- December it is the right time to go out and see and see the Dolphins. Watching the delightful dolphins swimming alongside and diving under your boat, riding waves in perfect synchronization and twirling and leaping out of the water in a joyous display, is a magnificent experience and one that will be cherished for years to come.
The seas off Kalpitiya Peninsula became famous relatively recently – in 2005 – when large pods of Spinner dolphins were spotted. These dolphins were mainly found in an area that ran north-south parallel to the Kalpitiya peninsula, in-shore off the reef, which is commonly known as the ‘Dolphin Line’. Since then, Kalpitiya has become one of the top destinations for dolphin watching in Sri Lanka.

Dolphin watching in Kalpitiya and Mirissa 

Dolphin watching

Sri Lanka Coast Guards assures a safer season of whale watching at Mirissa This  is in the southern part of Sri  Lanka. With the whale watching season in Mirissa being in full swing and many local and foreign tourists gathering to the Mirissa harbor.
To ensure that the Regulations are adhered to by boat operators and tourists engaged in whale watching, the members of the Rohana Coast Guard base had been observing whale and dolphin watching activities.  The coast guards also make sure that the boat operators; crew and the tourists abide the safety precautions and regulations. Before and during their tour of observation.
The ‘Princess of Lanka’ is the largest vessel used for whale watching in Sri Lanka. It is operated by the navy from their base in Galle on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, departing at 7am. Foreigners are charged US$100 for a trip, which last 4 to 5 hours. Children aged 6 and older are charged US$50.

Travel in Navy Boats

As you would expect, you are in safe hands when you travel in Navy boats.  There is a bar on board the navy boat, and they provide a light breakfast. Whenever there were sightings of whales, there was a huge surge of tourists to that particular side of the boat. If you were not lucky enough to have been there already, you struggled to get a good view. You get a good view of Galle and the lighthouse as you enter and leave the naval base.

I would recommend this trip for tourists who are keen to see whales.. However, I think there are better tours for those who want some commentary and a more comprehensive whale watching experience.

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Posted by Donald Jayasundera Iregistered pharmacist and licenced Insurance Consultant)

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Growing Vegetables

I have been growing vegetables at home since I was a child, and have gained a lot of knowledge and experience. Growing your own vegetables is a fun and healthy way to get some of your food. Food grown in a home garden is fresher and tastes better than what is sold at the supermarket.
In everyday usage, a vegetable is any part of a plant that is consumed by humans as food as part of a meal. The term vegetable is somewhat arbitrary, and largely defined through culinary and cultural tradition, and you can choose to grow with organic fertilizers and also avoid the use of pesticide. The vegetables taste very much better that way. It is a great pleasure and satisfaction to see your vegetables grow day by day to become full plants bearing fruit. With an extra effort you can you can make a living growing vegetables.

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Rambutan Fruit


Not many  people from the Western part of the world are familiar with the rambutan  fruit, mostly because it is native to Malay countries, such as Malaysia and Indonesia . Rambutan (botanical name-Nephelium lappaceum) is a fruit considered exotic to people outside of its native range. It is such a wonderful delicious and nutritious fruit.
Rambutans is a tasty fruit and it is popular in many countries. Even though it  is a foreign fruit to Sri Lanka, it has become an exclusive fruit since the days the seeds were planted in Sri Lanka. In the olden days the Portuguese had a Fortress in the area known as Malwana along Colombo Kandy road and they found the soil in the Kelani Valley ideal for the plant to thrive.
This plant has been cultivated in different parts of the globe as well. Rambutan  trees have been planted in specific parts of Australia and Central America. The  season actually occurs twice a year: from June to August and December to January.

Rambutan taste

If you take one bite into a ripe rambutan you will be hooked for life. The taste is irresistible and delicious with a sweet and sour flavor and you will want eat more and more.  This  fruit is rich in Vitamin and minerals such as Vit C, Vit A, fat, calcium, Iron, Protein, Nitrogen, Sodium, Zinc, Thiamin, Riboflavin etc. Eating five fruits a day decreases the chance of getting illnesses such as cancer. It is also useful in preventing diarrhea and dysentery and effective in lowering blood pressure. It quenches the thirst for travelers. But unfortunately this fruit is available only during the season from July to October
Rambutan’s  uses don’t necessarily focus on the fruit alone, as the different parts of the tree can be used in lots of ways. Here are some examples:
The  leaves can be used for basic hair care. Mash the leaves into a paste, add water and squeeze the extract. Apply the extract to your hair and scalp. This will help improve your hair health. The seeds can also be used to help patients with Diabetes . Take the seeds, chop them into small pieces and allowed to dry for a few days. Grind the seeds into a fine powder. Mix it with hot water and drink. This will help you maintain your blood sugar at healthy levels.


Rambutan can be eaten by opening the part of the thick skin and the succulent kernel can be eaten and the seed thrown out. From pavements to supermarkets one cannot avoid the lovely site of rambutans displayed beautifully on stands during the season. They come in different colors and sizes. There is the “Malasian yellow” is sweet but the “Malawana Special”variety. But the demand is low for the yellow because the “Malwana Special” has bright red skin which is more attractive. Though rambuttan is grown in various parts of the island, Malwana area is famous for Rambuttan.

Health Benefits of Rambutan

health benefits of Rambutan
health benefits of Rambutan

The rambutan  fruit is full  of vitamins and minerals, all encased in a sweet and juicy little package. Despite its small size, it actually packs a considerable amount of Vitamin  C, which is important for helping keep your immune system healthy and flushing out toxins.
It is also a good source of copper. Even though the body needs only a limited amount of it in the system, copper works together with iron in keeping your blood vessels, immune system, bones and the production of red blood cells at peak condition.  It  is also a good source of iron, which is why ingesting this fruit is especially useful for the maintenance and the production of red blood cells. Is rambutan  good for you?” you’ll know that your answer is yes. Other rambutan fruit benefits include:
  • High Fiber Content.The high fiber content  aids the digestive system in food metabolism, preventing constipation. It is also low in calories, which helps promote weight loss .
  • Antiseptic Qualities. Rambutan  is famous for its antiseptic properties that help the body fight off infections. The fruit also contains high amounts of    antioxidants  ,
  • Kills Intestinal Parasites. According to traditional Chinese medicine,  rambutan  can help expel parasites in the gut because of its anti fungal  properties.
  • Contains Phosphorus.  It  is a good source of phosphorus, which helps in bone formation and the maintenance of your bones and teeth.
Contains Gallic Acid. The rambutan  rind contains a high amount of Gallic acid, which functions as a free radical scavenger. This compound helps prevent cancer and oxidative damage

Opened Rambutan fruit
Opened Rambutan fruit

Rambutan tree grows to a height of 10 to 20 feet and the fruits are borne in clusters. Each cluster has had about 20 to 30 fruits. Almost everyone in the Malwana area owns one or two  trees but a few planters grow Rambuttan on a commercial scale. Some owners of Rambutan, lease crop during the season to other merchants as it is rather difficult to safeguard the harvest from the enemies like bats, squirrels and birds. When sun goes down hundreds of bats appear and cause great damage, if not chased away.
During the day squirrels monkeys and birds come to feed on the Rambutan. It is full time job the guard the fruit from these enemies. In the night the owners of the trees switch on lights placed on the branches to keep away the bats As the season begins the fruits are expensive and fetch prices between Rs 5 and – Rs 10, but as more fruits come to the market the price comes down gradually. Neatly arranged Rambutan by the roadside makes a lovely sight and tempts the passersby to stop part with a few hundred rupees to get intoxicated with the delicious taste.
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Sunday, April 30, 2017


Sri Lanka’s gem industry has a long and colorful history.  Sri Lanka which was formerly known as Ceylon was called Rathna Deepa which means Gem Island in native Sinhala language. Marco Polo the famous ancient Italian merchant traveler who lived from.1254 to 1324 wrote that island had the best gems of Sri Lanka. Sapphires, topazes, amethysts, and other gems of the world was found here.

Sri Lanka geologically speaking is an old country which has a recorded history of over 2500 years. In Sri Lanka, gems form in sedimentary residual gem deposits. The residual deposits are mainly found in flood plains of rivers and streams.

Some of the rarest precious stones in the world are found in abundance in the reach earth under our feet and the hills above us. Among the several world famous gems of Sri Lanka is the blue sapphire Weighing 466 carats. The largest known sapphire in the world weighing in at 19kg was also discovered here. Other famous gems include the Blue giant of the Orient, Weighing nearly 500 carats and the bluebell of Asia, which weighs in at 400 carats

Blue Sapphires
The blue sapphires from Sri Lanka are known as Ceylon Sapphire. Ceylon Sapphires are said to be unique in color, clarity and luster compared to blue sapphires from other countries. Throughout history Sri Lanka was known as a land of gems. King Solomon of the old ages was said to have procured a great ruby for the Queen Sheba, from Ceylon. The Blue Sapphire is the king of Gems. 400 carat Blue Sapphire called “Blue Belle” which adorns the British Crown, is from Sri Lanka. The beautiful star sapphire   misnamed the “Star of India” is displayed at the New York’s museum of Natural History.
Besides rubies and sapphires, Sri Lanka also bears cat’s eyes, alexandrite, aquamarines, tourmalines, topaz, garnets, amethysts and variety of other stones.

Sri Lanka was known as the pearl of the Indian Ocean lives up to its nickname as a hotbed for a variety of gems. Sri Lanka is home to 40 varieties of Gems out of 85 varieties available in the whole world.
The gem and jewelry industry has been an important part of Sri Lanka’s economy for well over two centuries and remains so even today, and is likely to remain so into the foreseeable future. The majority of economic activity in the industry falls within 3 main sectors, mining, manufacturing and trading. There are four main trading oriented activities which are gem dealing (wholesale), importing, exporting and retailing.

Gem Mining
The process of mining for gems is begun at an auspicious time with a short religious ritual. The most common methods of mining are in pits and by tunneling. Surface gemming and dredging depends on the location and the type of deposits stones are normally found in a layer of coarse pebbly material, which contains traces of clay and fine sand. This gravel containing gems is referred to as “illam”. Mining on the island of Sri Lanka goes back at least 2000 years.
                                  Sri Lanka Gem Fields

 The main gem bearing area of Sri Lanka which has been known for centuries comprises a serious of parallel hill ranges separated by longitudinal valleys and situated in the Sabaragamuwa province. To date, the main gemming fields in the Island are confined to this area which covers nearly 1500 sq. km. The neighbourhood Avissawella, Ratnapura, Rakwana and Balangoda has undoubtedly supported the most actively worked gem pits in the Island for a number of decades.

The State Gem Corporation
The State Gem Corporation plays a vital role in the development of the gem industry of the island. It annually holds courses in gem identification and lapidary training.

Among the basic operations of the corporations are the testing of gems for genuineness, Certification and assaying of jewelry to determine the gold content or cartage of the items. The spectrum of activity of this institution ranges from the mining stage, through cutting and polishing to selling the finished product, which of course includes exports.

It is situated in Colombo; the exchange provides all facilities related to the gem industry, under one roof. It is the 21st Exchange of its kind in the world and houses stalls for retail and wholesale business customs office, and a museum.

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