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A picture of rice with back-lighting morning sun. It doesn’t say much isn’t it? Well here's a couple of interesting facts about rice for your amusement:

1. More than 90 percent of the world's rice is grown and consumed in Asia, where people typically eat rice two or three times a daily. Rice is the staple diet of half the world's population.

2. Rice farming has been traced back to around 5,000BC. Meanwhile wheel was not invented until 4000BC. Those ancient farmer worked hard. Really hard.

3. It takes 5,000 liters of water to produce 1 kg of irrigated rice. That is enough to supply an average adult 7 years worth of drinking water, or in my case, 25 years. I don’t drink enough water.

4. The average Asian consumer eats 150 kg of rice annually compared to the average European who eats 5 kg. In Burma, a person consumes about 230 kg of rice a year. Now Burmese cat, do they eat rice?

5. In several Asian languages the words for 'food' and 'rice' are identical. The Korean term for meals is "bap 밥" which means rice. It is equivalent to the Japanese word "meshi めし" which also means rice. Both of which are also equivalent to the Chinese word "fan 飯" which also means rice.

6. In Indonesia we have a lot of name for rice based on how you processed it. Unmilled rice called ‘padi’. Milled rice called ‘beras’. Cooked/steamed rice called ‘nasi’. You cook and pack it tightly into a rolled-up banana leaf? ‘lontong’. Using coconut leaves instead? ‘ketupat’. Cook it for too long and it becomes ‘bubur’. Hence the saying “Nasi sudah jadi bubur”, basically means “Its too late”.

7. Japanese people believe it is important to not waste rice, so it you leave rice in your bowl it is considered to be rude. How they can pick the bowl clean using chopstick continue to amaze me.

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  1. HamimCHOWDHURY  [Re Joined 10 Sep 2014 ] 49 months ago | reply

    wonderful shot

    Thanks for your appreciation on my perception !!
    I was Away on a Photo walk
    so am late to be back, But I shall visit and back all your comment,
    Hope you have a wonderful week end

  2. ChernobylBob 49 months ago | reply

    Beautiful shot. Informative description too. Well done!

  3. nina's clicks 49 months ago | reply

    Beautiful colors and dof!

  4. ColourPixie 49 months ago | reply

    I have never seen a rice plant even though I have eaten it many times :) Thanks for sharing such interesting information! Very nice!

  5. Terry Cheng Photography 49 months ago | reply

    Love the bokeh and gorgeous colours. Beautiful!

  6. osvaldoeaf 49 months ago | reply

    Nice use of focus and light!

  7. Jeff Rose Photography 49 months ago | reply

    Beautiful composition and focus!!

  8. Photography by Ray Warren 49 months ago | reply

    nice DoF and tones, well done

  9. Fazer44 49 months ago | reply

    Lovely focusing.

  10. Zill Niazi 49 months ago | reply

    Please stop posting cat pictures. You are way better than that. And I missed hearing from you.

  11. Ayman Alnajem 48 months ago | reply

    Amazing focus , lovely tones

  12. miqel.girl 48 months ago | reply

    shot ! interesting

  13. y2-hiro 48 months ago | reply

    Beautiful DOF !!
    Thanks, mate !

  14. greyOne2009 [deleted] 48 months ago | reply

    Outstanding shot and DoF! Wonderful work - thanks for sharing

  15. krateboy 48 months ago | reply

    Well framed!!!

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