Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Japan Cherry Blossom Forecast 2012

According to the first forecasts, the cherry blossoms are expected to open according to their average schedule or slightly delayed in 2012. The blossoms are forecast to start opening across wide areas of Kyushu, Shikoku and Honshu in late March and reach full bloom in early April.


Below are the forecast dates of cherry trees opening their blossoms this year (according to the Japan Weather Association) and the estimated best viewing periods (estimated by japan-guide.com). Rain, wind and temperatures can have a strong effect on the process of the season, for example, they can delay or shorten it considerably. Therefore, use the forecasts on your own risk - especially at this early stage of the season.  As of February 1, 2012
                                                        

Happy Valentine's Day 2012

Click link below to see a nice video......

Monday, January 30, 2012

Monday, April 11, 2011

My Valentine - with Lyrics

Don't let me fall



http://www.youtube.com/user/MentalProdigy

You're My Angel by Loretta Chow (Gem of Life)


You're my Angel
Once upon a time Archangel in the sky Made a cover every night Once upon a time The angel loved me so It'a miracle In the snow, my heart won't be cold My Dear You are my angel Tell me what you know Something should be told My Dear You are my angel Tell me where you go I will prance behind your flow **repeat** Once upon a time My angel gave me life
Song sang by Miss HK 2007, 2nd runner up

Hello Kitty items from Bangkok









Buddha.........



.A Moment to Remember....sad movie


Synopsis

Kim Su-Jin, a 27 year old fashion designer, being spurned at the train station by her lover, a colleague who is also a married man. Depressed, she goes to a convenience store where she bumps into a tall handsome man with whom she has a slight misunderstanding. Following that, she returns home and receiving the forgiveness of her father, decides to start life afresh. One day while accompanying her father, who is the head of a construction site, in making his rounds, she coincidentally meets the man whom she earlier bumped into at the convenience store. He is Choi Chul-Soo, the construction site's foreman who is also aiming to become an architect. Chul-Soo may appear like a rough and dirty construction worker initially, but he does exude sheer masculinity in its most basic physical form and is pretty handy when it comes to carpentry or house repairs. Su-Jin instantly takes a liking to Chul-Soo and in what is a refreshing change, actively courts Chul-Soo. There are many sweet events that take place in the event of their courtship which eventually lead to their marriage. From here though, things quickly go downhill. Su-Jin soon finds that she has contracted AlzheimerÂ's disease and the rest of the movie depicts how she slowly and painfully loses bits of her memory until she totally cannot remember anything. Even more painful is seeing Chul-Soo agonise while watching the wife he loves dearly forget even who he is. The ending is bittersweet one but at least offers a glimpse of hope.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ac-xksV_7BU&feature=fvwrel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iig1KVUZXME&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkYqAfcE43M&feature=related

When I am with you.....


Click link below to see all his fantastic vids
http://www.youtube.com/user/ChineseLoveSong#g/u

The Myth MV "Endless Love" (English Subtitles)

Chinese Love Song

Nature's Balancing Act - Kyaikto-Golden Rock

The gold-covered granite boulder perched atop a stone pedestal known as Golden Rock,  is one of the most breathtaking sights in Burma.
The third most sacred place in Burma, after Schwedagon Pagoda and Mahamuni Pagoda, Golden Rock lies at the top of Mount Kyaiktiyo, in Mon State. It is completely covered with gold leaves layered by Buddhist devotees and is topped by a 5.5 meters-tall pagoda.
Legend has it Buddha, on one of his travels on Earth, gave a strand of his hair to a hermit, who with his dying breath asked his son Tissa to enshrine the lock in a boulder shaped like his head. The child later became King of Burma and fulfilled his father’s wish by placing the divine gift in a boulder on Mount Kyaiktiyo. Burmese Buddhists believe it’s the strand of hair that keeps Golden Rock in place, defying gravity.



The golden rock at Kyaiktiyo is one of the three most sacred sites in Burma. This boulder is said to balance on a single strand of Buddha's hair on the edge of a precipice

Sunday, April 10, 2011

5 Long Weekends in 2012

Singaporeans can look forward to five long weekends in 2012, after the Ministry of Manpower announced the dates for the 11 gazetted public holidays for next year.

This includes a four-day weekend, with Chinese New Year falling on January 23 and 24, which are a Monday and a Tuesday.

The other long weekends will be due to New Year's Day (January 1, Sunday), Good Friday (April 6, Friday), Hari Raya Puasa (August 19, Sunday), and Hari Raya Haji (October 26, Friday). For the holidays that fall on a Sunday, the following Monday will be a public holiday.

The complete list for the 2012 holidays are as follows:


New Year's Day1 January 2012Sunday*
Chinese New Year23 January 2012
24 January 2012
Monday
Tuesday
Good Friday6 April 2012Friday
Labour Day 1 May 2012Tuesday
Vesak Day5 May 2012Saturday
National Day9 August 2012Thursday
Hari Raya Puasa19 August 2012Sunday*
Hari Raya Haji26 October 2012Friday
Deepavali13 November 2012Tuesday
Christmas Day25 December 2012Tuesday

* The following Monday will be a public holiday


The date for Deepavali, November 13, needs to be checked against the Indian Almanac when it is available. The Ministry of Manpower will issue a statement should there be a change of date. Meanwhile, for this year, 


Deepavali will be celebrated on October 26, as previously announced.
Under the Employment Act, an employee who is required to work on a public holiday is entitled to an extra day's salary at the basic rate of pay, in addition to the gross rate of pay for that holiday. The employer and employee may mutually agree to substitute a public holiday for any other day.




Saturday, April 9, 2011

Flower Garden


http://www.youtube.com/user/hanazakurasakura#g/u

TOM YUM GOONG

What is Tom Yum Goong? The famous Thai action movie with Tony Jaa ... :p just joking .. ANYWAY ... Tom Yum Goong is one of Thailand's most famous soups. "Tom Yum" basically means mixed soup; "Goong" means prawn. I've chosen "Goong" because it tuly tastes the best .. BUT if you prefer chicken, fish or mixed sea food that's fine too.
"Tom Yum" has hot and sour flavours and have a touch of herbal ingredients. There are basically two kinds: the first one is called Tom Yum Num Sai, which is basically the soup with all the main ingredients in it; the second one is called Tom Yum Num Khon, which is prepared the same way BUT has two additional ingredients: Coconut Milk and Thai Chili Paste. The second one is the less popular one, so I'll just guide you through the first one.
Ingredients:
**Herbs:
- lemongrass stalks, cut into 1" pieces and smashed a bit (about 1/3 cup)
- 6 lime leaves (1 tablespoon), torn with center vein removed
- 2 tablespoons galangal sliced thin
- 1 tablespoon coriander roots
- 2 tablespoons shallots, whole with skin removed
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- 1 cup tomato , sliced into 6-8 pieces lengthwise
- 2 cups broth (pork OR chicken)
- 1/2 cup straw mushrooms, ends removed and halved
- 2 tablespoons thai chilies, smashed
- 4 or 5 medium-sized saltwater prawns, whole and uncleaned
- 1 1/4 teaspoon fish sauce
- 1 1/2 teaspoons roasted chili paste
- 1 tablespoon lime juice (or more to taste)
- 1 tablespoon coriander chopped
Directions:
1. Remove the outer layer of the lemongrass stalks and cut off the end. Cut into 1-2″ pieces and smash with the side of a heavy knife to release flavor.
2. Tear the center vein off the lime leaves.
3. Slice your galangal into thin slices.
4. Cut the tomato into 6 pieces lengthwise.
5. Peel the skin off the shallots and smash lightly.
6. Clean your coriander roots well.
7. Smash the fresh chilies with the back of a heavy knife, or in a mortar and pestle.
8. If using fresh Thai straw mushrooms, slice the bottoms off and cut in 1/2 lengthwise.
9. Clean the shrimp by peeling off the backs and snapping off the top part of the heads, but leave the fat on at the base of the head. Then, peel out the legs + intestine underneath, but leave the tails on.
10. Boil the broth on high until it comes to a rapid boil. Add the lime leaves, lemongrass, coriander root, galangal and tomato. Boil for 4-5 minutes until the broth tastes herbal. if you're using fresh ingredients, 4-5 minutes should be enough. In a separate pan, boil the mushrooms in plain water. Then, add a pinch of salt and the shrimp. Strain the cooked mushrooms and add them to the soup as well. Cook until shrimp turn pink, about a minute. Add the fish sauce and remove from heat. Add lime juice, chili paste, smashed fresh chilies.
11. Taste .. do you like it ? if not ... add what you think is missing and it's ready to serve!
ENJOY!

DIRECTIONS

  1. Prepare all the ingredients. Remove the outer layer of the lemongrass stalks and cut off the end. Cut into 1-2″ pieces and smash with the side of a heavy knife to release flavor. Tear the center vein off the lime leaves. Slice your galangal into thin slices. Cut the tomato into 6 pieces lengthwise. Peel the skin off the shallots and smash lightly. Clean your coriander roots well. Smash the fresh chilies with the back of a heavy knife, or in a mortar and pestle. If using fresh Thai straw mushrooms, slice the bottoms off and cut in 1/2 lengthwise. If making the version with milk: roast the dried chilies until fragrant and browned in a dry wok on medium heat (see note).
  2. Clean the shrimp by peeling off the backs and snapping off the top part of the heads, but leave the fat on at the base of the head (the reddish brown goop). This is very important, as that fat imparts a signature flavor into Tom Yum Goong. Don’t discard it. Then, peel out the legs + intestine underneath, but leave the tails on. Set aside.
  3. Boil the broth on high until it comes to a rapid boil. (see note about broth below). Add the lime leaves, lemongrass, coriander root, galangal, shallot(s) and tomato. Boil for 4-5 minutes until the broth tastes herbal. if you’re using fresh ingredients, 4-5 minutes should be enough. In a separate pan, boil the mushrooms in plain water.
  4. After you’ve boiled 4-5 minutes, add a pinch of salt and the shrimp. Strain the cooked mushrooms and add them to the soup as well. Cook until shrimp turn pink, about a minute.
  5. Add the fish sauce and remove from heat. You will now season the soup.
  6. Add lime juice, chili paste, smashed fresh chilies. Taste the soup. Is it sour? Is it salty? If no, add a bit more, 1/4 teaspoon at a time.
  7. If making the version with milk: Add the milk and dried chilies. If doing this step you’ll need to add a bit more lime juice and fish sauce as the milk tames it down a bit. Add about a teaspoon more of each.
  8. Add cilantro and serve. This soup is best served really hot!

Note:

This recipe is for the two most common Tom Yum Goong recipes. Both have chili paste (nam prik pao). The only difference is the addition of milk. Milk gives it a somewhat rounded flavor. It's not enough milk to make the soup creamy, just enough to make it less harsh. If you do add the milk, add the dried roasted chilies and a bit more fish sauce and lime juice as well.
A vegetarian Tom Yum recipe can be found here: Tom Yum Het, a clear version of tom yum made with mushrooms.
You can use freshwater prawns for this soup if you'd prefer.
This recipe makes a small soup, enough for 2 to eat with a meal. If cooking for a larger group you may want to double or triple this recipe.
Thais do not fish out the parts of this soup you don't eat before serving - they know to avoid munching on the lemongrass stalks, galangal, cilantro root and lime leaves. If serving this to guests who are unfamiliar with Thai food, you may want to let them know what to eat and what not to eat, or fish out the herbs before serving.
Pork or Chicken broth can be made by simply boiling pieces of pork or chicken in water. Leaving the meat on the bone is best. If you do cheat and use a flavor cube or pre-made broth, make sure it's simply meat broth and not flavored with vegetables as well.

http://thailandlandofsmiles.com/2009/10/06/ten-thai-dishes-die/

http://thenice18plus.blogspot.com/2011_02_01_archive.html
Tom Yum Goong is the most popular Thai delicacy, but you can also taste this culinary specialty in the neighboring country, Laos. Tom Yum Goong is a soup made from shrimps, chicken, fish or seafood and mushrooms. Among the ingredients are also included: coriander leaves, lime, red pepper, fish sauce and other spices. If you taste the modern version of this Thai dish you must know that it is cooked with coconut milk. How is served is … typical Thai – in traditional bowls.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Bangkok - April 2011

Hello Kitty bus in Bangkok, see it every day parked outside of my hotel in the parking lot

 Saw it on the road while shopping at MBK - Siam Square






 Hello Kitty items bought by a friend.....
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 Visited a lot of WAT, thai for Temple so don't ask me What?

Saw 8 Wat altogether, so took a lot of pictures of you know what
 Black Canyon Coffee chain all over BKK. The Tom yum Goong is the best here..


 Relax and have a cuppa coffee is nice too, after all that walking
Saw this at the road divider....
Famous 4 face Buddha at Erawan
At Wat Phra kaew, monks walking bare foot in midday sun of hot surfaces.
I took out my shoe and tried to stand bare foot and it hurts. It can cook an egg..

Bird Nest at Chinatown
Shark Fin
Ginko dessert
Yummy Thai Durian.....
Pak Khlong Talat (Flower Market)


30 baht only......