Saturday, March 04, 2006


Please bookmarked the new link! Cheers!

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Quiz: Slowly moving over to new castle (updated)

Oh, I'm by now you should have known I'm moving over new slurp!. I do like blogger, however, Wordpress based blogging provides some of more useful features I that needed badly. So here I am,, relocating to my new castle. :D

My plan will to leave the posts here as it is while I continue blogging from my new castle. So probably this will be the last quiz here.

Now can anybody guess what is funny "castle looking" house really is?
And from which country was this photo taken?

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Toilet / WC / Restroom :)


Korea, Suwon City (About 30km away from Seoul). I guess the design is inspired by their UNESCO World Heritage site, Hwaseong Fortress. One of attraction in Happy Suwon City. The fortress was restored from 1975-79.

This enormous fortress was around 1796 by King Chongjo with the intended to move the capital here from Seoul. The fortress, surrounding the city with circumference of 5,744km, was completed but the move never took place due to the King's death.

Besides the interesting historical structures, this beautiful fortress offers excellent paramonic views of City of Suwon as part of fortress was built on Mt. Paldalsan. I entered the fortress at this point and hence have to face the steep climb up. :P

More Info about Suwon or Hwaseong Fortress can be found below:
City of Suwon

Some of my shots, hope you enjoyed them!

Have Fun! Cheers!

Monday, February 27, 2006

Ramblings: Something brewing .......

... somewhere
... in another Blogophere
... Here!

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Travel: Time After Time @ NZ, Hamilton & Tairua

Here are some "early" morning photos at Hamilton & Tairua (Coromandel Peninsular)
NZ Hamilton @ about 7am NZT

NZ, Tairua @ about 7am NZT

NZ, Tairua @ about 9am NZT
And about what we are doing waddling the waters during low tide, I shall leave this to another post. Well, actually not that low, water level is right up to our neck at the deepest part. :)

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Travel: What time is that? @ NZ, Paihia (Answer & Update)

Now a little quiz just for fun ... What time do you think this photo was taken? Taken at NZ, Paihia in Dec 2005. Cheers!

Answer: 9pm NZT

Can you imagine this is 6:30pm NZT??!!!

And this one is 8:39pm NZT :)
Actually it works to our advantage. More daylights means we have more time to go around. When we drove back at 6pm, it still looks like sunny afternoon! :)

Monday, February 20, 2006

Food: Bun Bo Hue @ VN, HCMC

Time for another delicious Vietnamese dish. HCMC is full of surprises (just like me?), you never know what you will find along some back alley until you try. So does this path along Le Thanh Ton looks like it going to lead you to some great food? No? You'll regret if you didn't try!

So what do you get when you have ...
Bun (Coarse Rice vermicelli)

Bo (Beef)

And a Warm & Friendly woman from Hue

A delicious Spicy beef noodle from Hue.

There are loads of ingredients added to make this delicious & flavourful stock. Pineapples, beef, bones, lemon grass, spring onions & probably some other vietnamese herbs. She particularly meticulous in removing suds, constantly lookout & replenishing with more herbs & stock when needed.
psst ... ok, actually she added some fresh ingredients for my photo taking here, awww ... isn't that sweet! :)

As usual, they are served with a plate of fresh herbs made of banana spayte (flower bud, I think), coriander, bean sprouts etc artfully presented!

All these efforts produce a light sweet-sour tasting beef broth with a nice tangy touch from Pineapple. Surprising, from the amount of red liquid she added, presummingly its chilli, it only mildy spicy. The cooked rice vermicelli are soft but never soggy. Cooked & raw beef were nicely done & more herbs gives the final aromatic touches. It's such a nice change from the usual Pho Bo and certainly have wish that I found this dish earlier!

Now, one non-food surprises is that you find these fans operating without the usual protective grille cage. I'm not too sure why, perhaps it's easier to clean. This one is just right above me. While it certainly not touching my head even when standing (as long as I don't make any wild jumping action), I'm worry those taller folks may have to take extra precaution of this potential danger. :)

Photo: NZ2005_Botanical_Series 2 (The Dahlias)

The Dahlias are very popular gardening plants producing spectacular flowering with vivid colors during summer. Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Food: Sweetest Valentine @ NZ

Happy belated Valentine Day! Traditioanlly for Japan & Korea, this will be the day when Girls buys gift for their sweetheart while guys will return a bigger gift on white day (i.e 14 March). On the other hand, the west have their version of St Valentine day. Whatever, Valentine Day should be sweet, perhaps as sweet as the Pavlova.

Crispy crust while moist & fluffy inside, Pavlova is meringue dessert named after the ballet dancer, Anna Pavlova. While there is a controversy surrounding the origin of recipe. I shall leave that to Aussie & Kiwis to sort out for themselves.

I have my first taste in NZ 2005, Paihia. It's very commonly found in NZ supermarket and available in various fruity flavors.

Pavlova is made by beating egg whites, salt till stiff before folding in caster sugar, vanilla, vinegar.

A slow baking process create a crisp crunchy shell while keeping the insides soft & moist. I have to say this is very sweet dessert, the crispy crust breaks into many small pieces when moment you sink your teeth into it, while the moist & fluffy insides simply soften & melts on your tongue.

To sweeten the deal even more, add NZ honey wine. There, the sweetest dessert, Valentine or not, I have ever tasted.

Of course, our kind kiwi host, Jenny, showed us the traditional NZ way of serving in Christmas, whipped cream with lots of freshly sliced fruits toppings. Beautiful & sinful way to end any meal!!!