Friday, July 29, 2011

Sunday Stills, the next challenge: ethnic food

That round pizza like dish: OTAK Traditionally it is wrapped in banana leave like an envelope and BBQ.

This restaurant lined the bottom with banana leaf and steamed.

It is made of minced fish paste with shrimps and spices and coconut milk. The spice is not chilli hot.

Sunday Stills, the next challenge: ethnic food

A trip to Malaysia: My daughters' favourite seafood eatery.

Jama, go to Kluang, and they call Kluang Baru. Hordes of Singaporeans go there. Only seefood, sweet potato leaves. Very popular.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

FSO: Paint your town pink

I was lucky, an invitation by my friend in Singapore to a sushi restaurant bagged all the pinkies I need for this challenge. If you feel squirmish about eating raw fish, try eating the sashimi with pickled ginger, wasabi and soy sauce.

Attractive lime green slippers, but there were no takers. People were like me, I don't like to wear other people's footwear.

An attractive banner at the Nanyang Technological branch of this Sakae Sushi Restaurant in Singapore.

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An unusual shaped bowl of Miso soup.

Plates of sushi are color coded and go round and round on the sushi train. You can choose to have suishi specially made for you.

Pink pickle ginger to take the fishiness taste away.

Member Voice - Pink in your Town
Our challenge for July 29th is Pink in your town. Right away I bet most are thinking of all the pink flowers to show us. FMTSO challenges you to NOT show any flowers. (unless on dish ware, towels, etc.) Really get out there and hunt for the pink in your town or the pink around your home.

Monday, July 25, 2011

My world Tuesday/Outdoor Wednesday

A street vendor in West Malaysia. Islam is Malaysia is quite moderate.The women wear baju kurong, often colourful and has floral patterns and has a hijau that covers the head, but not the face like a burqa, aka burka,

Recently, 2 Auckland bus drivers got into trouble when they refused two burka ladies from boarding the bus. They said they had a phobia about people who are dressed covered-up.
Addition: Thanks Jama.
Blogger Jama said...

Not hijau but hijab, hijau is green! :p
Women wearing burqa is a rare sight here, most used the hijab or headscarf. Colourful , with beads, many different style of wearing too.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

save the world:save your teeth

My Chinese Grandpa lived to his 80s, he never went to the dentist and went to meet his maker with all his teeth.

I was hoping I would inherit his genes, At 56, I have all my pearlies and not a cavity. I do go to the dentist, but not enough according to them. My latest dentist who is also a dental surgeon says I have gum disease and my teeth is full of tartar. If I don't take drastic action, I will lose all my teeth and a periodontist will charge me $4000.

I was shocked and persuaded to have two painful appointments to my teeth and to my wallet, I think I have saved myself from being a toothless gum old woman or having dentures that didn't fit.

I used to have stress dreams that my tooth will come out from my gums without bleeding or pain, and I end up having a handful of white pearls. Some one interpreted that I value my teeth so much that I worry about the teeth dropping out.

Armed with a whole lot of stuff to keep my teeth, I have a regime. The interdental brush is a newer version of a little brush I was introduced to decades ago.

I am now brushing my teeth 3 times a day, and using the interdental brush because I find it hard to use the dental floss tape to the back teeth.

I wonder why my grandpa kept all his teeth? He didn't have much sugar in his diet. He drank a weak Chinese tea all day long, and yes, he chewed betal nuts all day long. No, he didn't use the ash that the Taiwanese use which doctors say will cause cancer.

There are several studies that regular tea consumption may reduce the incidence and severity of tooth decay. My grandpa knew all along.

Save your teeth, brush and floss, you can floss with the floss string (narrow string), tape or buy an interdental brush. Save your money too.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Sunday Stills: Farm animals, not the usual kind.

Sunday Stills, the next challenge: Farm animals, not the usual kind.

Old farmer Ed wants to start a farm,
But he wants only the unusual animals.
So he sent messengers all over the world to scour for these animals.

Here reporting from New Zealand, a farming country, I scoured the whole country, and found these 3 animals:
1: a silky feather Poland hen, which is highly desirable by the Chinese.
2: Ostrich which is the rave in the healthy eating gourmet lot.
3: Finally for greenies, no need for gas. Hee Haw!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

FSO: Fresh

These fruits and the tree with fruits on the trunk are common in South East Asia, but I think would be quite unusual to the rest of the world.My take for this week's fresh : meaning new to one's experience; not encountered before.

star fruit, usually a lime green colour when ripe.

Dragon fruit

The infamous ultra smelly durian

Stem fig tree

tiny banana, papayas and mangoesteen

This Friday our theme is Fresh.

Meaning new to one's experience; not encountered before. Recently made, produced, or harvested; Free from impurity or pollution; pure. Many choices here for fresh.

Here is the definition of fresh from the online dictionary.

fresh (frsh)
adj. fresh·er, fresh·est
1. New to one's experience; not encountered before.
2. Novel; different: a fresh slant on the problem. See Synonyms at new.
3. Recently made, produced, or harvested; not stale or spoiled: fresh bread.
4. Not preserved, as by canning, smoking, or freezing: fresh vegetables.
5. Not saline or salty: fresh water.
6. Not yet used or soiled; clean: a fresh sheet of paper.
7. Free from impurity or pollution; pure: fresh air.
8. Additional; new: fresh evidence.
9. Bright and clear; not dull or faded: a fresh memory.
10. Having the glowing, unspoiled appearance of youth: a fresh complexion.
11. Untried; inexperienced: fresh recruits.
12. Having just arrived; straight: fashions fresh from Paris.
13. Revived or reinvigorated; refreshed: I was fresh as a daisy after the nap.
14. Fairly strong; brisk: a fresh wind.
15. Informal Bold and saucy; impudent.
16. Having recently calved and therefore with milk. Used of a cow.
17. Slang Excellent; first-rate.

MY world Tuesday/outdoor wednesday: Icecream vender

In the Singapore zoo, to cool you down this old fashion ice cream vendor does a roaring business. He even dress in Khaki and a rustic hat.


Monday, July 18, 2011

save our world: Grow your own organic veges
These lovely vegetables are grown by the children of Pt Chevalier school. They have their worm farms fed with fruit scraps and peels. They also make their own compost.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Sunday Stills: People

Zaga is from Yugoslavia. She babysits our students' young children during ESOL class.

This is a new photo I took on Wednesday. John worked in retail until he retired. Now he keeps my Church Mt Albert Baptist Church's premises and grounds clean.

ESOL teachers, both retired missionaries, Pat to Congo Africa, and Kath to Papua New Guinea.

Jill does all the dishes after our morning tea with Connie.

Here's Jill in the blue rain coat and Connie, our administrator and does the reception in the blue jacket.
The man with the knitted cap and orange parka is a real gentleman. He gave up his table so the 18 of us could all be seated together.

I admire Betty who comes to help in the beginners class. What a commitment.

The man in green, Willy, is a lead steward of the Argentina National Airline. He was seated near us and we started a conversation. The train had to stop for a long time because of some faults. It was a delight talking to him. So if you fly Argentinian airlines, please say Hi for us.

Kath went to Papua New Guinea as a nurse and teacher. Now retired, she volunteers as a teacher.

Sunday Stills, the next challenge: People

Hi Ed, I post people of a different kind. They are not the type that enter beauty pageants or walk cat walks.
They are the people who give up a Wednesday to help run the ESOL school in Mt Albert Baptist Church. We went on a train ride and lunch to Onehunga.
But there were two "ugly" girls, they remained seated and not give up their seats to elderly people waiting in the rain whilst waiting for the train. I felt so strongly about this that I did a post on my other site. Do go over and read what other readers say.

I couldn't show you all 18 ladies and gentlemen in the group, because I didn't think of doing this post when we were there.