Sunday, March 26, 2017

27th Annual POW WOW


Steve 在電視上看到有一個免費參觀美國原住民/印地安人的項目:27th Annual POW WOW 
Saturday, March 25, 2017


地點在 Washington University 舉行。


原來印地安人也有很多族群。


 這杖似乎是'幫主'的象徵。


不過,還有另一支較小的,總之應有其意。


看到他們手上的羽毛扇,讓我想起小時候,那時我家也有一支類似的大羽毛扇。
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們分佈在各州。


各族的服飾各有特色。


主要的樂器是鼓,是一群6-10人一起擊鼓。

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他們有分組,幼、少、青、黄金年齡跳舞比賽。各族有他們不同的舞步。


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

胡蘿蔔糕粥

 

胡蘿蔔糕粥?你有聽過或吃過嗎?
來來來,教你煑。


首先就是自己在網上找了做蘿蔔糕的食譜,我是用有機紫色胡蘿蔔代替白蘿蔔,自攪有機糙米代替在來米。


因我覺得那食譜的份量太多,所以材料都減半,就是'故意忘記'水,没減半。


蒸了一句鐘多的糕,切块時,就是軟軟的。
不要按我的教法,我知道你不會這麼傻。
幾個月前我已做過,不會這麽軟的,心裡嘀咕這食譜不靠譜,想在食譜做記錄留意水的份量。
叮… 我忘了水減半!
口觸味覺都有記憶,一咬蒸糕,不像之前的經驗咬感,雖然味道好但就是不想再吃。


要煎蘿蔔糕,煎成糊糊一團,口感不同,難吃得很,配一些東西才勉強吃下。
還有一盤,如何是好?


不如拿糕來煑成粥。。加一些料,打一粒蛋,撒胡椒,姜,最後淋上麻油。
呼呼... 好吃得要飛起!
幸好有地心吸力。

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Singapore


I found the flights STL - CMB (Sri Lanka) and SIN - STL, then I had separate low cost flights from CMB - PEN (Malaysia) and PEN - SIN. The total air fare was much cheaper than STL - CMB - PEN - STL directly on the same airline.
That's why I had a short stay in Singapore and thanks to my friend, who offered to let me stay for 3 nights.


The first night, my friend took me to Esplanade. 
This building has a unique roof that looks like a durian shell with the thorns.  


 In the opposite view, we can see the Marina Bay Sand building with laser lights going on, but just for few minutes.


My friend told me this is the 5-star Fullerton Hotel. The building was a General Post Office, let's go in to have a look. 


The second day, I went to Garden by the Bay.  Singapore has a very good MRT system, making it very easy get around. 
People are lined up to go in and see these fake trees. 


I was hungry, so I went to get breakfast, then walked around there a little. 


I noticed this is near the Marina Bay Sand.


 Cross a bridge to go in there. 


I wandered around their hotel lobby area and there was a LED board mentioning the Light show at night. 
Also, I saw this sign, and was curious, so I followed people into the lift. I found that you need to have a hotel room key to access the lift.  Anyway, when someone pressed their floor number, I pressed 57. It worked. 


The guests can enjoy the swimming pools up there.


And seeing the view, this is Garden by Bay from top. I didn't see a lot while I was there. 
Oh well, I may explore more if Steve is with me next time.


There were several high value, fancy sport cars parked outside the hotel lobby.  I was wondering who owns them.


Oh, they are rental cars.


I walked to the shopping mall area. All are famous branded stores.


 LV has the outstanding island building in front of the mall. Of course, it is free to go in, unless you see something you like in there.
  

I crossed the bridge to the Esplanade. 


I saw the Merlion fountain on today, but last night it wasn't.
I returned back to the Marina Bay Sand again, as I would like to see the Light show.


The show was about 15 minutes, and there were a lot of people, including the tour groups.


The laser light show was what we saw from the opposite side the night before. Apparently, my friend didn't know about the night Light show here. 


The third day, I met up with my schoolmate, whom I hadn't seen since we graduated from high school. She married a Singaporean, so she lives here now.
After that, I took the MRT to HarborFront station, then took the monorail at Sentosa station. The monorail system has 4 stations to/from Sentosa. 


This is Waterfront station at the Universal theme park. 
I visited Sentosa 12 years ago, it has changed a lot.


From there I walked to the Merlion.  This is an old statue near Imbiah station.


The garden is new, I think. 


Then I walked to the beach area. This is Siloso beach.
When I walked back to Beach station, I found there is a tram service to/from beaches.


Some weekdays are free, so I took the tram to Palawan beach.  


Then back to the MRT station, where I met a friend who took me to Chinatown.


I found a hawker in Chinatown selling Malasian durian.  He gave me a deal: 2 boxes for S$25.  I couldn't resist.  He wrapped them well to block the smell on my ride back on the MRT.  But, when I got back and opened it to eat, I found one box was already bad and had to throw it away, the other box also wasn't very good.  I shouldn't have trusted the hawker.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Back home for Chinese New Year


I arrived in Penang on 26 Jan, two days before the Chinese New Year. My best friend came to the airport to pick me up. 
好知己 Christy 請假來機場接我


She was so kind, she froze durian for me since around August last year, during the peak season.
還帶來她去年狂季時買的榴槤所吃到覺得很好味的就留一些,有白、黄、橙肉,原本我有想去年10月回來,但改孌計劃,榴槤多冰凍了3個月,外在結冰了,她說不能吃就丢吧。
我那可能會捨得丢,味道還很好,比Sri Lanka的榴槤勝幾倍。每吃一口,不用說多美味,還隨着知己的情懷意,感動的味道難以言訢。


Chinese New Year's eve family dinner.


Chinese New Year is a family day.


Malaysia never has snow... this is the fake snow scene decoration in Queensbay mall.
  

Had fun with family.


小學同學常有聚會,两位男生有自己的生意事業,是老板級,又很風趣,聚會都是笑聲連連,又非常慷慨請我們這些女生。


王……昭..君
小學在班上我們時常要聽她練唱歌,她代表我們的學校去北賽。
她晚上唱歌台,我如偶像迷去后台找她,她還招手叫我上來,那時的我受寵若驚...
小學畢業就没聯系,有緣再相會,真是高興。那時代,歌唱業不逢勃,若不,她可能是成名的歌星。
她年輕就努力打拼,事業有成。人美她的 MlNl 也漂亮。

另一位小學同學,前一次回來有聚了,她說起我們同租一間屋時,有吵架過,小時候的事情,真有趣。


三姐妹走一走北海斗母宮。

我們兄弟姐妹四男三女七個,大姐排行两位哥哥之后,我是老么。當我出世時,大姐13歲就像小媽媽必須照顧我,她想與同齡的朋友玩樂,却還得'銜'抱着我。
二姐前幾年接觸佛教,很精進。



The Butterworth Nine Emperor Gods' temple had a grand celebration for the 15 days of Chinese New Year.


Nyonya and Baba costumes at one of the performances there.


没做同事了還能做朋友約見面的不多,就這两個。
見了面除了吃還要去那兒,我說不如去古典槟城看看,他們是槟城人連他們都不知有這展覽,我說:你們是托我的福。哈哈。


An exhibition of Classical Penang Culture in Prangin mall.
  

George Town - UNESCO world heritage site, is the capital city of Penang state. 


The famous Khoo Kongsi is the grandest clan temple.


Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta on 4-5th Feb. I like the heart shape one, of course.


The ninth day of Chinese New Year at Chew Jetty.


The 15th day of Chinese New Year celebration at Esplanade.
她不僅是好女兒,也是好媳婦。我打電話給她問她在做什麼時,她說帶她的家翁要去看元宵熱鬧。我就搭上她的車也去湊熱鬧。


The Chinese lantern decoration at Dewan Sri Pinang.



An old style ice cream maker.
他說一支冰棒RM2,買了拍照。
看照片才知原來的價錢是RM1,HUH?
  

Many wall paintings around Penang.


除了 Molly 是算新,她們都是愛心副利中心的老伙伴。

若不是 Jenny 的邀請,我生疏得不敢再去了。


The Light property in Penang. 
中學時她的家住在偏遠的Teluk Bahang,家有榴槤園,在她家過夜又有得吃榴槤。
畢業後,我們還有寫信聯系,至到她搬家幾次,就失去聯絡
這次重見,參觀他們两間靠海岸,景色漂亮的房屋,她和丈夫生活美好,真的好高興。


Very expensive.


I was coughing since the last day in Sri Lanka, so I went to the government clinic. The consultation and medicines fee is RM1 only.  
最后一天在斯里蘭卡,我的鼻水流不停,到了檳城就咳,咳,咳。
去政府診所 Clinic,醫生看病及給藥,收費RM1。雖然人多,用了两小時。
我想政府唯一真正利益人民的,就是醫療。


I bought a hair clip, have a Happy Valentine's Day.
買一個髮夾,當然是♡ 
祝大家有情
情人節快樂


我二姐載我從北海要過檳城大橋,她很少駕這地方,在到 toll 時就開始緊張找卡,停下要 touch卡,發現車太前了,倒退一點,後面聽到有車嚮笛,她又緊張,伸手出去又太遠,touch 不到卡,她開門出去,車子滑退,碰一聲吻了後面的車,才知道車是退 gear,她沒打回 N。
二姐駕去路邊,後面的車是 taxi,出來的是很凶的馬來人,我姐向他說sorry,他打開車前蓋說,指里邊一条鐵彎了,那里sorry就可以算。我看了,明顯是舊痕,我說不可能是慢退就能撞彎的。我看他車上有洋客人,大人小孩。他還是很凶的說是被我們撞的,要我們賠RM200,我說去report,他還在討價要RM100,我不想跟他爭辯,給他RM50,他拿了又討要 RM80,我們進車關上門。
駕上大橋,才想到忘了拍他的照。他的taxi駕超過我們時才看到他的車牌 HBA9953 !
我二姐還說要不要買字?
我呸,恶人的,我才不要。


My sister and I attended a 3 days Dharma class.
我二姐告知我有這課程,所以参加了。
第一天的早晨,課程一,我就開始昏沉眼睛難睜開。我喝了咖啡,課程二才有精神聽。下午的其中一堂也有昏沉。第二及第三天,在課堂其中也有一些昏沉。
老師的聲音有點低沉,音調不吸引,他坐着看着電腦的講義一直講,也沒看觀衆,有不少人昏沉,老師也不知,就是照着講課。我二姐佛學不是很熟,她說不僅有昏沉也不大聽得懂。課程上到三分之二,我問二姐是否還要再上第二天,二姐說沒辦法,我們已報名三天了,不好意思不上呀!她告訴我看到一位男衆用夾子夾耳朵也無防昏沉,我們两人蓋着口大笑。
老師是知識豐富精通研究經律論,三天的課程,每天有六堂,除了一堂是Q&A,5堂課他都是用古板式的一直講的教課,很沉悶,我想很少有人每堂課都能全神貫注的,我是認為很可惜。
教學時如何才有效的讓學生吸收課程?


I finished my medicine but I still have a little cough, so this time I went to Chinese medical clinic at the Butterworth Buddhist Association. The registration fee is RM2.
政府診所給的藥吃完了,還是有少少的咳。
我大姐家前面的北海佛教會有贈醫施藥診所,就去看看,吃中藥吧,付RM2。
這是大衆菩薩的捐献。


Kopi O 
在北海,RM1。
在檳城,RM1.20 或 RM1.30。


看到北海路邊有榴槤,是柔佛州運來的。
一路發 ~ RM30/kg
JOHOR MAS ~ RM35/kg
貓山王~ RM60/kg


我吃小粒的 一路發!


I found this vegetarian jerky. Very chewy and tastes like pork jerky.


My friends invited me to Kek Lok Si temple for a day chanting event. 
跟朋友一起去參加極樂寺新春萬佛光明燈的最後一天24日法會


That was the last day of the Chinese New Year event and the decoration lights were off. I missed the night view of the lights.
6點結束那晚上的燈就不開了,可惜我沒機會看到燈景。據說花費太大明年可能沒做燈景了。


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