Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Zen of Espresso


Steve got a reward for his 30th anniversary working at the same company, so he choose the espresso maker from the list. 
相公工作30年的奬勵禮物中,他選了咖啡機。



We have been using a French press coffee maker for a long time, so we are so excited with this new toy. 
我們用了很久的咖啡壺得讓開,新的玩具被我們寵愛了。


We steamed the milk to make cappuccino.
蒸牛奶做 cappuccino。


I tried make a pattern.. do you think it is heart-shaped?
我的拉花.. 有像心形嗎?
 

We also tried "affogato", espresso poured over ice cream. Wow, this is really good.
也試了咖啡加冰淇淋 - affogato。哇。。味道一流!


 Very enjoyable.
太享受了!好一個咖啡禪。


Sunday, November 27, 2016

Thanksgiving and Pompeii exhibition in Kansas City


Relaxing at Steve's sister's place during the Thanksgiving holiday.  These two fluffy Samoyeds were visiting while their humans were away for a few days.


Of course, Luna, one of Sue's dogs, can't stand when the other dogs are getting all the attention, so she had to join in.


Part of the Thanksgiving feast!


Relaxing after dinner. 



Before heading home on Friday, we went downtown to Union Station to see an exhibition of artifacts from Pompeii.  


Union Station was the old train station in Kansas City, and was built back in the days before air travel, when cities tried to show off their prosperity to visitors by building the biggest and most beautiful train station.


Like many of the old train stations, Union Station is no longer used for train traffic, but has been restored and remodeled into a shopping and entertainment center.  At one end of what was originally the grand hall, where people would wait for their trains, Christmas decorations have been set up, including a small train for kids to ride.


In the entertainment section of the station, the Pompeii exhibition recently opened, featuring artifacts and pictures from the city, buried in 79 C.E . by Mt. Vesuvius.



From the pictures & videos on display, it looks like much of this beautiful city has been uncovered and partially restored.


These are some of the small statues recovered from the city after almost 2,000 years.  They are in amazing condition, and are beautifully detailed.


Many home decorations from the city were on display.  Houses of the wealthy were adorned with beautiful wall murals and floor mosaics.


A water basin and statue from a home's courtyard.


Some of the recovered glassware & pottery, still in usable condition. 


These are a few of the theater masks.


A statue of the Roman emperor, Caligula, found in the city.


Near the end of the exhibit were some of the more gruesome displays.  Cavities formed in the layers of ash and dust where people were buried by the volcano.  During excavation, when archaeologists found these cavities, they filled them with plaster to make castings left by the bodies.  Some of these cavities were so detailed that folds in the person's clothes can be seen in the castings. 


It was a terrible end for the city's inhabitants.


Humans weren't the only ones killed in the eruption.  Pets and farm animals were also found.


Can you guess what kind of building this is?


This is the outside of the parking garage for the public library in downtown Kansas City, MO.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Global warming


"人們一直在說全球暖化。全球暖化?為什麼就不讚嘆我是冰雕藝術家?你看,你看斧神工的作品!"
"Humans keep saying 'global warming'. Global warming? Why don't they praise me as a great Ice Sculpture Artist? Please look at these; look at my surreal works!"

大海天真的對地球說。
Ocean talks naively to Earth. 












Monday, November 14, 2016

味道永留在心


冰島最著名的羊肉熱狗,前美國總統克林頓也曾吃過。這麼著名啊?那即便要排長隊我也來排。到我了,小檔的窗口,我見到的是一位臉很臭的年輕男職員,我說我要一個熱狗,他問我要什麼 topping (配醬料),我笑臉問有那些?他還是同樣的臉告訴我,有 onion、mustard、ketchup。。 真想問有沒有 'smile'?我吃着沒有微笑配料的著名熱狗,不覺得有多好味。


過後我們來到著名的龍蝦湯 Saegreifinn 小食店,店内只有两個客人在吃着,不用排隊,一位年輕笑臉的女職員(老板?)。我要了一碗龍蝦湯,付了錢,要我們先坐。很快,湯來了,麵包是湯的配食。我要說的重點是籃内有多一支湯匙(因為有两個人),很貼心,為客人設想。我吃到是很暖很满足的著名龍蝦湯。


我記得有一次在台灣花蓮的夜市,有一檔口的啦叭,傳出粗口氣的女聲,對着排長隊的人說要等一小時半。。 惡劣聲污染!我想就算再著名的食物,也不會有任何素質!


我也記得有一次在 Peru,Aguas Calientes 的 Indio Feliz 餐館晚餐,看了菜單,覺得套餐很不錯,跟招待員說我們两人要共享一套晚餐。來的餐給我們各自一蝶,我們以為他弄錯,跟他說我們只訂一套,他很親切的說是一套,分成,方便我們食用。食物的味道我已忘得乾乾淨淨,可是温馨的氣質永留在心。

Thursday, November 10, 2016

美國總統 II


朋友又反問我了,我又只好講講我的一點淺見: 
也許。
還有他用的策略與一般的政治者相違,他敢抨擊非法移民的墨西哥人,恐怖的極端回教徒,經濟企業流失的問題.. 敢講一些人們怨恨的心中話。很多白人還是會有種族、非基督教的輕視,他們保守的想法也可能是要一位 white man 當總統。這種種複雜情況下,就正中下懷?
而她就是100%的政客,講的東西沒一點新鮮,即使她是講真話,但也可能是騙話?
他中選,我是有些驚訝,但並不很在意,心裡出現的一句話是:翁失馬,焉知非福?

Sunday, November 6, 2016

美國總统


美國4年一度的大選近在眉梢,這次很多外國人,即不是住在美國的人,也都很關注並在談論。
在我認識的人中有些很支持共和黨的,所以不管是誰競選,他們都支持。可是也有些不是,但我不知什麼原因却讓他們支持 Trump?
我問了一位朋友對這两位人物競選總统的看法,但他却反問回我。Oh well,那我只好講講我各人的一點淺見: 
我覺得從 Trump 攻擊批判的言論,不尊重人,不會顧及世界和平等等。我知道美國有幾位很富有的人都低調捐錢造福社會,但我不知道他有做過什麼無條件的善舉,他的捐献好像一定是要令他更有名望利益他才會出錢的?他是不是很自大,野心權力是不是他的目的?而且他在商已是一位很奸的人,所以我不認為這樣的人會是美國的好領袖。


Saturday, November 5, 2016

花生傘糕


非常高興及感謝Daneil的慷慨租塲地給我們一群在美國St. Louis的馬來西石亞人及新加坡potluck聚會。
我做了這個糕,不知道叫'ha mi wau kueh'?
上網找了一下,檳城有一著名的街檔有賣各類的煎糕,布條上有圖有名稱,原來我在檳城時看到都會買這些我喜歡吃的包括這個糕,原來它叫 Pinggan Kacang 花生傘。奇怪Pinggan應該是盤碗,但中文的名却用傘。
總之前面個,我做出來的還有模有樣像碗/傘,但接下來就不似樣了。
I made this but I don't know what it's called. 
I searched Penang hawker food, and it mentioned "Pinggan Kacang".
In the beginning I made two of them that still looked like pinggan (bowl), but at the end they do not look like pinggan (bowl shape) any more, and I don't want to put kacang (peanut), since some people might be allergic to it. So they are not really Pinggan Kacang. 




我又不放花生在糕上,因為有些對花生敏感。所以我的糕不是花生傘!
真的是'ha mi wau kueh'(福建話)。


We appreciate all the effort Daniel puts into arranging these potluck gatherings to bring together all the Malaysians and Singaporeans in the region.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Iceland - Inside the Volcano


After the tour, we still had 2 full days in Iceland. 


So, we decided to book another tour as we walked past a tourism center.


It's "Inside the Volcano" - a 5 hour tour for 42,000 krona per person = US$373, very expensive. 
進入火山?!
有没有聽錯,怎樣進入火山(熱度)
不怕,據說這火山已休眠4000年。當初在1974用繩索進入發現這火山洞的 Arni B. Stefansson,他一直覺得這奇特美妙的天然現象不該只沉寂山口下。2004年他開始推動作介紹 Trihunkagigur 火山,期望公眾能進入觀賞火山的計劃,2012年終於實行。
要看這火山的内在美,42000 krona 大概美金$373,貴吧?
我是看了他們的視頻被吸引,雖然覺得貴,但已來了冰島又適時(有運作的日期,冬天期間關閉半年),所以決定親身經驗目睹這天然藝術傑作。
為了要值回票價,我分享照片,你可以看看,不收一毫錢。
The bus picked us up and took us to their center, then a guide led us on a 2 mile hike to the volcano. 


On the way, there are several lava tubes, and we again crossed the North American-Eurasian tectonic plate divide.


After about a 50 mins hike, we took a rest with hot coffee in the small hut they call the "base camp". Everyone got a souvenir bandanna.  Then we put on the helmet & harness and headed up the volcano.
 

After a short hike, we were at the mouth of the dormant Trihunkagigur volcano.


At the mouth of the volcano is a small catwalk and a lift, a modified window washer's rig, that can carry only about 6-7 people into the volcano at a time.


The 'neck' is a little wider, a unique natural phenomenon.


Here the cable lift is coming down slowly.


 400 ft. (150 m) to the bottom of the crater.


 Someone described: It's so large inside that the Statue of Liberty can fit inside with room to spare.


We had about 30 mins to explore the magma chamber, the intense heat and pressure caused minerals deep in the rock to display a variety of gorgeous colors.


Time to go back up.


The rain cleared while we were in the volcano, and we could see the beautiful surrounding views after we came up.


The hut welcomed us back with traditional Icelandic lamb or vegetable hot soup and hot coffee.  It felt good to take off the harnesses.


Then, the 2 mile walk back along the same route.


The guide led us to see one of the collapsed lava tubes along the way.  


Another 50 mins walking back. Our legs were sore by the end of this tour.


During our 10 nights in Iceland, we had just one night when we saw a few seconds of green northern lights.  I am not satisfied.



However, the price of everything is expensive but Iceland is environmental, and has wonderful clean air.


The plume of steam from a geyser waved goodbye to us as we left Iceland.


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