Saturday, 30 July 2011
A great news for Singaporeans and permanent residents here in Singapore, National Heritage Board (NHB) announces that there will be a free entrance to seven (7) museums such as Asian Civilisation Museum, National Museum of Singapore, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore Philatelic Museum, Peranakan Museum, Memories at Old Ford Factory and Reflections at Bukit Chandu from August 01 to 30, 2011. This is in celebration with the 46th National Day of Singapore.
You can read here the official news for this great initiative. Taken from The Strait Times, published 29 July 2011.
So guys, mark your calendar and visit these museums it will be a whole lot of fun and interesting stuffs. And I can't wait to queue for the Terracotta Exhibition in Asian Civilization Museum. I really believe that good things will come to those who learn how to wait. And this is it! Thank you NHB for this freebies and kudos to your initiative!
Friday, 29 July 2011
One of the food that I missed in Manila is the Halo-Halo of Razon's of Guagua. This dessert is not your usual halo-halo (mixed beans and fruits). The taste is different but it's made up of simple ingredients. It has sun-ripened banana (saging na saba), shredded macapuno, and leche-flan (egg and milk custard) with dayap rind combined with fine shaved ice and creamy milk. Made up of simple ingredients yet so tasty and delicious. You can't say no to a next round for sure. And this will only cost you around Php60.00 or SGD2.00 - 2.50.
|Razon's Halo-Halo and ensaymada - photo taken last December 2009|
I got a first taste of this sometime 2004 in Robinson's Ermita. And even when I was pregnant I couldn't resist to have a taste of this food. I am drooling while stating a description about this food. I miss this totally. And so when we had our vacation last 2009, husband and I visited their branch at Robinson's Ermita and in SM Mall of Asia and ate two glasses of their halo-halo. Convince? Not yet? If you happen to visit Manila, don't hesitate to visit one of their branch. Surely you'll going to like it. Click here for the list of their branches around Metro Manila and it's nearby provinces. Oh by the way this nice to go with their cheesy ensaymada.
Thursday, 28 July 2011
I've never like strawberries like this before. Honestly I never eat strawberries before and it was unpopular to me. Even trying to eat it in ice cream form, cake, jam and what-not. Not my type of fruit not until I discover that it's good not without the chocolate fondue..the semi-sweet one. And so now am liking it.
And here are some interesting facts about strawberry:
(information are gathered from Urbanext and Strawberriesweb)
- Over 53 percent of seven to nine year old picked strawberries as their favorite fruit
- Eight strawberries will provide 140 percent of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C for kids.
- Native forms of strawberries adapt to various climates and are indigenous to every major continent except Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
- The fruit size of the very early strawberries was very small.
- Seventy per cent of a strawberry's roots are located in the top three inches of soil.
- Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in the spring.
- One cup of strawberries is only 55 calories.
- The flavor of a strawberry is influenced by weather, the variety and stage of ripeness when harvested.
- On average, there are 200 seeds in a strawberry.
- Ninety-four per cent of United States households consume strawberries.
- According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the annual per capita consumption of fresh and frozen strawberries is 4.85 pounds.
- Strawberries are grown in every state in the United States and every province of Canada.
- California produces 75 percent of the nation's strawberry crops. According to the California Strawberry Advisory Board, California strawberries are available January through November, with peak quality and supply from March to May.
- If all the strawberries produced in California in one year were laid berry to berry, they would go around the world 15 times.
- California produces an amazing one billion pounds of strawberries each year.
- Each acre of land in California in strawberry production produces an average of 21 tons of strawberries annually.
- Americans eat 3.4 pounds of fresh strawberries each year plus another 1.8 pounds frozen per capita. Although strawberries are available in many forms—frozen, jam and jelly, and ice cream— nothing compares to the taste of a fresh vine ripened strawberry.
- Strawberries are delicate, requiring gentle handling to prevent bruising. With today's shipping technology, strawberries are available year round, but at a cost. Commercial growers have produced resilient hybrid berries known for their shipping quality.
- Florida is second in production. The Florida season runs from December to May and peaks during March and April. To meet the demand, winter strawberries are usually imported between November and May.
- Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside. It is argued that for this reason, it cannot be considered a real berry, since berries carry seeds on the inside
- Ninety-four percent of U.S. households consume strawberries at least once a year
- Strawberries often gain top positions in surveys as the favorite fruit: in 2007 over 53 percent of seven to nine-year-olds picked strawberries as their favorite fruit
- A French noblewoman at the time of Napoleon, Madame Tallien, used to bathe regularly in strawberry juice, using 22 pounds per basin. She didn't bathe daily though
- Strawberries have a long-dated history of medical uses, the Romans for instance used them to alleviate symptoms of fainting, kidney stones, inflammation, diseases of the blood, liver and spleen, throat infections, bad breath, attacks of gout, melancholy and fever
- The etymology of the name "strawberry" is still largely unproven: some argue that they were named in the nineteenth-century by English children who picked the berries, strung them on grass straws and sold them as "Straws of berries". Others theorize that the name was derived from the nineteenth-century practice of placing straw around the growing berry plants to protect the ripening fruit
- Charles V of France ordered, in the 14th century, that twelve hundred strawberry plants be grown in the Royal Gardens of the Louvre
- Strawberries were a symbol of perfection and love: for instance, folklore says that if you split a double strawberry in half and share it with a member of the opposite sex, you'll soon fall in love. Medieval stonemasons carved strawberry designs on altars and around the tops of pillars in sacred places such as churches, as a symbol of perfection
- 23,000 acres of strawberries are planted in California each year.
- The world's largest strawberry shortcake is hosted in the annual strawberry festival in Lebanon, Oregon
- In some places of Bavaria, country folk practice a spring ritual of tying small baskets of wild strawberries to the horns of their cattle as an offering to wood elves. The legend states that the elves, who love strawberries, will offer their gratitude producing healthy calves and an abundance of milk
- In Belgium there's a museum entirely dedicated to strawberries
- Strawberries are grown in every state in the United States and every province of Canada.
- The strawberry plant belongs to the same family of roses, genus Fragraria, together with other fruits such as apples and plums. The name of the genus comes from the Old Latin word for "fragrant". In modern Italian, the word for strawberry is still "fragola"
Interesting right? Happy eating!
Published under Category food and restaurant
Tuesday, 26 July 2011
April 25, 2011 at Singapore Indoor Stadium. It was the first time that I watched a live “rock” concert and it was tremendous. I am a fan or Maroon 5 since 2004-2005. It all started when I heard the song “She will be Loved” and “This Love”, from then on I got hooked on their music and became a fan. Though I’m not really an avid fan but I like their music. I love the lyrics. I love the vocalist, Adam Levine so sexy especially when he dances (ooopss, don’t get me wrong I just admire the way he sings and dance). Total performer indeed.
I was just invited a friend and so I went. It was an all girls night out so to speak. Being married and a mom doesn’t stop me from doing this thing since I am still individual. And I have my husband’s support for that.
While waiting I can see the excitement of other fans. When the lights were off, all started to scream. More than a minute of wooing and clapping and waving and shouting. When the stage was all lighted fans are incredible.
|all eyes are set to them|
And when Adam Levine started to sing...oh boy it was fabulous. It was fantastic. It’s totally different. The crowd has so much energy. Maroon 5 was really awesome. I enjoyed it so much. I could say, the amount I paid for that concert was all worth it. Will surely watch their next concert (that is if I have the chance ^-^).
Monday, 25 July 2011
There are number of artist, singers, writer, musician and what-not that has ended their life at the age 27. It's too young to quit and say it's over but for some reasons they choose to be in that state. The following were written and documented to have ended their life at such a young-age. Mostly they call it, the "27 Club".
- *Blues legend Robert Johnson, American blues singer and musician whose cause of death in August 16, 1938 has been disputed.
- *Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones, an English musician who drowned in a swimming pool in July 3, 1969.
- *American singer, songwriter, painter, dancer and music arranger Janis Joplin, who died of an apparent overdose in October 4, 1970.
- *Rock legend Jimi Hendrix, American guitarist and singer-songwriter who died of asphyxiation in September 18, 1970.
- *The Doors lead singer Jim Morrison, American lead singer and lyricist as well as a poet who died of reported heat failure in July 3, 1971 .
- *Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, American singer, writer and artist who committed suicide in April 5, 1994.
(*information gathered from the book titled "The 27s: The Greatest Myth of Rock & Roll" documents the deaths and Wikipedia).
...and the new addition Amy Winehouse, British singer and song writer, died July 23, 2011. Cause of death, still unknown as of this writing and post-mortem is underway.
And people say, "that's what makes them legend, they die young at the hype of their career". Well, true in a sense but wasted life. These people are talented and inspiring. Their music are superb. You can see the amount of love their followers and supporters has given them. Talented and moving people are the two things I can describe them. But it's sad that it has to end. They could have done something more and contribute more to the industry and humanity. But as we say life is uncertain. You really never know what's going to happen. Just a thought, maybe this things happens to those people who are over-whelmed with fame, money and pressure in maintaining their public image at the younger age. Coupled with family issues and personal relationships that affects their life and behavior. And thus resulted to drug addiction, social problems, personal issues and what-have-you.
Saturday, 23 July 2011
On the 2nd day of Siem Reap trip we went to Tonle Sap, in Khmer language, means "large fresh water river" or "Great Lake". This place is the largest freshwater lake in South East Asia and is an ecological hot spot that was designated as a UNESCO biosphere in 1997. Where we visited Kampung Phluk, crocodile and fish farm. In this place you will see a so-called "floating village".
This place is 30-minutes drive from Siem Reap proper. You need to pay USD20.00 per head to get in to the place. Inclusive of two-way ferry ride. If you are a kind of person who is in awe by nice scenery and pleasant atmosphere this place is not for you.
Thursday, 21 July 2011
When I was young and single, I was so idealistic that things should happen in proper order and always prepare for the future. But now the mindset and ideals has changed. A friend asked me, “where do you want to spend your retirement” and I humbly answered, “I don’t know where and I don’t know how, what’s important now is how I live my “now””. I am more contented to live in my present but am mindful of the future. Mindful in a sense that you don’t over-do and over-use things and the physical self. But the focus is on the present. Simple and stress-free life are the things I wanted to have. No matter how uncertain life maybe.
Published under Category perspective and views
Tuesday, 12 July 2011
Last Sunday, hubby and I went for a coffee-date. And yes we went to our favorite coffee shop. Starbucks. I presented my Starbucks card to the crew and ordered for a grande latte and caramel macchiato with cheese bagel and cinnamon roll to compliment with. And surprisingly the crew gave me a free cheese bagel and cinnamon roll. Lucky day huh? What a good way to end the day and start a week.
As saying goes, "the best things in life are free" and I totally agree! ;) Have a happy week ahead!