Friday, July 31, 2015

Pineapple

My boss always buys a pineapple to be placed on the altar every first and fifteen day of the Chinese calendar. After a few days, it will ripen. After which I will throw away. Not anymore since I knew how to cut it easily. Read my post here on how to cut it.

I will keep it in the fridge first. When I'm free, I will cut it and keep it in the tupperware. I can finish it in two days.

But this time I finished it in a day.


Firstly, I had some left-over chilly prawns. Heated them up and poured them over the pineapple. That's my lunch.

The boss bought fried rice for me so I had early dinner at the shop. When I came back in the evening for a short break, I poured the left-over rojak sauce over the pineapple. That's my dessert for the day.

The pineapple was sweet and it tasted heavenly with the sauce. 


Do you like pineapples?

 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Hari Raya Goodies

I have several Malay salesperson and one of them is a cute friendly guy. He is always cheerful and I always disturb him. One day, I asked if he balik kampung on Hari Raya. He said he would stay at home and help his mummy. Naturally, I asked what his mum going to prepare. Ayam rendang, lemang etc. So I simply said I love hari raya goodies!

On the second day of raya, this handsome guy came and asked if I had prepare the cheque for his company. I was surprise as it's hari raya and he came to work. Then he surprised me further with his bag of goodies!

 Here were what I got.....
satay kuah

ayam rendang

nasi himpit and lemang


My kids and I enjoyed eating them.
So kind of him..

In return, I gave him a box of Ferrero Rocher
and a box of kurma

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Japan sightseeing (4)

9 June 15: Asakusa Kannon Temple
Asakusa Kannon Temple (also called Sensoji) is the oldest temple in Tokyo. Its history goes back to 7th century. The legend says that in 628 two local fishermen caught a tiny statue in their net while fishing in the nearby Sumida river. The head of their village recognized it as the image of Kannon, Goddess of mercy. So they built a temple to enshrine and worship the Kannon statue.


 Imperial Palace Garden
Love its bonsai tree



10 June 15: Disneyland
Tokyo Disneyland is a theme park based on the films produced by Walt Disney. It was opened in 1983 as the first Disney theme park outside of the United States. Modeled after Disneyland in California and the Magic Kingdom in Florida, Tokyo Disneyland is made up of seven themed lands and features seasonal decorations and parades.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Japan sightseeing (3)

(8 June 15)

Peace Park

The Peace Park in Gotemba City commands a beautiful view of Mt. Fuji and houses the chalky stupa. Approximately 70% of visitors to the park are tourists from overseas, and the park serves as one of the golden spots in sightseeing in Shizuoka Prefecture. It is located on the mountainside of the outer rim of Hakone crater, commanding a good view of the city. The stupa, the symbol of the park, keeps the Buddha’s ashes presented by late Indian Prime Minister Nehru. 4 golden images of Buddha are also housed. In front of the stupa, the guardian dogs of respective Asian countries stand in line.


Oshino Hakkai

Oshino Village is used be a lake called Lake Utsu for long time ago. When Mt. Fuji erupted, Lava from Mt. Fuji coverd north part of Lake Utsu. Then, the south part of Lake Utsu (宇津湖) becomes Lake Yamanaka, and covered area became Oshino Village. The spring spots of Mt. Fuji were still left in the same spots. So, eventually water spring in Oshino Village, and they were called Oshino Hakkai.

Because Mt. Fuji is believed as spiritual mountain, the water of Oshino Hakkai was called “The spring of God.” Those believes created many local legends. Now, Oshino Hakkai is one of the National Treasure of Japan, and 100 best water of Japan.

Eight Springs
Deguchi Pond
Okama Pond
Sokonuke Pond
Choshi Pond
Waku Pond
Nigori Pond
Kagami Pond
Shobu Pond


4th station of Mt Fuji


View of Mt Fuji from the 5th station

MT. FUJI (65 miles and two hours by bus from Tokyo) is the tallest, most beautiful and revered mountain in Japan. Rising to a height of 12,388 feet, it is also Japan's most well known natural landmark, its most enduring symbol after the rising sun, and an inspiration for generations of poets and artists who have attempted to capture its always-changing beauty which varies with the view, the time of day, the season and the weather.Encircled by a halo of clouds and topped by streaks of white snow in the summer and early autumn and covered by a full snow cap the remainder of the year, Mt. Fuji is a perfectly-shaped deep -cratered volcano which presides over a plain south of Tokyo and measures about 40 kilometers around at its base. On clear days about a third of Japan's population can see it from near their homes; but most of the time it is shrouded in clouds or haze.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Japan sightseeing (2)

7 June 2015

 Shirakawago Village
Shirakawa-go’s Gassho-Zukuri Village was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in December 1995, along with the Gokayama Gassho-Zukuri Village.
The gassho style of building is characterized by steep, thatched roofs. These steep roofs connect over massive wooden beams, shaped like hands folded in prayer (gassho in Japanese). The houses are unique to the region, able to endure the heavy snowfalls of winter, while the upper reaches are ideal for the cultivation of silkworms.



Wada House

The Wada family house is a typical "Gassho-zukuri" style house (a house built in the form of hands steepled in prayer). In common with other such houses in the village, silk production took place in the upper stories with the living quarters located on the ground floor.


Takayama Jinya

Takayama Jinya is a former local government office originally built in 1692 and rebuilt in 1816 under Tokugawa Shogunate. Takayama Jinya administered the Hida Province. Although there were 60 regional headquarters and sub-headquarters during the Edo period, the Takayama Jinya is the only one existing today and as such is now covered by protective ordinances as a historical asset. Takayama Jinya has been restored to its configuration in the Edo Period.





Saturday, July 4, 2015

Japan Sightseeing (1)

5 June: Akashi Kaikyo Bridge 
Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge is the longest span bridge in the world, located in Akashi Strait between Kobe and Awaji Island in Hyogo Pref. The total and central span lengths are 3,911m and 1991m respectively.

The Bridge was constructed as one of Honshu-Shikoku Bridge project, which is one of the greatest projects in Japan to connect Honshu with Shikoku by both highway and railway. The construction work was started in May, 1988 and completed in April, 1998 after 10 years’ construction period.

6 June: Todaiji Temple
Constructed in 752 on the order of Emperor Shomu, Todai-ji Temple's Great Buddha Hall in Nara is the largest wooden structure in the world and houses an immense statue of Rushana Butsu.


Deer Park at Nara
The park is home to hundreds of freely roaming deer. Nara's nearly 1200 deer have become a symbol of the city and have even been designated as a natural treasure. Nara's deer are surprisingly tame, although they can be aggressive if they think you will feed them. Deer crackers are for sale around the park.


Kiyomizu Temple
 
Kiyomizu Temple occupies an excellent location on a steep hill in eastern Kyoto. The quaint street leading up to the temple is lined with souvenir shops, restaurants and ryokan (Japanese-style inns). The temple grounds have open-air pavilions providing beer and noodles and countless hawkers offering talismans, incense, and o-mikuji (paper fortunes).

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Japanese meals (10 June 2015)

We had a quick buffet before we adjourned to Tokyo Disneyland.

My plate of breakfast. I always made sure I finished up all that I had taken. Don't believe in food wastage.


We spent a few hours in Disneyland. Hence our lunch were not provided.
My girl and I just had Mickey biscuits bought from the Disneyland.

love this potato crackers


Surprisingly, we were taken to a Chinese restaurant for our dinner.
I didn't post the pictures as they were not very tasty as compared to Japanese food.

So I commented in the Prestige form that we shouldn't be served Chinese food when touring in Japan.
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