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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

WW - Christmas Mall Tour 2019

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas over here in forever-summer Malaysia!
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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Pizza

Heidelberg, Germany

Pizza is the universal language of love. Don't you agree?

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Through My Nephew's Eyes

When I spotted these two photos among many other impressive shots on my young nephew's cellphone, I just had to share them.

He has quite an eye for photography, don't you agree?


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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Santa

I didn't get it at first until the tour guide told us that this ginormous statue  is actually a cheeky Santa holding a butt plug! I thought it was a Christmas tree!

The Butt Plug Santa
This controversial statue of jolly old St. Nick standing in a square at the end of a busy shopping street in Rotterdam stirred up a huge debate among politicians and residents, reigniting the timeless question of what constitutes art.


I’d just hate to be the parent who has to explain to their child what Santa is holding!

Funny or offensive?
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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Concubine Lane

The above photo was captured at one of the three lanes named  Concubine Lanes in my hometown Ipoh.

It is said that during the colonial days, rich Chinese miner tycoons and British officers kept their mistresses here, away from the watchful eyes of their wives, hence the name!

Old-timers whiling away the time at the coffee shops nearby often regale bemused tourists with stories of beautiful ladies beckoning from behind red-curtained windows, and furious wives storming the streets!

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Cat On A Bike

We stumbled upon this weird cat, in tight spandex shorts and a hot pink top, on a bike in a random place on a sidewalk when we were in Brussels.

Created by Alain S├ęchas, this sculpture  titled “La Cycliste” cost the city of Brussels about 100,000 € back in 2005.

Hmmm, a cat with boobs for USD111,329.50?!

 Cool or a waste of tax payers' money?

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Stroopwafel

I never knew what a Stroopwafel was until I had a freshly made one in Amsterdam.

Stroopwafels (syrup waffles in Dutch) are crisp, paper-thin, coaster-sized waffles held together with a buttery caramel syrup.
A slab of dough is pressed with a waffle iron which has a much smaller grid pattern than a traditional waffle one. Next, the waffle is taken off the iron and sliced into half with what looks like a paint scraper. Then, a thin layer of syrup (stroop) made from brown sugar, butter and cinnamon is spread on one half before they are stuck back together

When the soft, warm waffle was plopped onto a napkin and handed to me, the vendor said I had to keep it flat so the gooey caramel syrup sandwiched between the two layers wouldn't drip.

I do not have a sweet tooth and caramel isn't really my thing but that stroopwafel was an exception.
It had a lovely chew, was sweet but not too sweet with just a hint of cinnamon to keep it interesting.

I was told that there is a ritual to eating this delectable Dutch treat. First, perch a Stroopwafel on top of a steaming cup of coffee or tea for about a minute. Then, delight in the aroma of cinnamon as the waffle warms and softens just a touch and the filling melts into a warm and gooey caramel treat.This is the traditional way of enjoying a Stroopwafel to the max in Holland!

This ritual really works its magic on those store-bought ones.



So if you’ve never had a stroopwafel, you owe it to yourself to give it a try. And if you are addicted, there is always the ASA  - Association of Stroopwafel Addicts.

"Stroopwafels ruined my marriage. I was so addicted i would sneak out of the house at night and run down to the ATM to pull money out just to buy more stroopwafels. Well that was until my bank account went into the red and i couldnt afford to pay my bills. And that wasnt even the most depraved state ive been in. I love stroopwaffels"    Dylan Troop

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Kolam 2019

It's that time of the year again when I make my rounds to the local malls to photograph kolams for the Deepawali/Diwali festival.


* Deepavali/Diwali also known as the Festival of Lights is celebrated by the Hindu Community to symbolize the triumph of good over evil; the victory of light over dark.

The entrances to Hindu homes are decorated with fresh mango leaves and kolams. It is believed that Lakshmi, The Goddess of Wealth, will only enter a home that is adorned with a kolam.

* Kolam is an ancient Indian art of drawing using colored rice grains or powdered rice to form symmetrical geometric patterns on the floor. The Hindus believe that a kolam at the entrance of a house will usher prosperity and harmony to the home. It is also believed that a kolam wards off evil spirits and diseases.

Another purpose of the kolam is to invite birds and small insects like ants to a home to symbolize man’s co-existence with and consideration for other living things.

Traditionally, the ritual is performed daily by the women of a household early in the morning.

Fun Kolam Facts

1. The lines in a kolam must be continuous and unbroken so that evil cannot enter the house via the gaps.

2. The patterns are traditionally passed on from mothers to their daughters.

3. Kolam in the Tamil language means form and beauty.

4. As the kolam erases during the course of the day by birds and insects feeding on the rice, people's foot steps and the natural elements, a new kolam is drawn again the next morning, thus repeating the cycle. It imparts the idea that life is renewed daily.

Happy Deepavali to all my Hindu pallies!

Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Missing The Big Picture

If you just focus on the smallest details, you never get the big picture right. Leroy Hood

Mt Titlis, Switzerland

Isn't that just like life?

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The Sistine Chapel of Rotterdam

In Holland, there is a market hall with a stunning fruit and vegetable mural on its ceiling. So beautiful is the ceiling that the building has earned the nickname "The Sistine Chapel of Rotterdam".

The moniker was given to Markthal, a residential and office building with a food market on the ground floor.

Titled "Horn of Plenty", the dazzling mega mural measures over 36,000 square feet and is the biggest artwork in the world.


The vibrant mural depicting life-size market produce  is the largest artwork in the world.

Doesn't this extraordinary market look like something out of a futuristic sci-fi movie?
The horseshoe-shaped Markthal.






It's a market you don't want to miss!

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Wine

I came across these  signs outside a restaurant in  Blaak, Rotterdam.


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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Manneken Pis

So, we were in Brussels and were going to see Manneken Pis – the most iconic and photographed monument in the city. I had heard so much about this famous landmark and was really excited to see it.

When we arrived, the street was already crowded with busloads of tourists jostling for selfies.


Well, did we get the pay-off we had come all the way to see?

The Manneken Pis was quite literally what it means "little peeing man".

Unimposing, overrated and underwhelming the statue is merely 24 inches tall! Even more disappointing, the diminutive sculpture is only a replica of the 1619 original, which is now in the nearby Brussels Museum.


Mannekin Pis ranks #4 on TOP10HQ's Top 10 Most Disappointing Tourist Destinations list!
Size does matter!
So, why is this little naked boy peeing in a fountain so famous? And why are people (even the locals) flocking daily to take a photo of it?

WARDROBE

Manneken Pis is a little statue with a big wardrobe! Pee Boy gets dressed in different costumes several times each week. The costumes are managed by a non-profit organization called The Friends of Manneken-Pis. The organization reviews hundreds of designs submitted by fans each year, and selects a small number to be made and used. The schedule of costumes is published on the web and on the posters plastered around the fountain.

Over the years, Mannekin Pis dressed as Santa, Elvis Presley, Nelson Mandela, Uncle Sam, an astronaut  and even as a condom on World Aids Day!

THE MOST FASHIONABLE STATUE IN THE WORLD

Photos from Manneken Pis' FB page.






HISTORY

There are many stories surrounding the inspiration for this statue.

Here are just three:

1. During the Middle Ages, tanners let children and street urchins urinate on their leather as the ammonia in urine made the leather more supple. The peeing statue was most probably a homage to the tanners.

2. The most popular story suggests that it was a tribute to a local boy named Julianske who saved Brusssels by urinating on a burning fuse of an explosive lit by enemies who were trying to blow up the walls of the city.

3. According to a folklore, the son of a noble abandoned a procession to urinate on the wall of a house where a witch lived. Pissed, the angry witch cursed the lad to pee for eternity by turning him into stone, thus a peeing statue!

It was amusing to see this mascot of sorts gracing the streets of Brussels. His likeness appears on all things imaginable –  from street art to tourist souvenirs to lollipops. You’ll even find him made of chocolate!




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Just when we thought we had enough of peeing statues, our tour guide took us to see Mannekin Pis' family – a peeing girl and yes, a peeing dog!

JEANNEKE PIS

According to our guide, not many people who live outside Brussels know about this female counterpart of Manneken Pis.
Rumour has it that the little girl in pigtails was commissioned in 1987 by a local restaurant owner to attract visitors to the restaurant. While Jeanneke Pis still squats. the restaurant is no more.

Zinneke Pis

A video of the thousands of costumes worn by Mannekin Pis throughout the years.


Which one is your favourite?

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