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Saturday, November 26, 2022

Gallimaufry#59

Just a gallimaufry of photos 📷

Cucumber flower
Mee Siam

Mee Siam, in Malay, translates as Siamese Noodle. This dish is believed to be of Malay origin — a local adaptation of an actual dish from Thailand when the neighbouring country was then known as Siam.

Look who greeted me this morning with her melodious singing!
Zebra dove
The call of a zebra dove (merbuk) is a series of soft, staccato cooing notes. In Southeast Asia, cooing competitions are held to find the merbuk with the winning voice.
Participants and bird owners awaiting the start of the zebra dove bird singing competition at the Kebun Baru Birdsinging Club in Singapore   Reuters photo
Crucifix Crab (Charybdis feriatus)
The crucifix crab gets its name from the cross on its carapace. Legend has it that Saint Francis Xavier, a Jesuit priest, was sailing to Malacca from an Indonesian island circa 1546 when he was caught in a storm in the Straits of Malacca. In an attempt to quell the tempest, he dipped his crucifix into the raging waters and prayed to God. Miraculously, the sea became calm again. However, the crucifix slipped from his grip and fell into the sea. When St. Francis safely reached the shores of Malacca, a crab scuttled toward him, clutching the lost crucifix between its claws. The grateful priest retrieved his crucifix, blessed the crab, and a cross appeared on the crustacean's shell!
Apparently, this crab species is found in other regions like India, Indonesia, as far off as Japan and east Africa besides Malacca. These are the places St. Francis travelled to in his missions. Coincidence?

This fresco of the crab miracle is in the Jesuit church of Il Gesú in Rome

Statue of St. Francis Xavier
Take note of the missing right hand. In 1952, a statue of St. Francis was erected in front of the ruins of St. Paul's church in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of his sojourn in Malacca. A day after the statue was consecrated, a large casuarina tree fell on it, breaking off its right arm. Incidentally, the right forearm of St. Francis Xavier, which he used to bless and baptise the thousands of converts, was detached in 1614 and displayed in a silver reliquary at the main Jesuit church in Rome!

 Polling Day

Voters turned up in droves despite the rain



My Corner of the World

60 comments:

  1. The zebra dove looks so gorgeous! Thought Mee Siam means vermicelli in Hokkien...

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  2. Fabulous photos, love the zebra doves especially! Hugs, Valerie

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  3. The photo showing the bird singing competition just amazes me!

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  5. Marvelour picture of the bird who greeted you that morning :-) I also like crabs!
    I'm glad to see you posted the picture of the crab miracle. As you mentioned, it is located in the first Jesuit church built in Rome. That's the church of an old Catholic religious order.

    Have a nice Sunday, Veronica!

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  6. The Zebra dove is very beautiful! I wish you a wonderful Sunday, Veronica! Many hugs.

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  7. Great to see so many people lined up to vote; not so great to see all those birds in cages.

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  8. Thanks. I didn't know Zebra dove competitions. I want to enjoy their notes.

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  9. I have never seen a zebra dove before. I'm glad voting had such a great turnout. That is quite a long line!

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  10. The zebra dove and the crucifix crab are totally new to me. I love the background story behind the crab. Lots of interesting information and photos in your post. Thanks

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  11. That crab is very colourful, I haven't seen one with those spots, not even when we visited Fiji.

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  12. Zebra dove so cute , what is interesting knowles... thanks for your sharing...

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  13. Dearest Veronica,
    Oh, the food like mee Siam or in Indonesian 'mie Siam' is delicious!
    Did have to look up the singing of the Zebra dove and found it: https://youtu.be/gofoe0mMxxA
    Sad if they keep such a precious bird caged... You at least enjoyed it in its natural habitat and free.
    Saint Francis Xavier sure had courage for going at that time all the way to Asia!
    The voting turn out was great—tomorrow both of us go and vote in our Georgia runoff. Let's pray for God helping the good win over the evil in this world!
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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  14. I imagine doves sound the same everywhere. But I've never seen a zebra dove. What great coloring. (Ours are a boring beige.)

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  15. I loved the story of St. Francis and the crab, Veronica. And that dove is gorgeous.
    Blessings!

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  16. Me dio ganas de los fideos siameses. Me gusto la historia de San Francisco y me enamore de la paloma. Te mando un beso.

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  17. Me dio ganas de los fideos siameses. Me gusto la historia de San Francisco y me enamore de la paloma. Te mando un beso. https://enamoradadelasletras.blogspot.com/

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  18. The Zebra dove is very pretty. Nice pics overall.

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  19. And now I'm hungry ... the Noodles looks delicious. A Zebra Dove, I don't see this bird before my Visit here!
    Greetings from Germany
    Kirsi

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  20. Those noodles look delicious.
    Yay for the voters who turned up even in the rain.
    How lovely about the bird singing competition.

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  21. The Zebra dove is beautiful. I never heard the story about St. Francis and the crab. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week.

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  22. What a lot of lovely photos! Thanks for allowing us to join you virtually through your photography. And thanks for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2022/11/i-love-seasons-of-year.html

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  23. What a nice set of photos asl always love the Zebra Dove and of course the delicious food :-)

    Have a gallimaufrytastic week 👍

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  24. Absolutely stunning the Zebra Dove, free bird.

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  25. Lovely photos. I didn't know there was a zebra dove, very pretty. That was an amazing story about the crab too.

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  26. Great to see people doing their civic duty and exercising their right to vote!

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  27. I love the adorable zebra dove that came to visit you with a song... and the Mee Siam dish you shared looks so so good!

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  28. I have never heard of/seen a zebra dove before. So pretty. I was hoping to hear it sing on the video, but it didn't record their song. I did get a kick out of the guy massaging his bird's throat though. Well, I'm off to Google now to see if I can find what they sound like.

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  29. Another great collection of images they are so colorful. The zebra dove information is so interesting. A contest of coos so to speak. Happy Tuesday!

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  30. I love this post filled with great photos and interesting stories! I love the bird who greeted you too - how lovely!

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  31. I like the story about the Crucifix Crab, unlikely as the story seems. On the other hand, it seems a shame to keep all those wild doves in captivity. I realise it is a local tradition and culture too.

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  32. I've never heard of that crab but the story was fun. Great photos.

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  33. That is a great turn out for voting. Lots of lovely photos.

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  34. Thanks for sharing those beautiful photos. I am amazed at the Zebra Dove singing. The cages are beautiful also. We have Mourning Doves here. They visit my feeders daily. The look very similar to the Zebra Dove.

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  35. First of all, thank you for showing me the Zebra Dove. It was nice to hear of it and see it. Whoa! and the singing competition must be quite an event! :)

    The Siamese Noodles look Yum!
    Thank you for the crab legend, too. These stories are always so interesting.

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  36. cute zebra dove...

    mie siam tampak lezat dengan sambal dan separuh telur rebus. Happy Wednesday Kak Veronica ^^

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  37. Full of interesting information, especially the Crucifix Crab, Zebra Dove, Mee Siam, which made my mouth water, and the long queue of voters in the rain.

    Yoko

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  38. I like the crab, to look at, not to eat. :) The Cucumber flower is beautiful, I always like seeing them.

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  39. ...we NEVER have to wait in such a long line to vote!

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  40. That's just crazy, all those people lined up to vote, wow! Love the zebra dove and that crucifix crab is pretty cool.

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  41. You know how I love your food. I want some of that food.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. ♥

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  42. The zebra dove and the contest is something spectacular for me. And I did not know about the crab miracle. Very interesting. I'll read more about that.
    Thank you, Veronica for your gallimaufry!
    Happy WW and a fine December!

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  43. Extraordinary images and your narration is quite educational. I learned so much. (Wish we had the zebra dove here!!)

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  44. Hello,
    The singing competition sounds interesting. The Zebra Dove is a pretty bird. The crab is different looking. Your food looks delicious. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, enjoy your day and week ahead. PS, thank you for leaving me a comment.

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  45. very nice! best regards from Romania! :)

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  46. These are amazing photos! I especially love the shots of everyone in the long queue to vote. Very inspiring.

    Michelle
    followingmymuse.space

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  47. These are great photos.
    A singing competition for birds does not occur in the Netherlands, birds are judged, so it is also a kind of competition, the most beautiful birds win a prize.
    But the birds are then in cages.
    I enjoyed your blog.
    Greetings Irma

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  48. Wow, I love people who vote! Great sight of so many people waiting in line. So many people here do not even bother to register.
    I love the story about the crab with the cross.
    A dove singing competition. I love it!!

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  49. that beautiful cucumber reminds me of my gardening days ... there's nothing like picking a just-ripe anything!

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  50. The Dove sure has beautiful feathers and I love that pretty flower. I so appreciate you stopping by to leave words of comfort on my blog this week. They mean the world to me and I love visiting you and enjoying a little getaway with your photos and images! Hugs, Diane

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  51. Lindas flores me dio ganas de los fideos y los bollos. Te mando un beso.

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  52. That flower look so beautifulč. I love that intensive yellow color. Amazing.

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  53. I love Mee Siam Kuah and your collection of gorgeous photos......

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  54. Preciosa la flor de la pasión. Y también la paloma.
    Buen fin de semana.
    Un abrazo .

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  55. Such a beautiful photos. I like watch world through your photography and see pieces of world which I would never visit. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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