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Saturday, December 24, 2022

Blog Break


Thank you all for stopping by. ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿงก๐Ÿงก

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Friday, December 16, 2022


Just a gallimaufry of photos ๐Ÿ“ท


I can never resist the urge to touch it!
It was a game we used to play. The neighbourhood kids would try to outdo one another  touching and closing as many leaves as we possibly could!

Stimuli like heat, wind, or touch cause the leaves of the plant to droop or fold inward for several minutes. It's almost like it's playing dead. The leaves also close in the dark and reopen in the light. The impact of the stimulus determines how quickly the leaves close up. If the plant is struck forcefully with the flick of a finger, the leaves will close up in the blink of an eye. Although some botanists theorise that it may be a defence mechanism, the cause of this unusual behaviour is unknown.
Birthday treat for son#2
The mocha rum cake is to die for!
Queen assumed into heaven, pray for us.
Queen of the most holy Rosary, pray for us.
Queen of families, pray for us.
Queen of peace, pray for us. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป


Tijuana 1990

Coconut scraper
The semi-automated process requires the operator to press a half-shell coconut onto a scary-looking rotary contraption with badass spikes.

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Friday, December 9, 2022


Just a gallimaufry of photos ๐Ÿ“ท
River bushwillow
The fruit is regarded as poisonous and reputedly causes hiccups.


Reflection in the Baptismal Font of Salisbury Cathedral
Fish-fragrant eggplant
The name is a misnomer  there's no fish in this dish at all! This classic derives its name from the quintessential sweet, sour, and spicy sauce for Sichuan fish dishes. 

Ginger and scallion beef
Reunion with my Canadian cousins
Nothing brings people together like good food
Food always knits close bonds
Reconnecting with cousin Patrick from Calgary
Pasar malam (Night Market)

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Friday, December 2, 2022


Just a gallimaufry of photos ๐Ÿ“ท

Moss roses

The duo-toned ones are so pretty!

Flower Rolls Flower rolls are soft, pillowy, steamed buns that are common in Chinese cuisine and are comparable to white bread in western diets.

Dongpo pork
Dunk the flower rolls into the flavourful sauce  heaven!

Twice-cooked pork (Sichuan cuisine)
The pork is simmered, sliced, and then stir-fried with an assortment of vegetables  capsicum, Chinese cabbage, leek, etc.

Christmas is coming!

Passion flower


Buerspassage  2019
Artists used things that end up in Amsterdam's canals to create a walkway that gives the illusion of walking through an underwater tunnel along the bottom of a canal with fish, air bubbles, reflections, an assortment of objects  gliding and floating above you – bicycles, umbrellas, cogs, boat parts, liquor bottles, etc  and yes, Vincent van Gogh's ear!

Can you spot the ear?
Gotta love the Dutch sense of humour!

Son#2 bouldering

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