Saturday, January 31, 2009

Korean Cheese

We now return to regular postings with a preview of several upcoming posts on our fabulous long weekend trip to Seoul, Korea. This is how many laughs $6 and a helpful cheesy-photo store employee can provide! The pictures, decorated by our savvy use of a machine only in Korean, are small, but have actual glitter printed on them.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Pongal Pongali!

This week, the Tamil people celebrated Pongal, the harvest festival. This festival involves crowds, cows, goats, free food, and especially boiling over milk in a jug, and yelling "Pongal Pongali"! (I accidentally wore my milk-spilling shirt, too). Please see more pictures here.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Laura cooks Peranakan

What do fish bladders and fried chicken have in common? They form part of Peranakan food. Peranakans are people of mixed Malaysian and Chinese decent. When the Singaporean Straits Chinese realized that a male-only society was unpleasant, they brought in women from Malaysia, and a new cuisine was born.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Bicontinental Holidays

Above are waterfront panoramas (click to enlarge) of Singapore and Vancouver where, it turns out, the holiday seasons are the same. Here are some examples. Below, natural decorations include holly and Christmas-coloured orchids.Spending time outdoors.Christmas trees in Canada and Singapore. Hanging out with the little people in both places. People are a tad more little in Singapore.
The only notable difference is that we had Chinese hot pot in Vancouver and French cheese fondue in Singapore.