Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
The peranakan food was good, Chilli sedap! Yums!
Shreds of roasted duck tossed with Nonya sauce on a bed of greens
Prepared in our kitchen, our homemade fishcake recipe will tantalize your taste buds with turmeric and lime leaves enriched with galangal, chilli, candlenuts and shrimp paste.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
The Scapegoat, a novel by Daphne du Maurier, is about two men who are amazed at the striking similarity in their appearance. They spend an evening together, but one runs off, stealing the other’s identity and leaving him to step into a life filled with problems. The second man becomes a scapegoat.
The origin of that word comes from a ceremony performed with two goats on the Hebrew Day of Atonement (known today as Yom Kippur). The high priest would sacrifice one goat and symbolically place the sins of the people on the head of the other—the scapegoat—before it was sent into the wilderness carrying away the blame of the sin (Lev. 16:7-10).
But when Jesus came, He became our scapegoat. He offered Himself up “once for all” as a sacrifice to pay for the sins of “the whole world” (1 John 2:2; Heb. 7:27). That first goat had been sacrificed as a sin offering for God’s people and symbolized Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. The other goat was a representation of the completely innocent Jesus accepting and removing our sin and guilt.
None of us is without sin—but the Father laid on Jesus “the iniquity of us all” (Isa. 53:6). God sees followers of His Son as blameless—because Jesus took all the blame we deserve. — Cindy Hess Kasper
Jesus our Savior left heaven above,
Coming to earth as a Servant with love;
Laying aside all His glory, He came,
Giving His life, taking all of our blame. —Hess
Jesus takes our sin and gives us His salvation.
Remembering God and remembering His sacrifice for us. But we still hurt Him so.
Taking time away from Easter eggs and bunnies, I try to think about the real meaning of Easter and the reason we celebrate it. The day where Our Father dies for us on the cross to remove us from our sins. The day when He was tortured and bloodied. Where he suffers and bled for His children. 3 days later He rose from death. I forget, but I will make an effort to remember. God bless us all.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
TOKYO (AFP) - - Japan's celebrated cherry blossom, which for millions heralds the start of spring, is under threat from climate change, according to experts, who say warmer weather is causing early flowering.
Cherry blossom season officially began in Tokyo this year on March 21 -- five days ahead of schedule and a full week earlier than the average for the last 30 years of the 20th century.
Far from being a freak occurrence, the phenomenon of early blossoming has been happening for several years, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).
Traditionally, the first sakura -- cherry tree -- flowers appear in the second half of March on the southern islands of the Japanese archipelago and advance slowly up the central island of Honshu towards the far north.
However, according to the JMA, the "blossoming line" -- the latitude where trees start to flower on a given day -- on April 1, which 40 years ago was in the south of Honshu, is now about 200 kilometres (125 miles) further north.
This change, according to JMA climate expert Takashi Yoshida, is caused "by a warming climate and urbanisation."
City temperatures are noticeably higher than those in the countryside, say experts.
They point to the warming effects of cars, heaters and air-conditioners, coupled with the absence of open spaces and the concentration of materials that absorb the sun's heat, such as tar on roads.
Nobuyuki Asada, a member of the Japan Cherry Blossom Association, says meteorological changes mean the future for the trees does not look good.
"With the change in temperatures and a more erratic rainy season, I am not sure that we will still have cherry trees in 50 or 100 years," he said, adding that many trees were "not blossoming as well as they used to."
Every year the JMA tries to predict the exact dates that the trees will come into flower across Japan.
These predictions are crucial in a country where hanami -- flower-viewing parties at which lavish picnics are consumed, accompanied by beer or sake -- are planned weeks in advance among friends or by businesses looking to boost employee morale.
The blooms, which have been a source of inspiration for poets through the centuries, are a sign for most Japanese that winter is over and spring has arrived.
"Since childhood, I have felt a sense of well-being by contemplating the sakura," said 76-year-old Sumiko as she walked along an avenue of cherry trees in Tokyo's Naka-meguro district.
"When I came here more than 40 years ago, the sakura flowered around April 10, not March 20 or 25."
Japan, despite hosting the most famous conference on climate change in 1997, has struggled to set an example to the world.
According to the Kyoto Protocol, by 2012, the country is supposed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by six percent from 1990 levels.
But the latest figures show Asia's largest economy is still producing 9.2 percent more greenhouse gases than it was in 1990.
I have always wanted to see cherry blossoms. I missed the chance when I visited Tokyo in 2004 as it had bloomed earlier and followed by heavy rain, most of the flowers were just reduced to petals on the ground.
So imagine how happy I was to finally finally see them last year in Hokkaido. It was a sight for sore eyes! Beautiful beautiful creation of God and nature. So pretty and exquisite. So brace yourself for I'm going to dig pictures up from last year and post them just so I can relived them again. =)
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|Sunrise: 5:38 AM |
Sunset: 6:14 PM
|Sunrise: 5:37 AM |
Sunset: 6:14 PM
|Sunrise: 5:36 AM |
Sunset: 6:15 PM
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Sunset: 6:15 PM
|Sunrise: 5:34 AM |
Sunset: 6:16 PM
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Last Dec, I wrote a post about the digging and drilling around my estate. Tada! Look at the new pathway at the 1st picture. The grass was abit dry as I took it on 1st Feb when the weather was dry and hot. It's now better and they actually added another palm plant and a mini tree (I just looked down earlier).