This year Chinese New Year falls on Saturday of January 28. According to Chinese zodiac, this year is the year of Rooster. Rooster ranks tenth of the twelve animals in the 12-year Chinese zodiac cycle. Every 12 years there is a rooster year.
I have attached a video of chopsticks from youtube. It is eating utensil which have been used by the Chinese over 6000 years and by many East Asians. Chopsticks has been a significant part of the Chinese culture. Through chopsticks we learn many things and it is a connection between people. Happy Chinese New Year !! May the year of Rooster brings prosperity and good health to all of you.
This is another instalment pictures of what we found inside the flower dome. Besides flowers, we too can find cactus at the dome. Of course the cactus here are not as many in variety and as big as cactus grown naturally in open space desert. Because cactus need most sun light and hotter temperature, they are placed closer to the dome glass roof here in flower dome. Please enjoy.
Let me leave you with Pachelbel’s Canon in Dpiano cover played by my daughter. Have a great weekend.
These are the pictures from my Bali trip that I promised to post for you. The information below is from Wiki as I know nothing about this Garuda Wisnu Kencana cultural park.
Mandala Garuda Wisnu Kencana, or Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK), is a 240 hectares private cultural park on the Bukit Peninsula at the southern end of the island of Bali in Indonesia, 15 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport. Bukit is a limestone plateau with Uluwatu to the west and Nusa Dua to the east.
It is devoted to the Hindu god Vishnu, and his mount, Garuda, the mythical bird who is his companion. Currently, the statue of Vishnu is 23 metres (75.5 ft) high, although the original plan was for a 146-metre (479 ft) gold-plated Vishnu riding Garuda on top of an 11-storey entertainment complex. Garuda wing span will be 64 metres (210.0 ft) across. When it’s completed, it will be one of the largest statues in the world. The idea was not without controversy, and religious authorities on the island complained that its massive size might disrupt the spiritual balance of the island, and that its commercial nature was inappropriate, but some groups agree with the project, because it will make new tourist attraction over barren land.
I was told when the park is completed, there will be story telling script on those gigantic mountain walls at the entrance. Tourists will be able to read the story as they drive into the park. The barong show I posted a couple weeks ago was also one of the attraction in this park. Please enjoy and Happy Sunday!
The crazy and impulsive decision of mine last weekend landed us in Pulau Ubin. It rained throughout the day while we were there. It did not dampen our mood, on the contrary it was kinda fun walking in the rain with no one around and the day was so much cooler because of it.
Pulau Ubin (Ubin island) is located northeast of Singapore mainland and the second largest island after Sentosa island. It is the last remaining village/Kampong that can be found in Singapore. There are only about a hundred villagers living there. The bumboat ride from Changi point ferry terminal is about 10 to 15 minutes to the island. It costs SGD 2.50/person and the boat will leave when they have 12 people.
Once you are in the island you can rent a bicycle touring the island; mountain biking; bird watching; nature walking; tracking; fishing; camping at designated areas and kayaking. It is lots of fun if you don’t mind getting dirty and shedding sweat doing those activities. Alternatively, you can take a van touring the island.
I have many pictures that I will post daily while I take a break. I hope you enjoy it.
Last week, I got a chance to go to back to Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia in Southeast Asia. It’s been some time since the last time I was back home. While we were there we decided to go to Bandung. Bandung is only few hours drive from capital (73.1 miles or 117 km south-east Jakarta). I remember we used to go there during school holidays with family and relatives. The city holds a very special place in my memory. It is also an ideal weekend gateaways from busy and crowded Jakarta. Bandung weather is slightly cooler couples with its local food usually why people are there for. Further away from Bandung there is this small village called Lembang (11 km from Bandung) that we wanted to visit as well. The next morning we went for Lembang village tour and took some pictures. Take a look at their mode of transportation in that small village out of Bandung.
I have heard of Dempsey Hill for quite sometime but never bothered to visit it until last night. We dined at Muthu’s flavours which served Indian food. The links below are from the internet. Anyone interested in the history of the place, please click to see the video link below and picture link of the interior and food of Muthu’s. Note: I do not own the video and pictures.