Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Me: John, this is Mandy.
John (American Friend): Hello Mandy, nice to meet you.
Mandy: Hi John. How are you?
Me: Mandy works as a part time waitress here and she normally leaves the pub after 9pm to report work at another place. She is a hardworking girl.
John: Mmmmm, interesting. I wonder how you cope with 2 night jobs. By the way, where is your second work place?
Mandy: I work in Chinatown.*
John: Oh, you work in ‘Chee Chong Kai’. (Chee Chong Kai is the Cantonese name for Chinatown, Petaling Street where there are a lot of stalls selling cheap fake goods) I almost spew out my beer!
*There used to be a nightclub in Damansara Utama by the name of Chinatown Nightclub, same row as 7 Eleven, at the back of OCBC Bank. I think they have already changed their name.
Related Posts on Jokes about my American Friend 1) Jokes – My American Friend got Chased Out from a Restaurant. 2) Jokes – A Lady Whacked my American Friend with an Umbrella. 3) Jokes – My American Eats Satay at Kajang. 4)Jokes – My American Friend Watched Tiger Show in Pattaya, Thailand .
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
1) The hump of a camel actually doesn’t store water. Fats are stored here and it can be converted to energy and water.
2) They can withstand severe changes in temperature, using efficient controls in their skins. In the day they may not sweat at all, therefore conserving water in their body.
3) Water vapor from their breath can be trapped by their nostrils and absorb back into their body.
4) Camel coats can reflect sunlight.
5) Camel red blood cell is oval in shaped and it will not rupture when they drink water excessively.
6) The structure of the camel feet and camel toe is suitable for walking on the loose and fine desert sand without sinking. Camels are even-toed ungulates and double- pulley joint bone structure gives them greater stability.
7) They can close their nostrils using their nose muscle and this is useful protection for the respiratory system during a sandstorm. (Ha Ha, I wish I could do that!)
Have you ever wonder why some camels have one humps and some have two humps? Arabian camel has one hump, known as Dromedary. Bactrian camels that are found in North Eastern Asia like Mongolia and China has two humps.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
1) Pre packed Bak Kut Teh spices, 1 packet (A1 comes with 2 sachets, Use one sachet for 5 bowls of water)
2) Pork trotters, 1/2 , cut into large pieces
3) Fried Fluffy Bean Curd (Toufu Pok), 10 pcs
4) Dried Shitake Mushroom, soaked in water to soften, 5 pcs
5) Young Corns, 10 pcs, cut half
6) Fu Chuk (Fried bean curd), 10 pcs
7) Garlic, 1 bulb
8) Oyster sauce, 2 table spoons
9) Light Soya Sauce, 7 table spoons
10) Thick Soya Sauce, ½ teaspoon
11) Enoki Mushroom, 1 packet, cut off the roots and wash to clean
12) 5 bowls of water 13) Salt to taste
14) *Lycium berries (Kei chi), around 1 table spoon (optional, added for extra flavour)
15) *Tong Kwai, 2 pcs (optional, for extra flavour)
*Note: I normally add these two Chinese herbs if I am using Factory pre packed BKT spices.
Put 5 bowls of water into a pot and bring to a boil. Add in the pre packed spices, Kei chi (optional), Tong Kwai(optional), pork trotters, shitake mushroom and garlic. Boil in slow fire for around 1 hour to soften the pork trotter’s tendons and meat. Then add in light soya sauce, thick soya sauce, and oyster sauce. Put in the young corns, tofu pok, fu chuk and salt to taste. You can add leafy vegetable and enoki mushroom before serving so that they will remain crunchy. BKT is best eaten with steamed rice and You Char Kueh (Chinese Crullers). Use bird eye chili and chopped raw garlic with soya sauce as dipping sauce. Related posts; Veg Kut Teh Veg Kut Teh Chick Kut TehChick Kut Teh
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Cute Elephants playing football
Orchid Farm There are lots of orchid hybrids here. There is also a small enclosure for various types of butterfly. My wife snap this shot......................Shiny golden butterfly pupa Chiang Rai Hot Springs The ladies in our tour group are not interested in the hot springs. They went straight to some of the shops there to do their shopping immediately without even stopping by to look at the hot spring. My wife bought around 10 pcs of silver jewelries! Have to change some more Thai Bahts again! Manage to capture this picture from the van. Wrong spelling 'sping' White Temple- Wat Rongkhun Chiang Rai This beautiful temple is still under construction. Each small pieces of mirror that are embedded on the cement make the structure sparkle under the rays of the sun. Construction on the way........................................Me, at the White Temple, Chiang Rai Long Neck Karen Village I was told that the ladies in this tribe wear the heavy metal rings to protect their neck from tiger attack. The heavy rings pushed down the shoulder bones and therefore make the neck appear long. Their neck will break easily if the rings are taken out and normally these people will suffer from respiratory problem when they are old. The tradition is slowly dying and most of the young generation chooses not to wear this cumbersome rings anymore. These people are actually not from this area. They are brought here by the tourism people to stay in this village for a fee. The place they originated from is very remote, near the Loas border. A Longneck Karen lady and boy..........................A pretty young longneck Karen girl Umbrella Factory Northern Thailand made umbrellas are very popular. The Saa tree fibre is used to produce the paper for making the umbrella. I bought one nice red umbrella for my daughter. Drying papers and umbrellas in the sun..............Saa tree that is used to make the paper
Golden Triangle The Golden Triangle is where three countries meet; Burma, Thailand and Loas. These areas are popular places for growing poppy plants which are used to make drugs. We had lunch at a restaurant near the Mekong River. The dishes served are beancurd sheet wrapped meat (like lobak), spicy tomyam that I learned to cook ( Fiery Hot Vegan Basil Soup), tomato sauce meat, fried fish and vegetable. After lunch took a ride down Mekong River and crossed over to no man land, Donsao, Laos. Shopping again! Lunch next to bank of Mekong River..................Yours truly in Laos