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Travel Photo Thursday — 07/10/14 — Marathon Travel –Three Countries, 15 Hours

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in Bangkok, Destinations, Hong Kong, Penang, Thailand, Travel Photo Thursday | 24 comments

Welcome to the 185th week of Travel Photo Thursday. After a marathon of marking tomorrow evening, and a final class on Friday, I will  be finished with this albatross that’s been hanging around my neck for the past three weeks. Next comes a marathon weekend of packing and cleaning. I’ll be out the door at 2:30 am to catch my bus to the airport. By 9:00 am I should be sipping champagne in Asiana Business Class on my way to Penang. However, before that happens I’ll be touching down for a few hours in Hong Kong (duty free, here I come!). In Hong Kong I change planes and head to Bangkok in Thai Air Business Class. A few hours in Bangkok airport and another Thai Air flight will finally whisk me to Penang, my third country and final destination. Total travel time will be 15 hours, and I actually spend almost equal amounts of time between the air and ground. I’m sure someone must be saying…WHY? Well, when I started researching my flight I realized very quickly that the only airline that flies direct from Korea is Malaysian Air, and they are not a Star Alliance member. Then, I decided to use my Star Alliance Frequent Flier Points, and not one Star Alliance airline flies directly to Penang from Seoul. On the bright side, I am traveling business class for a measly $360.00 (US). I don’t think it gets much better than that!

 

Hong Kong and Bangkok are two of my favorite cities, so I thought I’d share a few of my favorite shots taken during past visits…

 

On the waterfront…”Hong Kong Avenue of Stars”…

 

 

Lights, Camera, Action in Hong Kong

 

 

A dwarfed Star Cruises vessel…

 

 

Hong Kong

 

 

I want to live in the red one with what looks like a  tennis court. That shot was taken from Victoria Peak.

 

 

Hong Kong from the Peak

 

 

Harbour view…

 

Hong Kong

 

 

One of my favorite temples in HK, Tin Hau Temple at Causeway Bay. I fell in love with all of the intricate details.

 

 

Tin Hau Temple, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

 

 

Then comes Bangkok…

Temple of the Emerald Buddha…not to be missed when you visit Bangkok.

 

 

Temple of the Emerald Buddha

 

I love this shot, even if I can’t remember the Bangkok temple!

 

Be a Light Within Yourself.....Buddha

 

 

Rose offerings at the shrine in front of Central World…

 

Roses, Shrine at Central World Bangkok

 

 

Finally, a moment stopping sunset on Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River…

 

Bangkok Sunset

 

 

At the end of the “rainbow” we have Penang, Malaysia, where I will hang my sandals for the next five weeks!

Penang’s Kuan Yin Temple…

 

Lanterns, Kuan Yin Temple, Penang

 

 

Getting to Penang is going to be a bit of a marathon, so I am grateful for those frequent flier miles and the upcoming business class service.
Do you ever use points to fly business class?

This is the 185th  edition of Travel Photo Thursday. You can browse the archives here.

 

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Travel Photo Thursday — 19/6/14 — Foodie Travel Memories

Posted by on Jun 19, 2014 in Canada, China, Destinations, Korea, Nova Scotia, Spain, Thailand, Travel Photo Thursday | 36 comments

Welcome to week 182 of Travel Photo Thursday. The last of the marks saw their way into the computer today. I’d like to say that I am heading out in the next couple of days. Alas, I am knee deep in planning lessons for a summer course that starts on Monday. The saving grace is that it’s only for 3 weeks, and then my Penang adventure begins. When I travel I eat, and I don’t think I’m alone. For many of us, food seems to be a huge draw when we’re gallivanting around the globe. Today I’m sharing with you just a few of the mouth watering dishes that have gotten my attention over the years, and that I would travel for again and again.

 

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Let’s start with my home province, Nova Scotia…

# Lobster…can never get enough. Boiled with a bit of melted butter is the way to go! Simple, but oh, so delicious! (Believe it on not, I found this Nova Scotia lobster on sale in Korea!)

 

A Taste of Nova Scotia in Korea

Nova Scotia fish chowder and fish cakes from the Train Station Inn, Tatmagouche, Nova Scotia (You will here lots of strange native Indian names in Nova Scotia!) Except for the fish cakes and chowder made by very own my mom and dad, these have to be the best fish cakes and chowder that have ever teased my taste buds.

Chowder and Fish Cakes at the Train Station Inn, Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia

Finally, before we leave Nova Scotia, don’t miss the french fries on Halifax’s Spring Garden Road, since 1977…

 

Bud The Spud, Spring Garden Road, Halifax

Peking Duck in China…(Of course, if you want to be politically correct, be sure to order Beijing Duck)…either way, it is out of this world delicious!

Peking Duck (or as it's politically more correct name...Beijing Duck

My food love affair with Thailand will never end…

Yummy moo ping (I am salivating, just looking at this photo!)

Chiang Mai Street Food -- Moo Ping

Som Tom Salad…

The Best Som Tom Salad in Chaing Mai

Pad Thai…

Pad Thai, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Northern Thailand’s signature dish…Khao Soi

Khao Soi at Airport Plaza, Chiang Mai

I would be remiss if I didn’t include one or two of my favorite Korean dishes.

Korean Bul Goki (marinated beef perfectly cooked at your table). Just thinking about how awesome this dish tastes makes my tongue twitch!

Korean Bul Kogki

Korean’s love their noodles, and Kalguksu is one of the best!

Kalguksu with Kimchi

Kalguksu with Kimchi

Finally, let’s head to Spain, the land of olives that are not only fresh and delicious, but huge. Tapas that will just keep you coming back for more, and how can all of this goodness not be savored with a glass or two of Spanish wine. 🙂

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Wine Chilling -- Mercado de San Miguel, Madrid, Spain

Which country’s food keeps you going back for more?

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#Frifotos – Landscape – Ping’an China

Posted by on May 31, 2014 in #frifotos, China | 2 comments

The terraced rice fields of Ping’an China, for this weeks #Frifotos theme…LANDSCAPE The rice fields are located 2 hours from the city of Guilin, known for its proximity to the Li River.


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Terraced Rice Fields -- Ping'an, China

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Travel Photo Thursday — May 16, 2013 — Hong Kong’s Million Dollar Travel Views

Posted by on May 16, 2013 in China, Hong Kong, Travel Photo Thursday | 39 comments

Welcome to another week of  Travel Photo Thursday. Pull up your armchair, and get ready for our virtual around the world tour. I am suffering this week from the yellow dust that is covering Daejeon. I don’t know if it has invaded from China, or if it’s the pollen from Korea’s pine trees. Which ever, I have been fighting headaches all week, and the stuff can’t be gone soon enough! In the mean time here are some “million dollar travel views” Hong Kong, one of my favorite cities!

 

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A view from the Peak…I wonder who owns that little piece of real estate?

 

Hong Kong from the Peak

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Everything is just so “tight”!

 

Hong Kong Sky Line

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From harbour side…that is one big cruise ship, dwarfing, what was then, the tallest building in Hong Kong.

 

Hong Kong's Tallest Building (dwarfed by Star Cruises)

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Hong Kong Harbour

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Eat China

Posted by on Apr 14, 2013 in China, Destinations, Featured, Guest Posts | 7 comments

Today’s guest post comes from Agness. A wanderer, who travels the globe on less than $25.00 a day, Agness  is a perfect mascot for all of us budget travelers out there. WARNING…I don’t recommend viewing this post on an empty stomach! 🙂

SONY DSCAgness is a Polish vagabond who, after graduation, left her comfort zone and set off for a journey of her lifetime to China in 2011. She has been constantly travelling the world since then (slowly, but surely as she says), living like a local for less than $25 a day. She became a photography passionate and adventure blogger sharing her life enthusiasm and travel experience with everyone around. You can find Agness on the web : http://etramping.com; https://twitter.com/Agnesstramp; http://facebook.com/etramping.

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Unique taste, a lot of vegetables and deep-fried meat and noodles, yet full of flavors and extremely nutritious – these are only a few features of Chinese cuisine, one of the oldest in the world.
Chinese believe that the food influences their minds so Chinese cuisine is often considered as one of the healthiest. Over the centuries, China has been experimenting with food a lot adding new herbs and spices. They’ve managed to create mouth-watering collection of recipes.

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The creation of the Chinese dishes are based on the four fundamental flavors: sweet, bitter, salty and sour. It is important to maintain a balance between them. The compositions of flavors, their proportions may vary depending on the region where the dish is prepared. The most popular cuisines are those coming from: Sichuan, Shanghai, Cantonese and Beijing. However, less is known Guzihou kitchens of the province, Tibetan, Uighur and Hakka.
In Chinese dishes we can find large quantities of meat such as beef, pork, snails, snakes, chicken. The cooking time is quite short, to preserve the natural taste of food.
Chinese dishes can be also very gentle and sweet. Many dishes, especially sauces are seasoned with sugar, so often appears in the kitchen sweet-sour flavor, for example pork in sweet and sour sauce.

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There are a few Chinese meals you must try when visiting China. One of them is world famous Peking Duck. It is quite time-consuming to prepare, and the most delicious part of it is great crispy crust, which is obtained in the many hours of baking. The characteristic method is a method of cooking frying without fat fast, thanks to the meat fried with other vegetables becomes brittle, and gaining additional dish distinctive smoky flavor. Another Chinese dish you cannot miss is Chinese dumplings (baozi) with various fillings. They are steamed or fried. They are usually stuffed with pork, beef and vegetables, and in addition provides a variety of Asian sauces such as soy-based sauce, chili, vinegar and sesame oil.

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Each region apparently has its own traditions of cooking and seasoning food. However, regardless of any differences, all of these kitchens combines passion for harmony of taste, aroma, color and texture of food. Due to the low tolerance of dairy products, the Chinese focus on the four major food groups for him: grains, vegetables, fruits and meat.

 

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Wanderfood Wednesday — Sampling a Local Bejing Dish

Posted by on Nov 11, 2010 in China, Wanderfood Wednesday | 21 comments

Here we are for another week of Wanderfood Wednesday kindly hosted by Wanderlust and Lipstick.

Growing up in Nova Scotia I had always wanted to try Peking Duck. At home I could order duck in some Chinese restaurants, but of course the order had to go in well in advance. That never interested me. Perhaps what I wanted more than the duck was the experience of eating the duck in its homeland, China. That was always what intrigued me.

The evening that I set out for the Donghuamen Night Market (Beijing Snack Attack) it was in the back of my mind that I might be on a mission to satisfy my duck craving. I discovered this restaurant, Da Wan Ju, behind the street vendors, and after checking out the menu I decided it was now or never. There were two reasons that I chose this restaurant. The English menu did a great job of presenting the duck, and the staff person at the door to this crowded eatery was friendly. I can’t tell you how many times I walked out of restaurants in China because the staff were afraid of, or wanted nothing to do with a foreigner. Thankfully, this was not the case here.

Beijing Duck Restaurant

I caused a bit of a stir when I walked in. Here I was, a foreigner, a woman, and eating alone. I made eye contact and smiled at a few of the diners as I was lead to my table. Smiles were returned. Now it was time to enjoy the menu and make my selection.

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The waitress spoke a bit of English, and as you can see the menu was also in English. I finally decided on the “Choice Roasted Duck” at 98 Yuan (approx. $15.00US). The Imperial Style was the same duck, but with many more side dishes. This would be an excellent choice for two or more diners.

I didn’t have long to wait. Within fifteen minutes of ordering my Beijing Duck with all the necessary condiments was sitting at my table for my dining pleasure.

Beijing Duck

Condiments included chili sauce, and oyster sauce, along with the sliced veggies and rice wrappers.

Beijing Duck

I was ready for my FIRST bite. Two words…………..ABSOLUTE PERFECTION. The duck was moist and flavorful. The vegetables and condiments were perfect complements.

This was a meal worth savoring, and I totally took my time.

No, I didn’t eat all of the duck. I was hungry, but not that hungry. I ate until I was pleasantly full. This is a great meal to share, but if you do dine alone make sure you are hungry, and take your time. Da Wan Ju is a great choice for a Beijing duck eating experience.

Beijing Duck

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