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New look: Inside the L-shaped pool in the honeymoon suite at Canaves Oia Suites in Santorini
3 bowls steamed rice (3 cups)
1 cup chopped kimchi
¼ cup kimchi juice
¼ cup water
2-3 tablespoons gochujang (pepper paste)
3 teaspoons sesame oil
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 green onion, chopped
1 tablespoon roasted sesame seeds
1 sheet of kim, roasted and shredded
Heat up a pan. Add the vegetable oil.
Add the kimchi and stir fry for 1 minute.
Add rice, kimchi juice, water, and gochujang. Stir all the ingredients together for about 7 minutes with a wooden spoon.
Add sesame oil and remove from the heat.
Sprinkle with chopped green onion, roasted kim, and sesame seeds. Serve right away.
Geta (下駄) are a form of traditional Japanese footwear that resemble both clogs and flip-flops. They are a kind of sandal with an elevated wooden base held onto the foot with a fabric thong to keep the foot well above the ground. They are worn with traditional Japanese clothing such as kimono or yukata, but (in Japan) also with Western clothing during the summer months. Sometimes geta are worn in rain or snow to keep the feet dry, due to their extra height and impermeability compared to other footwear such as zōri. They make a similar noise to flip-flops slapping against the heel whilst walking. When worn on water or dirt, flip-flops may flip dirt or water up the back of the legs. This does not tend to happen with the heavier Japanese Geta.
Geta are made of one piece of solid wood forming the sole and two wooden blocks underneath. These blocks may have a metal plate on the section that touches the ground in order to lengthen the life span of the Geta. A V-shaped thong of cloth forms the upper part of the sandal.
The dai may vary in shape: oval ("more feminine") to rectangular ("more masculine") and color (natural, lacquered, or stained).
The hanao can be wide and padded, or narrow and hard, and it can be made with many sorts of fabric. Printed cotton with traditional Japanese motifs is popular, but there are also geta with vinyl and leather hanao.
Where you can relax with a warm cup of coffee while gazing at the cherry blossoms just outside the windows.
This ice cream is available at Davao City in the Philippines. Since the ice cream is “artisan,” every batch is made by hand and includes a variety of flavors made by mixing in fruit. Of course, they don’t only sell crocodile ice cream–normal chicken-egg ice cream, in a variety of flavors, is also available.
So far, it seems that the store has been getting quite a bit of attention both locally and from foreign tourists, with many people enjoying the rare ice cream.
The Songkran festival (Thai: สงกรานต์, pronounced [sǒŋ.krāːn], listen; from the Sanskrit word saṃkrānti, or literally "astrological passage") is celebrated in Thailand as the traditional New Year's Day from 13 to 15 April. It coincides with the New Year of many calendars of South and Southeast Asia.
The date of the festival was originally set by astrological calculation, but it is now fixed. If these days fall on a weekend, the missed days off are taken on the weekdays immediately following. Songkran falls in the hottest time of the year in Thailand, at the end of the dry season. Until 1888 the Thai New Year was the beginning of the year in Thailand; thereafter 1 April was used until 1940. 1 January is now the beginning of the year. The traditional Thai New Year has been a national holiday since then.
It is now observed nationwide, even in the far south. However, the most famous Songkran celebrations are still in the northern city of Chiang Mai, where it continues for six days and even longer. It has also become a party for foreigners and an additional reason for many to visit Thailand for immersion in another culture.
The most obvious celebration of Songkran is the throwing of water upon others. Thais roam the streets with containers of water or water guns. In addition, many Thais will have small bowls of beige colored talc sold cheaply and mixed with water which is then smeared on the faces and bodies of random passersby as a blessing for the new year. Sometimes this talc is mixed with menthol. City officials close off many sections of the street thoroughfares for the festival disallowing all vehicular traffic save for ice trucks and fire engines which also partake in the watering festivities. These sections typically have makeshift gates manned by police who separate men and women in case of the need for a body search arises if it is suspected that prohibited items are brought into the main watering areas.
Besides the throwing of water, people celebrating Songkran as a Buddhist festival may also go to a wat (Buddhist monastery) to pray and give food to monks. They may also cleanse Buddha images from household shrines as well as Buddha images at monasteries by gently pouring water mixed with a Thai fragrance (Thai: น้ำอบไทย) over them. It is believed that doing this will bring good luck and prosperity for the New Year. In many cities, such as Chiang Mai, the Buddha images from all of the city's important monasteries are paraded through the streets so that people can toss water at them, ritually 'bathing' the images, as they pass by on ornately decorated floats. In northern Thailand, people may carry handfuls of sand to their neighborhood monastery in order to recompense the dirt that they have carried away on their feet during the rest of the year. The sand is then sculpted into stupa-shaped piles and decorated with colorful flags.
The throwing of water originated as a way to pay respect to people, by capturing the water after it had been poured over the Buddhas for cleansing and then using this "blessed" water to give good fortune to elders and family by gently pouring it on the shoulder. Among young people the holiday evolved to include dousing strangers with water to relieve the heat, since April is the hottest month in Thailand (temperatures can rise to over 100 °F or 40 °C on some days). This has further evolved into water fights and splashing water over people riding in vehicles.
This glorious view can be seen from the popular “Sea of Clouds” (unkai) Terrace on Mount Tomamu, which is entering its ninth year of service. Such a magnificent vista is generally the sole privilege of determined hikers, but this resort attraction in the heart of Hokkaidō delivers you to it in a mere 13 minutes!
The terrace is a part of Hoshino Resorts Tomamu, in Yūfutsu District. A multi-complex family resort that’s open all year round, it’s famous for its vast slopes and powder snow thanks to its northern latitude.
Aside from the usual skiing and snowboarding, vacationers can enjoy a host of “off-season” activities such as horseback riding and hot-air ballooning. The main draw, however, may be this ever-changing, awe-inspiring natural phenomenon that’s quite rare and hinges on multiple factors. By utilizing the chairlifts that carry skiers in the winter, nature enthusiasts can glide through the air simply and leisurely for 13 minutes, in order to reach the top and witness the distinctive formations from a prime location. Last fall, the terrace welcomed its one-hundred-thousandth visitor since its opening in 2006.
Though the terrace is located at the very top of the chairlift (1,088 meters above sea level), it is roughly 150 meters below the actual summit. Because the terrace juts out from the mountainside, the billowy cloud layers may start right at your feet if the conditions are just right.
While you’re there, why not get a hot drink or light snacks from the adjacent café to beat the cold of dawn, or even participate in the yoga program? Another fun fact: the entrance ticket is actually a postcard, and you can send it from the terrace for free. To let your friends know where you’ve been with the special postmark, just drop it in the blue “Sea of Clouds” mailbox.
The terrace’s hours are specific so be sure to check its website if you’re interested: it is open during early morning hours from May 17 to October 14, and during midday hours from July 26 to August 31.
Have you ever been to this terrace, or is there another jaw-dropping destination you recommend? Share with fellow readers in the comments section!
Schlitterbahn’s record-setting Verrückt waterslide in Kansas, USA was named the world’s tallest waterslide by Guinness World Records. Verrückt, which is German for “insane,” this he 168-feet-7-inch slide is on pace to open June 5.
I wouldn’t mind trying…
Senbei (煎餅,せんべい) adalah makanan ringan asal Jepang yang dibuat dari tepung beras atau tepung serealia yang lain. Makanan ringan ini bisa berbentuk bundar, persegi, atau persegi panjang yang pipih, dan dimatangkan dengan cara dipanggang hingga berwarna kuning keemasan. Dibandingkan kerupuk, senbei jauh lebih tebal, dan berukuran lebih besar daripada okaki atau arare.
Walaupun jenis senbei tertentu rasanya manis, rasa senbei umumnya sedikit asin karena diberi garam (rasa selada). Variasi rasa senbei yang umum adalah senbei rasa miso, rasa kecap asin, dan rasa wijen. Senbei rasa kecap asin yang dibungkus dengan nori atau diberi nori pada permukaannya disebut nori senbei.
Senbei tradisional dipanggang dengan memakai api arang. Setelah matang, senbei dioles dengan campuran kecap asin dan mirin. Di daerah Kanto, penjual senbei memanggang dagangannya lembar demi lembar di tempat. Sementara itu, penjual senbei di daerah Kansai menjual senbei yang sudah dibuat di tempat lain.
Boring display at the supermarket?! Not here!
1. Slice bananas
2. Spread peanut butter on half of the slices. If you don't like peanut butter, you can substitute it with Nutella or Strawberry/Blueberry Jams =)
3. Top with remaining slices and put it in the freezer for 1 hour
4. Dip in chocolate
5. Put back in the freezer for at least 3 hours
In Japan, a hunched back is called neko-ze, which literally means cat’s back. These days, one of the most common places to see neko-ze is not actually in the feline world but in the office, where workers hunch over computers, inadvertently ruining their backs and causing all sorts of problems in the process.
In an attempt to remind workers not to slouch, Japanese toymaker Bandai is releasing a series of hunchbacked cats designed to sit next to your computer. One look at these during the workday and you’ll stop the office neko-ze.
Heightening the anticipation for the series is the promise of four secret cats in the collection. Showing only their silhouettes, sitting with perfect posture and straight backs, we’re curious to find out what these reformed cats look like!
Due for release on 24 June, the cats with bad posture will be available for 200 yen each (US$1.95) from toy capsule machines. Just cute enough for us to like them and just disturbing enough to make us sit up and notice, these cats might actually do the trick and straighten backs around the workplace!