Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas

Hohoho - Merry Christmas, everyone! Have you been good this year? Only good girls and boys (okay, lets put it as ladies and gentlemen) will get their Christmas present from Santa :)

May you have a great celebration. Have a good time with your loved ones. And, of course, I do hope that there would be more peace in the world ...

Happy Holiday!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Knowing Your Kueh

Saw the following kueh chart in the web couple of days back, and I think it's worth sharing with anyone who happens to stumble and drop by my blog.

Kueh, also known as kuih, are bite-sized snack or dessert foods commonly found in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore as well as the Southern China provinces of Fujian and Chaoshan.

(Images courtesy of Singapore illustrator and blogger Lee Xin Li)

I have tried a handful of the kueh in the above charts, but have no clue on the names of some of these. The above kueh chart indeed proves helpful. At least, when I order kueh in the future, I know what to tell when ordering :p

Friday, December 13, 2013

Christmas 2004

The familiar symbols and characters of the Nativity are again the central elements of the 2004 Australia Christmas stamp designs. Designed by graphic designer Jeanette Fallon, the richly decorative style of the illustrations suggests beautiful Christmas baubles.

The designs are deliberately intricate and detailed, where the surfaces are ornamented and embellished. The use of gold alludes to the richness of the religious icons, while the depth of colour captures the richness of Christmas baubles.

Mary and baby Jesus are being illustrated in the 45c stamp, the angel appears to the shepherds in the 50c stamp while the three wise men are being shown in the AU$1.00 stamp.


Date of Issue : 1 Nov 2004
Postmark : Christmas Hills 3775 VIC
Denomination : 45c, 50c and AU$1.00
Stamp Size : 26mm x 37.5 mm (45c and 50c stamps) and 37.5mm x 26 mm (AU$1.00 stamp)
Paper : Tullis Russell
Printing Process : Lithography


Each stamp glitters like a precious jewel, making it a treasure to mark Christmas 2004, as well as a set of beautiful stamps worth collecting.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Christmas 2003

Since the first Australian Christmas stamps were issued in 1957, there have been many depictions of the traditional Christmas story.

Same goes for the Christmas stamps in 2003. Designed by Indigenous artist, Sally Morgan, the stamp designs illustrate scenes from the story of the birth of Christ. Morgan's distinctive style and use of brilliant colour have produced a joyous set of Christmas stamps for the year.

The 45c stamp features Mary and the baby Jesus, the 50c stamp features the three wise men while the 90c stamp shows the angel appearing to the shepherds.


Date of Issue : 31 Oct 2003
Postmark : Christmas Hills 3775 VIC
Denomination : 45c, 50c and 90c
Stamp Size : 26mm x 37.5mm
Paper : Tullis Russell
Printing Process : Lithography


Sally Morgan, an Australian Indigenous artist, first came to national prominence with the publication of her book, My Place, telling of her re-connection with her Aboriginal culture and community.

Besides an acclaimed artist, author and playwright, Morgan is also the Director of the Centre for Indigenous History and the Arts at The University of Western Australia.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Here Comes The Big Bad Wolf

Nope, don't worry, this is not the big bad wolf from the three little pig story. Instead, this is The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale.

The biggest book sale is making a comeback to the Klang Valley again, with books up to 95% off retail price.

The sale is from 6 to 15 Dec 2013, in MIECC @ The Mines. And it's going to be 230 hours of non-stop shopping!

As for some who are lucky enough to win a Preview Pass, they get to go to the sale one day before it's open to the public, i.e. on 5 Dec 2013. These lucky winners would have the privilege to choose the books first. Yahoo!

This is the Preview Pass that I won :)

More books to be added to my collection ... Find out more on The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale here.

Monday, December 2, 2013

The Magic Rainforest

The Magic Rainforest is a new Australian fantasy written for Australia Post by well-known author, John Marsden; and beautifully illustrated by Heather Potter and Mark Jackson.

This fantasy tells the story of Sam and his friend, Naomi's travels in the magic rainforest. They are on a quest to find a magic spring hidden deep in the Australian bush, where the purest water on Earth runs from a crack between rocks. The water is for Sam's grandfather who is ill and longs for a taste of the purest water on Earth.

Along their journey, Sam and Naomi encounter the Bunyip, Fairy, Gnome, Goblin, Wizard and Sprite - all being featured in this stamp issue in the same sequence.


Date of Issue : 25 Sep 2002
Postmark : Bunyip 3815 VIC
Denomination : 6 x 45c
Stamp Size : 26mm x 37.5mm
Paper : Tullis Russell
Printing Process : Lithography


Stamp Collecting Month was established in 1993 as a way to introduce children on the hobby of stamp collecting. Themes chosen are highly attractive and interesting to children, while at the same time being supported by parents and encourage educational activities suitable for school classes.

The Magic Rainforest is the theme for Australia's Stamp Collecting Month in 2002.

Following the great interest in fantasy generated by J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Ring, Australia Post looked for inspiration to the great tradition of Australian fantasies. The Magic Rainforest is hence created.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Christmas Island Christmas 2003

Australia Post has been issuing stamps for Christmas Island since 1993. Through the years, Christmas Island Christmas stamp designs have depicted tropical visions of Santa's visit, incorporating island features into the designs.

Christmas Island's 2003 Christmas stamps, designed by Melbourne based Bill Wood, feature a fanciful depiction of Christmas festivities on Christmas Island.

The 45c stamp shows Santa arriving at Christmas Island astride a friendly whaleshark and escorted by red-footed booby birds, with the limestone cliffs of the island seen in the background.

The 50c stamp shows Santa distributing gifts, while sitting on a green turtle. His red-footed booby bird escorts are now singing carols from a tree branch, while Christmas Island's ubiquitous red crabs are receiving their gifts on the shore.


Date of Issue : 31 Oct 2003
Postmark : Christmas Island 6798
Denomination : 45c and 50c
Stamp Size : 30.5mm x 30mm
Paper : Tullis Russell
Printing Process : Lithography


Christmas Island is an external Australian territory located in the Indian Ocean, 2600 kilometres north-west of Perth. This lush, tropical island was named after its first recorded sighting on Christmas Day in 1643.

The warm waters surrounding the island are a world-renowned destination for divers, who often encounter Whalesharks - harmless, plankton feeding sharks and the world's largest fish.

The whaleshark is depicted in above 45c stamp.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Silver Jubilee of the Reign of HRH Sultan of Kelantan

His Royal Highness Sultan Ismail Petra was proclaimed the Crown Prince of Kelantan on 11 Nov 1967, at the age of 18. On 30 Mar 1979, on the demise of his father, His Royal Highness ascended the throne as the 28th Sultan of Kelantan, and was officially crowned as the Sultan a year later.

The only son and youngest child, His Royal Highness Sultan Ismail Petra has a strong foundation of religious education, and is well versed with the Kelantan royal protocol, as he had received proper education and training since young.

His Royal Highness's reign is witnessed with various changes and progress in the State of Kelantan, especially in matters relating to the development of land, agriculture, infrastructure and education. Other rapid developments are evident in the sectors of commercial, industrial and tourism.

Year 2004 marks 25 years of the reign of His Royal Highness Sultan Ismail Petra. This stamp issue is to commemorate this Silver Jubilee celebration.


Date of Issue : 29 Feb 2004
Postmark : Kota Bharu
Denomination : 30 sen, 50 sen and RM1
Stamp Size : 40mm x 30mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography


On 8 Jan 2002, His Royal Highness was conferred the Honorary Doctorate in Political Science by Ramkhamhaeng University, Bangkok, Thailand.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Peace and Goodwill

The iconic, festive symbolism of the tree and star pre-dates their use in Christmas celebrations, making these designs welcome heralds of the holiday season.

The bright designs bring joy of Christmas to friends and loved ones, and the design’s universal appeal will be welcomed wherever their message of peace and goodwill is sent.

The 50c stamp design features the Christmas tree. From ancient times the tree has symbolised new life and fertility.

The 90c stamp design features the star, a universal symbol of hope and optimism. In a Christian context, the star symbolises the star of Bethlehem which guided the Magi to the Christ child.

The above designs are closely modelled on the original "Tree" and "Star" designs of the Season's Greetings stamps issued in Sep 2001.


Date of Issue : 5 Aug 2003
Postmark : Wisemans Ferry 2775 NSW
Denomination : 50c and 90c
Stamp Size : 30.5mm x 30mm
Paper : De La Rue
Printing Process : Lithography


Story has it that Christmas trees were originally hung upside down, without lights. Martin Luther was the one who changed this Christmas tree tradition by placing a young fir tree upright in a pot, high on the table.

Candles were removed from the triangle shaped holder, and used as the very first Christmas tree lights, flickering from the tree's delicate branches.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Snoopy's Label

As a result of collaboration between Uniqlo and Peanuts, the result is a selection of printed t-shirts featuring characters from Peanuts - Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy van Pelt, to name a few, as well as some designs with printed comics on it.

Not only the designs are attractive, but the labels too. This is how the labels look like ... 

Not only lovely, they serve as good bookmarks as well - talk about recycling!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Christmas 2002

Australia's 2002 Christmas stamps are again designed based on traditional Christmas story. The stamps are designed by Melbourne illustrator Tracie Grimwood, and she took her inspiration from the Gospels according to Matthew and Luke.

The 40c stamp design features the Nativity scene - Mary with her baby born in the stable because there was no room for them in the inn.

Meanwhile, the 45c stamp design features the three wise men from the East, with their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, brought for the child.


Date of Issue : 1 Nov 2002
Postmark : Christmas Hills 3775 VIC
Denomination : 40c and 45c
Stamp Size : 26mm x 37.5mm
Paper : Tullis Russell
Printing Process : Lithography


Australia Post has been issuing special Christmas stamps since 1957. Since 1994, the designs have focused on traditional Christmas story.

Monday, November 11, 2013

50 Years Malaysia

When Malaysia (then Malaya) gained its independence on 31 Aug 1957, the multi-racial Federation of Malaya was established. This however excludes Sabah and Sarawak, which both are part of today's Malaysia.

On 31 Aug 1963, the British territories in North Borneo (i.e. Sabah and Sarawak) and Singapore were granted independence. History was once again created with the incorporation of Federation of Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore under one banner, and Malaysia was thus formed on 16 Sep 1963.

Singapore was subsequently separated from Malaysia 2 years later, and hence Malaysia is made up of Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak, as we see it today.

In 2013, Malaysia celebrated its 50 years of formation, also its 56 years of independence. Pos Malaysia has issued a commemorative stamp to mark this milestone in Malaysia's history.

The stamp design portrays the 3 main icons of Malaysia - the Malaysian flag known as Jalur Gemilang, the map of Malaysia and the first Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj.


Date of Issue : 16 Sep 2013
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 60 sen
Stamp Size : 50mm x 30mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography (Gold Printing)


In the past, only the Independence Day is celebrated and a public holiday in Malaysia. In 2009, Malaysia Day was declared a public holiday.

The first Malaysia Day was celebrated on 16 Sep 2010. Malaysia Day would be celebrated with events that would foster closer unity, understanding between the different races and community success and achievements in various fields, with the objective to spur the 1Malaysia spirit.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Season's Greetings

One of the most important Christmas rituals is decorating the family Christmas tree. Trees had become a part of the Christmas festival by the 12th century, and were hung from ceilings as a symbol of Christianity.

Decorations came later and included apples, cakes and sugared almonds, crafts, tinsel, silver wire ornaments, candles and small beads. Glass ornaments and eventually electric Christmas lights appeared in the late 19th century.

The 40c stamp features a bold, graphic illustration of a Christmas tree, with "Season's Greetings" printed in the tab.

The 80c stamp features a striking graphic star, with "Peace and Goodwill" printed in the tab.


Date of Issue : 4 Sep 2001
Postmark : Merrylands 2160 NSW
Denomination : 40c and 80c
Stamp Size : 30.5mm x 30mm
Paper : Tullis Russell
Printing Process : Lithography


Story has it that oak was the inspiration for the first Christmas tree.

Long long ago, a monk named Boniface chopped down an oak tree as he was angry because people thought that the oak was sacred, and he wanted to prove them wrong. When the oak fell, it crushed everything in its path, except a small fir sapling. Boniface said the survival of the little sapling was a miracle.

So, people planted fir saplings to celebrate Christmas from then onwards. They didn't bring trees inside and decorate them as we do now.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Katz Tales : Living Under The Velvet Paw

Katz Tales : Living Under The Velvet Paw is a collection of light-hearted and heart-warming stories of Ellen Whyte's cat-masters - the wise yet wily Scoop, his sturdy and inventive cat companion Au, and the perpetual kitten Target.

The tales in this book cover the more than 10 years Ellen has lived in Malaysia. Stories include how Scoop, Au and Target moved into her lives, and subsequently having ruled their human-servants under their velvet paw. Also, the time when Scoop fakes an illness in order to reach a secret goal, the time when Au is outsmarted by the neighbourhood birds and the near disaster as Target is trapped behind a giant wall.

Also included in this book are some handy FAQs for new cat lovers, giving advice on how to train kittens, prevent disease, bathe cats, support grieving animals and other common issues.


ISBN-13 : 978-967-3035-64-9
ISBN-10 : 967-3035-64-4
Author : Ellen Whyte
Publisher : Marshall Cavendish
Published : 2009


A special birthday present from one of my best friends couple of years back, as this friend of mine knows that I like cats.

A book that I really enjoy, in fact have read it 3 times, as I can easily relate the stories in this book to my cat-masters as well.

The FAQs provide me with more understanding on cats, which is worth a read by both new and existing cat lovers.

Feel free to visit Ellen's Katz Tales blog at

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Happy Diwali

Diwali, also known as Deepavali, or the "Festival of Lights", is one of the most important festivals of the Hindus. It is celebrated in families by performing traditional activities together in their homes.

Diwali involves the lighting of small clay lamps filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil. The word Diwali is a contraction of Deepavali, which translates into "row of lamps".

Here wishing all Hindus Happy Diwali. May all beings in the world be free and happy :)

Friday, November 1, 2013

Christmas 1999

Australia's 1999 Christmas stamps are designed by well-known Australian painter and tapestry designer, John Coburn.

Coburn's paintings favour large, stylised shapes, often painted in glowing colours. His work radiates an intense joy that has no counterpart in Australia painting.

The 40c stamp features Madonna and Child, while the AU$1.00 stamp features an abstract Tree of Life.


Date of Issue : 1 Nov 1999
Postmark : Christmas Hills 7330 TAS
Denomination : 40c and AU$1.00
Stamp Size : 26 mm x 37.5 mm
Paper : Tullis Russell
Printing Process : Offset Lithography


John Coburn's artwork also appeared in Australia's 1969 Christmas stamps, along with George Hamori.

Coburn's "Tree of life and Baby Jesus" is depicted in the 25c stamp while Hamori's design, featuring nativity scene in a stained glass window, is depicted in the 5c stamp.

(Stamp images from

In 1960 and again in 1977, Coburn won the Blake Prize for Religious Art. He was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) in 1980 and an honorary doctorate at James Cook University, Townsville in 1991.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Cat's Favourite Vacation

If you were to take your lovely fuzzy for a vacation, guess where would be their favourite destination? Their perfect destination would be no other place but the Sahara Desert.

This place offers the best loo to these fuzzies, that they will automatically make a pilgrimage to this paradise of theirs ...

LOL, just something fuzzy-funny to end the month of Tock-tober :)

Friday, October 25, 2013

Christmas Island Christmas 1999

Christmas Island as the home of Santa Claus - the theme of Christmas Island 1999 Christmas stamps. Based on this idea, Santa Claus is seen doing various activities on Christmas Island.

The 40c stamp depicts Santa Claus having a nap in his hammock at the beach on Christmas Eve, with his little helpers, the Red Crabs, tending to his needs - shining his boots and fanning him with a palm leaf.

The 45c stamp shows Santa at his dinner table on Christmas Day, sharing his festive fare with the fauna of Christmas Island.

Santa is captured taking off in his fully-laden sleight, pulled by a pair of female and male Abbott's Boobies in the 95c stamp.

A very lovely set of Christmas stamps, which not only appeal to children, but also avid collectors, I would say.


Date of Issue : 9 Sep 1999
Postmark : Christmas Island 6798
Denomination : 40c, 45c and 95c
Stamp Size : 37.5 mm x 26 mm
Paper : Tullis Russell
Printing Process : Offset Lithography


Christmas Island Christmas stamps are issued in September, much earlier than Christmas month, so that they can be used for items being sent overseas via surface mail.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

H.M. Queen Sirikit's 80th Birthday Anniversary

Born 12 Aug 1932, Her Majesty Queen Sirikit is the queen consort of Bhumibol Adulyadej, King (Rama IX) of Thailand. Queen Sirikit was appointed Queen Regent in 1956. As the consort of the king who is the world's longest-reigning head of state, Her Majesty is also the world's longest-serving consort of a monarch.

Her Majesty had been supporting His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej in His Majesty's duties to improve the Thai people's lives and alleviate their problems continuously. Her Majesty's fame has been accepted in international level and global-renowned organisations.

Her Majesty has long been performing a variety of charitable activities and often provides assistance to needy families. Her tireless efforts in helping to improve the well-being of all Thais have been well recognised in the hearts of Thai people.

In conjunction with Her Majesty's 80th birthday celebration, Thailand Post has issued a set of commemorative stamps which elegantly show portrait drawings of Her Majesty at every ten years of age. In addition, the very best of this collection is a special design (the middle stamp in above second cover) depicting a side portrait of Her Majesty wearing tiara, with pearl effect ink and embossing technique as well as 22 karat gold embossed on the stamp texts.

The colour of the stamp sheets reflect the birth day of the Queen. According to Buddhist/Hindu tradition, blue is associated with Friday, which is the birth day of the Queen. Interesting!


Date of Issue : 12 Aug 2012
Postmark : Bangkok
Denomination : 8 x 5 Baht and 40 Baht
Stamp Size : 40mm x 40mm
Printing Process : Lithography (Hot Foil Stamping and Embossing), Multi-colour


Queen Sirikit's birthday, as is the king's, is a national holiday, and is also Mothers' Day in Thailand. Mother’s Day was first introduced to Thailand on 15 Apr 1950. In 1976, Mother’s Day was changed to 12 Aug to commemorate the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, the Mother of all Thai people.

I bought the above covers as a memento during my visit to Phuket in 2012, just a day before Her Majesty's 80th birthday. We were told that no alcohol would be sold or served on this special day, as a respect to Her Majesty.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Christmas 1998

Christmas, celebrating the birth of Christ, is one of the high point of the Christian calendar. More so in Australia, as Christmas also heralds summer and long holidays following the end of the school holiday.

One of Australia’s leading contemporary artists, Ken Done, has illustrated traditional scenes for the 1998 Christmas stamps. The artist has provided a contemporary treatment of the traditional Christmas story, at the same time reminding the original meaning of Christmas.

The 40c stamp features the three kings who came to pay homage to the newborn child. The 45c features the nativity scene. Meanwhile, Mary and Joseph are shown travelling to Bethlehem in the AU$1.00 stamp.


Date of Issue : 2 Nov 1998
Denomination : 40c, 45c and AU$1.00
Stamp Size : 37.5mm x 26mm
Paper : CPL
Printing Process : Offset Lithography


Ken Done is known for his brightly coloured Australian designs. In 1992, Ken’s services to art, design and tourism were recognised with an Order of Australia.

The Order of Australia is an order of chivalry established on 14 Feb 1975 by Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia, to recognise Australian citizens and other persons for achievement or for meritorious service.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Triumph In The Skies 2

This is too cute not to be shared. The main characters in the latest TVB series, Triumph In The Skies 2, being nicely and adorably depicted ...

If you have watched this series, how do you find it? Do you prefer this sequel, or the prequel, i.e. the first Triumph In The Skies back in 2003?

Friday, October 11, 2013

Christmas 1984

The first Christmas issue stamps in my collection which I would wish to share are those issued by the Department of Posts and Telecommunications of Samoa in 1984.

The stamp design features a set of 3 panel paintings by Italian Renaissance master, Raphael. Painted in 1507, these three small panels illustrate Faith, Hope and Charity, flanked by winged cherubs who carry their characteristics - allusive to Christ, object of Faith; trusting attitudes for Hope; a brazier with flames and a basin full of coins for Charity.

It is quite likely that Charity occupied the central position, flanked by Hope on the left and by Faith on the right.


Date of Issue : 7 Nov 1984
Postmark : Apia, W. Samoa
Denomination : 25 sene, 35 sene and $1.00
Stamp Size : 48mm x 20mm


Perhaps one of the most issued stamps are those with Christmas theme. Christmas stamps are postage stamps with Christmas theme and intended for use on seasonal mail such as Christmas cards.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

76 Days to Xmas

76 days to Christmas! Seems a bit too early to countdown now, as Halloween is still a few weeks away, and Halloween is celebrated way before Christmas!

Having said that, it's not too early to start sharing some philatelic items issued in conjunction with Christmas celebration. Many nations around the world will issue Christmas stamps - postage stamps with Christmas theme and intended for use on seasonal mail such as Christmas cards.

Over the next few weeks, I would be sharing some Christmas stamps in my collection, so I do hope you enjoy them.

And also I happen to come across above Snoopy's countdown to Christmas, so I would like to share out this lovely thing here as well :)

P/S : To view my collection on Christmas stamps, click here.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

63 Years of Peanuts

Peanuts, an American comic strip written and illustrated by Charles M. Schulz, made its first appearance 63 years ago on 2 Oct 1950.

Arguably the longest story ever told by one human being, the last strip was published on 14 Feb 2000.

The first strip showed Charlie Brown walking by two other young children, Shermy and Patty, where Shermy lauds Charlie Brown as he walks by, but then tells Patty how he hates him in the last panel.

Snoopy was also an early character in the strip, first appearing in the third strip on 4 Oct 1950.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Malaysia-Korea Joint Issue

This joint issue between Pos Malaysia and Post Korea features two species of tigers - the Malayan Tiger and the Korean Tiger. This joint issue is to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Malaysia and South Korea diplomatic relations.

Tigers, the largest species of the cat family, are solitary animals that usually hunt at night. Giving birth to two or three cubs, the tigress (i.e. female tiger) will raise and train these cubs for about two years.

Tigers try to remain out of sight and hearing of their enemies, and would prefer fleeing to fighting. Man-eating tigers are usually too old or sick to capture other wild animals.

Tigers are good swimmers and enjoy bathing, however, they are poor climbers, only taking to trees in emergencies.

The Malayan Tiger, found only in Peninsular Malaysia, is perhaps the smallest extant subspecies of tiger. The Malayan Tiger is Malaysia's national icon and is depicted in the coat of arms of Malaysia, as well as appearing in trademarks and logo of various Malaysian institutions.

The Korean Tiger is the biggest of the eight tiger subspecies, also the largest living feline. The Korean Tiger is mostly confined to low mountains.


Date of Issue : 23 Feb 2010
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 2 x 50 sen
Stamp Size : 30mm x 50mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography


Malaysia and South Korea's diplomatic relations were established on 23 Feb 1960. The Malaysian Embassy in Korea was built in May 1962 and the Korean Embassy was built in Malaysia in Apr 1964.

Both stamp designs are jointly issued. The stamps issued by Post Korea are both at a denomination of KRW250.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Happy Mid Autumn Festival

The Mid Autumn Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese lunar calendar.

This festival is also known by other names, such as :

Moon Festival, being its association with the full moon on this night, as well as the traditions of moon worshiping and moon gazing.

Mooncake Festival, due to the popular tradition of eating mooncakes as part of the celebration.

Lantern Festival, as lanterns are being hung or carried around on this special day.

Reunion Festival, because during olden times, a woman in China would take this occasion to visit her parents before returning to celebrate with her husband and his parents.

Children's Festival, as known in Vietnam, due to the emphasis being on children's celebration.

No matter what it is called - it's definitely a time of having fun and reunion with your loved ones. Here wishing everyone Happy Mid Autumn Festival.

祝大家  :  中秋节快乐 , 人月共团圆 !!!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

South Korea - Foods, Foods & Foods

One of the main highlights of my last Korea trip is nothing more, but the foods! I am a person who loves Korean cuisines, and I truly enjoyed every meal that I had in Korea.

Traditional Korean meals are noted for the number of side dishes (banchan) that accompany the main dish. Kimchi is served often, sometimes at every meal.

Here's a snapshot of those mouth-watering foods that I had ... shall not elaborate too much, but let the pictures speak of themselves ...

Pork Shabu Shabu

Seafood Shabu Shabu

Jeju BBQ

Abalone Porridge


Ginseng Chicken

Chun Chuan Chicken

Korean BBQ

Mushroom Hot Pot

Not a day has passed without really filling up our stomach during our visit. I really wonder whether I have put on weight after the trip, considering the amount of foods that we consume!