Friday, June 29, 2007

World Heritage List

Congratulations to Canada!!
Rideau Canal is now a world heritage site!

The 202-kilometre Rideau Canal (from Kingston to Ottawa) became Canada's 14th internationally recognized World Heritage Site yesterday as the United Nations inscribed the landmark on its list of global treasures.

The Rideau Canal may be better known now as the world's longest skating rink, but it was born from a struggle of superpowers as Britain and the United States wrestled for control of North America.

The canal was built by Lieutenant-Colonel John By. It used a technology was called "slackwater". A large number of embankments and high dams were used to inundate shallows, swamps, and rapids, thus creating a series of impoundments deep enough to navigate the full length of the canal.

"It is the best preserved example of a slackwater canal in North America demonstrating the use of this European technology in North America on a large scale," UNESCO said in its letter of designation. "It is the only canal dating from the great North American canal-building era of the early 19th century to remain operational along its original line with most of its original structures intact."

The complete World Heritage List can be found at:

I have only visited a very small percentage of sites in the World Heritage List.
Will I be able to visit all of them before I die??

Globe and Mail
Toronto Star

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Sanrio Dessert Shop


I can't find any more information about this Sanrio Dessert Shop in the internet.

It would be nice if Sanrio opens the same shop in Canada. I would like to try the Hello Kitty desserts!!

Source: HK Yahoo News


Q: What is a Zorse?
A: It's a zebra and horse hybrid.

Meet Eclyse - the amazing zorse!!
Wow... You can easily tell that she is a zebra and horse hybrid!!

Eclyse is the result of a holiday romance between German and Italian. Her mother is a white horse, called Eclipse, from German safari park. Her father is a zebra, called Ulysses, from a ranch in Italy.

Eclipse's owner sent her to a ranch in Italy for a while. There she was able to roam freely with other horses and a number of zebras, including Ulysses. When Eclipse returned home, she surprised her keepers by giving birth to the baby zorse.

While most zorses have stripes across their whole body, Eclyse only has two blocks of stripes – on her face and her rear. Now she's become a major attraction at a safari park at Schloss Holte Stukenbrock, near the German border with Holland.

Ranch spokesman Udo Richter commented: 'She is usually relatively tame like a horse but occasionally shows the fiery temperament of a zebra, leaping around like one.'

Daily Mail


藍天一事件簿 之 桑拿殺人事件...

時間: 06月 27日 早上 近十一時
地點: 葵涌華景山莊會所桑拿室
人物: 一名患有感冒數日的55歲女死者張敏蓉

桑拿浴室指引上出現死亡預告…!為了醫治感冒,一名患感冒婦人欲借用桑拿浴熱力,以古法「焗汗」治感冒, 遭到熱力的侵襲…! 悲傷的死亡片上演,「慘劇」化為現實生活…!

Hahahaha.... Does this sounds like 金田一少年之事件薄??
Well... This is a real case!
Never 焗桑拿 when you are sick!!





Sources: HK Yahoo News

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

5th Annual Taste of Asia Festival

I wasn't planning to go to the Taste of Asia Street Festival, because I am still coughing a lot.
It just happened that the Taste of Asia Street Festival was very close to my doctor's office. My family doctor is inside Market Village and the Street Festival is at the corner of Kennedy Road & Steeles Ave. East, just outside of Market Village. So, I went to the Festival after seeing my doctor.

There were lots of people at the Festival.

There were many food booths selling Korean BBQ, Xinjiang Grilled Lamb, Kashmiri BBQ, Smelly Tofu, Japanese Squid Ball, Roasted Corns, Roasted Yams, Fresh Oysters, etc. I noticed that the busiest booths are:
  1. Smelly Tofu
  2. Japanese Squid Ball
  3. Fresh Oysters
I did try the Xinjiang Grilled Lamb. It was very good... very yummy...
I also tried the Roasted Corn. It is ok... just like corns in BBQ...
Since I am sick, I cannot try other fried or "hot air" food.

Can you guess who I saw at the Festival? Someone who should be working...
It's Tom! He was taking a lunch break!

I saw the Mounties as well... I wasn't sure whether they were actually on duty or they were just taking a break... I also saw a person wearing costume... not sure what he was trying to be...

There were some non-food booths and events as well.
Different car dealerships (Audi, Acura, Porche, etc) were there.

The Markham Fire Department was there too...

In addition, there were basketball games going on...

I brought key chains from the Name On Rice booth.
They wrote people's name on a rice and turned that into key chains or neckless. It's amazing because a rice is so small!

The Festival was fun!! I would definitely go back next year as well!!

Friday, June 22, 2007

Sick... 2

Still sick... Start coughing too...
I guess 折凳 didn't work... The virus is too strong...
I need to be more aggressive...
This time... I am using machine gun with "Advil Cold & Sinus" bullets!!

I hope the virus will be completely destroyed soon!!

[previous post]

Geology meets gastronomy

A Taiwanese artist (Mr. Hsu) has managed to combine geology with gastronomy, creating mouth-watering "dishes" out of minerals and rocks with a striking resemblance to food in an exhibit on display at the National Museum of Singapore. His work is special because none of the stones were dyed, shaped, smoothened or tampered with in any way.

Over 50 dishes (including "Buddha Jumps Over the Wall" soup, shark fin soup, bear's paw, abalone, dim sum, and fried rice, etc.) are on display. The pig’s trotters and eggs in dark soy sauce dish is the most valuable at $130,000, and is made up of rare Gobi stones from Inner Mongolia.

But the highlight of the exhibition is a Jinxiang stone from Yunnan, China, which not only resembles chocolate, but mells like it too due to the break-down of organic materials in its environment over time.

The food looks sooooo yummy!!
When I was in primary school, I was interested in collecting stones too! I did thought about creating different food dishes using stone. However, Mr. Hsu is amazing. He doesn't modify the stones in any way. He just uses it as is. Wow! He must have used a lot of money and brain energy in creating those dishes.

Reuters Video
Singapore Sights
Asia One

Wednesday, June 20, 2007


Sick... Sick... Sick... Sick... Sick... Sick... Sick... Sick... Sick... Sick...
I had sore throat since Monday... Looks like it's going to turn into a cold soon...

It's war!!
I now declare the country of Blue Sky offically in war with virus!!

I'll use the #1 weapon... the strongest weapon... to fight against the virus... It's 折凳!! It's the folding chair!!

Well... according to Steven Chow in "食神":

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Happy Dragon Boat Festival!

Happy Dragon Boat Festival!!
Enjoy rice dumplings!!

Today is a rainy day... just like a typical Dragon Boat Festival day...

I brought different rice dumplings on the weekend:
  • purple rice dumpling
  • rice dumpling with red beans (instead of green beans)
  • regular rice dumpling with one full salted duck egg yolk
Can't wait to taste them!!