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Showing posts with label Koh Chang. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Koh Chang. Show all posts

20 August 2013

Five favorite fish

"Fish, not fishes?" a Thai student tries to clear up his confusion. "I know..." I wink while going through plural rules with them, "wait until the 'last leaf clings to the bough. It will get really tough.'"

I love fish. It's a staple part of my diet whether at home or when dining out. But I don't know many of their names and when that is the case I identify them according to where or when I ate them. These are five of my favorite fish:

Kinilaw or raw tuna chunks soaked in coconut vinegar, salt and refined sugar; and mixed with purple onion, ginger, chili and cucumber. This was during one of those summer vacations in the Philippines. Kinilaw is a native Filipino fish dish.
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Lapu-lapu escabeche or sweet and sour lapu-lapu. These are ginger, carrot and bell pepper strips. I can't find the pineapples but I think there were. The son must have eaten them already when I took this photo.

Skipjack stew - cooked with vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, onion, and black pepper in low heat for at least half an hour.

Salmon a la bumba. Mother's Day high tea this year at Coffee Beans by Dao

Deep sea fried is, according to a girl friend, "bejeweled with shredded green mango, carrot, basil and cashew nuts." Day 1 dinner, oceanfront balcony of Saffron on the Sea, Elephant Island.

18 April 2012

Nesiote

According to the Phrontistery, nesiote is an obscure word. But defined, nesiote sounds as modern as can be.  It means living on an island. My family trooped to an island for a reunion last year.

This is part of the Fisherman's Village on Elephant Island in Thailand. Nesiote probably applies best to fishermen who live here -



Albert Einstein wishes that "somewhere there existed an island for those who are wise and of good will."


Laurie Anderson claims: "as a New Yorker, I'm someone who lives on an island and looks across to America."


George Gordon Byron in a letter to Thomas Moore mentions "the greenest island of my imagination."


This was rather a grey morning but my reverie was full of bright colors as I maneuvered these rocks. A world-class violinist washes up on shore.  Ladies in Lavender fades to a fact: I just love island - living during holidays.

ABC Wednesday

22 March 2011

Watch out for the urchin


Friends and I went island-hopping last year. My phone was changing indications of where we were several times. Names are difficult to read, much less remember. The main island where we hopped from is called Koh Chang or Elephant island.


We went to five islets each taking about 15 minutes to reach. In a stop one of my friends encountered a sea urchin. They say a pee would cure the sting. I don't know if it's true.

Another thing I heard about urchins is they could sense and would crawl towards human presence. Probably for more prickly attention?

Although sometimes paradise has a price, the sky was blue, the sun was shining, the weather perfect and the breeze was just what our city-dwelling lungs needed. All is well.

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My World Tuesday is brought to you by Klaus and the My World Team Sandy, Wren, Fishing Guy, Sylvia

26 September 2010

Aweright

Our Weekend Memoirs: Getaway, Koh Chang
Please scroll down for Sunday Stealing

My lair's got 24-hour security. Besides, it's a burglar's disappointment so without the slightest scruple, I shouted out on FB, "aweright, aweright paradise here we come!"

A city girl revels in her weekend luck: mountains behind, ocean in front.


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Sunday Stealing: The "I've Been Tagged" Meme


Today we ripped this meme of a blogger known as Kara at The Ramblings of a Marine Wife. We actually found the meme from Shius from the blog Addicted 2 Shius. Since this is a meme that has been going around for a while where you answer questions, and then add questions, we decided to use three sets. Kara explained that she was tagged by Life with the Lebedas. But it was probably stolen there as well. So, of course, that will be as far as we go. Tracing back our theft's thieves might take some time. Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!

Cheers to all of us thieves!

1. Where are you from? from the Pearl of the Orient Seas

2. If you could live any place in the world, where would you live? Venice of the Costwolds

3. What's your favorite blog? I'll check them out of course! how about mine?

4. What is your biggest blogging pet peeve? 'silent' replies; but I don't really care anymore. If you don't comment back I won't bother either.

5. What's your favorite TV show this season? I need a new show! :) Downtown Abbey

6. What's your favorite 'down' time {nothing computer related}? brunch

7. Are you a parent? If so, what's your favorite thing to do with your children? tantrumless sightseeing and dining out

8. What about your blog, have you considered changing? templates - from time to time; content - not ever

9. What do you do for a living (if you work outside the home or if you work at home)?

cartoonstock

10. What is your favorite song at the moment? What is your favorite song ever?
The Glory Of Love, Mayim Bialik version

11. What is your favorite niche TV channel to watch? I rarely watch TV nowadays

12. If you could have any career, what would it be and why? something in forensics - I like the way the dead talks back

13. What is your favorite outfit? long summer dress with spaghetti straps

14. If you could tell your teenage self something, what would you say? snap out of it

15. What is your favorite recipe? my mother's escabeche

16. What is the funniest joke you've ever heard? submit to your (insane) husband

17. What is your favorite vacation spot and why? something like my OWM post above

18. What are you most excited about with fall here? no fall here

19. Did you envision yourself to be where you are today ten years ago? If not, what did you envision? My vision (living in a charming cottage) was hexed. Ten years after I'm still stuck in a freaking faculty office.

20. If money were no object, what would your dream house look like?

aerial view

21. What is your all-time favorite Disney movie?



22. What blog do you think isn't getting enough notice? those of bloggers who don't comment back. Lol!

26 August 2010

Islands in the stream



Half an hour before boarding the bus that would take me and friends to Trat, I skimmed online reviews of the resort we were to stay in and beaches on Elephant Island that we wanted to go to.

1. Yet there's still that hint of surprise at finding reality: rocks instead of black sand at least abound on Pearl Beach, and Lonely Beach is not lonely at all.

But discovering Koh Chang's hidden charm is good consolation. One of us baptized this place Hansel and Gretel's cottage.


2. I was right to have taken some work with me. Facebook-depriving elusive Wifi saved friends from being harrassed with islandish shoutouts at 20-minute intervals .

3. Work was a question to research the moment I was back to the mainland: if integrative complexity was high, would the number of assassinations go down?

4. Legs connected to the brains entertaining morbidity in the midst of holiday were clad in a long, flowery skirt. Mixing business and pleasure, for crying out loud.

5. Let's go music and movies; play fill-in-the-gaps. There's a cue reflected on the lappy screen. Christina Aguilera sings, "who is that girl I see staring straight back at me..." ________


6. Saffron on the Sea asked if they could substitute orange with lime. It was fine by me as long as they stuck to the 40% alcohol content.

"...just a hired hand, working on the dreams he planned to try..." Eagles on the background while I sipped this at sunset. _______ ________

7. Birds of Paradise. As soon as I clicked the cam I was 5-years old again playing jacks on a doting uncle's living room floor. Long before I knew Tony Bennett crooned, "for mortals who stand beside an angel like you... out of the common place into the rarest somewhere in space..." the song's been immortalized in my sometimes sentimental head: ____ _ ______.

8. We were early on Day 2 for island-hopping. The rising sun greeted us as we boarded the boat. It was setting when we came back.

Sunrise...............................

Sunset................................

"Sunrise, sunset swiftly fly the years, one season following another..." The film:_______ on the _______.

9. Out goes pre-revolutionary Russia with its matchmakers. In comes freedom to choose whoever to marry. Although this freedom resulted in divorce and we now tease each other Old Maid, there's still some freedom to make a fashion statement
and explore these rocks unchaperoned...

As if completing the similarities, this stranger washed up on shore. If he's not a violinist then he must not be unconscious...

there's no need then for brandy or to fetch Dr Mead. Two old maids were just ______ in ________.

10. Our tour guide instructed us not to get close to ___ ______ (Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson).

11. Soon my co-old maid got stung by an urchin. Some clue that paradise has its price. That's the tagline by the way of Leonardo di Caprio's ____ ________

12. That and a James Bond film entitled ___ with a _______ _______ were both shot on Thailand's waters.

13. Finally our boat docked. This display in the Fisherman's Village market reminded me of Steven Spielberg's ________.

Which gaps were you able to fill in?
5. Reflection / 6. Tequila Sunrise / 7. Stranger in Paradise / 8. Fiddler on the Roof / 9. Ladies in Lavender / 10. The Island / 11. The Beach / 12. Man with a Golden Gun / 13. Jaws

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20 August 2010

The week's faves - Island Edition

August 12th, the Thai Queen's birthday is a national holiday here. That was Thursday and what luck, work bosses decided to give us Friday, the 13th free too. I and a couple of friends headed off to Thailand's second largest island, Koh Chang (Elephant Island), referred to by some as the Oriental Eden of the East. It's difficult trimming these faves to five but I'll try...

I. Nothing beats waiting for dinner chatting on hammocks! Behind us blazing rays of the setting sun blanketed the sea; the sound of waves gentle and the breeze therapeutic. Nature was addressing the ACs cooling our city offices - this is how you treat weary Bangkokians, gentlemen.

*The restaurant: Saffron on the Sea
*Main course: deep fried white snapper with mango and carrot strips, sweet basil, chinese celery, and cashew nuts
*Drinks: tequila sunrise drank at sunset and tempered by ginger and lemon grass tea

II. Okay, I took work to the island. But I calculated that in a place so beautiful inducing ideas for research would be a piece of fishcake, and it was. Toying with concept maps, I didn't regret not joining my friends at White Sand beach where they checked out a few bars and live music.


III. Exploring the rocks. Fun fun fun! And a 19-year-old memory came dancing back:

My cousins to their father: (pleading like brats) Come on, Papa. Please buy us that beach house in Aplaya...

My uncle to cousins: (looking overruled and drawing a resigned breath) You really want that property huh, kids?

Cousins in hopeful chorus: Yes!

Uncle with affectionate finality: OK. I love you so I will buy it... (and turning cheeky without warning) if you all stopped schooling first.

Its return accorded me equilibrium while I was maneuvering this boulder. The comic look on my cousins' faces when they were handed the trade had me in stiches inwardly. The wind pumped fresh oxygen into my lungs sending fondness back to my heart. I love my sometimes crazy family :)


IV. Island - hopping. I snoozed half the time on the boat like a classic old maid, (a nickname we tease each other with) and worked the camera for my friends who went snorkeling around each island we sailed to. My phone registered locations I could hardly pronounce, and the boat showed us sights to daydream on. And on. And on....


V. Bonus for a sinker. What's brilliant about this shallow part of the ocean I could shriek in delight is the presence of multi-colored fish here and there swooshing close to your body! We took hundreds of photos, and on one which was taken by our guide I discovered something - a big turtle below us was captured on the shot. What more could someone who can't swim ask for?


Head over to Susanne's Living to Tell the Story for more faves.
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