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Four Generations

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South Africa

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South Africa is a beautiful country. I visited Capetown, Johannesburg and Sun City in September 2003 and I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

Sun City:

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Awesome pictures from the Table Mountain:

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Beautiful creatures: The buffalo.

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Can you spot the deer?

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Beware of this monkey, he can grab your food and drinks when you least expect it.

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Penguins have the same mate for a lifetime.

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A Rhino:

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The seals are lovely to look at but they really stink:

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Wish I can have a holiday home here at Capetown:

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Vineyard:

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Mulu Caves, Sarawak

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Ah Loot spent one week in Kuching and Mulu recently.  The food in Kuching was delicious.  Mulu on the other hand offered an exhilarating cave and rainforest experience.  Ah Loot stayed at the Royal Mulu Resort and saw the four caves opened to the public i.e. the Deer, Lang, Clearwater and Wind Caves.  The Deer Cave is the world’s largest cave passage and the Sarawak Chamber is the world’s largest natural chamber.  The longest cave in South-East Asia is the Clearwater Cave.  The Gunung Mulu National Park is home to the oldest rainforest on Earth.

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Millions of bats flying out of the Deer Cave:

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Some wildlife in the rainforest:

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The Rajah Brooke butterfly (so beautiful!) :

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The Tongkat Ali plant:

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Yam plant:

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Ah Loot didn’t manage to see the Rafflesia which is the world’s largest flower.

Here are some food from Sarawak.  Sarawak mee mamak:

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Sarawak laksa:

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This noodle dish is called kolo mee.  The drink is Teh C Special Sarawak.  Notice the three layers?  The bottom layer is milk, the middle layer tea and the top layer brown sugar.

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Drink served in bamboo stem:

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The Lord’s Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer In Bahasa Indonesia

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The Lord’s Prayer In Mandarin

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The Lord’s Prayer In Tamil

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The Lord’s Prayer In Arabic

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An Ostrich’s Dilemma

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The Long And Winding Road

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We have ancient habits to deal with, vast structures of power, indescribably complicated problems to solve.  But unless we abdicate our humanity altogether and succumb to fear and impotence in the presence of the weapons we have ourselves created, it is as possible and as urgent to put an end to war and violence between nations as it is to put an end to poverty and racial injustice ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

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Happy Thanksgiving

I celebrated Thanksgiving with my cousin Jules and her husband in Los Angeles three years ago. Early that morning, Jules packed her husband off to buy the food required for the dinner. Then, Ah Loot, Jules and I, still in our pyjamas went to the kitchen to prepare the Thanksgiving dinner. We had a lot of fun and I learned how to bake a turkey and make the stuffing. We also prepared salad and potatoes. All very yummy:

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We had the Thanksgiving meal at about 4 p.m. and later we walked over to Jules’ neighbour’s house to join their Thanksgiving dinner.

Here’s what I got from Wikipedia about Thanksgiving:

Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day, is a traditional North American holiday to give thanks at the conclusion of the harvest season. Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and on the second Monday of October in Canada.

Traditional celebration

In the United States, Thanksgiving is a four day weekend which usually marks a pause in school and college calendars. Families and friends gather for a reunion, a day of thanks, and a festive meal.

Thanksgiving meals are traditionally family events where certain kinds of food are served. First and foremost, turkey is the featured item in most Thanksgiving feasts (so much so that Thanksgiving is sometimes facetiously referred to as “Turkey Day”). Stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, corn, turnips, yams and pumpkin pie are commonly associated with Thanksgiving dinner. Often guests bring food items or help with cooking in the kitchen as part of a happy, communal meal.

In keeping with the holiday theme of giving thanks, during the socializing or meal, people talk about what they are thankful for or tell about experiences during the past year which have caused them to feel grateful.

The Pilgrims

The early settlers of Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts were particularly grateful to Squanto, the Native American who taught them how to both catch eel and grow corn and also served as their native interpreter (as Squanto had converted to Christianity and learned English as a slave in Europe). Without Squanto’s assistance, the settlers might not have survived in the New World.

The Plymouth settlers (who came to be called “Pilgrims“) set apart a holiday immediately after their first harvest in 1621. They held an autumn celebration of food, feasting, and praising God. The Governor of Plymouth invited Grand Sachem Massasoit and the Wampanoag people to join them in the feast. Evidence to support that claim came from diaries of Plymouth. The settlers fed and entertained the Native Americans for three days, at which point some of the Native Americans went into the forest, killed 5 deer, and gave them to the Governor as a gift.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends and relatives.

Let never day nor night unhallowed pass but still remember what the Lord hath done.
~
William Shakespeare

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