Thursday, April 30, 2009

Harmonious Hues


Enjoying the breathtaking sunset in New Paltz, NY
when I visited my friends there.



Cottony clouds over a church in MacArthur Blvd, Oakland

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Brother Wind’s Voice


I’m brother wind’s voice
a channel for his musings
over peoples, lives, events
from far and wide meanderings

here he comes, richly filled
with stories and fancies to tell,
now I’m spinning and chiming
of tales remembered very well

come, hear his stories all
be still, be silent as I sing
listen to melodies as I weave
the story he's imparting

© Shey
04/29/09


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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Splashes




(Hubby was the shutterbug this time. senyum To join or see more Watery & Wordless photos, click badges below)

Monday, April 27, 2009

Frog Legs, eh?



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We were supposed to go fishing last Saturday with our friend, Jonnie in Fremont. I wasn't feeling well and didn't feel like traveling or waking up early in the morning. It was that time of the month. (Sorry Jonnie!) But I'm definitely looking forward to more fishing in the future.

We were just puttering in our apartment, but then decided to go to the pet store and buy stuff for our fishes or probably another cute pet. Hubby got a fiddler crab.sengihnampakgigi I will show photos of Levi (fiddler crab's name) later.

After that, we went to downtown Oakland, Chinatown. This is where I usually do my marketing and get my Asian foodstuff fix. During lunchtime, the choice was between an Asian buffet and a Cambodian restaurant. We did the buffet before, so we decided to try something new.

So, off we go to Battambang Cambodian Restaurant.


The place was inviting with orchids on the table and they had a wonderful color scheme. (The shutterbug starts snapping, with permission.)


When I was perusing their menu, I found several food that I liked. Then my eyes were drawn to "Stir-Fried Frog Legs". "Say, what? Frog Legs, eh?", I exclaimed. HHmmmm. "I've never had that before. Today is the day to try something new and bizarre."

So, I did! Well, I thought it would be served whole but I was wrong. I should have told them not to chop it. sengihnampakgigi That would have been more exciting!

It came in a very colorful mix (as vibrant as their place) of green beans, red & green bell peppers & onions. I asked for a spicy plate. YUM! I bet you wouldn't guess it's frog legs by just looking at it.


Stir-Fried Frog Legs (dried and spiced) with lemon grass, spices, bell pepper, green bean and ground peanuts.

I took my first bite! MMMMM! It tasted like chicken wings. I didn't know it would be firm like that. Very tasty but lots of small bones, which didn't bother me. (Anybody grossed out already? gelakguling )

Let's get a macro shot of the thigh.


Hubby tried some of it but he stuck to a 'safer' and familiar food.
"Sach Chrouck Aing" - Grilled sliced pork marinated with lemon grass and spices, served with pickle and lime sauce.



The rice was in this beautifully carved container. I'm transported to Cambodia!


A macro shot of my favorite chili pepper.


Hubby learning to use spoon with fork. (Cute!) He's just used to knife with fork.


Paintings depicting simple rural scenes adorn the walls.

I hope you enjoyed my post. If anybody feels adventurous and would like to try the "Stir-Fried Frog Legs", just go to this restaurant or try a Cambodian or French place near your area. Then, please tell me what you think. senyum

Delightful Daffodils


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This garden is located between Embarcadero Center and Hyatt Regency SF.

I'm glad I bring my camera all the time (already grafted to my hand sengihnampakgigi). It's rewarding to capture flowers such as these delightful daffodils.



Daffodils
by William Wordsworth

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced, but they
Out-did the sparkling leaves in glee;
A poet could not be but gay,
In such a jocund company!
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Like a Secret Garden



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I love flowers and even if I'm not very familiar with all of their names, I capture their beauty as often as I can. My favorite flower snapshot of the day often ends up as my background. I think I've changed my background 3 times this month. For those who come here often, don't be confused. It's still the same ol' me. senyumkenyit But I think I'm keeping the latest template for a long time.

Today, we luckily passed by Sloat Garden Center : 3rd Ave. SF branch.

I felt like I stumbled into a secret garden. (Oh,joy!)






They are so gorgeous! The downside is that I forgot to check their names! I can be a space cadet sometimes. blur So, if anybody of you knows the name of these flowers, please kindly inform me. Thanks!
Update: John said they are called Cinneraria or Cinnerarias. Thanks John!

I will share more flower photos next time. See you then!

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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Snail Stare



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These captures are from my Quarry Lakes archive. We love to go fishing there, sometimes I get fish and sometimes only nature shots like these. Both situations fill me with equal excitement because I never go home empty- handed. Well, from a shutterbug's point of view anyway. sengihnampakgigi

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I was lucky to chance upon a snail. It's the first time I saw this kind, so I watched it quietly.


On the photo below, it retreated into its shell because it got startled when a park ranger came by and stopped. He was curious why I was squatting by the grasses, happily snapping pictures at something. sengihnampakgigi


I left for a few minutes, so it can recover. When I returned, it was just coming out of its shell.


It regained its composure and seemed to stare at me. (SNAIL STARE, SNAIL GLARE!)


Or was it trying to say, "Hey, what's up?".


I don't know the specific name of this snail and I was too tired to peruse dozens of web pages online. Apparently, there are different types (thousands) of snails out there. If anybody recognizes this kind, please let me know. Thanks!

* I found a link of funny snail photos: tank snail, horse snail, winter snail and others.
* More about snails.