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dia de los muertos

Posted: October 30, 2009 in around the world, random, stuff

was a three day celebration starting 31 Oct ending 2 Nov. Modern day Dia de los Muertos is celebrated on 1 & 2 Nov only.

 

Dia de los muertos (Day of the Dead) is a ritual practiced for at least 3000 years in what is now called Mexico. Its simply a way to honor the dead, and celebrate their lives. Instead of fearing death, the aztecs and other meso-american cultures embraced death and celebrated it. Sugar skulls are baked with the names of the deceased on the forehead, and gets consumed by the family and relatives of the deceased. They decorate cemeteries, bring their deceased loved ones’ favorite foods, and sit on blankets at night talking about their fondest memories and eating these foods. Celebrating death and rebirth.

I am fascinated with the colourful skulls to be honest. I would love to get one as a memorial tattoo for dad. I vowed once never to get any faces inked on my skin although i have a perfect picture of dad (allah yer7amo) back in the 70s, black and white and very classical but beautiful, so a day of the dead sugar skull would be the next best thing.

I donno if any of you goes trick or treating, or dresses up for a halloween house party, but whatever you do tomorrow, have fun and celebrate life!

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i will not post accompanying pictures, since its a long post!

25.  octopus: especially baby octopus, deep fried with tartar or marinara sauce, or simply in a salad, yum!! it might not look very appealing in the raw, but when cooked the taste is heavenly.

24. gazelle meat:  in my meat eating days i was pretty adventurous with the meat i tried. and gazelle or dear meat was exquisite! very woody kinda earthy taste, dark meat, cooked to perfection with red potatoes and gravy.. num!

23. Lobster: this sweet meat has to be eaten at least once before one moves on! its light, sweet, succulent, and simple.

22. sushi:  sushi must be my favorite, even though i dont eat red meat or white, i love seafood! and i crave every once in a while, and usually in the form of sushi. i do not appreciate sashimi but sushi is amazing, especially with a heavy dose of wasabi! Yum!

21. hot dog from a street cart! lol i dont think there’s anything better than that! warm bread, all the toppings one would wish, and the great outdoors! (for those of you in the states, dont take that delicacy for granted!)

20. curry:  i think the indian cuisine is one of the best if not the ultimate best in rich, colourful, spicey aromatic foods. and curry being the king of all food, best if eaten in south india, or southern indian restaurants, coz they make the best curries ever!

19. spanish paella: paella is a unique ‘saucepan’ dish from spain, that is both spicey and very de-lish however made! usually its a mix of rice, meat, seafood, vegetables, beans, and spices cooked together with meat/veggie stock and chili paste, you can be creative with the ingredients, or even cook it vegetarian!

18.  mexican mole: bit of a wierd combination, but its a sauce made of chile and chocolate served over meat!  it tastes great whatever the meat used is.. i like the idea of chocolate with salty foods, it makes it more interesting, like in the french cuisine they have an amazing dish of grilled fish and white choc sauce.

17. authentic wood fired oven baked pizza: this is my ultimate favorite! even more than wood fire ovens, i love pizza made on charcoal (like the turkish pizza) that is a must try (and a sure instant love)!

16. sweet potato: as a main dish or dessert, sweet potato is a delicious veggie that is versatile and goes nicely with lamost all cuisines.  i personally like it as sweet potato tempura, or sweet potato pie, but many mash it instead of normal potatoes as it is lower in carb and is suitable for ppl following the GI diet.

15. chowder soup: my favorite type of soup, its chunky, thickened with crackers, its got a creamy base (usually made out of milk, skimmed milk can be used also, hurrah!) the most famous chowder soup is clam chowder, but i personally love potato, corn or mixed vegetable chowder soup more. healthy, chunky, and so good in the cold days!

14. miso soup: or ‘dashi’ is a traditional Japanese soup made out of miso paste some add tofu, some add veggies, the variations are vast but the base is one. a very healthy Japanese snack or side dish, and i think everyone should try it at least once in their lifetime..

13. lucky # 13 is paneer: most famous in indian/persian cuisine. the non melting, non fat cheese cubes incorporated in many vegetarian dishes and i personally love the indian use of paneer in dishes like paneer makhni or dingri mattar paneer.. once tried, you will fall in love instantly!

12. salted lassi: keeping with the indian cuisine, also widely drunk in pakistan and neighbouring south asian countries, is lassi. i love the salted one more than the sweet one coz it makes more sense! its simply yoghurt mixed with a bit of water, salt, pepper, cumin seeds, and sometimes milk and lemon juice.  perfect for summer days!

11. pumpkin hummus: this is a great chinese take on the traditional middle eastern hummus! and it is  a must try. no regrets there i assure you…

10. durian fruit:  the notorious foul smelled fruit that has been banned from buses, hotels, and hospitals in many asian countries, in fact some countries may fine you if you get into a cab or a bus with a durian fruit in your lap! it is a creamy sweet tasting fruit, if you can get past its horrible smell, it tastes like.. vanilla pudding! Durian is also known for its healthy benefits as it cures insomnia, OCD, suicidal depression, parkinson’s disease, PMS, and also can curb a glutton appetite since its rich in proteins and minerals and very filling.

9. dragon fruit: funky color! and tastes amazing. also very healthy and is known to reduce weight and reverse diabetes type 2 if eaten regularly. i love the scent and color of it more than my love for its taste to be frank!

8. rambutans: the overall image isnt so appealing and one may take time to figure out how to tackle it, but once you get there, oh wow the sweetest, silkiest, and most refreshing fruit ever is just waiting! One of my favorites and although i sometimes wish it did not have a seed (flaky skinned seed that you should avoid at all costs when digging into a rambutan) but still is one of my faves!

7. freshly baked saj goodies: i love saj, especially in winter, freshly made before your eyes, with tons of zatar and cheese, and just baked to a perfect crunch! YUM! with mint tea and great company, this is prolly one of the (many) things i would love to eat right  before i die! lol

6. pocky: a japanese snack simply being biscuit sticks dipped in chocolate or strawberry! i love them and the original ones should be tried at least once in a lifetime. recently the variations have become endless: cherry cream covered, almond bits and choc, coffee, toffee, banana and choc, vanilla, and the last i tried was an amazing Glico bitter chocolate pocky! Yum-eee! the japanese come up with the craziest stuff most of the time, but pocky, is a sane yet very addictive treat!  

5. krispy kreme’s original glazed doughnut:  ‘nuf said!

4. MacDonald’s Big Mac: again ‘nuf said!

3. freshly bakes ice cream cones: first, they smell alluring and drool inducing! secondly, they taste just out of this world when they’re fresh!

2. home grown tomatoes: there is nothing more fulfilling than picking up vegetable and fruits and legumes from your own back yard, but even more so if that home grown item is a red, rich, sweet, and juicy tomato! seriously, unbelievable.

1. choclate mousse cheesecake: this i bet women will agree with me on, but men will appreciate since its the most sinful item of food that you can ever sink your teeth into! actually u will not need to use teeth for this as it melts so seductively in your mouth infusing all that (fat) rich taste.. ahhhh! beautiful!

this is my list, feel free to add or even make up your own!
enjoy good food, be adventurous, try new things, especially in their native country, try to stay healthy with your choices, at least most of the time 😉 you can always indulge every once in a while..

top ten jobs

Posted: April 29, 2008 in around the world, bla bla bla, boredom, random

that pay around (and over) 100,000 $ p.a.:

1. Marketing Manager: if you can grow sales, maintain great rapport, ‘radar’ potential markets and possess an MBA, you’re likely to earn a 6 figure easily.

2. Health Services Manager: combine a healthcare administration degree, with ten years of experience and you could easily earn 110,000 $ in the US.

3. Information Systems Manager: IT has got to be (along with construction) one of the best paying fields. CIO’s get paid 6 figure salaries minimum.

4. Financial Manager: MBA in finance is a good way to ensure a good pay.. im planning for that, but an MBA is a pending project right now..  

5. Human Resources Manager: HR managers usually earn hefty bonuses! of course an HR management degree plus an MBA is required.

6. Fashion Designer: one of the things i wanned to do with my life lol. individuality, creativity, uniqueness, social skills and the right contacts will bring a designer fame and fortunes in this field.

7. Court reporter: initially this job pays about 50k, but since its very demanding, overtime pays almost what the salary does! so they end up in many states making a 6 figure salary.

8. Computer Application Development Manager: this job involves a lot of small team leading and delivering projects on specific deadlines, its a job where leadership pays! too bad i dont like IT :-/ lol

9. Nursing Supervisor: all this requires is a bachelor of Science in Nursing. and targeting excellent hospitals of course..

10: Education Administrator: One who can provide quality assurance and demonstrate people skills and holds a masters degree in education administration of course…

so there you have it, i dint expect some of them but these are jobs that pay in the USA.
mal6oosh min yahoo.com servey.

scientists are predicting another 20-30 years of life for frogs around the world.. did u know there are more than 50 different types of frogs? well, there are.. and those species all together have been introduced somehow to a fungal disease recently that is not treatable, and its spreading quite fast.. so unless scientists find a cure to this epidemic if we might call it so, frogs will soon be extinct..

can u imagine that? flies will reproduce like mad along with all other insects frogs feed on, and all those insects will come together and form an evil force of biting, picking, and blood sucking creatures that will rule the world!! sci-fi didi carried away 😀

but seriously, do u imagine science subjects your kids will have in the future will include a chapter on extinct animals that YOU actually witnessed or maybe even disected in class one day!

  • Clocks made before 1660 had only one hand – an hour hand.
  • Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.
  • A toothpick is the object most often choked on by Americans.
  • When you eat too much, your hearing becomes less sharp.
  • Apples are more efficient than caffeine in keeping people awake in the morning. (this i know, but most people dont so here it is with freaky facts!)
  • Humans and dolphins are the only species that have sex for pleasure.
  • (and since we’re on the subject) Some lions mate over 50 times a day.
  • You are about 1 centimeter taller in the morning than in the evening! (i donno if its true, but if it were, why!?)
  • Bananas aren’t fruit! They are a type of herb.
  • A polar bear’s fur is not white, but actually clear.
  • February 1865 is the only month in recorded history to not have a full moon.
  • Rain contains vitamin B12.
  • Out of all the senses, smell is most closely linked to memory. (very true!)
  • The Earth gets heavier each day by tons, as meteoric dust settles on it.
  • To burn off one plain M&M candy, you need to walk the full length of a football field. (Uh-oh!)
  • Kittens are born both blind and deaf.
  • The Amazon rainforest produces more than 20% the world’s oxygen supply.
  • Children laugh about 400 times a day, while adults laugh on average only 15 times a day.
  • Because heat expands the metal, the Eiffel Tower always leans away from the sun.
  • Only female bees work. (lazy ass males!)
  • One quarter of the human brain is used to control the eyes. (WOW – no wonder ghadd il basar is so challenging!)
  • Cold water weighs more than hot water.
  • Natural gas has no smell. The odor is artificially added so that people will be able to identify leaks and take measures to stop them.
  • Women have a slightly higher average IQ than men. (HA!)
  • 25% of your bones are located in your feet.
  • Smokers eat more sugar than non-smokers do.

1. Hong Kong: apparently having 4 of the 15 tallest towers in the world will make you the number 1 city!it is beautiful at night though, the magnificent architecture of the high rise buildings in hong kong is breath taking..

2. Chicago: ok im a little surprised since New York is the greatest city in the world in my green eyes! but Chicago was the birth of sky scrapers, surprisingly, they built the first sky scraper in chicago in 1885! the chicago park district is amazing, and the city at night, is a colorful masterpiece.

3. Shanghai: the beautiful city indeed.. although i would freak out and invest in a private jet to NOT drive over the crazy Nanpu bridge, i still cant deny its amazing. buildings are excessively tall, but beautifully designed and unique, and houses are authentic asian beauties..

4. New York: wall street, the opera house, the empire state building, lady liberty, Dylan’s candy shop!! ahhh.. New York, the home of new york cheesecake! this is MY favorite city ever.. noone knows why exactly, but NYC is the most charming city in the world. its on this list (i donno who came up with the list, i received it by email) because its versatile. the culture, the art, the music, the food, the places and faces of New York. i absolutely love it.

5. Tokyo: the most populated city by FAR! 32 million people! Technologically advanced, with great tall buildings, Japan is one of the most sophisticated asian countries, yet it still held on to its traditions. the cherry blossom festivals, the houses, the culture, the music, the geishas, its all so magical! (personally, i love the calligraphy!)

so… whats ur favorite city?

Hime & Co, here i come!!

Posted: March 11, 2008 in around the world, lol, news
ok, the japanese, for a long time, have been the wackiest ppl in my book! they come up with the most rediculous inventions.. they r crazy with their pop culture, their dress sense is the least bit ‘normal’ and now they come up with this ‘benefit’ to working at Hime & Co!!! the heartbreak leave! yup, u heard me right.. if one of their employees is dealing with a bad break up or a divorce, they get a paid leave to just cope and get over it and come back with a more positive attitude, which i think is ok…
but get this, same company gives ‘shopping leaves!!! so if there’s a sale and women wanna catch it bi rawa2 in the day time and NOT after work where places will be packed, SO they take PAIIIIIIIIIIIIIDDDDDDDDDDD leave to just go shop!!!!
im moving to japan!