Tuesday, June 30, 2009
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Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Most of the Kings and Queens of England, later Kings and Queens of Great Britain, and later still kings and queens of the Commonwealth realms, have had a direct influence on the construction and evolution of the castle, which has been their garrison fortress, home, official palace, and sometimes their prison. Chronologically the history of the castle can be traced through the reigns of the monarchs who have occupied it. When the country has been at peace, the castle has been expanded by the additions of large and grand apartments; when the country has been at war, the castle has been more heavily fortified. This pattern has continued to the present day.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
I found my way to you
My friend across the computer lines
my heart, my soul, that's who.
You try to make me smile
with the mail you send my way.
You never fail to drop a line
each and every day.
Whenever I have hurried home
with something, I must share,
I find it just so comforting
that you are always there.
Encouragement you give me
and a friendship that is true.
I'm glad my soul while reaching out
found someone like you... Happy Birthday sis!
Greetings From the Dias Family!
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
In another version of the story, it was abandoned because the government outlawed bathing beaches in this area, and the resort soon closed thereafter.
Others guess that it was abandoned for practical reasons. The resort is in a remote location between the sea and a major road going to northern Taiwan (and it can get incredibly windy in that area along the coast). It also could have been because of problems with the design - either with the quality of the materials or with living conditions inside the pods. If they are fiberglass, it would get overwhelmingly hot inside the pods in the summer.
Thailand's floating markets are among the most-photographed destinations in the country. The river and 'klong' markets give a realistic glance of how daily life must have been in earlier times. The floating markets are where the sellers, their boats laden with a wide variety of tropical fruits, flowers, vegetables and fresh produce, come to meet and barter their products with other traders. These days, modern supermarkets and department stores have largely replaced the traditional floating markets, but a few still survive.
The most popular floating market, one of the must-see one-day trips from Bangkok, is at Ratchaburi, about 101 km to the west of Bangkok. The Ratchaburi market is the largest of its kind, attracting a large number of tourists each day. The lively and colorful images of boat vendors trading their agricultural products is one of the most fascinating and endearing images of Thailand.
There are also some interesting floating markets in Bangkok itself. The Taling Chan floating market is a weekend market in front of Taling Chan district office. Another one is the Wat Sai market in Bangkok's Thonburi area.
Efforts are being made to revive the old markets and reorganize them to support tourism. One example is the Wat Lam Phaya floating market in Nakhon Pathom, which was recently recreated and is now being promoted.
The best way to fully appreciate a floating market is to hire a long-tailed boat for the day. A tour along the klongs also gives you an appreciation of Thai homes and gardens. Don't forget to get up real early for a trip to see the markets. Usually they kick off at dawn, and most traders have already gone back home by late morning.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Have you been to one of the World's Tallest Hotel in the World? Here are the world’s 5 tallest hotels.
1. Rose Tower (Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Monday, June 1, 2009
* 1 1/4 pounds boneless pork loin roast, cut into 2-inch pieces
* 1 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2-inch pieces
* 3 tablespoons salt
* 1 tablespoon black peppercorns, coarsely ground
* 2 tablespoons crushed garlic
* 2 bay leaves, torn
* 1 cup white vinegar
* 1/4 cup soy sauce (optional)
* 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
* 2 cloves garlic, smashed
- Season pork and chicken with salt and pepper and place in a stock pot. Rub with crushed garlic and torn bay leaf, and coat with vinegar (and soy sauce, if using). Cover, and marinate in the refrigerator for 8 hours, or overnight.
- Bring meat and marinating liquid to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 1 1/2 hours, or until meat is fork-tender. If necessary, add a small amount of water to prevent drying out.
- Strain liquid from meat. Return to the stock pot and bring to a simmer. In a skillet, cook and stir meat in 1 tablespoon of oil over medium high heat until brown on all sides, adding remaining 2 cloves of smashed garlic in the last 3 minutes. Add meats to cooking liquid, and continue simmering until slightly thickened. Serve hot.
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