One huge reason for the love of traveling is being able to eat and drink all kinds of different food and drinks but of course, learning the different culture is just as enjoyable too. I want my kids to travel the world before they get marry and have kids of their own. One can never learn that much without traveling and seeing for yourself first hand what is going on outside your comfort zone. Traveling allows me to appreciate what I have and to become humble and learn humility. This is just a bloody Mary but look at how different the presentation it has in the East. While the West couldn’t be right bothered about enticing their customers, in the East – it’s all about pleasing the palate and the eyes as well. Therefore, can you blame the ASians for having a lot more money than the ordinary West?
Thru’ a friend, the spouse found the perfect gift for me for my birthday because all of a sudden I decided I wanted to be healthier and drink chinese tea instead. I’ve been drinking the Steel Empress of late and also tried the Japanese Sencha that I absolutely loved. But drinking them in a traditional tea pot is absolutely awesome. I loved how the spouse knows what I want or needed and he gets them for me without having me to ask for it. He is that good – or is it being in a relationship for 20 yrs that nurture our understanding for each other. And the spouse is another rare find, I tell myself all the time.
I think I’m pretty spoiled, I love good food and I don’t like eating leftovers. My wished is to try all kinds of food from all over the world and at this moment I have to say that I have tried quite a lot of food. I’m very lucky because my spouse brings me for most of his business trips and I eat anything I want and buy any kind of food I want to try. I must have done something right in my past life – so my parents said.
The Act of Adapting – that is what adaptation means and it seems like woman like myself who chose to marry and migrate to a different country adapts easily or is it really true? or are we just forced to adapt. My friend who made the above soup and having sour dough for lunch, I’m sure it was not her daily staple when she was in Asia. But she adapted really quick and now she makes her own home made soup and own bread as well.
It’s amazing what love can do to a woman and how fast we can adapt whenever we want, sure we are homesick most of the time, but we learned to adapt. So when the spouse cannot make the same sacrifices as we did for them and make excuses to find another new love out of their marriage – I say these A$$holes need to be shot (not literally).
The spouse knows how much I missed food from Asia – so whenever he can – he brings me a long for his trips to Asia – all I need to do is take care of my own airticket. With so much airmiles that the spouse chalks up every month – I can afford to do a bit of traveling to Asia with him and I loved it. The bosses understand why I don’t want to work full time now – and gladly accommodated me when I had suggested that I only worked p/time. Now I can eat all the food I want – when the spouse travels to Asia – and I can tagged along. I loved that I don’t have to pay for hotels and mostly I don’t have to spend a lot on anything else. Life is good!
I missed traveling ! before migrating to Canada – I used to travel a lot for work and vacation but now that I have a family things are quite different. Even though my kids are older now, I still have to be around for them as the spouse travels a lot for work. My mom said that the only reason why I missed the traveling is because of the food – as I’m quite adventurous with food and once I went back to Japan just because I loved their mushroom tea at the Mt Fuji gift shop. Yes, I went back to Tokyo because of the mushroom tea – just the mushroom tea. Of course, I loved their dried scallops that came in small little tiny pouches that you can popped in your mouth and eat them singly.
I missed a lot of food but what I missed most today were these oyster omelet that you can find in Taiwan. The juicy and succulent tiny oysters in each mouthful of omelet is to die for. They can be found in the streets of Taipei and they are awfully cheap, not only the Taiwanese loved it, tourists like myself loved it too. I told the spouse about my craving the other night and he promised to bring me a long with him on his next trip to Taiwan. I’m so lucky right? Yes! very but can I leave my kids again with their grandparents. Parenthood is such JOY! but I will never regret it.
I’m sure you’ve all eaten Banh Mi before right? well, if you haven’t it’s a Vietnamese sandwich which is very healthy and cheap especially in Vietnam. Mostly found on the streets of Vietnam and very popular in Vancouver, now the Koreans are bringing it off the streets and making it cafe standard, pretty cool and neat.
They also have the Vietnamese springrolls as well. I’ve thought about making sandwiches like this here in Canada but I doubt the Canadians would like the taste. Why? because the chinese restaurants here are not serving real chinese food – they are Canadianized and some badly too. If you are thinking of eating sweet and sour fish in a chinese restaurant here and wondering what it tastes like – think of fish and chips and with some gooey sweet sauce – there you have chinese sweet and sour fish in Canada.
I loved beauty products from Asia and when my girlfriend from Korea told me about this brand, I had to get some but who can get me some when she is already back from Korea. Hummmm…. ! no worries ! apparently, they sell them in Singapore and I’ve got friends in Singapore too. From what I’ve read thus far, this product is supposed to have all the organic ingredients in it and they are less expensive than brands like Kose and Clarin or even Clinque – cheap is of course good but they really have to be an okay product to put on one’s face, else a woman would have to pay more to fix their face if the product is not suitable. What I usually do when I am trying new product is to only try a bit on my hands first and if nothing happens than I will try it on my face the next day. Yes, being cautious is always good, I tell my kids all the time how a beauty product should be use – even a new sunscreen.
I bet it is not just me who missed things from home and even jokes and story books from home are those that I missed. I want to collect the Lots of Lat series that I grew up reading because they are hilarious but I can’t find them online to purchase them. I’m going to try and get friends to look for it else I will just have to wait when I travel around asia to buy them.
For those who’ve grrew up reading LAT, I’m sure you remember how funny this Kampung boy is.