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Recipe of Yuanxiao (glutinous rice ball)   (published in China)

September 2, 2013 by   Comments(0)

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4 1/2 cups (500 g) sticky rice flour

butter 7 oz (200 g)

black sesame powder 7 oz (200 g)

sugar 8 oz (250 g)

1 tsp wine


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1. Mix the butter with sesame powder, sugar and wine together. You need to heat a little bit. Make small balls about 0.3-0.4 oz (10 g) each.

2. Take 1/2 cup of sticky rice flour. Add water into the flour and make a flatten dough. Cook it in boiled water and take out until done. Let it cool down. Then put it in the rest of the sticky rice flour. Add water and knead until the dough is smooth.

3. Make the dough into small pieces about 0.3-0.4 oz (10 g) each. Make it like a ball using hands first and then make a hole in the ball like a snail. Put the sesame ball into it and close it up.

4. Cook them in boiled water. Make sure to keep stirring in one direction while cooking. When they float on the water, continue to boil for about one minute using less heat.

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Recipe of Yuanxiao (glutinous rice ball)
Recipe of Yuanxiao (glutinous rice ball)

Shanghai Attractions - Moganshan Road(莫干山路)   (published in China)

September 2, 2013 by   Comments(0)

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As the craze for Chinese contemporary art grows as rapidly as the country’s skyline, it’s only fitting that China’s art scene is exploding too. Since the 1980s, the epicentre has been firmly ensconced in Beijing. But now flashy Shanghai is developing into a formidable outpost for young art stars. For evidence, just spend an afternoon wandering through the unofficial arts district at 50 Moganshan Road, a small lane once filled with vacant warehouses and factories along Suzhou Creek. Over the last few years, the area has been transformed into a maze of minimal white galleries and studios.


Photo by HW61

ShanghART (Building 16) is open daily from 10am-6pm, has a strong claim to be the city’s premier art institution, credited with the promotion of Chinese art at international fairs including Art Basel, FIAC and Art Basel Miami Beach. The gallery represents over 30 of the city’s most renowned artists, including Pu Jie, Zhou Tiehai, Yang Fudong, and Li Shan.


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Biz Art (Building 7) often gets wrongly pigeon holed with the galleries of Shanghai, although it is not in fact a gallery but rather a non-profit art foundation dedicated to the development of young artists and experimental art work. Since 1999, the foundation has been active in promoting installations, new media, and experimental works. Spearheaded by Davide Quardrio and his Chinese partners, artist Xu Zhen, it is regarded as one of the most influential art organizations in the city. It also established the Art Hub foundation to help fund its projects across China.

 Photo by HW61

Eastlink (Building 6) is one of Shanghai’s premier galleries and plays a crucial role in the development and promotion of art, especially ...

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Shanghai Attractions - Moganshan Road(莫干山路)
Shanghai Attractions - Moganshan Road(莫干山路)

Chinese Knot   (published in China)

September 2, 2013 by   Comments(0)

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History of Knotting

As a means of artistic decoration, the art of knotting is an ancient Chinese handicraft that dates as far back as the Tang (CE 618-907) Dynasty (in contrast, the strictly practical use of knotting, both in China and elsewhere, dates farther back than the beginning of recorded time, as indicated by archeological finds in China of special needle-like implements fashioned of bone and believed to be used for the purpose of untying knots – thus implying the existence of knots – discoveries which have been carbon dated to be over 100,000 years old).


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Usage of Chinese Knotting

The most commonly used knotting material in China is silk, which comes in a variety of bright colors, red being one of the most popular colors in China, as it symbolizes good luck, a long and prosperous life, etc.

Besides being used as a hanging decoration in the home and as an adornment to articles of clothing, examples of Chinese Decorative Knotting range from articles of jewelry (rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces, as well as small pendants that hang on bracelets and necklaces) to actual articles of clothing – albeit, "finishing", or ornamental, articles of clothing (however practical they may also be) – such as buttons and belts.

This seemingly simple art produces handicraft items that are intricately and exquisitely worked – it is no wonder therefore that the Chinese decorative knot has for centuries been worn by people of all walks of life as a talisman, or good-luck charm.

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Chinese Knot
Chinese Knot

Scuba Diving, Warrior Princess and Goodbyes   (published in Fiji)

September 1, 2013 by   Comments(1)

I only have 20 minutes as I am determined to enjoy my last night in Fiji so this will be the shortest and briefest blog known to man!

This week (well it ended this week) my host family celebrated 'The Prayer'. Every night a large crowd gathered at the house dressed in Sahri's and generally looking great where as I looked liked I'd been dragged through a bush of screaiming children after a day of teaching. A two long ceremony was then held which involved lots of chanting and singing, the priest accompanied by musical instruments etc etc. This was followed by traditional Indian sweets and then a meal, which me and Ira (who tried Indian sweets for the first time that week) usually didn't have room for after stuffing ourselves. A few nights into the prayer I began joining my host father and the rest of the men for Kava (the mud-like drink which my actual father informed me is also a hallucionagenic) which we would drink into the early hours of the morning. The next morning I experienced my first Kava hangover which is like an alcoholic one but 1000X worse. I also experienced my first day of solo teaching as Ira was sick, so it was a very well timed day all in all. The Prayer ended wednesday, because at 12 AM their god Krishna is born. We invited the rest of the volunteers to join us and wore shari's and danced and it was glorious. Until inevitably I was invited to drink with all my new friends (mostly farmers and young hindu men) to join them for kava. This was the night they decided that when I came back (which I have been forced into agreeing to do) I would stay 6 months before marrying a nice Indian boy and living here for good. By 3 am the world was spinning and Shiva sent me to bed. However I earnt the nickname 'Warrior Princess' for my efforts, as they had never seen ...

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Scuba Diving, Warrior Princess and Goodbyes
Scuba Diving, Warrior Princess and Goodbyes

18 dage til afrejse. 18 days to the day of departure   (published in Togo)

August 31, 2013 by   Comments(0)

I am looking forward to go to Togo. Because Togo is where I go to in 18 days. 

Visa - c'est prêt!

CFA franc 



The journey is about to begin...


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18 dage til afrejse. 18 days to the day of departure
18 dage til afrejse. 18 days to the day of departure

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