Eye Opener: Archery Trick Shots, Korean Style

September 30, 2014 § Leave a comment

There is a reason why the Koreans have dominated competitive archery for such a long time; they are very good.

video credits:  ishubeeke

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Hanukkah 2012

December 3, 2012 § Leave a comment

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“At this time of year, when the sun is most hidden, the holiday of Hanukkah celebrates the rays of hope and light. Often, it is through simple and unrecognized miracles that we are able to feel the warmth of hope and light.” Rafael Goldstein

Best wishes to all who celebrate it. This year’s Hanukkah starts December 8. I have created a fun Hanukkah trivia quiz for all to enjoy.

Happy Hanukkah 2010!

November 30, 2010 § 1 Comment

December is such a busy month for holiday celebrations. The Jews have Hanukkah. Muslims have the Islamic New Year. Atheists have Festivus. African Americans have Kwanzaa. Christians have Christmas. And finally, shopping addicts have Boxing Day. I really like the diversity. Happy Hanukkah!

Guy Fawkes Day is just another weird holiday

November 4, 2010 § Leave a comment

If you have followed my blog for some time, you would know that I like to comment on weird holidays from around the world. Incidentally, I have just received an email from a reader in Great Britain regarding a holiday called Guy Fawkes Day. This day is named after Guy Fawkes, an infamous revolutionary who tried to blow up the Parliament and kill the English King. People celebrate this holiday by throwing effigies of people they hate into bonfires. Sounds like an interesting form of celebration. 🙂

Grass is always greener at Wimbledon

October 18, 2010 § Leave a comment

The Wimbledon championships have often been cited as the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world, and are for very good reasons. Wimbledon is the oldest tournament in tennis history, enjoying over 130 years of history. Moreover, the event is played on the unusual surface of grass, a near-extinct species in today’s age. The tournament is also deeply connected with traditions. It may be highly atypical to see players give curtsies or bows to the royal box or wear all-white attires, but this is part of Wimbledon’s irresistible charm.

Perhaps, the finest case for Wimbledon as the best tennis tournament would be found on the championship trophy itself. The list of singles champions is truly extraordinary with names like Roger Federer, Pete Sampras, Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova, and the Williams sisters—each with multiple titles. Wimbledon is surely the players’ favorite tournament.

The Japanese Kimono

October 7, 2010 § Leave a comment

Nothing is more Japanese than the Kimono, Japan’s traditional dress. The dress is described as a weightless robe with wide sleeves and purposeful collars. Women’s kimonos are renowned for their audacious colors and elegant embroideries. Men’s kimonos, on the other hand, are decisively unadorned. Unlike traditional dresses of other countries, kimonos are used both for ceremonial purposes and for daily life. The dress is also the default wedding garment for both Japanese men and women. Housewives and older Japanese often don kimonos at home.

As most kimonos are made of silk, the dress is an exceptionally comfortable wear. But there is one caveat. Kimonos are rather pricey. A well-made kimono can cost in the neighborhood of several thousand dollars. The cost of maintaining the dress is, unfortunately, also very steep.

Harvest moon and mooncakes

September 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

I was given a box of mooncakes yesterday as gift, and was flabbergasted to learn that the box cost $50 US. I have seen similar stuff at the local supermarket, but they only cost $10-15 each. Upon close inspection of the ingredients used to make these mooncakes, I came to realize why this box of four small mooncakes costs so much. The ingredients include fish fin (from which fish I dare not say but do recommend watching the movie Jaws before hand) and abalone, both of which are mind-numbingly expensive. With the harvest moon set to ascend tonight, I can’t wait to eat these luxurious delicacies. Happy mooncake!

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