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Reason to visit in the months ahead

道安 Tau Ohn's father applied for a job in Newfoundland, was accepted so they moved from Kitchener,ON to St John's NL
My Kitchener pages will no longer get additions as the main attraction has mover east.
leading to a St John's page to be prepared for the doting grandparents visit later in the year. I am happy as the TV advert for Newfoundland-Labrador has been whetting my appetite
We look forward to exploring the Avalon Region, maybe dipping our toes in the Terra Nova National Park an so so many more in the large island, which is nature's wonderland. Maybe even get a taste of France at he French overseas community of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon.

New Additions

MMXV Yin Wood 乙 未 羊 Goat/Sheep 02/19/2015-02/07/2016

3'28%D Jeremy Taylor ~ AG Pleez Deddt

3.22Getting around by MetroBus in Jozi

3.20St John's NL under construction
2.28 Welcome to
St. Mary Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows Roman Catholic Church,Kitchener

1.31 Norwood, Ontario Jacks Family Restaurant

12.31 %L[http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/2419ea/ ] Another South African home meal%L*
11.11 National War Memorial 2014 %L*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_War_Memorial_(Canada)] National War Memorial%L* was well attended especially due to the Fatal shooting of Cpl Nathan Cirillo. The painting by noted artist Katerina Mertikas, copies of which are being sold to raise funds for a Trust to support young Marcus. Her other paintings and the Original may be seen at Koymans Gallery on St Laurent Blvd.

10.31 after Cpl. Nathan Cirillo from Hamilton, was shot in his back whilst standing on Guard at the Tomb of the unknown soldier . more links in my Ottawa page

10.2 The Aga Khan Museum of Ismaili Art, click on the link for more, it's new, exciting and tranquil, wonderful volunteer guides, wish i lived closer to get to the educational programmes too.

9.18 Frequently drive past this busy intersection of Riverside and Industrial a block south of the Queensway (417), by car and bus, despite knowing what it's about, with more than a few minutes to spare in the cooler weather and sunrise later with the shortening days of early Fall, decided on a closer look and was not disappointed., getting to know more about the Cancer Survivors Park

9.1 Calouste Gulbenkianin Portugal
POGG ~ peace innovations and co-existence
Local CustomsL* Superb Bakery
@1065 Wellington W Breadbyus.com

Movie~film or the Book, which is better

Foodie Books with an SE Asian slant
I saw the movie last year, but just managed to read Richard c Morais's The Hundred-Foot Journey, both were entertaining but i book prized a pleasant entertaining five lengthy session reads.
made me run to the library for more books about Michelin Stars, Indian spices and herbs.

Santiago de Compostela from St Jean Pied du Port

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i have move original notes to "Journeys - travelogue "
Wednesday Ocober 19th 2009
after leaving St Jean Pied de Port in France on Sept 10th
Finally arrived in Santiago de Compostella about 9.45am from Monte Gozo 6.5 Km from the Cathedral. almost day after day, despite the weather, it was step by step , , , i will leave for fisterre tomorrow morning, (headed for Muxia,the back to S de C. . . ) was delayed today , waiting for western Union. . . . after i get home Photos, photos and photos, and a MAP

Africa beckons visitors with it's drumbeats; sadly other forms of BEATINGS tarnish the many goodness it has, TYRANTS, DO NOT deserve to cling onto power

Tao 道-The Way ~ also the Camino St James

2014.11.1 The Way has a new meaning in my life as 道安 Tau Ohn it's the name of our new Grandson born on 30th September 2014, to our youngest daughter and Hubby IN Kitchener ON
They were together for Christmas 2014 in Ottawa, with his elder Cousin 芊 慧

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Looking back in '09 sept 30th, I was in Leon on the Camino France - memories and reminders
when The flight had been booked ,, way back in March 2009. the train to St Jean Pied de Port in France and Auberge Orisson had been reserved, thus the commitment. . . . . . . . . and more mover to travelogue Journeys . . . . .

the 道 Tao is towards Aum . . . i am still trying . . . Meegwtech

Nature seeks the narrow middle path
so that - all it's inhabitants may share equally
only what it needs for survival
yin - yang does strive for balance of co-existence

is that not the central point of "Deep Ecology" ?

Harmony, Cooperation, Development, Innovation & ..

these are topics that i follow in E-media, printed materials and attend talk &/or discussions whenever possible.

the few write ups i had, have been mover to %L[http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/tt/c2b46/ ] Peace, Innovations and Co-existence%L* , they're on Aung San Suu Kyi, the late Grandfather William Comanda,

Cape Wines of South Africa

Organised a Wines Tasting recently, 8 wines tasted were all under $20, double the SA price, but the Rupert Rotschild Classique matched well with a Cape Malay Lamb Curry. Even the Cathedral Cellar Pinotage was well accepted without the "Tar" For more Wine info online, E-wines is the one to click on

" Abelia Lawrence, is the director of Blouvlei and a trustee of the Blouvlei Workers Trust. She has become the public face of Blouvlei, after having worked on the Mont du Toit farm for a number of years and undergoing training at the Cape Wine Academy, the University of Cape Town and taking other courses in marketing. She also now spearheads the group's marketing efforts locally. "
" The group currently produces between 4,000 and 6,000 cases of wine, but this is set to increase steadily over the next few years. Production is split between four wines-a Shiraz; a Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc blend; the Klassique-a Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz blend; and a Sauvignon Blanc." quoted from Wellington-based BEE wine producer Blouvlei gathers steam

To be able to taste the Blouvlei range of screw cap wines under introductory remarks by Stephan du Toit, this was highlighted by master sommelier Junel who took us there with interesting tasting comments.
this was followed by another round of tasting the Mont Du Toit range.

Photo of the Hills not to good, so here is another of Table Mountain from de Grendel Winery tasting room patio, not far away is the huge Durbanville Hills Ultra Modern Winery

Foods & Wines ~ Glutzing &/or Passion

Fermented Black Bean 豆豉 Garlic Sauce was the final touch to Peppers stuffed with Fish Paste 魚丸 and fried. served of course in the private eatery in Orleans
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Being a Pre Baby Boomer, i am still more partial to home cooked meals, despite the fact that i do enjoy eating out, if and preferably the eating establishment refrains from using processed ingredients e'g. Knorr, Maggi and many other industrial kitchen convenience products with flavour enhancers, i am certain many of you who read will know what additive* i am referring to.
Food and wines is of course very much an integral part of Travel and the inter/intra-cultural experience. has a more links, pics and recipes of my love for food and under Pretoria i have Sosatie & Biltong recipe
With another Social networking group, we are Pot lucking our way every month from A-Z ( countries), with surprising flavours and dishes we are able to savour, but sometimes " vreet tot ek is dik en propvol "

Bitter melon (苦瓜), Silky melon (絲瓜) and Winter/fuzzy melon (冬瓜) are three ethnic veggies that i grew up with, fresh from the Garden, exception was a year of drought, pity though is that with the short growing season we have here, i have to be content with mass produced products, occasionally, we get a few that one can taste, comes from a small farmer.In my Home city pages, i shall add recipe and photos of how i used the Bitter Melon a month ago. Bon Appetit.

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      Apr 13, 2015 at 10:32 AM

      you're my gateway to discovering the real OZ and more ;-)))

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    Apr 2, 2015 at 6:49 AM

    What a lovely main photo, is this your grandchild?

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      Apr 13, 2015 at 10:30 AM

      yes the youngest daughter's one and only, he is so phtogenic ;-)))

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      Apr 13, 2015 at 11:55 AM

      He sure is photogenic, it is so lovely to see family photos here on Virtualtourist :)

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      Mar 16, 2015 at 6:43 AM

      Will be learning much about your country with your tips and more ;-)))

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    Mar 8, 2015 at 6:24 AM

    I hope you enjoyed the entirety of the Chinese New Year of the Green Sheep and that you had a lovely Lantern Festival. I've put The Hundred Foot Journey on my reading list -- Thanks!

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    Mar 1, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    Thank you for your nice comments on my San Gabriel and Tehachapi Murals tips. Much Appreciated!

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    Feb 27, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    thank you for visiting my nevsehir page. are you going to turkey? great vacation and overall reasonable cost vacation with the lira down considerably since our visit.

    • kenHuocj's Profile Photo
      Feb 28, 2015 at 4:39 AM

      its high on my long WISH list, until then, VT us my saviour ;-)))

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      Feb 28, 2015 at 6:58 AM

      hope you get there. may be the only place i've been where my beloved P did almost no shopping. astounding.

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    Feb 27, 2015 at 1:49 AM

    Happy New Year - Gong Xi Fa Cai :) I hope the goat year will be good for the humanity and nature :)

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      Feb 27, 2015 at 3:02 AM

      yes it is for each of us to move towards those Goals, often again ignorance &/or GREED !!! ;-|\|

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    Dec 31, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    That duck looks yummy!!! Happy New Year, Ken. Best wished to you and your growing family!

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      Jan 3, 2015 at 5:30 AM

      Will try to remember a photos of the Hock , when it is to be reheated from the freezer ;-)))

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      Jan 3, 2015 at 6:41 AM

      I'll look forward to that! Wish I could be there when the Hock makes its reappearance.

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