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MMXIV-1-12 Yang Wood 甲 午 馬 Horse Jan 31, 2014 – Feb 18, 2015

3.7 Orleans Snow Artists on display ans they're happy the below freezing temperature are still here despite the arrival on spring in 13 days

1-12 Food Entrepreneurs in Ottawa in Ottawa Local Customs Superb Bakery
@1065 Wellington W Breadbyus.com

It's Red Poppies time and following Monday the 11th is Remembrance Day, also Free Admission to the War Museum, Le Breton
10.6 Bus or Taxi ~ JOeys
7.21 Shiro Japanese owned Sushi & meals
7.09 KING crab Dinner in Vancouver
6-03 Spring means less time on VT
recipe for a stuffed Duck without Bones
Ottawa 2013 Winterlude come and gone

Year of Snake arrived 2013-02-10

my MMXII updates
12.27 Frosty the Snowman arrives in Orleans, ON and a few memories of Christmas lights in the suburbs
12.13 ~ War Horse Puppet is my newest addition
12.1 ~Last weekend the offspring took us out to a Malaysian eatery and today, when the three were all at work away from the nest, the remaining immediate family were out enjoying a tasty Korean lunch, then she said they had a birthday cake, she of course wanted to help the old man huff and puff the candles that she helped put in..( each represents a decade, and a few had already been puffed away. Strange as it may sound, i don't feel my age - yet ;-)))

~Three years ago i returned home to the Autumn hues with photos and personal images of the previous 2 months,
This year has been good to me and family with gatherings in Vancouver, BC; California roadtrip and meets in Sacramento and Saratoga: then Plymouth Meeting PA for wedding and a USA/Philadelphia 101.
Not exotic but good for VT, i am able to enjoy what other members are doing or sharing.
Just Read about the CouchSurfing Indonesia Festival will be fun to have something similar here, imagine 50 or 150, even 250 VT members here in the Nation's Capital Region - maybe if other Ottawa members read this, shall we begin the planning?
Partner with the NCC during Fall Rhapsody?

Join up with the Ottawa Voyageurs Walking Club? or contact me, i'm always game for a walk in the NCR

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.

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,

Tao 道-The Way ~ also the Camino St James

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.
SJPP in part of the Camino France beginning in Le Puy, a journey followed by many over the centuries, since getting the EU and Unesco rating as a cultural route, the various routes have had an increase in numbers of walkers
video intro of the Camino
Quite a few library books devoured, you tube videos, websites et al,
getting the backpack and cuttings down the weight,

In hindsight, as 2 years ago, . . . . . .( more to come soon )
Beginning with the first 8kms uphill to Orisson before the next over the Pyrenees to Ronscevalles in Spain, then day after day between 20 to 30 + kms daily, the recurring questions, will the body and mind synchronize ?
my own feet get me to Santiago de Compostela and even further to Lands end - Fisterre and further north, Muxia ?

Alas, after 38 days on the pathways, with a few days rest and recreation,
i did get to see St James in the Santiago Cathedral, with the Botafumeiro swinging over the heads of the many Peregrinos / Pilgrims sharing its incense with all willing to accept it's symbolism.
All who have walked along the Camino appreciates the many facets of the journey, which is very personal so i shall not repeat what is known, bar to say that i've been graciously blessed, to be able to complete the journey with so many others, and new friends.

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" ?

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

Santiago de Compostela from St Jean Pied du Port

wednesday Oct 14th, 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, depsite 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

Others have made it to the great peaks, my meagre effort was fun too, made it to the top of Table Mountain in Cape Town
whilst the Goal of seeing the Wolfsberg Arch of the Cedeberg mountain never materialised, I waited patiently at the bottom of th Crack.
This spurred me to take on the Camino de Santiago, staring at St James Pied de Port in France, via Pamplona Leon, Burgos etc till Santiago de Compostela and finally Fisterre on the Eastern shores of the Atlantic I have the odd tidbits in my a long stroll to Santiago de Compostela & beyond Album

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

"Meagan McGrath, 29, was scaling down the world's highest mountain on May 21 when she came across Nepalese climber Usha Bista."
on my Canada Page
she is so humble about her caring that she does not even mention it in her travelblog
McGrath, who now lives in Ottawa, had been preparing for her Everest climb for years in an effort to become the first member of the Canadian Forces to climb the highest summits on each of the seven continents.
Andrew Barsh was 200 metres from Mt Everst summit, but he stopped to save another Australian mountaineer in distress

Duties of being a member of the Huo 霍 Clan

The family tree, the traditions of of the Lunar New Year Celebrations,
Village life, the effects of industrialisation of a country that was rated one of the poorest of the world in 1948, dominated during the previous century by domination of war lords, civil war, foreign interventions in many forms.

there will be many photos of my trip plus , hopefully, insightful comments under Foshan;
my personal interactions, softened by family who took me around,
being able to speak Cantonese helped, a slattering of Putonghua / standard Chinese will have been useful, alas ~ an experience of a lifetime
Photo of clansmen who have the same great grand father as me, living in Shunde region under Foshan City administration, in Guangdong Province of People's Reublic of China

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  • pieter_jan_v's Profile Photo
    Mar 19, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Wow, what a great snowman on your intro picture. Wish I had some more business at Ottawa. PJ

  • janetanne's Profile Photo
    Mar 6, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    Thank you for visiting my pages on Houghton Lake! I had no idea there was another Houghton Lake and where Nelson Mandela had lived as well! I learn something new all the time from my VT friends.:)

    • kenHuocj's Profile Photo
      Mar 7, 2014 at 5:29 AM

      Oops, not a lake, just a pleasant Suburb Houghton with beautiful mansions ;-)))

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Feb 10, 2014 at 5:01 AM

    Thanks for your visit to my Queckbronn page. I'm glad you liked the observatory.

    • kenHuocj's Profile Photo
      Feb 10, 2014 at 11:29 PM

      great reminder of others I'd known in S Africa, we have one in Ottawa too ;-)))

  • DaHongHua's Profile Photo
    Feb 5, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    Kung hei fat choy! and "Kiong He Huak Chai"! read my mother tongue. I wish you a happy and prosperous Horse year.

  • alza's Profile Photo
    Feb 1, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Hi Ken, Kung hei fat choy! Happy Chinese new year! Just saw that you have no big travel plans for immediate future... maybe you'll consider a day jaunt to Montreal? I'd love to try the new P.F. Chang's China Bistro near my place! (at the Blue Bonnets Raceway.) Unless you're against that kind of place... haha. You're welcome in any case, lots of special eateries to discover here.
    I'm not in Ottawa/Rockland often, trying to save for a big trip. Ha! a joke, that "saving" dream! :-)

  • Agraichen's Profile Photo
    Jan 4, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Thanks for visiting; Happy New Year and safe travels.

    • kenHuocj's Profile Photo
      Jan 9, 2014 at 4:06 AM

      Pity, no big travels plans for immediate future, but the wings are itching ;-)))

  • jayjayc's Profile Photo
    Jan 3, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    Better late than never. Happy bday (belated)! Cheers!

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Jan 2, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Happy New Year Ken! sure sounds like you are in the land of the deep freeze! all the best for the year ahead!

  • rosata's Profile Photo
    Dec 31, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Happy New Year, Ken!

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    Dec 26, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Merry Christmas Ken! And of course best wishes for the New Year!!!
    Sending 'Colgate' smiles from Sweden ;-)

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