was in chinatown again today for my eye doctor's exam. when done, wanted to go to the food hawkers on east broadway that sell mixed rice for us$4 per-plate but somehow ended up in this somewhat new fancy noodle place on division street just before the manhattan bridge underpass. i think the name is hong kong station. the menu display on the street caught my eye especially where it said us$3 for a bowl of noodles. i scanned through things they have and luckily they had picture menu because the rest of them were in chinese. so, i decided to give it a shot, walked in and point my finger at the picture for pork feet noodle soup....yummy. nothing fancy really, just plain and simple to satisfy my tastebud. they gave me a decent size bowl of yellow noodle and 4 pieces of juicy pork feet. it was only later after i have taken the picture that i noticed from the placemat on my tray, in english, that you could actually create you own noodle with whatever choices they have on display behind the counter. wonder if it would still cost me us$3 for that. another reason for me to go back to this place.
here is an excerpt from a book written by Thomas Rhys Williams entitled The Dusun:A
…There are a variety of more than 30 folktales regarding creation of specific animals and plants. Dao, the headman of Sensuron village, told this story of the origin of the sago palm and the sago “beetle”:
There was a beautiful girl who was asleep in her house in the middle of the day. As the young hunter Saro passed that girl’s house he heard her call out in her sleep, “cut me bamboo to make sEmputan (musical instrument).” So he did that, and took the bamboo to the girl. But when she came onto the veranda of the house, and he gave her the bamboo, she would not take it, saying, ”I did not ask you for that”. But her vagina called out to Saro and said, “it was this girl’s vagina that called out for the bamboo!” The girl was very ashamed of her vagina, she went to the deep jungle and took it out and placed it on the stump of a tree. Then a deer came and rubbed its side against that vagina and left hair upon it. Then the tree stump grew again and became the sago palm and the vagina became the beetle you find inside there. (pg. 15)
this posting is a response to kupi O kaw kaw's recent posting. based on current currency exchange rate us$1 = rm3.60081. so, rm1.00 is roughly about us$0.277115. so, what can you buy with rm1.00 or say, us$0.25 in new york?
...you will get 3 minutes worth of time to dry your clothes in a self service laundromat dryer machine
...probably 2 minutes to pump your wheels at a gas station. some may be free.
...new york post newspaper? or is it us$o.50 now
...5 pages or may be 2 pages from a photo copy machine at office supplies stores or drug stores
...bus fare for seniors? or maybe it is us$0.50?
...oh..not forgetting maybe 10-15 minutes or even less for metered parking
...extra toppings for your salad bowl
...couldn't think of anything else....
a wet and dreary day in new york. my backyard, on the other had, looks red and yellow like its on fire. couldn't really catch it with my lousy camera but when you step outside you can feel the intensity of the colors.
the parking lot of what used to be our padang kawat kesatria too. man, i remember those days when i had to march around the parking lot in my starched uniform..kiri..kiri..kanan..kiri. oh, and i still remember very well how to report to the komander or cikgu-cikgu...90186494...siap sedia untuk diuji. i think...something like that.
our wonderful bathroom. i remember during our "evening rush hours" when some students were rushing to go to their evening clases after dinner, some of them would fill up those sinks and scooped water with our own "gayung" and took a cold water bath right there.
i have to say though that the view from bukit itm is fantastic. although, one couldn't help noticing how some of the surrounding areas has changed quite a lot. the cleared area at the bottom of the first used to be just miles and miles of green trees. look at it now. guess, that's what one would consider as "kemajuan".
below are pictures of resting place for both my grandfather and grandmother of my mom's side. i just realized that they both passed away within 2 months apart. didn't notice that when i took the pics. both were laid to rest in limputung's cemetery, less than a mile from the house.
earlier last week one of my students suggested that we take a break on friday and play scrabble. everybody seemed to agree with it and i figured why not. so, few students brought some snacks and we spent the whole period playing scrabble. i guessed it through fine but probably have to get a bigger board.
brave heart costume
wig and funky shades
he called himself mr. coat man (while carrying champagne on a tray)
some kind of super hero costume with nemo on his head
pink flamingo hat and pink tights
lizard (...i think)
he runs on dunkin (...literally)
vote obama tees
batman and robin