Saturday, September 18, 2010
Last night, Nana and I had our first izakaya experience since coming to Fukuoka when we sat down for dinner at Enya, a dim, cozy place on the market street between Fujisaki and Nishijin. We didn't drink, but boy did we eat! And not a bite crossed our plates that wasn't delicious.
Round one was kushiyaki, or grilled stuff on skewers. (Like yakitori, but yakitori technically means chicken.)
samgyeopsal days in Korea!
Round two was fried mushrooms, which we were specifically instructed to dip in a tray of salt.
Third round was a plate of potatoes with parsley in butter.
And finally, we have some squid dumplings.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple front roof, Little India:
Side gate ornaments.
I love this cow's attitude. He's all like, "What? I'm a cow. On a wall. Whatcha gonna do about it?"
16th Ngee Ann City National Lion Dance Championships 2010:
This was happening in a big plaza in front of a mall complex on Orchard Road, the main shopping street and the street nearest our hotel. This is the same trip in which we got lost trying to find an underpass and ended up in the mooncake mall. I gotta say, I know how to get lost.
The lion dance involves two guys wearing shiny fringy pants making up a lion body a la the more famous dragon dance. The lions are adorable:
And did I mention that the dance is done on posts? Like, six-feet-off-the-ground posts? And they leap around while carrying a giant lion head? See footage here. No wonder this dance has a championship.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Curse you, distant toilet! So near, yet so far!
To the best of my knowledge, I have never produced such a sound, except in deliberate imitation. So I had to know why she thought I sounded Beijing-y. She said it was my pitch more than anything else. Apparently Singaporean Chinese speakers speak very low in their vocal register, whereas mainland Chinese use a higher-pitched voice.
But back to the drink. Soya Bean Drink. What does it taste like?