Russian Market in Peking, China

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One of our neighbor (in Bangkok) sent her daughter to Peking to study Chinese, and she asked my mom if she wanted to go with her. My mom has never visited Peking, so she decided to go. She just flew back home last night and she called me to let me know she safely arrived home. We did talked briefly about her trip.

I asked her about Peking…”what did it look like?”

She said.. “Oh My God… Peking is just another big city like Bangkok, New York, etc. There were a lot of skyscrapers, traffics, crowds, etc.”

“Did you go shopping a lot?”, I asked.

“Yes”, she replied. She added that everything was so cheap like you wouldn’t believe. She did briefly mentioned about “Russian Market.”

“Wait a minute… I thought you went to China.”, I asked.

“No… this Russian market is in Peking… I’m not sure why they called that”, she replied with laughs.

She bought several coats, jackets, pajamas, and couple Coach handbags. She said that Russian market was crazy. Once you got it, they would locked you down and wouldn’t let you go until you made a purchase.

I’m thinking in my head.. hmm.. that sounds like Russian (being locked down in the country — no offense.. you know what I mean? But, that’s just my thought).

Yabalu (Russian Market) :
The Russian Market is on the west wide of Ritan Park (Temple of the Sun Park). This is where you’ll find fur coats, clothing, hats, bras, toys, bathing suits, and more “stuff” than you can imagine — all destined for Russia in bulk quantities. – journeywoman.com

She had a good time with bargaining the price. There was one shop that she bargained from 1,000 Chinese dollars down to only “3 Chinese dollars.” Yes.. that’s the correct number — it’s only one digit price! She was amazed that the lady would sell a nice coat for that price.

I’m glad that she had a good time. I’m sorry that she missed me and my sister since we hadn’t talked for 9 days. I missed her too! Now, Peking has just been added to my wish list. :mrgreen:


National Grand Theater, Peking

Gardenia Plants

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My professor, Dr. Litchfield, gave me four of gardenia plants in one-gallon pot each. They are about 1 foot tall. She said the flowers produce very good smell. They are medium bush size and nice for the garden. Since I still have space in the backyard garden, gardenia plants are going to be nice addition to fill up those empty area. She tried to explain to me what gardenia looks like, but I wasn’t sure if I ever saw it. Well, I have heard about the name though. So, I “googled” it to see what they are going to look like when they bloom.

Can’t wait to see all of them bloom!

Skype Me

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Philips Skype Phone (No need PC connection)

ช่วงหลังๆ โทรกลับเมืองไทยมีปัญหาบ่อยมาก บ้างก็โทรแล้วสายไม่ติด บ้างก็โทรแล้วฝั่งโน้นก็ได้ยินไม่ชัด แต่กอล์ฟมีเพื่อนใช้ Skype โทรมาจากเมืองไทย เห็นใช้มาหลายปีแล้ว ไม่เคยบ่น ไม่เคยมีปัญหา แต่ก่อนก็คิดจะใช้ แต่ราคาโทรออกจาก USA ยังแพงกว่าบัตรโทรศัพท์เท่าตัว ก็เลยไม่ได้ใช้ วันก่อนแวะเข้าไปดูเว็บไซท์ SKYPE ก็แปลกใจ เพราะว่า ราคาได้เปลี่ยนไปแล้ว ตอนนี้ โทรเข้ากรุงเทพ 7 เซนต์ โทรเข้ามือถือ 13 เซนต์ โทรเข้าตจว. 13 เซนต์เช่นกัน ถือว่าโอเคเลยนะเนี่ย

ยังไงถ้าใครอยุ่เมืองนอกใช้บัตรโทรศัพท์ ก็น่าจะลองมาใช้ skype ดูนะ

กอล์ฟพึ่งสั่งซื้อ Skype โทรศัพท์ ยี่ห้อ Philips ราคา 125 เหรียญ ข้อดีคือไม่ต้องต่อเข้าเครื่องคอมพิวเตอร์ สามารถรับโทรศัพท์จาก Mainline ได้อีกด้วย

Fuzzy Logic

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Have you ever heard this word “Fuzzy Logic”? Can you guess what it is?

I was shopping for a rice cooker and ran across to some of the rice cookers which mentioned to the new advanced fuzzy logic technology. A lot of reviews praised how good this technology was, but all of them fail to explain why and how it was great.

It doesn’t make sense to me when I saw the word “Fuzzy.” How can FUZZY technology help to cook rice? I really cannot think of any reason…. maybe that’s it. Logic has something to do with reasoning. Fuzzy Logic is meant to confuse me, right? Ha Ha Ha… 😯

zojirushi new rice cooker with fussy logic technology

Sanyo Rice Cook (This is what I'm getting)

So, I did some research about it. Fuzzy logic definition is somewhat I had in mind at first. Fuzzy means imprecise or uncertainty, and of course logic is reasoning and analytical process. According to WiKi, “Fuzzy logic is a form of multi-valued logic derived from fuzzy set theory to deal with reasoning that is approximate rather than precise.”

I used to think that sometimes things just weren’t black or white. One of the basic computer programming, for example, is If-else. If this happen, then do this. But in real world, several things can happen at the same time, and it would waste so much time just to do mutiple if-then-else to cover all the probability. I can see how the fussy logic comes to handy in this kind of situation.

Examples:(from Wiki)

Rules are usually expressed in the form:
IF variable IS set THEN action

For example, an extremely simple temperature regulator that uses a fan might look like this:
IF temperature IS very cold THEN stop fan
IF temperature IS cold THEN turn down fan
IF temperature IS normal THEN maintain level
IF temperature IS hot THEN speed up fan

Notice there is no “ELSE”. All of the rules are evaluated, because the temperature might be “cold” and “normal” at the same time to differing degrees.

Is it interesting??? Adding to that, I read some articles online, they mentioned that a lot of home appliances are using this technology to produce the best outcome and reducing the errors which can be caused by various factors.

Bling Bling Benz

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A friend of mine, Kit, sent me a bunch of pictures of the most expensive and outraged Mercidez Benz ever! It’s a bling bling Benz!!! I think it’s just ridiculous. Well… I’m sure that some people might find it fascinating. It’s ONLY 4.8 million… that’s all… 😆

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Hydrangea

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เย้ๆ ต้นไฮเดรนเยียร์ ที่บ้านออกดอกเซทที่สองแล้วหลังจากตัดไปใส่แจกันมาแล้วครั้งนึง รอบนี้สีสวยกว่ารอบแรกเสียอีก รอบแรกสีจะออกซีดๆครีมๆ ฟ้าหน่อยๆ แต่รอบนี้มีสีฟ้าเข้ม ฟ้าอ่อน ม่วงครามด้วย ดอกโตๆ อีกต่างหาก แต่ต้นไฮเดรนเยียร์ เนี่ย สูบน้ำเก่งมากๆ เป็นเพราะฝนตกติดกัน สามสี่วันหรอกนะเนี่ย มันถึงได้ ออกดอกงามขนาดนี้

จำได้ตอนย้ายบ้านเข้ามาใหม่ๆ ต้นนี้มีแต่กิ่งชี้ไปชี้มา เหมือนตายแล้ว แต่เพื่อนบอกว่า เดี่ยวพอปลาย Spring เริ่มเข้า Summer มันจะฟื้นคืนชีพออกดอก แล้วก็เป็นอย่างนั้นจริงๆด้วย แบบว่ากอล์ฟไม่เคยปลูกต้นไม้เองเลย พอมาเห็นแบบนี้แล้ว ตื่นเต้นๆ

ต้นไฮเดรนเยียร์ มีหลายสี เคยอ่านเขาบอกว่ากรดในดินเป็นตัวกำหนดสีของดอก แต่ก็อยู่ที่พันธุ์ด้วย ดอกพวกนี้ตัดมาใส่รวมกันในแจกันเตี้ยๆ ก็เก๋ไปอีกแบบนะ

Hydrangea

Hydrangea in mini vases

Hydrangea

Most Emailed Photos

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Today, I visited Yahoo web site and found some interesting pictures which people emailed the most. There were 50 of them, but I chose three to share. Take a look!

Tornado in Iowa (June 2008)
This is a giant tornado touching the ground in Orchard, Iowa. A lady took this photo from her front door. Luckily, no one got hurt because the tornao went back up to the cloud. However, I read some news there were other tonados hit the same town and killed four children. That’s horrible…

A male sea dragon is carrying eggs
This is a rare photo taken at the aqurium in Atlanta, GA. The male sea dragon is carrying the eggs. I have visited Atlanta many many times, but haven’t had a chance to go to the Aqurium yet. Well…almost… I went during the weekend and I believe it was the first week of grand opening. It was crowded, so I didn’t get in.

flood from Cedar river, Iowa
The water overflowing from the Cedar river floods Iowa. The news said people are asked to evacuate. This year, it has to be the worst diaster for Iowa.

I’m not really sure what’s going on with all the diaster around the word. It’s getting worse and worse. Is it our time to pay back to the mother nature??? Who knows!

Bentō (弁当 or べんとう)

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I have been packing lunch to work for couple weeks now. I’m trying to control the portion of the meal. Often, when I go out to the restaurant, I would eat more than I need to. That’s not helpful at all when I’m watching my weight. The first week of lunch prepartion was OK. During the second week, I feel like this is getting bored. I’m sick of my lunch. I need to do something! Then, the word “Bento” came to my mind. That’s right! Bento would make my lunch more interesting. I not only love to eat, but also love to cook. I want to be creative in food preparation and presentation. So, I thought doing Bento might be fun.

Have you ever heard about Bento? You probably have seen this word in some Japanese restaurant’s menu. Food will come in a nice plastic lacquerware box with different compartnents inside. You will get all kind of side dishes, such as shrimp tempura, pickled vegetables, fried fish, etc.

By definition, Bento is a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese crusine. It’s common for Japanese to spend considerable time and energy to produce an appealing boxed lunch for loving ones.

I have some pictures below (from Flickr). When Japanese people want to do something appealing, they really make it happen. They are very creative and have all kinds of cool gadgets to make Bento.

bento example

Bento example 

Bento Example 

 Tools to makke Bento

I’ll make the first Bento and post the picture on here! If you have pictures of Bento, please share!

Cacti Are Hot

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I’ve been collecting cacti for a couple months now. I’m very happy with them. They are low maintenance and producing beautiful flowers. Some of my friends don’t believe that a cactus can produce a flower.

In the past, Thai people had little to none knowledge about the cactus. We have seen only a few species of cactus. We always think that cacti are ugly and so not interesting. The common characteristics of cactus which most Thai people have in their mind are living in dessert, standing tall with a lot of spikes, ugly looking, representing the droughtiness and uncivilization, etc. Those are misconception. Theere are like millions of scpecies with different looks.

I found cacti very interesting. it’s fun to watch them flower. Those flowers have scents too! And, now some of them are blooming!

Cactus

Cactus

 

Enzo Met A New Friend – Ninja Turtle

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This morning Enzo wandered around the yard and he stopped at the storage. He kept barking and barking… I thought he found a snake or something. So, I carefully walked over there. It’s a turtle! He’s stunning – very cool looking, don’t you think? He acted like he wasn’t scared by Enzo a bit. I was still sleepy, so I brought Enzo inside and went back to sleep.

I completely forgot about him until I watered the plants and yard in the evening. He suddenly appeared again.. just like a ninja. He was walking toward me. I might disturb him somehow from watering the plants. I was like.. oooh I needed to feed him or something. I went back inside and got him a cabbage. It seemed like he was scared by me.. HaHaHa. He didnt’ take it, but he was still walking around nearby the fence. Instead, I took a few pictures of him because I thought he looked so cool and I would like to share those pictures on the blog.

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NOTE: May be it’s not a turtle because the way he looks…I dont’ know.. hahaha