Thursday, September 23, 2010

Over the Moon over Moon Cakes!

This Mid-Autumn Festival saw me tasting mooncakes in 3 countries besides those in Malaysia. I was away in Vietnam, China and Thailand within a month's period.

Bought Kinh Do company's mooncake in Thai Nguyen city and gobbled them up at our homestay house in Ba Be Lake of Bac Kan province.

Scans from Kinh Do's mooncake catalogue. Prices in Vietnamese Dong.

Try translating the catalogue ? Many Vietnamese words are phonetically similar to Chinese;
eg Lap Xuong = Lap Cheong = Sausage, Dau Xanh = Tau Sa = Red Bean
Try this online dictionary

The article on the culture of giving mooncakes in Vietnam as published in The Star daily.

Stopped over in Nanning, the capital of Guangxi Province and managed to sample some mooncakes. Below are the pages from the mooncake catalogue.

Grabbed this mooncake in Surat Thani, before hopping on the ferry to Samui island. Mooncake came from Bangkok.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

How exotic can you get ?.... the Mursi people

I had a chat with my friend Teoh about the many exotic ethnic minorities found in Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and China, like the Long Neck Karens, Red Dzaos, Flower Hmongs, Wa (former headhunters!) and etc. Being a seasoned traveller, Teoh said he know of one exotic people from Africa that tops the 'exotic' scale and sent me the photo below......

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Myanmar is having their 'elections' on Nov 7, 2010, after a long lapse of tweeeennnnnty years (20 yrs). With a cloud of uncertainty hanging over the country, as much as I love to visit this beautiful country again, I will postphone travel until the 'elections' are long over.....