Take time out to enjoy..

Take time out to enjoy..
Relax, renew, regain, regrow, reflect

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Red skies in the morning..

Red skies in the morning.. sailors warning..

Red skies in the evening.. sailor delight..
Red sky at morning, sailors take warning;
Red sky at night, sailors delight
Hope what ever your skies bring.. its good for you, going further into the week..   Hope all the dust has settled after Irene..  
And untill we meet again on Monday..
I'm escaping with my husband for our 39th wedding anniversary.. 

Every picture tells a story..

Beach raked clean by the buffalo.. sun gently peeping through a bank of clouds.. the quiet, stillness of morning time which I so enjoy..
all of a sudden, a lone fisherman in his bamboo boat is spotted..
He gets closer.. the South China sea is so calm, it could be a lake!
What's this a swimmer?.. indeed..
The pink rays of the morning sunlight fill the sky.. the shadows of the distant mountains cast a grey blue hue.. 
The sea is like a mirror..

He's coming closer now.. and closer.. no engine.. just man power.. one oar in a round bamboo boat! Just amazing...
I can now make out the clothes he is wearing.. and he gets closer, and closer..
And I can clearly see the bamboo weave..
He's scooping water?.. can't say why sorry..
And eventually I get to see his catch.. which he passes to somebody waiting on the shore.. freshest of crabs.. these will make somebody's lunch treat extra special..
and off he goes in the distance again.. mission accomplished..

Monday, August 29, 2011

Its your head.. not your legs.. keep going!

Exercise in whatever form DAILY, cycle....

Go for a run along a great beach..

Tai Chi on board a Junk in Halong Bay..


or Tai chi in Hanoi.. whatever you do.. enjoy some form of exercise daily.. you'll be happy for this when you're old.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Friday, August 26, 2011

These are a few of my favourite things..

Hanoi shopping.. just amazing!

Strolling though the UNESCO town of Hoi An.. just pure delight!

This is the Japanese Bridge in Hoi An.. a stunning picture taking opportunity awaits you here..

Uncle Ho's statue in HCMC - Saigon

The Red bridge in Hanoi..

Indeed, a visit here is sure to please all t hose back  home, you'll be able to cook them a dish or two! - like stunning rice paper rolls, and even maybe Pho?..

Its also a super place for lunch/dinner.. oh and a new cook book soon to hit the book stores ' Vietnam Street food'.. watch out for it..

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Catching up with life...

catch up the serenity of water in Hanoi.. good place to contemplate..

catch that ball.. children everywhere in the world are the same.. they bring joy!

deep in thought.. catch those dreams lady..

this is the lake in Hanoi.. another good place to catch up with yourself..

catch a laugh with a good friend.. that's good therapy always..

catch a fish or two hopefully for dinner tonight.. and for the market and for the neighbors.. this is in Halong Bay

catch up with some shopping.. in Hoi An.. night time shopping is the best, its nice and cool too.
Catch up with  your calligraphy lesson today.. or any other thing  you're learning.. 

Good points to remember
Always dress well
Never reveal all
Find a local coffee house to frequent with a good friend
Bring fresh flowers into your home weekly
Choose to learn and grow every day
Slow down
Eat & drink less, savor more
Write thank you notes
Create a sanctuary that instills tranquility (even if its your laundry)
Enjoy the morning
Drink water
Have a handful of go-to recipes that are sure to impress
Maintain your mystery
Reduce the clutter, (clothes, decor, unhealthy relationships)
Choose quality (clothes, food, fresh, not processed)
Befriend people of all ages
Trust your instincts
Drink good wine
Have mandatory 'me' time regularly
Be the kindess and quiet strength you want to see in the world
Enjoy more meals at the table
Chase your dreams, but never chase a man
Always do  your best
When  you get grumpy, take a nap
Revel in the knowledge that life is yours to create - get busy!
First walk around in somebody's else's shoes before jumping to conclusions..

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

My shout.. coffee anyone?

At its simplest, Ca phe da is made with finely ground Vietnamese-grown dark roast coffee individually brewed with a small metal French drip filter (cà phê phin) into a cup containing about a quarter to a half as much sweetened condensed milk  stirred and poured over ice.
Special personalized flat white..  
latte (from the Italian caffè latte or caffellatte pronounced , meaning "coffee [and] milk") is a coffee drink made with espresso  and steamed milk. Variants include replacing the coffee with another drink base such as chai, mate, or matcha.
Latte Macchiato
A flat white is a coffee beverage from Australia and New Zealand.  It is prepared by pouring microfoam  (steamed milk from the bottom of a pitcher) over a single shot (30 millilitre) or double shot of espresso.   It is similar to the latte  and the cafe au lait  and like other espresso based beverages it can be interpreted various ways.
The beverage is typically served in a small, 150–160 millilitre, ceramic cup. Microfoam is used, resulting in a smooth and velvety texture. A flat white may incorporate latte art.
This is a skim cappuccino.. or like the Ozzie's say.. ' one skinny Cap' please.
Vietnamese iced coffee, also known as Ca phe da or cafe da literally "coffee ice") is a traditional Vietnamese coffee recipe.  
Cà phê sữa nóng
  Cappuccino- Meaning "Capuchin" or literally "small cap") is an Italian coffee drink, prepared with espresso, hot milk, hot milk, and steamed-milk foam.. The name comes from the Capuchin  friars, referring to the colour of their habits.

Either way.. coffee and cake go hand in hand! or Coffee and Baguettes,  or Coffee and Croissants.. or like the Italians enjoy it.. coffee with biscotti, coffee with Florentine, coffee with macaroons.