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Excellent blog post by a volunteer about the good and the bad of the relief efforts in the recent floods & landslides to hit Sri Lanka. As Indi brilliantly put it “Sri Lankans are actually amazing in a crisis, but if we were organized we could actually be effective.” three sugars in my tea. Endless lessons have been learned in ...

Vesak 2016, One Like No Other

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Today is Vesak Poya (full moon) Day. It is probably the most important festival of the year in the Theravada Buddhist calendar. Buddhists commemorate the three most important events that took place in the life of Lord Buddha on this Vesak Poya Day (always the first full moon in the month of May). First is the day Siddhartha Gautama was born, which took ...

A-Z Introduction to Sri Lankan Food & Drink

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This is a great A – Z guide to Sri Lankan food. Enjoy! Style in Sri Lanka Fresh, local produce is plentiful and widely available in a variety of mouth-watering dishes across Sri Lanka. There are also likely to be many foods you haven’t tried or perhaps even heard of before which alone is one of the many highlights of visiting this ...

Power Cut Prawn Curry

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Now unless you live in Sri Lanka, I am 99% sure that you will have absolutely no idea of what I am talking about except for the prawn curry bit. Basically, Sri Lanka has had some “issues” with island-wide electricity supply since Sunday the 13th of March when the entire country was without power for around 8 hours due to ...

A Translator’s Role Defined

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A new document was created and published earlier this month that offers descriptions of linguist roles, i.e. translators, interpreters and terminologists. A BIG THANK YOU to the five professional associations and the industry professionals (see at the end of this post for the names) who worked on and supported this project, which is a valuable resource to all linguists and ...

Weird and Wonderful Vegetables of Sri Lanka

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Going to the vegetable market is always fun in Sri Lanka. It’s pretty much pointless to make a shopping list for me because I never stick to it. I can be convinced that I’m going to buy potatoes, onions, cabbage and tomatoes but what I’ll actually come home with are sweet potatoes (the normal variety were small and the sweet ...

Peter Kuruvita’s Egg Rolls & Why Eggs are So Good

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You know all those stories about eggs in excess being bad for you because they lead to high cholesterol? It’s all rubbish. The nutrition and especially the diet industry have in the last few years done a big u-turn and we are now told that fats do not make us fat after all, and eggs are in fact a superfood. ...

Poson & Weird Weather

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Happy Poson poya day! Mihintale: where Buddhism was introduced in Sri Lanka. A special place during Poson poya. Today is a full moon day (poya) and in the Sinhala Buddhist calendar it celebrates the arrival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka in the 3rd century BC. It is a festival of great historical and religious significance and is celebrated island-wide, second only to Vesak. I ...

HAPPY VESAK!

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ankierenique:With special thoughts and prayers for Nepal on this Vesak day in 2015. Originally posted on ankie renique's blog: Now unless you live in a mainly Buddhist country like Sri Lanka or are a devout follower of Buddhism, you’re probably wondering “what is she on about now?” when I happily wish you and your family a happy and peaceful vesak. ...

Why hatred, why negativity?

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This post is in response to a photo I saw today. One that has gone viral, one of a little girl putting her hands up to a journo with a DSLR. She thought it was a weapon. A Syrian girl. The BBC is calling this “the photo that broke the internet’s heart” What a load of codswallop. It breaks peoples hearts. ...

Living in Paradise does have Drawbacks… Honestly

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If I had a euro (or even a rupee) for every time somebody told me that I was so lucky to live in paradise, how happy I must be and how that person wished they were me, I would be, one, quite bloody rich and two, probably quite a bit happier. Many expat/travel blogs will bore you senseless with fantastic ...

Why I Love the Season in Hikkaduwa

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Not so long ago I posted reasons why I love the off-season in my adopted home, Hikkaduwa. They are all perfectly valid reasons and I am looking forward to that experience in a few months again. The peace and quiet, the gentility of the locals, not constantly harassed by having to look after people on holiday (shopkeepers, house owners renting ...

Fruits of Sri Lanka

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The Exotic Delights of this Fruitful Island From the humble banana to the notorious durian Sri Lanka boasts numerous exotic fruits and the local markets are awash with colour. Fruit market in Galle Fresh fruit – especially the ever-popular pineapple, banana and papaya – often comprise dessert in Sri Lanka. Yet, there are so many other, more exotic varieties available, ...

The Sri Lankan Kade

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The Legend of These Roadside Boutiques AKA The Local Tea Shop          Kades, the traditional Sri Lankan shops or booths, sell an overwhelming variety of goods. Mostly gone from urban areas they are still common in rural areas. If you happen to be travelling in Sri Lanka by road and require refreshment, desist from stopping at that modern establishment with its ...

Uitsmijter – Uniquely Dutch

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It is Friday lunchtime, nearly weekend! I fancy something filling to eat so I decide to have an Uitsmijter. It is a Dutch dish similar to the German Strammer Max, but transformed with Dutch ingredients. There are many variations (see below) but traditionally it involves:  Dutch brood (bread), kaas (cheese), ham (ham), and spiegelei (fried egg). It’s not only filling but damn tasty too ...

Uitsmijter – Uniquely Dutch

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It is Friday lunchtime, nearly weekend! I fancy something filling to eat so I decide to have an Uitsmijter. It is a Dutch dish comparable to the German Strammer Max, but transformed with Dutch ingredients. There are many variations (see below) but traditionally it involves:  Dutch brood (bread), kaas (cheese), ham (ham), and spiegelei (fried egg). It’s not only filling but damn tasty ...

Pan Asian: Fish Ambul Thiyal (Sour Fish Curry) — Sri Lanka

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ankierenique:Why re-invent the wheel? This is by far the most comprehensive recipe I have seen online for Fish Ambul Thiyal (Sour Fish Curry). Great for breakfast with pol roti or string hoppers. Originally posted on Rice & Curry: today’s lunch: fish ambul thiyal, pol (coconut) roti, and a Sri Lankan salad While trying to figure out what recipe to make ...

Pan Asian: Fish Ambul Thiyal (Sour Fish Curry) — Sri Lanka

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ankierenique:Why re-invent the wheel? This is by far the most comprehensive recipe I have seen online for Fish Ambul Thiyal (Sour Fish Curry). Great for breakfast with pol roti or string hoppers. This is usually cooked with tuna but you can use any fish – preferably a non-flaky robust meaty fish. Originally posted on Rice & Curry: today’s lunch: fish ...

Video: Patrik Carrera | Muui at Funky de Bar – Hikkaduwa

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This video was released yesterday (11th of September, 2014 – actual party was August 2013) by my friends at HikkaduwaNET.com . I’m giving this a really big like and have decided to share this…. Because it’s really good and produced well Because Funky de Bar is awesome – it’s not just a bar, it’s also a great place on the beach during the day ...

Video: Patrik Carrera | Muui at Funky de Bar – Hikkaduwa

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This video was released yesterday (11th of September, 2014 – actual party was August 2013) by my friends at HikkaduwaNET.com . I’m giving this a really big like and have decided to share this…. Because it’s really good and produced well Because Funky de Bar is awesome – it’s not just a bar, it’s also a great place on the beach during the day ...