Poson & Weird Weather 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 ...

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? 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. ...

Why I Love the Season in Hikkaduwa 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 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 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 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 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Naan (Indian Leavened Flatbread) Unlike some other staple Indian breads, which are unleavened and made from durum wheat flour, or atta, fluffy naan is made with all-purpose flour and yeast. Traditionally, the dough is slapped against the chimney wall of a clay tandoor oven and baked over wood fires, however, we can now easily make it on top of the cooker. It tastes best hot and ...

Naan (Indian Leavened Flatbread) Unlike some other staple Indian breads, which are unleavened and made from durum wheat flour, or atta, fluffy naan is made with all-purpose flour and yeast. Traditionally, the dough is slapped against the chimney wall of a clay tandoor oven and baked over wood fires, however, we can now easily make it on top of the cooker. It tastes best hot and ...

Chettinad Chicken – Complete Taste Explosion When I was in India last year (Chennai – previously known as Madras) I had a cheap Chettinad chicken dish on my last night from a take-away restaurant in a local non touristy area (aka Koli Milagu Masala = Chettinad Pepper Chicken). The guesthouse owners got it for me as it was not deemed safe to wonder around that particular ...

Chettinad Chicken – Complete Taste Explosion When I was in India last year (Chennai – previously known as Madras) I had a cheap Chettinad chicken dish on my last night from a take-away restaurant in a local non touristy area (aka Koli Milagu Masala = Chettinad Pepper Chicken). The guesthouse owners got it for me as it was not deemed safe to wonder around that particular ...

Tuk Tuks ankierenique:Great blog on Tuk Tuks and their drivers. Originally posted on Is This Too Spicy?: Waiting Racing Chilling No 4 wheelers Tuk Tuks are as ubiquitous in Sri Lanka as trams are in Melbourne. All colours of the rainbow these three wheel tin-pots are the transportation powerhouse of the country. They deliver the fish, drop the kids at school, sell ...

Tuk Tuks ankierenique:Great blog on Tuk Tuks and their drivers. Originally posted on Is This Too Spicy?: Waiting Racing Chilling No 4 wheelers Tuk Tuks are as ubiquitous in Sri Lanka as trams are in Melbourne. All colours of the rainbow these three wheel tin-pots are the transportation powerhouse of the country. They deliver the fish, drop the kids at school, sell ...

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