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Monday, September 13, 2010

Zzzzzz with niece

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Ieper .. Where I used to call home ...

Ypres (French pronunciation: [ipʁ], English: /ˈiːprə/; Dutch: Ieper, pronounced [ˈipər]) is a Belgian municipality located in the Flemish province of West Flanders. The municipality comprises the city of Ieper and the villages of Boezinge, Brielen, Dikkebus, Elverdinge, Hollebeke, Sint-Jan, Vlamertinge, Voormezele, Zillebeke, and Zuidschote. Together, they count some 34,900 inhabitants.
During World War I, Ypres was the centre of intense and sustained battles between the German and the Allied forces. During the war, Tommies nicknamed the city "Wipers."

Today, Ieper is a small city in the very western part of Belgium, the so-called Westhoek. Ieper these days has the title of "city of peace" and maintains a close friendship with another town on which war had a profound impact: Hiroshima. Both towns witnessed warfare at its worst: Ieper was one of the first places where chemical warfare was employed, while Hiroshima suffered the debut of nuclear warfare. The city governments of Ieper and Hiroshima advocate for cities never to be targets again and campaign for the abolition of nuclear weapons. The City of Ieper hosts the international campaign secretariat of Mayors for Peace, an international Mayoral organization mobilizing cities and citizens worldwide to abolish and eliminate nuclear weapons by the year 2020. Mayors for Peace 2020 Vision Campaign.

Ieper Flag
The imposing Cloth Hall was built in the 13th century and was one of the largest commercial buildings of the Middle Ages. The structure which stands today is the exact copy of the original medieval building, rebuilt after the war. The belfry that surmounts the hall houses a 49-bell carillon. The whole complex was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999.

Gosh, I used to roam these streets myself while every Saturday. Now, I roam the streets again with Kaklong, Khairi and Faizell.

Cyper ... derived from Cafe Ieper. Ieper has a history with cats and that's why all around Ieper, lots of thing will be associated with cats.

Thee met melk

And not to forget, my favourite chocolatier "Van Groot". I think, and still do, that they make the best chocolate in town. All chocolates produced here are hand made and a fraction of the price from the ones in Brussel.

Chocolate warfare. Very Ieper.

Chocolate Cats ... I rest my case :)

The Menin Gate Memorial in Ieper commemorates those soldiers of the British Commonwealth - with the exception of Newfoundland - who fell in the Ypres Salient during the First World War before 16 August 1917, who have no known grave. Those who died from that date - and all from New Zealand and Newfoundland - are commemorated elsewhere. The memorial's location is especially poignant as it lies on the eastward route from the town which allied soldiers would have taken towards the fighting - many never to return.

Every evening since 1928, at precisely eight o'clock, traffic around the imposing arches of the Menin Gate Memorial has been stopped while the Last Post is sounded beneath the Gate by the local fire brigade. This tribute is given in honour of the memory of British Empire soldiers who fought and died there. The Menin Gate in Ypres only records the soldiers for whom there is no known grave, As graves are discovered, the names are removed from the Menin Gate.

If you do get to visit Belgium, don't forget to visit Ieper and Brugge. There lots more to see there than there is in Brussels and personally, I think the Flemish people in Ieper are the nicest in the country. Thank you Ieper for making our short trip here one most memorable and thank you for all those wonderful memories while I was living in this wonderful city. 

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Malaysian Hospitality Part 3 (Long Overdue)

Long overdue this post is, however, I thought I'd still continue with the posting as I've so many nice pictures to share with the world.

Waiting for our flight MH003 bound for Kuala Lumpur at LHR's Golden Lounge.

Named "Kota Bharu", this was the plane that took us back.

Location: Upper Deck. Very rare do I sit in the aisle seat. My sis wanted the window so I gave it up :)
This was the Chicken Breast served with black pepper sauce and roasted vegetables.

Lunch ... yummy! This was Red Snapper with steamed vegetables.

I had this ... umm ... Kurma Lamb Shank served with Nasi Bukhari and Acar.
And for pudding, we had Mango Charlotte. De~lish!
Breakfast starter ... flaky croissant and fresh cut fruits with muesli and apple juice.

Breakfast ... we all had the Nasi Lemak ... kinda missed it.

Flight Steward Kamaruzaman ... great guy ... lotsa laughs with him.
Our other crews in Business Class ... Sharon and Chief Steward Nadzri. They were fantastic.

All in all, it was, as usual, one of the best flights I've ever taken. Thanks Sharon, Kamarulzaman and CS Nadzri for the great flight and thanks one again for taking care of us on board one of your flights. Your sincerity and hospitality was one that made us forget we were actually travelling. We felt as if we were visiting your homes. Thank you.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Alam ku ...

Busy bee working - Bratagi
Hidden Light - Bandung
"Bebek" - Medan
Fruits of the field - Medan
Blooming - Brastagi

Friday, August 06, 2010

My Nature