Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Learn something about Russia

Here is the typical building, where Russian peasant stored their instruments of work, called "Ambar"


привет (privet)
Hi!

I get these cards from my friends in Russia, Taisiya. What a lovely name. So this card illustrates her favorite author Sergei Alexandrovich Yesenin. He was a Russian Lyrical poet. He was one of the most popular and well-known Russian poets of the 20th century but committed suicide at the age of 30. In 2005 Russian studio produced a TV mini-series "Yesenin" about the life of the poet. I guees you can find it on youtube. But I feel it will be really great if you can read his poems. For sure, you will like it!


maybe this is my favorite Yesenin poet:

Maybe, it"s too late or, maybe, early,


It has not occurred to me for years,
I resemble now Don Juan, really,
Like a proper flippant man of verse.

What"s the matter? What has happened, really?
Every day I have some other chick.
And I lose self-pity, willy-nilly,
And defy unfaithfulness and trick.

I have always kept my heart from simple,
Tender feelings,   and I wonder what
I am looking for in oh, so cripple
Women, so light-headed, and so void.

Hold me back, restrain me, scornful feeling,
I have always been marked up by you.
In my heart I have a chilly  steaming
And the rustle of lilac, so blue.

In my heart I have a lemon sunset,
Through the fog I hear  someone say:
For your freedom you will have to answer,
Well, Don Juan, take the challenge, eh?

As I take the challenge within reason,
I  can see the same old thing I have:
I must take a storm for  blooming  season
And mistake a thrill for real love.

That"s the reason That"s the way it happened.
Every day I  have some other chick,
So that I might always smile, be  happy
And defy unfaithfulness and trick.

December 13, 1925




Postcard from Russia
This card shows the native land of Yesenin! he was born in Konstantinoca in the Ryazan Province of the Russian Empire to a peasnt family. he spent most of his childhood with his grandparents, who essentially reared him. He began to write poetry at the age of nine at this place. 

You can read more about Russia here :)

Хорошего Дня (Xaroševo dnja)!
Have a nice day!


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Learn something about Korea III

POSTCARDS FROM KOREA

ONCE UPON A TIME IN KOREA

안녕 (annyeong)

Hi!

hello, few weeks ago, I get a postcard book from my best friend as gift from Korea. Here I will share what I have learned from these amazing cards :D


Ssireum, Korean traditional wrestling

Ssireum is one of the korean folk sports played at the national holiday indigenous to korea, such as the dano festival, chuseok. two competitors grab each other by a sash tied around both the waist and upper thigh in the Ssireumpan, which refers to the ground where Ssireum matches are held. A winner gets a bull as a prize.

Floral funeral bier

When a man dies, people took the body in a beautiful floral bier with flower. People went around the village with it. Finally they went to burial ground. During funerals, the corpse is clothed in special attire. The clothing design is the same as that of weddings, but natural colored hemp is used instead. Women from the deceased person's family wear white skirts and coats.

Pottery

The korean pottery is simpler in shapes and more silent in colors than Chinese and Japanese. These characters made the Korean pottery remarkable one of the world's potteries. so the each artistic value of the korean pottery is set high. for choice Celadon, Buncheong stoneware and white porcelain is world wide. they have excellent manufacturing technology of pottery.

Kimjang

Kimjang is a traditional korean event in which winter kimchi is prepared for Um-dong (the coldest 3 or 4 months of winter). The main ingredients of Kimjang Kimchi are korean cabbage and radish. Additional ingredients include spicy vegetables such as parsley, mustard leaf, garlic, green onion and ginger. Kimchi is an important part of korea's cultural heritage.

You can read more about korean here :)

좋은 하루 되세요 (joh-eun halu doeseyo)

Have a nice day!


Learn something about Beijing

POSTCARD FROM CHINA

BEIJING OPERA MASKS
Li Qi, a role in the opera White Damask Silk.
Ba Jie, a role in the opera Ba and Luo Families Making Peace.

你好 (Nǐ hǎo)

HI!


Beijing, formerly romanized as Peking is the capital of the People's Republic of China. Beijing is one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China and one of the most populous cities in the world. Beijing from the chinese characters for north and capital means literally the Northern Capital.

Beijing is China's second largest city by urban population after Shanghai and is the country's political, cultural and educational center, and also home to the headquarters for most of China's largest state owned companies. Beijing's Capital International Airport is the second busiest in the world by passanger traffic.

Beijing Opera

Beijing opera or Peking opera is a kind of Chinese opera which arose in the mid 19th century and was extremely popular in the Qing Dynasty court. Its widely regarded as one of the cultural treasures of China. With its fascinating and artistic accompanying music, singing and costumes, the Beijing Opera is China national opera. Full of Chinese cultural facts, the opera presents the audience with an encyclopedia of Chinese culture, as well as unfolding stories, beautiful paintings, graceful gestures and martial arts. Since Beijing Opera enjoys a higher reputation than other local operas, almost every province in China has more than one Beijing Opera troupe. Opera is so popular among Chinese people, especially seniors, that even "Beijing Opera Month" has been declared.

There are four roles in Beijing Opera. The roles in Beijing Opera fall into four categories - Sheng (Male role), Dan (Female role), Jing (Painted face male role) and Chou (Clown role). Costumes are an integral part of the Beijing Opera performance, in the early days, made of wool or coarse cloth, later, satin, crepe and silk were used, decorated with various meticulously embroidere patterns. Performers have two main methods of makeup: masks and facial painting. The frequent on stage change of masks, without the audience noticing, is a special technique, known as changing faces. The meaning of colors in Beijing Opera Masks: Gold and silver colors are usually used for Gods and spirits.

Li Qi

Li Qi with an asymmetrical black broken-flower face stars in "The trial of Li Qi, based on a story of the Ming Dynasty". Li Qi, a bandit, is captured while trying to rob a high officials house. at his trial, he implicates a man called Wang Liang, against whom he has a grudge. Wang Liang is put in jail, but his servant Chen Tang, knowing of the deep love between Wang Liang and his wife, seeks out the bandit and begs him to clear his master. Moved by the servants plea, Li Qi revokes his original testimony and Wang Liang is acquitted.

Ba Jie

Ba Jie with a black broken-flower face is a character in the list opera "reconciliation between Ba and Luo Families" adapted from an episode in Green Peony a novel of the Qing dynasty. Reconciliation tells about a young man, Luo Hongxun, on his way to his wedding in Shandong Province. When passing over wild jujube ridge, he gets into trouble with Ba Jie, chief of the Ba Family stockade, because he doesnt know their language. ultimately, through the mediation of two greenwood heroes, Bao Zian and Fatty Huang, Lou's family is reconciled with the Ba Family.

有一个愉快的一天 (Yǒu yīgè yúkuài de yītiān)

Have a nice day!


Learn something about Key Lime Pie

Recipe card: Key Lime Pie, Florida's State Pie
Postcard from Stefanie J. thanks!


Hello!
Howdy?

So, this time I learned about Key Lime Pie. Previously I had never heard of this type of pie, this is because in Indonesia Pie is not too well known. I hope someday I can try this recipe.

Key lime originated in southern Asia and was carried by the Arabs across North Africa into Spain and Portugal. It was sbrought to the Americas by Spanish and Portuguese explorers in the early part of the sixteenth century where it escaped cultivation and becam naturalized in parts of the West Indies, Some Caribbean countries and southern Florida.

Key West, Florida is famous for its fabulous Key Lime Pie, one of America's best-loved regional dishes. Every restaurant in the Florida Keys, and especially in the city of Key West, serves this wonderful pie. There seems to be a key lime pie for every palate, with numerous versions made throughout the region. This pie is considered the official pie of the Florida Keys.

As to who made the first key lime pie, no one really knows for sure as it has never been documented. The most likely story is that William Curry (1821-1896), a ship salvager. The dish named after the small key limes (Citrus aurantifolia "swingle") that are naturalized throughtout the Florida Key.

Made of key lime juice, egg yolks and sweetened condesed milk in a pie crust. The traditional conch version uses the egg whites to make a meringue topping. Key lime juice, unlike regular lime juice, is a pale yellow. The filling in Key Lime Pie is also yellow, largely due to the egg yolks. During mixing, a reaction between the condensed milk and the acidic lime juice occurs which causes the filling to thicken on its own without requiring baking. Many early recipes for Key Lime Pie didnt instruct the cook ever to bake the pie, relying on this chemical reaction (called souring) to produce the proper consistency of the filling. The acid in lime juice actually "cooks" the pie.

Today, in the interest of safety due to consumption of raw eggs, pies of this nature are usually baked for a short time. The baking also thickens the texture more than the reaction alone.

Have a nice day!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Learn something about Korea II

POSTCARDS FROM KOREA
ONCE UPON A TIME IN KOREA

안녕 (annyeong)

Hi!

Talchum, Mask-dance drama

Talchum are basically a folk art naturally developed among the common people. Talchum could be characterized as a korean dance performed while wearing a mask, miming, speaking and even sometimes singing. They vary slightly according to region and performer but they all share fundamental characteristics. They are based on a sense of rebellion felt by the common people toward the reality of their lives.

Nongak

Pyeongtaek nongak is a korean farmer's music which has been performed and handed down in the Pyeongtaek region of Gyeonggi Province. There are five types of nongak in Korea, each nongak has its unique representation of korean culture and has been recognized as an important intangible cultural asset in each region.

Seungmu, Buddhist ritual dance

Seungmu is a korean dance performed by buddhist monks. It is one of the most famous Korean traditional dances and designated as south korea's important intangible cultural asset in 1969. It has been developed into a solo dance by professional dancers nowadays.

The dancer wears a robe (jangsam) with long sleeve called gasa and white hood called gokkal. The drum or bubgo is the most important part of Seungmu.

Ganggangsuwollae, Circle dance

Ganggangsuwollae is 5000 years old korean dance that was first used to bring about a bountiful harvest and has developed into a cultural symbol for Korea. It incorporates singing, dancing and playing and is exclusively performed by women at night without any instruments. Young and old women dance in a circle at night under the moonlight. They go outside in traditional Korean clothing, hold each others hands, make a circle and start rotating clockwise. The lead singer sings a line and everyone sings the refrain "ganggangsullae". The song tempo progressively becomes faster. They sing about their personal hardships, relationships, and desires. During the dance, the women play a variety of games. The dance can last until dawn.

You can read more about Korea here :)

좋은 하루 되세요 (joh-eun halu doeseyo)

Have a nice day!

Learn something about Korea

POSTCARDS FROM KOREA"Geune" (Swing)

ONCE UPON A TIME IN KOREA

안녕 (annyeong)

Hi!

hello, few weeks ago, I get a postcard book from my best friend as gift from Korea. Here I will share what I have learned from these amazing cards :D

Hangul, the korean alphabet

The modern name Hangul was coined in 1912. Han meant "great" and geul is the native korean word for "script". Has been romanized in the following ways: Hangeul or han-geul in the revised romanization of korean, Hankul in Yale romanization, and Han'gul in the McCune-Reischauer system.



Seodang

Seodang were private village schools providing elementary education during the Goryeo and Joseon dynasties of korea.

They were primarily occupied with providing initial training in the Chinese classics to boy of 7-16 years old, but often served students into their twenties. Seodang could be freely opened and closed by anyone who wished to.


Kite Flying

As in many other cultures, kite flying has long been one of the favorite sports for Korean children, especially on major holidays such as Ch'usok and the lunar new year. The traditional korean kite (Yon) is made with bamboo sticks and korean paper.

Shown in the picture are Bangpaeyeon or "shield kite" names after its shape.

Kite Flying is the medium by which the previous year's bad luck and illnesses are released to the heavens.

Spinning tops

Children all over the world enjoy spinning tops, and Korea's kids are no exception.

Traditionally, tops were spun in an enclosed box with points scored for various actions. Also popular is fighting tops where players try to knock their opponents' tops out of a designated area.



Neol

Neol is a traditional folk game, similar to a seesaw mostly played by women, usually during traditional holidays and festivals. Unlike the western counterpart, Neol is played in standing posture.

A long piece of board is place with its center supported by rigid piles of straw. It requires two people taking turns to jump on their end of the board to play it.

Jumping up and down on the low, flat board is a great deal more difficult than it appears.

좋은 하루 되세요 (joh-eun halu doeseyo)

Have a nice day!