Friday, April 6, 2012

Learn something about Naples, Italy

Postcard from Roberto Iacono - Italy

Come stai? (how are you in Italy), so this beautiful postcard I got from my handsome friend, Roberto Iacono. this postcard  had a long journey, probably about 3 months. hm... I dont know why..

so lets talk about Naples (italian: Napoli). Naples is the capital of the Campania region in Italy. The city is the third most populated municipality (city proper) of Italy, but the second metropolitan area, after Milan. It was founded between the 7th and 6th centuries BC by the Greeks and was named Neapolis, which means new city

The historic centre of Naples has earned the UNESCO WHC denomination. It has one of the biggest historical city centres in the world, and its pride are the 448 historical and monumental churches, the highest number in the World for a single city. Its territory, particularly the iconic sight of the gulf of Naples (but also Mount Vesuvius, the music, etc) is arguably one of the most powerful symbolic images of Italy.

In Naples, some may find the actual conditions of many buildings and streets, and the rampant graffitti, off-putting. others clain this is "the immense character and culture of Napoli.... and even the dirt and grime has its own flavor .... a Neapolitan recipe for reality and great fun!"

anyway, the picture from the card, is Aragonese Castle (Castello Aragonese). Castello Aragonese is a medieval castle located in Ischia, at the northern end of the Gulf of Naples. The castle which stands on a volcanic rock, is the most impressive historical monument in Ischia, built by Hiero I of Syracuse in 474 BC. In 1441, Alfonso V of Aragon built a stone bridge which connected the rock to the island. and fortified the walls in order to defend the inhabitants from the raids of pirates. It has been occupied since ancient times by a various nations.

And..... Lets talk about food!

Pizza, one of Italy's most famous foods, originated in Naples and Pizza is taken very seriously here. You'll find lots of great pizza places but be sure you look for one with a wood-burning oven! Eggplant Parmesan originated in Naples and Spaghetti also became popular in Naples, try it with clams or mussels. Seafood is abundant and very good in Naples.

Pizza Margherita
In 1889, during a visit to Naples, Queen Margherita of Italy was served a pizza resembling the colors of the italian flag, red (tomato), white (mozzarella) and green (basil). This kind of pizza has been named after the Queen as Pizza Margherita.

you can learn more about Italy here :)

Buona giornata!
Have a nice day!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Learn something about Australia

Beautiful Map Postcard from Australia


Good day everyone. Lets learn more about The Great Barrier Reef!

The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef system composed of over 2900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2600km over an area of approximately 344.400 square kilometres. The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland in North-east Australia. The Great Barrier Reef is of such pristine condition that it was listed by the World Heritage Trust as a protected site and is therefore managed by The Great Barrier Reef Marine Authority to ensure that its beauty is maintained for many generations to come.

The Great Barrier Reef has long been known to and used by the Aboriginal Australian and Torrest Strait Islander peoples and is an important part of local groups cultures and spirituality. The reef is a very popular destination for tourists, especially in the Whitsunday Islands and Cairns regions. Tourism is an important economic activity for the region, generating $1 billion per year.

The Great Barrier Reef supports a diversity of life, including many vulnerable or endangered species, some of which may be endemic to the reef system.
Thirty species of whales, dolphins, and porpoises have been recorded in The Great Barrier Reef, including the dwarf minke whale, Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin and the humpback whale. Large populations of dugongs live there. More than 1500 fish species live on the reef, including the clownfich, red bass, red-throat emperor and several species of snapper and coral trout. oh by the way, Six species of sea turtles come to the reef to breed - the green sea turtle, leatherback sea turtle, hawksbill turtle, loggerhead sea turtle, flatback turtle, and the olive ridley and more!

The Great Barrier Reef, Australia

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven wonders of the natural world and pulling away from it, and viewing it from a greater distance, you can understand why. It is larger than the Great Wall of China and the only living thing on earth visible from space

you can learn more about Australia here :)

have a nice day!

Learn something about Mexican food

Recipe Postcard from San Diego, California


good morning guys, so glad I greet you through this blog. i hope you guys have a lovely day today. anyway, i just received another recipe card! yay! this is BEEF ENCHILADAS! yum!

What is a beef enchilada?
A traditional Mexican food, enchilada literally means "seasoned with chili pepper". Traditional authentic enchilada sauce is made from dried red chile peppers soaked or ground into a sauce with other spices. Red enchilada sauce is usually made with tomatoes and red chile peppers, while green enchilada sauce is usually made with tomatillos (green tomatoes) and green chili peppers.

What's the traditional method?
The enchilada is typically made with a corn tortilla which is fried briefly in hot lard or oil to soften it and then dipped in enchilada sauce. The tortillas are filled with any of dozens of possible indgredients and rolled up, placed in a casserole and covered with more enchilada sauve, cheese and onions.
Enchiladas can filled with dozens of things depending on the cook's taste and imagination. while beef enchiladas are very popular, chicken and cheese enchiladas as well as vegetables, seafood and eggs may also be found in homes and restaurants.

18 corn tortillas
4 cups enchilada sauce
1/2 onion (finely chopped)

Heat sauce in skillet, dip tortilla one at a time in the sauce for a few seconds to soften. In a 9x13 baking dish, fill the tortillas with beef and onions and a little sauce. Roll them up until they filled. Pour the remaining sauce over them and sprinkle cheese over all. Bake in oven at 350degrees for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted.

 The best known of all mexican food recipes is beef enchiladas

happy cooking guys!
have a nice day!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Learn something about Malaysia

Postcard from Malaysia


whats up guys? i hope you guys doing fine :D
so today I learn a bit more about Malaysia. Puu Gih Jih Temple is a Chinese temple which was build on a hilltop. Climbing to the temple, visitors are treated with a wonderful view of the Labuk Bay. This has become one of the best known places of interest in Sandakan.

Sandakan is a town on the east coast of Sabah, facing the Sulu sea. It is a town rich in historical sites and a gateway to many eco-tourism destinations. To the west of Sandakan lies Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation centre. It is the world oldest and largest OrangUtan Rehabilitation centre.

Sandakan is derived from the Suluk word "sanda" means to pawn and "kan" being the suffix. so "sandakan" means the place that was pawned.

 I hope I can learn more, but there's no other informations about this temple :( too bad.

anyway, you can learn more about Malaysia here :)

semoga hari anda baik sahaja!
have a nice day!