World of Cats – Scottish Fold

Scottish Fold feline (lop-eared cat) of Scotland has special ears with folds. It makes their ears bend forward and down towards the front of their head in a funny way.

Scottish Fold cats have straight ears when they were born, but after about 3, 4 weeks old, folds appear and make ears bend gradually.

This breed was created in the 1960s from the selection of individuals’ mutated genes and were rapidly popular worldwide. They were granted championship status by The Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) in 1978.

Overall, the Scottish Fold breed is very healthy, has high adaptability. They behave sweetly, gently and have soft mew. They also love human and express affection in their own way.

Because of hybridization, Scottish Fold cats have a lot of color, as well as various length of plumage.

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[Thơ] Dẫu không là tình yêu

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Ở lại đi!
Đừng như những cánh chim thiên di mỗi mùa đông lại phải bay về phương Nam tránh rét
Cho dẫu chuyện mình chỉ là một bản tình ca buồn không đoạn kết
Hãy cứ nán lại nơi này
Ta mệt rồi!
Ta không muốn thấy nữa những cuộc chia ly!

Ở lại đi!
Chẳng cần phải bận tâm hay nghĩ suy về những điều được-mất
Hãy cứ là ta, là người của những tháng ngày tinh khôi nhất
Để mỗi lần gặp nhau, ta sẽ thấy trong mắt nhau những cảm xúc thật
Đừng chạy trốn lòng mình nữa
Có-được-không?!

Ở lại đi dù cho nơi này sắp bước vào mùa đông
Nhưng chắc gì phía bên kia sẽ là nắng ấm!
Ta chẳng cần chi những ước thề về một yêu thương sâu đậm
Ta không màng những phù phiếm xa hoa và lạ lẫm
Chỉ mong duy nhất một điều:
Người…
Ở lại nhé!
Đừng đi!

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[Thơ] Có Một Thời Như Thế – Xuân Quỳnh

Có một thời vừa mới bước ra
Mùa xuân đã gọi mời trước cửa
Chẳng ngoái lại vết chân trên cỏ
Vườn hoa nào cũng ở phía mình đi.

Đường chẳng xa, núi không mấy cách chia.
Trong đáy mắt trời xanh là vĩnh viễn
Trang nhật ký xé trăm lần lại viết
Tình yêu nào cũng tha thiết như nhau.

Có một thời ngay cả nỗi đau
Cũng mạnh mẽ ồn ào không giấu nổi
Mơ ước viễn vông, niềm vui thơ dại
Tuổi xuân mình tưởng mãi vẫn tươi xanh

Và tình yêu không ai khác ngoài anh
Người trai mới vài lần thoáng gặp
Luôn hy vọng để rồi luôn thất vọng
Tôi đã cười đã khóc những không đâu

Một vầng trăng niên thiếu ở trên đầu
Một vạt đất cỏ xanh rờn trước mặt…
Mái tóc xanh bắt đầu pha sợi bạc
Nỗi vui buồn cũng khác những ngày xưa

Chi chút thời gian từng phút từng giờ
Như kẻ khó tính từng hào keo kiệt
Tôi biết chắc mùa xuân rồi cũng hết
Hôm nay non, mai cỏ sẽ già.

Tôi đã đi mấy chặng đường xa
Vượt mấy núi mấy rừng qua mấy biển
Niềm mơ ước gửi vào trang viết
Nỗi đau buồn dồn xuống đáy tâm tư

Em yêu anh hơn cả thời xưa
(Cái thời tưởng chết vì tình ái)
Em chẳng chết vì anh, em chẳng đổi
Em cộng anh vào với cuộc đời em
Em biết quên những chuyện đáng quên
Em biết nhớ những điều em phải nhớ

Hoa cúc tím trong bài hát cũ
Dẫu vẫn là cung bậc của ngày xưa
Quá khứ đáng yêu, quá khứ đáng tôn thờ
Nhưng đâu phải là điều em luyến tiếc.

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Recipe: Orange and Olive Oil Syrup Cake

My cousin shared me a link of cake recipe this morning. He tried it last time he visited NZ. The scrumptious Orange and Olive Oil Syrup Cake, which has been served as a dessert at formal dinners at New Zealand’s Government House (the Governor General’s main residence) as well as at morning and afternoon teas for visiting dignitaries. This post is a note for myself, I will make it after this terrible storm ends.

Cake Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups of stale white bread crumbs
  • 1 cup of white or castor sugar
  • 1 cup of ground almonds
  • 1½ tsp of baking powder
  • 1 cup of olive oil (or any other vegetable oil such as sunflower. The more complex the oil the more complex the cake)
  • 4 eggs
  • Zest of 1 large orange
  • Zest of 1 un-waxed lemon

Syrup Ingredients

  • Juice and zest of 1 large orange
  • Juice and zest of 1 un-waxed lemon
  • 1/3 cup, white or castor sugar
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 x cinnamon stick
  • Greek yoghurt or cream fraiche to serve.

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 175 degrees C.
  • Line a 20cm spring form cake tin with baking parchment.
  • In one bowl, mix together breadcrumbs, sugar, ground almonds and baking powder.
  • In another bowl whisk the eggs and olive oil together, add the citrus zest and pour into the dry ingredients. Stir well to combine.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared cake tin and bake for 40 to 50 min until golden brown and a skewer comes out clean when tested.
  • While the cake is baking, make the syrup.
  • Zest large strips of the orange and lemon with a vegetable peeler (for decoration) and place in a heavy bottomed small sauce pan.
  • Add the sugar and strained juice of the fruit along with the spices.
  • Heat gently, allowing the sugar to dissolve and simmer for three minutes. Leave aside.
  • When cake is ready and just out of the oven, skewer across the surface of the cake to allow the syrup to penetrate. Pour over the syrup while hot. (Let the cake sit on a plate in it’s tin and keep reapplying syrup if it leaks through. Allow to cool.
  • Remove from cake tin and serve with Greek yoghurt or cream fraiche.
  • This cake will keep particularly well.

Credit: Governor-General

Buddha on Forgiveness, Reconciliation, and Right & Wrong

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I’ve been studying the thoughts of Buddhist teachers recently. It started like it usually does; I find one thing and then that leads to another and so on and so on. I think this particular find started with the Buddhist concept of “rapture.”

And so I read about rapture and then that leads to jhana and then that leads to right concentration and finally I ended up at the Access to Insight website. [link]

Access to Insight is a popular Theravada Buddhist website. Thervada is the oldest surviving school of Buddhism still in practice around the world.

I guess one could say the Theravada are like the professors (or clergy if you like) in Buddhism. The Access website was created for and is dedicated to, “providing accurate, reliable, and useful information concerning the practice and study of Theravada Buddhism, as it has been handed down to us through both the…

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Vietnamese Bamboo Houses

Material 1 - Vietnam bamboo materialBamboo has been a significant tree of villages in Northern Vietnam (I’m sure that you can see it in every village of Red River Delta), and it has been told in folk stories. A Vietnamese legendary hero, Saint Giong, chose a bamboo cane as weapon. It is also central to the plot of Vietnamese legend: The Hundred-knot Bamboo Tree, the tale of an impoverished laborer who, with some divine intervention, overcomes impossible obstacles to marry the love of his life. Bamboo spikes and spike-traps have been used from long time ago till now, in wars, and daily life.

Bamboo is a traditional material for housing. Nowadays, designers have brought it to higher level, an innovative way of employing the traditional materials and means of construction.

1. Bamboo house in Tay Ninh (and it’s for sale!)

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A green home is designed to be environmentally friendly and sustainable, by a Vietnamese-American guy in Tay Ninh province, Vietnam. Owner of this house, Mr. Dang Cong Hao, has listed on Wall Street Journal at one million US Dollars.

2. Architect Vo Trong Nghia and his magnificent works

Architect Vo Trong Nghia and his team have been awarded many prizes for their bamboo designs, I can say he built his “brand” in this field. He combines aerodynamics, natural aspects, and art, which create harmonious, sustainable and functional design. I have not had chance to visit all his works in Vietnam, but I would love to visit the one in Ho Chi Minh City, soon!

wNw (Water and Wind) Cafe – Thu Dau Mot, Binh Duong province

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wNw (Water and Wind) Bar – Thu Dau Mot, Binh Duong province

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Why I Support Canada’s Proposed New Law on Prostitution

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BarristerOn Tuesday I will make submissions to the House of Commons Justice Committee on Canada’s new prostitution laws, which passed second reading several weeks ago, and will surely become the law of the land, perhaps with some amendments.

As many of you know, I was counsel for the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada in Attorney General v. Bedford and one of the few voices in the Supreme Court of Canada that urged that prostitution not be legalized.

Of course, we all know that the law criminalizing activities related to prostitution was deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of Canada last December, thus opening the door for our federal government to create new law, taking into account the necessity for it to pass constitutional muster.

The new law does just that. It decriminalizes prostitution for the women and girls that trade in sexual services, but makes it illegal to purchase sex in…

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