{Montreal} Smoked Meat ở Snowdon Deli

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{Quebec} Xứ sở Maple Syrup {Phần 1}

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NÓI NHẢM: ĐÔNG DU KÝ BÀI 2, BĂNG QUA THÁI BÌNH DƯƠNG RỘNG LỚN, EM ĐÃ ĐẾN VỚI XỨ SỞ DIỆU KỲ =)) Canada có rất nhiều đặc sản, tùy theo từng vùng miền,…

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SAVE LARUNG GAR MONASTERY IN TIBET

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On July 20, 2016, the destruction of Larung Gar monastery & the Institute’s residences & quarters has begun in Tibet. As per reports, a large number of residences has been bulldozed & demolished by the local Chinese authorities to evict Buddhist monks & nuns from the Institute & the monastery.

The Larung Gar Buddhist Academy, which is probably the world’s largest Buddhist monastic community, was founded by Choeje Yishin Norbu Khenpo Jigme Phuntshok. The academy, as framed by the late Khenpo, has been serving as the wellspring of knowledge. It is also the home for many Buddhist practitioners and the source of happiness for people across the globe. The Chinese government has issued an order to reduce the population of the institute to 5,000 residents when there are well over 10,000 monks and nuns alone. The Chinese government also announced the planned demolition of living quarters, which would leave residential space for only five thousand members.

The obvious concern is regarding religious freedom for the thousands of monks and nuns that have renounced the world and made Larung Gar their home just to practice their religion. As the Chinese government continues to manipulate the number of monks and nuns in monasteries all over Tibet, this directly obstructs the practice of religion for many.

[My Trip] Brooklyn Botanic Garden

I visited Brooklyn Botanic Garden in a sunny and warm day of May. The gate on Flatbush Ave was under renovation so I walked to another one on Washington Ave. Thanks to all huge instruction boards from the station, that a person often walks blindly with the map like me, could find the destination easily! Well, at first, I mumbled “Oh, I should visit the one in Bronx!”, because Brooklyn botanic garden was smaller than I expected. However, things were not bad like I thought. The matter I regretted that I did not bring any better zoom-lens camera to capture all birds and squirrels! Otherwise, everything was beautiful and interesting, especially the Herb Garden, and the Native Flora Garden. I also felt thankful that my visit was in cherry blossom season, so the Cherry Esplanade and Cherry Walk were wonderful experience. Last but not least, the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden did quite well the role of interpreting atmosphere and presentation of Japanese garden (from my personal experience with gardens I saw in Japan).

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Phu Quoc ~ my rainy trip

I arrived Phu Quoc in a cloudy day, well, it is more than I expected, because rainy season has not been over yet. Although it is a business trip, I tried my best to enjoy the beach.

I have never been here in rainy season, but from rumors, I thought I would stay in my room for few days. Well, the truth was not bad like that. Small rains happened whole day and heavy rains came sometimes, but I still could ride the motorbike around Duong Dong town, to Ham Ninh Fishing Village and walked on the beach to enjoy (actually breath as much as I can) the fresh air!

It is highly recommended to bring a light jacket if you come to Phu Quoc in this season, help you to cover from small rains and speedy wind.

One of my favorite beach bar is Rory’s – their FB page. I really like their colorful lanterns, it looked sparkling and lightened up a corner of dark seaside in the evening. No surprise that most of people here were foreigners. Food and company were relaxed, easy-going and cheerful. I was lucky enough to be in the last night before the renovation from 29th August till 1st October.

Whole late afternoon of 3rd day was for visiting Ham Ninh Fishing Village, my most wanted place (Sorry, not the beach, as a foodie, nothing is better than a fishing village with fresh catch seafood! ). The road from Duong Dong town to Ham Ninh village was bad because it was not fully completed. I did go at 60km/h for few kms, then tried to avoid lots of rain water holes on unfinished road, then another good road, then a few holes. 12km road but I felt like it was up and down rhythm of a symphony. Luckily, I asked a native resident there, and found a new road, which crossed through airport, then back to Duong Dong town. I think this way is a bit longer in distance but saved time in traveling because of smooth and nice road, especially I did ride the motorbike in the evening. Safety and security of this island is really good (you can see people leave their motorbikes without locks everywhere), however, it was a bit scary when riding bike alone like that.

For the job: Phu Quoc is a developing area with lots of on-going tourism investment, especially a year before international Phu Quoc Airport became operational in December 2013, till now. Residents on this island also marked the historic moment of starting using electricity from the national grid after work on an undersea power cable line was complete in February. The completed detailed planning of new urban towns, which was carried out by Nikken Sekkei (Japan), was announced officially in June, is another important step for development of the island. I sincerely hope that this island will have rapid change in next few years.

Last but not least, my most disappointed thing in this trip: I heard from my friend that Phu Quoc was in unusual sunny in 3 weeks, then it started raining right before I came, and it stopped raining on the day I left! I sulk a lot, it is unfair for me (๑◕︵◕๑)

I assume that weather is trying to create another chance for me to visit this wonderful island in dry season, heh?!?

P.S: my food experience with Phu Quoc can be found here

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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Communal house of Dinh Bang village

The communal house of Dinh Bang village (Tu Son district, Bac Ninh province) is one of the largest and finest village communal houses in Vietnam. It is entirely made of tali wood (gỗ lim), almost remained intact architecture after 300 years.

The construction started in 1700 and was completed 36 years later.

The communal house is used for the worshiping of Cao Son Dai Vuong (King of Mountain spirit), Thuy Ba Dai Vuong (King of Water spirit), and Bach Le Dai Vuong (God of agriculture), together with six individuals who rebuilt Dinh Bang village in the 15th century after it was devastated during the Ming occupation (1408-1428). The house also functions as the village meeting hall.

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Since ancient times, the land of Northern folk had a saying: “The first is Dong Khang communal house / The second is Dinh Bang communal house, glory is Diem communal house”. Today, the Dong Khang communal house no longer exist, Diem communal house is smaller. Only Dinh Bang communal house remains intact relatively.

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Dinh Bang house was constructed in 1700-1736, by the official Nguyen Thac Luong, a Dinh Bang native and his wife Nguyen Thi Nguyen (from Thanh Hoa province). After retiring, Mr. Luong carried 8 rafts of tali wood from Thanh Hoa back to hometown. From 1686 to 1700, he built his family residence, until workers became skillful, he started to build the communal house.

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