26 November 2018

Greece Vacation 2018: Potami River

On the afternoon that we arrived in Kovus, my husband started to survey the town. When I woke up from my afternoon nap, we drive going up to the mountain and I admire the olive green scenery. On the way, we stop at the cemetery and I made few photos both of the grave and the century old olive trees. Going down, we went ahead more and we stopped at Potami River.

Potami River is the largest in Corfu. From what I read, it springs from the mountains of the village Pekkas and flows into the Saltmarshes, crossing Corfu widthwise, something that I want to find out next time. 3.5 kilometers of total length, navigable at 2.5 towards the banks, and is safe for swimming. Fishing boats are also a common sight. Potami River is mentioned in the Venetian Maps of Corfu, that shows it has an old history.

It was so quiet there. Only few visitors with their car. Two men parked their car at the bridge with its tail light blinking, they sat in the restaurant fronting the river, smoke their cigars and  eat their meal nonchalant. On the river bank, there are restaurants, bars, and cafes. Offering real Greek foods, fresh fish on your plate, and an ice cream saloon on summer days until the summer bids goodbye for a while.

The cobble stoned narrow street is separated the restaurants, cafes, and gift shops from old homes, and those abandoned places. Rivers are beautiful subjects in photography, but ruins and old homes were surprisingly a photographers delight that I have just found out!

From Potami River, we drive a bit more and we ended on a beach. A beach that lonesome, the shower area is just a replica of the most recent joyful summer. As I recall the sight, and the smell of Potami River, I am yearning to go back there when the sun is up, scorching, and the smile and laugher of the holiday people abound.

20 November 2018

Greece Vacation 2018: Hello, Greece!

My son has a week school vacation, in the Netherlands, it is Herfst vakantie or autumn vacation. We took the chance to go for a while, this time our family went in Greece.

From Amsterdam, it is only two and a half hour flight to the old town of Corfu. The airplane landed in Ionnis Kapodistrias International Airport, in Corfu at Kerkyra, the sixth busiest airport in Greece, on a cold Sunday morning. There is a van that waits for us, that will take us to the office of Car Union, where we will get the car that my husband rented for us to use, to keep us mobile while in Greece. From Corfu, we have the White Fiat, and we happily traveled to Kavos. In Kavos, we have our accommodation, in Mediterranean Blue.  

Just arrived, but the road and the view going to Kavos is already a welcoming treat. On a narrow old road, winding and fronting the Mediterranean blue sea, I feel happy that my husband took us there. We passed by a thick forest, a mountain of olives, going up, going down, then a look like "an abandoned old town", then Kavos. Kavos is at the municipality of Lefkimmi, a seaside village that is now booming with tourists from all over Europe. Because we arrived when summer is already gone, most restaurants, shops, hotels, and apartments are closed. Kavos after summer look like a ghost town. 

We arrived in Mediterranean Blue before lunch time. The place is exactly what it appears on the Internet. The swimming pool holds its title: Mediterranean Blue. They offer accommodation with private balconies, ours has two rooms, kitchen, and a big bed that is enough for us three in one room and another two separate beds at the other room. On our first night, we are just in time to experience the Mediterranean Blue's Greek Night with buffet barbecue dinner. As I am writing this, I think I want to share my own feelings why you have to visit Greece even just once in your lifetime:
1. The food 
2. The view 
3. The history 
4. The people
5. Because Greece is something. Greece is special. Greece is unique.

Please read more my next, next blog! More vacation and travel stories in Greece.

14 August 2018

Nine Latest Flower Photos That I Made Today

Food, faces, and flowers are my most favourite subjects in photography. Just hanging out around in our garden, I made another set of beautiful flower photos that I am excitedly love to share to all of you. So many many flowers you can find here in the Netherlands. Variety of colours, shapes, even of smell. Flowers that even are edible. I hope you will enjoy viewing them and please do not hesitate to post any reaction at the comment box :) 

03 August 2018

My First Indian Restaurant Experience at Sher-E-Punjab in Lelystad

The Naan bread, Chicken Dhansak, and Indian saffron Basmati rice.

Aside from love and relationship, food and travel are also included as the best topics in blogging. We eat not only to satisfy our hunger, but also to enjoy. After paying a not really good meal, it is like we feel the regrets. I have a weekend in Lelystad with my son to attend our annual Regional Convention when I have my first real Indian dinner in a restaurant. A few months ago, my husband cooked chicken Madras for our family that we really enjoyed. 
With my son

Just in front of the Lelystad City Hall, you can see many restaurants. That night, being away from home for a while, I want to have something different. I want to have a meal that is with heart and down to earth. I saw this Indian Restaurant, Sher-E-Punjab. The place opens at 5:00 in the afternoon. We were the first costumer that time. The place is clean, cozy. I chose the table where my son facing the framed famed Taj Mahal, me facing two big canvases of Indian spices and herbs. 

Sher-E-Punjab is the first Indian restaurant in Lelystad. The age-old balance use of herbs and spices in Indian cuisine is a tradition that they continue with great care. Their menus range from Punjab to Madras, a wide selection of meat, fish, grilled, and vegetarian. Menus with a price that is very reasonable. The menus are new to me. They have Tandoori main courses. I was torn choosing between Buttered Chicken and Chicken Dhansak. But I settled on the latter, since I know what is butter all my life but never of Dhansak. I have no regret choosing Chicken Dhansak. It was so incredibly delicious. The taste was subtle, very authentic, and the spices were not so spicy that even my son enjoyed our meal. Chicken Dhansak is blocks of chicken fillet, served with mango, chutney, lentils, and Indian herbs. They also served us four big Naan breads and the Indian saffron Basmati rice was really homey. It was a grand dinner for me and for my son. The staff were friendly and helpful. The next time that we are in Lelystad, I love to be back to Sher-E-Punjab. To feel and to taste again the authentic cooking of India in the Netherlands.

30 July 2018

The Salt Making In Dasol

"As early as 1878, Dasol was not as a municipality as it is now, but was part of San Isidro de Putot municipality which include the present municipalities of Mabini and Burgos." -Wikipedia

The salt beds in Dasol

Dasol is a small town in Western Pangasinan, located on a scenic plateau. In the Philippines, Dasol is a famous town, it produce commercial salts. We traveled in a highway from Iba in the province of Zambales bound to Alaminos, Pangasinan. I already have an idea how the people in Dasol make salt, I have learned about it when I was a third grader. Dasol Bay occupies the entire coastline of Dasol, the town gets its salt water there, fed into large square ponds and water is drawn out through natural evaporation. We stopped for a while when we passed these breathtaking salt beds. I get out of the car with my camera and was giggling when I have made some photos of this place that I have known since childhood. That was almost twilight. The sun setting, the sight was quite, dramatic, the smell was of salt and earth. The next time you sprinkle some salt in your food, maybe you will remember Dasol, the humble home of salt.

29 July 2018

Those Little Things In Life

Those little things I life…

Those little things in life that make us happy.
Those little things in life that subtle, wonderful.
Those little things in life, delicate, seems uncomprehensable.
Those little things in life, that take most the space in my heart.

…a tear
…cute button

salt grain, sugar, rice, cereal.

Petal in the wind, a leaf floating in a clear water.
Twinkiling star, half moon, full moon, the silence of the night.

A smile from a stranger, a bowl of homecooked meal from a neighbor,
Finding an envelope at the doorstep that is not a bill.

A hug from my kid when I feel tired, an adoring wink from my husband.

I am forever grateful for these little things in life.

28 July 2018

Five Reasons Why I Love Reading

Reading expands our brain and gives our creativity a chance to come alive. It also improves our writing skills as well as our vocabulary. It says that nothing is more attractive than intelligence. I even recall a well-use quote during high school: “what is beauty if the brain is empty.” 
Besides writing, reading is also one of my most favorite pastimes. It would be nice too to share some of the reasons why I love reading. I have five on my listing though the reasons are unending.

1. Reading makes me forget about daily routine. Reading transports me away from the mundane minutiae of my day-to-day activities. Unfortunately, life is sometimes monotonous and we have to find ways to make life on the move. Moving. 
2. Reading takes me into places without traveling. When I am reading, I also take time to locate the places through Google. I take time to search for the photos available on internet so I would see it and have the feeling that I am also there. When I read on a book places that I have been visited already, it a bonus for me.
3.    Reading inspires me. Throughout reading, I ponder the beautiful and profound lines or quotes that I find.  There are lines that makes me ask myself: how it can enrich my life? How it can help me with my relationship to people especially to those I love?
4.    Reading helps me to understand things. The more we read, the more we understand not only situation, but most of all, reading can help us to understand people. Reading can help us to understand feelings.

5.    I love reading because it is cheap… and because reading is versatile.