Scrumptious Baklava All Lined Up.
Turkey is infamous for their sweet treats. One particular well known treat is Turkish Delights, which is heavily feature in festive and popular cultures such as Christmas and classic literature then turned movie, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Apart from Turkish Delights, Turkey also has other yummy sweet treats such as baklava, lokma, kunefe and many more exquisite desserts. I visited Istanbul, the capital of Turkey three years ago just right before the Christmas holiday. It was in this cold, chilly weather that made enjoying sweet treats and hot drinks more enjoyable. That is a legitimate excuse to indulge in sweet treats, right? In order to keep warm.
Varieties of Turkish Delights
Crispy Baklava Drenched In Syrup
The Crispy Baklava Roll On The Image Above Are Served As Cut Up Slices
Hafiz Mustafa 1864 is a well-known Traditional Turkish dessert shop in Turkey with more than 150 years of history. It was first opened in 1864 by a money lender named İsmail Hakkı Zade. Since then, the shop has been supervised by several different people and generations. Furthermore, the recipes from Hafiz have significantly improved and progressed over the years from their humble beginnings. Now, Hafiz Mustafa 1864 is not only considered as one of the best traditional Turkish dessert shop in the world, but it also serves as an ambassador of Turkish culture. (Keep scrolling for more info on Hafiz Mustafa)
Hafiz Mustafa 1864 has a chain of stores around Istanbul but the one I would recommend visiting would be the flagship store in Sirkeci. The flagship store is different to other chain stores because there is a café upstairs for visitors to seat and enjoy Hafiz’s Turkish treats. As I walked into the flagship store (or any Hafiz Mustafa 1864 stores), I was welcomed by a variety of colourful sugary treats that were filled with nuts and dried fruits. The smell of Turkish coffee, Turkish tea and Turkish delight was infused into an overwhelming, rich and velvety aroma. Not only was I surrounded by all types of Turkish dessert, I was also surround by beautifully crafted blue tiles decorated with intricate patterns. The desserts there were amazing and service was good. The waiters at the café were genuinely friendly. They patiently explained to me and my friends the different types of Turkish treats and gave thoughtful recommendations.
Hoca Paşa, Muradiye Cad. No:51, 34080 Sirkeci - Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90 (212) 527 66 54 Fax: +90 (212) 513 36 11
For more information, visit their website: http://www.hafizmustafa.com/
Turkish Delights and other traditional Turkish sweet treats are everywhere in Istanbul, there are many local shops that sells it.
It Looks Like A Kaleidoscope
Turkish Tea Served In Traditional Glass Cup
So Many Choices! I Wanted to Try Them All!
Turkish Delight Supply Of A Lifetime.
In Conclusion, Sugar Overdose.
London: Christmas Market
In December 2014, my sister and I went to the Christmas Market at Southbank Centre and Tate Modern along the River Thames. The markets are only here for the christmas/ winter season, from early December to early January. There were lots of festive yummy food and drinks around, for example gingerbread houses, chocolate and mulled wine. Tinsels everywhere to spell the festive season. Here are some photos I took from yesterday's outing.
Indonesia: Tanah Lot Temple
I travelled to Bali last summer and here are some images of Tanah Lot temple. Tanah Lot temple is located right next to the shore because it is a temple that is dedicated to the sea gods. I was captured by the colours and fragrance of this temple.
The view of the Tanah Lot temple was magnificent, the waves crashed onto shore with impressive heights. Because of that I did not dare venturing too close to the sea, and a Balinese local also warned me that a month before I visited, a family drowned from getting too close to the edge while taking photos. The Balinese locals uses flowers and incense as offerings for worshiping the sea gods. The sea gods is highly respected in Bali because Bali itself is an island therefore it is interpreted that when natural disasters come the gods of the sea is angry.
'Standing near the shore is not recommended because the sea gods might swallow the people up when they get hungry.' a Balinese local told me.
During April of 2013 I went on a three day trip to Matlock, Derbyshire which is north of England. It is approximately an hour drive from Manchester. I was desperately yearning for a getaway from the city life of London and so I went and visited my family friends there. It only took two and a half hour train ride from London St. Pancras International to Matlock station. The trip was a relaxing one and I was absolutely in love with the countryside and smell the country air I definitely was able to forget about the essays I needed to write and de-stress! There were lots of mountains and hills to climb and lots of wildlife to see. I was lucky enough to see the sun (which is rare in England) during my stay there and for some lovely shots. If you ever fancy a typical British country side experience, I'd say Matlock, Derbyshire is the place to go. It is very near Peak district National Park too. However visiting the place during April to August (Summer season) is advised because it could get quite cold and snowy in the winter.
Art Central- Hong Kong
Art Central Hong Kong was held between 23rd to 26th of March this year. Art Central is usually held during Hong Kong Art Month (March every year) and usually adjoining with Art Basel. Unfortunately, I was away in China when Art Basel was held but I am happy that at least I get to see one bigger art exhibition in Hong Kong.
Art Central was located at the Harbourfront in Central, there were 100+ of the most established contemporary galleries from around the world exhibiting thousands of artists. There were a variety of artworks from Eastern to Western artists, many are well known in the contemporary art scene, such as Yayoi Kusama, Keith Haring, Marc Quinn, Lui Guosong, Jiro Yoshihara and the list goes on...
Below are some photographs I took in the exhibition, they are definitely not all that I have seen, but are some of my personal favourites and pieces that struck me the most.
Art Installation SUNDEW by Elaine Yan Ling Ng x Swarovski.
This installation was placed right in front of the Art Central's entrance.
It was an interactive art installation that is sensitive to sound and rhythm.
Real/ Red no. 80 by Japanese Artist Tomo Seki
Dreamers (pink) by Choi Xooang
happiness by Osamu Watanabe
A collection of works by Japanese Artist Osamu Watanabe. He is one of Japan's leading contemporary decorative artist who graduated from Tokyo Zokei University as a design major in 2003. His distinct style uses 'fake cream’ made of modelling paste and wax to produce art sculptures that resembles sweet/ candy-like qualities. Watanabe stated that his xation with all things sweet traces back to his childhood and his mother who was
a confectionery school teacher plays a major influence in his artistic style. Watanabe is also known as the 'Prince of Sweets' in the art industry.
heavenly messenger by Osamu Watanabe
Pumpkin by Yayoi Kusama, an international known artists for her dotted pattern drawings of pumplins.
Two pumpkins, Yayoi Kusama
"She series' by Chinese artist Zou Dawen
A Knitted Coral Reef
Untitled, Jiro Yoshihara
Marc Quinn's Maquette for Frozen Wave (The Coservative Mass) Model. This is actually a smaller model to a live size sculpture that was displayed in London Design Festival in September last year.
A Blue Monkey by Helmut Koller
Yoshitomo Nara's signature girl comic
Yoshitomo Nara is a famous Japanese Artist. Nara's work has been exhibited worldwide and since 1984, he has had around 40 or more solo exhibitions. His work has been influenced by his childhood as well as manga and comics in 1960's Japan. This can be seen from his stylized large-eyed figures, for example the drawing of the girl above. The girl character above is also his signature, well recognized across the globe. The juxtaposition of an innocent child with human evil or angry expressions, which is a prominent theme in Nara's work can be interpreted as his reaction to Japan's rigid social conventions. Apart from exhibiting in art fairs and museums such as MOMA and Museum of Contempory Art in the United States, Nara's works are also popular in the art auction scene. He had various works auctioned in international auction houses such as Christie's and Sotheby's before.
Work by Anne Kagioka Rigoulet
Damien Hirst's Butterfly Prints
Damien Hirst is a world renown English artist. He is one of the most active and prominent member of the group known as the Young British Artists (YBAs), who dominated the art scene in the UK during the 1990s. Hirst is a multi-media artist, his works varies from prints, paintings and works on paper to sculptures, installations and performance art. For more information about Hirst, go on his website: http://www.damienhirst.com/
Face by Young-Wook Han (Oil on Aluminum, Scratch)
'Girl by Young-Wook Han (Oil on Aluminum, Scratch)
My Heart Hurt by Tae-Jin Seong (Acrylic and ink on embossed wood panel)
Mars Attacks by Tae-Jin Seong (Acrylic and ink on embossed wood panel)
Hardly Was There Any Cockcrow by Tae-Jin Seong
(Acrylic and ink on embossed wood panel)
And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. (Genesis 1:24)
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear? (Matthew 6:31)
In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will roll them up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed. But you remain the same, and your years will never end. (Hebrews 1: 10-12)
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