Zira's World Tour

Just a felted monkey diva blogging about her trip around the world.

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Thursday, October 27, 2005

Zira's Phoenix Tour Day 2

is that creme brulee?


On Tuesday night, Illanna took me to hang out with her knitting friends for Pam's birthday party. Here's a picture of me with Pam- we are partying:

partyin' with pam


I really enjoyed drinking wine with such lovely people. I met Sarah who organized this event. She's wearing the same shirt as Gob wore in season 2 of Arrested Development.

partyin' with sarah


Look at what Melanie did behind my back while I wasn't looking!

bunny ears!


That Melanie... she's a prankster... I also got to see Heather and Michelle's Clapotis. Very beautiful knits... I think I want one too, but I would need to size down the pattern to small monkey size.

it's a clapparty!


When no one was looking, I took a few tortilla chips,

yummm spinach artichokey


and a few sips of wine.

pinot... my favorite!



Hey, I'm allowed! I'm 21 in monkey years!

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Zira's Phoenix Tour: Day 1



I arrived in Phoenix safely, and it's sunny and warm. The weather is very dry, and there are many cacti! The picture above shows me in front of a huge cactus.



That's me and Illanna. She's hosting me, and she took me to Tempe Beach. Tempe is part of the Phoenix Metro Area, and it is the college town of Arizona State University. I was surprised to see a beach in the desert! It's actually a dammed lake of the Salt River. Phoenix gets a lot of power from this water dam.



The bridge behind me in this picture is very new and beautiful. I really wanted to go swimming, but Illanna didn't think it was such a good idea. She pointed out that I did not have my bathing suit with me.



We relaxed next to the water for a while, but then we got thirsty. I had to make sure that I stayed hydrated in the dry climate:



So far Phoenix is a blast. Tonight Illanna and I are going to a knitting birthday party for Illanna's friend. I'll check in again tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Zira, upon returning to Singapore decides to go more sightseeing with us.

We decided to go check out
Chinatown in Singapore; the only place where you get to see a Hindu temple (Sri Mariamman Temple - to be exact) right smack amidst those buildings! Zira decides to offer her prayers for peace on earth.


Click here for a
closeup.

Later in the evening, we decided to head over to Boat Quay for dinner. Here's the night view.

I wished we could have taken the al fresco seats -- we could then showed you the Empress Place that's on the opposite side of the river. But alas, there's a group of tourists that took up the entire al fresco area seating.

Well, Zira's about done with her trip in Singapore & Bangkok now. She's heading off to her next host soon...watch this space!

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Zira was squealing over the excitement of this little roadside stall -- bananas in pratas (meaning: bread in Indian)!


We have this dish in Singapore as well, but mostly just the plain prata with curry dip. This one in Bangkok comes with banana slices in it. The hawker then drizzles condensed milk and sugar over it -- great dessert food!

And this is yet another interesting shrine that is located near our hotel:


After all these, Zira is so tired that we decided to head back to Singapore again!

Saturday, October 01, 2005

After spending a couple of days in Singapore, Zira decides to hop on the plane to Bangkok with us.

She's making friends with my hubby who has been showing her the sights.


We found this little restaurant that claims to sell Singapore Chicken Rice. Ha! Too bad it was closed else we would have gone in and tried it.


For icky food, hubby and I were on a food dare: fried locusts! (Ok, so we didn't manage to take a picture but here's a link to the equivalent icky:
fried grasshoppers.) They tasted like fried mini shrimps if you have tried those; with the outer shells and all. Zira decides that she wants no part in this *fear factor* feat.

And of course, what is Bangkok without its traffic and roadside stalls?



Or the various shrines?




We noticed that every major building has some form of shrine built right next or in front of them in their compounds. I think they have it as a form of respect to the gods and for prosperity; not to mention warding off any ill luck.