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Bird's Nest - A Delicacy  Posted on 01/09/2013
Bird's nest soup is a delicacy in Chinese cuisine quite popular in China and Hong Kong. Chinese believe that the natural collagen in bird's nest is good for the skin and keeps it looking young. Some also consume with the belief...
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Ali Nachia Briyani Dam - Singapore  Posted on 01/05/2013
Recently my ex-colleague recommended a nice Biryani place in Singapore. Since my colleague is a known foodie, I had no reason to disbelieve his recommendation. At Ali Nachia Biryani Dam shop, he recommended that we take mutton biryani with...
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Coffee Luwak  Posted on 01/03/2013
First a fact - Indonesia is one the top coffee producing countries of Robusta variety of coffee beans.During my recent visit to Indonesia, I was intrigued by the term 'Kopi Luwak' (Coffee Luwak).In a coffee shop 'Coffee...
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Batam, Indonesia - Travel Report  Posted on 01/01/2013
Batam is one of the 1700 plus islands of Indonesia, about 45 minutes ferry ride from Singapore, situated roughly 20 kilometers south. Originally a fishing island has transformed itself since 1972 to current state.Quick Facts:- Batam island...
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Abhijit Mukherjee's 2 Minutes Of Fame  Posted on 12/29/2012
There are a number of people, especially those who are elected by public (mango men) to public offices, competing with each other in putting foot in their mouths.Not sure why our President (of India)'s son had to make a comment when...
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Kollywood Komplications  Posted on 12/26/2012
Kollywood or Kodambakkam (holly) wood, a euphemism for Tamil cinema industry, as I understand, is on a treacherous trajectory. Kodambakkam is a locality in Chennai (or Madras) city where a number of film studios existed/exist.Here is the...
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A Singaporean's View On Indians  Posted on 12/22/2012
The owner of the flat that I am staying in is a retired banker and loves to talk. He has a nice array of topics to speak with and that too with conviction. Nice gentleman that he is, whenever he comes home he spends time and enjoys his...
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Simple And Poignant Things In Bangkok  Posted on 10/27/2012
Last decade saw raise of economic prosperity in Thailand. Today progress can be seen in every nook and corner. Thai upper middle class is burgeoning at a steady pace. At the same time, we can still notice the simple and poignant things all...
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