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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Tea Time!

I'm a big fan of afternoon tea and would take advantage of being able to have this whenever I go to HKG, which provides the closest to what British people have. There are a lot of variations but the best that I could remember was high tea buffet @ the Ritz Carlton (HK side) and afternoon tea buffet at the Four Seasons (IFC).  The former is no longer being offered since Ritz Carlton (HK side) was torn down to move to Kowloon.  

I love both the savory and sweet options of afternoon tea and it gets better with home-made jams and whipped butter cream. Yummy!!!

Some background on afternoon tea and high tea via About.Com:-
"Outside of the UK, many people refer to afternoon tea as "high tea." Although the idea that high tea is a meal of foods like scones and finger sandwiches is common, it is not actually correct in a traditional or historical sense. 

Afternoon tea, also known as "low tea," is what most people think of when they hear "high tea." It involves things like manners, lace and dainty foods. (For more information on the foods served, see these afternoon tea recipes.) It is typically served in the mid-afternoon and it was traditionally served on low tables, hence its two names. Afternoon tea was considered to be a ladies' social occasion. 

High Tea, traditionally, was a working class meal served on a high table at the end of the workday, shortly after five PM. It was a heavy meal of meat dishes (such as steak and kidney pie), fish dishes (such as pickled salmon), baked goods (such as crumpets or, in Ireland, barm brack), vegetables (such as potatoes or onion cakes), and other heavy foods (such as baked beans and cheesy casseroles). High tea was more of a working class family meal than an elite social gathering."

Perfect for a cute afternoon with your kiddos...Tea for 2 by Mari Koegelenberg available at SSD.  There are wonderful pattern papers and embellishments that you'd surely fall for!

Credits: Tea For 2 by Mari Koegelenberg available at SSD; Font - New Times Roman

Monday, June 25, 2012

Mind the Moon & Back

Mind Museum is a well-anticipated, world class Science museum in the Philippines. The below information is taken from their site that I am excited to bring Colin soon. :) For now, I can only read up on it and relate to what my nephew saw/went through during his recent class field trip. 

Mind Museum is the FIRST WORLD-CLASS SCIENCE MUSEUM in the Philippines. It will be our defining legacy that will give the next generation the wings to fly against the challenge of a future shaped largely by service and technology. With over 250 inter-active “minds-on” and hands-on exhibits, the museum will be a venue that will present science as entertaining, fun, and engaging. 

The Mind Museum’s state of the art design will feature FIVE GALLERIES within its two levels:

  • The Story of the Universe: Its Beginning and Majesty 
  • The Story of the Earth: Its Story Across the Breadth of Time 
  • The Story of Life: The Exuberant Varieties of Life 
  • The Story of the Atom: The Strange World of the Very Small 
  • The Story of Technology: The Showcase of Human Ingenuity 

Perfect for some of the photos that my nephew recently shared with me fits Mari and Sugarplum Paperie's kit - To the Moon & Back.

This is my nephew, Jeremy, during one of his class field trips to the Mind Museum, Fort. It was a cool adventure for him and his whole class!
Credit: To the Moon and Back by Mari Koegelenberg and Sugarplum Paperie available at SSD; Font - New Times Roman

Father's Day!!!

Happy Father's Day!!!
Here's a kit by Mari Koegelenberg called Dad Rawks for this special occassion!

Credits: Dad Rawks by Mari Koegelenberg; Font - Agency