A Good Read: “…For the Salvation of the World” – ‘A Love Story About Mary’

Book by Gerard B Tall JrA few months ago, I wrote about an American gentleman named Gerard B Tall, Jr, who has written a book entitled “…For the Salvation of the World” – ‘A Love Story About Mary’, outlining the story of Mother Mary’s mission over the last 180 years.

Gerard has very kindly enabled a FREE updated electronic color copy of the book for easy download in your computer (in pdf format). Just click here please.

Oct - Dec 2012 & Jan-Mar 2013 Garabandal MagazinesAs we are on the subject of Our Lady (the Blessed Virgin Mary), for those who are interested in Garabandal and what it is all about, do check the website: http://www.garabandal.com

The Garabandal International quarterly magazine for the months of October – December 2012 carries an interesting cover story, as can be seen in the cover image (above left). At time of writing, the online magazine is still available – please click here to read.

The January – March 2013 issue will be available online very soon. Keep this link below for reference please: http://www.garabandal.com/garabandal-magazine/view-magazine

Happy Reading and God Bless,

Tony
Director of Penang Garabandal Centre

A Tribute to E&O’s Nightingale

E&O Nightingale...Our post on ‘Remembering Nancy and Albert Yeoh’ in September 2012, happened to catch the attention of the E&O hotel group’s magazine team, who included our walk down memory lane with Penang’s iconic entertainers, in their classy publication.

If you don’t happen to chance by the December issue of the E&O Edition magazine, drop by the hotel in Penang, you might find one lying around the cafe.

After digesting with delight, the E&O’s feature on the Yeohs, we happened to come across some old photos taken with Nancy and Albert at the E&O and spent many a joyful hour, immersed in pleasant memories. What a well-spent afternoon that was.

On a closing note, we thank E&O for graciously including mention of our blog in their prestigious magazine. Keep up the good work!

Amen.

“Going Green” with Banana Leaf Dining?

Banana LeafBeing typical Malaysians with a love for multi-cultural cuisine, the family anticipated with relish, a friend’s invitation to a banana leaf dinner this evening.

For the uninitiated, eating a hot meal off a freshly cleaned banana leaf, is said to be a naturally flavourful experience. While the bright green leaf ‘plate’ places one in a relaxed mood, it also feeds the imagination with other ways in which to apply the banana leaf to good culinary use.

Categorised as South Indian, banana leaf cuisine is usually found in a no-frills restaurant, without air-conditioning, just with whirring fans to keep its diners cool amidst servings of hot curries. We marvelled at how devoid of embellishments that particular restaurant was, yet judging by the good number of patrons within, it was obviously a matter of ‘quality food’ over the ‘decor’ that worked in this equation.

As they say, ‘our eyes were hungrier than our tummies’. Each of us eagerly nodded to one too many ladles of parboiled rice, scooped onto the clean rectangle shaped banana leaf, laid out neatly with the spine of the leaf nearer to the edge of the formica-topped table.

Next, spoonsful of chutney, cabbage and brinjal cooked to vegetarian perfection, were served on our green leafy ‘plates’.  And always, a few pieces of papadum placed on the side.

They then plonked down on the table, three aluminium buckets, each containing a different curry – chicken, fish and vegetable. Self service being the order of the day with the curry buckets, they came complete with huge soup ladles. A word of advice: do not dally over which curry you prefer, lest the buckets are swung off the table before you are done helping yourself to one of its spicy contents.  It must be explained that the trio of curry buckets are to be shared with other tables in turn too. Additional side orders of delectable dishes complemented the vegetables and curries.Helping oneself to the curry in the bucket.

At the end of the tastefully satisfying banana leaf rice meal, we observed the etiquette of folding the empty leaf into half, with the outer edges facing you….thus  signifying that the meal was well-appreciated.

To wash down the heavy meal, some diners prefer to drink an aluminium cup of ‘rasam’ which only suits some palates due to its tart tanginess….while some, like us, chose to down frothy concoctions of ‘teh tarik’ or ‘pulled tea’.

We count our blessings for every meal, and  hope you enjoy yours too. No matter what ends up on your plate, be thankful for it, as many in the world have nothing to eat! For the less fortunate, let us always say a prayer for their well-being.

Amen.

Mary

THANK YOU to EVERYONE!

Thank you for 2012After a few weeks of distractions, we must excuse ourselves profusely for not being more active online.  Almost in the same breath, we wish to express our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to everyone of our viewers from 89 countries, who helped chalk up a total of 13,000 views in the last 12 months.

A considerable number, by our standards… do you agree? Of course without the wonderfully innovative and efficient team at wordpress, we would have never been able to ‘blog’ with such ease.

On a fresh note, we start the New Year with a deeper appreciation of the fact that faith can move mountains, and that when the Lord closes one door on us, he is leading us to a different but better door. All we need to do is believe, have implicit faith that all is on a positive track and it will be so.

Until the next post, let us make a small resolution of being nice to each other, and to start and end each day with thanks and praise for daily blessings.

Amen