I had an amazing trip to the Northern Thailand, Chiang Mai with the bff kampungboycitygal couple last year. We spent a 4 days trip over there. It was a fantastic one. However, we didn’t get to explore every corner due to some time-wasting on getting down the roads/places and we couldn’t understand their language/direction (as not many can speak fluent English) which made us lost. LOL. Contunue Reading
Legends are shaped over time…
The tale of Hennessy V.S.O.P. began on 7 October 1817, when the future King George IV of England asked the great French cognac House to supply him a very special cognac that described as “Very Superior Old Pale”…
This cognac’s personality has gone unchanged for nearly two centuries. Under the stewardship of Hennessy’s cellar master, the Tasting Committee hands down the secrets of selection, ageing and blending, as can be seen in the use, for maturation, of oak barrels that have lost part of their tannin, so as to avoid giving the eau de vie excessively woody notes while providing an elegant expression. Contunue Reading
After the long hour working day or during the rainy day, I love taking a sip or two on my favourite single malt whisky from the crystal whisky glass, relaxing my soul along the jazzy music …
“Unnecessarily Well Made” Glenmorangie – the complex single malt whisky; layered with multi layers of flavours that stimulate the senses and tempt the palate.
Thanks to models KC and TF =]
Model: Cute Danbo is available from ShutterZen. Isn’t it adorable?!
Happy Valentine’s Day
Love is like playing piano.
First you learn to play by the rules,
then you must forget the rules and play from your heart.
How chocolate evolved.
Chocolate, as we know it today, first appeared in the form of “bitter water” known as xocoatl during the Mayan civilization as early as the sixth century. The word “chocolate” is derived from this very Mayan word. Cocoa trees are said to have originated in the Amazon some 4000 years ago and the Mayans were the first to cultivate them. The Aztecs, however, believed cocoa plants were brought down from heaven by their god Quetzalcoatl in 1200 A. D.
In the Mayan and Aztec cultures, cocoa was the basic for xocoatl- a thick, unsweetened drink believed to be a health elixir. Spices such as hot chilli pepper and corn meal were used to add flavour to the drink, as sugar was unknown to the Mayans and Aztecs. Aztec emperor, Montezuma, used to drink 50 goblets of thick chocolate everyday for its nourishing and aphrodisiac qualities.
In 1528, Hernando de Oviedo y Valdez inspired the making of chocolate in its current sweet form when he presented Spanish King Charles V with cocoa beans and the necessary tools for its preparation. The Spaniards mixed the beans with sugar, vanilla, nutmeg, cloves, allspice and cinnamon to create tantalizing, fashionable chocolates. These chocolates were reserved for the nobility only.
It was in 1643 that chocolate took on a new role; Spanish Princess Maria Theresa gave her fiancé, Louis XIV of France an engagement gift of chocolate. Ever since, chocolate was the preferred girt for it was a luxury as well as an aphrodisiac.
this article taken from a booklet. however, i forgot where i ‘ve taken from.