In this set, I'll focus on the last day of Steemfest, and the wandering around Amsterdam I did that day. Steemfest itself was amazing, and I was happy to meet so many like minded individuals, amazing artists and creators, and intelligent programmers. I am so glad I went, and very impressed with @roelandp setting the stage for the event. I can only hope there will be a Steemfest 2!
Like I mentioned above, during the final day of Steemfest we had a bunch of activities set out for us to do. A great day following the awesome main conference day, and a day to relax and enjoy Amsterdam. After some coffee and Dutch pancakes, I was ready to tackle the day... by, of course, wandering around. :)
This 800 year old church, literally called
Old Church, is the oldest building in Amsterdam, smack in the middle of the red light district, and the hub of the last day of Steemfest activities! Myself and two other fantastic steemians @foxxycat and @razvanelulmarin, were the first to climb the tower of the church that day. I wanted to share photos of the cool church bells inside, and of course the view from the top, for anyone who missed it!
Inside the old church was some sort of exhibit of broken mirrors. I don't quite understand the purpose of it (feel free to tell me in the comments if you know!), but the effect made for a cool picture, so I figured I'd share! You can see the windows and architecture of the church in the broken reflection.
Part of the Steemfest activities was a short tour around a small piece of Amsterdam, with a history lesson to go with it! We followed the woman in the red hat, as she explained to us some of the culture and history behind buildings, and the explanations for the very progressive and accepting culture of the Dutch. The tour was great, and above are just a few shots I took during!
Heading back towards central station, I said goodnight to Amsterdam for the final time, as my flight would be early in the morning. The adventure may be concluded, but it is not one I will soon forget!
That's all for today, and that concludes the Amsterdam series! Hope you enjoyed it! For those of you interested: Camera is Sony NEX-7, with my usual Zeiss 16-70mm lens.
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I wanted to share my favourite and most amazing creations of LAVA cakes. Some of these havent been featured on my youtube or blog yet. So you get to see the preview of whats to come in 2017! I have ranked them in a way from 10 to 1 ( number one being my best creation! ) Enjoy! Which was your favourite?
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Lampuan Ranup dance is one of the traditional dances from the region of Aceh. This dance includes homecoming dance is usually performed by a female dancer with presents betel society as a receipt. Lampuan Ranup Dance is one of the traditional dances are well known in Aceh, and often appear to welcome the distinguished guests and other traditional welcoming ceremony.
Lampuan. Ranup own words in the Acehnese language means
Betel, while Puan is the place / container betel typical of Aceh. That said, this dance is lifted from the customary habits of the people of Aceh in welcoming an honored guest by presenting betel as their receipt.
Winter walk in the morning and before sunset.
Faber Castell classic colour pencils.
Colleen colored pencils.
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The ESEE Izula II is one of the best fixed blades you can buy right now for under $100, in my opinion at the very least. It is a lightweight, smaller sized knife weighing in at 3.3 ounces that packs quite the punch in performance. The brand (ESEE) that makes this knife is owned by a company named Randall's Adventure and Training (Aka, RAT). They make other knife designs that they have mass produced by the Ontario Knife Company, but with this design they wanted a higher quality that just wasn't possible with their manufacturing capabilities. There are two models of the Izula available, the Izula II is the newer model and is mostly the same as the original Izula. The only differences between the two are that the Izula II's handle is half an inch longer than the original, and it comes with a full set of micarta handles straight from the factory. The original Izula came with paracord wrap instead which I personally haven't ever been much of a fan of on knives.
I purchased this knife from Amazon for the price of $71 at the time. Mine came with the sand colored micarta scales like it normally does, but I swapped them out shortly after receiving it. I personally was just not a huge fan of them and the way they felt in my hand. I decided to get some G10 scales that were pre-made for this knife instead from knifeconnections website for around $45 shipped. I went with the blue and black G10 scales, mostly because I was not a fan of the other models they had in stock at the time. They installed quite easily with the hex head screws and fit perfectly and felt/looked much better to me. They do come in a variety of colors for anyone interested, they have orange, green, blue, red, camo, lavender, earth and a few others. The knife is extremely ergonomic in my opinion. I can get a full four finger grip even with it being a shorter blade, and no part of the steel or knife feels aggressive or unpolished.
The knife comes with 1095 carbon steel drop point styled blade, though it is very reminiscent of a clip point in my opinion. The blade out of the box was quite sharp, I would say shaving sharp at the very least. I was pretty surprised considering the price point. The entire thing besides the scales comes powder coated from the factory. They sell a semi large variety of different powder coated finishes for the knife, I just chose to go with the classic black since that's what I find attractive. The blade is 0.16" thick and the blade is 2.875" long, although the sharpened edge is only 2.625". The overall length of the knife is 6.75" long. The jimping on the spine of the knife is quite even and comfortable to hold against your hand, and I haven't found any faults with it on mine. With it being such a lightweight and shorter knife, most people suggest using them for a back up knife for camping/survival. I've carried mine for EDC and really enjoyed it though so I can say it's much more useful than just a back up knife. It seems to be able to handle just about any task you can throw at it, honestly. I've used mine for food prep in the kitchen, some mild wood working, and to shred some cardboard boxes with ease.
I purchased a Tek-lok for the sheathe I got for the knife as well so I can carry it on my belt. It carries very well on the belt and is much more comfortable than trying to slide it in your pocket with the sheathe. I am carrying horizontally with the clip plate installed which is what I found works best for me overall, YMMV. I do think if you're planning on carrying this knife intensively or in a survival/outdoor situation for a long time that you'd be better off getting a custom sheathe made for the knife, since the basic kydex one you get isn't terrible but isn't that great at the same time. It's really just acceptable at best in my opinion.
Overall, I am happy with this knife. It has performed extremely well for me and seems to be up to the task to handle any and all abuse. This is more of an outdoorsman style knife, but will do anything and everything a typical EDC knife will do as well. It's great for whittling wood and I had an easy time chopping up food with it in the kitchen. I would highly recommend this for anyone needing a camping knife, though if you're going to be chopping up some large pieces of wood or something more demanding then perhaps a larger knife would suit your needs better. I personally feel this would make for a great skinner/gut knife and is a great addition to any survival/camping gear. The coating on the knife will probably wear away after awhile, but that's to be expected. Should anything happen to the knife however, they offer a lifetime warranty which from what I hear is excellent ;)
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This is a destructive snail eggs, rice plant, I found this snail eggs, in around the rice fields, which exist in my village
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Thank you for coming back to the third and final part of my Transylvanian Autumn collection. As you remember the first part featured leaves only, the second part trees, forests, and ladscapes. Last but not least I thought I will showcase flowers, fruits, and unique berries that grow on bushes.
https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3320/3422989470_5e9c0f2585_b.jpg This is the Euonymus europaeus, or
Kecskerágó in Hungarian, is a species of flowering plant in the family Celastraceae, native to much of Europe, where it inhabits the edges of forests, hedges and gentle slopes. I've taken this picture in the back yard of my sister's country house. Same place as the previous photos were taken, also.
Oh, and just in case you wonder what my family does with the harvest, well my sister bakes a lot using the apples and walnuts, and the grapes, yeap you guessed it, wine!! Good old home made wine.
https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/272/32280160282_18e3d77bb4_k.jpg Now, this is almost like the
albino version of the Euonymus europaeus, or
Kecskerágó. This was the first time in my life that I came across these as I was walking through the village, when we spent a weekend at the country house. As I took the pictures and admired these unique berries, one of the villagers told me that it was the Kecskerágó, only white. Huh. It looks different but who can argue with the locals, right? I forgot to mention that both of the berries are very hard and almost like rubbery to touch.
So, we made it to the end of the Autumn series in Transylvania. Come back and check out the other seasons that will follow, soon.
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Here are some pics I took quite a while ago now, of water drops. Drops into water and water drops with dye into water. Was really fun taking these, I'll have to do it again sometime.
I captured this with a super fast shutter and lots of lamps/lights shining at the drop to get all the reflections. Burst camera mode so you just a single drop and then wait for the water to smoothen out. And do it all again.
A few hundred photos later, and you have a few that turn out great. I hope you like em.Note: Click images to view larger versions.
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Every chef has their niche and mine is American comfort food. Something most people do not realize when they eat from Taco Bell is the fact that it isn't authentic Mexican food. It's Mexican themed and inspired, sure, but there are distinct aspects, like the flavor profile, that make it uniquely American. When I started my little restaruant here among the community in Acapulco, I didn't expect my Mexican food to be a hit, but to this day anything I make Mexican from tacos to toastadas is well loved and often requested. Quite possibly the favorite of them all, for me at least, is the crunchwrap surpreme. This was my favorite menu item from Taco Bell, and it's one of my favorite dishes to make down here in Mexico. It's like crunchy taco meets nachos meets burrito and it's one of the most genius food inventions ever.
The ingredients are as shown, the only ones missing being paprika, tomato, lettuce and hot sauce. There are also beans missing from the mix. I make my own homemade refried beans, something I'll post an article about soon. Those tortillas are no joke the biggest I've found in Acapulco, and they're about half the size of chipotle. You want the smaller toastadas, as the big ones just won't fit. For those coming here dreaming of giant authentic Mexican burritos, prepare to be disappointed. Real Mexican food is much different and delicious in it's own way.
I cooked some beans, blended them in the blender and refried them, a delicate process I'll share within the next few days, along with how to cook beans.
Once they looked like this, they were done.
I probably used about a half a pound of ground chicken between the two of us. It does not matter what meat is used, as long as it's ground or finely minced by hand. Cook until golden and add water to rehydrate.
I add spices, dependant on my tastes, ingredients available and how much I'm making. I like to add cumin when I have it, currently I don't. For today I used about a teaspoon of garlic, half that of paprika, several tablespoons of Salsa Taqueria, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a smattering of oregano. Mix thoroughly and cook until slightly browned to completion.
The meat should look something like this when it's done.
Time for assembly, the step that makes the crunchwrap what it is. It's always started with a even thickness circle of refried beans in the center about the size of the toastada. Add some cheese and meat.
Top with a toastada.
And top that with tomato and lettuce.
We have a whole door of hot sauces here, I generally just put it out and have my guests top their crunchwraps with sauces before I fold them. Because the tortillas are just barely too small, I tear up one of them into smaller pieces to use them as patches. This makes for a much neater crunchwrap.
Fold the edges up over the crunchwrap and place face down on a griddle to brown on both sides.
This one is a favorite for a reason. Last time I posted an ad for this for a dinner, a community member that went back to the states chimed in saying that my crunchwraps have nothing on Taco Bell, and he's right. I use much fresher, more authentic ingredients and it shows with how my food turns out. I have distinct Mexican characteristics to my cooking, while still showing appreciation for the Mexican American style cuisine I was raised eating. Even Mexican can be comfort food with a classic American twist.
Jimjilbang is a compound word that combines Jimjil and Bang. Jimjil refers to a steam pack to loosen knotted muscles and bang means room. JImmilbang is a kind of a place to play and relax with family and friends.
It''s an integrated recreational space with many saunas. Each room has a special feature, and you can go into the room you want to sweat and relax in. Some people watch movies, read or even exercise. It usually has a restaurant and a bath, so you can have a meal during saunas and take a bath before or after the saunas.
I usually go to a jimjilbang to relax once a week if it's possible. Various steaming makes my skin very soft and healthy. If you go into a specific room and stay for more than 10 minutes, you will get a sweaty feeling. Really sweat.
The jjimjilbang is a complex facility with swimming pool and fitness center, can be used as a member if you want.
There's a kid's place. Some restaurants, cafes and jimjilbangs have a similar kid's place to give some time to mothers in Korea.
There is a smoking room.
Each steaming room in jimjilbangs has a special feature such as stone, herbs, ice, charcoal and ocher soil and so on. I heard that ocher soil emits far-infrared radiation.
I usually stay in a room about 10 to 20 minutes and go out. I enjoy repeating it many times.
These are my favorite foods, baked eggs and Shike. Shike is a traditional Korean beverage made with rice. I really like the sweet taste. It is a different sweet with chocolate.
It was an herb room.
There was an hourglass measuring 10 minutes inside of a room.
The towel on my head is Yangmohri. Yang means sheep, and mohri means head, so Yangmohri means sheep's head. It is made by rolling a towel. We make it to use for fun in Jimjilbang.
I hope you enjoyed a story of Jimjilbang. I went to a Jimjilbang in the US too, but my satisfaction was different. When you visit Korea, don't forget to add Jimjilbang to your tour list.
서울에 볼일이 있어서 비행기를 탔습니다. 10년에 한번 탈까 말까 했던 비행기를 최근에는 일년에 두번 정도는 타게 됩니다. 겁이 많아서 놀이기구도 못타는 탓에 비행기를 타는 것은 늘 큰 결심을 하게 됩니다. 제주와 전라도를 연결하는 해저터널 계획도 발표되고 하던데 제주 관광에는 안좋을 것이라는 전문가의 분석이 지배적이지만 저는 비행기보다는 땅을 딛고 다니는 편이 나을것 같습니다. ㅎㅎ
밤부터 바람소리가 심상치 않더니 눈발이 날리고 비행기는 결항이 되고 마음 졸이게 했지만 다행히도 탑승했고 궂은 날씨임에도 잘 이륙했습니다. 저가항공이라 탈때마다 많이 흔들린다고 생각했었는데 오늘은 꽤 괜찮았습니다.
이륙하고 얼마 안있어서 구름 위로 올라왔는데 구름 위의 모습은 정말 평온하기 그지없었습니다. 조금 있으려니깐 햇빛까지 따가워서 썬텐을 해도 될 정도였습니다. 정말 아름답다고 생각하고 있었는데 뒷자석에서 핸드폰 촬영하는 소리가 찰칵찰칵 들렸습니다. 여태 기내에서는 촬영금지인줄 알고 있었는데 촬영을 해도 된다니 기쁜 마음에 저도 얼른 핸드폰을 꺼냈습니다. 비행기 모드로 했는데도 촬영은 된다는 사실이 정말 기뻤습니다. 마침 날개 쪽에 앉게 되서 자칫 밋밋할 수도 있었던 구름 사진에 간간히 비행기의 날개가 포인트가 돼 주었습니다. 제주항공의 로고인 돌하르방의 웃는 모습이 귀엽네요 ㅎㅎ
이제 좀 쉬어야지 하고 있었는데 갑자기 밑으로 뭔가 아주 쪼그맣고 까만게 아주 빠른 속도로 지나가는 것이 보였습니다. 신기해서 저게 뭐지? 하고 유심히 봤는데 또 다른 비행기가 날아가고 있는 것이었습니다. 이제껏 본적이 없었고 볼거라고 생각도 안해봤기에 정말 신기했습니다. 집어 넣었던 핸드폰을 잽싸게 다시 꺼내서 부랴부랴 한컷 찍었는데 다행히도 찍혔네요. 저장됐던 사진 중에서 찾기가 너무 힘들어서 한참 걸려서야 겨우 찾아냈네요 휴~~~쬐끄맣게 보이는 날개가 귀엽지 않나요? 날개가 찍히지 않았더라면 비행기라고 우기기도 힘든 상황이네요 ㅎㅎ
구름 사이로 남해 바다가 보여서 찍어봤습니다. 역시 폰으로는 자세히 표현이 안되네요 많이 아쉽습니다. ㅜㅜ
구름 사이로 보이는 눈 쌓인 마을의 모습이 너무 아름답습니다. 마치 대동여지도를 보는것 같네요
건물이 가득찬 모습을 보니 서울에 드뎌 도착했습니다. 겨울해가 짧아서 벌써 해가 지려고 하네요.
비행기 날개 위에 지는 해를 노른자처럼 딱 올려놓고 싶어서 몇 컷 찍었는데요 착륙 속도가 워낙 빨라서 겨우 한장 얻어냈습니다. ㅎㅎ
읽어주셔서 감사합니다. 오늘도 좋은 하루 보내세요~^^
Aperture ƒ/2.6, Focal Length 3.7 mm, Exposure Time 1/30, ISO 100
This is my favorite photo! :-) I love how it feels like you are spiraling down into infinity, lost in the tree limbs in the puddle...this inauguration day is kind of like getting lost in puddles. I see not many people have showed up. Of course, the security is tight - not like this puddle here...
Aperture ƒ/2.6, Focal Length 3.7 mm, Exposure Time 1/30, ISO 80
The layers in this photo offer the eye multiple textures to get lost in...oh how great it is to get lost...coming back up from looking at this picture is like being born again brand new; it's existential. Maybe it just requires looking at it another way....
Aperture ƒ/2.6, Focal Length 3.7 mm, Exposure Time 1/30, ISO 100
The fence line in this one is quite fun and fanciful - don't you agree? It reminds me of a loose ordered chaos...
Aperture ƒ/2.6, Focal Length 3.7 mm, Exposure Time 1/33, ISO 100
This one is actually on my desktop. I just love it to pieces. It was fun to take too. Who am I in my own reflection? A mirror of myself? Maybe I don't even know...
Aperture ƒ/2.6, Focal Length 3.7 mm, Exposure Time 1/33, ISO 64
This last one is just such a cool outlook...it's easy to make plans in those tree limbs...@opheliafu <3 What plans are you making in 2017? Tell me everything...
Regardless of our current American condition - I look forward to being all I can be - to making my reflection into something I have always wanted to be! :-) Cheers!!!! XOOXOX Don't you think this all deserves a fresh rain-water wash?
❤️When love is darkened by shadows, we are suddenly able to see clearly.❤️
❤️For we are no longer blinded by love.❤️
Photo by @HomeArtPictures
Nikon D7000 & Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (ISO 100 90mm ƒ/30 8.0s)
Hi all, today I wanted to cook a dessert of puff pastry. I chose to puff baskets, they are prepared quickly and easily. I chose the egg protein cream to fill the baskets, because I love him very much.
Baskets I decided to decorate the berries of sea buckthorn and black currant and a slice of tangerine.On berries I poured orange jelly to give the berries shine and more flavor and aroma.
This photo was taken in Romania with a Canon EOS 7D by a good friend of mine. I tried to convince him to join Steemit, but, he is too busy with work(he has 2 jobs) and of course, family. I have that feeling that Steemit will be a good place for his work, and when I will have time, I will try to post some of his photos. Maybe after that, he will see the real potential of Steemit community.
Here is the original photo.
See you around people! I wish you a great time!