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Posted in JJ's Online Notebook on April 17, 2010 by jjland127

What comes to your mind when you hear the word Myanma Thanakha? What comes out from your creative juices after hearing this? Well, what really is this Myanma Thanakha defined as? Well it goes on like this. They say that Prudish city matrons are deafening in their complaint and frequently their dissatisfaction is with the strengthening of costs of meat and fowl. And now, it entails the shortage of coconut hair oil and, as a last straw, the sinister prices of Thanakha. This Thanakha which is Limonia Acidissma Linn in botanical terms is necessary as well as a preferred ornamental which comes in the form of a colored substance, specifically, yellow, that is being applied to the face. And therefore, this has developed and innovated into a topic of sparkling remark in the Myanmar Media.
Well, as the fact says, the Myanmar female society is perhaps containing the world’s aficionados of perfumed timber, but it is also been enlightened by history that they are not completely so.
The Greek, Phoenican and Roman galleys that bring oriental supplies were then become forgetful and failed to remember to comprise cargoes of scented timber. But almost certainly, in those ages this Myanma Thanakha was too valuable for woman masses to be afforded.
These scented timbers were found into the boudoirs of noble beauties of which Cleopatra belongs to. And by this, during ancient times and at present, a little chest made of perfumed timber would be a very much ideal present for an important person that we are wishing to respect, please or gratify.
Thanakha was derived and historically traced from the earliest glimmerings of development.
Peikthano’s Queen who was Srikhsetra was documented over 2 centuries for being an aficionado of thanaka. Following after the Shwemadaw Pagoda’s destruction in 1930 earthquake, is the defrayal of the carcasses that led to the discovery of a mineral chunk which Princess Razadatukalya used for grinding the Thanakha woof.. And afterwards, the chunk was eventually donated to the Pagoda as an important historic artifact.
A number say, that this Thanakha is noticeable as infrequency among urban Myanmar womenfolk.
And it is admittedly distant less used in municipality than in the countryside. But it does authorize a substantial level of plea among townspeople. This serves as a women or miss’s final touch following a bath when at home, before going around the town. And undeniably, this “thanaka” is perfume in addition to having a harsh quality. And now, maybe it is faced with rivalry from recent exquisiteness aids.



Posted in JJ's Online Notebook on April 10, 2010 by jjland127

Cultural differences may create misunderstandings between citizens and tourists. Chinese people do not usually volunteer information, so the visitor is advised to ask questions. The Chinese are generally reserved in manner, courtesy rather than familiarity being preferred.

If you’re planning to visit “The People’s Republic of China”, or even any foreign country, be sure to know enough information about the country’s culture and beliefs – the do’s and don’ts, so that there’ll be no misunderstandings.

Do smile. People in China are generally very kind to visiting foreigners, so be nice too. Do make local friends. It is through friends that you understand the country better than wandering on the street. People in China love to make foreign friends, especially young people, since it is also a good opportunity for them to learn world outside, or at least learn English or other foreign language. However, don’t trust them too much, some of them, only some are scammers and don’t have any good intentions to visitors, they take advantage. Traditional Chinese “handshake” is important, which consists of interlocking the fingers, waving them up and down several times. This greeting is rarely used today, instead they use the Western-style handshake but physical contact other than a handshake is highly discouraged unless you know someone quite well.

When meeting someone for the first time for a China sourcing business meeting, you should engage in general conversation before turning to business. When receiving a business card, receive it using both hands and compliment the card itself, instead of immediately putting it away like in the West.

The Chinese will often avoid eye contact during conversations, especially when talking to the opposite sex or to strangers. Traditionally, it was considered impolite and aggressive to look directly into another’s eyes while talking, and as a sign of respect, the Chinese sometimes lower their eyes slightly when they meet others. Chinese communication is indirect and highly contextual. In conversation, the real meaning, especially if it’s negative, is often implied rather than stated.

Many common Western gestures are considered rude in China like beckoning someone with the index finger, whistling to get someone’s attention and finger snapping. So, avoid those things.

Try to enjoy your stay in China by avoiding such discouraged behavior and be friendly enough to acquaint with Chinese people. Make new discoveries and gain knowledge. Learn about their cultures and beliefs and be it!


Posted in JJ's Online Notebook on April 10, 2010 by jjland127

China is now a boost into “shop ’til you drop”. Hundreds of Malls are everywhere. Women are into shopping, finding pretty dresses, glamorous shoes up to the cutest accessories to get into the latest fashion trends. Not only women but also men do. They do shop cool clothes from shirts, pants, polos up to leather jackets.

Wholesale stores are preferred by some, to get wholesale prices – cheaper than regular. Some wholesale markets is strict in minimum orders, minimum of 10 pieces, 20 or even more. Of course they got range of prices through range of pieces. Also, some wholesale stores offer no-minimum policy, but in wholesale prices. An individual can enjoy the leisure of shopping for themselves.

Since women are more into shopping and fashion, let’s explore China’s Wholesale stores for Ladies. First is the “Women’s Market”, located in the Central Business District, intersection of DaYeJie and ShangDongDajie. Any kind of clothing accessories, jewelries or styles of women’s fashion can be found here for surprisingly reasonable prices. The market is a two-floor maze of tiny wall stalls and little shops.

Basically, if you’re looking for a larger place to shop for men and women, you’ll have to see yourself the famous Pearl Market where they offer good quality clothes for wholesale price, also varies on the quantity.

Gone larger, now cheaper. Shenzhen is really famous for shopping galore. They have different districts for every merchandise. Too large, that it’s quite impossible not to find what you’re looking for. They have wholesale stores – lots, catering thousand varieties of clothes and accessories. One specific place is the Lowu Commercial City, a great place to buy bulks of clothings, everyone is friendly so be prepared to be overwhelmed.

Truly, China is a gigantic business place. Here, you can find anything you wanted like clothes and jewelries. In fact, they have lots of tailors, the reason why they came up with bulks of clothes to be sold out to the market.


Posted in JJ's Online Notebook on April 10, 2010 by jjland127

Speaking of the most populous city in China, here’s a list of information regarding the cities. The top 5 most populous city at China are namely: Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Tianjin.
First on the list, we have Shanghai which is mainly situated on the eastern coast of the country, which is a port on the estuary of the River Yangtze. With 15789000 inhabitants, it landed as the most populous city at the country of the sleeping giant. Well, this could be a great fact and with this number of people you could face at Shanghai, you can meet a lot of friends, undeniably. Shanghai also contains areas of British, French and American Settlement until the World War II. The Founding of Chinese Communist Party took place at this place way back in 1921, which makes this city also a historic one for Chinese citizens.
Then, at the second place, next to Shanghai is the capital of China, the city of Beijing which is situated at the north eastern part of the country. Way back in 1421, Beijing became the country’s capital and at the start of the Ming period, and lastly, survived as the Republic of China’s capital after the revolution which took place at 1912. Beijing is also formerly called as Peking. This city is also a historic one. With its 11106000 inhabitants, it landed at the second place of the most populous cities at the Republic of China.
Next to Shanghai and Beijing, and at the third spot, together with its 9447000 inhabitants is the city of Guangzhou or also Kwangchow. It is a city in southern China and it is also the capital of Guangdong province. Talking about the leading industrial and commercial center of Southern China? Well, the city of Guangzhou is the leading and it lands at the top in these matters. It is also called as Canton.
Fourth spot belongs to the city which has 8114000 inhabitants which is the city of Shenzhen. It is an industrial city located at the southern part of China which is also the north of Hong Kong. The city of Shenzhen is also the first Special Economic Zone and Southern China’s major financial Center. And after Shanghai, it is also the second busiest port in mainland China.
Last spot out of five is the City of Tianjin or also Tientsin with 7468000 inhabitants. It is one of the four cities with a provincial-level status, and also a port city in northeastern China located in Hubei province.


Posted in JJ's Online Notebook on April 10, 2010 by jjland127

Looking for some exotic food trip? Well then, in China, there are lots of menus to choose from, Scorpion, Seahorse, Cicada, Stinky Fish, Star Fish, the list goes on.
You can experiencethe exceptional tastes of these exotic foods while roaming around the corners of Wangfujing Snack Street. These foods are alluring people who are definitely wanting to experience the different taste of unusual foods. With its cheap price every visitor could have a taste of these stuffs. Plus, they can benefit on the things that can be acquired from these odd and extraordinary foods.
These strange street foods at China can really satisfy the unusual tounge of adventurers. These chows can bring its tasters a gift of unusuality and oddity plus they can give various attributes that can be helpful and beneficial for them.
If one is looking for something tasty and odd stuff, and most especially can strengthen their sexual ability, then the taste of seahorse can be the answer to their prayers. Not only it can give you the extraordinary flavor, but it can savor your sexual performance and will give you lots of energy that will give success to your acts.
Scorpions do give us fear and fright, but when they are fried, surely, the scare will be gone, but later on, it will be turned as a major type of craving. Scorpion can make you withstand the cold weather by giving your blood a hotter sensation and will help you maintain your body temperature. Plus, this can cure certain diseases, it can fight something unhealthy for our body. This bad thing can really cure something bad, now, that sounds helpful and prolific.
Cicada is also one odd thing that is being sold at Beijing’s streets, this insects can somehow satisfy your extraordinary craving and will make you experience the oddity of life and strange approach of adventure. How about tasting this one to have a cool and enhanced aura?
Well, here’s also starfish, these creatures can give you a blast of savory and flavor. By tasting them, you can enjoy the delight of something different with strange taste and with a flavorful palatability.
If you’re looking for a peculiar yet mouth-watering experience, then these odd creatures that are ready to be eaten are definitely for you. The strangeness it can give you can be a great totem towards something new and something unusual to explore. Don’t just sit back there, prepare for a trip and experience the peculiarity of these foods. Don’t be left behind!

hot pots

Posted in JJ's Online Notebook on April 10, 2010 by jjland127

Well, if winter season is nearly coming, or is actually here, then the demands for hot pot will now increase for this has been the favorite of Beijing people during times of cold weather. The quantity and quality of Beijing Hotpot Restaurants will definitely speak of how Beijing people love this food stuff. Two kinds of hotpot restaurants are located at Beijing which is basically the Mongolian style and the Sichuan style.

The staple of both types of hotpot is mutton and the meat is usually sliced frozen so that it curls up into a tube shape. The boiling soup base later on cooks the meat you place at the hotpot which is a copper pot so that it will be totally hot. Shuan is the term used to describe the act of cooking the meat. Beef, frozen bean curd, Chinese cabbage, bean sprouts and glass noodles are also the ones which are called shuan-ables.

At the list of crowded restaurant with hot pot lovers is the Tian Yi Shun located at Haidian District. They offer delicious boiling soup with tangy hot flavors and the mutton is fresh. One of the recommended dishes is the Sheep’s Backbone which is said to be really delicious.

Here also is Golden Paddy restaurant that is highly praised for its genuine Sichuan flavored hot pot. This is located at Chaoyang District. There is also this called Flaming Phoenix restaurant located at Dongcheng district and Xicheng District which offers the hotpot with bull frog, braised chicken and rabbit meat. They offer lots of hotpots with hot flavors. Next is the Hongyuan Rinse Meat Restaurant which is located at Chongwen district, Dongheyan District and Xicheng District. Hai Di Lao restaurant is also at the list which is located at Haidian District, Chaoyang District Xicheng District and Xuanwu District. Little Sheep restaurant at Xuanwu District, Changping District, Chaoyang District and Haidian District is also at the list. Yushanfang Hot and Spicy Pot is also at the list that promotes hotpots that are said to be not common where meat and vegetables are fried together with hot flavor, it is located at Haidian District. Other one is the Jing Fu Hua restaurant that recommends their fat beef specialty at Chaoyang District. Then there is this Neng Ren Ju Restaurant at Qianmen and Mr.8 Rinse Meat Restaurant at Xicheng District. There is also this Chongqing Jinshancheng Hotpotat Haidian District and Tiandu Chongqing Hotpot Restaurant at the same district. Plus this Huang Cheng Lao Ma restaurant at Xicheng District.

Well, these restaurants offer the best hotpots in China, come and visit these places so that you can have the feeling of the sensation given by hotpots!

forbidden city

Posted in JJ's Online Notebook on April 10, 2010 by jjland127

Zijin Cheng, literally means “Purple Forbidden City”, and commonly known as “Forbidden City” is an imperial palace built in the heart of Beijing, China during the reign of the third Ming Emperor, YongLe, who moved the capital of China from Nanjing to Beijing. The residence was built as a replica of the Purple Palace where God was thought to live in Heaven. Hence, such a divine place was definitely forbidden to the commoner or the normal people and that is why the Forbidden City is so named. This 74-hectare city consists of 90 palaces and courtyards, 980 buildings and 8,704 bays of rooms, that once served as the home to 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, was built with the finest materials including whole logs of precious Phoebe zhennan wood, huge blocks of marble and floors paved with “golden bricks”. The Forbidden City was divided into two parts: the outer court and the inner court.

Today, the Forbidden City is a public museum, called the Palace Museum, such that it is open to anyone – travellers and tourists around the world. See yourself the Chinese traditional architecture and wonder at the treasures of the imperial family and its court. Hence, visiting and exploring the Forbidden City will be worth the travel.

Forbidden City is commonly reached by entering Tian’anmen Gate and Meridian Gate (place where the Emperor announced the new lunar calendar on the winter solstice) and crossing the Golden Stream Bridge to arrive at the Outer Court in which three Halls are waiting for you. The first one that you will reach the Hall of Supreme Harmony, the most significant and largest structure in the Forbidden City where you can find the Emperor’s Dragon Throne. Behind this first hall is the Hall of Central Harmony, the resting place of the emperor and where they rehearse their speeches and presentations before going to the Temple of Heaven for the sacrifice rites. The last hall is the Hall of the Preserving Harmony which is used for feasts or banquets, and was also the site of the final stage of the Imperial examination. Out from this hall is a large block of marble with dragon designs, such that if you walk straight, you’ll notice another gate, the Gate of Heavenly Peace, which is the main gateway to the inner palaces.

The inner court consists of three main palaces behind the Forbidden City. The first structure inside is the Palace of Heavenly Peace, the emperor’s residence. At the rear of it is the Palace of Union and Peace, the storage place of imperial seals. Next to it is the Palace of Terrestrial Tranquility, the emperor’s wedding room. Heading further north, you’ll find the Imperial Garden that offers a colorful and luxuriant atmosphere. On the left side of the inner court, you will see the Mental Cultivation Hall the most important building except for the Hall of Supreme Harmony.

Besides the three main buildings there are the six eastern palaces and six western palaces (minor palaces), the living quarters for the emperor’s concubines, and where the emperor used to deal with everyday programs and affairs.

Behind the Imperial Garden, right next to the Mental Cultivation Hall will head you to the main exit, the Gate of Divine Might.

Leaving you enjoyment and knowledge exploring the best preserved imperial palace in China and the largest ancient palatial structure in the world.