A: Today is the 25th of the 12th lunar month, what we Hakka call “log ngien ga,” which means we begin preparing for the Lunar New Year holiday from today.
B: Prepare what kind of things?
A: We have a big stove at home to steam cakes. From today, Ma will go to the market to buy ingredients to make tian ban, cai tou ban, fa ban and xian ban.
B: Hold on, you’re talking too fast for me, I’m hearing nothing but ban this, ban that. And why is it your mother doing all the shopping?
Stonehenge, a Neolithic wonder in southern England, has vexed historians and archaeologists for centuries with its many mysteries: How was it built? What purpose did it serve? Where did its towering sandstone boulders come from? That last question may finally have an answer after a study published on July 29 found that most of the giant stones — known as sarsens — seem to share a common origin 25km away in West Woods, an area that teemed with prehistoric activity. The finding boosts the theory that the megaliths were brought to Stonehenge about the same time: around 2,500 BC, the monument’s second
A bowl of grass jelly, and the childhood memories associated with it, is perfect for taking the edge off of the sweltering summer heat. Grass jelly is made by boiling dried mesona plants and adding a gelling agent such as agar to the mesona tea. This summer, the traditional treat has been given an artistic, dreamy new look with the National Palace Museum’s (NPM) “Ink-painting Jelly,” a collaboration with the Taiwanese company BlackBall Grass Jelly. When cream is poured over the jelly, a mountain design imprinted on the top of the black jelly emerges, forming a mountain scene with
A: Thirty seconds to go until the results come in. Have you got your lottery tickets at the ready? B: Yep. I’m starting to feel a bit nervous. A: Me too. I have butterflies in my stomach. Here we go. B: Eight … 19 … 37. Yes! I’m on a roll! A: I haven’t had a single one of my numbers come up yet. B: I just need a 6 or a 15 and I’m in the money! Come on, come to papa! Argh, no: I’m all out of luck. A: Oh well: nothing ventured, nothing gained. I’ll put the kettle on. Let’s