Saturday, December 29, 2012
An amazing carved chair, a heavy wooden chair with mother of pearl inlay way in the center of the back. This antique piece of furniture has been hard carved by expert artisans. With such old style furniture becoming increasingly expensive, the limited market has encouraged fewer craftsmen to practice the trade. As Kaisilver finds out, old furniture or rather old style furniture need not always be so lavish and expensive. Some quaint places in Asia have old chairs that will impress even the most seasoned interior decorators. Pieces of wood bark are cut while retaining their basic shape, these are then assembled to form unique chairs.
A small coffee shop next to a bush highway outside Bangkok, had one of the most interesting wood chairs. The chair was a bit larger than a kid's nursery schoold chair but, it weight more than 10 times of what a typical nursery school would weigh. The chair was made from petrified wood, that was partially petrified. Not a very commonly used material to make furniture, petrified wood is old wood that has been soaking in rivers or near the sea. The organic matter in the wood slowly decays and is replaced by quartz. When the petrification process is fully complete, no sign of the wood remains - the material is then only made of quartz. The partially petrified wood that was used to make that small but heavy chair, had a substantial element of quartz. Since quartz is much heavier than wood, the weight of the chair seemed disproportionate to it's size and dimensions.
Some Asian artisans specialize in making stained glass objects, some of this colorful glass work finds it's way into furniture. We came across a very attractive stained glass chair which was part of a an entire dining table and chair set. Stained glass is not about painting colors on a large piece of glass. It involves making a design and then fixing, small pieces of colored glass together, the add beauty and color to the design.
Check out these and other examples of old furniture and some awesome antique chairs at http://www.leisure.food-recipe-cooking.com/unique-antique-chairs-furniture-fcr-01.htm
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
When you talk about vegetarian food in Thailand, it could be interpreted in more than one way. Thai vegetarian food would imply that you want, Thai food dishes that are made in a vegetarian style. On the other hand the term vegetarian food in Thailand, could cover all types of vegetarian food even if they are not related to Thai food. For example, an Italian vegetarian Pizza is not a Thai food dish but, you could eat it in an Italian restaurant in Thailand. The fact that most Thais are non-vegetarians means that vegetarian food in Thailand is not very common.
If you plan to visit Thailand and require vegetarian food, make sure that you make plans for this. For example, if you are going to stay in a fairly large hotel in the main cities like Bangkok, Chiangmai or Phuket - explaining what type of vegetarian food you need would not be a problem. The big hotels also do not have limitations related to language, so they can comprehend your request well. Things would be a bit different if you were travelling upcountry as both language and the lack of vegetarian food can pose a challenge.
Some restaurants would agree to customize their food dishes to make them vegetarian. It is not uncommon for larger restaurants to have a small section in the menu dedicated to vegetarian food. At the time of ordering your vegetarian food in Thailand make sure, that the staff understands what you need. It is not uncommon for restaurant staff to ask half a dozen questions related to vegetarian food! The common questions could include, whether you can eat fish sauce, whether eggs or fish are okay etc. The stricter you are regarding your vegetarian diet, the more careful you have to be when explaining your requirements.
We have published two resources to help you with vegetarian food requirements in Thailand. The first report http://www.leisure.food-recipe-cooking.com/vegetarian-food-thailand-frc-vg-290412.htm presumes that you are a visitor, it goes on to explain how to request for vegetarian food according to your preference. The other report http://www.thaifood.food-recipe-cooking.com/thai-vegetarian-food-dishes-frc-vg-01.htmhttp://www.thaifood.food-recipe-cooking.com/thai-vegetarian-food-dishes-frc-vg-01.htm relates to Thai vegetarian food and not just any type of food that is vegetarian. Between these two reports, you would have developed many important skills to get the right vegetarian food on your trip to Thailand.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Yin Yang Meaning
The image on the left is the very popular yin yang symbol. For many the yin yang is more than a just a symbol, it is a whole lifestyle. For yet others, yin yang provides the inner strength and discipline to face changing times. And ofcourse a significant portion of people who have seen this symbol, do not know what it means or what it is called. Kaisilver the world's leading custom jewelry provider recently, did a deep study into the yin yang and tried to relate the beliefs and traditions that surround it, to today's lifesyles. If you wondered why such a symbol would interest a high end custom jewelry provider, we can tell you the truth. The background study of the yin yang was necessary to get the feel and passion as we crafted a fine mens yin yang ring. While we will not indulge in any sales talk here, we will share our findings and also some of our own interpretations regarding the meaning of the yin yang.
A glance at the yin yang symbol shown above will tell you that, the colors on this symbol are in stark contrast - black and white. With a little more thought, you will also be able to interpret the fact that despite the severe color contrast, both black and white manage to stay besides each other. Now take another look at the symbol, is it just about white and black portions - the answer is no. You can see a spot of white on the black portion and vice versa. This is not something that is done for mere beauty, it is one of the important features of the yin yang. The inference is that, nothing is all good or all bad. Life is never all sorrow or all joy. There are opposites in life and these opposites are not entirely exclusive, they do exist in each other.
The yin is the calm, relaxing and soothing side of our life. On the other hand, most of our achievements come because of the power and energy that is packed into the yang. The state of the yin yang is ever changing, this is represented in the shape of the black and white portions in the symbol - they seem to be flowing or revolving rather than remaining static. Putting this into the perspective of our lifestyles you could say that, tough work that gives us success and achievements also tires our minds and bodies. At that point of time, you will need to leave the yang aside and take the help of the more calm and composed yin to refresh and get back your energy.
If life is tough and full of hardships, you need to realize and feel motivated about two things. One is that it is just not possible to have a life that is 100% filled with saddness, sorrow and problems. The fact is that, there are some good moments but, for now those could be in short supply. At that point, we need to keep our mind, heart and body alert to grab new opportunities and more importantly to face and conquer the present difficulties that we are facing. The yin yang symbol is not about magic but, you could use it as a source for reflection and getting a more balanced view of life, profession, business and family life.
We do realize that not everyone would agree with our understanding and interpretation of the yin yang. Like the meaning of the yin yang itself, opposite views and opinions are bound to exist. All we can do is to draw attention and get as many people as possible to understand the true meaning and significance of the yin yang symbol. The report was filed by the Kaisilver support team - comments and suggestions are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Saturday, February 18, 2012
Kaisilver, About Dubai
The picture you see above is a view of Dubai at night. The development and modernization of Dubai might be hard to believe for some but, in the modern Dubai change is here to stay. Kaisilver the world's leading custom jewelry provider does not have a physical presence in Dubai, though we do ship our custom jewelry to Dubai and across the world. One thing that is certain about changing Dubai is that, the change will go on. As oil reserves deplete the authorities realize that new revenue streams would be required for the nation. Much of the change going on in the nation is geared towards this.
Tall buildings, posh residential and office complexes, luxury hotels and highend shopping malls are what the new Dubai is all about. It is almost as if the focus has already shifted from oil to other commercial venues. The idea is to make Dubai an international destination for business, shopping and tourism. Tourists are already flowing into Dubai, most for doing the luxury shopping that the nation is well known for. On it's part, the authorities are giving more attention and spending more on education and medical facilities too. The idea is to prepare the coming generations for managerial and skilled positions as and when international businesses set offices set up in Dubai.
This brief write up might seem unconnected to Kaisilver jewelry activities in Dubai, and this is quite true. What impressed us was the focus on change, the preparation for the future that was bound to come sooner or later. All resources and attention seems to be focused on that one objective and this, focus will surely ensure the best utilization of available resources. There is something to learn here for, every individual, family, society and nation. See more of Dubai at http://www.leisure.food-recipe-cooking.com/dubai-development-modernisation-fcr-01.htm