Sunday, January 20, 2008

Bali Memories

No sooner is the Xmas/new year break over than we have a regional public holiday - Wellington Anniverary day.. So the rest of the country is working while we lounge around deciding what to do for the day ...




Bali, rice field

I took quite a few pictures of the Bali rice fields. As we travelled through one area we were stopped by a villiage toll booth wanting money for the privelage of seeing them ... On that one ocasion we agreed. Too many of these areas are now disappearing




Bali, Sanur, Beach, Sunrise, Sunset

We often rose early in the morning to capture the sunrise..It was cool enough to walk for a distance along the beach and take in the sights Mid-morning we'd be at a beach side cafe sipping coffee and cold drinks .






This was at Sunur Beach. One morning we were surprised to find a crowd of school children all waiting for the sunrise ..Then in a single movement they all left for their classrooms





Bali, Sanur, Beach, Sunrise, Sunset,Fisherman, fishing

This fisherman and a couple of others were in the sea up to waist deep in the water hoping to hook breakfast .




Bali, Sanur, Beach, Sunrise, Sunset,boats

Beach boats waiting for the tourists to venture out. We never sailed in the ...Wish we had now





Every evening/morning the sands would be cleaned and raked. The trees provided welcome shelter from the midday sun.




Bali, Shop, Dog

Dogs were everywhere in Bali..All shapes sizes and colours. While moves had been underway to exterminate significant numbers many still survived. Some even well looked after ....





The "Ma and Pa" Beachside stall... Many of them slept beside their stalls at night .. It would have been nice with the sea air and soundsof the waves on the sand...




Friday, January 04, 2008

Fast Food and Exercise


We are getting our exercise at the moment in the garden ... An old lawn at the front is now being converted into a pebble-stone walkway. A large circular border in the centre of the lawn has been created and planted with Dahlia , Fuscia and annuals. 2 1/2 cubic metres of medium sized pebbles are now being Listed from mound into barrow by spade and then moved to the lawn area for spreading over week matting ... Good honest back breaking work ...

The gym has been re-joined for another year. McD had agreed to join me in moring training sessions before work ... The idea being we get it out of the way for the day ratehr than wanting to be doing anything but gym work in these glorious summer evenings we are experiencing now and hopefully for the next 3 or 4 moths into 2008. this starts as a trial run on Friday moning and in earnest come the start of next week ... The 7th will be a big day..Weigh-in, Gym and Work all start then ......

I'm surprised at the quality of the healthy recipes these days. . The recipe below while taking some pre-planning as it requires marinating the meat is cokked very quickly and only around 350 Cals for a serving ... Add salad or cooked vegetables and the meal is complete ....

Miso-Marinated Beef Medallions

2 350gram Fillets cut into medallions

1 Cup Dark Red Miso

1 Tbs ginger, minced

1 tsp Chilli flakes

Drop of Sake or water

Mixed salad greens

Combine the miso, ginger and chilli in a large bowl and thin it with some sake or water until the mixture is pasty. Spread the paste onto the meat and refridgerate for several hours. on a pre heated grill cook for 3 or 4 minutes on each side. Serve on a bed of mixed salad or cooked green vegetables ..