Saturday, June 12, 2010

Bubbles (This week's Photo Hunt theme)



"Tiny bubbles... make me happy, make me feel fine." Of course Don Ho was singing about the tiny bubbles in the (sparkling) wine -- champagne? -- but those to be found at the top of this Photo Hunt entry, and the memories of the occasions at which those photos were taken, make me feel happy and fine just the same.

The first of the pair was shot at a free, outdoor, all-day art event called Sculpture on Hong Kong Sea which took place last November 29th (and from which I've previously shared other photos on this blog (see here, here and here)). Exercising my own artistic impulses, I zoomed in for a close-up shot of the center of Hugo & Orrizonte's Illusory Chinampa which had tiny live fish swimming in water that was full of tiny bubbles in a triangular shaped container placed on the shore of Repulse Bay beach.

The second photo was taken at dinner one evening while my mother and I were on vacation in Korea last fall (for a sample photo-essay, go here). Strolling around the area near our hotel, we decided to dine at one of the many specialist beef restaurants that we saw. But although I thought I had ordered a barbecue dish, what we got served had quite a bit of liquid in it -- liquid which was full of tiny bubbles as the dish slowly but surely cooked in front of us.

Put another way, instead of the conventional, drier bulgogi I'm used to, we had bulgogi stew. Still, even while it wasn't what we had had in mind, trust me when I say that the food was really delicious. So much so that my mother and I had absolutely no problems devouring pretty much everything that was presented to us at that restaurant that evening, main dishes, accompanying banchan, rice and all! :b

32 comments:

Carver said...

Those are delightful bubbles. I also went to your photo essay from Korea. You took some wonderful shots. I liked all of them and the architectural details were great. Happy Weekend.

ancient one said...

That first photo really has a lot of bubbles.. Loved them both!

Jama said...

I love the second photo because the bubbles are yummy!! lol
I always order my tea with less milk, especially in Malaysia, they are really generous with the sugar/milk!

Luna Miranda said...

i love bubbling stew, looks sumptuous! thanks for the good wishes, have a great weekend!

YTSL said...

Hi Carver --

Glad you like the bubbles and Korea photo essay. There actually are quite a few of them as I took hundreds of photos on my visit. Found so much to be photogenic in that country! :)

Hi ancient one --

Glad you like both photos. :)

Hi Jama --

Clearly, you love your food (and drink -- teh tarik that's kurang manis, that is! ;b). :)

Hi Luna Miranda --

Have to say that photo did make me hungry. So am off to eat at my favorite Korean restaurant in Hong Kong in a few minutes! :)

annie said...

Ha ha, I thought of that Don Ho song when I saw this theme too. Both of your photos are great - the food is very interesting!

Happy weekend

CRIZ LAI said...

Hmm... It's about time I dig out my hot pot for a bubbling feast. :P

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Eden said...

interesting take on the subject!

Mine is up here: http://www.slowtrav.com/blog/eden/

julie said...

Is that shabu-shabu in the second photo? It looks yummeh! :D

happy weekend!

Gizelle said...

Live fish? Brilliant!

I love bulgogi! the bulgogi stew looks yummy! Now I'm off to lunch...

Mar said...

Loved the many bubbles,particularly in the first pic! I am hungry now after seeing and reading about your second picture..!
Happy weekend!

chilled bubbles

Dragonstar said...

Your bubbles are great, and I love the colours in that stew - food always tastes better when it looks good as well.

jams o donnell said...

I love your take on the theme. Have a great weekend!

Sue St Clair said...

Both are great shots for the theme, and the food looks delicious!

gengen said...

It is cool and pretty bubbles. Happy hunting.

jmb said...

I was trying to figure out the first one without looking, without a lot of success.

Great choices YTSL. Happy weekend to you.

Pat said...

Great bubbles - the second one looks sooo yummy!!

Happy Weekend.

Marta said...

Now I'm hungry! The art is very cool also. I like how you zoomed in to get the photos.

YTSL said...

Hi Annie --

Another song I thought of was the West Ham United (English soccer team) song "I'm forever blowing bubbles..." But I don't have any blowing bubble pics! ;b

Hi Criz --

Just make sure none of your cats accidentally get into the HOT pot! ;D

Hi Eden --

Thanks -- I think! ;b

Hi Julie --

Er... wrong country/culture. It's -- like I wrote in the entry -- bulgogi stew (which tastes more like sukiyaki than shabu shabu if you want to make a Japanese comparison).

Hi Gizelle --

So... did you have Korean food for lunch today? ;b

Hi Mar --

Happy weekend -- and eating to you too! :b

Hi Dragonstar --

I've eaten some food that tastes good despite looking bad but I know what you mean... some foods can look so appetizingly good! :)

Hi jams --

Thanks and happy weekend to you too. :)

Hi Sue --

Glad you like both the photos. :)

Hi gengen --

Thanks -- and happy hunting to you too. :)

Hi jmb --

So... did my attempt at artistic just end up being puzzling? Hope not! ;D

Hi Pat --

Thanks! :)

Hi Marta --

Hope you had a good meal after checking out my Photo Hunt entry this week! :b

CherryPie said...

Very nice bubbles indeed :-)

Bonggamom said...

I love that Tiny Bubbles song but I haven't thought of it for ages! Thanks for bringing back some great childhood memories!

My bubbles post

Trekcapri said...

Hi YTSL, two very cool photos and a wondeful take on this week's theme. Your second photo gave me a craving for some Korean BBQ Chicken and kimchi at my fav restaurant here.

Thanks so much for sharing. I really enjoyed reading your comments too. Have a great weekend.

beth0110 said...

great take on bubbles even if it's not champagne :) I've never had bubbling stew but would love to try it sometime

YTSL said...

Hi CherryPie --

Thanks! :)

Hi Bonggamom --

You're welcome re bringing back the childhood memories. :)

Hi Trekcapri --

So... have you gone and satisfied your Korean food craving yet? ;b

Hi Scott (beth0110) --

Re the stew: I waited until it stopped bubbling to eat but as I am sure you noticed, at the time I took the photo, the meat was still far from cooked yet! ;b

Greyscale Territory said...

The first glass sculpture is an intriguing piece of beautiful artwork! And the meal cooking itself at the table always seems to liven up the hunger juices! Great photos!

Ann said...

I miss these golden mushroom. Don't have them here.

carey said...

mmmm...the second photo makes me hungry! :)

thanks for dropping by my bubbles page.

have a great weekend!

YTSL said...

Hi Greyscale Territory --

Like you both photos -- especially since they are of such different subject matter! :)

Hi Ann --

Golden mushrooms are wonderful, aren't they? Hope you get to taste them again before long!

Hi Carey --

My weekend's almost over, alas -- but it was very good, so I guess I shouldn't complain! ;)

Gattina said...

What a good idea ! I never thought about bubbling water !

YTSL said...

Hi Gattina --

Well... next time this theme crops up on Photo Hunt, if it ever does... ;b

magiceye said...

love your posts! they are always s bubbly!

YTSL said...

Hi magiceye --

Hmmm... my posts can be serious. But it is nice that you think they're always bubbly! :b