Lawar: a Balinese Delicacy

Lawar: a Balinese Delicacy

Added over 5 years ago

If you’ve ever been to Bali, you’ve probably sampled a version of the local savory delicacy called lawar. One of the island’s most iconic dishes, lawar literally means “thinly sliced” or “finely chopped”, and consists of chopped meat and vegetables mixed together with fragrant spices and herbs. It is typically served at important Balinese events and ceremonies. However, visitors to Bali can easily find different versions of lawar in most restaurants and warungs...

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Anzac Day 2012

Anzac Day 2012

Added over 5 years ago

ANZAC Day – 25 April – is probably Australia's most important national occasion. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. But what does Anzac Day really mean to you? For me, it is the day that our dead ask us "would you have done the same for us?" and we answer "yes we would"...

Picture by: Braden Fastier, courtesy of News.com.au

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Balinese House Compounds: a Microcosom of the Universe

Balinese House Compounds: a Microcosom of the Universe

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A visitor to the smaller towns and villages of Bali would be forgiven for thinking that temples adorn every street corner and all of the spaces in between. High walls with the smallest of doorways allow only the briefest of views by passers-by, while above the walls there are tantalizing glimpses of exquisitely carved shrines, some no larger than birdcages. However, these are all in fact private residences, more properly called compounds or karangs, which may house several generations of Balinese families at one time.

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Chinese Year of the Water Dragon Raises Hopes of a Better Year For All

Chinese Year of the Water Dragon Raises Hopes of a Better Year For All

Added over 5 years ago

While celebrations are taking place all over the world today to herald in the Chinese New Year, this year’s festivities are being conducted with particular enthusiasm as 2012 is the Year of the Water Dragon, considered by many to be the most auspicious sign in the Chinese zodiac.

Picture by Katsushika Hokusai, renouned Japanese artist 1760 – 1849

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Suporting the Twenty10 Cause

Suporting the Twenty10 Cause

Added over 5 years ago

This Christmas, Kashgar is helping to support Twenty10, a wonderful not-for-profit organisation based in Newtown, Sydney, which (amongst many other things) supports GLBTQI youth who are homeless...

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Christmas at Kashgar!

Christmas at Kashgar!

Added over 5 years ago

It's Christmas time once again! Want to know when we're open over the holiday season? Or when our special Christmas shopping night is on? Read this for all our Kashgar news...

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River of Dreams, River of Destruction

River of Dreams, River of Destruction

Added over 5 years ago

This year’s Loy Krathong festival in Thailand takes on a poignant significance with Bangkok submerged in floods...

Story by By Andrew Forbes and Colin Hinshelwood. Photo: Celebrating Loy Krathong in Lumpini Park, Bangkok, Thailand. Photo by Robertpollai

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Today I Went Down Some Spooky Old Stairs: a Photo Essay

Today I Went Down Some Spooky Old Stairs: a Photo Essay

Added over 5 years ago

And in the spirit of spooky month, Kashgar presents a guest article by photo journalist  Ruykyu Mike , who lives in Japan and specialises in photos of wildlife, festivals and travel sites. Sharing tips for travelers with a twist of humour is part of the life Mike loves on the Island of Okinawa.

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Hungry Ghosts: their History and Origin

Hungry Ghosts: their History and Origin

Added over 5 years ago

In the tradition of Halloween in the month of October, Kashgar brings you another legend to chill your bones, about the hungry ghosts of Eastern lore. More properly called preta or peta, these are the ghostly remnants of the dead who are afflicted with insatiable desire, hunger or thirst as a result of bad deeds or evil intent carried out in their life times...

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A Compendium of Demons

A Compendium of Demons

Added over 6 years ago

No anthology of the gods and goddesses of humanity would be complete without a compendium of the major demons and fallen angels of the modern Christian Era. And just in time for Halloween too!

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