That Haley Arceneaux jumped at the chance to travel to outer space is no surprise. She’s already journeyed to five continents, ridden on camels, walked on glaciers and taken a high-flying bungee swing. A spirit that adventurous requires courage. The 29-year-old developed hers early. Arceneaux, whose upcoming SpaceX voyage aboard the Inspiration4 mission was announced last week, survived a rare bone cancer as a child. That experience did more than influence her choice to become a physician assistant at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee — the same hospital where she was treated. “I absolutely believe my journey with childhood cancer has formed me into who I am and my love for life,” said Arceneaux, who grew up in Baton Rouge and St. Francisville. “I feel like I have such a joy and a zest for life because my life was threatened at age 10, and not knowing exactly how things would turn out, and then the ups and downs of treatment. “Ever since then, every … [Read more...] about Upcoming space flight will be only the latest thrill ride for Baton Rouge native Hayley Arceneaux
As you know by now, my search for the perfect burger has been full of ups and downs; highs and lows; ketchup and mustard. It is a long and lonely road that I walk, this quest for buns-and-meat perfection. My journey thus far has ultimately been filling, but not all that fulfilling. READ: Hungry girl goes on blind dates with five new burgers in hopes of finding The One After stepping uncertainly into countless restaurants on countless blind dates with new burgers, I am, I must confess, a little jaded. It feels like burgers these days just want to talk a lot about themselves on social media, brag about how many other girls are lining up for them, toy with your feelings a little, and then leave you to pick up the cheque. The game is getting me down. I’m not looking for a flashy one-night fling. I’m looking for a burger I can settle down with. The burger that will complete me. The committed father of my future food babies. Why is it so difficult? I’m tempted to resign myself … [Read more...] about Hungry girl seeks perfect burger in Singapore – will a famous expat win her heart?
After the initial announcement in June , burger joint Five Guys is officially opening on Monday (Dec 16) at Plaza Singapura. This is the American casual restaurant chain’s first outlet in Singapore and only the second in Asia, after Hong Kong. The outlet on the ground floor of the mall takes up 460 sqm and it currently only has an indoor seating area for 52 people. It will eventually have an outdoor seating area to accommodate a total of 160 people. The chain is known for making all its burgers and fries fresh daily with the burgers hand-made on-site seven days a week. For its burger menu, prices will start from S$11 for the little hamburger, then S$13 for the hamburger; S$15 for the cheeseburger and the bacon burger; and S$17 for the bacon cheeseburger. You can choose up to 15 free toppings – asking for “All the way” will get you mayo, lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, ketchup and mustard. Extra toppings include relish, onions, japaleno … [Read more...] about Burger joint Five Guys Singapore to finally open on Dec 16 at Plaza Singapura
JAKARTA: Ada sesuatu yang memukau dari wayang buatan Iskandar Hardjodimuljo yang sekilas tampak sederhana. Wayang-wayang ciptaan seniman Indonesia ini jauh dari kesan elegan dan mewah layaknya wayang tradisional milik dalang-dalang kenamaan yang biasa berpentas di sasana-sasana besar nan megah. Justru sebaliknya, wayang-wayang Iskandar dihiasi dengan warna-warna cerah dan mentereng, dicat secara serampangan, serta diperuntukkan bagi anak-anak sekolah dan rakyat biasa. Tetapi yang lebih menarik lagi, wayang-wayang uwuh (yang dalam Bahasa Jawa berarti "sampah") itu tidak dipahat dari kulit ataupun kayu, melainkan terbuat dari kertas kardus dan karton bekas, serta limbah botol plastik dan tempat makanan yang telah usang. READ: Keeping it old school: A man's 40-year passion in lantern making for Mid-Autumn in Malaysia “Lewat wayang uwuh, ada pesan lingkungan hidup, budaya dan sosial,” kata pria yang berusia 55 tahun ini kepada CNA. “Saya ingin memperkenalkan wayang kepada … [Read more...] about Sulap sampah jadi wayang, seniman Indonesia ini bercita-cita jaga warisan budaya Nusantara
By Melissa Clark , The New York Times Savvy cooks across the globe know that one of the easiest ways to add verve to their cooking is to keep a selection of aromatic spice blends at the ready. From Chinese five spice to Cajun seasoning, from Indian masalas to Chilean merken, spice blends are the cornerstones of so many cuisines, with very good reason. Used by the pinch or by the cupful, a harmonious spice blend can deepen and round out the flavors of almost any dish, instantly adding color, perfume and, sometimes, a stinging kick. And unlike individual spices, the beauty of a blend is in its efficiency. With all the spices carefully measured and mixed ahead of time, cooks don’t need to stop and wing it when the chicken’s in the pan. Lior Lev Sercarz, founder of La Boîte, a New York-based spice shop, built his business on the idea that having fresh, well-made spice blends on hand will drastically improve anyone’s cooking. “If you have 15 single spices in your cabinet, how … [Read more...] about For maximum flavor, make these spice blends at home
PARUNG, Indonesia: Di suatu siang yang terik, seorang perempuan tua tiba di Rumah Kucing Parung, sebuah bangunan satu lantai berwarna kuning mentereng di daerah Parung, Bogor, Jawa Barat. Perempuan 80-an tahun ini datang bersama anaknya dari tempat tinggalnya di Jakarta Barat. Selama 1,5 jam lamanya, mereka melintasi jalan kecil yang berliku di atas sebuah mobil minivan putih yang membawa 10 ekor kucing. Pendiri Rumah Kucing Parung, Dita Agusta mengatakan kepada CNA bahwa setelah bertahun-tahun tinggal sendirian di Jakarta, janda tua itu berniat pindah ke Bandung dan tinggal bersama anak lelakinya. Namun, si anak mewanti-wanti bahwa sang ibu hanya boleh membawa serta dua dari 20 kucing peliharaannya. “Ini sudah kunjungan kedua,” kata Dita selepas ia menemani perempuan tua itu mengelilingi penampungan kucing itu dan menyapa kedelapan kucing-kucing yang ia telah titipkan saat kunjungannya yang pertama. “Ibunya maksa nemenin anaknya ke sini, walapun rumahnya jauh. Dia … [Read more...] about Perempuan ini mengubah rumahnya menjadi penampungan bagi lebih dari 300 kucing jalanan dan terlantar