Category Archives: AUSTRALIA

Learn Thai cooking in Chiang Mai

A good review of cooking schools in Chiang Mai with a list of suggestions!

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A Taste of Lao – Local Lao Cuisine

Kin Khao – “eat rice” is the daily celebration of life, and the way of cooking what you “eat with rice” – kin kap khao – reflects the Lao attitude to life.

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The Dalai Lama in Australia – June 11-19, 2011

There will be a live webcasts of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s teachings and public talks during his visit to Australia from June 11-19, 2011.

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The Opal That Turned Into Fire and other Aboriginal Dreamtime Stories

For the Indigenous people of Australia, opals like other minerals, haveĀ  spiritual value as representations of their Dreamtime ancestors. TheĀ  Wangkumara tribe (western NSW) have a Dreamtime story about how their people obtained fire from opal:

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Up Close and Personal with Opals

Opal takes its name from the Latin word Upala meaning precious stone. The Roman scholar Pliny described opal as ring having the fire of carbuncle (a deep red garnet) and the brilliance of amethyst with the green color of emerald. … Continue reading

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Australian Opals

Australia has a great wealth of opals still hidden in the more remote and forbidding parts of the continent. Unlike many other gemstones, opal does not occur in lengthy veins or in diamond-like concentrations. Small clusters of gem-quality material may … Continue reading

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