Have you seen this?

I just discovered this video via my son’s friend.

It’s a new kind of sport that I’ve never seen before.

As I was watching, I found the flow of the game to be fascinating and impressive; the incredibly intense skill level required by the athletes.

I kept thinking, “WOW!!!”



The agility and strength and flexibility – AMAZING!

This is definitely an entertaining sport to watch.

I don’t know the name of it, do you?


The Marble Inside



My first time at Ottawa ComicCon today – or the Con, as it’s known to those who participate more regularly at these events – and with my young friend, Katey, as my guide, I decided to try out a new drink today. I guessed pretty much that it was orange soda; HOWEVER, what made this Japanese version so unique was Katey’s enthusiastic description of how to drink it!
So, naturally, I had to try it.



You open the cap. You dislodge the little plastic “tubey” bit from the lid. You discard the lid. Then you place the tubey bit – which sorta looks like a tubetti pasta shape – onto the top of the glass bottle. Yes, glass! How nice! Not plastic. Then with the palm of your hand, you put equal pressure to bear down onto the top of the bottle until you hear the little glass marble give way from its snug spot at the top…..which then allows the orange soda to flow freely when you tip the bottle to your lips to drink.
AND…..one more thing, the little glass marble, with gravity as its friend, will drop down at every swig, thereby only allowing a good glug’s worth of liquid to come out.
Isn’t that just the niftiest and handiest little invention????

I love it! So fun!
I tend NOT to drink soft drinks, BUT for something this unique, I will make an exception. It tasted rather good, too.

In the photos, you can see the front (above) and back (below) of the bottle. The front shows the Japanese writing, and you can see the marble still inside; it’s just a bit more visible in the photo viewing the back of the bottle.





The Reflection Perspective

Oh, what would it be like if there weren’t reflective surfaces in our world?

Our world would still be beautiful and fascinating, except it would be missing that one extra perspective that allows us to see things we are familiar with in a whole new way.

Yay for the mirrors of many sizes and shapes, designed for many uses!  Yay for calm waters in lakes and ponds and rivers that create a view that is regular and upside-down irregular all at the same time, thereby creating wondrous symmetical illusions!  Yay for the tall buildings with reflecting glass windows, so that instead of just seeing rows and rows of windows, we can glimpse at flipped versions of tall buildings nearby!

Earlier today I submitted a photography assignment that included these three photos, and the theme was reflections.  I picked them for having  different reflecting components.  All of them allow us to see a daily thing with a creative twist.

The first one is the side mirror on my car, which generally is used to see traffic behind me while driving or passing.  Here, I used it to show the OTHER side of a road near my home…..opposite to the direction I was headed.  And it’s inverted as well.




In this second one I had the help of the small Mississippi River that runs through the town of Almonte, Ontario, and was particularly calm on this early morning in July.  Such water mirrors transform what we are able to see everyday, but adding intrigue and extra beauty to the shoreline  symmetry in them.



Late last summer I had the opportunity for a brief one-day stay in Vancouver, B.C., and took a Hop On Hop Off sightseeing bus that drove all through the city.  Wonderful sights of the harbour and city park and stores and streets and museums abounded.   Variations in architecture, too.  And there were several buildings with reflective window glass.  This one shows almost a whole other building in its window reflection.




Basket of Asian Fruits and Treats


Such exotic names,

Tasty and juicy delights;

Trying something new!



For Christmas this year, my daughter brought with her a basket filled with goodies she’d bought at an Asian food market.  Since we  enjoy exploring new foods and cuisines, there was a good chance we’d love this treat basket!

Looking at the above photo, things look a bit sparse, but that’s because we had already sampled some of the fruits that had lain on the top layer (same ones as can be seen in the bottom layer).  Everyone gave it a fair taste sampling, and it seems that it’ll be an acquired taste for some of them.  🙂

Left to right (top row) – Pocky, Coconut, Prickly Pear, Dragon fruit

Left to right (bottom row) – Prickly pear, some cupcakes, Passion fruit

….and little orange, blueberry, and cranberry nougat candies interspersed throughout.


Prickly pear (above) sliced open – has a refreshing, somewhat pear-like flavour….and many seeds the size of apple seeds which are edible.


Passion fruit (above) sliced open – Also first time for me to try…..only eat the seeds, and they are bursting with flavour! So juicy!


Dragon fruit sliced open…..seeds and fleshy texture somewhat similar to kiwi fruit – refreshing and tasty!  This fruit’s outer skin is so handy – just scoop out all that lovely dragon fruit!


Here is the coconut without its usual harder outer skin….

…..and a favourite Asian treat are the Pocky, which come in different flavours.  In this package the sticks are biscuity in flavour….with the chocolate dip and crunchy matcha tea bits in it.
Such a neat idea!