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Sunday, May 20, 2007

Pasar Malam Besar

Today Wonder and I have been to the 49th Pasar Malam Besar in Den Haag (The Hague). The name literally means (translated from back to front): Large Evening Market. And less literally: Grand Fair. It most likely is the largest Eurasian festival of the world. You can read more about what it is on this page. I had never been there before.

We enjoyed ourselves very much. There was a lot to see, hear, touch, smell and taste; a treat for all senses! Wonder bought some bottles of Sabai oil, a special oil from Thailand used for massage and for skin care. It is made by a secret recipe from tree oil with extracts from lotusblossom and jasmine. It smells and feels very good. We had our auraphoto's taken, here is mine. We got a little booklet with explanation of aura and the colours, that seems very accurate. Wonder took a special massage from Java. We sat outside to rest for a while and eat (and drink) something. Wonder took Bami Rames and I had Saté Ajam (chicken satay).

When Wonder was waiting for his massage, I walked around. There was a stand where they sold slimming pants. I wonder what that has to do with Asia, but okay. A woman approached me and asked if I wanted to streamline my body with her product. Before I knew it I said: "No thanks, I'm proud of my curves." She didn't know what to answer, smiled sourly and disappeared in the crowd. I was surprised by my own answer, but also proud of myself! ;-)

In the culture pavillion we visited the stand of Van Stockum (real bookshops and internet booksales). They had some authors signing their books. We stopped by Yvonne Keuls (website). Wonder bought one of her books (Alle Indische Tantes) and I made a picture of them together with my mobile phone. It's a nice and friendly woman. I wrote my thesis about 3 of her books years ago. I sent it to her and she sent back a lovely note.

At the end of the afternoon we had been where we wanted to be, seen what we wanted to see (etc.) and decided to go. We walked to Wonder's home through the wood in the city center. The weather was good and we enjoyed the walk. I drank something and then it was time to drive home. Wonder had to work tonight; I don't envy him, I'm quite exhausted. But it is worth it; it was a great day!

9 comments:

  1. wheyhey, your comments work again! :)
    I've always wanted to go there (and to the Zwarte Markt in Amsterdam), but every time I realize too late when it is :(
    I would probably buy so much food and ingredients - the smell alone makes my legs go all wobbly: I love it! :)

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  2. De Zwarte Markt is now called Beverwijkse Bazaar and is in Beverwijk. It's every saturday and sunday, and very near to me! (hint) :-)
    The Pasar Malam is until next sunday, or next year again. You'll love it for sure!

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  3. This sounds like an evening that fills all your senses. I enjoyed reading about it. I loved the aura photo. That was fascinating. What did the colors you show, particularly purple and green, mean?

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  4. Oh! it sounds like a wonderful time; thanks for sharing it.

    I too find the auraphotos fascinating, and would also be interested in what your purple & green revealed?

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  5. If you put a big X over my face (crossing on the nose) there are 4 areas:
    1. above: center (charisma)
    2. on the left: your right (outgoing)
    3. on the right: my left (incoming)
    4. under: the base (emotions)
    Green in the center means for me: my charisma is one of reliability and kindness. That's what others think of me, what I show them. Inside I have quite some selftdoubt though. I should treat myself as I treat others, I'm worth it too.
    Indigo on the left, my right: in my character are clairvoyance, power of imagination, open-mindedness and benevolence very strong. My virtues outweigh my vices.
    violet/purple on the right, my left: Left shows the future. My imagination, meditation and the intake of knowledge are getting stronger already. Dreams can come true, but I have to work on it.

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  6. I won't be able to go to the Pasar Malam this year but the Beverwijkse Bazaar should be doable :) I'll let you know when I go!

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  7. Wish we had something as exciting- they promised a French Food Market about a month ago, so I thought great, can top up on Harissa, and Ras el Hanout, and Rillettes, and all sorts, but it was three sad stalls, a patisserie, a sweet stall, and cheese...nothing you can't get in Tescos.....guess I will have to brave the channel...haven't been to the Netherlands for about 12 years though!

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  8. A lot has changed in 12 years, so it's about time you get over here! *LOL*

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  9. Gald to hear you´ve had a great day, Tink. The festival sounds perfect to me... too bad I can´t make it till next Sunday. But next year... who knows ;)

    Before I leave I apologize for the following:
    I took the liberty of tagging you for the Eating Out MEME at my place. *grin*

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