Saturday, July 18, 2015

Total Solar Eclipse 9th March 2016


I found interesting travel tour in Japan for Total Solar Eclipse in Indonesia March next year.
strange enough Manado is not included in their tour, but they were saying "more east you go is better to see this total solar eclipse", so why not to come and see it in Manado/Bunaken...??



Photo and news from this site(in Japanese)
http://www.astroarts.co.jp/news/2015/07/17tour/index-j.shtml


Link using "Google translate"
https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=ja&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=ja&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.astroarts.co.jp%2Fnews%2F2015%2F07%2F17tour%2Findex-j.shtml&edit-text=&act=url


Saturday, July 04, 2015

Meet our guests/friend in Bologna

In Italy...
This time we were also lucky to meet our guests Antonella and Moreno in Bologna.
They've been to Cha Cha two years ago, since then we keep in touch in FB.

When we visit Bologna first time few years ago, it was too hot and also maybe we were too tired, could not enjoy staying in this world famous city.
but last month Antonella and Moreno kindly enough showed us around Bologna, we've changed our impression of this city completely.
Especially we were so impressed about their "Evening to night walking tour".  Wow...Awesome!! 


For lunch, they took us very traditional Bolognese restaurant where we had excellent "Tortellini brod" (tortellini served in broth- one of signature food in Bologna). 
In the Roman legend, tortellini was Venus's favorite food according to "Wiki" in Japanese page.
We were busy eating, forgot to take picture though.....

Moreno and Antonella, thank you for invited us to nice home dinner with your family!!
It was unforgettable time for us.
Moreno e Antonella, grazie per invitato noi a bella cena casa con la famiglia !!
Era ricordo indimenticabile per noi.
Grazie mille!! 














Friend and Olive Oil

Since I studied and received my  “Wine Sommelier" and also "Olive Oil Sommelier" license in Italy last year, now not only understanding wine but also we start having a passion for "real good olive oil".  

Before all this, I thought oil is oil, did not notice so much difference between the good one and bad one.
It's like many non "rice eater” who might think the rice is all same, or not so much different to the others but there are a big differences, taste, flavor, old one, new one, etc.

Anyway...  just before we went to Italy, we got information about one of world best olive oils came from a Sicilian medieval town call "Buccheri" - where our Sicilian friend Emanuele Hesael Pavano (some call "Siracusa Jonny Depp") comes from. He is a singer in Siracusa, we met him in a restaurant at Ortigia, enchanted by  his performance and romantic voice

So we visited Siracusa and met him again last month.
He was very kind and drove us to his home town "Buccheri", managed to meet a producer of the world gold award olive oil "Agrestis Flore D'oro DOP", and very fortunately got the oil, too!!!! ….we could carry back only two bottles but so so happy.

Emanuele, La ringrazio molto per tutto!!

"Buccheri" is about 1hour and half away from Siracusa by car.

Agrestis Flore D'oro DOP
(got Gold Award in New York International Olive Oil Competition in 2013)



Emanuele Hesael Pavano
Thank you very much, Emanuele!! 
Grazie mille, Emanuele!!







Sunday, May 17, 2015

Mr.Hirano's Photo Gallery May2015

Let us introduce Mr.Hirano "a Japanese world traveller"'s Photo.

Spinecheek anemonefish

Latticed Butterflyfish

Signalfin Gobi

Pennant Bannerfish




Big Thanks to Mr.Hirano san from Cha Cha!!

Friday, May 01, 2015

Salp around Bunaken Island

Salp

around Bunaken Island, we have seen quite few different types of Salp like this picture.
Usually "Transparent Alian" looking creature.
(photo taken March2015 by R.Downey)  
What is "Salp"?!

"A salp (plural salps) or salpa (plural salpae or salpas[1]) is a barrel-shaped, planktonic tunicate. It moves by contracting, thus pumping water through its gelatinous body. Salp jet propulsion is one of the most efficient in the animal kingdom.[2]The salp strains the pumped water through its internal feeding filters, feeding on phytoplankton." 

Our Guests saw yesterday one of Salp was shape like this one.




video

by Bunaken Cha Cha