Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

It has been a wonderful journey and I thank you for being a part of it.  

Each soul that we meet along the way brings different colors into our lives which makes this whole journey bright and meaningful.

From each soul we learn something... so we continue our journey until we find what we are looking for.

The journey never ends...

 But hopefully, we still know how to find our way hOMe.


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Asking for peace and healing this Christmas season...

This is in response to "Help Heal Our Land".


Don't you notice anything
In your environment?
The air is has gone polluted
Even so our children..

Progress isn't a bad thing,
and we've come a long way for it
But look at the waters of the seas
before were blue but have already turned to black
Don't let all the dirt we have made and scattered into the air to reach the heavens
So when we are gone, we will only have fresh air to breathe in heaven

There is only one thing I'm asking for,
that when I die I hope it will be during the rainy season
With me, I'll bring my guitar, so together, all of us will sing upon the clouds

Those children that are born today,
Will they still have the air to breathe?
Will they still have the trees to climb up on?
Will they still have rivers for them to swim onto?

Why don't we think about what's happening to our environment?
Progress isn't a bad thing if it does not harm our nature
There will come a time, even those birds will have nowhere to perch on
Look at that tree that has stood there robust for a very long time, now dying because of our foolish actions

All of the things that exist on this earth are all blessings from God even when you're still not here
Let us take care of it, and protect it because if He will take it back from us, we will all be gone.


Video originally posted by youtube user joennika214.
English translation from

Monday, December 12, 2011

The Perfect Chana Dhal

The term is almost over but I still have to finish two essays on psychology of coaching.  It's been a wonderful 3 months in Finland and while most of my new European friends are going back to their home countries, most of the Asians are staying either to travel within Finland or around Europe.  The snow showers have been frequent the past few days so we will definitely see a lot of snow soon.

This evening, I made perfect chana dhal... at least for my standards.  I was reluctant to use the chana dhal spice mix that I bought from the Pakistani shop the first month that I was here because it was too spicy and I didn't really liked the taste when I added it to the regular dhal.  But today, the "feeling" was good and I was in the mood to cook.  Here's what I did.

I sauteed 3/4 cups chopped onions in oil until translucent.  Then I added about 1 cup of chopped tomatoes and mixed it to the onions.  Turned the heat down and let it cook until it became pulpy for 1-2 minutes.  I turned off the heat so as not to overcook the tomato-onion paste, then I stirred in 1 tsp of the chana dhal spice mix.  Added 280g of cooked chickpeas, 5 pods of cardamom, about 1.5 cups water, stirred everything well, and let it simmer for 3-5 minutes.  Remove from heat and serve over steamed white rice and top with crispy fried onions. YUM!!!

I think the onion-tomato paste made the difference plus I didn't put a lot of spice mix.  It was deliciously spicy.  It was also good for three servings but I ate two.  What remains will be breakfast tomorrow. 

Oh, and I passed Suomi Yksi!!! Yey! Can't take Suomi Kaksi next term though as I will be in Germany from April to June.  The Suomi Kaksi will start in January and will continue until May so I don't think I can really miss a lot of classes and still pass it.

Ok, time to finish those two remaining essays.  Heippa!