Texas Dallas Attraction | The Sixth Floor Museum – Texas School Book Depository

When we visited Dallas’s West End Historic District, we came across a red-brick building named ‘Dallas County Administration Building’ located a block away from Old Red Museum. Sixth Floor Museum sign is posted on its wall confirmed our instinct that this building was formerly known as ‘Texas School Book Depository’ – the building that gained a sudden interest in the aftermath of late President John F. Kennedy assassination in Dallas.

Formerly known as Texas School Book Depository (left)
Formerly known as Texas School Book Depository (left)

Today, it is Dallas County Administration Building
Today, it is Dallas County Administration Building

This way to Sixth Floor Museum
This way to Sixth Floor Museum

Precisely, the address of this building is 411 Elm Street. This land was originally owned by John Neely Bryan. In 1894, Rock Island Plow company purchased the site and constructed a five-story building four years later. In 1901, lighting stuck and burned almost to the ground resulted it to be rebuilt in 1903. Erected in Romanesque Revival Style, the building was expanded to seven stories like what we see today.
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Texas Dallas Attraction | Dealey Plaza – JFK Assasination Site

If Dealey Plaza could talk, perhaps we would have answered the speculation how the 35-th President of United States – John F. Kennedy was assassinated on 22 November 1963 in Dallas.

One of the earliest urban parks in Dallas
One of the earliest urban parks in Dallas

Dealey Plaza has been around since 1940
Dealey Plaza has been around since 1940

Nestled on the western edge of Dallas Downtown by a grassy knoll near a triple underpass and a railroad bridge atop, there is a small urban park called Dealey Plaza. When I first learned about the name of this place, the first impression I had was a four-wall confined building since it was named a ‘plaza’. Guess this is the implication of too much feed from shopping malls context in the concrete jungles.
Reunion Tower and Hyatt Regency from Dealey Plaza
Reunion Tower and Hyatt Regency from Dealey Plaza

Recently added to explain JFK assassination site
Recently added to explain JFK assassination site

Pillars of unity
Pillars of unity

The statue of George Dealey and behind is County Jail Record Building
The statue of George Dealey and behind is County Jail Record Building

George Bannerman Dealey - respected civic leader
George Bannerman Dealey – respected civic leader

Standing in-between Commerce Street and Elm Street, the open-air plaza is separated half by the one-way Main Street. Looking towards south gives a good view of Reunion Tower – the iconic landmark of Dallas whilst the opposite is the historic building of Old Red Museum.

On the same ground,  there is a bronze statue of George Bannerman Dealey. He was a well-known civic leader and formerly a publisher of The Dallas Morning News. Many of us mistakenly refer Dealey Plaza and the statue were built in honor of President John F. Kennedy since Dealey Plaza is typically cited as the venue where JFK was shot. On contrary, this square has been around since 1940.
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Texas Dallas Attraction | Reunion Tower

Rising above at 5600-feet high, Reunion Tower is an iconic landmark of Dallas in Texas, United States. Albeit ranked at 15th place among the tallest buildings in Dallas, this geodesic dome structure formed with aluminum struts is attention seeking. In addition, Reunion Tower is an observatory tower that allow visitors to peek the vista of Dallas skyline.

Dallas Reunion Tower from west
Dallas Reunion Tower from west

Located at Reunion District in Dallas Downtown, Reunion Tower was completed in 1978 with 50-story as part of urban redevelopment project. In 2000, Reunion Tower is linked to Hyatt Regency Dallas, after the structure was extended to accommodate an upscale hotel.
Reunion Towes stands out in Dallas skyline
Reunion Towes stands out in Dallas skyline

The architecture of the tower is supported by a central cylindrical shaft and the dome consists of three floors. The tower has undergone a major renovation since November 2007.
Hyatt Regency (left) sits beside the observatory tower
Hyatt Regency (left) sits beside the observatory tower

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Texas Arlington | Dallas Cowboys Football Stadium

Back in my home country, the most gigantic stadium I had ever seen was Bukit Jalil National Sports Complex in Kuala Lumpur which is described as ‘sports complex in a park’.

Dallas Cowboys Stadium from afar
Dallas Cowboys Stadium from afar

Since we were visiting Arlington on last Christmas, guess it is worth to wander at the new home to the National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys, that was just completed in May last year (2009) and costed $1.1 billion dollar!
New home to Dallas Cowboys Football
Even from afar, one can’t miss this stadium. Silver shining walls of a dome shape, Cowboy Stadium was built with a retractable roof located on Randol Mill Rd not too far from Texas Rangers Ballpark and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor.
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Texas Arlington-Grand Prairie | New Location Hong Kong Market Place – West Pioneer Parkway

If you googled for Asian Market in Arlington last month and before, the official business website of Hong Kong Market Place provided you an old address at 1816 E. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington, TX 76010 whereby it did not exist anymore. Judging from the former store condition, they could have moved for months. When I googled again yesterday, glad to see that they had updated the correct address on their store location page.

The old venue of HK Market Place at Arlington
The old venue of HK Market Place at Arlington

Our last Christmas weekend was spent in Arlington and Dallas. As usual, we get help from our dedicated GPS. It took us to the former location and to our surprise, we arrived at an ample parking space overlooking at a run down one story building. The business signpost had been removed. Despite the wind chilled and snowing (a lovely white Christmas eve though!), my Significant Other offered to get off and checked out the grocery store. Thank God, they pasted a few hand-written messages to inform their customers that Hong Kong Market Place had moved to 2615 W. Pioneer Parkway, Grand Prairie, TX. We found out after all the troubles, battling with cold weather and chill wind.
Hong Kong Market Place at Grand Prairie - Christmas Eve 2009
Hong Kong Market Place at Grand Prairie – Christmas Eve 2009

Since the new location is just down the road, we headed west along Pioneer Parkway. This Asian grocery store can be spotted from road, after Texas State Hwy 360 and before Great South Parkway.
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Home Kitchen Recipe | Singapore-Style Fried Bihun or Rice Vermicelli (Sticks Noodle)

Back in my hometown Penang, a tangy flavored or fondly known as ‘Bihun’ (or written as ‘Beehoon’ at times) is a popular serving of hawker’s delight. ‘Singapore-style’ Fried Bihun (or rice stick noodles) is the name given to this dish but I keep wondering where is its correlation with ‘Singapore’?

Despite of my wonder of its origin, I love to prepare fried rice vermicelli as it is one of the simplest dishes to cook at home. For us, it is good chance to reduce meats intake especially for dinner. Tired of a typical fried rice vermicelli? Then, try with some hot sauce and tomato ketchup and turn it to be ‘Singapore-style Fried Rice Vermicelli’!
Singapore-style Fried Bihun (Rice vermicelli)
There are many variations of this dish depends on the vegetables or seasoning used. In my attempt, I prepare with readily available vegetables like cabbages, carrot, chives, bean sprouts and onions. However, other ingredients like Chinese cabbage, shitake mushrooms or celery are also commonly used.
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Home Kitchen Recipe | Bubur Cha Cha – Taro (Yam) and Sweet Potato Coconut Milk Dessert

Bubur Cha Cha is one of the most popular desserts in Malaysia. If you ask any Malaysians on the street, they know what is this sweet dessert. They could even describe very well what it is made of. Coconut milk, sweet potatoes, taros, tapioca and screw pine (pandan) leaves.
Colorful and glittery Malaysian dessert
Bubur Cha Cha is a sweet universal name, used across all ethics in Malaysia. Yet it is the name that always
makes me wonder. From a layman’s perspective, I do understand that ‘Bubur’ is a Malay word for ‘congee’ or porridge. That’s pretty straight forward and self-explanatory for a dish of soup dessert. However, ‘Cha Cha’ is something that needs more spark of brain neurons! The only ‘Cha Cha’ I could think of is ‘Cha Cha Cha’ dance! Food and dance? What an interesting dancing dessert then!

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Home Kitchen Recipe | Stir-Fried Carrot, Cabbage, Yellow Onion and Egg

Only have carrot, cabbage, yellow onion and egg at home? Not to worry, these ingredients allow you to prepare a pretty decent dish. This recipe was created by my late grandmother long ago, possibly over two decades ago if I remember correctly.
Stir-fried carrot, yellow onion, cabbage and egg
The story began when grandpa took us to dine out at a restaurant during one of our sight-seeing trips. When he came home, he told grandma he liked that simple dish cooked with carrot, cabbage and eggs that we had at restaurant. Without hesitant, the next day grandma prepared the same dish again. Picked with a pair of chopsticks, he tried and said, “Yes, exactly!”. Since then, this dish is commonly served on our dining table. As the third generation of my family, I cook this dish pretty often and of course, proud carry on as our family’s tradition!
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Home Kitchen Recipe | Watercress and Pork Balls Soup

A typical watercress soup is usually prepared with spare ribs. I choose to try it differently, using meat or pork balls. In addition, I also combine with fresh corn and slices of carrot. This is my first attempt but I could not believe it, the soup is indeed very sweet. The natural flavor from the vegetables and pork are indeed mouth-watering. Or perhaps this is what people said ‘The beginner’s luck!’. I just couldn’t wait to jot down in my favorite recipe collections.
Watercrest soup
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Austin Asian Food – Grocery | Han Yang Market – Korean Restaurant

Our last experience with Korean cuisine at Daoroe Korean BBQ in Penang was fabulous! Extraordinary experience and great food. When I was googling for Asian grocery stores in Austin, I accidentally found Han Yang Market – a store that carries a huge array of North Asian food especially Korean and Japanese.
The facade of Korean Restaurant at Brentwood, Austin
Two weeks ago, we decided to give it a shot. Located in a strip of mall comprised Korean businesses in Brentwood neighborhood, one may access Han Yang Market from Lamar Blvd. Coming from north, it was on our right after we passed a railway track and then Justin Lane. Han Yang Market and Korean restaurant signpost could be easily spotted from road side. Ample parking space. For any first timer, the facade of Korean Restaurant does have a decent door with an ‘open’ light sign as if one can enter. To our surprise, we had to walk into the restaurant through Han Yang Market. The positive is Han Yang Market is clean and free from marine smell like other typical Asian grocery stores.
Side dish - bean sprouts
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