600km Walking Pilgrimage through Spain

Written by Denise Chng Lisan & published on September 2 2008

From the moment I discovered an ancient pilgrimage path in Spain in June last year, the attraction of walking hundreds of kilometres towards an assured destination grew on me daily. My eagerness to go on a month-long journey on foot across the steep slopes, lush valleys and forests of the Pyrenees, and through countless small towns and villages, was part of a subconscious quest to find depth and meaning in my life. At the age of 33, I was approaching – prematurely, perhaps – what seemed to be a mid-life crisis.

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Letter from Quebec: Preserving Heritage

Written by Denise Chng Lisan & published on November 8 2008

'TRAVEL is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living,' wrote Miriam Beard. Life in Quebec is now my teacher, pointing out my knowledge gaps and honing my ideas of living - be it language, culture, life-skills, or the environment.

Denise Chng Lisan

To know how to eat is to know how to live

Posted by Denise CHNG Lisan On Saturday, June 14, 2008
In Quebec, people love to eat. With amazing fresh seafood, and lobsters in season - why not?! I had my fair share of a 2 kg lobster all to myself. Steamed and boiled, so one can taste the natural sweetness of the white juicy flesh. I was also introduced to dip my chunky lobster meat in melted butter with crushed garlic. Such sinful heaven.

My favourite gastronomic discovery is Matane's shrimps, called 'crevettes de Matane' in French. Matane is a little town further up north of Rimouski, along the St Laurence river - an hour drive from our place. The shrimps look like any normal shrimps in the world, and not the largest. But when they are in season, every shrimp comes pregnant, with their tiny legs hugging huge lumps of eggs beneath their tummy. I had to ask - are they all female? Or are the male shrimps helping to hold the eggs too? Later, I found out the all shrimps are unisex/bisexual/asexual.

They come boiled and chilled. I would always start with licking the eggs out first. The funny thing is that the Quebecoises would bypass the eggs and attack the meat. I am the odd stranger who would eat the eggs, that seem too strong for the locals. Here's an underground video of my shrimp attack, and some evidence that I did stuff myself with a huge lobster!

A Quebecoise friend said ' to know how to eat, is to know how to live'. How true. =)

To add to this statement, to my wonderful amazement, I found every sauce I need to tailor to my Asian cravings - curry sauce, fish sauce, chilli sauce, black bean sauce, shrimp paste, satay sauce, indian curry sauce, all kinds of spices from every known continent. It only goes to show how open they are to experimenting food from all corners of the world.

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