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Taipei International Flora Expo

SINGAPORE (October 13, 2010) –

Transforming Taipei into a city of blossoming parks and gardens, the Flora Expo is the first internationally-recognized event of its kind to be hosted by the Taiwanese capital. Running from November 6, 2010 to April 25, 2011, the Expo aims to promote floriculture within Taipei and inspire both residents and international visitors to adopt sustainable living practices to help preserve our natural environment.

The theme of the Expo is 'Rivers, Flowers, New Horizons'. Fourteen exhibition halls across more than 90 hectares will house floral displays and showcase advances in environmental sciences, green technology and horticulture. The Expo will inhabit the Yuanshan area, including the Taipei Fine Arts Park, Yuanshan Park, Xinsheng Park and the popular recreational spot, Da-Jia Riverside Park.

The Expo site takes in some of Taipei's most high-profile cultural venues, with displays that range from the historical to the high-tech. All 14 exhibition sites offer visitors something educational and inspirational. The following is a selection of event highlights travelers should be sure to catch.

Story House. Taiwan's only Tudor-style building is set in a classic English garden and will have 700 Taiwanese antiques on display, offering visitors a snapshot of aristocratic life in 19th-century Taiwan.

Pavilion of New Fashion. This high-tech hall – dubbed the 'FE ecoARK' – is made entirely of recycled garbage, including 1.5 million recycled PET bottles. Visitors strolling through its quiet, airy passageways can reflect on the unity of 'heaven and humanity' and experience the elements of light, wind and water.

Pavilion of Angel Life. This pavilion combines art with life, featuring design that integrates holistic practices and aesthetics. A large theatre projects high-definition images of Taiwan – a great introduction for first-time visitors to the country.

Pavilion of the Future. This is an innovative exhibition zone with a greenhouse powered by green energy. Here, visitors can witness the role of technology in creating a more harmonious existence between humans and the environment.

Pavilion of Dreams. Located in Xinsheng Park, visitors here are given a 'technology dream bracelet' that projects a holographic flower. 3D movies and virtual reality displays engage each of the audience's five senses.

Celebrity's House: From the late '60s through to the 80s, the late Teresa Teng was one of Asia's leading female singers and today she's a Taiwanese icon. In this exhibition, Teng's life is interpreted through art and technology – guests can listen to her music, attend seminars by local artists and celebrities and create their own floral arrangements, a practice believed to still the mind and promote oneness with nature.

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Note to Editors

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Window Farms: a new gardening era!

Window Farms are vertical, hydroponic, modular, low-energy, high-yield edible window gardens built using low-impact or recycled local materials.
All you need is a southerly facing window and some information about Hydroponics. If you are interested look at this website
Window farms


Free rose coloring page

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Recipe: Apple pie

Materials needed:
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • large sauce pan wooden spoon rolling pin (marble works the best)Ingredients and Directions:
  • 1/3 to 2/3 cup granulated or caster sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Dash of salt
  • 6 cups thinly sliced peeled green or tart baking
    apples (approximately 8 medium apples)
  • 2 TBLs Butter Flavor Crisco

    Preheat your oven to 425°. Prepare the pastry for
    a double crust as desribed below. Mix together the granulated or caster sugar, flour,
    cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice and salt in large mixing bowl. Stir
    in the thinly sliced apples.
    2/3 cup Butter flavor Crisco
    2 cups all purpose flour
    1 teaspoon salt
    5 to 7 tablespoons cold water

    Using pastry blender, cut shortening into the flour
    and salt, until the mixture resembles crumbs. Stir in the water with a
    fork until desired moisture is achieved. Add more water if necessary.
    Divide the pastry in half, making a ball to roll out into the crust.
    Place the ball onto a lightly floured surface and roll out thin with the
    lightly floured marble rolling pin. Roll up the crust onto the rolling
    pin slowly and then place over the pie tin to cover evenly. Fit the
    crust into the tin and then cut around the edge with a knife to make a
    neat edge. Sprinkle the bottom pie crust lightly with granulated or
    caster sugar.
    Pour in apple pie filling from above and then repeat
    rolling out the rest of the pie dough for the top crust. After dotting
    the apple pie mixture with dots of Butter Flavor Crisco, place the top
    crust over this mixture. Take a sharp knife and cut air vents into the
    crust. Pinch the edges of the dough around the rim of the pie between
    your thumb and closest finger using the same finger on your other hand.
    Repeat this until all the crust in joined and crimped together. Lightly
    sprinkle more granulated or caster sugar over the finished unbaked pie.

    Bake at 425 degrees F for an hour or until the
    apples are tender. You can check the tenderness by piercing the apples
    through one of the vent holes with a knife and see if it easily goes
    through the apple.

    Let the pie cool off for at least 30 minutes to an
    hour then either serve warm or refrigerate to serve later cold. This of
    course tastes great with vanilla ice cream melting over it while it is
    still warm or whip cream to garnish if served cold.
  • 5/01/2010

    A mother's love determine how

    A mother's love determines how

    We love ourselves and others.

    There is no sky we'll ever see

    Not lit by that first love.

    Stripped of love, the universe

    Would drive us mad with pain;

    But we are born into a world

    That greets our cries with joy.

    How much I owe you for the kiss

    That told me who I was!

    The greatest gift--a love of life--

    Lay laughing in your eyes.

    Because of you my world still has

    The soft grace of your smile;

    And every wind of fortune bears

    The scent of your caress.

    Copyright by Nicholas Gordon


    Rose Cake

    A cake with rose water
    Before vanilla became the dominant flavoring in cakes, cookies, and other confections, rosewater (made from rose petals steeped in water)was the common flavoring. Here's a cake recipe fit for royalty,
    transcribed into modern English, from "The Queen's Closet Opened" an
    eighteenth century cookbook

    To make a cake with rose water,

    way of the Royal Princess, the Lady Elizabeth,daughter to King Charles the First

    half a peck of flour, half a pint of rose water, a pint of ale yeast,
    and a pint of cream. Add to it a pound and a half of butter, six egg
    yolks, four pounds of currants, one half pound of sugar, five
    tablespoons grated , and a little salt. Beat it very well and let it stand half an hour by the fire. Then beat it again and make
    it up [into a baking pan] and let it stand an hour and a half in the
    oven. Let not your oven be too hot


    The language of flowers

    - hope
    Alyssum -
    Worth beyond beauty

    Amaranth -

    Amaryllis -beauty, pride

    Aster -


    breath - happiness

    Bay Wreath -
    reward of merit

    red - admiration

    white - pure love

    Cedar leaf -
    I live for you

    red - I love you

    white - truth

    yellow - slighted love

    Daffodil -

    Daisy -
    innocence, patience

    - daring and noble courage

    - constancy

    Fennel -

    Fern -

    Fir - time
    and elevation

    Forget me
    not - ... forget me not

    Gardenia -
    joi, friendship

    Geranium oak
    leaf - friendship

    rose - preferenza

    Gladiolus -
    strenght of character

    Heliotrope -

    Hibiscus -
    delicate beauty

    Holly -

    Ivy -

    Iris - I
    have a message for you

    yellow - grace and elegance

    Lavender -

    Lily white 
    - majesty and purity

    Lily of the
    valley - return of happiness

    - splendid beauty

    Mimosa -

    Narcissus -
    self esteem

    Nasturtium -

    Orchid -
    beauty, charme

    Pansy -

    Peony -

    Phlox -
    Sweety dreams

    Poinsettia -
    be of good cheer

    Primrose -
    young love

    christmas - peace  tranquillity

    Rose musk -
    capricious beauty

    Rose pink -

    Rose red -

    Rose white -
    I am worthy of you

    Rose white
    and red - unity

    Rosemary -

    Salvia, blue
    - I think of you

    Snapdragon -

    Spearmint -
    warmth of sentiment

    Statice -
    lasting beauty

    William - perfection

    Sweet basil
    - good luck

    Sweet pea -
    delicate pleasure

    Thrift -

    Thyme -

    Tulip red -
    declaration of love

    Tuberose -
    dangerous pleasure

    Zinnia -