Wednesday, June 30, 2010


I bought this fragrance for myself today. The scent is quite strong and linea but I like it. It is very powdery, just like all the fragrance that I most enjoy. Lots of white flowers and a bit of light citrus and bitter orange. Ligea la Sirena is about the victim of siren. Here is the animation of how the perfume is made on this little Island of Capri in Italy.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Wonderful Fragrance

Tocca, Florence, the scent of linden blossom, pear and white flowers and musk

Beautiful name of the legend of Sirens

Beautiful name of the water of Circe, her magical potions that turn men into pigs

Intoxicating Brugmansia after sundown
Dried chocolate as the base after several hours of sharp Indian Ink smell

Wonderful Louanges Profanes (Love with the Angel)

I went on my day off to an exclusive perfume shop downtown here and sampled 20 different fragrance. All the brands are from Europe and these are niche perfume. That is the perfume are not sold in Department store at all, they are developed by famous perfumeurs. My friend and I sampled Penhaligans first from the UK and hated all the scent: bluebells, Lily, English Fern, Violetta, all have baking soda smell and the flower scents has not much of a depth... so we changed to smaple french perfume. Last time I bought L'artisans Parfumeur Fleur de Liane, love it but it is not long lasting. Serge Lutens is much more long lasting, I got Datura Noir to wear at night (intoxicating Trumpet flower scents) and Borneo (horrific top note of Camphor and Patrouhli that I can't bear, smell like Indian ink that I had bad expeirence of in my childhood, but 5 hours later mellow out in the dry down to beautiful chocolate smell). And I got Sawako the Fleur d'oranger of Serge Lutens. So I explained to the lady shop keeper that I need something that last for a long time even when I am cooking chocolate, and it needs to be white flowers with a dash of green notes. So she started recommending here and there and we tried more, and I was interested in the line Parfumerie Generale, so first I tried a couple and then I wanted to test the L'eau de Circe on my wrist, and did and top note is sweet white flowers and not too special, the name is beautiful (Circe is the greek goddess turning men into pigs) and then 30 minutes later my wrist smell like burnt chinese medicine, horrible, I said I hated it. In between I tried one beautiful scent #19 Louanges profanes of PG. It is a winner, so complex and smooth and soothing. So I bought it.
Here is a link on you tube explained by the parfumeur his concept of this fragrance I think it is a great practice on french.
Here is a summary.
The story behind the fragrance is wonderful: A friend and client of Pierre Guillaume told him to make a perfume that reflects the „absolute feminine happiness“. Guillaume imagined a night of love with an angel combined with innocence and sensuality and chose ingredients with a religious background: orange blossoms that are put into the hair of a bride in France, the white lily of the Madonna, frankincense, which has a cathartic effect, benzoin used by oriental clerics and the precious wood that Noah used for his ark. This combination makes a beautiful floriental which has something very special: a light and creamy note that reminds me of a suntan lotion from my childhood days and which contrasts sensuality with purity. A balancing act made by a genius.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Jungle Laksa

This is my version of Laksa with jungle vegetables. Only attempt to make it if you have half a day to get all the ingredients and cooking. The most exotic of the ingredients are:
candlenuts (toxic when raw, but after cooked, give really nice aroma to the dish)
young ginger plant (this is not the usual ginger root, but the flowering ginger of Malaysia, with red lower stems and yellow roots and green leaves)
Sesbania grandiflora is an edible flower from a small tree, the flowers must be opened carefully to wash and only use the petals, this gives a nice bitter taste to laksa to balance the palm sugar
Roasted Coconut, use dried white coconut threads and roast them in a dry wok on low heat, turning frequently until light brown

For the spice paste:
8 shallots, chopped
4 garlic cloves, chopped
2 stalks of fresh young ginger, peeled and chopped
2 stalks of lemon grass, chopped
6 candlenuts or macademia nuts, grounded
1 teaspoon of sambal belacan (cooked dried shrimp with chilli and lime)
1 tablespoon of palm sugar
1 tablespoon of sesame oil

For the Laksa:
6 shallots, finely sliced
1 cup coconut milk
2 cups chicken stock
3 stalks of celery, sliced
1 small carrot, sliced
20 small french beans or snow peas, sliced
40 Sesbania grandiflora flowers, washed, only take the petals

1. wash all vegetables. Wash carefully the Sesbania flowers, discard the calyx, stamens and only take the petals. This will take 30 minutes at least.
2. prepare the spice paste, combine the shallots, garlic, young ginger, lemon grass, and candlenut in a mortar to blend.
3. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil and stir fry the paste on lower heat for 2 minutes, then add the vegetables, increase heat to high, then add chicken stock and coconut milk and let it bring to a boil, then add the sambal belacan and sugar.
4. Simmer for 1 minute and then add the flowers, turn off heat and serve immediately in a bowl with the soup.
5. Add hard boiled eggs, roasted coconut, fried shallots and peanuts.

climbers fllowering in June

There are a lot of them, such as Sinofranchetia, and then an unknown one, and some other from China.