In Japan, a tsukubai (蹲踞) is a washbasin provided at the entrance to a holy place for visitors to purify themselves by the ritual washing of hands and rinsing of the mouth. This type of ritual cleansing is the custom for guests attending a tea ceremony or visiting the grounds of a Buddhist temple. The name originates from the verb tsukubau meaning "to crouch" or "to bow down", an act of humility. Guests attending a tea ceremony crouch and wash their hands in a tsukubai set in the tea garden (roji) before entering the tearoom.


Ugali, also known as ugali bogobe pap, n'sima oshifima oruhere and nshima, is a type of maize or cassava flour porridge made in Africa. It is also known as ngima, obusuma, obuchima, kimnyet, nshima, mieliepap, phutu, sadza, kuon, gauli, gima, isitshwala, ubugali, umutsima, and other names. Nsima is sometimes made from other flours, such as millet or sorghum flour, and is sometimes mixed with cassava flour. It is cooked in boiling water or milk until it reaches a stiff or firm dough-like consistency.

Microsoft Australia Cloud Skills Challenge

Microsoft Australia Cloud Skills Challenge just ended today. I joined the challenges. Although I didn't win a goodie bag, I gain some knowledge about Microsoft Azure products. All the while, I been using AWS for most of the backend works. Now I know about Microsoft Azure products, it gives me options to choose either one of them for new coming works. So far, I mostly know how to configure all the products with Azure portal through Microsoft Learn documents. After these, I want to learn the Azure libraries (SDK) for Python during my spare time.


Syrniki (Belarusian: сырнікі; Russian: сырники) or syrnyky (Ukrainian: сирник[и]) are fried Eastern Slavic quark (curd cheese) pancakes. In Russia, they are also known as tvorozhniki (творо́жники). They are a part of Belarusian, Russian, Ukrainian, Latvian (sirņiki) and Serbian cuisine. Their simplicity and delicious taste have made them very popular in Eastern Europe.


Börek (also burek, bourekas or boreg and others) is a family of baked filled pastries made of a thin flaky dough such as phyllo or yufka. Common fillings are made with meat, cheese, leafy greens (usually spinach) or potatoes. Börek are found in the cuisines of the Balkans, the South Caucasus, the Levant, Central Asia, and some Eastern and Central European countries. A börek may be prepared in a large pan and cut into portions after baking, or as individual pastries. Börek is occasionally sprinkled with sesame or nigella seeds.