1 Apr 2005
Issue 5 By Katherine Kiang April 1, 2005
April - Aphrodite's Month
Welcome to another issue of KaTsZone! I hope everyone is having a good year, so far, and have weathered through this Canadian winter virtually unscathed. Those who had a chance to get away, I'm sure you have enjoyed yourselves.
I often associate April with rains -- how about you? In T.O., it would not be surprising to still see some wet snow, and those of you who live in western or eastern Canada, I'm sure T.O. weather is nothing compared to your winters. The nice thought is the phrase that "April showers bring May flowers". Yeah, very nice.
So, other than April showers, I began to think about what else April is associated with.
The name, April, is derived from Latin, "aprilis", which is either from the word "aperire" (meaning "to open", which probably refers to plants opening in the spring) or from the Etruscan name, "Apru", for Aphrodite.
Aphrodite (Greek) - goddess of love, beauty and fertility.
You have probably heard the expression, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder". So, it is very possible that my ideas of beauty would be different from yours. And, what you may consider aesthetically beautiful, I may not necessarily agree.
How many of you have gone furniture shopping or clothes hunting with your friends and/or spouses?....Ah, I see your eyes rolling. Select those companions carefully, you might say.
Since Aphrodite represents love, beauty and fertility, I'm going to explore those things that I find lovely and beautiful. After reading this newsletter, I'd be happy to hear about what you find lovely and beautiful – and if you wish to discuss the “fertility” part, let’s save that over a large pot of tea or coffee, maybe! If we have a difference in opinion, that's okay. I just won't go clothes shopping or furniture shopping with you.....lol. So, do you think I look good in orange? If that's a "no", forget I asked.
The reason I started putting together my newsletter was to keep in touch with my friends. It is about my life experiences and interests, but, without you, this newsletter does not achieve anything terribly important except give me the opportunity to write.
“Best friends are like diamonds, precious and rare. False friends are like leaves, found everywhere.”
Thank God for all the friends I have known throughout the years. Did you know that I have "The Friendship Notebook: A Personal Journal"? I have written about many of you in my friendship journal which I received as a Christmas gift in 1989 from my long time, fabulous friend, Irene. My journal goes back to my first best friend (and "partner in crime"), Judy, who I met in Malaysia and no longer have contact with. I have tried to talk about specific friends, in chronological order (as much as possible), and expressed the important things I may have learned from them and how they may have influenced my life for the better.
Although I may not have kept in touch with every friend mentioned in my friendship journal, I do believe that they all came into my life for a reason. I believe that we learn from people who have come into our lives -- both good and bad. I hope I can bring something positive into your lives and the lives of new acquaintances and new friends.
Whether we met at school, work, church, bus stop, through mutual friends, or somewhere else in this great big world, I am grateful that you are the jewels who have touched my life and have stood by me through thick and thin throughout the years. You are all lovely and beautiful!!!
“Sooner or later you’ve heard about all your best friends have to say. Then comes the tolerance of real love.”
(Ned Rorem, b. 1923, American journalist)
“A friend is one who dislikes the same people you dislike.”
“A companion loves some agreeable qualities which a man may possess, but a friend loves the man himself.”
(James Boswell, 1740-1795, Scottish biographer/lawyer)
KAMA (Indian mythology) - god of love and lust (similar to Greek/Roman god, Cupid)
I brought my mom to Kama Classical Indian Cuisine, located at 214 King Street W. (tel: 416-599-5262), just before the end of March. My friends, Nick and Vicky, introduced me to Kama a few years ago. And, since it's Aphrodite's month (April), well, I figured why not put the goddess of love and beauty with the god of love and lust! How can I not refer to food when speaking about love an beauty. As you may recall from February's "KaTsZoNe", remember what chocolates do?
At Kama, you may “ooo” and “ahh” to delightful tastes of various curries (beef, lamb, chicken, lentils, chick peas), buttered chicken, chutney, mango custard (I've never had custard that smooth!!!), ice cream, chopped sweet carrot/raisins dessert, and more!
Lunch and dinner buffets are available at Kama seven days a week at this convenient location right across from Roy Thomson Hall in the theatre district. For more details, check out http://www.toronto.com/infosite/304128/1.shtml but note that the cost and times of the buffets may be slightly different from information on the website. Do let me know if you give Kama a try. Enjoy!!
DIAMONDS - April Birthstone
Beauty, love and romance and more!
· Root from Greek word, "adamas" which means unconquerable and indestructible.
For centuries, diamonds have been associated with wealth, power, mystery, magical powers, beauty, love and romance
Diamond engagement ring
· First introduced by Archduke Maximilian of Austria to Mary of Burgundy in 1477
First River-Bed Diamond Discovery
· First river-bed (alluvial) diamonds deposits were probably discovered in India, around 800 B.C., which supplied the world's diamonds until the 18th century
Earliest Diamond Jewellery
· A Hungarian queen's crown set with uncut diamonds, dating back to approximately 1074
· The Star of Africa ("Cullinan I" or "Star Africa" diamond) at 530.20 carats is the largest diamond in the world! Wow, try putting that on! It is set in the British Royal Sceptre (kept with the other royal jewels in the Tower of London). It was cut from a 3,106 carat Cullinan, the largest diamond crystal ever found, which was discovered in South Africa in 1095.
· The Excelsior - Founded in 1893 by a S. African miner. It was cut into 21 polished stones - the largest was a 69.80 carat marquise. An 18 carat marquise stone, cut from the Excelsior, was displayed by DeBeers at the 1939 World's Fair.
· The Hope Diamond - French merchant, Tavernier, bought a 112-3/16 carat "beautiful violet" diamond, which probably came from the Kollur mine in India. Tavernier sold it to King Louis XIV in 1668, along with other diamonds. The stone was re-cut by the court jeweller, becoming a 67-1/8 carat stone that eventually became known as the "Blue Diamond of the Crown" or "French Blue". After King Louis XIV, and other owners, this infamous diamond eventually found its way to the catalogue of Henry Philip Hope, however, the catalogue does not reveal where the diamond came from, or how much Hope paid for it. Check out the rest of the story of The Hope Diamond, and how it found its final home at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. (http://www.diamondwholesalecorporation.com/DiamondHistory.html#hope)
Big and Beautiful
I heard from several of you inquiring minds wondering if I saw the biggest uncut diamond at the conference I attended in early March. Well, that was news to me! No, fate was not to be. However, at the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) annual convention & trade show (Mar. 6-9) at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, a shiny bar of gold did catch my eye -- and, no one took me away in handcuffs! So, even though I did not have the opportunity to drool over that hunk of a diamond, you might take a peek at some of the world’s biggest at this website:
Learn More About Diamonds
· Costello's Jeweller (Australian website) – (http://www.costellos.com.au/diamonds/). Learn about diamonds - i.e. history, types (colours), valuing diamonds, investment, location of mines (woohoo!!!) at this fabulous site! I don't know if I love the website more or its subject. Oh, by the way, if anyone would like to give me nice pink diamond, I shall not refuse. So, pop into the above site -- and see if you have about $1M to spend on a one carat pink diamond for moi. (I still think Ben overpaid for J.Lo's pink diamond engagement ring, which she did return, by the way, after they broke up.)
· Canadian Diamond Play (http://www.diamondplay.com/s/Home.asp) and
The Diamond Hunter (http://www.thediamondhunter.com/front).
Yes, indeed, we've got diamonds! This website is an informative place to find out more about the exploration and mining of diamonds. Do I buy real diamonds? (sigh). I just window shop -- and this is where my friend, Irene, compares me to a crow -- I get a bit mesmerized by "shiny stuff". Yes, whether it is on display at the window, in a glass case at the store, or on The Shopping Channel, I just stare at the "shiny stuff", and I continue to read up on the exploration and mining of diamonds. I also enjoy discussions with strangers and friends on any given day.
· Diamond News (http://www.diamondnews.com/s/diamond/). Can't get enough information about diamonds? Check out this website on news from around the world on diamond trade, diamond mining and diamond cutting. Ah, I see in your future that you will become an expert on diamonds!
"LIFEfest" - Life is beautiful! This lifestyle show is going to be at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, April 15-17, 2005. I see Lily Tomlin, Erin Brokovich, Debbie Travis and Richard Simmons will be keynote speakers. b bWow! http://www.lifefest.ca/
"National Home Show" - Want a make-over for your home? Check out the show from April 8-17, 2005 at the National Trade Centre (at Exhibition Place).