30 November 2011

Water Swirls

Millions of water drops
Glittering in the sun
Shining like pearls
- Morhardt Carmen Mencita Monoi Angel (2008)
Swirls of icy smoke.  Wisps of glassy curls.  Doesn’t looking at these pretty water patterns just make you want to wax poetic?
Water-swirls1(Photos taken at Hong Kong Park in Admiralty)

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29 November 2011

Night Shots

There is something about night time pictures that I really, really like.  I can’t quite put my finger on what exactly it is, though.   Maybe, just maybe, it might be time to say yes to the tripod that Chris wants to get for me.


Hong Kong is such a rich place for night time photography.

Lights galore.   These shots here were not even taken downtown where all the action is, where all the lit up, glitzed up buildings are.


I’d love to be able to take pictures of all the Christmas lights that are up on the commercial buildings across the harbor.  I’d love to be able to take more pictures like this one.  I’d love to be able to take a good shot of the moon.

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27 November 2011

It had been a busy week and I just hadn’t had the time to go out and take pictures.   I did manage to get a couple of shots in when Chris and I went out to dinner tonight, but the last three pictures in this set were taken some time ago.

1.  Waiting

2.  Foliage – This will have to pass for foliage. 

3.  Candid
Sitting on Daddy's shoulders

4.  Knife, Fork, or Spoon

5.  Rule of Thirds

Happily Mother After

23 November 2011


Spotted this little fella on our way to church last Sunday.    Zoë was scared of it and didn’t even want to go past this guy.  We had to hold her hand and shield her before she would even move.  He did look a little bit scary.  When I was trying to take pictures of him, he was actually swivelling his body around following me whenever I moved.  A bit creepy.


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22 November 2011

Josh had been requesting that I make this for a while now, so last week, I did.  He had seconds and thirds.  He thanked me profusely (as profusely as a 6-year old could) for making it.


It’s so easy to make and it’s always a hit.  The reason I don’t make it as often, though, is that I love it too much.  Like Josh, I would have seconds, too.  And it’s creamy.  Full of cream.  Filled with creamy heavenliness.

I got the recipe from here, but tweaked it a little to suit our taste. Instead of chicken breast fillets, I’d cubed the chicken.  I used extra shallots; I love shallots.  No fresh peaches, so I used canned peaches (drained); I put lots –much more than what was called for in the recipe.  Used extra chicken broth and cream, because we love it very sauce-y.  I topped up the amount of balsamic vinegar.

The tartness of the balsamic vinegar counters the richness of the cream.  The shallots, the basil all add to the fragrant aroma.  The peaches are always a hit with the kids. 

Try it at least once.  You’ll either thank me or you’ll curse me, but I guarantee that you’ll love it.

What would be your comfort food?

20 November 2011

1.  Mainly One Color – My friends and I met up for lunch at this restaurant called Spice, which offers Indian, Thai, and Malaysian food.  At the entrance to the restaurant,  they had several paintings that caught my eye.  This is one of them.




2.  Around the Home – The restaurant we went to had these statues at the entrance.  Some homes have these.   Other homes might have statues of Greek or Roman gods.




3.  Reflection – I had finished my errands early and had time to kill before meeting up with my friends for lunch, so I ducked inside a Starbucks for a cup of their gingerbread latte and to read my book.




4.  Writing – It is not often that you find graffiti on walls in Hong Kong, but this little alley that leads up to Knutsford Terrace in Tsim Sha Tsui has scribbles and posters on its walls.




5.  Water – Really, who needs expensive toys?  This girl is happy with a few cups and containers and some water with which to play around and to pour.





Happily Mother After

18 November 2011

Color Me Impressed

Yes, another poem from Josh.
I just had to share this one.
The imagery.  Enough said.


But woman betrayed?
Aiya!  As the old Chinese ladies would exclaim.

I asked Josh what “betrayed” means.  He said that he’s not very sure, but felt that it sounded good having that line there.  Poetic license.  Let’s give him that.

We’ve been invited to go to his school this afternoon where his class will have a poetry and painting sharing session.  Josh said that the above poem is what he will be sharing.

By the way, the font color and background color in the image above were specified by Josh.  He wanted red and black because “they go well with the emotion the poem is talking about” –aggressiveness.

Color me impressed.

16 November 2011

Acrostic What?

Remember I’d mentioned about how Josh’s class is focusing on poetry?  Well, his homework this week is to write an acrostic poem about an emotion.

He’d already tried his hand at writing acrostic poems (Remember Jedi?).  I think he actually enjoys doing this kind of poetry, because it gives some form of structure around which he could build his thoughts.  Each line of the poem begins with a letter in the topic word and that all the lines relate to the topic.

Josh did a poem about SAD.  I asked if that’s because he felt sad. He said, “No, I’m happy, but sad has only three letters.” 

Here is Josh’s SAD poem:

sadI think I got a very good education, but I don’t remember writing poetry at age 6.  Is it because children these days are smarter?  Is it because they get exposed to many more things at a younger age, that they get more opportunities to do different things?  Is it because the educators themselves these days are better trained?  Probably yes, yes, and yes.

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15 November 2011

Dress-Up and Make-Up

It was Around the World Day at Zoë’s school last Friday, so she finally got the chance to wear the costume my friend had passed along to us.  It’s an outfit worn by one of the cultural tribes in northern (or western?) China.


Zoë did not want to wear the head gear at first.  She said that she felt silly wearing it, but when I brought her to the mirror and she saw herself, she smiled so widely.  From the moment we stepped out of the elevator to when she finally got to school, everyone who saw her fussed over how pretty she looked.  She was absolutely tickled.

After school, she had a play date at her friend’s house.  This friend, S, has a whole closetful of princess costumes.  Zoë got to be Cinderella (her favorite princess); one friend was Ariel;  another was Snow White. 


Yes, that is make-up that you see on her.  The girls disappeared into the castle/room and minutes later, Zoë came out sporting make-up.  Make-up as only a 4-year old could apply.   S put make-up on all her friends.  Good thing Zoë was not that into the make-up and didn’t kick up a fuss when I took it off after we left.  She understood that “make-up is for grown-ups, but it’s okay to for kids have make-up for a (ballet) performance.” 

How old before you started wearing make-up?  How old before little girls could start wearing make-up?

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13 November 2011

Another week of using photos from the archives.  I did take some photos, but I haven’t even downloaded them from the camera.  My mother-in-law had been visiting and we had been playing mahjong almost every night.  She flew home tonight.  The mahjong set gets put away until the next time she visits.  I get back to reading blogs and visiting with you and playing with my photos.


1.  Before and After

Before and After


2.  Opposing Lines – Taken through the window of the “people mover” we took from the airfield into the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.



{3.  Custom Bokeh – I might attempt this one of these days…}


4.  Which pair of shoes should I wear



5.  Little Features


08 November 2011

Josh’s Poems

Quite a number of Josh’s homework lately involve poetry –reading poems and then answering some questions about what they’d read or having to write their own poems.


Below are a few of his early attempts at writing his own poems.  Of course, he chose to write about Star Wars characters.  I was more expecting poems of the rhyming kind, so when he came up with the first one (Jedi), I’d asked him about it.  He looked at me as if I haven’t a clue and said, “Not all poems rhyme, you know.”  Then he pointed out that he wanted something clever and different from what one would generally expect his class to come up with.

Jedi are generals.
Endless numbers.
During wars they fight without fear.


Clones are trained on Kamino.
The only soldiers with brains
And never have strains.

Their current unit of inquiry has to do with emotions and they were discussing about how colors sometimes represent certain emotions.   These are his color poems.

Dark in the midnight sky.
Still .
Because everyone’s asleep.


White is good.
White is bad.
White can mean happiness.
White can mean hate.

And people are sad when white is bad.

He is 6.

{Yes, I am a proud momma.}

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