29 September 2011
28 September 2011
27 September 2011
25 September 2011
1. Low Key (Photography) - I love this man’s face, so interesting, so full of stories. He was doing a demo at Fort Langley on how to make wooden barrels He was so animated and kept us hanging on to his every word. The photo was not taken really with “low key” in mind, but seeing this week’s theme, I thought this photo would be perfect for me to work on for the theme.
2. The Color Wheel: Monochromatic / Analogous Color – I love how the store used a lavender tag to go with the purplish red of the cabbages.
3. Circle – This is a dessert place next to where Chris and I had dinner tonight. The second Chinese character (圓) means “round” or “circle.”
4. Scarf – No sooner has the weather turned just the tad bit cooler, the scarves come out. Every other person we saw tonight had some sort of scarf on.
5. Phone – No fancy phone for me. Mine is still an old Nokia. This is Chris’ phone. The kids love to hijack his phone to play Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja. Chris was showing me how he could watch movies on his phone. I can’t imagine why anyone would want to watch a movie on such a small screen. That said, the resolution his screen was pretty good.
23 September 2011
Josh had his first Beaver Scouts meeting yesterday. After all this time searching for an English-speaking scouts group, I was really happy to learn that his school has one.
No, they hadn’t learned to tie knots and climb ropes (yet), but they did decorate cupcakes and Josh had a great time doing so.
21 September 2011
20 September 2011
My mother-in-law has been in town visiting with us this past week and we’ve been going out –shopping and dining out. We made it to Tim Ho Wan (a Michelin-starred dim sum place) and waited for only one hour before we got a table. I say only because my parents waited for almost 2.5 hours when they went! Worth the wait, believe me.
While waiting, we met a very nice lady (MK) and her brother (Obi Wan K). MK was visiting her brother who’s been working here as an ice skating instructor. It turned out that said brother was the guy who stood in and performed Ballerina Girl at Zoë’s ballet performance at the HKAPA (when the original star couldn’t make it at the last minute)! What a small world.
18 September 2011
1. Street Photography – I love walking around, pretending to be a tourist. I’d be perfectly happy walking around different parts of town, taking random shots of random scenes.
A sidewalk vendor near the Chai Wan market
2. From a Distance
3. Sunday – The only thing that makes the collage below ‘fit’ into the theme is that all the shots were taken on a Sunday.4. Liquid – Not quite liquid, but not quite solid either. Growing up, this was one of my favorite desserts –douhua (tofu pudding). These days, we try to order a bucket whenever we go and have dim sum. The kids and Chris love this, too –with lots of ginger syrup!
5. Behind – On the way home from church, we were behind this Jag, which was behind a mini-bus, which was behind a big bus.
(Processed with seven layers of Kim Klassen’s Serious Magic texture)
14 September 2011
Every time I try to take a photo of where we live, I get dizzy. This photo was taken last night. I had hoped to get a good photo of the full moon, but no such luck. It was a cloudy night.
13 September 2011
After dinner tonight, Chris and I took Josh and Zoë downstairs to play. We told them they could play for 15 minutes and then we would come home and get ready for bed. Off we went, with Angry Birds lanterns in hand.
Once on the playground, they immediately took off with some playmates –all of them carrying various kinds of lanterns. Many brought glow sticks. Some brought picnic mats to sit on. A few boys ran around wielding their light sabres.
There were not too many people when we went down, but by the time we left –some 45+ minutes later, –more people were still coming!
I took quite a number of photos, but I am too tired and sleepy to upload now… So tired I am that I know I will sleep through the noises of children still playing downstairs, running around –at almost 11:30pm!
Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!
11 September 2011
1. Remember – My friend and I went to the Jade Market on Friday. Seeing the various jade bangles and pendants and earrings on display reminded me of my grandmother. I always remember her with her jade bangle and earrings.
2. Process of Elimination - All the stalls seem to be selling very similar things. We went from stall to stall, checking out the wares. There was one stall that I particularly liked. It sold mostly pearls and also amber jewelry pieces. We spent quite a bit of time there, trying to decide which pieces look good. We asked questions. We bargained. We bargained some more. Until we arrived at a price that we were all happy with.
3 Statue – We saw this man sitting at the gate to the Jade Market. Considering how still he was, he might well had been a statue!
4 Flying High – This one is from the archives… from our visit to Oregon this summer.
07 September 2011
We had decided to check out the playroom in the new community center that opened recently. It’s a huge padded room, with a play gym in the middle and the climbing wall. That’s it, nothing else. But it was more than enough for the children. The parents could chill on the bench by one of the walls –read, chat, surf, etc., –and know that the children are safe and are having fun.
06 September 2011
Zoë attended an art-jammin’ kind of birthday party last Saturday. What a cool idea for a party! The children all had a wonderful time (and us grown-ups, too). There were plenty for the children to do the minute they walked through the door…
They made cookies.
We played with clay… and made an Angry Bird.
Then we sang Happy Birthday and the sweet birthday girl blew out her candles…
We had these wonderful, yummy cupcakes!
And then Zoë and I had to walk four blocks before we could get a cab.
And I had to hold onto Zoë’s balloon while walking,
because she had insisted on carrying her canvas
and said that she couldn’t carry anything else.
But that’s okay.
That’s what mommies are for –
to help hold onto balloons.