Friday, February 27, 2015

2.27.2015 Friday


冰柱掛在我們的屋頂
February 27th, this morning was 5F, a very cold day but it is bright. 


Steve and I were out for an event. 


We had our lunch celebration at TGI Fridays.
What a wonderful Friday.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

撈生


一位香港人朋友邀我們到她家新年聚餐,要我做新年吃的菜餚。
我想了想,什麼食物比較代表性呢?
終於,決定做七彩素魚生。
不知什麼時候開始,馬來西亞的華人在新年盛行起撈生這道菜餚?


女主人是香港人,她不知道撈生這一道菜餚。
對著她及所有她的洋人朋友,我要如何解釋什麼是撈生的意思呢?



Thursday, February 19, 2015

Cyclamen '仙客來'報春


"仙客來屬再次被列入報春花科中。
Cyclamen的音譯,由於音譯巧妙,使得花名有“仙客翩翩而至”的寓意。"
它的花梗頂端彎曲,花瓣展開就會卷上。很別緻。
花有白、淡粉、红或紫色。
葉片為心形。


仙客翩翩起舞來向大家報春賀喜!
祝各位神彩飛羊!

除夕我沒吃我喜歡的火鍋,因為Steve不吃我的食物,我一個人吃又沒什麼意思。所以就像平常各吃各的小點。


年初一,朋友約到她家聚餐。她是中國人,很會做餃子。


素餃子


肉餃子


八寶粥


年糕


大吉大利


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Green pea cookies


Green pea cookies are a Malaysian Chinese New Year cookie.
The texture is very soft and the cookie melts in the mouth.
We made them early for Valentine's Day.
Melt hearts.


My Valentine's Day flowers - Cyclamen 仙客來


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Hyacinth in vase


I didn't know that hyacinth can grow in water until I saw the store selling them. 
It just had buds when I bought it. It is growing and taller, and after 2 weeks, the flowers are blooming.


So nice that we can enjoy the hyacinth fragrance for weeks.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Pottery class


I have been thinking to learn pottery... last Saturday, I started my first class.
I admire some of the more advanced students, already making cook stuff.


The beginners are doing pieces by hand. This is my first piece. It's drying now, and next week we will learn to add the glaze...





Saturday, January 31, 2015

US - Old San Juan


Cathedral 


Plaza de Armas


City Hall



The architecture is beautiful, I couldn't take pictures of all of them.


 


 










A Walgreens store


Even fast food places conform to the historic architecture.








Friday, January 30, 2015

US - Puerto Rico



What beautiful 'wave lines'! 
Some of the coastlines we saw when we were flying to Puerto Rico.
     

We stayed in a hotel in Condado, not bad.
But the next morning, we found that we didn't have a drop of water from the sink, toilet and shower, that was frustrating.
 The hotel main pipe broke and we had to go to the hotel across the street for toilet and shower. 
I complained to the management about how inconvenient this was, and we got a 20% discount for compensation.
If I had not requested to talk directly to the manager, the desk staff just said he couldn't do anything.  


There are two forts in Old San Juan, we took a public bus ($0.75 exactly, coins only, no bills accepted), which stopped at the bus terminal near the fort Castillo San Cristobal.
  

The forts have these cylindrical observation towers, which are the landmark image of the US quarter ($0.25) for Puerto Rico.


After visiting this fort, we took a free trolley to the other fort, which can be seen in the distance in this picture.


This fort is Castillo San Felipe del Morro.


They both are national historic sites in the USA...


...and also are UNESCO world heritage sites.


Puerto Rico (a former Spanish colony) is a United States territory located in the Caribbean Sea. 


Even though their official languages are Spanish and English, many local people couldn't speak English.


We walked around Old San Juan city and took some architecture pictures.  I'll write about those in another post.


That day was our 8th anniversary.


We had Puerto Rican food at a beach-side restaurant.


I tried mofongo, which was good. 


We flew to Vieques island by a small plane (8 seats, but only 3 passengers that day), and stayed there for one night.


Such a beautiful view - a little island in a lake in the jungle?


Just 26 mins to arrive.


The town has a little Fort with a museum, not much for sightseeing. 
  

I found 'heart' shaped little rocks at the beach.


This one was too big to carry back home, so I just have a picture of it.


What's the time now?
We joined a Bio Bay tour ($45 per person) at 6 pm.
A tour guide with his van picked up 10 tourists then headed to the bay, which needed a very skillful to driver to go from the main road to the bay. Very deep bumps, don't try it with a car.
When we arrived at the bay, it was already dark. The guide taught us some basic kayaking skills, then his helpers arranged two persons per kayak.
That night was no moon and full of stars, which was perfect for viewing the bay. When we paddled the water or the fishes swam around, the water glowed blue.
"Bioluminescence is the production and emission of light by a living organism."


We took a cargo ferry ($2/adult) back to the main island.  Information said it takes 60 to 75 minutes for the trip.  Our ferry took 2 hours. 


It was a 1 hour taxi ride ($65) from Fajardo to Condado.  Our taxi driver, Al, was recommended by someone at our hotel and speaks English.
We asked him to stop at El Yunque National Forest, but he said taxis are not allowed to go there.  He recommended we rent a car, and to avoid traffic, go to El Yunque early in the morning then back to San Juan or on to Arecibo after that.


We walked to the beach, some kids have fun with surfing.


The little shell is cute and the seaweed 'berries' are too.
After walking the beach, we went to a recommended Puerto Rican food restaurant called Orozco's, where Steve had smoked pork chops.  This restaurant had big portions, reasonably priced, and it was tasty.


Because we planned to visit El Yunque and Camuy River Cave Park in one day, and didn't have these 2 places in a day tour package, our best option seemed to be to rent a car.  Steve was very reluctant to drive there, since all road signs are in Spanish. However, he rented a car for a day, starting from 9am. and planned to return it before they closed at 7 pm.  


The entrance is $5/adult, but we have an annual National Parks pass.


I like these leaves.


Walked a trail to the waterfall.


A group of photographers with models were there, so they are in my pictures too.


After that, we drove to Camuy River Cave Park as planned. It was already 4 pm. when we arrived and the gate was closed, We didn't search the information before we went, so wasted about 4 hours driving time and gas. Oh well, Steve felt great relief when he returned the car a little after 6 pm, before they closed.


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