Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Norway - Oslo

我原先是想在今年的生日去最快樂的國家~丹麥,後來又想多走瑞典和挪威,又後來因為 Steve 只有两星期假,所以我着重在看北極光,就只在挪威。
Norwegian Airline is a low cost airline, go to their website search the price once a week, and you might find a great price. No free meal or checked baggage. We regretted we didn't bring our earphones since the plane has individual screens with movie entertainment, we watched silent movies. (They sell earphones $3, and the movies do not have subtitles.)
The window glass on the 787 can be tuned from bright to dark electronically, instead of pull-down shades.  It's cool.

There is an information counter in Oslo airport, grab a city guide and a map.
We booked a hotel in center of Oslo (Oslo S).  Just take a NSB train (NOK90) from airport, it is cheaper than take Flytoget express train (NOK170 if you buy from a machine, the counter service charge is an additional NOK30). Both trains are fast, just about 2 mins different. It's 23 mins to reach Oslo S by NSB train.

It is recommend to buy a daily Ruter# pass (NOK90) for public transportation (bus, tram and metro) of 4 zones in Oslo, it can be bought in the Ruter# office or any similar like Narvesen (a 7/11-like store.) There is also an Oslo Pass available (NOK290), which we didn't learn about until too late, that includes public transportation and free or discounted admission to attractions.
So, by riding their good transport systems, we could go far to those attractions.

Like Vigelandsparken (Vigeland park) - "This unique sculpture park represents the life work of sculptor Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943) with more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and forged iron."

Like Oslo Museum - Bymuseet.

Like Holmenkollen - a large ski jump built for the Winter Olympics in Oslo.  When there is no snow, they run a zip line from the top to bottom of the jump.

Like Ekebergparken - "The park contains numerous sculptures by classical masters and contemporary artists."

Like Vikingskipshuset (NOK60) - "The Viking Ship Museum houses the Gokstad Ship, the Oseberg Ship and the Tune Ship. The ships were discovered in three burial mounds along the Oslo fjord. The ships were buried more than 1,100 year ago to serve as vessels for their royal owners' final journey to the realm of the dead."

Like Frongnerseteren if you have time, there are hiking trails.

Like Nasjonalbiblioteket, the national library if you have time.

Some places we could walk around, like Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art.

Like Besokssenteret Akershus Fortress visitor center.

Like Forsvarsmuseet, Armed Forces Museum.

Like Akershus Castle.

Like City Hall.

Like The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, with its unique roof.

Like Oslo Domkirke - "Oslo Cathedral was sanctified in 1697. Cruciform design - the pulpit, altar and organ with its acanthus carvings are all original."

 Like Filmens Hus, Film museum.

 Like National Theater.

Like Stortinget, the Parliament Building.

Who would like to make FAT crying?

In hotel's gym room.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

What is real?

Flower thought that Wind is complaining and screaming.
In fact, Wind is happy and cheering.
Ground thought that Rain is sad and crying.
In fact, Rain is exercising and sweating.

People thought that Me is freedom and traveling.
In fact, Me is ignorant and sleepwalking.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Great Forest Park Balloon Race

We went to the Balloon Race at Forest Park yesterday. This is one of 250 giant cakes around town, celebrating the 250th anniversary of the city of St. Louis.

The first balloon (sponsored by FOX2, a local TV station) to take off is the "hare 兔子".  The other balloons in the race, the "hounds 獵狗", chase the hare.

After the balloon is unpacked, it is first partially inflated with cool air using large fans.

After the balloon is partially filled with cool air, they fire the propane burners to heat the air in the balloon to make it rise.



...and away!  

(An obscure reference to the 1967 song "Up, up, and away (in my beautiful balloon)", sung by The 5th Dimension)

The hounds start chasing the hare!

The race got started late this year, so some balloons inflated to show their sponsor's advertising, but did not take off.

 Usually, the Energizer Bunny balloon played the part of the hare in the race.  This year, it stayed on the ground and watched.

It's a funnel cake, topped with powdered sugar, sprinkled with bacon bits, then doused in maple syrup, more powdered sugar, and finally more maple syrup!

Saturday, September 20, 2014


前個月與朋友們吃飯,有一位談起她的工作處須要part time的人。我想反正閑着,就去做也好。



Friday, September 19, 2014



我也是被傳承這樣的做法。一開始時,Steve 要我把食物都放進冰箱,我不理會,我的家人都是放在桌上的啊,反正等下還要再吃的。




  • 做食物前及後,手要除皂沖洗温水。
  • 所買的生魚蝦貝或肉類,儲放時或準備做食物時,須與其他食物分開,避免交互感染。
  • 魚蝦貝或肉類要煮熟,至少165F(74C)熱度。
  • 所買易腐的食物在两小時内,或在一小時内如温室是90F(32.2C)以上,就須放進冰箱(40F/4.4C以下)。
  • 不可在温室解涷食物,最安全的是在冰箱内解涷,然後即刻煮。
  • 食物處理不好,儲存不當,或在温室太久,可能已有毒,是無法用煮來消除的,而且食物壞了,是嗅或嚐不出的,不要吃,最好丢棄。
  • 有煮了剩余的食物,須在两小時内,用淺的盒裝放進冰箱。可放3或4天如儲存妥當。食用剩余食物前,確定再加熱165F度。

那天做的 curry puffs,即放進冰涷處。我的麵包也是。

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The end of conversation

我們做瑜伽後回來,電話有個留言。Steve按播留言機,是華語。他說可肯定是給我的。他又說他發現到大多的華語留言都以:“Ok,bye-bye。” 做結束。
We had a phone message when we got back home from Yoga. Steve pressed Play on the answering machine.  It was in Chinese. He said that's surely for me. And he said he noticed that most of the messages in Chinese end with: "Ok, bye-bye."

I was laughing. Oh yeah, this is our (Asian) style to end conversations.

Their style would be: I'll talk to you later/See you later.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014







南瓜在這美國人受歡迎的,我想可能是pumkin pie。很甜的,我不喜歡。

Friday, September 12, 2014




Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Flowers in our yard

Daffodil 水仙花

Hyacinth  風信子

Grape Hyacinth  葡萄風信子

Iris 鳶尾花

 Daisy 雛菊


 Lily 百合

Rose 玫瑰

Coral bells - the leaves look like corals and the flowers look like little bells.

 Cosmos 波斯菊

Gladiolus or 'Sword lily' 劍蘭. The leaves are shaped like swords.

Yarrow 西洋蓍草

Hosta, Chinese name is 玉簪, my direct translation is Jade hair clip. 

Naked lady/surprise lily/spider lily/magic lily/resurrection lily/hurricane lily/pink flamingo 夏水仙

Coneflower 錐菊

Sunflower 向日葵

 Cleome are also known as spider flowers. Chinese name is 醉蝶花, my direct translation is Drunk butterfly. The petals look like butterflies, and they have pink and purple flowers. 

Hylotelephium spectabile 'Stardust'

Garlic chives or Chinese chives flower 韭菜花. This type of chives and the stem with bud (before it blooms) are a popular vegetable dish for Chinese. 

Trumpetflower 木曼陀