Thursday, July 23, 2015

Strawberry Cherries

You know what strawberries and cherries are, right?
Do you know what strawberry cherries are?

When I bought them in a Chinese grocery store, a one pound box was only $0.99.
I didn't notice the word 'strawberry' on it's label until I found the taste was a little bit different than a strawberry and red cherry. Surely the taste is different, but I don't know how to describe it, maybe it is between strawberry and cherry. The size is smaller than a strawberry but bigger than a cherry.

Was this a GMO product?

Saturday, July 18, 2015


I found a Groupon deal - $25 for a two hours bowling package with up to 5 shoe rentals, one 14" pizza and one pitcher of soda.

The last time bowling was 20 years ago. I got a strike for my first bowl, what luck, but didn't get another for the rest of the games.

Shannon had a big smile after her double strike.

I didn't get 2 more people to join, so 3 of us played almost 4 games in two hours. The game was a little much for us, since none are regular players.  However, the game was fun and the pizza was good.  

Who won?!  All our names start with "S"!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

US - Grant's Farm & Ulysses Grant NHS

Grant's Farm is a very popular attraction in St. Louis.  Entry is free, but parking is $12.  

This is the line, to cross the street, to get into the Farm.

The long line on the parking lot was just to get to this station to board the tram.

The tram takes you through the farm, which is now an animal preserve. 

Visitors can feed bottles of milk to the baby goats

Elephant education show

The zebra and llamas were chatting over the fence.

Animal education show

A Great Horned Owl

Bald Eagle - The U.S. National bird

Inside the old carriage house & stables.  There are many carriages over 100 years old on display.

A Clydesdale horse, one of the symbols of the Anheuser-Busch brewery.

Miss Budweiser - a Miniature Mediterranean Donkey

Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site - the former president's home.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Tornado warning


Friday, June 26, 2015








Monday, June 1, 2015

Asian & Pacific Islanders


I went to the event - "APIs For Black Lives" (API is Asian & Pacific Islanders), a white American friend was involved in pulling organizers together for it.

The host, Julia Ho:
'As a first-generation Taiwanese American living in St. Louis, I've noticed other API folks who have been politically silent since the Ferguson uprising. Some people say that they know nothing about the situation or feel unaware of how these events affect them. Others feel unwelcome in conversations related to race. This group, APIs (Asian Pacific Islanders) for Black Lives STL, has been working in partnership with the St. Louis Chapter of Organization for Chinese Americans (OCA) and members from OBS to create a two hour event in which we invite the St. Louis community - and in particular Asian Americans - to have a conversation about where non-black minorities fit in the context of Ferguson, and how to work and live together better.
Event Description:
APIs for Black Lives is an event that honors Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Heritage Month by uplifting histories of API and black communities united for justice. By sharing food, stories, and our connected and often erased histories of marginalization, activism, and solidarity, we hope to foster mutual understanding and develop solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.'

Part of one of the stories shared by one of the Chinese-Americans (she is going to study in Harvard University soon) struck me, kind of - when she was growing up, she was told by her mom not speak Mandarin on the street and don't invite friends for Chinese food... Now she thinks this is wrong. We can't pretend nothing happened and not talk about the matter.

I speak broken English, but I am still proud I can speak Malay, Mandarin and other dialects of Chinese. I didn't know how serious racial matters affected and suppressed those Chinese (or Asians) growing up here until I heard them.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

US - Kentucky

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site

The log cabin, originally thought to be Lincoln's, is preserved inside the memorial.  It was discovered later that this cabin is in the correct location, but dates to a slightly later time than Lincoln's birth.  

Mammoth Cave National Park

The park is free entrance, but the Historic cave tour is $14 per person.
This tour guide is very funny and entertaining.

There are creatures living in the cave.  
'The northern cavefish is distantly related to trout and perch. Charles Darwin was fascinated by cavefish. "It is well known," he wrote, "that several animals which inhabit the caves of Kentucky are blind." Darwin theorized that the fish lost the ability to see because it would not use its eyes in the cave's eternal darkness.
Research suggests that natural selection led to an increase in senses like taste and touch, while diminishing the sense of sight-leading to undeveloped eyes.'

At 400 miles, it is the longest cave in the world, and new sections of cave are still being discovered and mapped. 

We stayed in Wingfield Inn & Suites at Elizabethtown.  When we got to the room, we discovered it had a whirlpool bath, and the rate was very good. Surely, I'd like to enjoy, as this was the first time I had seen it among those hotels we stayed before. However, I shouldn't have made the water so hot and stayed in so long. I got dizzy and it was hard to breath.

US - Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

The weekend we went to Steve's nephew's wedding in Cincinnati was also the weekend of the Indy 500 car race in Indianapolis (one of the cities we normally pass through), so we took a longer, more scenic route, that goes through Louisville, Kentucky.
Along the way, we stopped to visit Lincoln's Boyhood National Memorial in Indiana (Lincoln was the 16th president of the US), just near the highway.

Lincoln's mother, Nancy, is buried near their old farm.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

US - Ohio

Wooo... we travel in space! 
We took photos for each other. 

Shot...Steve photography skill spoiled the picture - it was not true.

We to Dayton to visit the National Museum of the United State Air Force, not in space.

There are four hangars, filled with aircraft from different times, starting from balloons and continuing through modern planes.  The fourth building, Presidential Aircraft, Space, Research & Development and Global Research Galleries was closed when we visited.

So much to see, and we can't believe it is free.

Then we went to Carillon Historical Park.

The Wright Cycle Company.  
The Wright Brothers made bicycles when they weren't trying to make the first powered airplane.
How did they get onto a cycle with such a big wheel, which is taller than a person's legs?

Dayton Aviation Heritage museum just next to the Wright Cycle Company.

Paul Laurence Dunbar State Memorial.

We shouldn't have gone to the zoo car park, the fee is $9. Then we found the basic entrance fee is $18 per person. 
There were several admission packages that included riding the train and 4-D theater.  
These tigers had the right idea - let the silly humans walk around in the heat, while they found some cool sand to nap on.

I felt bad all the animals there couldn't live in the wild anymore.

We can touch this adult scorpion, it wouldn't sting. The body changes colors under black light.

William Howard Taft National Historic Site. 

During his life, we was an ambassador, the 27th president of the US, and a chief justice of the Supreme Court.  He was also a founder of the Republican political party. 

Hopewell Culture National Historical Park


Serpent Mound - a large earthen mound, shaped like a giant snake eating an egg.  

The coils in the snake's body are aligned with solar and lunar calendar events.

 One of the people at the national park recommended a well-known Amish bakery store on the way from the Hopewell Cultural Park to Serpent Mound.