Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Clematis


I like the blue color of clematis, like the picture on the package, so I bought the seedling two years ago.

It didn't bloom last year.

鐵線蓮屬

Last week, I was excited when it started having buds.
The flowers are blooming, but the flowers are different than the picture on the package.
Ah, the tag said it is clematis 'Belle of Woking' blue, but the flowers are white. Oh well.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Flowering weeds


風在等 
耐心的等着 
年幼艷黄的蒲公英
已展現她可愛的一面
Wind is waiting 
Patiently
Dandelion is cute while young


再長大長高後
竟神奇般的從黄小鴨轉成白天鵝
She is growing up
From a little yellow ducky she is transformed to a beautiful white swan
Kind of a miracle


亭亭玉立
風開始瘋狂的追求
Wind is crazy dating the beauty


帶着她的種子
隨着風
到處享受戀愛
She is just following Wind with her seeds
Enjoying the dates and love


最終 
落地生根
Eventually grounded


我的童年没遇上蒲公英,没關係。現在我也可以拔一朵,向天空,吹一吹,回到小孩般的純歡樂。
I didn't see dandelions in my childhood but that's all right. I can pick one up now. Blowing it into the sky, like a little child having pure fun. 


屋子草地到處可見小小的野花
Our yard has a lot of flowering weeds


在相公未割草前


為它們拍拍照吧
Take the pictures now, before Steve mows. 


Monday, April 17, 2017

Re-take driving exam


Steve needed information of my driving license to file the state income tax, and found that my driving license is expired (I didn't receive the reminder). Steve checked online, and it couldn't be renewed if it was expired more than 6 months or 184 days. 
Mine is expired 185 days!
Oh noooooo!

I need to have a driving test again!
Ahhhhhhh!


Today, I went to take the driving exam. The written test has 25 questions, and if 6 or more wrong answers, you fail. The test can be taken twice per day. I got 6 wrong and failed the first time.  Luckily, I passed the second time. Then we waited another hour until my turn for the driving test. I felt relieved when the examiner said I passed.  After that, we went to the DMV and waited another 30-45 minutes to get my new license.  From arriving at the testing office until I had my new license took about 4 hours.

I have my driving license again. 
Yeahhhhhhh!   


Sunday, March 26, 2017

27th Annual POW WOW


Steve 在電視上看到有一個免費參觀美國原住民/印地安人的項目:27th Annual POW WOW 
Saturday, March 25, 2017


地點在 Washington University 舉行。


原來印地安人也有很多族群。


 這杖似乎是'幫主'的象徵。


不過,還有另一支較小的,總之應有其意。


看到他們手上的羽毛扇,讓我想起小時候,那時我家也有一支類似的大羽毛扇。

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們分佈在各州。


各族的服飾各有特色。


主要的樂器是鼓,是一群6-10人一起擊鼓。

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他們有分組,幼、少、青、黄金年齡跳舞比賽。各族有他們不同的舞步。


I bought a pendant, US$1. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

胡蘿蔔糕粥

 

胡蘿蔔糕粥?你有聽過或吃過嗎?
來來來,教你煑。


首先就是自己在網上找了做蘿蔔糕的食譜,我是用有機紫色胡蘿蔔代替白蘿蔔,自攪有機糙米代替在來米。


因我覺得那食譜的份量太多,所以材料都減半,就是'故意忘記'水,没減半。


蒸了一句鐘多的糕,切块時,就是軟軟的。
不要按我的教法,我知道你不會這麼傻。
幾個月前我已做過,不會這麽軟的,心裡嘀咕這食譜不靠譜,想在食譜做記錄留意水的份量。
叮… 我忘了水減半!
口觸味覺都有記憶,一咬蒸糕,不像之前的經驗咬感,雖然味道好但就是不想再吃。


要煎蘿蔔糕,煎成糊糊一團,口感不同,難吃得很,配一些東西才勉強吃下。
還有一盤,如何是好?


不如拿糕來煑成粥。。加一些料,打一粒蛋,撒胡椒,姜,最後淋上麻油。
呼呼... 好吃得要飛起!
幸好有地心吸力。

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Singapore


I found the flights STL - CMB (Sri Lanka) and SIN - STL, then I had separate low cost flights from CMB - PEN (Malaysia) and PEN - SIN. The total air fare was much cheaper than STL - CMB - PEN - STL directly on the same airline.
That's why I had a short stay in Singapore and thanks to my friend, who offered to let me stay for 3 nights.


The first night, my friend took me to Esplanade. 
This building has a unique roof that looks like a durian shell with the thorns.  


 In the opposite view, we can see the Marina Bay Sand building with laser lights going on, but just for few minutes.


My friend told me this is the 5-star Fullerton Hotel. The building was a General Post Office, let's go in to have a look. 


The second day, I went to Garden by the Bay.  Singapore has a very good MRT system, making it very easy get around. 
People are lined up to go in and see these fake trees. 


I was hungry, so I went to get breakfast, then walked around there a little. 


I noticed this is near the Marina Bay Sand.


 Cross a bridge to go in there. 


I wandered around their hotel lobby area and there was a LED board mentioning the Light show at night. 
Also, I saw this sign, and was curious, so I followed people into the lift. I found that you need to have a hotel room key to access the lift.  Anyway, when someone pressed their floor number, I pressed 57. It worked. 


The guests can enjoy the swimming pools up there.


And seeing the view, this is Garden by Bay from top. I didn't see a lot while I was there. 
Oh well, I may explore more if Steve is with me next time.


There were several high value, fancy sport cars parked outside the hotel lobby.  I was wondering who owns them.


Oh, they are rental cars.


I walked to the shopping mall area. All are famous branded stores.


 LV has the outstanding island building in front of the mall. Of course, it is free to go in, unless you see something you like in there.
  

I crossed the bridge to the Esplanade. 


I saw the Merlion fountain on today, but last night it wasn't.
I returned back to the Marina Bay Sand again, as I would like to see the Light show.


The show was about 15 minutes, and there were a lot of people, including the tour groups.


The laser light show was what we saw from the opposite side the night before. Apparently, my friend didn't know about the night Light show here. 


The third day, I met up with my schoolmate, whom I hadn't seen since we graduated from high school. She married a Singaporean, so she lives here now.
After that, I took the MRT to HarborFront station, then took the monorail at Sentosa station. The monorail system has 4 stations to/from Sentosa. 


This is Waterfront station at the Universal theme park. 
I visited Sentosa 12 years ago, it has changed a lot.


From there I walked to the Merlion.  This is an old statue near Imbiah station.


The garden is new, I think. 


Then I walked to the beach area. This is Siloso beach.
When I walked back to Beach station, I found there is a tram service to/from beaches.


Some weekdays are free, so I took the tram to Palawan beach.  


Then back to the MRT station, where I met a friend who took me to Chinatown.


I found a hawker in Chinatown selling Malasian durian.  He gave me a deal: 2 boxes for S$25.  I couldn't resist.  He wrapped them well to block the smell on my ride back on the MRT.  But, when I got back and opened it to eat, I found one box was already bad and had to throw it away, the other box also wasn't very good.  I shouldn't have trusted the hawker.

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