Happy Valentine’s Day


14 Feb 2009 – Happy Hearts Day

Yesterday was Ivy‘s mom, Porpor’s 89th Bday. The appetite is not back normal yet but thanks to Leslie & Ivy for a lovely evening in good company with good food. We discovered that we will need to celebrate 2010 in style when Porpor will be 90, me 60 and Leslie & Ivy‘s 40th anniversary!

Rest does wonders to the body, nearly back to normal and enjoying my daily chores. Overheard a Cantonese conversation at the local wet market. The scenario: Lady choosing sweet potatoes. Veggie seller: this one is good, Lady: too many holes and I want to choose, Seller: but they all have holes, Lady: some have less holes, Seller: they all have to have holes to breath, Lady: that’s your explanation but I still want to choose. By now I was trying so hard to control my laughter and to pay for my water-chestnuts.

Was the Seller being helpful or trying to flirt with the Lady or did I get lost in translation? It really made my Valentine’s Day 🙂

The original of Valentine’s Day in the ides of February was Rome’s Lupercalia, a festival of sexual license. Young men chose partners for erotic games by drawing small papers with women’s names on them. Today the US Greeting Card Association estimates that over 1 billion valentines are sent each year worldwide, making the day 2nd largest card-sending behind Christmas.

I don’t understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine’s Day. When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon – author unknown