Lizard’s Thicket & Cars2

12 Oct 2011 – Long Weekend over…

Mon: John, the 5yr old is really quite a thinker. We had a Southern breakfast@Lizard’s Thicket***While waiting for his egg, beacon, sausage and French toast, he was observing the decor pointing out to the porcelain roosters and asked where the lizards were! On behalf of John, I post the question to our cashier. He then pointed to a tiny porcelain green looking reptile in an enclosed glass case and said that it was the only lizard in the whole restaurant!

We headed to have a closer look and John exclaimed! That is NOT a lizard, it is an iguana! And he was right! The people who were behind us had a good laugh and I overheard them saying to the cashier... corrected by a 5yr old! ūüôā ūüôā ūüôā

Afternoon at the US$2 movies with the Katy, Ellie and John. Have not been to the movies since SIN. Cars 2*** is a 2011 American computer-animated film produced by Pixar and it is the sequel to the 2006 film, Cars. In the film, race car Lightning McQueen and tow truck Mater head to Japan and Europe to compete in the World Grand Prix, but Mater becomes sidetracked with international espionage.

The kids enjoyed the movie, especially the part where Mater ate the wasabi as they could relate to Gator their pet dog for doing something similar!  Ellie and John kept their eyes opened and were really with it! Katy like me, covers her eyes when situations get too intense. LOL

Mama Topolino: Chi trova un amico, trova un tesoro.
Uncle Topolino
: It means, He who finds a friend finds a treasure.

Riverbanks Zoo

11 Oct 2011 –¬†Life is a zoo in a jungle… Peter de Vries

Sat: shopping and a treat with Katy as promised to take the 3 older ones out individually over the Columbus Day weekend. Another lovely evening for roasting marshmallows, this time round with Sophie too!

Sun: Riverbanks Zoo has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places¬†since 1973, and dates back to the early 19th century with SC’s textile industry and the American Civil War. Located on¬†170-acre (69¬†ha) this zoo, aquarium and botanical garden@500 Wildlife Parkway, along the Saluda River is SC largest and leading attraction.

It was quite challenge for Linn to have 5 kids at the zoo but the whole outing was a wonderful experience. Considering about the phobia of snakes, managed to take pix of many of the snakes (behind enclosed glass of course!). Wow wonders never cease ūüôā

Sun: another beautiful moon-lid night with glow-sticks for the kids. Thank you Linn & family for your beings. The grandma/mormor is enjoying and loving every moment of this ūüôā ūüôā

Bonefish Grill

8 Nov 2011 – Girls’ Night Out!

Fri: dig the new sun-glasses, bought them at the party store to put smiley faces on the grandchildren ūüôā After shopping and mailing Halloween packages the past 2 days, Linn treated me to a lovely dinner@Bonefish Grill**** Jeff will be leaving for work in Honduras early this morning and will not be back until 20 Oct.

Fresh Apple Martini and Mai Tai sharing a Singapore Calamari as starters, had to ordered it for the name-sake!! The squids were fresh and crunchy, lightly bread, served with an Asian sauce. The green/spring onion garnish and the tempura style green and red bell-peppers/capsicum added to the Asian touch! All quite tastefully to look and eat. Do not usually comment much on food but this is an exception and would probably not have ordered it if not for the name ūüôā

Linn had the fish-taco, surprising good.

Fillet and crab-cake: the steak was done to my taste, rare and red inside, brown and slightly charred on the outside. Juicy and moist, was just perfect size. There was no room for dessert! Appreciations to our server Aaron U for his excellent service with a touch of charm & grace. Tkx Linn for a lovely evening. It will be just her and me, mainly her to look after 5 children for the next 12 days! This is also a long weekend here in USA, Mon being Columbus Day is a holiday! Have a good weekend.

Every ship that comes to America got its chart from Columbus –
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Mirror Mirror on the Wall…

7 Oct 2011 – Happy Bday to my brother Dato Dr Leslie LAM

‚ÄéJasmine House, across the road from the Lake Murray Museum and Visitor Center is a lovely house all decorated in the Southern style and can be rented for events. Mirrors seem to dominate these Southern houses, probably more for decoration and to make areas look more spacious. But superstition and feng-shui might also play a role!

The earliest mirrors were hand mirrors; those large enough to reflect the whole body did not appear until the 1st century AD. Hand mirrors were adopted by the Celts from the Romans and by the end of the Middle Ages had become quite common throughout Europe, usually being made of silver, though sometimes of polished bronze.

There are many superstitions and belief in terms that mirror the role played in human destiny. It reflects the truth, sincerity, heart and content of consciousness and carries the sign of harmony intact. A mirror superstition refers to the fact that elderly covering all the mirrors in the house when a death occurs. They claim that the deceased soul, looking into the mirror, and not remain trapped leaving the house, using mirrors as a gateway for travel between two worlds!

RIP to Steve Jobs, the Apple visionary who led a mobile computer revolution with the creation of wildly popular devices such as the iPhone. Thu: he lost his fight to cancer and was mourned by admirers, fans and competitors as much of the world awoke to news of his death. Prayer and thoughts to him and his family.

‚ÄéThree apples that changed the world: Eve’s, Newton’s and Jobs –¬†

Lake Murray Country

6 Oct 2011 –¬†Saluda Dam

The family pix was taken in 2009, when I last swam in Lake Murray before Sophie & James were born!

10mins drive from L&J is Lake Murray, named in honor of chief engineer William S. Murray, was completed in 1930. Covers an area of 78 square miles with 649 miles of shoreline¬†and provides electricity for South Carolina’s entire Midlands region. The museum and visitor center is dated back from 1840, the formal¬†Lorick Plantation Home

Originally inhabited by the Catawba and Cherokee Indians, the area that is now Lake Murray was ultimately settled by European immigrants, primarily of Dutch and German origin. In order to build Lake Murray, the Lexington Water Power Company relocated 5,000 citizens and removed three churches, six schools, and 2,000 graves. The Saluda Dam, which was once the largest earthen dam in the world, is 1.5 miles wide and 208 feet high.

Wed: after an hour at the museum, quiet moments@Blue Flour****¬†before picking up the three youngest from pre-school and nursery to have a picnic in the back-yard@home ūüôā

Finding some quiet time in your life, I think, is hugely important –
Mariel Hemingway

Generation Y

5 Oct 2011 – And how to deal with them ūüôā

I took my dad to a fair the other day to enjoy the beautiful weather. We decided to grab a bite at a food stall. I noticed he was watching a teenager sitting next to him. The teenager had spiked hair in all different colours: green, yellow, orange and blue. My dad kept staring at her. The teenager would look and find him staring every time. When the teenager had enough, she sarcastically asked:

‚ÄėWhat‚Äôs the matter old man, never done anything wild in your life?‚Äô

Knowing my dad, I quickly swallowed my food so that I would not choke on his response, knowing he would have a good one. And in classic style he did not bat an eye in his response.

‚ÄėGot drunk once and had sex with a peacock. I was just wondering if you were my daughter.‚Äô

All pix are downloaded from various sites.

Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it – George Orwell

Columbia/CAE, SC

4 Oct 2011 – A tourist for an hour…

1805, CAE received its first charter as a town. Rail lines that reached the city in the 1840s primarily transported cotton bales which was the lifeblood of the community and the pop of the slaves was 3,300 in 1860. CAE was destroyed by fire while being occupied by Union troops in 1865.

Check out the flag at the State House! with CAE being the state capital, a pop of app 130,000 in an area of 133.8 sq¬†mi/346.5 sq km.¬†, US News & World Report¬†named CAE as one of America’s best affordable place to retire! L&J live in Irmo (since 2004), a ¬†CAE suburb, app 30mins drive.

A beautiful sign by a gate, Chamber of Commerce, US District Court, Statue of Matthew Perry jr.

This time round is mainly for James’ baptism and to help out with Linn¬†as¬†Jeff¬†will be away¬†for work. Staying until beginning of Nov. If time and energy permit, will try to visit some places of interest.

SC ex-governor Mark Sandford came to mind while taking pix of the Governor’s Mansion@Arsenal Hill. He gave the AT a bad rep by telling the media that he was hiking the AT when he was actually visiting his mistress in Argentina!

Sun: thanks to Linn for the walk@Finlay Park on a clear blue sky day. It is a big challenge to be a mother of 5, especially with a sick 2yrs old and a 2 months baby to nurse. Hats off to her for being such a wonderful daughter and a good mother. Appreciations to Rick Woodley@Woodley Garden Center for the plant names: Trumpet Vine, Red Fountain Grass and Southern Magnolia.

While I breath I hope – Matthew J Perry

Climbing Don Juan!

2 Oct 2011 – Fall is finally here…

Congratulations to Katy who did a 5km run in 41mins, way to go Katy! Could not to attend the race as Sophie is still not well and stayed home to keep an eye on the other four kids. She seemed better later and did have some food and was out in the garden for a short while.

L&J¬†planted rose bushes in the back-yard chosen by the kids. They all have wonderful different fragrance and are beautiful with names appropriate to each child: Katy’s Oklahoma/being in OK city, Ellie’s Elizabeth/Ellie middle name, John’s Climbing Don Juan/being a boy, he is more active and Juan is Spanish for John, Sophie’s Angel Face/she certainly has an angelic face. They will still have to pick one for James! They are good at picking out unique rose bush names, wonder what it will be??

Fall is in the air and the ghosts made by Kathy, Ellie and John are up in the trees spoofing in the winds! There are two pumpkins sitting the pouch and waiting to be carved for Halloween. James got to sit in the swing and slept in my arms for a short while. Sat night, we roasted mush-mellows & Linn made hot chocolate for the kids. Poor Sophie is still not her usual self. The three older kids got to stay up until 2130hrs and told stories over the camp fire. Being Sat, they also get to slumber with me!

Grandchildren are God’s reward for not killing your children Рunknown

Oct’s Special Dates

3 Happy Bday CHONG Siong Yin

4 Happy Bday Berit Lisbet EGGEN

6 Happy Bday David WONG

7 Happy Bday Leslie LAM

8 Happy Bdays Larry LAM, Audrey WONG and KONG Heng Sun

12 Happy Bday Karen SCAF-BENHAM

13 Happy Bday David YUNG

16 Happy Bday Patricia LAM

21 Happy Bdays Steve LAM & Dee HALL

24 United Nations Day

26 Happy Deepavali/Diwali, Festival of Lights to all Hindus

27 Happy Bday Ellen HALD sr

29 Happy Bdays LAM Kwok Lock & Kiera CHUA

31  Happy Bdays Adeline LEE, Mark BOROWSKY and Happy Halloween