Avalon & The Smurfs

17 Oct 2011 – OMGIM… Oh my gosh, it’s Mon!

Sat : Avalon where Linn & family lives, had their Annual Festival Party right next door to Linn. While walking in the neighbourhood, saw this lovely house with a well-groomed lawn and it will get my vote for being most idyllic house here! Took James in his stroller around this peaceful neighbourhood while the other kids had more inflatable to bounce off their energy which seems to bounce directly back after a good night sleep 🙂

Sun: The Smurfs make their first trip to the big screen in Columbia Pictures’/Sony Pictures Animation’s hybrid live-action and animated family comedy, The Smurfs***When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the Smurfs out of their village, they’re forced through a portal, out of their world, landing in the middle of New York’s Central Park. Stuck in the Big Apple, the Smurfs must find a way to get back to their village before Gargamel tracks them down.

Katy, Ellie and John seemed to have enjoyed the movie! Either the chairs in this cinema are not too comfortable, or my aging back is trying to tell me something!!

Papa Smurf: I’m 546, I’m getting too old for this… 


15 Oct 2011 – Another Weekend of Activities

How to keep the kids busy on a Fri afternoon and evening! Introduce them to pomegranate eating but make sure it is outdoors so that one can hose down the aftermath 🙂

Then hope that the older kids had fun bouncing off their excess energy@FunZone so that mother, baby and pet can have a couple of hours to quiet time! Am told that parents, grandparents are able to bounce too. Boy what am I missing out and always thought that those inflatable were only for children.

With three play areas and even a section for having food, my next Bday party will be@FunZone 🙂 🙂


Finally you would think that they will just crash to bed after a day as such and they more or less did! This is only Fri afternoon and evening, there is still the whole of Sat & Sun! Have a wonderful weekend y’all 🙂 🙂 🙂

No matter how far life pushes you down, no matter how much you hurt, you can always bounce back – Sheryl Swoopes

Condom for Irmo Mayor!

13 Oct 2011 – Interesting Names

What is it with mayor and governor in this area!!! The previous SC governor gave AT a bad rep and a week ago, saw this in The New Irmo News Newspapers – The name we trust. Kathy Condom Irmo Mayor.

She is Irmo’s Council Woman and running for mayor. With a family/last name like Condom, one would think that a change will not harm in this case! Wonder if her name came before the product?? But then with a name like that, people will certainly remember 🙂

In Norway there are laws against certain names and if you have not named you baby by 6 months after birth, the state will name the baby!

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet – Shakespeare 

What an interesting place to be and where else in the world can you find  an Orka Man, a restaurant with the name of Lizard’s Thicket with no lizards and perhaps they may even have a mayor name Condom 🙂 🙂

Significance of Names and these are funny 🙂 🙂 🙂

Since history began, the Chinese always believed in the significance of one’s name. They have developed a comprehensive system of naming one’s children as it is believed that the name of a person strongly influences one’s destiny and fate. Astrologers, fortune-tellers, academics and monks are consulted when choosing a name for the new born. The other cultures, however do not really believe in it and tend to brush it off as superstition.

Whether you believe it or not, however, the other cultures are not spared of this correlation.

Eg, the Chinese surname LEE (or LI) is associated with power and success such as Lee Kuan Yew, Lee Teng Hui (former Taiwan President), Li Peng ( China ‘s ex PM), Li Ka Shing (HK tycoon) and LEE Iacocca – once Chrysler’s chief, and Lee Van Cliff, the actor.

 One very good example is Lee Iacocca, whose last name IACOCCA stands for:








Coincidence? ……….

Look at the following familiar examples:

MAHATHIR ( Malaysia ‘s PM):








Ringgit !

SUHARTO (Ex president of Indonesia) :








BUSH (American Ex-President) :




Hussein !








Now !

However, no one can beat this latest casualty in bad naming :







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! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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 🙂


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 🙂 🙂

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 🙂 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 🙂

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

‎Jasmine 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.

‎Three apples that changed the world: Eve’s, Newton’s and Jobs –