Saturday, December 30, 2006
Here is the instruction for taking care of poor me while my parents are gone.
1) Feeding is once a day. Please use the measuring cup as serving size for the day. My food is behind the storage cabinet where the master bedroom faces. There are 2 bags of food, about half of the serving cup from each bag would be about right. The 2 bags is one normal food, the other low fat one... :)
2) Please clean the litter box daily.
3) Please pour away remaining water and fill in new tap water in my water bowl daily.
The schedule for taking care of me goes as follows :
Chin Ping 1/1-1/2
Monday, December 25, 2006
Haven't seen Fanny and Johnny in almost 2 years already. They looked great!
The night is also pretty warm, so I walked around the neighborhood and took some pictures to share. Enjoy!
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Ice on the windshield...
Poor Calla Lily...
It used to look like this. Picture was taken a few days before.
The impatient in the backyard also seemed to have suffered.Besides the plants, our house also got really cold. And that's quite taxing on all its inhibitants. This includes Pei Sun, Toro, and I. But the one the suffered the most is our poor little Thai Glass Catfish. The temperature in the fish tank has dropped so low that the poor little tropical fish almost lost its life. Pei Sun noticed that the fish was having a hard time swimming, it seemed to be having a hard time floating. Pei Sun called me to get a new water heater for the fish, but the fish shop is closed when I arrived. In the meantime, Pei Sun had to microwave water and add it back to the fish tank to keep the water temperature from falling too low.
After we bought the water heater the next day, when we came home, we realized that the poor fish is already lying at the bottom of the tank. We were shocked!! Immediately, we performed an ER rescue on the fish. I heat up water. Pei Sun picked up the fish. Then she put the fish into the pot. Ouch, ouch! Poor thing, the surface around the pot was quite hot. The fish must have scalded itself a few times. It really wasn't doing too well. Sometimes tries to swim. But occassionally gave up and sank to the bottom of the pot. After probably 30min, it finally regained its strength! The fish is now back in the tank. It has been through a lot, send it some regards when you are around... :)
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Everytime we have a water leaking in the garage, it means time to clean up the garage.
Monday, December 18, 2006
Please allow me to introduce this cute little baby-Marcus. Who do you think he looks like? ah, gorbie+ Karin of course. He was born on the 15th of Dec. This pix was taken on the 16th. Do you think he looks like 1 DAY old? nah... BIG BIG BIG... 7+lbs. Will keep you guys updated later about his mischief...
Thursday, December 14, 2006
So it happens that he was leaving from SFO on 12/12. On that day Pei Sun was actually not feeling too well, she seemed to be catching those marathon sneezes again. After Pei Sun and I sent him to the airport, I came home feeling a little tired after a productive day of work.
So I thought, I am ready to go to bed. As soon as I left the car, I noticed oops, the side door was unlocked. Once again, we left the house open. Oh well, it happens quite a lot. So locked it as always.
Then I tell myself let me turn off all the christmas lights first, so I went to the patio area, then I noticed a pair of New Balance shoe. Oh crap, Joe forgot his shoes. But wait, there are more shoes... Hmm... what happened?
My first thought was. Oh no, someone trespasses the house. But then 5 sec later, I realized what it was. Surprised!
It was my own birthday party. So I did spoil the surprise, but only 5 secs earlier. I consider it still pretty well executed plan! Good job, Donald!
The party was fun. It was fun because it was so spontaneous. It was so casual, gotto see so many friends without having to make a lot of plans. It's nice. I feel contented. Perhaps one of the many reasons that make December special!
And Lynn, the cakes are awesome!! Check out the pictures in the surprise party link. It is one of the few moments in life when I like time to just stop.
Then the next day, 12/13. The actual day. Toro begged me for food early morning at 4am, I feed her. Then again, she begged for food at 6am. I was furious, so I gave her 4 tiny pieces instead of her usual meal (around 30 pieces or so). She didn't want to eat any. So I have to give her more. And still she refused. After 3 times of refilling her food bowl with my food, then she finally started to eat. Then I went back to sleep.
Alarm has sounded. I didn't know. Then Pei Sun woke me up at 8am. It was too late for a shower if we are carpooling. If I don't carpool with Pei Sun, then she would be late. So she got to work late, I had to take the caltrain. It wasn't too smooth a day to start. Then I got to work, busy! But quite productive! Got a few birthday greetings to cheer me up! Chin Ping called me to wish me my bday, then she asked me how's the camera? I was confused, what camera? "No camera," I told her. She said "oops.."
I didn't think too much about it except that perhaps i was supposed to get a camera as a gift, but it was later decided to not get it. That's why there is the "oops."
Birthday is a big deal in our family tradition. We celebrate it by eating out in a nice restaurant. But instead, we eat dinner at home today. The menu wasn't too impressive at all, instant noodle (Indo Mee), and some leftover fried rice and porridge that we had when we sent Joe off the airport yesterday. It was definitely the least eventful dinner in my 32-year of life.
After an unexciting dinner, I managed to get a few phone calls first from Lina, then from Lalit with birthday wishes. It was quite fun to hear from friends who are not even local. After that, I went into the bedroom and was greeted by all the froggies. And Toro too sneaked in between.
This is when I am so pleasently surprised that an uninteresting dinner was followed by such an extraordinary presentation by Pei Sun.
I opened the box. I knew it was a camera because of the oops from the morning. And the first thing I saw was the lens. I thought I got a lens, have to buy my own camera. But there is no way, just not Pei Sun's style to do so.
It's a Nikon! Awesome. I have been talking and talking about getting a digital SLR for probably a year now. Finally, I got it. I am sure at that point that Donald is involved in influencing the decision. The next sets of photos are all taken with the new D80.
Pei Sun held it off without telling me for so long. She has been planning this for a while. So sweet of her.
Tricky too, started me off with such uninteresting food.
I hardly want anything usually. Only thing I wanted was SLR. She knew all along, and she waited for the perfect time to give it to me. So touched! Definitely the best gift ever! Also very timely for our trip to NY.
Consider the day wasn't too good to start, it ended pretty nicely. I had a really good birthday after all.
I feel grateful to have my lovely wife by my side. I feel lucky because it is more than just her presence that I felt. It was the satisfaction that she understood me, and gave me the best of my wishes.
Even though the camera news was leaked out, it was still a surprise as I wasn't really expecting it until I saw the present. Then I knew what was inside... hehe...
This is how the story goes, apparently the surprise party was supposed to happen on 12/13. Then we have the camera and everything. But circumstances moved the party to a day earlier, and the camera didn't arrive in time. Donald had to wrap the camera and pass it to Pei Sun on the day before our uneventful dinner. Given all the effort that went into it, I should stop whining about the dinner.
Toro checking out the new camera. She asked, "Why is the lens moving around?"
Raindeer in front of the fireplace.
Steakhouse in Mt. View
Took a walk after lunch. It's fall!
More fall pictures...
The corner house wins the most elaborate christmas decor around.
Toro wants some attention, when the computer is getting too much of my attention.
Another fall picture.
Del-Toro is short for dell toro.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Of course, lots of snacking during game nite :)
Donald working out after having too many cream puffs!
Who is the most talented singer?
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Pei Sun made souffle last Saturday and invited Matt and Ah Girl over for dessert. Here is a picture before they went into the oven.
We have always enjoyed chocolate souffle ever since we had it in Pasta Pomodoro from Arif's recommendation. Unfortunately NOT all pasta pomodoro is created equal. The chocolate souffle that we had in Palo Alto was excellent. And the pasta pomodoro in Sunnyvale serves the same thing, but tasted lousy. The more tragic thing is that Pasta Pomodoro of Palo Alto has closed shop!! What? Thus, it is better if we could perfect the recipe. Let's see...
I think we passed with flying colors!! What do you think?
Perhaps temperature in US is dropping fast.
It's hibernation time.....?
Wake up! It's dinner time.
Hi, this looks delicious.
Stew, BBQ, or even sashimi.
Want to try?
How about these goat heads.
It's only 1.2 Euro each,
Apparently the brain is a delicacy.
It's good for those who thinks a lot!
Daddy and mummy were served 'curry goat head' some 5 years ago in my Indian supervisor's house, during Deepavali.
We were asked to break open the head and enjoy the brain ;(
It was supposed to be the privilege of the VIP ;p
It was embarrassing, but we managed to decline tactfully .
No wonder we are still not so smart...........
Ok, now how about porcupine?
Not for food though.
They are for decorations only.
Very creative, made from some pine tree stems.
Should fetch good price in e-bay.
Now let's look at something tempting, and edible.
How about some smoked ham?
Tons of it!
Now something to exercise your jaws,
nuts, dates, and chocolates.
...........and some sweet stuffs for the ladies
Let's try something fresh, and moving.
How about this?
Crabs, Crayfish or Lobster?
Guess everyone, or most of us, love this;)
They are all alive.
Termidore? Baked? Fry with black pepper, or just raw with shoyu and wasabi, yummy yummy....
I am hungry now;)
Of course we need some fruits, as what Ah girl's nutritionist says :)
It is called 'Dragon fruit' back home, as it resembles the fiery ball in front of a Chinese dragon.
They are 2 varieties, the greyish flesh variety is plain, not so sweet, while the red ones are fragrant, juicy and sweet.
I remember first tasting this dragon fruit in Shang Palace some 15 years ago. It was air flown from Vietnam.
I was naive enough to try planting from its 'seeds' inside. Of course I failed!
We need stem cuttings for re-planting, and now I have planted one in our backyard. Hopefully it will start to fruit after about a year.
Simple and cute!
Saw a group of kindergarten kids playing on them later. They were just about to enter the play ground.