Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
This is how she spends her time. Weeding the grass and picking away all the dried leaves in the morning before the sun gets too hot. After breakfast she sits in front of the telly reading the papers listening to the news as she waits for evening. Watering the plants at dusk before taking a shower for dinner. A daily routine in her twilight years. A far cry from the days when she spent 10hrs, 6 days a week running her company. With a dependable maid to keep an eye on her. To be sure she remembers to take her medication and meals. She hardly speaks and has never watch any chinese/english series. This is how she finds simple pleasure. With her plants.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Finally, some quiet time. It's been a week since we drove up north for our family dinner. A chance to catch up with the family news. Mum made sure I had a dose of her stew pig trotters while mum in law, her homemade keropok. Brother is all excited anticipating the inpending move while sis in law filling us in on her venture. A pilate instructor at her new studio. As youngest niece & nephew are over the age of 12, gone all the days of playing fireworks and running around. Now, it's sit down party games. Giving a the green light, grandpa poured a warm sake for son at a japanese dinner. Coming of age.
A short trip of 4 days as son and youngest still had papers to sit for on the 4th day of the lunar new year.
My two little lion dancers from next door ushering in the Tiger Year.
Saturday, February 06, 2010
It's less than a week and no decision has been made. Where is he going to spent his weekend? Unable to participate in Our annual family trip up north. He has not the proper papers. His fluttering heart will show up as a bright red spot of the high tech scanner at the checkpoint.
Eldest is still thinking.
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Jostling and elbowing through the crowded streets on a sunday night. Many, like me, were there to soak in the sound, sight and sweat. The loud blaring of chinese songs, traders shouting out their ware. The street littered with jelly wrappers, peanut shells. Sellers stuffing into outstretched hands, sample of the cold made in Taiwan jelly cubes, peanuts & melon seeds. Hoping for a sale. Waxed ducks and sausages all deck out. Once, few years back I was shocked to spot hanging in one corner, a very flatten wax/cured Pig. A whole pig flatten. The colourful assortment of sweet winter melon, lotus roots, tangerines and coconut strips. What is Lunar New without a walk through Chinatown on a warm and humid sunday evening.