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Archive for June, 2013

I haven’t had a lot of time to think or post in the past weeks after returning from my holiday in Taiwan. This is due to the fact that I have returned to 2 weeks worth of unsigned letters and unanswered mail [I so want to murder The Buddha for not signing any of my letters while I was away], and the whirlwind of hearing dates in July.

This evening, after I rushed out an advice asking for an obscene sum of money before next Friday, I sat back in my chair and realised that hey, I have my camera with me!

So here are some of my favourite pictures from my 12-days in Taiwan (Kaohsiung-Cingjing-Taipei).

Arriving at The Splendour in Kaohsiung

Arriving at The Splendour in Kaohsiung

Walking along Cengqing Hu (澄清湖 )

Walking along Cengqing Hu (澄清湖 )

Lanterns outside the ginormous temple on Cijin

Lanterns outside the ginormous temple on Cijin

Black sand beach at Cijin

Black sand beach at Cijin

清境 - Is this place even for real?

清境 – Is this place even for real?

Path outside our chalet at Mingqing Farm (眀琴)

Path outside our chalet at Mingqing Farm (眀琴)

Sheep!

Sheep!

Walking downhill in the summer rain

Walking downhill in the summer rain

Sun Moon Lake

Sun Moon Lake

Our view at dinner

Our view at dinner

Hungry Cat

Hungry Cat

Breakfast!

Breakfast!

Hippos at LeoFoo Safari Theme Park

Hippos at LeoFoo Safari Theme Park

Field of flowers at Daxi

Field of flowers at Daxi

Sunflowers

Sunflowers

Daxi Lao Jie

Daxi Lao Jie

Petition area

Petition area

Rainy day at Taipei Zoo

Rainy day at Taipei Zoo

Ximending

Ximending

All tired out

All tired out

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Oh I feel so much better about life looking at these pictures!

On the whole, I was unimpressed in Kaohsiung, fell in love with Cingjing, and had a really great time in Taipei.

Taiwan is definitely a place that I want to see more of in the future.

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Mummy: Kiddies, before you make trivial complaints about each other, I want you to consider the intended and practical ramifications of your complaint. Do you expect Mummy to act on your complaint by punishing one of you? Then Mummy will be unhappy and it will spoil all of our moods for a while.

*moment of silence*

Lion: Mummy, 姐姐 is not sitting properly.

Daddy: *sniggers*

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Peanut: Ah-Ma, is it that you are lazy so you don’t want to go out?

MIL: !!! Who told you that?!?

Peanut: Daddy.

Mummy: *sniggers*

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lazy hazy crazy

When the outside of your office looks like this:

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And you have just returned from a holiday not too long ago from a place that looks like this:

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It well and truly sucks. Like my Dyson vacuum cleaner.

😦

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ETA at 5:20pm

After I wrote the above entry, I ordered 150 kiddie face masks online for my kids because they don’t sell kiddie face masks at pharmacies and the hospitals are out.

Right after that, the PSI fell from 400 to 148.

The world hates me. I feel disowned by the Cosmos.

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Choco-Banana cake made by Mummy!

Choco-Banana cake made by Mummy!

My baby lion turned 3 over the weekend to much joy and jubilation. I think he has finally realised the significance of birthdays and what fun they are so for an entire weekend, he was like a pocket rocket laughing and zooming around, buoyed by the knowledge that it was his celebrations and he should have as much fun as humanly possible.

He has grown up so much over the last year and has become quite eloquent over the last half year or so. He is now able to participate in Peanut’s narration of stories and even negotiate with Peanut on occasion.

And for the nth time, his name is not spelt wrongly, thank you very much. For the record, we had intentionally named him Seph and not Seth. Seph is Egyptian (also spelt Sef), not anglo. It is the name of the lion which guards the door of yesterday and forms one half of the representation of the Egyptian God, Aker. Hence Lion, borne in the year of the another big cat, the Tiger. It annoys me to no end when people get his name wrong or ask me whether it is short for something.

So ’twas a happy happy weekend for the birthday boy, who ate a crazy amount of food (as usual) and even ate almost half of the cake [with some help from his sister] which the restaurant had kindly provided complimentary during his birthday dinner on Saturday night. For someone who doesn’t usually eat sweet stuff, it was really quite a feat!

absolutely delighted!

absolutely delighted!

Now doesn’t that picture make you wanna squeeze him? 🙂

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