Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Billy Joel - Last play at Shea

Before we left for our vacation, I had the opportunity to go to a live concert. It was Billy Joel's concert and he's playing at Shea Stadium (a baseball stadium) before it is torn down to make way for a new stadium.

Billy Joel is one of hubby's favourite singer and he was determined to catch this concert. We managed to buy the tickets online 4 months ago and got very good seats. Look at the orange area, that's where we sat and it's very close to the stage.

It was a sell out concert of over 60,000 people.

We got there quite early since we were concerned about finding parking and encoutering traffic jams. Even though the ticket said the concert will start at 8pm, it didn't start until almost 9pm and went on until midnight. *yawn* I have never slept so late since I turned 30....LOL.

The stage

The start of the concert.

It was a great concert and I'm glad that I have the chance to experience it.

The man himself.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Montauk 5D/4N - Part 2

The 2nd day in Montauk started a bit cloudy as well, so we decided to visit the Montauk Point Lighthouse in the morning. It is at the tip of the island and if you go any further, you would fall into the Atlantic Ocean!

We didn't go to the Lighthouse itself but there is a small trail by the side which leads to the ocean. This is the end of the island. We stood there watching to ocean coming in and I feel small standing there, the waves breaking on the shore. It's a beautiful place.

We spent the rest of the afternoon and the next day at the beach. Just relaxing and reading and napping.

On the 4th day, the sky was overcast the whole day and the wind was strong. We didn't even go near the beach and hubby was feeling a little lethargic. I think too much beach....LOL. We didn't do anything the WHOLE day!

On the 5th dday, we left for home after breakfast, eager to see our little Olivia. I know everyone is anxiously waiting to see what hubby looks like. I had asked him if I could put a photo of him on the blog, he said yes, make sure it's a good pic and not without his shirt on.....hehe.

So here goes....


Friday, July 25, 2008

Montauk 5D/4N - Part 1

We're back, we're back from our vacation! The location of our vacation is Montauk, a beach resort town at the eastern tip of Long Island.

It is about 2.5 hours drive from our home. After dropping Olivia off at my in-laws, we drove straight there and arrived at Montauk at about noon.

The weather there was kinda foggy but dry. We check out the beach situation and this is what we saw. The sea was kinda choppy with big waves. It's condition was affected by Hurricane Cristobel which was passing by about 200 miles away.

So, we decided to walk around town and check out all the cute shops. The first thing we bought was this.

You can see that Olivia is always on our mind and we missed her a lot.

After lunch, although the sky is still foggy, the waves have calmed down a bit and we were able to vegetate at the beach for the rest of the afternoon.

Stay tuned for more photos and the debut of hubby's photo!! Hehe......

Sunday, July 20, 2008

On vacation

We are going away on vacation for 5 days. It's just hubby and me. Although it was very hard for us not to take Olivia but we need this vacation. It will be good for our relationship.

We will miss her very much but I'm sure she will enjoy staying with her grandparents.

See you in a week!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Durian vs Ang Moh (White man)

Who won?? DURIAN!!

There is this show on the Travel Channel where the host, Andrew Zimmern, goes round the world to taste bizarre foods.

I saw a segment where he was in Penang, tasting all the food and explaining how belacan is made. The segment also showed him at a food court in Macalister Road and was eating curry mee with pork blood.

Then, it showed him at a roadside durian stall interviewing the locals what they think of the fruit by smelling it. He visited a durian farm in Balik Pulau and the defining moment came, tasting the durian flesh.

Now, this man has travelled all over the world eating what we would considered disgusting food, like beating frog hearts. He was hesitant to taste it but when he put the fruit in his mouth, he quickly spit it out. He couldn't swallow it.

I asked hubby about the first time he tried durian, he said that the consistency is a bit weird.

Durian beat the king of bizarre food!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Celebrating Po Po's birthday in US

A week before Po Po left for Penang, we celebrated her birthday here in New York. I'm so happy we were able to do it because it has been a long time since I 'belanja' (treat) my mom on her birthday.

Po Po decided she would like to have the Japanese Hibachi since she has never had Hibachi before. So I found a Japanese restaurant that serve Hibachi about 10 minutes from our home.

Part of the fun of eating in a Hibachi restaurant is the performance put on by the chef.

Even Oliva was amused by the show. Dinner was great and we had saki. It feels warm as it travels down your throat.

And for dessert, homemade chocolate pound cake...DECADENT.

On a side note, the people who work at the Japanese restaurant are all chinese...hehe.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Bon Voyage, Po Po

This morning, we sent my mom to JFK airport to catch her flight home to Penang. Her 2 month stay here is finally over. For me, those weeks flew by.

Naturally, I was 'spoilt' when my mom was here. She helped me a lot with Olivia and cooking and laundry. I also enjoyed the company of my mom since the last time I saw her was in 2006.

Therefore, today is a sad day for me. I'm sad because I know my parents are sad that they could not see Olivia grow up in front of their eyes. I'm sad because I could not afford to see them every year. I don't know how many buckets of tears I have shed today.

I am depressed.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Today is our anniversary

7 years ago, this date, we had our tea ceremony and wedding reception. Even though we had registered 6 months earlier, we decided that this date will be our anniversary.

So, how do I feel about being married for 7 years??

Well, firstly, I can't even believe that I'm married. Unlike most girls who had dreams of getting married by a certain age and was already planning their wedding when they snare themselves a boyfriend, for me, it will happen when and if it happens. Of course, I do have hope of finding a good man to settle down but I don't go around 'hunting' for men. Perhaps that's why I don't have a boyfriend until hubby comes along. Yup, he's my first and last love.

Secondly, I can't believe that we have a daughter. She is the joy of our life and I'm so glad we had her when we did. I remember in high school, we used to play this game to see how many kids you're going to have and I'm "suppose" to have 3 kids. Well, we know that will not be the case. :)

I have to say it's been like a least it's not a nightmare...yeah. Time just flew by. It has it's ups and downs as nothing is perfect.

7 years....let's hope neither of us have the 7 year itch. Hahaha......

Sunday, July 6, 2008

4th of July fireworks

In the 6 1/2 years that I've been here, I have only watch the 4th of July fireworks twice. Once was in Manhattan and the other time was on Jones Beach. Needless to say, the fireworks were spectacular.

This year, we didn't go anywhere to watch the fireworks because it is too late for Olivia to stay up. However, we discovered that our neighborhood has it's own fireworks show.

People living a few blocks down from us were setting off their own fireworks and I have to say, they rival those organized by the authorities.

Below are the few pictures I took with my compact camera. I thought the photos came out great. What do you think?

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Friendship Tag

I received this friendship tag/award from AndrewJune and Yatie (from My Taste of Home). Thanks ladies. I really appreciate the friendship I have found through blogging. It has definitely opened up a whole new world for me.

I would like to pass on this award to:

1. Beachlover
2. Puteri
3. Wuching
4. Ann
5. Rita

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

I'm a Lifer

I got this fun online survey from a friend mine. It's fun to do but doesn't help with anything, there might be some truth to the results of the survey. Try it - Are you a Talent, a Lifer or a Mandarin?

I'm a Lifer. What it says :

"To you, a job is what pays the bills. You put in your hours, follow the rules, and then go home. Occasionally, you consider quitting, but then you think of how bad the job market is and you reconsider. Whatever happiness you get, you get from your life outside the workplace. Relationships, family, hobbies, and outside creative pursuits are what really matter to you. You're probably taking this test at work because you don't have anything better to do."

My scores are -

Talent: 41%
Lifer: 59%
Mandarin: 51%

When I read it, it made me sad cos there's so much truth in what it says about me, at this point of my life. Right now, my priority is Olivia and my current job is a means to our many ends. Some people are lucky that they are passionate about their jobs. I don't dislike the career I have chosen, climbing the corporate ladder is not high on my priority list at the moment.

I guess there is nothing wrong with that. It just sounds like a boring life. My priority has always been my family and I know I have it right.

Most people have a combination of personality. So, what are you? :)