Bon Odori


We went to the Bon Odori Festival yesterday evening with my bro, sis and the kids. I really like the significance of this festival and how everyone participates in the dancing to honor the ancestors that have come before them.

My friend K had kindly shared her children’s Bon Odori outfits with the kids and we had to take some pictures of them.

It was a good time, with family and good mochi (yum!). It was the first time I had tried baked mochi.

Save Net Radio

If you are like me and enjoy listening to music on your favorite Internet radio/music station but today, when you tried to do so, you only found a public service announcement message that today is a declared day of silence to support the movement to save net radio, do something now.

Call your congressmen to let them know that how much you enjoy and love net radio.

Read more about it here.

Goodbye, Hansa


I was saddened by the news that our Woodland Park Zoo has lost the first elephant ever born in the zoo and in this state.

Everyone knows I love elephants and I’m sad that I never did get to see her.

Don’t you just love her gorgeous blue-green-grey color?

Christmas Ship Festival

Last night, we braved the cold and went out to the lake to listen to the Christmas Ship carollers. The boulevard was lined with luminarias – it was beautiful. The night was clear and crisp, illuminated also by the full moon.

This was the best picture I could get of the ships. The sound system was pretty good and we could hear the singing clearly from the shore. After the 20 minute performance, we walked back to our friends’ (Kath & Robi) house to enjoy some hot cocoa, egg nog lattes, popcorn, brownies and candy canes.

It was so kind of them to share their Christmas tradition with us. We had such a good time.

Menu for Hope II

menuforhope.jpgPim from Chez Pim fame, with her food blogging friends, is raising funds for the earthquake in Kashmir. A $5 donation would give you a chance to win an exclusive prize that has been generously donated by a food blogger.

“Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.”

– St. Francis of Assisi

Out of the darkness

Last night we had a power outage for about 3 hours. The kids had fun with their torchlights and everyone thanked Stef for owning so many candles. I lit all the candles situated about the house and we had some really pretty light. During a power outage, there is little one can do so we sat around, enjoyed each other’s company as well as snacks.

This morning, I woke up with some crud in my throat. You know that feeling that you’re going to be sick unless you drink a thousand gallons of water before the sun sets? Yah, that one.

In other more important news, Mike and I celebrate our 3rd anniversary today. It may seem a small number of years for veteran married people but all I know is that the quality of my life has increased manifold since we got together and my life before him was already a good one. I’m lucky and very thankful for him.

My blessing. My love.

Rent a Tree

xmasmatrix.gifIkea Seattle is having its annual Rent-a-tree program next weekend (12.9 to 12.11). You pay $14.99 plus a $10 deposit and you can take home a tree. Bring the tree back to them in January (1.7 to 1.9) and receive your deposit back in the form of a gift certificate to spend at Ikea.

I think it’s a great idea and the trees will be mulched for our local parks.

We’re getting some wet snow as I’m typing this.

Avian Flu

This flu strain is no joke.

So why does the man in the nearby religious building decide to unload mounts of stale bread in the parking lot to feed pigeons, crows and seagulls? In my opinion, these birds are just rats with wings.

It is not just occurring far away in some other country. It doesn’t take much to spread in our increasingly small world and global exchange.

Educate yourself, do yourself and those around you, a favor.

Here are a few resources:
CDC’s information page
WHO’s page
Bird flu in Singapore