Monday, 30 April 2007

Stylish indoor shoes

Isotoners from France, made of fleece, cotton and memory foam, I believe. Got 'em on sale (TWD 499 after discount and coupon) while shopping with Mom this afternoon. They're fabulously comfortable and functionally and appropriately perfect for running around the tv station in. All they need now are some ribbons or other accessories to liven things up.

I'm finally home in Danshui. It's so nice to be at home, even with Dad holed up writing his thesis and the house keeper on holiday. Perhaps I'll wash the monsters tomorrow. Well, maybe I'll start with brushing them and see how far I can get.

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Sunday, 29 April 2007

More photos from phone

Uncle Morris

Uncle Kevin

Uncle Alan

Congratulations Daniel and Quyen

Daniel and Quyen got married on Daniel's birthday, 25 April. I'm so happy for them.

I really admire their courage. If I didn't have a stable job, a stable income and a good plan for life, I wouldn't be able to do it.

What I've noticed in Taiwan is that most young people these days tend to think that life changes faster than plans can be made. They tend to just jump in and worry about the rest later. I suppose that can be good or bad, but I just wouldn't be able to do it.
If there's just one thing I need, I think it's stability. I suppose I'm an old-fashioned kind of girl.

Speaking of good news, I attended a coworker's wedding last week, and this week, Jeffrey first and Jon second have asked for my mailing address and wouldn't tell me what they were sending. People left and right are getting either engaged or married these days (or so it seems). Oh no, I'm not feeling pressured or envious - I'm just worried about how I'm going to find the time to attend all these events!

Golf balls, pebbles, sand and coffee

I decided to go for the golf balls today, and instead of going in to do extra work for CNN World Report, I went to Uncle Cody's instead. Nelson had come back for his Golden Week holiday, and I decided to go over for dinner.

It wasn't anything special, but it was nice to see family and to feel like a normal person.

Here's Uncle Cody, taken with lovely new phone that Afu gave me for my birthday.

Tomorrow, I'm finally going home to see Mom, Dad and the four-legged gang. It's been almost 2 months, shame on me.

Friday, 27 April 2007

Taiwanese croissant

They're called 三峽金牛角 and supposedly originated in Sanxia. Totally unhealthy (and not tasty), but my coworkers love them. Picked up a dozen on the way back from an assignment.

Sunday, 22 April 2007


From an email being passed around. A good read!

When things in your life seem almost too much to
handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough,
remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 cups of coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had
some items in front of him.

When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very
large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill
it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the
jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and
poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly.
The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the
golf balls. He then asked the students again if the
jar was full they agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured
it into the jar . Of course, the sand filled up
everything else. He asked once more if the jar was
full. The students responded with a unanimous "yes."

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from
under the table and poured the entire contents into
the jar, effectively filling the empty space between
the sand. Th e students laughed.

"Now," said the professor, as the laughter subsided,
"I want you to recognize that this jar represents
your life. The golf balls are the important things-
your God, family, your children, your health, your
friends, and your favorite passions--things that if
everything else was lost and only they remained your
life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your
job, your house, and your car.

The sand is everything else -- the small stuff.

If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued,
"there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls.
The same goes for life. If you spend all your time
and energy on the small stuff, you will never have
room for the things that are important to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your
happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get
medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner.
Play another 18. There will always be time to clean
the house and fix the disposal."

Take care of the golf balls first -- the things that
really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what
the coffee represented.

The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked. It just
goes to show you that no matter how full your life may
seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of
coffee with a friend."

Sunday, 8 April 2007

American Pastime

It's out! You can buy it on Amazon.

Here's the trailer:

Friday, 6 April 2007


I really need a holiday. I haven't had time for much lately. Not even for getting sick. I think when I actually have a couple of days off my mind is going to turn off and the sick bug is going to overtake my body. :(