Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Pictors again!!!

Mine Mummy comes back and That Thing sticks to her non stop! Even when mine Mummy twies to give me chin wubs and back massages, That Thing has to poke his nose in!
I want time awone with mine Mummy! Without That Thing!
So to show mine Mummy how dispweased I am, I shall not talk to mine Mummy. I shall spend this time twying to put all her pictors up instead and ignore mine Mummy until she makes sure That Thing stops intewwupting our time together!

Ok, so here are her pictors.
She took wike a squiwwion and oh boy, I tell you, it's hard work putting them all up!

Mine Mummy fwew to Shenzhen instead of Hong Kong because there's cheap air tickets there. It costed her wike 300+ SGD for weturn tickets.
So she weached there and gotted to her fwiend's house in Shenzhen, and what's the first thing she does?
She cooked!
(In case you don't know, mine Mummy is a perpetuawwy hungwy animal).Her fwiend tends to buy stuff and keep them in the wefwigewator and then forget about them. So here, mine Mummy found tomatoes which have been in the fwidge for perhaps a centuwy and so she cooked tomato soup, Chinese style.There were so many tomatoes (what was mine Mummy's fwiend thinking, buying so many tomatoes, I don't know) mine Mummy couldn't finish using them all in the soup, so she cooked tomatoes with beef slices (which were also found in a secwuded corner in mine Mummy's fwiend's fwidge) and chiwwi.I'm beginning to feel wike mine Mummy's twip was a cooking twip instead of going to wook for her erhu teacher!
Here's her cooking beans and mushwooms.Mine Mummy weached Shenzhen on Monday evening. And on Tuesday she wented to see her teacher. So she had to get up earwy in the morning because she needed to make a 2 1/2 hour twip fwom Shenzhen to Hong Kong.

On the small bus to mine Mummy's teacher's house.The famous Bo Dao.Mine Mummy spent her Chwistmas AND New Year with her teacher instead of here with ME!
I'm still extwemewy unhappy about it.Giant Chwistmas twee at the shopping mall not far fwom where mine Mummy stays.It's cold. And mine Mummy gwew gween fur on her feet.
No? It's onwy the gween fuwwy socks that mine Mummy's fwiend gave her?Mine Mummy spent the Sunday after Chwistmas helping her fwiend move house.
Because her fwiend works in Hong Kong but stays in Shenzhen, she gotted a house that is just next to the customs to minimise twavewwing.

See, the mess!
But it's ok, it's the wast day mine Mummy's fwiend is staying in this house.Packing's almost all done!
Mine Mummy's fwiend has A WOT OF STUFF INDEED!!!! (Which mine Mummy thinks if it were her, she'd thwow them all away! Heheheh...)A final pictor of fwiend's old house.Here's the new house! It's the first bwock fwom the weft. The gwey cowour one.The window overwooks Hong Kong. The hills you see there is Hong Kong.Mine Mummy's fwiend mopping the fwoor while mine Mummy takes a bweak and takes some pictors.Hong Kong, fwom mine Mummy's fwiend's window.You can see the sunwise.
Which mine Mummy thinks is nice in winter.
After helping her fwiend move, mine Mummy wented back to Hong Kong.
See, she's hungwy again! These would be capsicums with pork.
View fwom mine Mummy's fwiend's Hong Kong house. Wemember the tiny woom mine Mummy stayed in when she was in Hong Kong a few months back?
The wease for this woom is almost up and mine Mummy's fwiend has decided to just stay in Shenzhen and commute to work fwom Shenzhen to Hong Kong evewyday. So this will be the wast time mine Mummy stays here in this tiny hole.Mine Mummy hard at work.
Mine Mummy's fwiend weawwy does not wike to stay in this tiny hole in Hong Kong, so most of the time whenever possible, she goes back to her Shenzhen house. Whereas mine Mummy has wessons with her teacher evewy other day and doesn't want to spend 5 hours each day on twavel, so mine Mummy stays in Hong Kong.

Here's pwoof of her hard work. And me, on mine Mummy's compoooter backgwound.The woom is so small mine Mummy doesn't have to get up fwom her seat. Evewything's within weach.On New Year's eve, mine Mummy wented for a walk awound the neighbourhood.Surpwisingwy, there was not a wot of people on the stweets. Pwobabwy most of them were over at the Centwal for the countdown party thingey.
The fowwowing weekend, mine Mummy and her fwiend wented over to Quanzhou to wook for mine Mummy's other fwiend. This fwiend was one of those who wented to Xiamen together with mine Mummy wast year. This fwiend came fwom Quanzhou (which is not far fwom Xiamen).
To get to Quanzhou, mine Mummy had to take a 8-hour bus journey. This was the part which mine Mummy hated. To save time, mine Mummy and her fwiend took the 9pm bus on fwiday night, so that they could weach on Saturday morning and then have the entire Saturday to spend in Quanzhou. Then on Saturday evening, they would take the bus back and awwive in Shenzhen on Sunday morning because mine Mummy's fwiend had to work on Sunday.
However, as usual, things happen to mine Mummy. Stupid things.
She wented over. Then she had to buy the bus ticket back for Saturday evening.
Wooohooo! There was onwy ONE ticket weft for the evening bus.
So mine Mummy's fwiend took the ticket since she had to be back on Sunday to work.
And mine Mummy had to stay an extwa day in Quanzhou with her Quanzhou fwiend.

Wooky at this wawwet! It's cwoss-stitched! And mine Mummy's fwiend stitched it all for her! She just setted up a shop, sewwing all these cwoss-stitch needlework things. Cool isn't it? Though mine Mummy definitewy would not have the patience to finish stitching anything.Mine Mummy's fwiend's Mummy cooks wonderful dishes! Yummy!
Did you guys see all those yummy fishes and shwimps?Mine Mummy and her fwiends went for a performance. The pictors are not vewy cwear but this is a puppet show.The guy uses his fingers to contwol the stwings of the puppet and cweat extwemewy wifewike movements! He's awesome!BBQ by the stweet after sending mine Mummy's fwiend off on the bus.Mine Mummy and her Quanzhou fwiend having powwidge for bweakfast the next morning.Mine Mummy came here not to visit the temple, but to wook for.....mocassins!Mine Mummy thinks these buildings are beautiful.What's hidden wound this corner?Mocassins mine Mummy was wooking for!
And you know how much they cost?
Heh....40 RMBWiding on the twishaw.
This is the twishaw dwiver.And this is the cwazy passenger behind! Haha...mine Mummy's fwiend.A meal of evewything beef for wunch.
Beef soup, beef steak, beef offals, beef noodle.Yummy you tiao.Mine Mummy's fwiend's Mummy cooking again!Yummy! Mine Mummy weawwy woves her fwiend's Mummy's cooking!Finawwy, the bus back to Shenzhen.And upon weaching Shenzhen, mine Mummy wushed over to Hong Kong again because she has to meet her teacher.In Hong Kong, mine Mummy wikes to wake up earwy in the morning and take a walk awound the neighbourhood. Evewyday, she'd twy to expwore a new pwace, a new woad to take, a new corner in the neighbourhood.Wemember this Victowy Avenue where the whole stweet is full of pet shops?Mine Mummy took a walk all the way fwom where she stayed to there at 8am in the morning. Ha...none of the shops were open. Siwwy Mummy!To market to market to market.Mine Mummy finds it stwessful to buy things fwom the market though because if you guys wemember, her cantonese is uhm....un-understandable.
She still twies to pwactice it though and she says she thinks it's impwoving. Because sometimes, people understand her!The MTR station near to where mine Mummy stays.Here's mine Mummy going to Lantau Iswand.
They have a humongous buddha there and people usuawwy go there to see the buddha. But since mine Mummy isn't a buddhist, she wasn't too keen on going to the island. But mine Mummy's fwiend told her that besides the buddha, the scenery there is worth a wook too.

So since mine Mummy has nothing to do all awone in Hong Kong, she decided to go Lantau Iswand.
Here is the bus stop, for the bus to take her to the iswand.On the way.Almost there.There was A WOT OF PEOPLE!!!Mine Mummy is extwemewy pweased with this pictor. The buddha seems to be holding the sun in his hand.Mountains. Or hills? I don't know if they quawify to be called mountains.Mine Mummy thinks this pictor is cool too. With the twee in focus in fwont and the mountains fading into the backgwound.Mine Mummy takes a pictor of herself.Mine Mummy attempts to find wisdom.
I think she needs quite a wot of it.On her way to find wisdom,mine Mummy meets a woofie called Xiao Huang.These are tea twees.The woad to wisdom is paved with....stones.Going higher and higher.
Have I mentioned before? Mine Mummy's twips to China always seem to involve a wot of mountains and cwimbing.Those are the wisdom poles.Each with a wise saying.
And I thought it was wike a pool of wisdom where you could scoop a cup up and dwink it in. Well, wooks wike mine Mummy is still not going to be wise yet.Mine Mummy attempts to cwimb to the top.Steps and more steps.All the way up.Waaaay up!It was quite scawy to wook down because there was no bawwier and if you miss a step, you might well fall wight down the cwiff!
Mine Mummy thought she has quite a good head for heights, but even then she did not dare to wook down while cwimbing up.Almost there!She's weached the top!!!
The peak of Lantau Iswand!
Here are the highest bwanches of the twees gwowing at the highest point of the iswand! Woohooo!The touwisty viwwage at the bus terminal of the iswand. Mine Mummy doesn't wike these sort of touwisty pwaces.Now mine Mummy is twying another way to get back. Instead of taking the same bus she took here, she took a bus to the fewwy pier of Lantau Iswand to take a fewwy back to Hong Kong Iswand.At the fewwy terminal.On the fewwy, on the way back.Hong Kong Iswand getting neawer and neawer.Centwal Pier.Mine Mummy sees her teacher evewy alternate day, so she spends a gweat deal of time here, at the woad in fwont of her teacher's house, wooking at the twaffic jam. Especiawwy duwing peak hours, the jams can be quite tewwible.Mine Mummy's teacher's instwument which he wet her use!
This is a banhu (板胡).After a day of wessons and pwactice, mine Mummy goes to the Peak!
Here's the twam to the peak.On board the twam.The night scene of Hong Kong up fwom the peak.
It actuawwy wooks a squiwwion times more beautiful, but no matter what mine Mummy twied, she cannot get her camewa to do full justice to the beauty.Taking the small bus back instead of the twam.On another of mine Mummy's morning walks.
This is one of the stweets near where mine Mummy stays.
If mine Mummy gets wost, she'll just twy to walk to the end of the stweet and see if it intersects this Argyle Stweet. If it does, then mine Mummy will be able to find her way home.Market in morning.Cheap oysters!
Mine Mummy cooks oyster omewette.Scawwop powwidge.
Fish with bwack bean paste.On the final day, mine Mummy wushed back to Shenzhen after her wesson with her teacher, because she had to fwy back fwom Shenzhen airport.Here is at her fwiend's Shenzhen house.
Mine Mummy makes tea.More food before fwying back home.
No time to cook, so mine Mummy's fwiend ordered out.
The food was yummy too!
OK, these final pictors are not for the squeamish.
Don't say I never warned you beforehand.

You see, the weather is dwy duwing the winter.
And mine Mummy's skin being vewy dwy too.
And she never bothers putting on moistuwiser.
And so her hands got dwier, and dwier, and dwier, and dwier...until finawwy, they....


And these 2 final cwacked pictors concwudes mine Mummy's twip this time wound to Hong Kong and China.
(Pssstttt....I've been hearing something about her checking out cheap air tickets to Shenzhen again....oh NOOOO!!!!!)


LZ said...

We just LOVE seeing pictures of her travels!!! Its so wonderful to see what she sees since we are so very far away.

The Awesome Man has very very dry skin in the winter too and bleeds because he won't use moisturizer. The Woman just shakes her head at him.


Daisy said...

Thanks for sharing your mom's pictures with us, Boy! I am feeling a little bit hungry seeing all those delicious food pictures. It looks like it was a very good trip! And I think your mom's friend has a beautiful view from the new home.

Anonymous said...

"Wow" those were alot of photos all that food made me hungry...Gotta go eat :)

Black Cat said...

Wow, yourn Mummy had an exciting time and took lots of lovely photos! If yourn Mummy wasn't an Accomplished Musician she could be a Travel Presenter! You and That Thing must be very proud of her, even if it does mean she has to leave you sometimes. She is very talented and she cooks delicious food as well! ::sigh::, where did I go wrong?...

Thanks so much for your purrs, they mean a lot!

Luvzy'all :) xxx

Rosemary B❤️ said...

Thank you for sharing these amazing photos, Boy. Your mom had an amazing adventure and I just love looking at all of the photos, the foods look very yummy too, esp the tomatoes and beef YUMMY
She should put ointment (neosporin is good) on those hands at night when she sleeps, wear some thin cotton gloves!

The photos are beautiful.
I am so glad she is back home with you!
Happy New YEar!

Nomi said...

Your mummy is a very clever lady. Not only can she play twaditional chinese instruments but cook and take pretty snazzy photos too. My mummy loved seeing your mummy's photos cos she was in China last year and she visited Hong Kong in 2006 and can't wait to go back. I of course, do not want to be left here all by ownsome. Anyway, she can't afford it right now so I think I'm safe. Zai jian.

Shaggy and Scout said...

We are glad she is home again with you guys again! We love seeing pictures of her trips. She saw cities and countryside and a little of everything it seems.
She sure did her eatings real good. Your mummys friend must know to stock up on the food for when mummy comes to visit, since mummy is an eating machine!!!!!
Our moms fingertips crack in the winter too. Seems like nothing will soften them.

Karen Jo said...

Thank you for sharing the photos your Mummy took of her trip. She saw some very beautiful sights. She ate well on her trip, too. Tell your Mummy that my skin gets like that too, because I forget the moisturizer. When my hands get that bad, I like to use a lotion with shea butter in it overnight. It helps me a lot.

Toffee K. Ripple Fuzzypants & Feline American Angels said...

Wow! Your momma takes wonderful pictures to document her trips! I'm amazed at how much in China is written in English. Perhaps my mom will eventually make a trip?

Lux said...

Food food food - I'm going to dream about food now! :)

Your mom sees such wonderful things when she's away. Love the pictures ...

P.S. My mom's hands get really dry, too - she's using Gold Bond heavy duty stuff now - it's the furnace heat, she thinks, that makes them so dry.

Sasha said...

Thank you Boy for putting all these wonderful photos on your blog. Please thank your Mummy for sharing them with us. Lynettea loved to read about your Mummy's trip and I clicked on lots of the photos to make them big for her to see better.

Mickey's Musings said...

WOW!!! Your Mom must have had a wonderful time!! Those pictures were great!!!! Thank you for sharing them with us!!!! We love to see them :)
Purrs Mickey

Angel MoMo and Charlotte said...

Thanks for helping with the pictures. Without you, we would not be able to see those interesting places. My SS is a glutton and her mouth just kept watering up over those food. SS hopes to visit Hong Kong and Yunnan in March/April.

michico*Adan*Lego-小芥*阿丹*樂高 said...

Looks like a very wonderful trip indeed~!!!! I am so happy for your mommy~~~
Next time,
ask your mommy come to Taiwan to find me!!!!!!