St Patrick’s Day Festival

Star of the festival

Star of the festival

St Patrick’s D ay was Mar the 17th but the festival in our town, originally scheduled for the 14th and rescheduled due to rain, took place on the 21th (a beautiful day, sunny and above 50°). We like going to the St Patrick’s Day Festival, not only because my husband’s Irish ancestry but also for its fun, beer, food, crafts, jewelries, music, dance, people watching and lots of green. We should go earlier next year for the parade.

My Camellias

2010 World Expo (Shanghai, China)

My friend Feizi invited me to visit her in Shanghai, China where she lives but she said: “Come 2010 when the World Expo will be held. Right now, there are dust and mess from the constructions for the expo…”

I remember thinking that it must be some significant event to warrant such constructions. That was the last time I thought about it till I stumbled across its website today. No wonder, it is the prestigious World Expo debuted in Hyde Park, London in 1851, “the third largest event in the world in terms of economic and cultural impact, after the FIFA World Cup and the Olympic Games”.

From its website, it sure looks like Shanghai is making an investment due to such an event and the Pavilions built for the event reminds one of Beijing Olympic last year. Check out its website at: http://en.expo2010china.com/.

If you are going, it is definitely worthy making it part of your visit. Or maybe it is just the right perk that would send you on your way to China next year.

Yvonne and Jay’s Niu Year Party

Raise the red lanterns

Raise the red lanterns

I love to entertain but have had to trim things down since the onset of Fibromyalgia. Chinese New Year’s Celebration however, a tradition I started in 2003, is a rite I am determined to carry on. Now, having given my 5th Chinese New Year party at my house on Feb 7, I feel satisfied and complete with my 2009 Chinese New Year Celebration. I am grateful to have so many friends to share with a cultural heritage I deeply care about. I thank everyone for coming and bringing foods, beverage, beer, wine and presents. I hope to see you again next year. Until then I’ll cherish the moments caught on camera. Continue reading

CAAOC Celebration of Chinese New Year

CAAOC 2009 Chinese New Year Celebration

CAAOC 2009 Chinese New Year Celebration

Among the different local celebrations for Chinese New Year, the best known is probably the one organized by CAAOC (American Chinese Association of Charlotte). Continue reading

Happy Niu Year!

Happy Niu Year!

Happy Niu Year!

With Year of Ox one week away (Jan 26, 2009), China is all abuzz about the holiday and preparation is in full swing. While students having their 4 week long winter break (mid Jan to mid Feb), the whole country will get at least one week off (official holiday for this year is Jan 25th to 31st).
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Chickadee Dee

Refilling the bird feeder

Refilling the bird feeder

My mother in law Pam has a bird feeder outside her kitchen. It attracts various birds in the neighborhood and has created an interesting bird sanctuary. Continue reading

New Year’s Day Dinner and Wish

Dinner on a whim

Dinner on a whim

Out of a whim on New Year’s Day, I put these together for our very first dinner of 2009: shrimp cocktail, stuffed cherry pepper, beef sausage, French brie with caramelized walnuts, bread and salad. With champagne for grown us, sparkling cider for kids and pumpkin log for desert, it was grrrrreat!

My resolution or wish for the New Year however is not a whim though. Kindness goes a long way and can be manifested by smallest gesture. I wish everyone including myself become a little kinder each day.

Christmas with Family

Christmas Forest is my mom in law’s distinctive creation

Christmas Forest is my mom in law’s distinctive creation


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Christmas Tree

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


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