Thursday, July 31, 2008
As I went through the pictures from Freeport, Maine, I stumbled into this uber large apple peeler picture from LL Bean store, that is definitely not practical for me but interesting to share. Some of you might have seen it, but we had not prior to that day. I would use my normal peeler and knife, or just eat the skin!!! I'd keep my $29.95. As simple as that. But then again, apples are not my favorite anyway.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
I was so ready for bed at 5PM, after waking up at 3AM today. My body really, really slowly started to adjust with the local clock. Duh! For dinner without DH, I simply put together rice noodles with chicken, fish cake, eggs, bean sprout and green onions. With the help from garlic, fish sauce, pepper and sweet soy sauce, our fried kwee tiaw dinner was served timely! I am hanging in here.
Tomorrow should be a better day!
Monday, July 28, 2008
This jet lag is still haunting me. It is now noon here and I have been awake since after midnight, being unable to sleep. I laid on my bed, watching one program after after another on TV. At some point, I woke up and tidied up some clothes in my bedroom, cleaned up my cupboard, turned on my laptop and started surfing.... After 4AM, I was back trying to sleep again. And got back up again because I was not able to sleep. After 5:30AM, I gave up and went downstairs to start my day, to the kitchen I went.
I thought I was doing well when I was able to go to bed at 6-8PM during the first two nights after I arrived and went to bed at nearly 10PM the next night. But then my US clock started kicking in, I started waking up at 12, at 2 and stayed awake until the next morning............. I am sooooo.... tired.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
So came Thursday and off we went. Just the four of us, P had a Summer Job after her trip. Miss K had her regulars Salmon Mentai. Miss L opted Gyoza and a couple of sushi. We ordered fresh salad, some other sushis and a plate of salmon sashimi. They satisfied our cravings!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Fifth day in Orlando. It was a bright beautiful late morning. We arrived at Kennedy Space Center, about one hour drive from the hotel where we stayed at. I have read many good review about this place and everyone was excited about going here.
The lines to get the ticket were short but moving slowly, everyone seemed to take a few minutes to get the admission tickets and tour packages available. The basic admission fee is $36 for 12 years and above. The group in front of us with only one kid that qualified with the look of 11 years old got themselves four kid tickets that costs $26 each. Hmmm.... We bought four adult tickets with the damage of more than $160 after tax, the older lady behind us asked how old my little girl was.
She’s 12, I said.
She can easily be passed as 11...., she said.
Yes... the ticket is hefty!!!??? I know what you mean!
I did not care so much about coming to KSC, but I was very curious about it. I knew the importance of visiting the place and the lessons that we could learn from the place were worth the try. For a start, we joined the tour bus that took us to three different stops or more things to see. The total hours that we spent until we were back to the starting point was about three hours. I must admit that the place was becoming more interesting as the tour progressed, we all learned many new things today.
Of course, we dropped by at the gift shop as well, they had lots of interesting stuff.
By then, it was nearly four o’clock. We made a quick tour around the place but had to miss another movie narrated by Tom Hanks. The sky was getting darker and we needed to rush back to our car and head back to Orlando
On the way back, we were caught in an extremely heavy rain that forced us to pull out by the side road along with many other cars for our safety and everyone's safely. It rained every afternoon when we were in Orlando this time, I certainly didn't expect that. It was nice and sunny when we came here in December. Ha!
Arriving early in the morning from a long trip has its advantages. It's good because it gives me plenty of time to unpack all the bags and to start washing tons of laundry and everything else that I need to do. I am the type of person that can't go to bed when the house is in a mess. So yesterday, I unpacked all the six medium-size and large bags and start wash three full loads of laundry. There's more to go but I am giving my dearest washer and dryer a little break.
I crossed the street with my little buddies to stock up the fridge with milk and cheese and whatever we could think we needed. It's so sad to see how expensive things are here when in the States everything is about 1/3 or 1/2 of the prices here. One box of Cheerios is S$10.75!!!! (around US$8!Outrageous!!!!!) Chocolate chips here is $7 (US$5.2) per bag versus US$ 2 there! Urgh... I wish I could stock so much more from where I just came from.
I did my best effort to stay up the whole day yesterday, but finally surrendered at around 6:30PM and went to bed, didn't get to see Miss P who had to work and didn't arrive home until later. By 3:30 AM, I couldn't sleep anymore and join the already-awake members. They were watching TV, of course, but I went to the kitchen and prepare my work station for bread making.
By six o'clock, we had a warm loaf of cheese bread, fresh from the oven!!
So wonderful to be home!
It was good to see the green, cleanness and tidiness of Singapore again after spending the last day in the busy streets of New York, that was packed with people, people and more people. The weather was uncomfortably hot and there's barely any friendly faces can be found. It was not my ideal way of spending the last day of our holiday there, but our flight was after 9PM and we had nothing planned. JFK airport was like JFK airport, we ended up waiting for more than two hours before we could finally take off. I am sure it was all meant for safety purpose!
So when we finally was able to fly, it was a great relief. We were starting another adventure all over again......
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Back when we started the trip, we all thought that one month was such a long time. Every single day over the past one month has been a busy one and was filled with many new and different experience. Time flew! And finally, this trip is nearing end. We are looking forward to going back home and tackling a new set of challenges in life. I know that our home phone has not been working for more than a month and there's a possibility of leakage in my room. I have many hours on the plane to make a to-do list, if I want to.
Continue my packing now......
Friday, July 18, 2008
The next day after we went to Islands of Adventure, we went to Universal Studios, we tried our best to be there by 9AM and arrived there just a little after 9. There were quite a lot of people, but more people headed to Islands of Adventure. To our surprise, Universal Studios that morning seemed quiet. We managed to got on rides and attraction pretty quickly, as the lines were short.
Quiet street inside, I really wondered what happened.
Universal Studios' new attraction: The Simpsons' Ride.
The guy in glasses was the front man of "Man In Black" ride at this Universal Studios
We skipped some rides that we weren't too interested or because we have done before and by noon, we were ready to leave to premises and went for lunch. We were a whole bunch of hungry people! We planned to come back one more day to both parks though!
That afternoon, it rained heavily in Orlando. I am glad we were no longer in the park.
This Vietnamese restaurant has a very good reputation, having won many awards from Orlando publications in the past years. We found many other Vietnamese restaurants along the same roads as well as some other Vietnamese shops as well.
For appetizers we had Summer Rolls and Spring Rolls.
I had been craving for this type of noodle soup for a while and was quite pleased that we had the opportunity to satisfy my craving. DH and I were planning to share a bowl of Pho Dae Biet (Rice Noodle Beef Soup with Sliced Rare Beef, Tendon, Tripe, Brisket Beef Balls) but upon seeing how it looked, he decided to order one bowl for himself and left me stranded with a big bowl for myself. What a guy!
L, who originally didn't intend to order anything, changed her mind and went for Pho Bo Vien (Beef Balls over Rice Noodle Soup). K had some from both her sister and from me.
It was a good dinner, we were pleased with the food and the prices were reasonably low.