On my walk to the neighbourhood grocer...
|Bird's nest fern|
Whenever a recipe called for a sprig or two of the curry leaves, I would have to dash out to the grocer in my neck of the woods to get them. Sometimes, they were not available.
Imagine my delight when I stumbled upon this curry leaf plant in an obscure area of the condo grounds!
The tantalizing aroma that is released when a fistful of curry leaves is tossed in hot oil is really quite out of this world! You can smell it a block away!
Nah, it was summer the last time I checked, still is and forever will be in my equatorial corner of the world!
Sharing these captures of the perennial flowers that grow in the common garden of the condo where we live.
|Bird Of Paradise|
We felt that a gift of a pet portrait would express our condolence more than a thousand words.
We were certain that it would bring healing and comfort to her hurting heart.
An artist friend was commissioned to paint Cheryl.
|Cheryl captured in her glorious goofy beauty|
I thought I would do a different kind of post today.
You see, I sometimes confuse one blogger for another blogger especially when they are new to my blog.
I only realized today that a blogger buddy whom I had been interacting with for some time is actually another blogger with the same name and from a totally different country! One is from Poland and the other from Belgium!
I thought they were both one and the same person!
This has actually happened a couple of times, particularly namesake bloggers with similar blog templates.
So, what I would love for you to do for me today is to just say "Hello" in your language and tell me which country you are from in the comments.
And if you are from the US, it would be cool if you could mention your state too.
To start the ball rolling ...
Apa Khabar? I am from Malaysia.
Well, it appears from many of the comments I received that some of you thought I was American and lived in the US!
With Mom's deteriorating condition and my dad's lack of interest in gardening, the flowers slowly languished one by one and her once beautiful garden became no more than a neat, simple yard.
Some days, in moments when she is lucid, Mom almost always asks me where all her flowers have gone.
I distract her and she forgets her question.
In March 2020, our government imposed an interstate travel ban in response to Covid-19 and I couldn't visit my elderly parents for several months.
Imagine my surprise when we were greeted by a dazzling burst of purple from Mom's garden as we were approaching the house on our first visit home since the lockdown.
Dad has no idea who planted the flowers in their garden and we concur that the Garlic Vine grew from seeds that were dispersed by Mother Nature and most probably birds.
|Me and a mascot of The God Of Prosperity (2018)|
Whew! Finally, that dastardly rat (sorry, rat pallies!) is gone and the earnest ox now rules the new year as the 2nd animal on the 12-year cycle Chinese zodiac calendar.
In case you are wondering what I'm rambling about, you can read about the 12 animals here. I've also explained why the cat doesn't have a spot in the calendar.
According to feng shui masters, the Year Of The Ox is generally a better year for all.
In the past, I would say "bull!" to all this but I am desperate! I want to believe that 2021 is going to be a brighter year for everyone.
It has to be.
The pandemic has dragged on too long — too many lives and livelihoods have been destroyed and we are all fatigued.
I want to travel again ...
Attend Sunday Mass ...
Attend my son's graduation ceremony which has been postponed indefinitely ...
Have a big family get together ...
Watch a movie in the cinema ...
Binge on an all-you-can-eat buffet in a fancy restaurant ...
I just want to push the play button of life that covid-19 has paused.
And oh, if you have had a bad start to 2021, here's your chance for a do-over — a fresh start.
Have an ox-picious 2021, pallies!
|Image credit - https://www.instagram.com/reggietoons/?hl=en|
Haha! This cartoon of the Chinese *Three Wise Men practicing social distancing and wearing masks puts a smile on my face.
|Fu, Lu, Shou|
The reason for the standstill on our side of the road?
You don't want to look.
You shouldn't but there is this need to turn your head.
It's like trying hard to not scratch an itch or let out a fart.
You hold back until the last minute.
Then you turn your head and stare...
Are you guilting of *rubbernecking?
*Rubbernecking — a phenomenon when people slow down to gawk at an accident scene