Monday, December 1, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
I am currently living in my brother's old house. It's on the market for sale. Since mine is still for sale, this is a real blessing. The commute to work is BRUTAL at about 1 hour to 1 hour, 15 minutes. I drive 20 minutes to the light rail station, and take the train into work. The train drops me about 3 blocks from my office, so it's really an easy walk. The good thing about where I live is... where I live. Check out some pictures of the back yard neighbors:
Here's a video of the little dears (ha ha)... be sure to watch it to the end:
My first day at the University of Colorado Foundation was also the first day of the Democratic National Convention. It was really interesting to be here during that time. Many people who normally work downtown took that week off for vacation or worked from home. My office is about 3 block from the Pepsi Coloseum where most of the DNC rallies were held. I can see it and Mile High Stadium from my office. Here are a picture of Mile High from my office.Check out this picture of the cops in full battle gear hanging on the outside of the van.
The little white tent in the bottom right corner was the official checkpoint for all cars entering the area. The streets in a radius around the colloseum were blocked off for most of the week. On Wednesday of that week, we were evacuated from our office as a precaution. Supposedly there was going to be a big demonstration, and security was going to lock down our building. We had 5 minutes to get out or stay the night in the office. We got out!
This car was sitting on the street right outside my office.
One weekend I took my youngest niece and nephew to the zoo. Here are a couple pictures from that:
My brother tied the knot in October with girlfriend, Teresa. It was a small affair: Mark and his 4 kids and Teresa and her 2 kids, plus Mom, Grandma, Uncle Dick, Teresa's sister Connie, 2 of Teresa's girlfriends and me. Fifteen people total and 8 were in the bridal party! They got married in the living room of their new house that my brother built. I helped the girls with their hair for the ceremony. It was fun and everyone enjoyed getting dolled up. Here's a picture of all of us girls:
Mom made and decorated the cake. The ornament on the top is two frogs in love, and then we added 6 little frogs between the tiers. "Frog" is an acronym for First Rely On God. When Mark first learned that his previous wife was leaving him, Teresa was a friend and gave Mark a little frog with this saying. Since then, frogs have been a symbol for their relationship. The original frog was in the wedding too. Kalvyn, the ring bearer, carried him in the wedding, and the rings were on his arms. In case you missed it... I changed the color of my hair. It's now brown with gold and red undertones. You know me... I needed a change. Moving half way across the country wasn't enough. It took me about a week to get used to seeing it in the mirror! Miss Georgia is mostly adjusting to the new house. She loves going for walks in the yard. My brother's house is on 5 acres, so we literally take our walks around the backyard! Since the house is sometimes shown during the day, Georgia has to stay in a crate in my bedroom while I'm at work and if I'm not there on the weekends. She HATES it. She cries and howls; well it breaks my heart. But the rent is good, and the pup is just going to have to live with it. Tonight we are going "Dog or Treating" at my brother's house to show off this year's costume to the nieces and nephews. It's awfully cute! (Yep, she hates it too.) That's all for now! Lora
Monday, March 10, 2008
(I'm on the internet terminal at the airport, so no pics today.) Liza, Georga and I started out early today. We had several stops to make including going back to Chinatown to pick up my new outfit. Our first stop was Arab Street near Little India. Arab Street is famous for it's fabric shops. All the Indian ladies shop here for material for their gowns and saris. It was AWSOME! I was in heaven! Silk fabric everywhere! I told Liza that at one point I was totally overwhelmed. After buying some fabric, we had lunch at a local restaurant. I had curry prata, and Liza had briayani rice with chicken. I just found that Singapore sells ginger beer. It's like rootbeer, but made with ginger, non-alcoholic. I feel in love with the stuff in Australia and New Zealand, but can't find it in the US. Georga tried it for the first time, and decided she liked it an awful lot too.
After lunch, we did some more shopping and then headed back to Bugis Junction. I wanted to buy a bag that I saw on our previous trip, but left sitting there. Let that be a lesson to me! (Oops... we're boarding... better hurry!) Then our final stop was Chinatown to pick up my outfit. After that we headed home to do a little laundry and pack. I have managed to completely fill both suitcases and even had to open the extension on the bigger one! I knew this was going to happen! We ordered in pizza and watched a movie. Bedtime came none too soon.
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Monday, March 3, 2008
If you look real close you can see laundry hanging on bamboo poles outside the windows. No one has clothes dryers here. This is how you dry you clothes... this includes undies, socks and bras. It's a culture lesson just looking out the window!
After a shower, we headed into the city. Liza and I bought two-day passes for tours in Singapore. Our first adventure of the day was on a duckboat on the Singapore River and around the city. Here's a picture of the Merlion and us on the boat.
Next we went on the Heritage Tour on a cute double-decker bus. We stopped at the Asian Civilisation Museum. The restaurant at the museum is Indo Chine, a popular and hip restaurant with Asian fusion cuisine. Liza had a curry noodle dish and I had an Asian salad of cabbage, noodles, onion, carrots and a fried spring roll cut on top. It had a sweet chili sauce that did wonders for my sinus congestion! We browsed the museum and stopped for a fun picture in the children's area. This is a picture of me as a Chinese princess.
As we were checking out the gift shop in the museum, it started raining. When it rains in Singapore, it doesn't fool around! We called a taxi (we had planned to do some walking around... WRONG) and headed back to the convention center area where we caught another heritage tour bus. This time we rode it to the end of the route, China Town. We got off at The Peoples Center in China Town. Here we found a travel agent offering a travel package to Bintan, Indonesia. We are going there on Sunday and Monday. The Peoples Center is essentially a mall with hundreds of shops and stalls. There are probably 50 travel agencies there too. Since Singapore is so small, residents travel to surrounding countries for vacation or a long weekend. We plan to explore more of China Town tomorrow.
We met Dimiter and Georga for dinner at Clarke Quay (pronounced Key). It is an area of shops, restaurants and bars along the river. We dined at The Pump Room, then took a 1/2 hour cruise on a traditional wooden boat. After the boat ride, we walked along the river and saw more of Clarke Quay. We caught a taxi and headed home. I fell asleep before my head hit the pillow!
(Picture of skyline and Boat Quay from the boat cruise.)
More tomorrow. Bye for now.
The flight to Singapore was relatively uneventful. Mild turbulence, but not bad. I didn't sleep well, but dozed off and on the whole trip. Highlights of the flight... Singapore Airlines ROCKS inflight entertainment! Tons of movies, TV shows, video games, and music. The seats were really cool too. They recline to about 45 degrees, there is a footrest that folds out (think Barko-lounger), the TV control pops out like a remote control, the tray table is in the arm and the TV screen tilts and is the size of the whole seat in front of you. It was very luxurious, compared to what we have in the US.
The food was good. I had the opportunity to choose vegetarian meals. Also, in the back of the cabin they set up a snack bar. So, everytime I got up to move around, I could go get a cup of tea or water, fruit or other snacks. That was nice. My neighbor on the flight was Gilbert, a Singapore native. He and I chatted throughout the flight and he gave me some tips on things to see. We had a really good tail wind for most of the flight. I actually arrived in Singapore a whole hour early! Immigration was a breeze. Gilbert was nice enough to wait with me until Liza showed up. She was really shocked that we so early. We were in the taxi on our way to her apartment before 6:45am, the time that I was originally schedule to arrive!
So get out you map if you want to see the route we took to fly across the world. (They showed us a map of the flight and the route we took in the air.) We started in Newark and went north/northeast along the coast of N. America. Next we crossed the Atlantic toward Ireland then over London, Vienna, across the Caspian Sea to a route north of Baghdad, Kabul, SE to Delhi, across the Bay of Bengal to Phuket, Penang, Kuala Lumpur, then finally Singapore.
Bye for now.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
They have asked me to bring from the US: Skittles, chocolate covered raisins, microwave popcorn (kettle corn), Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal (for Georga), Crystal Light iced-tea, and Campbell's Chunky Chicken Gumbo soup (also for Georga). I have my smaller pull-man suitcase full of things for them from America! Liza's sister also mailed some clothes and DVDs to take with me. But, I don't mind, since this will leave me with an entirely empty suitcase to bring goodies home!
Liza said to pack clothes like I would wear to Florida. She said they dress nice/preppy there, i.e. belts and collared shirts. Women are discouraged from showing bare shoulders especially at the temples. No shorts there either unless on the beach. Oh, and chewing gum is illegal! They will write you a ticket if you have gum. It's an effort to keep the city clean.
So far my itinerary will include trips to the zoo, bird sanctuary, botanical and orchid gardens, historic Buddhist temples and Muslim mosques, and a trip to Indonesia. I bought a tour book and have marked some other things that might be interesting. I can't wait to try the food! Chinese, Japanese and Indian influences. I imagine the seafood options will be out of this world. Also shopping in Singapore is supposed to be really fun. I'm game for whatever Liza cooks up for us to do!