Posted by: kimyeoh | 15 March, 2010

Bandung

So the weekend after our CNY week break was a long weekend. What happens on long weekends here is that everyone in Jakarta goes to Bandung (at least it seems like that anyway). We wouldn’t normally brave the crowds but this weekend we did. So we went to Bandung with Indra’s family. It was nice and relaxing. We picked strawberries, played in the playground and relaxed the rest of the time. The plants in Bandung look so healthy. I saw a small plot of lettuce that looked so yummy at the moment I wished I were a rabbit! I was also very pleased to buy two rosemary plants, which are still thriving on my balcony.

Posted by: kimyeoh | 15 March, 2010

Langkawi

So, CNY was excellent … but the cherry on the cake was we took off to Langkawi for four blissful days at the Tanjung Sanctuary Villas. Private beach, monkeys on the balcony, hornbills, birds galore…

Posted by: kimyeoh | 14 March, 2010

Chinese New Year 2010

This was an excellent, excellent CNY. We went back to Penang and spent it with my family. So there was a chance to catch up with friends and family …

Spending time with family… we went on our annual trip to the Penang Butterfly Farm. Shea and Ju both loved it. Julia really enjoyed playing with her big cousin … she’s not as fond of the little one though!

Posted by: kimyeoh | 21 January, 2010

Numbers and language

I just learned how to count from eleven to twenty in Spanish. It’s not that hard – very similar to French, and at least I can count in French. The only teen number that’s out of whack is sixteen. It’s “seize” in French, but “dieciseis” in Spanish. French doesn’t do the ten+number until seventeen (dix-sept in French, or diecisiete in Spanish). I wonder why.

English: zero, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, nineteen, twenty

Spanish: cero, uno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco, seis, siete, ocho, nueve, diez, once, doce, trece, catorce, quince, dieciséis, diecisiete, dieciocho, diecinueve, veinte

French: zéro, un, deux, trois, quatre, cinq, six, sept, huit, neuf, dix, onze, douze, treize, quatorze, quinze, seize, dix-sept, dix-huit, dix-neuf, vingt

And sensibly, Spanish maintains the base ten counting all the way to a hundred, unlike the sixty-ten (soixante-dix) and four-twenties (quatre-vingts) which passes for seventy and eighty in French. French women may not get fat (a great book) and their theoretical math is great but they do not set themselves up for easy arithmetic.

Posted by: kimyeoh | 21 January, 2010

Serendipity

Sometimes you read about something and all of a sudden you come across it in real life… I’ve been reading a book called Supercrunchers about heavy-duty data mining and suddenly I meet some people who are doing it in real life. My inner statistician suddenly woke up and stretched… it’s really cool.

Posted by: kimyeoh | 21 January, 2010

Baking cookies

I made chocolate chip cookies sans chocolate chips but with raisins and cranberries, i.e. a healthy version. Julia wanted to help make them.

Posted by: kimyeoh | 21 January, 2010

Bali, December 2009

We stayed in the Westin Nusa Dua for a blissful week, just before Christmas. It was hot and sunny. We all got really tanned, almost burnt. Julia loved the sand and sea and tried to walk all the way to Lombok Island (no, not really). I stepped on a sea urchin and had my foot hammered by a doctor to break up the urchin spines (yes, really). A good time was had by all!

Posted by: kimyeoh | 21 January, 2010

Home leave photos – return leg, Singapore

We stayed at Emilia and Cyril’s. Here we are at the playground, Fidgets.

Posted by: kimyeoh | 21 January, 2010

Home leave photos – return leg, England

Photos from Leicester Square, Hamleys Toy Store, Covent Garden, Buckingham Palace, Regent’s Park, London Zoo, Green Park.

Posted by: kimyeoh | 21 January, 2010

Home leave photos – Canada

Some photos from Toronto (near Harbourfront), Waterloo (at the Hemmings with Thomas, Janice, Rachel and Kayla) and Niagara-on-the-Lake (with Auntie Sofi and Uncle Hans).

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