August 26, 2012

A Little Family History

While in New York, I dug through some of Aunt Linda's photo albums. She went back to Taiwan when she got married and brought back some family pictures. My mom hadn't brought any pictures with her to America, and never returned to Taiwan like Aunt Linda. Because of this, I have almost no pictures of my mother before I was born. It makes me sad because I get pretty nostalgic about this kind of thing.

Now I am pleased to introduce you to some of my family. (Please excuse the quality. Due to lack of better equipment, these are just pictures of pictures.)

Warning: I am about to picture dump. I apologize, but it's gonna happen none the less.

The Grandparents

Look closely - do you see the curly hair? He's the man I got it from.
Isn't she stunning?

The Family

Does the person on the left look familiar? It's my mom!

I love the composition of this picture. I need a copy for my wall.

The Aunts and Uncle


Daisy with my cousin Peggy



Jenny and Peggy

Daisy, Joe, Linda
My grandpa used to own a factory that made blow up furniture. Here's the proof.

Linda and Mom

My Mother


Ong-Dee and Me

Xue and Daniel

Ong-Dee, Mike, Jackie

Mom, Peggy, David, Jackie

I love these people!!!

Weekend Eats - July 28

Being in a new city, with no friends, and a job that doesn't require working on the weekends, I was a little worried I would begin dreading Saturday. To combat that, I have decided to eat at a different place every weekend. This way I can have something to do and see the city.

This weekend I flew to New York City for my cousin's wedding. Talk about amazing food all weekend! My Aunt Linda is an amazing cook, and loves to feed me. Yay! When I arrived at 6 am, she fed me fresh spring rolls, an omelet, cherries, and yogurt. She fed me again at 9 am when my mom arrived. And so it went for the rest of the weekend. Happy day. I love Chinese food. I should learn to make it.

No pictures of food, but aren't they cute? Jackie was the best "man."

The highlight was the wedding dinner. Unfortunately, I didn't get any pictures of the food. I was too busy eating and dancing. But, here's the menu. It was a 12 course dinner. Plus wedding cake.

1. Assorted Cold Dish Platter - mostly cold cuts, including pig feet
2. Mayonnaise Shrimp & Walnuts
3. Shark Fin Soup with Crab Meat
4. Abalone & Mushroom with Dried Scallop Sauce
5. Steak with Black Pepper Sauce
6. Fried Lobster with Scallions - my first time eating lobster!
7. Crispy Garlic Chicken
8. Salt & Pepper Sea Bass
9. Raisin Bacon Fried Rice
10. Vegetarian Fried Egg Noodles
11. Sweet Red Bean Soup
12. Fruit Platter
13. Wedding Cake - Rich Coconut Cake with Mango Filling and Coconut Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting

I even got to help put flowers on the cake! And what kind of blog post doesn't have a wedding cake picture?

I went digging through my pictures for the finished product and, of course, didn't find one. Maybe Mom took a picture? We can hope. I added live purple orchids around the cake. The cake topper was Schroeder and Lucy from Peanuts (my cousin Daniel is a fabulous pianist).

The next day, we went to a restaurant for another 10 or so dishes including lobster, fish, chicken soup, lamb, and more. Yum. I really need to learn to take pictures of the food. We also stopped by a Chinese bakery and I brought a bunch of stuff home and froze it. I love Chinese food.

Big News in a Little Town

About a week after moving to Fallon, we had some exciting news. "They're putting up a new cell phone tower," exclaimed one of the technicians, "and they're trying to disguise it as a tree." We all rushed to the drive up window and shoved our heads out to get a good look. I felt a little silly, but it's not every day you get a new cell tower. Maybe we'll get better service, which would not be a bad thing. It was kind of fun to watch the tree "grow" too. I didn't give it another thought.

You'd think they could come up with a better disguise. It's the biggest tree for 60 miles!

That was the plan anyway. For the next week and a half, whenever a customer wanted to make conversation, it started off like this, "Did you see that big tree in the middle of town?" Quite a few didn't even know what it was. Got to make the best of any available news, I s'pose. :)