November 29, 2009
The “tree of life” is a concept found in many cultures with various interpretations. The picture above was taken at the outskirts of Bangkok, a Bodhi tree under which Gautama Buddha achieved enlightenment.
Today is the 29 November, a very special day. It is the 15 anniversary of my children, the twins Lucy and Charlotte.
Happy birthday girls.
Below are the flowers for you, a special orchid which just bloomed on our terrace.
Since it is seven o’clock here in Manila, I have no bottle of champagne for a toast. That we will do later today when reunited in Bangkok.
October 24, 2009
Back street near Houhai, Beijing
I was very luck to spend my 55th birthday with a good old friend in Beijing, China. He took me to a Hakka (“Kejiaren”) restaurant near Houhai where we had a jolly good meal and a jolly good time.
My Chinese name (Zhou Min-de) was given to me in 1983 by a Taiwanese farmer, Mr. Zhou, who was also Hakka (in Linlo Xian, near Pintung in Southern Taiwan).
We enjoyed the food and each others company. It was a mild August night, and the world seemed to be at peace. It was a double 5 festival for me, so to say. That must mean luck, prosperity and long, long life!
After the feast
PS: We had beers, of course, what else? It just came naturally.