Saturday, July 30, 2005

Food Festival


There is a food festival in Stavanger, Norway every year. Usually it last for 5 days. This year about 70 stands take part in this festival. Many kinds of food we can find here. Not only Norwegian food but also traditional foods from other countries such as Thailand, Mexico, Egypt, Italy, USA, South Africa and Ethiopia because many immigrants from those countries have been living here for years.

So yesterday I went to this festival together with my husband and my two little daughters for lunch. We walked from home coz we live close to town where this festival held. We need a little exercise anyway besides the weather was very nice. It’s summer, sun shining and the sky is blue. We tried food from Ethiopia. The portion was too little but the food was okay.

On the way back home we stopped at small lake. Some people were relaxing under the sun and some children were swimming. Since we didn’t plan to go there so I didn’t bring swim suit for my daughter. I just let her playing water and sand naked. Fortunately there was a small boy who also naked so at least I didn’t feel bad or embarrassing. Finally at 3.30 we went home. We all tired and my daughters felt a sleep soon we got home. It’s a hard day for me and I realize that it’s not easy being a mother. Needs a lot of energy to look after the children and do house works especially without having a maid. But still I’d rather being a mother and a housewife than having a good career and travel around the world but no children. Maybe others prefer the opposite. So, it’s just a matter of choice.

Friday, July 15, 2005

My Mother's Birthday

15 July. She’s 69 years old now and she’s not as strong as she used to be. She’s just back home after staying in the hospital for 3 days. Actually the doctor didn’t allow her to leave the hospital but she insisted coz she missed home and her grandchildren.

My sister told me that my mother cried when she gave her a bracelet for her birthday. She told my sister that she never wear the bracelet anymore for long time. I know that she sold all of her jewellery when we built the house more than 20 years ago. I didn’t give her anything this year. Just congratulate her and wish that she will live a long life. Actually I asked her to come visiting me here before I give birth. She never go abroad and this is like once in her lifetime. Unfortunately she couldn’t come. She’s too weak and her health condition is not good. Besides it’s a long journey for her. 19 hours by plane.

Right now I’m so worry with her condition. She still sick and can not eat. I pray God that I still have a chance to meet her one more time. So, mom, just hang in there.

Monday, July 11, 2005

About Marriage

  • Before marriage, a man declares that he would lay down his life to serve you; after marriage, he won’t even lay down his newspaper to talk to you.
  • ERIC : She’s a lovely girl ... I’d like to marry her, but her family objects.
    ERNIE : Her family ?
    ERIC : Yes, her husband and four kids.
  • A man in love is incomplete until he is married. Then he is finished.
  • I am a marvellous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man I keep his house.
  • I said to the wife, “Guess what I heard in the pub? They reckon the milkman has made love to every woman in this road except one. “And she said, “I’ll bet it’s that stuck-up Phyllis at number 23.”
  • WIFE : Mr. Watt next door blows his wife a kiss every morning as he leaves the house. I wish you’d do that.
    HUSBAND : But I hardly know the woman !

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

50 Ways to Leave Your Lover

by Simon and Garfunkel

The problem is all inside your head, she said to me.
The answer is easy if you take it logically.
I'd like to help you in your struggle to be free.
There must be 50 ways to leave your lover.

She said it's really not my habit to intrude.
Furtermore I hope my meaning won't be lost or misconstrued.
So I'll repeat my self, at the risk of being rude.
There must be 50 ways to leave your lover.

Just slip out the back, Jack
Make a new plan, Stan
Don't need to be coy, Roy
Just listen to me
Hop on the bus, Gus
Don't need to discuss much
Just drop off the key, Lee
And get yourself free.

She said it grieves me so to see you in such pain.
I wish there was something i could do to make you smile again.
I said, I appreciate that,
And would you please explain about the 50 ways.

She said, why don't we both just sleep on it tonight.
And I believe that in the morning you'll begin to see the light.
And then she kissed me and I realized she probably was right.
There must be 50 ways to leave your lover.
50 ways to leave your lover...

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Some Kind of Wonderful


When you see an innocent face of a newborn baby, what do you feel? When you see her / him smiling at you, how do you feel? Wonderful, isn’t it? That’s what I feel when my second child was born. She was born on Friday, 24th of June 2005 at 1.45 am. It was very painful to me coz the contraction was very intensive. It took only 1 hour from the first contraction until she was born. But all pains were gone soon I saw her beautiful face looking at me as if she said hello. Welcome to the world my baby. Wish you will be tough enough to face this crazy world.