It is Sunday morning, I made some kopi "O", dip with "you char kuih" (Chinese bread stick), I got a bag of them from MeiKong supermarket last night. The coffee beans were brought from Penang last November. This is my typical daily breakfast in my working life in Penang. I would have no energy to work at all if I missed them.
Have you guy noticed that I have less recipes posted recently? There are a lot of things going on. The major reason is Tom has been out and will be out of town again, he is not home for 2 months out of 3. I think for most of people who love cooking, the major motivation is their love one is there to share the food. When he back from business trip, he put 5 lbs on weight, there is my job again to help him on diet. So, there is really not a good timing for me to make any goodies recently. I think I will be putting off my cooking adventure for a while.
However, I still have a lot of thinking in my life to share. I am thinking if I should make a different blog in mandarin. I am Chinese educated, I gave up my languages study when I had to learn 3 languages in school, it was too confusing to me to learn 3 languages at the same time. So, I focused on everything related to number because it is more interesting. No doubt, I became a writing "idiot" - no matter in Malay, Chinese or English, I just hated to write. Of course, there is no doubt that I would choose "Accounting" as my major in college. In my mind, I just have to deal with the numbers.
When I first started my working life, I was happy enough the first 3 years in accounting position, didn't have to deal with too many people. However, there was a big change in my life in 1997. I met a "crazy" boss and was dedicated cross function position - finance, secretary, sales and marketing, purchasing and shipping....!! Started then, I had to travel to different countries and deal with a lot of people in different field. I started to feel the pain. I was really weak in writing skill or express myself in different language, even in Mandarin, because I used to speak "Hokkien" in school and home. You know, the first time I wrote a fax memo to my boss in Mandarin, he called and told me he didn't understand my memo....hahahaha.... what a shame. Okay.... from there, I started to learn slowly my speaking and writing skill in Mandarin as I had to deal a lot of issues with Taiwan and China. No matter what, writing is always a "nightmare" to me.
The reason I called my boss crazy is, because he is really "crazy"...! LOL! When he first started establish his international business to US and European countries, he put me as a pioneer window to deal with those sales reps, buyers and engineers. Back then, I was still a "little girl". I was just 23 years old the first time when he sent me to The Netherlands to solve the quality issues. What?? Quality problem? Not finance? Ya...., I was forced to learn some engineering knowledge which I felt was very tough for me. Most of the time, I traveled alone. Was I scared? Ya... very!!! The first time I travel to US, I had to arrange everything by my own, met a representative that I have never met. He hired a Chinese guy here as my translator, as my broken English was really poor and silly. Out of his 10 American accent sentences, I could barely understand one. hahahahaaha...!!
Back then, I spent 1 day to reply just 1 email from US, slowly, 20~50 emails a day were not a problem for me. But, those business English is pretty common. How about more expression in life and feeling? Oh well... I am still learning. Tom has been a good teacher for me (even sometime he is not very patient :-p).
A lot of time, I think from Mandarin, then write in English, it is not a good practice, I do hope I can do better.
I am in conflict, I don't want to give up in Mandarin too, if I have started my blog in Mandarin, of course, I will have more posting about my thoughts, but I would be slow to write in English better. But, I am living in English environment now, working, family, daily life are all English, sometime, it is kind of like "refreshing" if I could express myself freely in my own language....
As my friend, would you mind to give me your opinion?
The second day of our San Diego trip was a little bit "manly". We had a tour at USS Midway Museum, which is just about 10 minutes walk from our hotel. USS Midway was an aircraft carrier of the United States Navy. It is the only remaining US aircraft carrier of the world war 2 era. It was launched in 1945. You would be impressed how it was built back then when those advance technologies were still did not exist. Lets go for a photo tour..., we were really enjoyed the tour and forgot to take most of the facilities that built in the ship, it was just like a small town, could load up to 4500 soldiers.
The USS Midway as seen from our hotel room.
Alongside the dock.
Inside the hangar deck.
A US Marines fighter plane.
On one of the elevators used to bring airplanes up to the flight deck.
On the flight deck - many old and newer planes.
Several newer jet fighters.
Inside a large helicopter.
A newer fighter-bomber.
Machine guns and rocket launchers on an attack helicopter.
Tom surprised me with a trip to San Diego for CNY and Valentines celebration!!! San Diego is a nice place to visit. We spent the first day at Sea World, and second day at USS Midway Museum. Of course, a romantic valentines dinner at a famous seafood restaurant. Tom named it "ocean" theme for this year as he knows I miss being away from Penang which surrounded by the ocean and rich with seafood! We have had an enjoyable and eye opening trip and probably will plan another trip in summer.
Lets go for a photo tour. :-)
Sea World entrance Shamu (name of the whale) Volkswagen
Spring is approaching, love the flowers...
Trained whales jumping during a show.
Lion Fish - the spines are poisoned!
Sea Lion performing at a show.
Flamingos! They are pink because they eat shrimp.
Up close with a shark!
Moray Eels.... they looks pretty scary for me....
Petting the bat rays
Sleepy Polar Bears.
My drink for the valentines dinner - valentines cocktail