Saturday, December 20, 2008

Budweiser Clydesdales at The Landings in Columbus





Hundreds of adults and children filled The Landings shopping center Friday afternoon to watch as the Budweiser Clydesdales paraded around the center's parking lot on the first day of a two-day visit.

The Clydesdales will also be at The Landings Saturday from 3-6 p.m.

There are five traveling Clydesdale teams that perform at more than 500 events across the country each year. Each caravan consists of three custom-built vans. Two vans carry the horses while a third transports the red brewery wagon, feed, portable stalls, harnesses and other gear.

The visit is sponsored by B&B Beverage and The Landings.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Jumbo China Super Buffett





It was Amanda and John Carroll's Birthday last week. We had a small party for them on last Sunday . We decided to eat at the Jumbo China Super Buffet. We, The Tans and The Carrolls and The Mas had lunch there. We went early at 1130 am so we can have all the fresh food and before the Churches' crowd.
We sat at the party room.

Jumbo China Super Buffet is located at 2435,Wynnton Road. This building was a spa place. They renovated it in to a Jumbo Buffett restaurant serving Oriental food. The Lunch Buffet is only $5.95 Daily from 11.00 am to 3.30 pm. Dinner Buffet is $8.55.Children under 10 is $2.99 For lunch and $3.99 for dinner.

This is very affordable and a good deal.Senior Citizen and military enjoys 10% off. And if you want carry out , Lunch is $2.99 per pound,dinner $3.99 per pound.

On the Buffet line , you find a fruits and dessert bar, a Sushi Bar, 2 Hot bars, with fried food and stir fried. Also soup and dim sum . And best of all they had a terriyaki grill. You can pick up the fresh meat with rice or noodles and your choice of vegetables and the chef will cook for you free. Just drop a tip into the tip jar.

On the sushi bar is a variety of hand roll sushi, California roll, eel sushi,shrimp and spider roll. All freshly rolled.On the Hot bar, they had fried shrimp,fried crab stick,sweet and sour chicken, chicken nuggets,rolls,pizza and many more. On the other line, are stir fries from Moo Goo Gai Pan, Peppered Chicken,Broccoli Beef, Mongolian Beef,Sesame Chicken,Mee Fun and Lo Mien.

The Dessert bar has lots of fruits, oranges, Honey dew melons,mandarin oranges,lychees and different kind of cakes and cookies. I loved the Coffee Chocolate Cake. They also served cocktail shrimp and Mussells and Oyster.
There are more than 100 items. At Dinner time, they also served King Crabs.

The food are very fresh, and good service.

Everyone ate so much. We bought our Birthday cake,Italian Creme Cheese. Sang Birthday song and Mandy blew the candles. Had a great time and very satisfying lunch.

I do recommend Jumbo China Super Buffet for a great affordable lunch.

Located at 2435 Wynnton Road,Columbus Ga,31906
Telephone 706-322 8998, Opens 7 Days A week, Accept Major Credit Cards.

If you do not like buffet, you can order from the menu
.Lunch from $4.95 and dinner $6.25.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Are Monkeys better Waiters?

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Asam House-Authentic Malaysian & Thai Cuisine

We took a drive to Atlanta,Georgia and had lunch at the Asam House.Instead of having Dim Sum everytime, we wanted to try some Malaysian Cuisine. I was surprised that there have been many more Malaysian and Thai Restaurants in Georgia now.
We went to the Asam House at 5283,Buford Highway N.E.,Doraville,GA 30340,located at the Pinetree Plaza.
Very simple Malaysian design with a lot of Bamboos. Only one customer dining, when we entered. The waitress gave us our menus, and a menu with photos showing their popular dishes, looked very delicious.
The menu showed a combination of Malaysian Chef's Specialiaties and Thai Chef's Specialities. Among the famous appetizer are Roti Canai,Satay Chicken,beef, Archat,
Thai Chicken Wings and Fish Cake,Crispy Fried Calamari, Thai Spring Roll,Curry Puff and Shanghai Dumplings.
On the salad are Spicy Papaya Salad,Savoury Minced Chicken Salad and Glass Noodle Salad. Soup comes with Tom Yum Goong, Chicken Coconut Soup, Wonton Soup and Seafood Tofu Soup.

To my surprise, this restaurant offers so many Malaysian and home cooked Chinese Cusisine that you can't find in other Chinese Restaurant. I wanted to try every dish,
but we can only eat so much. On the Malaysian Chef's Specialties were Beef Rendang,
Ginger Scallion Beef, Bitter Melon With Beef, Curry Chicken,Beef or Shrimp, Aromatic Chicken, Hainanese Chicken,Volcano Port Chop,King Too Spare Rib,Salted vegetables Stewed Pork,Vinegar Pork, Petal Shrimp and Sambal Prawan. I have not tasted these for a very long time- Bak Kut Teh and Hakka Stewed Pork( This is my Hometown Favourite dish)
There are a variety of Curry dishes on the Thai Specials- Spicy Basil,Green Curry,Yellow Curry,Red Curry, Masaman Curry and Panang Curry.
Also Fried noodles and Noodles Soup including Cantones Style Seafood Noodles,Singapore Fried Rice Noodles, Char Kway Teow, Kuala Lumpur Mee Goreng, Hokkien Mee, Yee Mee in Hot Pot. I definatly will try the Curry Cheong Fun next time.
Also some Thai's style noodles.
They have lunch menu from %5.95 to $6.95 on Mondays to Friday fro 11am to 3 pm.
Desert include Mango Stickey Rice, Ais Kacang and Coconut Ice Cream.
We ordered the Satay Chicken,Roti Canai, Hokkien Mee, Nasi Lemak and Yee Mee in Clay Pot.
The Satay is okay, not sweet and not the usual Peanut Spicy sauce we had. We enjoyed the Roti Canai with curry chicken sauce. Only 1 piece of roti. The Hokkien mee is the best, taste good, resemble what we ate back home.The Nasi Lemak is excellent , the rendang has a good taste to it, not so spicy.
We had Ais Kacang for desert. Delicious.
Asam House has Dine In ,Catering and Delivery Service. Located at 5283,Buford HighwayN.E.,dORAVILLE ,Ga 30340 (PineTree Plaza) Tel: 770 452-5100.
Opens Everyday except Tuesday.
Website : www.asamhouse.com

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Callaway Garden's Annual Fall Festival

Callaway Gardens' annual Fall Festival kicks off this weekend with a
vintage auto show.

Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday now through Oct. 26 at the
Gardens, which is about 35 miles north of Columbus on Ga. 18. Tickets
are $13; $6.50 for children, ages 6-12; free for children ages 5 and
younger. Tax is additional.

Most of the activities are on Robin Lake Beach's West Beach.

The Monarch Butterfly tagging begins at 10 a.m. in Mr. Cason's
Vegetable Garden.

Mr. Cason's Great Pumpkin Patch is where families can go to pick out
a pumpkin. They cost $2-$7. Kids and adults can paint the pumpkins
under a tent.

The Georgia-Alabama antique car show is 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday and features 19 different car classes.

Barbecue is served both days from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Also, there will be
Spider Jumping and Rock Climbing.

Other activities include a corn maze, hay bale maze for smaller
children, the Family Vegetable Garden Scavenger Hunt, pressed flower
display, Junior Duck Stamp Art Exhibit, Coastal Gourd Sprouts Exhibit
and Sale, Birds of Prey show at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. Saturday
and Sunday, story telling, an owl show at 3:30 p.m. both days, organ
concert 2-4 p.m. both days, chrysanthemum display, enchanted topiary
garden,

Columbus -Taste of Home Cooking

Hey cooking fans…
The Taste of Home Cooking is coming to the Columbus Convention and Trade Center on Thursday, October 9, with a lineup of recipes that features “Fresh Ideas for Fall. Each dish is guaranteed to bring compliments and have guests asking for the recipe.



It starts with a variety of local vendors, 10 quick-and-delicious recipes, add a good measure of special door prizes, awarded to several lucky winners, and top that off with a gift bag for every attendee. Tickets are just $7 and are available at the Ledger-Enquirer or online at Ledger-Enquirer.com. It’s all sponsored by the Ledger-Enquirer, her magazine, BMW of Columbus, McMurray’s Furniture and presented by Piggly Wiggly.



Location: Columbus Convention and Trade Center

Date: Thursday, October 9

Tickets: $7 each

Time: Doors open at 4 p.m. for vendor shopping

Event begins at 6:30 p.m.

Door Prizes: Tons of door prizes, including a 42’’ plasma television from Piggly Wiggly, gift baskets, gift cards, and so much more. PLUS, everyone who attends will receive a free gift bag filled with Taste of Home goodies, coupons and free samples.



To purchase tickets:

Stop by the Ledger-Enquirer (17 West 12th Street, Columbus, GA 31904), Monday-Friday (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

Mail in your check (be sure include address and phone number):

Ledger-Enquirer

17 West 12th Street

Columbus, GA 31904

ATTN: Heather Williams



Current List of Vendors as of September 17, 2008:

Piggly Wiggly, BMW of Columbus, McMurray Furniture, Puddle Jumpers Too, Villa Nova, her magazine, The Ledger-Enquirer, Gallo Family Wines, D&D Foods, Fountain City Coffee, Blue Cross/BlueShield

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Atlanta-Cafe 101

I had to drive to Atlanta by myself on last Sunday. Non of the people that promised could make it. My husband has to go to Albany to pick up his trailer. My friend Joan
cancelled the day before as she has to go to Montgomery to celebrate her ex-father in law's birthday and Elizabeth who worked at the Circle has to do overtime till noon.So I had to go myself as I promised to meet my son there.
It was a nice sunny day and traffic was smooth. I had no problem driving on that busy I85 North, till my son gave me some instruction to go on Exit 95 instead of Exit 94 which I normally used to go to Buford Highway, through Chamblee.
I was driving through some neighbourhood which I was not familiar for about 45 minutes, till I finally found my destination.
My son met me at Cafe 101 where he wanted to go for lunch. Cafe 101 had been there for a couple of years, but has been changing ownerships often. Before it was the 99 cents Chinese Restaurant. Well, I expect this restaurant to serve some speciality, maybe some good original Chinese Cuisine. But, instead the menu is the same with all those American Chinese Fast Food Restaurant. The usual General Tso's Chicken, Sesame Chicken and Mongolian Beef.
I asked for Fried Ho Fun, but the did not offer that. So we opt for Hot and Spicy Shrimp, Fried Egg Plant with Black Bean Sauce and Claypot Seafood Stew.
Our Hot Tea came but it was just warm. The white rice came in a cute covered pot.
Came the Hot and spicy Shrimp. It was just sweet, neither hot nor spicy. They supposed to fry the shrimp with light cornstarch batter, but just boiled shrimp.
The Eggplant looked good but when I tasted it, again not spicy and very bland, no salt at all.
Lastly came the Claypot Seafood. I expected to savor some good seafood with vegetables and fried tofu in a gravy base, but it was just some Seafood of 2 shrimp, a few scallops and slices of cuttlefish on some soup base with a few nappa and some taro. What ? Taro in soup? Looks like Foochow cuisine. Well , I wanted some Cantonese style cooking from Chinatown's restaurant. Again, very bland, the soup is tasteless.
However, The service was excellent . We had a few waitresses kept checking on us. I guess they were not too busy. We could not finish all the food,so I had to take the shrimp and Eggplant in a togo box.Rating for Food=Poor, Service=Good, Price-Medium.

After that went to Hong Kong Bakery to get some Buns and Egg Custard Pies.And to Ming's to get some Soy Chicken and Roast Pork.
And went to Old China Town area to get a hair cut.Left Atlanta about 4.15pm and drove back to Columbus at 5.45 pm.
I still had to go to work but I went in at 7.00 pm .

Monday, September 1, 2008

Lunch At Taj Mahal Restaurant

Instead of having Korean Food for Lunch at the Mandarin house with my new friend, Elizabeth, we decided to go for Indian food at the Taj Mahal.

Taj Mahal is the one and only Indian restaurant serving real Indian Cuisine in Columbus ,Georgia.
It is locate at 2009,Auburn Avenue,Columbus,Ga 31906. Tel: 706-568-9992.
Go on Macon Road, pass K-Mart, and turn right on Auburn Avenue. Located on a plaza, across from Freds.
Taj Mahal is closed on Monday, open everyday for Lunch from 11.30 am till 2.30pm and Dinner 5.30 pm till 10.00 pm.
They serve a Lunch Buffet with a small buffet line consist of White Rice,Briyani Rice,Chicken Masala,Aloo Mattar,Curry Beef, Chutney,Salad and some kind of Sweet Cheese Ball with Syrup.Also Chana Masala ,and Onion Bhajia.
And the waiter brings you a big pitcher of water and some Chappati Bread.

As you entered you will be wondering whether this is An Indian Restaurant or Chinese Restaurant.Despite the color combination of Indian Flavor, this restaurant is decorated with Chinese Decor, Chinese Ceiling , Chinese Lanterns and Painting. You see the story behind this, is this was a Chinese Restaurant before. The Famous China Star which was famous in Columbus many years ago. The new Indian Restaurant Owner decided to keep it as it was.

The food is not bad. I loved the Curry,Briyani Rice and the Roti but one bite on the Chutney turned Sour. It was so Sour,Spicy and Salty. I guess you have to mixed just a little with your rice or roti to eat it. Another thing is the CheesseBall, it was way too sweet. My sugar just ran high with one bite.

I understood that lunch buffet was $6.99 per person, but we did not ask how our che ck came up to $23.12 for 2 person. Something is missing here.

Beside Buffet, Taj Mahal also serve a variety of Indian Cuisine.

Briyani- Basmati rice cooked with your choice of shrimp, chicken or lamb.
Chappati- Thin Whole Wheat Rosted Bread.
Chutney- Pickle Vegetables, Sour, Salty and Spicy
Chicken Masala-Boneles Chicken cooked in Special Masala Sauce.
Chicken Kurma- Boneless Chicken with Yogurt,Nuts And Spices
Onion Bhajia- Onion Fritters served with Chutney
Vegetable Samosa- Crispy Turnover,deliciously filled with Mildly spiced ootatoes and green peas.

If you loved Spicy food, I recommend the Taj Mahal.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

A Happy Birthday !!

Today is my birthday. I turned 48 today, well on my way to middle age now.
Half a century gone.
Not a big celebration but did went out to have lunch at the Golden Corral Super Buffet on Sunday with my friends and family.Ate too much.
Today I had breakfast at Dennys with my husband.
Just another peaceful and happy day and I am thankful for my health and family. For my loving husband and my two sons. Could not have asked for more. Be Content.

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Dinner at The Thai House


Arriving Las Vegas late, about 1030 pm Pacific time, but is actually 3 hours ahead, Eastern Time. Having been in the plane for 4 hours and nowadays they do not serve meals , only beverage and a little snack of cookies and tiny pretzel, we have been very hungry and decided to dine in at The Thai House, on Sahara Drive.
Located on a small shopping strip, this tiny restaurant opens till 4 am.The waiter is very attentive and friendly.
We ordered some Spring rolls, and A bowl of Tom Yam Noodles Soup. The spring rolls comes in 4 pieces served with sweet chilli dipping sauce. Very Crispy, although very hot.
The Noodles Soup comes in Mild as we asked for, with meat balls and big shrimp and some bean sprout. The soup is spicy and sour. After we finished our dinner, we walked back to the Hotel which is near by, sat for a while to unpack and went to bed , ready for tomorrow's adventure.
As we passed by the gambling hall at the lobby of the hotel, they were up packed up with all kinds of people gambling, poker, paikau, roulette, blackjack and off course the many slots machines.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

To Las Vegas I go !!


My Sister-in-law invited me to join her on a trip to Las Vegas for the week of August 9th to 13th.She was going for a Merchandise Convention at the World Largest Merchandise Mart at Las Vegas Convention Mall. She already booked the rooms at Sahara, and I only had to purchase an air ticket.
I was undecided at first and I had to pay $100 more for my air ticket since I booked lest than 14 days . However I still got a very good deal, travelling on Air Tran, direct from Atlanta to Las Vegas. Only $405 with Taxes and a return ticket.
I departed from Columbus to Atlanta , travelling with Groome Transportation. So I do not have to drive and leave my car at Atlanta Airport ,paying for gas and parking fee. Groome only charged $31 for one way and $58 for two way. And they have 36 rides daily from Columbus to Atlanta Airport. On an airconditioned 12 passengers van. But on that day , they only have 5 passengers to Atlanta.
I left about 2.15pm , arrived about 4pm, checked in and waited for about 2 1/2 hours for my flight. Departed at 6.20 pm Eastern Time and I arrived Las Vegas at about 8.30 pm,Pacific Time.The airport was quite crowded.I had to wait for about an hour for my sister who departed from Montgomery ,Alabama, and transit at Dallas,Texas.
Checked in at The Sahara about 11.30 pm.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Bike Ride at Carver Park

It is a hot Sunday, we decided to ride our bikes at the park. It has been a very long time since I last rode my bike. As we aged, we need to exercise more. We loaded up our bikes on the truck and headed to Carver Park, off Sychtalga Road.
Carver Park is a very big park with Walking and Bicycle Trails, A lake where you can fish and enjoying the scenes of the Ducklings and Geese swimming .
There are a few Shaded Sheds, with picnic tables and a lot of barbecue pits. A children playground with swings and slide, and a basketball court.
There are a lot of pine and oak trees and I saw a few persimmon trees, with little fruits hanging.
The park is so quiet despite a few young guys driving with their loud exhaust and music. Fresh air and great nature with birds and squirrels.I was surprised that not many people were down there.Maybe more in the morning and evening.
We rode for a few laps ,about 3 miles and headed for home. But our truck won't start, something wrong with the fuel pump. Managed to drag the truck halfway and I have to ride the bike home and brought another vehicle to pull it back.
Wow, it was a real sweaty day.
I encourage you to go walk or ride in the park or bring your family for a picnic.
There is no fee charged .It is not too far from town, you will enjoy the serenity of the park. Carver Park of Columbus.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Lunch At Country's Barbecue

We had lunch at Country's Barbecue on Saturday. Country's Barbecue is famous for their Barbecue Ribs and Chicken . There are 3 locations, one on 1329 Broadway, one on 6298 Veterans Parkway, and one on 3137 ,Mercury Drive, Columbus ,Georgia.
We went to the Mercury Drive's location. Located on the back, this restaurant is always busy.
The building looks old, and inside is really antique looking, with a lot of antique decorations like those Coco Cola's Signs. They were crowded and has about 6 waitresses.
We ordered Sweet tea with lemon. My husband ordered the BBQ Ribs Platter and I had the BBQ Chicken Platter. The sweet tea comes in a pickle jar glass. The ribs plate comes with 2 sides, a french toast and some pickles and onions.The sides are baked sweet potatoes and cream corn.
My BBQ chicken comes with a half chicken with 2 sides, black eye peas and cream corn with a french toast.I liked my chicken, a little dry, but the ribs were a little tough.
The ticket came up to $21.08. We could not finish all, and had a togo plate to take home.

Recommended for Barbecue Restaurant,.
Price Range- Reasonable, Medium
Service -- Average

Country Barbecue- 1329 ,Mercury Drive,Columbus,Ga
Telephone 706 596 8910

Friday, July 11, 2008

Saturday's Dinner at TGIF


TGIF on Saturday. I asked for a night off from work, since it was after the 4th and business is not that busy. We decided to eat out . Have planned to go to Cheddars but when we arrived , the line was so long. Then, about to go to Red Lobster but we could not find a parking space. I could not believe all these restaurants were so busy. Driving around for 10 minutes, TGIF was not too busy , so we that's where we ended.
Sitting at the corner of Whitesville and Whitlessey Road, this medium size restaurant is very cozy and nice. As you entered, there are a few Host and Hostesses, greeted you and one led you to your table. Music over the speaker, they were quite full. They had a smoking and not smoking rooms. We opted for not smoking.
Simple country decoration with retro design. A long wooden kayak stayed on top of the beams.
Our waitress was friendly, took our drink order. I wanted Sweet Tea and my husband asked for a Mudslide. She bought our drinks but the tea was not sweet at all and the Mudslide tasted too bitter for me. A little too much alcohol.

Then we ordered our dinner. I ordered the Bruschette Pasta with Grilled Chicken,
and my husband asked for the Jack Daniel Trio.
Dinner came about 10 minutes. My Pasta comes in a big round plate. Pasta cooked with
tomatoes and onions, tossed with tomatoes sauce. Chicken perfectly grilled and laid on top of pasta.
The Jack Daniel Trio comes with 1/2 a stack of baby ribs, barbecued and braised with Jack Daniel sauce, some Jumbo Fried Shrimp and Sesame Braised Chicken on top of a small bed of Salad. Served on a Hugh Plate.The ribs has a very good tangy taste, Shrimp perfectly fried and the sesame chicken is crispy, but a little to the sweet side.
But we did finished our dinner. The ticket came up to $35.05 .Plus $5.00 tips.
That Mudslide cost $6.95.We did enjoyed our dinner.

TGIF has a menu that is reasonable and gives you a variety . Asian,Mexican ,Italian and American cuisine.

Recommended.

Food - Excellent
Service- Good,
Price - Reasonable,Affordable
Cleaniness- Good

Friday, July 4, 2008

More July 4th Photos

I have a few more photo for my July 4th ,trip to the Hooch
The Parrot Mascot
Scoopy the Bruster Icecream Mascot
The Sand Art Store
Amy's Birthday Cake

Great July 4th Celebration-Thunder on the Hooch!!

A Barbecue Automobile by Country Barbeque
Fooood
Lots of rides
Thunder On The Hooch Celebration
Water Melon Eating Contest


We had a great celebration here in Columbus,Georgia. We went to downtown where every year they have the Thunder on the Hooch Celebration, organized by WTVM and many other businesses here. They have a lot of rides and games for the kids, and vendors selling lemonade, soda, Burgers, crafts and different kinds of food, Terriyakis, Sandwiches and Funnel Cakes.
There was also a Water Melon Eating Contest.
Families ,young and old, parents and kids were enjoying themselves and ready to camp out there waiting for night to come to enjoy the great display of Fireworks.As it gets dark, more and more people are coming out.

After the trip to the Hooch, we went to A friend's house and enjoyed Barbecue ribs and wings, hot dogs and sausages and grilled shrimp. And had some beers and Margaritas. Also some birthday cake as it was Lisa and Amy's birthdays.
It was a great day of Celebration- Happy July 4 th.

July Fourth-A day to celebrate and your Citizen's Test

Fourth of July is one of the most celebrated holidays across America. The day America became independent, there is no better way to celebrate than with Patriotic Goodies, Great Barbecue,and Giant Fireworks.
To many immigrants this is a special day that they sworned in as an American Citizen. But, they need to take their citizen's test. So how well do they or an average American citizen know the answers to this exam.

In order to gain citizenship in America, immigrants are required to pass a short-answer exam designed by US Citizenship and Immigration Services. A revised version of the exam went into rotation on October 1, 2008.

Test your knowledge of US history and government, with the following sample questions (source: USCIS):

QUESTIONS...

1) How may amendments does the Constitution have?

2) What stops ONE branch of government from becoming too powerful?

3) The House of Representatives has how many voting members?

4) There are four amendments to the Constitution about who can vote. Describe ONE of them.

5) What are TWO rights only for United States citizens?

6) The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name ONE of the writers.

7) What territory did the United States buy from France in 1803?

8) Who was President during World War I?

9) Name ONE U.S. territory.

10) Why does the flag have 13 stripes?

ANSWERS...

1) Twenty-seven (27)

2) Checks and balances; Separation of power

3) Four hundred thirty-five (435)

4) Citizens eighteen (18) and older can vote; You don't have to pay a poll tax to vote; Any citizen, male or female, can vote; A male citizen, of any race, can vote

5) Apply for a federal job; Vote; Run for office; Carry a U.S. passport

6) James Madison; Alexander Hamilton; John Jay; Publius

7) Louisiana; the Louisiana Territory

8) Woodrow Wilson

9) Puerto Rico; U.S. Virgin Islands; American Samoa; Northern Mariana Islands; Guam

10) Because there were 13 original colonies; Because the stripes represent the original colonies

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

"Baby Flying " lands Teen behind bars

Lee County Georgia, from WTVM ,Columbus News

A Lee County teenager put up a shocking video on YouTube, showing him using a large, inflatable pillow to launch an eight month old baby through the air.

Now that 16-year-old boy is charged with felony cruelty to a child. He was arrested after a Lee County school teacher saw the video and called the Sheriff's Office.

It's a mother's nightmare. Watch as this 16-year-old DeSoto boy demonstrates, for the world to see, how to, as he put it, 'make a baby fly.' He puts the baby on an inflatable pillow, then jumps on the pillow to launch the baby through the air.

The baby landed several feet away on the floor and can be heard crying.

"It was terrible," says Lee County Sheriff Harold Breeden. "I can't believe a 16-year-old kid would do something like this."

The 8-month-old child was left in the care of the family of the teen who was actually behind the camera shooting the video. The Lee County Sheriff's office got a call from a Lee County High School teacher who was shown the posting by another student. Fearing for the child's safety she called investigators, and now her former student is in the detention center.

"He's incarcerated in RYDC," Breeden said. "We took him down this morning and he has been arrested and charged with cruelty to children in the first degree, and in the third degree."

The first count for violence to a child under 18 and the second count for allowing his 16-year-old friend to see the violence by encouraging him to videotape it. The teen who videotaped it is not charged with a crime. Pediatrician Donna King, who has 8-month-old twins, says the baby could have been seriously injured.

"Trauma to the skull, of course comes to mind at first. A trauma to the skull resulting in the fracture of the skull which can cause a contusion to the brain, bleeding inside the brain," said the doctor.

As for the teen's actions, the Sheriff's office hopes others will learn from their mistake.

"It's not going to be funny when the judge gets through with him, he'll think twice next time you know, about how funny it was," Brreden says.

The video has been removed from the YouTube site and the teen, who's never been in trouble before, must now await his fate in court.

The Lee County Sheriff's office has asked the baby's parent to have the child seen by a doctor, they're still waiting to hear if the baby had any injuries from the fall.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Hainam Chicken Rice for Sunday's Lunch




My husband comes home from out of town work on the Weekends. Instead of eating out, I decided to cook him his favourite Hainam Chicken Rice. This dish is very famous back home in Malaysia. You can find a lot of stores and restaurants selling Hainam Chicken Rice, especially in K.L and Ipoh. In fact I have a cousin who runs a small store at Chow Yong Restaurant , at SS 2, Petaling Jaya. They had the store for more than 25 years, and I think they had the best Hainam Chicken Rice.
This dish is very easy to make. First I defrost the chicken, (In U.S.A you can only buy frozen chicken) ,I used two chicken legs and one breast. Then I boil a big pot of water , seasoned with salt and pepper. When the water boils, drop the chicken in , usually I use the knife to cut a few slits of the chicken, cook faster. Cover the pot and let it boil for 15 minutes, turn down the heat. Cover for another 5 minutes, check chicken with a chopstick, poke and make sure no flesh blood oozes out. Then you pick the chicken out ,run with cold water. This make the meat tender, not soft.
Then I wash some rice, cooked on the pot with a little butter, and season with salt and sesame oil. Then use the chicken broth earlier, put a few scoops ,cover the rice, when star boiling, turn heat down. When all water evaporates, turn to very low and let it simmer for 10 minutes.
Cut chicken into bites size, sprinkle wit green onion, topped with a little soy sauce and sesame oil. And of course serve with hot chili oil.Use the leftover broth, to make some soup,season, add some green onions/chives on it,put a dash of seseme oil.
Wow, very Delicious, come join me for lunch.Very delicious home cooked dish in a foreign land. Next year I will be going back to taste some real delicious Hainamese Chicken Rice.

T-Bone Steak for Dinner



Last Thursday, some guys knock on my door, and they were from A Meat Wholesaler from Albany, selling boxes of Steak ,Chicken and Shrimp. The price per box of six was like $360.00 but who is going to pay so much.
He offered me a box of consisting of 2 small boxes of 6 T.bone Steaks each, two ribeye, and two New York Strips. You can Mix and match or exchange for chicken or shrimp. Of course being Thrifty , I have to Bargain.I offered him $100.00 for the five boxes of Steak, 2 T-bones, 1 New York Strip,1 Ribeye and 1 case of Shrimp. But, he will not take the offer, and we agreed on $140.00, that comes up to about $4.00 per steak. Not bad.
So we decided to cook at home the whole week instead of eating out. We cooked some T-bones and it was delicious, The meat is very tender and juicy. Just defrost the steak, seasoned it with salt and peppered and some McCormick Original SeasonAll Salt .Grill for 10-15 minutes , depend on how you want it, rare, medium or well done.
Served with some potato salad ,mashed potatoes, toasted bread or steam vegetables, topped with A1 Sauce or Bar-b-que sauce.
You have a very delicious and economy steak dinner, why spend $20 to eat out at high-end restaurant.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Little Malaysia-Atlanta,Georgia

Saturday, my son was having a party at his new apartment and my job was to cook for him. We left Columbus around 10 am, pickup a few friends and reached his place at Liberty Park Townhouse at about 12.noon.
He had already purchased on the groceries and I supposed to cook him some Sesame Chicken,Broccoli Beef, Curry Chicken, Rice,and Pop corn Shrimp and he fired up the grill to grill some chicken wings and drumsticks.
Most of the guest came about 2.30 pm .My Sister in law and niece came and they invited one Malaysian family. I finished cooking about 3.30 and we started eating and chatting and having a really good time, talking about old days in Malaysia and cooking recipes.While most of the kids, the college kids were playing video games and some well swimming in the crowded tiny pool.
More people came later, and the food almost gone.
We left about 7 and decided to go to China Town on Buford Highway to pick up some groceries. Since some of us still hungry, we decided to go eat at The Little Malaysia
restaurant, located at the corner of Asian Square. The sign is so small ,you hardly see it.
But this restaurant cooked good authentic Malaysian food from Hainam Chicken Rice,
Hokkien Mee, Nasi Lemak, Curry Chicken and Rendang.Also find some Roti Chanai and Ice Kacang. Cannot believe , you still can enjoy such delicious Malaysian food even though we are so far away from home.
We ordered the Hainanese Chicken Rice, - steamed fresh chicken, cut up, with green onions and ginger and soy sauce and served with real Hainanese yellow rice, so fragrant. Also ordered the Beef Rendang, tendered pieces of beef stewed in curry and spices- very delicious, and not too spicy. We also had some roti chanai dipped in curry sauce. But I like to put sugar on mine.
At the end, we had Ice Kacang- like a snowcone on a bowl, filled with red bean, peanuts, agar-agar, lychee and top with red syrup and evaporated milk- this really brings back memories of the young days in Malaysian, where we go to the market to enjoy some real good ice kacang,.
Very satisfied dinner. Do visit The Little Malaysia next time you visit Atlanta. I really recommend it, if you love Malaysian food.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Birthday Party at Golden Corral



Monday was Memorial Day , a holiday and my husband birthday was on Tuesday. Since it was a holiday we decided to celebrate on Monday. Our family and a few invited Family friends had lunch at the Golden Corral.
Golden Corral, is a large family restaurant serving an American Supper Buffet. It has been opened for more that 15 years ,offering a varieties of Hot Food and Cold Salad Bar,and Dessert Bar. There are more than 150 items ranging from Rotisserie Chicken,Hot Wings, Meat Loaf, Fresh Grilled Pork Chop, Mashed Potatoes, Collard Greens,Fried Catfish,Soup and different vegetables. A great salad bar, you can mix and match your own. Also has some Mexican items, like Tacos. On the dessert bar, there are a varieties of Home make cakes, Double Chocolate Cakes, Strawberry Shortcakes, Cheesecake and Brownies. I love their Roll, very fresh.
Lunch per person is $7.39 plus $2.19 for Soft drinks. Since I had a coupon we only pay $4.99 per person , but you have to buy a drink each. Still we save about $15 for 7 adults and 2 children.
We really enjoyed our Lunch as we dine and chat. At the end , a group of waitress came over to sing their birthday rhyming song to my husband.
It was a perfect party.
If you come to Columbus, you need to eat at the Golden Corral, located at Manchester Expressway, across from McDonald.You will enjoy it. Try look out for Mail In Coupons, by American Town Marketing. You will save a lot, with everything going up nowadays.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Lunch At Hong Kong Buffett



Amanda Carroll, my best friend Joan's little girl is finally graduating from High School this week, so On Sunday I decided to take them out for Lunch at the Hong Kong Supper Buffet Restaurant. Located on Bradley Park near Target,this restaurant is spacious.They have been opened for more than 3 years.
Walking in, is a big water fountain, with some gold fishes.
There is a party room for big group. And five or six buffet tables serving more that 200 items ranging from Chinese, Japanese , American and Mexican Cuisines.
Some of the favourites include, Sesame Chicken, Terriyaki Chicken, Sushi, Pizza,Soup ,Salad and Desserts.
Lunch for only $5.95 plus tax per person, this is a good deal and we had a coupon for 75 cents discount per person. We really enjoyed our lunch except service is not satisfied. We had waitresses that hardly speak English and a Gloomy face.
But, the food is fresh and delicious.
Our tickets came up to $36.00 with the discount(5 Persons)plus $7.00 Tips.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Sunday's Mother's Day Lunch

Snickers German Chocolate Cake
Fried Sweet Potatoes
Sushi,Shashimi,California Roll
Salt and Peppered Shrimp

We went to the Tako Japanese and Chinese Restaurant at Double Churches for lunch on Sunday. With 2 of our friends, Kun and Flora Yuan. This is Flora First Mother'S Day celebration. She just had her 1st child about two weeks ago. Also her birthday is on Monday. We suppose to have more friends joining us, but they did not show up.
This restaurant is not so busy today, as most people prefer to go to some fancy seat down or Buffet restaurant.
We asked the Owner and Chef to fix us something special instead ordering from the menu.
He fixed a big plate of different kind of Sushi and Shashimi, Salt and Peppered Prawn,Sweet and Sour Fish/Flounder,and Fried Sweet Potatoes and we had Snickers German Chocolate Cake for dessert.And Japanese Hot Tea.
Very Delicious, Great Mother's Day Lunch.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Happy Mother's Day

I had a Great Mother's Day. Actually, started on Friday. We drove to Atlanta to have lunch with my son. Went to the Happy Valley Chinese Restaurant.,on Jimmy Carter Boulevard, Exit 99. Located at the back of some stores, you can hardly see it. But we managed to find it. Moved from Buford Highway's location , a few months ago. This restaurant does not have an Oriental decor, but more of the Renaisance/Roman Decor.

As you entered,there are more than ten fish tanks with live fishes,crabs and lobsters . Not to busy for lunch time. Only a few tables, I think they are packed on Saturday and Sundays.

We ordered some Dim Sums- Siu Mai,Sticky rice, Rice Noodles,Har Kow and Char Siu Pau(Roast Pork Bun) They were very fresh and delicious, compared to other Dim Sum's restaurants.We also ordered Seafood Pan Fried Noodles. Very Good.

The ticket came up to $55.oo for 3 of us, and we have some leftovers to take home.
Then went to Asian Square to pick up some groceries, Hong Kong Bakery for some delis, and Ming'S Bistro for some Soy Sauce Roast Chicken,Roast Duck and Roast Pork.

Got to get out of the traffic before it is too heavy. Left at 3.oo pm, a little heavy traffic on downtown Atlanta.Then drove all the way back to Columbus, arrived at 5.15 and went to work.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Pimp Your Ride with Bling Bling Rims.





It is the trend now. Everywhere you see, the Homeboys are pimping their ride. Whether an old Grand Marquis /Crown Victoria or a new Trans-am, Honda Civic or a Cadillac Escalade,they are all rolled out with Hugh chrome Bling Bling Rims.
They like to cruise around and show them off. The rims even cost more than that old beat up car.
On the Road today, I saw one with a 23 or 24 inches rims and look at that Avalanche or Escalade, bright pink paint job on some 22 inches rims.
That's the way, we like to pimp our old junk cars.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Great Sushi Lunch at Tako



Of all the Japanese Sushi restaurants, in Columbus, Georgia, I loved the Sushi at Tako Japanese and Chinese Restaurant. Located off the city, on a little shopping center on the end of Double Churches/Whitesville road, this small restaurant is very cozy and clean. Owned by two young brothers, from New York.

Their sushi is very fresh. We ordered a plate of eel and fried shrimp sushi.Beautiful created and looked very delicious. The rice is not too hard, and the fish is fresh.

We also ordered the Bento Box with Teriyaki Chicken. Served with Miso Soup , and came in a beautiful Oriental box filled with 2 Fried Tempura Shrimp, 2 Sweet potatoes, 2 Shui mai,White rice, Salad,Teriyaki Chicken and 6 pieces of California Roll. Very big portion and tasted well.

We usually can never finish the big portion , so had a togo box to take the leftover home.

They said they have good business , especially at night. And they deliver too.

Closed on Tuesday.

Come and try out the Tako Restaurant, at Double Churches Road.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Two Dollars Breakfast.



With all the prices going up, Gas, Groceries,can you still get a good breakfast for $2.00? Well , McDonalds is offering a special. $2.00 for 2 Egg Mcmuffins.


Each Mcmuffin comes with a slice of ham,egg and Cheese. Imagine eggs now cost about 20 cents each and Cheese 25 cents .This is a very good deal. I can only eat one, and share one with my son. Brew me come coffee and I have a Great Mcbreakfast.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Tupelo to Atlanta via I20 East

We did not fill up the gas tank, as the Pump did accept my Husband's Debit Card. Having half a tank of gas left, we decided to drive to Birmingham ,Alabama to get gas.Bright sunshine with cool breeze we strolled along Highway 78 East. This is a new highway, 78 East corner(The Future I 22)There were not much traffic and it cut our trip to Birmingham for about 30 minutes. Not much excitement but saw a few States Troopers on the side of the Highway waiting for Speeders. And we saw a 18 Wheeler flipped on the side, and people carrying away crates of Oranges.
Reached Birmingham and the lite for empty gas was on, and we stopped by to fill up the tank. Not too hungry, we continued our journey to Atlanta via I20 East,passing town like Talladega and Douglasville. Almost to Atlanta, the traffic were heavy.
Reached Atlanta at 4pm, went to Old China Town to meet some friends, Ate some Ribs Noodles and a bowl of Wonton soup. For less than $10.00 we got a big bowl of Noodles and a bowl of more than 25 wontons. Delicious.
Then went to Din How Supermarket to get some Chinese groceries, steamed buns, vegetables and Soy Drinks.Also bought some delicious Roast pork bun, red bean bun and some egg tart. We love the Hong Kong Deli, they have the best buns.
Almost 6 pm we drove to Chamblee, to meet our son(study in Georgia Tech) for Dinner.
He took us to the Vietnamese Cafe. A small little restaurant with a lot of bamboos decoration, and large print of the food served,it is very cozy. They were so busy.
We waited a little while, the waitress served us drinks and took a while to get our order. We ordered some Shrimp Roll, Chicken Sate and my son ordered the Vermicelli bow.Also some Shrimp and Sweet Potatoes fries.Food came fast, Chicken sate is okay. The Shrimp has some big shrimp in it,but the Vermicelli was loaded with Chicken and Shrimp,lettuce and parsley.We loved the Shrimp and Sweet Potatoes fries. The fries were crunchy with a sweet taste. Also, had Bubble Tea.
Our ticket came up to $26.10 plus $5.00 tip.
After dinner, drove another 2 hours back to Columbus,Georgia. It was a long and tired weekend, but enjoyable.



Monday, April 14, 2008

Great Breakfast at Sleep Inn

We did not sleep well as both of us were coughing whole nite, due to bad cold and allergy. Even though with the new soft bed. And our room were at the end and near the back entrance, and whole nite we could hear the slamming of the door ,when someone went in and out.
Got up early at 8.am , cleaned up and packed our things in to the cars, ready to go back to Georgia. The motel offered Continental Breakfast, so we might as well had our free breakfast here. At the dining room, were a ranch of full breakfast. Hot Coffee, Tea, Orange Juice ,Apple Juice, and Milk. Top with biscuit and gravy, Oat Meal Cereal, Muffins, Bagels, Toast, Hard boiled Eggs and Doughnuts. Also fruits,Banana, Apples, Oranges . Also Yogurt.
After the full and satisfied breakfast , we checked out. Met a client before we left, looked at the location for about 30 minutes. We are ready to leave Tupelo.
Went to the Gas station to fill up. At the McDonald's we met a few couples from Tennessee, riding on their Honda's and Harley Motorcycles. I guess they are retirees and enjoying their leisure life travelling on their bikes, on this beautiful spring weather.



Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Tupelo,Mississippi Nite

After a few hours of rest, we were hungry so we decided to go look for a nice restaurant to eat. Driving up to North Gloster Street, brought us to The Mall at Barnes Crossing. There are over 100 speciality shoppes here and is one of the largest shopping venues in Northeast Mississippi. From Target, Dillard's,JC Penney to Kohl's,Barnes and Nobles etc.,
Along this venue are more than 100 nice places to it. You'll find almost every kind of cuisine from All American casual to the finest of dining. Apple bees, Arby's,Burger King, Bumpers Drive In, Red Lobster,Ruby Tuesday, Sun-Kai Chinese,Vanelli's, Cafe 212, Ryan's Buffet,Cajun Cafe,Cancun Mexican,Magic Wok and Olive Garden.
Almost 8.30pm but The New China Buffet V still had a lot of cars parked outside.So we
decided to try Chinese Buffet. A nice size restaurant, looked like a former Golden Coral restaurant. Entering the main entrance is a water fountain where a lot coins were thrown in, guess people making wishes.
The waiter led us to our table , and waitress brought our drinks, We helped our selves . The menu said they have over 250 items. Range from Sushi, Salad, Soups,Desert to Chinese stir fried to Mexican Tacos and wraps, also bread , fruits and deserts.Saturday and Sunday is Seafood Buffet so they have all kinds of shrimp, steam, cocktail, fried, stir fried and Crab Legs. But every time they only brought a small tray out and diners are waiting in line to get them. The lady on the next table to us took at least 3 full plates of crab leg. I wondered how the restaurant made a profit with diner like that.
I took some soup, some stir fried and some shrimp,one sushi plate then some hot and sour soup , two pieces of desert and some fruits. I was so full. My husband tried to catch him some crab legs but just managed to get a few tiny pieces.
The price is $10.49 per person, plus $1.50 for drink, our ticket came out to $23.50 plus $5.00 tips. The food was tasty but service not too good. Guess they were a little busy,because they were packed.
After dinner, we went to the super Walmart and bought some Nick-knacks and returned to our Sleep Inn Motel.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Travel from Georgia to Mississippi

My husband chose a bad day to travel . He wanted to go to Tupelo, Mississippi to get a contract job for a new Japanese Steakhouse Restaurant. We started on a cold and very wet and cloudy. The rain decided to come today, after a few warm days. The sky was very cloudy and I hated to drive on a wet day.
The journey started with a long traffic jams on I185 north for almost 30 minutes. Then we drove past Phenix City and on to Highway 280 and thru Opelika,Alabama and all the small towns of Dadeville, Alex City,and on to Birmingham . And we have to turn around on to Highway 78 East, but we missed some junction and drove on to Interstates 65 North which goes to Huntsville Alabama. Blamed this on the Magellan GPS which gave us some confusing direction. So we argued a little and I decided to follow the old way, look at the big Atlas book we bought. Clearer directions.
Anyhow the GPS told us to make some U-turn and led us out to 78East. Reached Birmingham almost 4pm Eastern time.
Hungry, we decided to stop by a Chinese restaurant. Found the Golden Wok along the Highway.Located on 1421, Forestdale Boulevard, Birmingham, Al this medium size restaurant is decorated with little lanterns and nice oriental deco. It has a buffet table but only served Lunch Buffet from Sunday to Friday.
We decided to order from the Menu, the waitress was very sweet and bought us Hot Tea. We ordered the Singapore Mei Fun- tiny rice noodles cooked with curry flavor with vegetables , beef, shrimp and chicken.Also the Shrimp Vegetables with Black Bean sauce. While waiting the waitress offered us some steamed fish and stir fried cauliflower. We enjoyed our lunch, both dishes cooked well with flavor, not too salty and oily. Our tickets came with 2 fortune cookies and cost $16.00 plus $4.00 tips. And we still have some leftover to go.
Then we began our journey again, as least not raining any more but still cloudy. We started at 4.30 , passing by a lot of small towns. On one town you can see rolls of Bingo Halls and they are all crowded.
Highway 78 East is a very straight highway although hilly. Beautiful Scenery.
Soon at about 6.30pm we arrived at the border of Mississippi. And we stopped by the rest area to take a small break.

After, the break we started again as we have another 30 minutes to drive . And at 7.10 we arrived Tupelo,Mississippi,- The birthplace of the Rock and Roll King,Elvis
Presley. Tired from the almost 6 hours drive we check in at the Sleep Inn, A brand new motel, and they have grand opening specials. Everything was brand new here, the bed , the comforters and pillows.Took a hot bath, and ready to lie down for a short rest.

Monday, March 31, 2008

NO.1 Chinese Restaurant-Columbus,Ga

No.1 Chinese Restaurant is a small take-out Chinese Restaurant on Victory Drive,Columbus,Georgia.This restaurant has been there for more than 10 years.
Owned by one of my husband's friends.
I ate there a few times, the food is not too oily and has a good seasoning on it.
Cooked fresh. I like the Sesame Chicken and Broccoli Shrimp and my son loves the Fried Dumplings.

This restaurant has a Lunch Special served from 11 am to 3 pm. 28 items ranging from Egg Foo Yong,Moo Goo Gai Pan, Mongolian Beef,Sesame Chicken to Terriyaki Chicken and Shrimp with Lobster Sauce. Spicy dishes also available, from Hot and Spicy Shrimp to Kung Pau Chicken.Lunch Special comes with choice of soup,wonton,Egg Drop ,Soda or Sweet Tea and Fried Rice.Only $4.39 to $4.79.

The appetizer consists of different kinds of Eggrolls, chicken,Shrimp and Spring Roll.Also Crab Rangoon and Steamed or Fried Dumplings.
On the Dinner Menu, comes in Pint and Quart sizes from Fried Rice, Lomein,Mei Fun, Chow Mein,Egg Foo Yong and different kinds of Chicken, Beef and Seafood.

Also available Special Combination Dinner, a choice of 31 items, each served with Fried Rice and Egg Roll for on $5.95 to $6.75.And on the Chef Specialities, you find special dishes like Seafood Combination, Phoenix and Dragon,Four Seasons,Happy Family,Triple Delight with Garlic Sauce and Mongolian Combo.
For the Health Concious there is a varieties of steam dishes.
Come to No.1 Chinese Restaurant to try The Best Taste in Town.
Located at 3759 Victory DR, at the Heritage Corners Shopping centre,Columbus,Ga 31903.
Tel;706 682 9899
Opens 7 Days A Week from 11 Am to 11 PM.




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Friday, March 21, 2008

The Lunar Years of The Boar

The Lunar Years Of The Boar falls on the year 1947,1959,1971,1983,1995 and 2007.
Boars are knowledgeable in organizing times for works and leisure.Fond of enjoying life and forgetting any targets in life. Should learn to work harder.Sly but short tempered , yet affectionate and kind to loved ones. You are impulsive and honest.
Most compatible with Rams and Hares. Steer clear of other Boars.
Prospect of the Year: The lucky star shines bright and will enrich the reputation and have better chance of promotion however; the suspicious nature of the Boar may become obstacle for grabbing the good chance. Need also to take care of one's health to prepare for heavy duties.

Monday, March 10, 2008

The Lunar Years of The Dog

The Lunar Years of The Dog are for those born in the years 1946,1958,1970,1982,1994.2006.
The Zodiac Nature of the Dog : They are faithful,loyal and responsible.Should make more practical and realistic consideration to access successful returns.
Dogs person are honest and a loyal leader of men.Generous but stubborn. Earmarked for
success. Horses and Tigers are friendly but watch out for Dragons.
Your prospects for the Year: One needs to enhance oneself with strength and optimistic thoughts for one's future. Throw away loneliness and actively communicate with others.Evaluate one's strength and deploy properly,be careful of the vile ones and success will be there.

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Sunday, March 2, 2008

The Lunar Years of The Rooster.

The Lunar Years of The Rooster fall on the Years 1945,1957,1969,1981,1993,and 2005

Roosters are Optimistic and like to work systematically. Outspoken and loves to attract attention.Should make observations in different angles.A pioneer spirit devoted to work and quest after knowledge. But sometimes selfish and eccentric.
Trouble with Hares but fine with Snakes and Oxen.
Prospect for the Year. An iteractive year but for the realistic Rooster who always use a practical and careful approach that can solve many troubles. A happy year for married Roosters to have new offsprings . Never get involved into troubled love affairs.

The Lunar Years of The Monkey

The Lunar Years of The Monkey are for those born in the years 1944,1956,1968,1980,1992,and 2004
Monkey's person are clever,energetic and innovative, a fast learner with good memory. Should adopt the rules related to the career and learn more to communicate with others.

Able to influence others , and a good politician. Thirsty for knowledge, but easily
discouraged. Compatible to a Dragon and Rat. Avoid Tigers.

Prospect of the Year:A smooth and prosperous year that has many helps from friendly people. Should always be aware of villians and prepared for adversity and dispute. Your hardship and efforts will bring you success.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The Lunar Years of The Ram/Goat

The Lunar Years of The Ram/Goat are for people born in the years 1943,1955,1967,1979,1991 and 2003.
Rams are peaceful and conservative,not ambitious targets to take any risks. Should realized a steady life needs to hope for the best and prepare for the worst.
Elegant and creative-best in arts.Passionate but timit. Most compatible with Hares and Boars . Avoid Oxen.
This year's prospect. Be aware of jumping into vortex. Need to be vigorous even with the help of many friendly people who are so kind to lend their helping hands. Also , you need to be in very healthy condition to face difficulties and scoring your goals.

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The Lunar Years of The Horse

The Lunar Years of The Horse are for people born in the years 1942,1954,1966,1978,1990 and 2002.
The Zodiac nature of the Horse : Cheerful,quick witted and popular. Be regulated to her paces may have the chance to see thing clearer.
Impatient,are handy with finance/money, always a winner. Very compatible with Tigers and Dogs ,but not a Rat.
Prospect for the Year: A year that needs to be careful, hardworking and do not be too ambitious. Be aware of controversial matters and always remember that the only measurable job is achievable. Spend more of your time to take care of the health of your elderly kinsfolk.

Friday, February 22, 2008

The Lunar Years Of The Snake

The Lunar Years of The Snake are for people born on the years 1941,1953,1965,1977,1989,2001.
Zodiac nature of a Snake person- They are clever and smart to suiot different conditions and be able to score the superb goals. Should learn to concentrate on one's own job and be fair to others.
A snake is wise and intense, but vain.Passionate and determined. A winner with money.
Compatible with a Rooster and Ox. Enemy to a Boar.
Prospect for this year.- A better year for you to elaborate your cleverness to face the changing world and making successes. Never be too greedy and stay from improper activites to avoid swirling into trouble.

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

The Lunar Years Of The Dragon

The Lunar Years Of The Dragon are for people born in the years 1940,1952,1964,1976,1988,and 2000.
Zodiac's nature of a Dragon are thoughtful and fond of freedom. Have high
scope and vitality.Chances may slip away because of too many doubts and considerations.
Dragons are excitable with complex life.Stubborn on Outside but soft hearted inside.
A born leader.Compatible with Monkeys and Rats but beware of Dogs.
The prospect for this year- Your friendly and leadership character invites many helps from people around you. You surely will score your goals with your very considerate planning. Yet,beware of fighting with others in any means and stay away from unconcerned matters.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The Lunar Years Of The Rabbit.

The Lunar Years of The Rabbit/Hare are for people born in the years 1939,1951,1963,1975,1987,and 1999.
Rabbit Zodiac's Nature: Intelligent and calm,peace,loving and impeccable manners. Wtih creative thoughts but sometimes too moody and indifferent.Luckiest of all signs,talented and affectionate yet shy. Marry a Ram/Goat or Boar.

Prospect of the year. Learn how to stick to the bitter end and never give up halfway will be awarded with success. Never fear fate or bad luck as reasons to give up opportunities. Beware of faulty affairs that would give you troubles and would drown your mind.

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Sunday, February 17, 2008

The Lunar Years Of The Tiger.

The Lunar Years Of the Tiger are for people born in the years 1938,1950,1962,1974,1986,and 1998.
The Zodiac's nature of a Tiger Person is they tend to have the ambition to win with keen determination,however, reasons for their success are most likely when they learn how to look back.They have a fighting spirit, aggressive and courateous. A sensitive deep thinker who is true blue with friends. Marry a Horse or Dog but beware of the Monkey.

Prospect of the Year : Tigers should leave adequate leeway for any matters. Be open to those who care and staying with you. Always learn more from others will lead the
ways to successes and achievements. Never act arbitrarily to invite failure.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Very Sweet for The Young guys and gals.

I received this from a sweet young girl. I think this is very sweet and like to share with you all here on this Sweet Day.

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Happy Valentine's Day-2008

What a beautiful day is today? Last few days we had some rain and cloudy and it was cold. But Cupid is busy today and The Sun is shining bright here in the South. What a Great day to celebrate this very special day with the person you love. "Valentine's Day,Februaty 14th.
Why is this day so special?

Valentine's Day is a holiday celebrated on February 14. In North America and Europe, it is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other by sending Valentine's cards, presenting flowers, or offering confectionery. The holiday is named after two among the numerous Early Christian martyrs named Valentine. The day became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.

The Legend-The Early Medieval acta of either Saint Valentine were excerpted by Bede and briefly expounded in Legenda Aurea. According to that version, St Valentine was persecuted as a Christian and interrogated by Roman Emperor Claudius II in person. Claudius was impressed by Valentine and had a discussion with him, attempting to get him to convert to Roman paganism in order to save his life. Valentine refused and tried to convert Claudius to Christianity instead. Because of this, he was executed. Before his execution, he is reported to have performed a miracle by healing the blind daughter of his jailer.

Legenda Aurea still providing no connections whatsoever with sentimental love, appropriate lore has been embroidered in modern times to portray Valentine as a priest who refused an unattested law attributed to Roman Emperor Claudius II, allegedly ordering that young men remain single. The Emperor supposedly did this to grow his army, believing that married men did not make for good soldiers. The priest Valentine, however, secretly performed marriage ceremonies for young men. When Claudius found out about this, he had Valentine arrested and thrown in jail. In an embellishment to The Golden Legend, on the evening before Valentine was to be executed, he wrote the first "valentine" himself, addressed to a young girl variously identified as his beloved, as the jailer's daughter whom he had befriended and healed, or both. It was a note that read "From your Valentine."

In another apparently modern embellishment, while Valentine was imprisoned, people would leave him little notes, folded up and hidden in cracks in the rocks around his cell. He would find them and offer prayers for them.

Modern Valentine's celebration of the West.
In North America, the day is most closely associated with the mutual exchange of love notes in the form of "valentines." Modern Valentine symbols include the heart-shaped outline and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten notes have largely given way to mass-produced greeting cards. The mid-nineteenth century Valentine's Day trade was a harbinger of further commercialized holidays in the United States to follow. The U.S. Greeting Card Association estimates that approximately one billion valentines are sent each year worldwide, making the day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year behind Christmas. The association estimates that women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines.

Valentine's Day also has regional traditions in the UK. In Norfolk a character called 'Jack' Valentine knocks on the rear door of houses leaving sweets and presents for children. Although he was leaving treats, many children were scared of this mystical person.

In Wales many people celebrate Dydd Santes Dwynwen (St Dwynwen's Day) on 25 January instead of or as well as St Valentine's Day. The day commemorates St Dwynwen, the patron saint of Welsh lovers.

In France, a traditionally Catholic country, Valentine's Day is known simply as "Saint Valentin", and is celebrated in much the same way as other western countries.

In Denmark & Norway Valentine's Day (14 Feb) is known as Valentinsdag. It is not celebrated to a large extent, but a lot people take time to eat a romantic dinner with their partner, to send a card to a secret love or give a red rose to their loved one. In Sweden it is called Alla hjärtans dag ("All Hearts' Day") and was launched in the 1960s by the flower industry's commercial interests, and due to influence of American culture. It is not an official holiday, but its celebration is recognized and sales of cosmetics and flowers for this holiday are only bested by those for Mother's Day.

In Finland, Valentine's Day is called Ystävänpäivä which translates into "Friend's day". As the name says, this day is more about remembering all your friends, not only your loved ones.

In Slovenia, a proverb says that "St Valentine brings the keys of roots," so on February 14, plants and flowers start to grow. Valentine's Day has been celebrated as the day when the first works in the vineyards and on the fields commence. It is also said that birds propose to each other or marry on that day. Nevertheless, it has only recently been celebrated as the day of love. The day of love is traditionally 12 March, the Saint Gregory's day. Another proverb says "Valentin - prvi spomladin" ("Valentine — first saint of spring"), as in some places (especially White Carniola) Saint Valentine marks the beginning of spring.

In Romania, the traditional holiday for lovers is Dragobete, which is celebrated on February 24. It is named after a character from Romanian folklore who was supposed to be the son of Baba Dochia. Part of his name is the word drag ("dear"), which can also be found in the word dragoste ("love"). In recent years, Romania has also started celebrating Valentine's Day, despite already having Dragobete as a traditional holiday. This has drawn backlash from many groups, reputable persons and institutions[25] but also nationalist organizations like Noua Dreaptǎ, who condemn Valentine's Day for being superficial, commercialist and imported Western kitsch.

In Turkey, Valentine's Day is called Sevgililer Günü which translates into "Sweethearts' Day".

According to Jewish tradition the 15th day of the month of Av - Tu B'Av (usually late August) is the festival of love. In ancient times girls would wear white dresses and dance in the vineyards, where the boys would be waiting for them (Mishna Taanith end of Chapter 4). In modern Israeli culture this is a popular day to pronounce love, propose marriage and give gifts like cards or flowers.


In South America

The exchange of chocolates and flowers is traditional on Valentine's Day.In Brazil, the Dia dos Namorados (lit. "Day of the Enamored", or "Boyfriends'/Girlfriends' Day") is celebrated on June 12, when couples exchange gifts, chocolates, cards and flower bouquets. This day was chosen probably because it is the day before the Saint Anthony's day, known there as the marriage saint, when many single women perform popular rituals, called simpatias, in order to find a good husband or boyfriend. The February 14's Valentine's Day is not celebrated at all, mainly for commercial reasons, since it usually falls too little before or after Carnival, a major floating holiday in Brazil that can fall anywhere from early February to early March.

In Colombia, the Día del amor y la amistad (lit. "Love and Friendship Day") is celebrated on the third Friday and Saturday in September, because of commercial issues. In this country the Amigo secreto ("Secret friend") tradition is quite popular, which consists of randomly assigning to each participant a recipient who is to be given an anonymous gift (similar to the Christmas tradition of Secret Santa).

In Venezuela, the Día del amor y la amistad(lit. "Love and Friendship Day") is also celebrated but this one does happen the 14th of February. The Amigo secreto ("Secret friend") tradition is also popular in Venezuela.

Top Gifts on Valentines Day- A dozen of Roses, Chocolate and candies, Teddy Bears,
Valentine's Day Card, Jewelry expecially Diamond ring( A good occasion to make a proposal,) a romantic dinner at a high class restaurant , A nite at the hotel's suite, packaged with Champagne and romantic dinner. To save you money, how about cook a romantic dinner for your Love, get you some Wine and candles. Check out some of my Valentine's recipes at http://999recipes.blogspot.com

Happy Valentine's Day to all my friends around the world here. Lots of Hugs and Kisses.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The Lunar Years of the Ox

The Lunar Years of the Ox are for people who born in the year1937,1949,1961,1973,1985,1997,.
The Zodiac Nature of the Ox are Hardworking and sophisticated and care not too much about success and returns.Life can be easier with realistic targets and not too stubborn and traditional.
An Ox person is bright, inspiring and easy going and make an outstanding parent. Should marry a Snake or Rooster, not a Ram/Goat.

Propect of the year : A year will surmount one's career with great success by the helps from many friends. Ox will be as hardworking and sophisticated as they are and always feel lonely and loss. Plan better rhythm life to enjoying more rest and savors.

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Monday, February 11, 2008

2008-Lunar Year of the Rat.

Chinese New Year fell on February 07, 2008. The Chinese Zodiac is based on the signs of 12 animals.According to legend , these animals paid thier respect/homage to Buddha before he died. And each year, is represented by the animals and changed every 12 years cycle.
The luck and personality of each person is based on the year they were born ,represented by the animals. The 12 animals in order were The Rat, Ox,Tiger, Rabbit,Dragon,Snake,Horse,Ram(Goat)Monkey,Rooster,Dog,and The Pig(Boar)
This is the Year of the Rat.

Rat- Those born on 1948,1960,1972,1984,1996,2008.
Zodiac's Nature of a Rat Person- A true opportunist to grab any chances with her fast response and connate sapience. Should not be too mean to create hurting feelings for people around.They are ambitious and honest but prone to spend freely.
Sometimes quick to anger.
Compatible with Dragons and Monkeys- Avoid Horses.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Chinese New Year 2008.





Being thousands of miles away from home in the United States, Chinese New Year is not a big event to celebrate for our family and a lot of Chinese families here. Christmas and Thanksgiving is more important.
Although in a foreign land, many of us Asians in America still keep our customs and traditions. The Reunion Dinner is very important. I did not prepare this for our family, as most of us are either away, to college or at work. Every year we usually were invited by one Chinese family, usually they owned a Restaurant and many of the friends and families would come together, also with some Americans Friends to have the Reunion Dinner.
This year we went to the China First Restaurant, owned by Kai Zheng and Amy.They cooked up a lot of food, Pork Chop, Stirfried Duck, Steamed Fish, Stir fried Crab,
Spicy Shrimp, Chilli Garlic Snail,Fish Roe Soup, Duck Feet, Rice Noodles, Cheesecake and cup cakes. We have a lot of beers, Tsingtao , Heineken, Japanese Plum Wine,and BudLight.
About 30 people came. We ate a lot, watch one Chinese Movie and sang Karoake. We gave out AngPow to the little kids, some big kids too. They were very happy.
The food was so good, not the daily buffet they served American Customer, but some
real Chinese Home Style.We had a really Good Time.We have to leave at 12 am, as many of us still have to work and the kids have to go to school.We do not have Official Holiday here, still have to work on Chinese New Year. I wished I was at home , holiday for whole week and really enjoy the New Year,. Anyhow we all had a great time.
Happy New Year to all my Asian friends here, Gong Xi Fat Cai.