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In Between

roses from my garden

October, the transitional month.

Hanging on to the final blooms, while preparing for the cold that it is already nipping at the edges of the day.

Timeless Icing Biscuits

childhood treats

Good memories, good taste – never out of style.

One of the best simple pleasures of life is to come across a treat from one’s childhood.

That was how I felt when I came across these little icing biscuits in a shop in Johor, Malaysia.

When I was growing up, we would walk to the neighborhood provision shop to get them. They were displayed in big clear jars, with a few other different types of biscuits. You can buy, like, 20 cents worth of biscuits. The shopkeeper would scoop about a handful and wrapped them in a piece of newspaper.

(My aunt remembers that when she was a child, you could get quite a good-sized serving for just 10 cents.)

Certainly, the colorful icing was a big attraction for kids. And also the combination of the icing and the slightly creamy taste of the base was enjoyable. Often, we would unwrap the newspaper package and start eating as we were walking on our way home.

Time doesn’t stand still. Back to the present, when I bought some from the shop in Johor, they were wrapped in a more sophisticated manner, in a clear plastic sleeve and tied on top with a bright string. But the best thing was that, after so many years down the road, the taste was still the same. I kept popping them into my mouth and savored the cool, sweet effect as the icing melts – great fun.

Simplicity

kindness

Growing Up

feeding kitten with bottle

A very young Tomi.

Kitten tales

Almost everything,including curtains, becomes a toy.

 

Here’s a new member to our household – Tomi.

We adopted him when he was about three to four weeks old. He had to be fed mother’s replacement milk for kittens, which is available in both liquid and powder form.

We also had to express his bladder, the way a mother cat does, as he had not learned to do instinctively.

Soon, he was able to switch to cat food, ocean fish and salmon being his favorite flavors. And he has been very disciplined about using the litter box.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aglow

observation and inspiration

To love beauty is to see light.

- Victor Hugo

 

Sacramento River Bridge

tower bridge

The bridge with the city skyline in the background.

Sacramento may not be as well-known as other Californian cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco. But it serves an important role as the state capital. The California State Capitol building houses the state legislature and the office of the Governor.

A landmark of the city is the Tower Bridge across the Sacramento River. It is also known as the Sacramento River Bridge.

The Tower Bridge was the first vertical lift bridge in the California Highway System, inaugurated in 1935. The bridge is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The bridge has ample space for pedestrian traffic, and it is a wonderful experience walking along the bridge and watching the flow of the old river.

Sequin Wings

enchanting insect

There is a dragonfly in my backyard that seems to come closer and closer to me.

One day, it comes close enough for me to notice, for the first time, that it has two sets of wings.

The wings are quite magical. Each time I see them, a new word comes to mind: gossamer, paper-thin, silvery, sequined.

It dances around, buoyant and light, then it floats away, perhaps to another garden, to enchant another human.

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