"When you change the way you see things, the things you see change." - Author Unknown


"You IS My Friend"

Last week, BT was sharing with me excitedly her day at school. "Guess what? I made a new friend already in my class!" she announced.
"Good news! How did you do that, in two days?" I was curious.
"I had the feeling, and I just said 'You IS my friend' to her, and you know what.." she widened her eyes, "she replied back to me, 'You IS my friend too.' and now we are having lunch together, play at recess together everyday."

With a big smile, I was speechless. I was so happy for her and so amazed at how kids communicate, their simple style, their straightforwardness with a pinch of mischief.

I wish I could hear that sentence :) I wish we could live in that world where there's no convention, no judgment, no right or wrong as about the way of communication, there are only innocent friends.

Life is Sweet

A delicious book! One of the tastiest readings with BT this summer is this picture book, by Deborah Hopkinson and Nancy Carpenter. A good picture book, which is not easy to find like all other worldly things, is so irresistible like a dainty healthy snack, tempting not only to the taste buds but also to the eyes as well. We savored every bit of it... a terrific combination of writing and illustration, hmmm... so delicious!

Just like the journey of moving fruits to Oregon in the story, life is full of challenges but also sweet, although we need to work very hard and sometimes have to deal with many difficult situations with only one boot on.

5th Grade Day 1

5th grade started today! Finally... BT can escape from MT!!! :D

The Giant of Giants

The giant of giants,
I'm the tallest all around.
From head to toe, I see
300 feet off the ground!

I'm the giant of giants,
Check out the view from here!
My head's in the clouds,
I can see both far and near!

I'm the giant of giants,
The most mammoth of them all!
I am leggy, lanky, elephantine,
Brobdingnagian, immensely tall.

I'm the giant of giants,
Mighty strong with power!
I'm the greatest in town'
'Cause I'm on the Eiffel Tower!

The Scrambler

I feel like an egg in a bowl
Being scrambled and rambled on the whole
Oh, I feel the wind rush
As I'm scrambled into slush,
Crazy and out of control!

This is such a mighty sensation,
I'm beginning to feel perspiration.
Here aboard the scrambler,
I am feeling a measure
Of greatly immeasurable elation!

I feel like an egg in a bowl
Being scrambled and rambled on the whole
As I sit here and shout
Eagerly and loud,
'Oh, what a blast
It is to feel at last
What it's like to be an egg in a bowl!'

I don't know whether my partner enjoyed the ride; he didn't even give a smile afterwards.

Banana, Yum!

Yum, yum, banana, yum!
High in fiber and potassium.
Good for heart and bones,
Prevent kidney stones.
So come eat bananas,
Yum yum in my tum!


One of my favorite things to do in North America is, usually on a warm summer day, throwing a mountain of bags into the trunk of a vehicle, buckling up and wheeling off. Of course, DR, BT, Tangerine, Clementine, and Penny would be taken along as well.

There are no prohibited items, no 3oz liquid or luggage limit, no restrictions on where to stop, no schedule, no delay. There's only us and the freedom.
To me, it's totally idyllic.

The rest is history.

Summer 2011

Green Power!

We rolled along on our trip; past Cincinnati and across the Ohio-Indiana border. Looking out from the window, I saw the trees' leaves rustling in the breeze and the cars zipping past. I couldn't tell we had entered Indiana because it still looked so much like Ohio. The long, winding black road with little cars like beetles scurrying along.

I almost dozed off in my seat until I heard the ejaculation from MT: 'Look!'

Rubbing the sleep from my eyes, I turned my head towards the window. Wow! In the fields there stood rows of gigantic wind turbines, like stalwart soldiers straight and tall, greeting us. Their gigantic blades swooshed around in the air, making our trip really quite 'electrifying'!

Here's what I have learned:

Wind energy is a renewable and pollution-free energy source, mostly used to generate electricity. It is one of the lowest-priced renewable energy sources and is the fastest growing segment of all renewable energy sources. It is a growing trend in many countries because it is eco-friendly. Wind energy is commonly used in the prairies because they are free of obstructions and are subject to constant winds. The theory of wind energy was discovered in 1919 by a German physicist named Albert Betz. Go green!

. Wind energy has no fuel costs and can relieve fossil fuels shortage.
. Wind energy could improve the security of energy supply.
. Wind energy has high working reliability.
. Wind energy has no no pollution, unlike fossil fuels, which emit mercury.

. Wind energy has high construction costs.
. Wind speed is changeable; therefore the production of electricity would not always remain consistent depending on the wind speed.
. Wind turbines can become damaged or destroyed when hit by a severe storm, and lightning is very dangerous to turbines.
. The turbine blades may be fatal to passing birds who collide with the turbine.

Fun Facts:
. The first large-scale electricity-producing windmill was installed in 1941 in Vermont.
. The total U.S. wind energy capacity was 11,600 MW at the end of 2006. To produce this much electricity would require the burning of over 15 million tons of coal!
. Over a third of the world's electricity needs can be supplied by wind energy by the middle of this century.
. Generating 34 percent of our electricity needs from wind would keep 113 billion tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere by 2050.
. A single 1 MW turbine can provide enough electricity for up to 650 households!
. Wind energy produced worldwide: 65,000,000,000 kWh (kilowatt hour) per year (enough power for 6 million U.S. homes)
. Wind energy produced in the U.S.: 16,000,000,000 kWh per year (enough power for 1.6 million homes)

Yippee! Wish we have more gusts with gusto!

Happy Trio

Happy Trio

Seashell Haiku

Tell me your story
And of your great adventures
Seashell's odyssey

The Eagle

What an imposing figure
With a heart filled with valor,
His penetrating gaze blows me away.
As he takes off to the yonder
I can see it's not a wonder
That the gallant soul stands for the USA!

Lake Michigan

Have you ever wondered how the Great Lakes appeared on the surface of the earth? Have you wondered where all that water came from? Nope, they were not made by magic? The birth of Lake Michigan is more about history. It all started millions of years ago, when the land of the Midwest was covered up to 6.500 feet high in rivers of ice: glaciers. They were vast masses of ice that inched along the land, carrying rocks and dirt as they went, carving hills, valleys, and gouges, changing the Midwest landscape forever. About 10,000 years ago, the glaciers withdrew and melted, filling the valleys and creating the Great Lakes. Much later, in 1634, French explorer Jean Nicolet discovered Lake Michigan and settlers began coming. And that is how Lake Michigan came to be.

Time for another geography lesson! Lake Michigan is the second largest Great Lake by volume and the third largest by surface area. It is the sixth largest lake in the world! Lake Michigan is also the only Great Lake surrounded entirely by U.S, borders, and holds the title as the largest freshwater body in the U.S. (Wow! If lakes got prizes, Lake Michigan would have a plethora of medals and trophies!) Lake Michigan is bordered by Michigan (duh?), Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. Its only natural outlet is the Straits of Mackinac, connecting it to Lade Huron, so these to lakes are considered on lake in the matter of hydrology.

Let's look at these numbers and figures. Did I hear "wow"?
Length: 307 miles
Breadth: 118 miles
Average Depth: 279 feet
Deepest Point: 925 feet
Volume: 1,180 square miles
Water Surface Area: 22,300 square miles
Shoreline Length: 1.638 miles
Elevation: 577 feet above sea level

Oh, and guess what? The water surface area of Lake Michigan is equal to the areas of Maryland, Massachusetts, and Delaware combined! Imagine that!

Lake Michigan is pretty attractive, so it's got many attractions! Tourists come to entertain themselves by boating, fishing, going to beaches and parks, and watching wildlife. Fishing is extremely popular, and marine life includes Chinook, Coho, and Atlantic Salmon, and Rain, Brown, and Lake Trout. These are very popular species for fishing. In fact, over 43% of all fishing in the Great Lakes is done in Lake Michigan. Impressive! My favorite things to do are watching the wild animals, searching for seashells, and playing in the sand and water.
Tra-la-la! Lake Michigan, here I come!

Lake Michigan Fun Facts:
. The word "Michigan" came from the Ojbwa Irdion word "mishigami", eaning great water.
. It is the third largest Great Lake by surface area and the sixth largest freshwater lake in the world.
. Every inch it rises or drops cause a change of 390 billion gallons of water.
. Of the 10,000 ships that have sunk in the Great Lakes, 3000 of them have sunk in Lake Michigan.
. Shark sightings and attacks have been reported near Lake Michigan.
. The Petoskey stone, made from fossilized coral is only found in Lake Michigan (Michigan's state stone).

King of the Beach

Strutting along the sand,
King of the Beach.
This mighty princely figure
Lets out his princely screech.
His stalwart wings are his robe,
His crest his golden crown.
He's perched upon his royal throne:
The sand dunes all around.
Then he pumps his wings,
Once, twice, then thrice,
Then takes off
To the great blue skies.
He must be going
About his business,
Looping and swooping
With stately kingliness.
A speck in the yonder,
Paying no heed to me,
Singing the song of Coastal Love,
A seagull soaring free!

The Peacock

Graceful, noble and dignified
Is the Peacock Princess, filled with pride.
Her resplendent gowns of ultramarine
Ensheathe her in astounding sheen.
Her tiara shines on her head in elegant pose
As she tiptoes daintily with her delicate toes.
But there's one thing I'm sure you'll agree:
When she emits her shrieking call,
We'd better flee!

The Peacock

Peacock Facts:
. A group of peacocks is called a party.
. Technically, the name "peacock" should not be used to describe both female and male peacocks. Males are peacocks, females are peahens, and together, they are called peafowl.
. Peacocks are omnivores, and eat insects, plants, and small creatures.
. The two familiar peacock species are the blue peacock of India and Sri Lanka, and the green peacock in Java and Myanmar (Burma).
. Both female and male peafowl have spurs on their heels used to defend themselves and sometimes used for fighting.
. People used to think that females selected males with more beautiful and impressive tail trains, but recent studies have shown that noises made during courting attract females instead.
. Peacocks are signs of good luck in some countries.

The Beach Dance

The beach isn't just a place where
You strip 'til you're virtually bare
And you frolic in the ocean
In perpetual motion
Not getting sunburned is your one care.

Sure, it's where the sun burns your skin
Which turns red as a sausage but you grin
'Cause you've found a cool shell
And your sandcastle's really swell,
And the balmy sand embalms you to your chin.

But what I like to do on the shore
Is change the sand into a dance floor
We groove and we dance
And like mad, we prance,
Dancing like never before!


Sitting on the grass, ensconced in my lawn chair
Gazing at the sky, with wide eyes and a smile
Sitting on the grass, my hands behind my head,
Smelling the summer air, a waft of flowers wild
Sitting on the grass, I hear booms overhead
The rocket's red glare seems to reign over the whole world.
That's what I see and feel on July the Fourth
Oh, my dear firework!

You just gotta sit back,
Relax, in all wonder.
Just imagine you're
In the wild blue yonder.
'Cause baby, watch the fireworks
In sheer ecstasy they bloom and burst
The audience below shouts 'oh, oh!'
'Can you believe it watch 'em go, go, go!
Baby, watch the fireworks
As they unleash their power
All eyes follow them as they go
Watch the streaks across the ebony!

Back in the winter, when it was snowing hard,
The ground covered in ice no one could walk not I
It felt as though summer were far far away
But really time's got wings, and now is flying by.
It's hard to believe I'm already here
At the hour of ten o clock on the Fourth of July
I feel the excitement in the air now

Boom Boom Boom
Crash crash pow over my head head head
Always been waiting for this night night night
Firework are such a splendid sight sight sight

'Cause baby, watch the fireworks
In sheer ecstasy they bloom and burst
The audience below shouts 'oh, oh!'
'Can you believe it watch 'em go, go, go!
Baby, watch the fireworks
As they unleash their power
All eyes follow them as they go
Watch the streaks across the ebony!

Boom Boom Boom
Fireworks by the light of the moon moon moon
Boom Boom Boom
Fireworks by the light of the moon moon moon.

A song I wrote to the tune of 'Firework' by Katy Perry. Ha ha!!

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