5 Facts

1. Don’t educate your children to be rich. Educate them to be happy so when they grow up they will know the value of things, not the price.
2. Best wise words: “Eat your food as your medicines. Otherwise you have to eat medicines as your food.”
3. The one who loves you will never leave you because even if there are 100 reasons to give up he or she will find one reason to hold on.
4. There is a big difference between a human being and being human. Only a few really understand it.
5. You are loved when you are born. You will be loved when you die. In between, you have to manage!
Aloha,  Dianne Lee

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Today, Lackey can on a play-date to play with Aleks.  Joyce went out to have lunch with a girlfriend to talk over a project she had in mind.  I was home to catch up with my emails and call people back.
This evening Ted came home having to go to his conference at 6:30 am and not coming home till 7:30 pm.  What a schedule he runs!  Joyce does run everything well and does things that Ted doesn’t have the time to do.  He WORKS and she keeps things going and looks glamorous for her job!  They have it done right.
Laura and Ramsey have everything working right too.  I’m happy these 4 kids have everything working right!  It’s not our generation where we were suppose to do things the way it’s been for years.  Anyway, I’m pleased when I have seen my two older kids work thing right!  Like Joyce says, finding the right guy is so difficult!  But when you might the right person for you, it works!
Aloha,  Dianne Lee

Monday, May 16, 2016

Today Joyce went to a special fund raiser for the Hong Kong Adventist Hospital at 2 pm.  There she was mobbed with reporters asking about her pregnancy!   She sent her friends a remark (See https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10156858126085487&set=rpd.732160486&type=3&theater ) “I have something to tell you!”

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The final pictures are also included.

Meantime, Maxton and I are playing Backgammon.  He knows how to count and he know how to double the doubles.
Also, Maxton knows how to count and identify different “jack of clubs”, “3 of hearts”, 2 of diamonds”, etc… and put them when I tell him, “next to the queen of spades.” etc.  We play cards on the computer!  He’s pretty good.

Saturday, May 14, 2016 Our Trip to Shenzhen

Good Morning!  Today we went to China!
The first thing on to the border is we went to see the renovating of the Tai Po house.  Ted went into the house to check and said to Joyce that he needs a schedule of what has to be done and the time it will take to do them.  He said otherwise they were fixing the interior walls.
So Timmy and Shalom were assigned their tasks and we dropped us to Lo Wu, the border crossing to Shenzhen.  This time the metro workers were ready to help me put a plank across the gap between the station and the train.  When got to the city, we went to the Immigration terminal where Joyce helped fill out the forms and accompanied me to the special desk.  It was a short line so we crossed in a record time, of course not as short as Ted’s one that let people cross in record time!
We had lunch at the Shangra La hotel in Shenzhen.  There we had Braised wild Mushrooms, with Shrimps when Ted or doesn’t want them, and Singapore laksa (this one was much better than the one at Disneyland).   Ted took a picture so we can recreate the dish.
Then we got a taxi to Da Fen Artists village about 30 minutes away.  When we got to Da Fen Artists Village, we started at one last artist that sold us the goldfish painting but he was closed on Saturdays.   Too bad.  His paintings were GOOD!
We wandered around stopping at certain artists that liked like they painted like Fan Zeng.  After stopping at four or five artists that seemed they would a satisfactory job, Ted found one that had a large mural of one of Fan Zeng out on his doorstep.  He said he could both for $ 500 framed.  The price was good if he could paint like we felt he could.  So Ted thought to commission him and his colleges to do the paintings.  I agreed!  So the whole thing cost $ 500 US frame included.
With that done, we spent the rest of the time in and out of artists shops and stands.  In addition to my ordering my paintings, they got a dog swimming and a karate figure.
We took a taxi to go to the Lo Wu terminal and Joyce and Ted said we’ve got to get our bodies massaged.  Now, who am I to say no on an offer like that?!?  We each got a massage for 70 minutes for US$ 9!  Also, before they worked on us, we ordered and received a terrific meal to eat when we were getting a massage!
I got a steamed Foo gwa with vegetables, Joyce got a Duck and chicken plate, and for Ted, we bought him some Char siu and salted pork belly.   Everything was wonderful.  Everything was feeling good and, after staying there for about 2 hours, we were on our way home.
We got from the terminal to the border crossing almost immediately.  We crossed at the the same place and this time we caught the metro to Hong Kong!

Aloha,  Dianne Lee

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Today we went to Disneyland for “a few hours.”  We picked up Ted first at about 3 pm.  Timmy drove to Max’s school and waited until Joyce and Ted got Maxton, then Timmy left for home.  Aleks was sleeping when we left to get Ted and continued to sleep until we got to Disneyland.
Disneyland wasn’t very crowded tonight.  We first got to the ride.  Ted got the boys and stood in line.  Joyce joined then later and they were having a great time!
After that, they went to the Mad Hatter’s Teacup Ride.  The line was not too long and they got to ride.
After that, we all went to “It’s a Small World” which always puts the kids minds in a trance.  I’m always amazed!
We then went to wait for the “Magical Night Parade” which is always mesmerising!  The parade was not as large so maybe they should go to the Orlando one which will a whole day or three!
We ate Singapore lasksa (noodles with seafood), bbq ribs and ?  Mine was the Singapore noodles.  We had to take a break because Disneyland was going to do the air show finale at 9 pm.
After the show, we went back to our meals and soon packed to go home.
Aloha,  Dianne Lee

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May 12, 2016, Thursday

Yesterday we were at the Races.  One of the things you wear to identify you with the guests is the badge you wear.  See below.
BUT the real good news is I heard to and meet Olivia Newton John in Hong Kong!  My older kids went to see GREASE with me back when it was new!  Well, now it’s been 40 years ago but Ted took me to see her tonight with Joyce.   But first, we had dinner.
First, we joined Joyce’s friends from Hong Kong.  There were Sally and George, the Famous Hong Kong singers/actors;  It was as if they’re like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.   Also, there was Sally’s best friend, Loletta and her husband, Victor, and an attorney, Kenny Wong, who is known for his Hong Kong clients, some of them banks.
Sally was Joyce’s idol and people have said Joyce sings like her!  But accourding to Ted, her husband is a bigger star and he’s Ted’s friend.  Loletta was a former Miss Hong Kong and I like her the best.  She’s from Burma.  She is very engaging and so real!  Her husband is a land developer between Hong Kong and Shanghai.  He, you’d call him a sweet and even tempered guy.
We had dinner at the Grand Hyatt in Hong Kong.  When we got to the Grand Cafe Coffee Shop, the waiter handed me a FULL ON Chinese menu.  Then, later they gave me the English one.  Whew!
I had two salads, one with Quinoa Salad with garden herbs, avocado, sugar snap peas, pea shoots, sprouts, with buttermilk dressing  and the other with Prawns, Barley, baby spinach, radicchio with a salad dressing, both 1/2 orders each.  Both were good.  Kind of strange things from a Hyatt Grand in Hong Kong but they were worth of risk.
Later, when we’re about to leave, we went to the ladies restrooms (called “Toilet”) and I had to go to a “mezzanine” level.  See how they had installed a mini-elevator with me inside!
After we left, the Hong Kong Convention Center was next door.  This is the same convention center Ted took his Chartered Public Accountant’s series of tests.  He did well on them all, about 6 exams.  I’m proud of him.
Olivia Newton-John was giving a one-time concert this evening.  We rode up to get my ticket while Joyce called up Sally and George, but had been through the VIP line.  So it was only – JOYCE LEE!
After the interviews and photos of Joyce, Ted led me to my seat and he and Joyce sat in the middle center front row seats!
ONJ was about 65+ years old but she was good.  At the end of the show, we were invited to meet her and I of course went!
Joyce’s friends met us there.  Sally kept telling us that ONJ was her idol but she had to go to the bathroom but was holding it because ONJ was going to see us.  When ONJ came out after 30 minutes, she met with Sally who was gushing with enthusiasm.   We were met with Alex, Joyce’s ex-boyfriend, and his wife who is pregnant and due about one month before Joyce.
These friends Joyce and Ted told about the new baby, Teddy.
Aloha,  Dianne Lee

May 10, 2016 Tuesday

Tonight we saw the baby doctor, Patrick.  He apologised about the emergency yesterday and the baby and mother were fine.
Apparently Ted knew him awhile ago before he met Joyce!  BUT he only knew his first name.  Joyce had been introduced to him by a girlfriend when see thought she was being to have Maxton.  When Ted and Joyce walked into his office, Ted said, “Hi Ted!”  Joyce then said, “What about me?  I’m the patient!”
We had gone on to the Ultrasound and the baby is due on Joyce’s birthday!  I said it’ll be probably be born 3 days after your birthday since Maxton was born 3 days passed Ted’s birthday and Aleks was born 3 days past my birthday.  Nothing like being consistent!!  We’ll see ~
After that, Joyce, Ted and I went to dinner at one of Joyce’s restaurants.
As Starters, they ordered Foie Gras, I ordered Fried Squid.  As for our dinner, Ted chose Pork cheeks, Joyce the Quail and Foie Gras and me, the Octopus.   Ted ordered a glass of Pinot Noir to pair with the Foie Gras.  It was delicious, especially the crackers and the bread.
The Starters came out and the Foie Gras was DELISH.  The squid was a little too chewy but the flavor was right on.
The main course took a while.  Joyce said when they went to France, they would take about 2 1/2 hours for dinner, not like Hawaii or Hong Kong!
Ted’s pork cheeks were wonderful, yum!  He knew it would be good.
Joyce’s Quail and Foie Gras was equally good.
My octopus was just right for me.
We then polished off the dinner with cheese- Roquefort, Brie, Comte, and an orange colored one.   All in all, I enjoyed the Comte the best!
Then we left and Joyce and Ted went into their bedroom and I out with my computer for another hour reading emails.  I finally got the phone number of Ah Imm and Ah Kerng who now are staying in Shaxki.  It’s a part of Guangdong but I don’t speak enough Chinese to know where!
Aloha,  Dianne Lee

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After lunch on May 9, 2016

After lunch, We walked across the little lane and bought some Joong and some pig feet (only front hooves) at Pat Chun Fine Foods.
After that, Ted walked back to his office and we headed home.
When we got home, Aleks was awake and we played a little bit until Max came home.
We had dinner of left-overs plus tempura fish and some chicken dish.  It was a feast, even if were leftovers!
Aloha,  Dianne Lee