Monday, April 30, 2012

Fresh baked bread

Being an expat, one can expect to inherit things,mostly things with plugs, from other expat friends upon their relocation back home.
This week, it was a bread maker that came my way. After a few flops, I'm proud to say I've mastered the machine!
Here is my first successful loaf!

It's a simple white bread with a medium brown crust. We ate it dipped in balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Delicious. Next...adding fresh rosemary.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

It's that time of year!

Durian is in season. And what a long season this stinky fruit has. It's horrible in taste, smell, feel and looks. Yuck. Even Andrew Zimmerman of 'bizarre foods' hates this fruit.

Stinky fruit or stinky in the same!!

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Baby Of Mine

Here are my little baby birds. Precious little gifts from God.

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Monday, April 9, 2012

A new baby for us!

I was blessed with the arrival of my second child yesterday. Another precious gift from God. What a miracle!!

Psalm 17:8

Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings

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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Matilda Hospital

I will be delivering Baby Roux #2 at the Matilda Hospital Monday! 

It is perhaps fitting that Granville Sharp and his wife Matilda Lincolne, newlywed in India and embarking on married life in a Hong Kong by no means established and stable, should make landfall in the Territory on Christmas Day - a time of giving - in 1858.

Theirs is an incredible story of fortitude in the face of shipwreck and piracy in the South China seas, grit and determination in the disease-wracked colony and quiet generosity. Above all, however, their lives in Hong Kong stand as a towering testament to their compassion for the lot of their fellow beings, as exemplified,among many other examples, by Matilda's work for widows and orphans.

While Granville successfully struck out into commerce on his own as so many in Hong Kong have done before and since, Matilda set about relieving suffering wherever she met it, further etching an indelible affection on her husband's heart as well as that of the Western and Chinese communities she came to know so well.

Outliving her by just a few years, Granville set out in his will, in extraordinary detail, his bequest to Hong Kong - a hospital to be constructed "not for the glory of the medical profession . . . but for the benefit, care and happiness of the patient." The hospital, to be a refuge for all in medical need, was to be called Matilda in loving memory of his departed spouse.

After much debate, the trustees of his estate decided on Mount Kellett with its airy views of the Lamma Channel and invigorating mountain breezes as the site and the first handful of patients were admitted on 27th January, 1907. From the outset, The Matilda assumed the character and resilience of its namesake weathering financial crises, typhoons, war and even plague - throwing up extraordinary people at extraordinary times. One such stalwart was chairman of The Matilda Hospital Board and Hong Kong Shanghai Bank Sir Vandeleur Grayburn who wisely initiated an endowment fund which maintained both The Matilda and the erstwhile War Memorial Nursing Home nearby before succumbing to the rigours of internment in Stanley Prison during the Occupation.

Others came - and continue to - always at the right time, it seems, to nurture the ideals of the institution as well as the body and soul of their patients and fellows. And although the strictures of the bequest have been adapted to changing circumstances over time the spirit of the will remains intact a century after it was penned. via

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Easter Imports

Things that make Easter in HK feel like home...too bad I ate all the Heavenly Hash before I took a picture...

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