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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Chinese New Year 2012

We are away from home for CNY this year. We just had a simple celebration with friends. Two days before Chinese New Year, we brought the girls to Umajimaya for the lion dance presentation, to get the "feel" of cny. ES & LS enjoyed it but MS....

She called for help when the lion came to her.

We bought a live dungeness crab for our pre reunion dinner.

The girls were excited to see the live dungeness crab is still moving.

On CNY eve, we attended ES's friend, YJ's party. The girls enjoyed themselve as it is party time again!

At night, we went for a steamboat reunion dinner with daddy's friends.

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

 Happy dragon year from MS! She is getting ready for a dim sum lunch on the first day of cny.

We cooked some simple dishes for dinner during first day of cny.

There was not much of cny atmosphere here. To make it more like cny, I prepared some fried nian gao on the second day. Using low protein flour, baking powder, salad oil and water as the batter, it makes the fried nian gao more crispier than the one that I prepared previously.

We continue our adventure on dim sum lunch with JY's family at WK restaurant on day 2. The dim sum  taste much more better than yesterday's and more choices.


Friday, January 20, 2012

ES at gymnastics class

ES went for her gymnastics class once a week. These are taken during her recent lesson.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

A birthday gift from MY

ES received her birthday gift from postman today. It was sent by gong gong, popo, and our three lovely ah yi. Excited! opening her present!

 Wow, what is that?

A 3D birthday card!

She received a barbie doll, hair clips ( already pin on her hair ), and a birthday card. She was so happy and she took the barbie along to sleep with her just now.
Thanks for the surprise! from ES...

Breakfast with Mickey and friends

After exploring Disneyland Park on day 2, we woke up early on day 3 as the girls were excited about The Surf's Up at Disneyland Paradise Pier Hotel! Breakfast with Mickey & Friends is a lively Character Dining experience that features a bountiful breakfast buffet filled with morning delights. The girls snap photos, practice hula hooping and hang ten with some of their favorite Disney Characters, eg: Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto! Scrumptious breakfast specialties include flatbreads from the wood-burning oven, grilled breast of chicken with roasted garlic sauce and signature chilaquiles with shredded beef, salsa verde and queso fresco. All I can said is " you must try this!"

ES requested Goofy to sign on her autograph book.

We had a birthday celebration for the twins too. The staff prepared two piece of Mickey cake and sang  happy birthday song to them.

Day 3 was a day to explore Disney California Adventure Park.

Here we are at the Francis' Ladybug Boogie. Ah Ma and ES climbed onto the "back" of one of the ladybugs. As the music starts to jitterbug, they whirled under the colorful canopy past a giant, old-fashioned 45 rpm record. The ladybug not just spin to the music but it grooves on a figure 8 track!

The girls love this Heimlich's Chew Chew Train. We ride around the track as this talkative Bavarian caterpillar invites us on a smell-icious journey through his favorite food!
Chew, Heimlich, Chew!
The hilarious Heimlich winds his way through one snack after another. Smell each snack as he chomps through every delectable tidbit: watermelon, carrots, candy corns and more! He's not particularly "chew-sy" about what he likes to eat. His belly seems to be bottomless!

Army Cargo is out!

ES with daddy go on a ride while MSLS taking a nap in their stroller.

We went back to Disneyland Park later in the evening as there was  a light and water show - World of Color.

While waiting for the World of Color, we went into The Little Mermaid - Ariel's Undersea Adventure for three times! The girls loved it!!We went through an ornate 86-foot-long, hand-painted mural as we climbed aboard a giant clam shell and slowly descend below the waves to an underwater world teeming with movement, color and magic. This elaborate "Omnimover"-style ride features high-energy songs, state-of-the-art Audio Animatronics characters and immersive special effects that transport us inside scenes from the animated classic.

On our voyage, we found an ocean of favorite characters from the film including Ariel, Prince Eric, Sebastian, Flounder, Scuttle and even the wicked sea witch Ursula—towering over us at 7.5-feet tall and 12-feet wide!

In addition to the astounding sights, there were some unforgettable songs from the film, including "Part of Your World," "Under the Sea," "Poor Unfortunate Souls" and "Kiss the Girl".