End of 2012

I hope it’s not too late to write a post for the last week of 2012.  As I have mentioned in my previous post that I was very sick, and my second sister had asked me to go buy a car with her on December 27th.  The thought of getting $100 bird feed money is not such a bad idea, so I dragged myself out of bed.  My oldest sister took the picture below, and I’m surprised that I look a lot shorter than my dad in this picture, I stood next to the van. I guess I slouched since I didn’t feel too well.  My sister was very happy with her new van, she purchased a 2013 Sienna XLE Silver Sky Metallic.

I asked the salesman about the bird feed money again, and he said that he would check with his boss.  The thought of taking my sister there to buy a car and getting $100 is not such a bad deal. I was very happy, and not drooling by the way.

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The salesman came back and said that they have a special program that if we were to bring a friend to buy a car, they would cut a check of $100, it’s called dog feed money.  He turned to look at me and said “like the $100 you are getting.” You should have seen the look on my face, dog feed money? The salesman is also Laotian by the way.

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All photos were taken with 5DMkIII, Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. The dog is Spark, and he is my neighbor’s dog.

Saturday Random Photos

The day of the super moon that everyone had been telling me about, the morning was promising that we might have a clear sky Saturday night. I got up early to go to a T-shirt sales from one of the manufacturing companies in Maiden, all T-shirts were selling for $1 to $3 each.  I think they might try to get rid of their inventory before the fiscal year end.

Canon T2i, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, Manual, f/13, 1/400sec, ISO 400, focal length 24mm, evaluative metering

My niece got a few of these three quarter sleeve T-shirts, and Lee got several T-shirts and a hoodie sweater around her waist for $1 each.

Canon T2i, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/2000sec, ISO 400, focal length 60mm, evaluative metering

Lee took my Rollerblade to my Dad’s house, she could comfortably fit into a size 8.5 now.

Canon T2i, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/1000sec, ISO 400, focal length 75mm, evaluative metering

She was teaching my niece how to rollerblading, kids pick things up fast these days.  I actually started out with roller skate when I was little living in Brooklyn, New York.  There’s not a lot to do growing up in the city and I got really good at it, even had races with some of the neighborhood kids skating backward, of course I had many scars to prove it as well.

Canon T2i, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/3200sec, ISO 400, focal length 50mm, evaluative metering

It has been a while since I visited Bo’s mom, and Bo came home with these fresh eggs for my dad on Friday. I see there are still blue eggs laid by Bo’s Americana hens.

Canon T2i, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, Manual, f/11, 1/200sec, ISO 400, focal length 58mm, evaluative metering

We ate healthy on Saturday, a Lao noodle vegetable wrap with fresh mint and parsley from my Dad’s garden. I stir-fry the chicken and pork, and we had the Romaine lettuce as the wrap with spicy peanut dipping sauce.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/20sec, ISO 400, focal length 73mm, evaluative metering, tripod mounted

My mom’s Orchid is in the 8th week of blooming, can’t believe that it has been 2 months and still as pretty as ever.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/320sec, ISO 400, focal length 200mm, evaluative metering, tripod mounted

My dad’s seedlings got a little bigger.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/2000sec, ISO 400, focal length 200mm, evaluative metering, tripod mounted

He has 2 crab apple trees, this one that was so abundant last year doesn’t look like it would bear many fruits this year.

Canon T2i, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/640sec, ISO 400, focal length 67mm, evaluative metering

And this other tree looks like it would but the fruits are extremely tiny.

Canon T2i, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/1000sec, ISO 400, focal length 65mm, evaluative metering

I haven’t seen any Bee this year but the birds are everywhere now, especially in my Dad’s backyard.  This one is a Robin, and I think it might be a male since the chest color is very rich.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/11, 1/8sec, ISO 400, focal length 200mm, evaluative metering , closeup cropped

I remember planting these many years ago, it’s nice to see them come up year after year.

Canon T2i, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/1000sec, ISO 400, focal length 105mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/1000sec, ISO 400, focal length 105mm, evaluative metering

The housing market is suffering in our area.  This house and many other houses in my Dad’s neighborhood have to constantly reducing the selling price and even that no one would buy.  The economy is suffering everywhere, but the problem seems so minimal now comparing to what is going on in other parts of the world.

Canon T2i, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, Manual, f/11, 1/125sec, ISO 400, focal length 24mm, evaluative metering

My second sister and I had a nice walk, I think the pollen is finally catching up to me.

Canon T2i, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, Manual, f/11, 1/160sec, ISO 400, focal length 80mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/250sec, ISO 400, focal length 60mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/320sec, ISO 400, focal length 97mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, Manual, f/11, 1/50sec, ISO 400, focal length 47mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, Manual, f/6.3, 1/1000sec, ISO 400, focal length 75mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, Manual, f/11, 1/100sec, ISO 400, focal length 96mm, evaluative metering

This was all I saw of the super moon. I had a good 5 minutes of clear shot and it vanished into the thick dark cloud. The photo was taken from my Dad’s driveway at 7:56 pm (19:56).

Canon T2i, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1.6sec, ISO 800, focal length 28mm, spot metering, tripod mounted

Ranting About High Gas Price

So they say that the high in gas price is because of crude oil prices soar on political strife in North Africa and the Middle East.

Canon T2i, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/200sec, ISO 400, focal length 82mm, evaluative metering

Just at lunch time I was paying $3.25 per gallon for Unleaded, and this evening it has already increased to $3.29 per gallon. It was $2.99 per gallon last week by the way.

Canon T2i, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/200sec, ISO 400, focal length 75mm, cropped, evaluative metering

This flower is so fragile, yesterday’s storm had bruised and torn the petals apart.  I guess very much like the storms of life that are raging, made me wonder what stage some of us are facing right now.  Is it the calm before the storm?  In the midst of the storm?  or after the storm. Regardless of the stage that you are in, just remember that if you survived life goes on.  Just look at this flower below, as beautiful as ever.

Canon T2i, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/200sec, ISO 400, focal length 105mm, cropped, evaluative metering

Back to the prices of gas, some might be thinking about taking other alternative transportation.  What about the old reliable legs.  It’s made for walking and running, it will definitely get you from point A to point B.

About the tattoo, this belongs to one of my co-workers.  She chose a butterfly tattoo with names of her family members on the wings, all female of course and her dad’s initial as the body.  The tattoo looks real neat, although quiet painful to have done. Butterfly tattoos are primarily female tattoos, the butterfly itself is pretty and feminine, the tattoos on the other hand have a lot of meanings such as a symbol of rebirth and transformation, symbolizes a new life, a symbol of freedom, or symbolizes a person’s soul.  As for my co-worker, she has gone through a lot and the tattoo has a special meaning to her.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/20sec, ISO 400, focal length 98mm, evaluative metering

I know what she is thinking, beat me to the broomstick.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/15sec, ISO 400, focal length 70mm, evaluative metering

I’m sure he has no worries whether the prices of gas rise or fall.

Photo from Laos, taken November 2008 in Paksun

This is not a bad choice of transportation either, and since I live in the country I could probably get away with it. I need to trade my car in for a real horse power.

Photo at Lazy 5 Ranch, taken in June 2009

And don’t forget about my buddy back home.

Photo from Laos, taken November 2008