Sunday, November 29, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
The 3 of us proceeded to have lunch at Johnny Rockets. Long wait for a table + long wait for food = less shopping time :( But the yummy Oreo milk-shake did partially make up for the long wait.
Continued shopping after that but without the adrenalin rush in the Coach store :)
Will let pictures tell the rest of the story.
Prime Outlets in San Marcos -
Coach Store -
We filled up the whole car boot!
My bags. I loved the colourful totes - couldn't decide which size to buy so I got both in the end :)
Osh Kosh clothes for Elyssa (yes - I'm going through a pink phase!)
Corelle set for MIL -
Bought other stuff like Nike t-shirts and GAP sweaters too. (no pics)
After shopping, it was the long 3 hour drive back to Houston again. Dinner was at a Texas BBQ place - Goode & Co. Beef brisket and Czech Sausage which were really, really good.
Bison in Goode & Co -
A fantastic end to a fantastic day of shopping :)
*next post - New York !!*
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
I called out her name when I reached my parent's place yesterday evening. She ran to the door, and for the very first time ever, she ran AWAY from me and went back to the toys she was playing. How my heart sank !!!
Luckily she warmed up pretty quick after that and by night time, she was back to being my little magnet. :)
I know it can't possibly be true, but she seemed to have grown so much bigger (in height and in behaviour) since the last I saw her. Oh, how I love to be able to hold her and smell her again!
Will continue with my US posts soon....
Monday, November 16, 2009
Tiring as it was, I think it was a really productive team meeting. Even with modern technology such as video-conferencing and tele-conferencing, nothing beats an old fashion face-to-face session.
It wasn't just work, work, work all the time. We managed to catch the Veterans Day Parade on the second work day there. It was a beautiful day (clear skies, nice wind but not too cold) and there was such a nice festive atmosphere in the air. I was quite impressed at how Americans appreciate their ex-soldiers. Whenever the older ones parade out (especially those in wheelchairs), the whole crowd just spontaneously clapped and cheered - and you could just see the pride in the faces of the veterans! I couldn't help thinking about how we treat ex-Malaysian soldiers... but then again, I supposed they never had a real war.
Some pics of the parade -
There were school marching bands, army tanks, veteren march-past, army vehicles, police on horseback, old fashioned horse carriages etc.
Other pics taken that working week-
Free newspapers by the roadside
I was thinking - if they have this in M'sia, maybe some people will just take the whole stack and sell to the recycling guys? ;)
Some of the yummy food I had -
Barbequed pork ribs with 2 side dishes and cantaloupe juice. Ok, I know the ribs don't look that good in this picture, but there were absolutely amazing !!
Friday, November 13, 2009
It has been 5 days since I arrived in Houston, Texas. The whole journey was awfully long - 4 hours from KL to Taipei, stopover in Taipei for 1.5 hours, 11 hours to LA, stopover in LA for 5 hours then finally 3 hours to Houston. I was exhausted when I finally reached the hotel room at 11pm on Saturday !!! The worst part was during the 5 hour transit in LA airport. As I was sitting down at Starbucks sipping an Eggnog Latte and trying to read my book, tears started streaming down my face as I thought of my little princess. :(
On Saturday, Ken (a friend who's a M'sian expat in Houston) brought me around. We went for lunch at The Galleria (had the most fantastic crab cakes !!!) , took a drive around Houston for me to see the place, made a short visit to the Nasa Space Centre, did some grocery shopping, went back to his apartment to rest, picked up another friend (my ex-school friend who's also a M'sian expat in Houston) then went out for dinner at a fantastic steak place. A nice day indeed!
Some photos taken on the first day -
View from the car. (Ken, if you're reading this - YES, your windscreen was dirty !!)
NASA Space Centre -
Inside NASA Centre (it was almost closing time. I didn't want to pay USD25, so I just took a photo from the outside!)
Where else can you see an astonout on top of McD??
Grocery Shopping @ Central Market (the veges look so good and fresh! I wanted to take more photos but was asked by the security guard not to)
As usual, I like to take photos of the hotel room -
I love having a coffee maker in the hotel room!
-to be continued -
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
I wasn't too keen on the end result though. Her hair was too short and too boyish for my liking. *sigh* So much for a "professional" haircut. :(