Panhandling for —– organic food! ??

I could not believe my eyes when I saw a panhandler in DC with the sign: “Please help me with some money to buy organic food.”  I thought, what the nerve of this man!  I cannot afford to buy organic food because it is usually so much more expensive than the ‘normal’ one, and yet here is this man asking him to give him my hard earned money for precisely that.

As expected, I did not give him anything.

What do you think about the panhandler’s very expensive taste?  Would you help him?



Capitol Building Tour

I have lived in the DC area, on and off, for more than ten years but only visited the Capitol Building this time around.  I enjoyed the tour and learnt a lot as there was not only a lot to see but the guides were very knowledgeable.  I took several photos to remind myself – and some to share with you 🙂

  1. Helen Keller – her statue is  the only one with braille text added


2. Rosa Parks – the first woman and second black person to lie-in-state in the Capitol.  She was really a courageous woman.


3.  King of Hawaii – I thought this was the most striking because of the bright gold garb.  Those who know me know how much I just love bold colors.


4. The Capitol dome seen from an underground area


Statue of Freedom?  I think that is the name.  It’s a majestic one





Funny, yet not so funny

I belong to a Facebook gardening page where sometimes members ask questions and other answer.  One member posted a picture of a fruit tree and asked what it is.  She said she had bought it from a hawker at a traffic light and was told that it was apple, but looking at the picture it definitely is not.  Other members also said they too had had the same experience.  Well, guess what the plant is?  Coffee!  I could not help but chuckle at the expense of the ‘poor’ members.  However, like others said, the light at the end of the tunnel is that these members can have freshly ground coffee everyday.  It reminds us to buy only from reputable outlets, otherwise we lose as hawkers will tell us what we want to hear or do not know the truth themselves.

DC is hot!!

Someone tell me, where is winter?!! It is very hot today – 22 degrees C!  Several people are in tees and shorts and it’s the middle of winter!

We have not really had proper winter, only a sprinkle of snow a few weeks ago.  I miss winter – can a meteorologist bring us one please!  I hope we don’t get a snowstorm down the line!

I have used too many exclamation marks?  That’s how I feel with this heat!

Umbrella Christmas Tree

I was in Silver Spring, MD over the weekend and saw this interesting Christmas ‘tree’ and umbrella at the top was rotating.


It looked even better at night




Trump Inauguration Parade Stand

OK, I am not sure what the name of the stands that are under construction outside the White House are called, but there is progress.  These parade stands have been under construction for at least a month and I can’t wait to see what the finished product will look like, if I remember to go take a look at them.  One thing I know is I will keep well away from downtown DC when the inauguration takes place.

PS/…  I have always wondered why the inauguration is in the dead of winter – maybe to deter me from attending the festivities since I am ‘allergic’ to the cold?  I would have been game had it been early spring or tail end of summer.

Will anyone be attending the festivities?


I look that young?!!

I celebrated my 40th birthday several years and treated myself to a trip to Orlando.  I had a great time by myself.

I went out one evening and a (very) young man came over and had small talk with me.  He asked me what I was doing in Orland and I told him that I was celebrating my birthday.  He asked how I old I was and I said 40.  He laughed and asked me the same question.  Well, I gave him the same response but he was not impressed this time.  He said “I am also here celebrating my birthday.  I just turned 27 years old and I know you can’t be older than me.  Now how old are you?”  I was surprised at his response but decided to see what he would say if I gave him a ridiculous answer, so I told him that I had just turned 23.  He said “Well, that’s more like it.  Happy birthday.”  I could not believe that he had believed me, but apparently I looked that young.

I know most people in the west would find that flattering, but where I come from it’s not that flattering.  Why?  Because looking younger means people will not show respect to you.  As result, I had always hated the fact that I look far much younger than I really am.  However, I have now come to terms with this ‘flaw’ in my appearance because nothing I do makes me look my age.  I once changed my clothing to look older, to no avail.  I have even been scolded by strangers back for calling my friends  by their first names without the prefix “ba”, a word that shows respect even if these friends are younger than I.  Why fight something that I can’t change?

I am healthy and life is good, so why bother.


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