Saturday, November 01, 2008


I know - very lame costume but I didn't get a chance to go shopping this week. And the dress was just sitting there in the wardrobe and was never been worn.

Evil Wrestler and his wench :-)

Leah being attacked by the Vampire called Christian.....

Rob acting out his caveman's instinct

Beauty and the Beast - That's me as the beast and Rob as the cutie little Lion beauty :-)

Monday, October 27, 2008

Leaf Peeking is such fun

Lake Winnipesaukee but we climbed Mt Major for the view of the lake.

Click here for a complete set of pictures

Of course, there were much frolicking as well as peeking at trees undressing themselves

Here are the peekers

A view of Lake W'kee from Mt Major - spectacular

Sunday, August 24, 2008

A question of fate - I meant to be spending a day on the beach

The stranglers after a day lazing around on a beach at Plum Island. We stopped at the Mad Cow (how appropriate !) for some refreshment.

Nice bunch of ladies and some of us ended up at the Havana club salsa-ing the night away.

Something to bring a smile to your face

Soooooooooooo true.

So cute

Friday, August 22, 2008

More salsa stuff - this is getting boring ????

Umm, I need to think of something new - more exciting, more daredevil - ok, I'll settle more ridiculous.

But for now, here are some pix from last week's

Oh boy, I forgot to do those cheesy smile that all professional dancers seem to be able to do.

Must practice some more.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

A un-scientific survey about sex

This came up in our conversation on Sunday - after partaking of large quantity of Taiwanese brunch.

The conversation went thus:

Kamie: "So, what constitute sex??
Alex: "What do you mean?"
Kamie: "I mean what is the definition of sex?"
General laughter by everyone.
Diana: "If you haven't got it figured out by now, then you never will."
Kamie: "It's not that, I just want to know all your view about what does it [sex] mean?"
Cristine: "To me, it's like a plug and the wall socket..................."

Much much later

Raj: "It's like a 6.25 if it's....... and a 10 if it's a so and so......" [please fill in the gap and use your imagination.]
Rob: " You mean, different activities can be added up, I like that idea."

So I'm going to conduct a survey on it. Please respond to this post with your definition, qualification and quotation you feel necessary to make your case.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Little House on the prairie - almost

My uncle has put up a little perch on the edge of our pond - it is so cute and so pretty. I can't wait to see it.

And here is how it got put up. Oopsy, we want it on the water and not IN the water !!!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Salsa - my new hobby

This is a fun and energetic activities - particularly for the ladies since we are doing it on our toes (albeit in heels)

The Havana Club is a great place for all ability to enjoy (and learn) Salsa.

Here is the link to last Saturday pictures: Havana Club pictures

And as usual, we have a big crowd of friends to pass the night - some climbers have also migrated onto the dance floor as well........

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

We really did some climbing last Sunday, honest

It was hot and so a chance for the men to show off their wares....

Diana on robe, Alex on belaying and Rob is watching.

This one are Alex, Diana and Slawa (glasses)

And lastly, Sean on belay while John is on robe (not seen) with Rob and I sat talking.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Me think - I'm gonna get me a fish tank.....

Ok, since I've moved to the US more than three and a half years ago, I've been deprived of other living things cohabiting with me (spider plants don't count).

So I've decided to rekindle my interest in fish keeping. Here is a link to my intended fish tank (or wall mounted aquarium) :

As for fish, I didn't need to consider for very long. Kittyfish (Cory's - see the picture its Habrosus, very small and very cute) of course, then Tetras to add some fluorescent colour. Guppies also good for providing life fish food (their fry are quite something). Then I need something distinctive - one or at most 2. The choices are:


Redtail Shark


I must say, I'm partial to Krib - I love seeing them courting each other. But colourwise, it may have to be Redtail Shark.

Decisions, decisions, decisions

I need to visit a good local aquarium shop.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

More climbing stuff and ball juggling too !!!

We decided that it would be a good idea to get up at a crack on dawn on Sunday (6am) and drive up 2.5 hrs to do some hard core outdoor climbing.

The problem was 'the rain'..... Ming - forever an optimist, said that it would be ok and that it would not be raining up in the 'Hampshire' New Hampshire that is. He was WRONG !!!!!

So we did the next best thing, went to Plain Jane and have enormous breakfast, then went to explore the 'Polar Caves'. Here is Rob climbing the inside of the cave wall.

And playing little red Indian with kiddies costume (we all did - but none of the pictures was as good as his - so.....)

Then we went on to play Frisbee and tennis ball juggling in the parking lot.

Here is Brian and Rob - swapping their balls with each other :-)

Eventually and due in no small part by Ming's insistence on checking out the parking lot wall and the meadows, we did indeed got to do some climbing.

I was the small figure at the lower half of the picture and Jason (in black) hidden amongst the leaves.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Lotus Tech Conf in Amsterdam

I went to the Lotus Technical Conference to give a talk unfortunately, most of the pictures I'm presenting are blurred - so here are some of extra curricula activities I participated in.

Taken at the restaurant at the end of the first day. Left to right: Eric, Herbert, Alan, me, Arjan and Gebhard.

Then we moved on to Karaoke Bar. At this point, we were a bit shy and only listen to others making a noise for themselves.

Next we got brave, this was Alan trying to mime to the music, using me as a prop. Poor Alan, I'm not exactly feather weight !!!!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Memorial weekend with the crowd in Arcadia

Nice that someone took time to arrange those rocks !!!

Bar Harbor is so called because there is a 'bar' of rock on the harbor.

This is my very first climb with Christie on belaying (from the top). Easy climb of about 60 feet drop.

This is a side view of the climb - nearly everyone started on this on as a warm up.

A bunch of us newbies also did our first rappel - mine was quite spectecular as I went down part way head first !!!

It is a good spectator sport. If you're not afraid of height !!!

PS: I was scare to death just looking down..

Table 1 at the BBQ - it was actually cold since we were in a giant tent.

In all, there were around 40+ of us staying at the camp site.

These are just some that made it to the farewell miniture golf.

Love to do it again and soon

Friday, April 18, 2008

It's not what you think ..........

Amsterdam's Restaurant is really something.

Only kidding, it's a fizzy sugar. But it can get up your nose and make you sneeze.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Winter wonderland

A view of my front door

And another - this time from my front door out onto Beacon St

Tuesday, February 26, 2008


As usual, I managed to sneak a little sightseeing during my latest work excursion. This time only a Sunday outing along Lake Zürich and the Limmat.

I think this is a lovely city. Not as boring as being a Swiss city would have implied. Although everything has its place and everyone is terribly 'on time' - it's not even funny.

So my question is: 'How come there are so many Italians here?' Not that I'm complaining..............

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Haute Nendaz

A pity that I didn't have any pictures of me 'tumbling' like a piece of laundry down the slopes. And there were plenty of tumbles :-)

But then again, there were plenty of sunshine, cloudless sky and warm mulled wine to unfreeze those pinkies...


Cheese fondu, wine, flickering fire in the hearth, more wine, and a monster Jenga.