MKMMARTY's SparkPeople Blog MKMMARTY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Burnaby Lake Hike <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The day has ended.. Dalhouise was home waiting for us with his tail wagging like crazy as we entered the Condo unit, it seems we are forgiven for leaving him. <BR> So one question that nags my mind why did a two hour hike take us five hours? I know the two is the average and we are below avaveage - it normally takes us a little longer. A Little is the key word... But five hours.... Noon right on the dot is wh... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:37:41 EST A secret from Noni <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The day before I thought that yesterday I would like to go on the ten kilometre hike. But in the morning it looked grey and not very promising so I decided not too. Besides and don't tell my wife - I was a little sore myself from the hike and bike ride I did the day before.. She told me I did too much.... I did not want to get I told you so talk! <BR> So using the grey overcast skies and the weather network chann... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:42:20 EST Cake and shaking Blueberry pound cake for breakfast.. Noni made cake. <BR> I walked Dalhouise early in the morning - ate cake - went to church. After church we go to Subway joining a couple of other friends to enjoy the fellowship. Noni and I share a foot long teriyaki chicken sub - no soda only water and no cookies. Pretty healthy.. <BR> But as I sat in my chair holding my half of the sub they all noticed that my hands were shaking pretty bad... <BR> Then we got into the discussion that eating cake for a m... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:58:12 EST What a day it was The sun rose so pink in the sky this day.. I did not what to go to Vancouver to hike Burnaby Lake - maybe tomorrow this will happen.. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> But neither did I want to stay inside. So Dalhouise and I went for a 90 minute walk. Oh it was wonderful .... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <i... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:48:12 EST Noni goes snowshoeing first time We have rain - heavy rain forecasted for the next week. If I am going to get out with Noni today must be the day. The plumber came - the plumber left. So it was a snap decision to head north to find some snow and to take Noni snowshoeing. I ended up going a little way past Whistler to find an area with snow deep enough to actually to be able to use snowshoes. <BR> This is Noni's first time... She enjoyed it so we will try again hopefully before this winter season is finished... It is only ... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 23:18:49 EST Failed day or successful day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Not all was consider a wasted day... I was makings plans - I had a goal - a mission was formulating in my head. The sun was shining it would be a perfect day to go for a hike.. A hike around Burnaby Lake and to geocache. I thought earlier in the week to just go myself but I asked Noni if she would join me in it.. Well she she said ye... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 11:59:36 EST One amazing Day in January <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This day turned out to be a very good day for me. I began sitting in my favorite chair looking at my bird feeders - not much activity was happening there.. So Dalhouise and I went for a walk / hike along the Manquam River Dyke. The sun is out and the air was comfortably warm. <BR> I counter 45 Bald Eagles along my path and to make it even better I encounter one eagle just a few feet away in which I was able to ... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 22:56:59 EST Skating <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Fear that could be me ... And so I don't skate anymore. The fall it self is not my concern, it is what will happen to my knee that has all the pins holding it in place. I can not run since the car accident 9 years ago... After the accident the doctors gave me a 50/50'chance of walking and the declaration I could not return to work as a chef and stand on my feet for eight hours. <BR> Well I did return to,work and ... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 19:01:56 EST 17 January - birding - geocaching - shopping <img src=""> <BR> I could not spend a wet - cold windy day inside... That would be normal and since when am I ever normal? <BR> So after I forced my self out the door to walk the Dalhouise,, I returned home and told Noni lets go. She has been wanting to go to this food equipment supply store in Richmond, BC. <BR> I sat down at her computer to upload caches into my GPS and I checked to make sure the store was opened on a weekend. <BR> Al... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 00:46:49 EST A full day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today - where do I start? <BR> First I took Dalhouise for a short walk to the local park. Returning home I got on my bike and rode downtown to meet up with Mom, at the post office to change her address. We did it but it was not an easy ordeal to do even with her at my side. She has no picture I'd... She does not have any official documentation saying she is whom she says she is.. <BR> <BR> Next we went to Sear... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 23:33:22 EST False starts False starts, but enjoying every moment. But some times not. <BR> That sounds catchy doesn't it? Spring sure seems to have had sprung, sighting a Robin, seeing some flower buds appear up through the soil, having a picnic at the beach sitting in the warm sunshine - and yesterday I went for a bike cycle ride. <BR> This false ending to th flu / cold thing I could do without. This morning I woke up and those ickie feelings - stuffy nose conditions - slight sore throat are making an appearance ... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 11:09:59 EST Picnicking in Januaryn Waking up this morning with no real plan... I had mentioned to Noni that we should go to Vancouver again to buy some speciality coffee that she likes. Well once uttered it becomes written in stone it seems, so since the sky was clear off we went. Of course I had plans developing in my head to walk some of the Seawall at Stanley Park to look for birds and to geocache. <BR> I am pleased with the bird I seen and that I could identify <BR> -- Black Oystercatchers - Double Crested Cormorants o... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 11:26:40 EST Yesterday I am home... Went to the store and it was closed on Mondays.. Then I got loss... <BR> Eventually we found our destination - Piper Spit at Burnaby Lake. <BR> I am glad that we returned here as we seen lots of Mallard Ducks, Wood Ducks, Dowitchers, Green Wing Teals, Spotted Towhees, Great Blue Herons, Common Mergansers, Canada Geese, American Coots, Rock Doves ( Pigeon) Crows, Ravens,and Red-wing Blackbirds. <BR> We walked the trails for two hours and ten minutes roughly.. <BR> I found Ei... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 12:00:06 EST Is it Today Today - this day if I kick my butt of the couch I want to do some walking in Vancouver area... Birding and Geocaching could be part of my motivation to get moving.. Last night before bed I was motivated - excited. But now this morning. That zeal is gone... Why couldn't I just stay in bed.... <BR> Well I have a wife.... I told her I was thinking about taking her to the store she wanted to go too ... This might be the kick in the butt that literally gets me moving today... <BR> Happy wife - h... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 10:34:02 EST Meadowlarks and happiness <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This morning - I did it again I left my camera at home when I took Dalhouise to the local park to do his business before we went to church... Wouldn't you know at the park sitting on the ground only a few feet away was a Western Meadowlark. I could kick myself... <BR> Went to church, worshipped - had fellowship then came home. While Noni prepared some lunch I took Dalhouise back to the park this time with t... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 17:32:42 EST Estuary It was a good day with me sighting 14 species of birds. I even seen my first Robin of this year... In Ontario the first sighting was always an encouragement that winter was almost gone - spring has arrive. I don't think it means the same here in BC, nevertheless it is my first Robin of the year. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had all the regular birds show up at the condo then I went for a walk in part of the Estuary near downtown. Hap... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 22:46:38 EST Excitement <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Another day of sun shine and warmth.. This day I was out two times. Went for a walk in the morning with Noni. And then this afternoon I went out again to walk around the pond. <BR> <BR> When I returned home from my afternoon walk I was met at the door with my wife all in a flitter talking to a neighbour -- we have a leak and it leaked into our smoke alarm thus setting it off. Noni did not know how to shut it o... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 20:09:53 EST Sunny and a regret <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The day is passing, I regret that I did not go back out to hike, walk, explore.... But I am thankful this morning Dalhouise and I did go for a stroll around the "pond". I soaked some sun in, breathed deep fresh air and returned home wet with swett. This illness that hangs on really zaps your energy. I took my camera so I will share a... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 19:07:04 EST Snowshoeing <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Trying out the new Christmas gift. <BR> So yesterday was spent inside.... I did not what to repeat that so today I went to Camp for a visit. It was raining by the time I got there so I only went for a short hike around the Boundary Trail that circles the camp property and besides Noni was at home cooking lunch. <BR> Dalhouise left me... He was so excited at first full of engery and vigor but soon this all disappea... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 20:07:58 EST Inside during a snow day I missed an opportunity to go outside and "play" explore, hike, or walk. Actually to took Dalhouise out for his walk around the park, but that was all. Even Dalhouise after he did his business turned and headed home. When we first left the condo he was bouncy and happy as he broke new ground in SNOW. However he soon tired and began walking in my tracks. I pushed him over into the snow and he found a car track and walked in that. Smart dog. So when we went into the park he did all that he... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 11:47:42 EST Not the best start Happy New Year. <BR> Christmas with Mom turned out good. When she first came she was doing some complaining, but stopped soon afterwards and we actually had a good time together. Our feast was delicious, and we played UNO for a short time. She wanted to go home... At first she was complaining her visit was going to be too short.. I know her... Anyways she became tired and cold ( even though my condo is hot) and she became short of breath. As we sat at the table to play UNO that exercise ... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 11:14:59 EST 22 December Yesterday was successful and a disaster. Noni and I went to Burnaby Lake to go bird watching and I was planning on hiking around the lake and to Geocache as well. Well I did see several variety of birds mostly water types. Once we began to hike Noni said her feet were sore and she was cold.. Well I new I could not hike with her in this condition so we turned back. I drove the car to another area to park and went out on my own while she sat in the car. I was able to find three caches as... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 11:43:25 EST Thinking about Christmas Dinner <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Christmas is getting closer - today I went and bought the yams and olives, dill pickles, hot pickled peppers and some cranberry juice... My mother keeps reminding me about Christmas dinners of long ago and she is looking forward to one again. I don't know how much longer she will be with us or be able to join us so I will put on a fea... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 19:05:48 EST Recovery <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today was - has been the first day that I have begun to feel normal. Since camp ended and during the holiday in Indonesia I have not been feeling all that well. Then when we came back jet lag was worse than ever experienced before. Hopefully what ever it was is now behind us for good. <BR> Today I went out the door for a walk around the pond and Dalhousie and I ended up going twice as far staying out for 135 ... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:58:15 EST The season for debt My mother is driving me nuts.. I have been running around helping her - doing her Christmas shopping, taking her mail to her that comes to my home and trying to control her spending. <BR> The Christmas cards that come here - she asks me everyday if any came and from whom.. All she is really concern with is who sent one back to her and whether she needs to send a new one to a person she did not send one too already. <BR> She still has not figurd out that she can't be spending so much money- b... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:38:22 EST Home is home <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Dalhouse is so relaxed and happy we are back home and settling down <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> No need to look all proper and trimmed when you are home with your love ones <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:27:36 EST No cold Dalhouise... After I had Dalhouise groomed, a couple of friends said he would be cold. <BR> Well I have that covered.. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 12:30:42 EST A day out Shopping day. Noni wanted to go to the Asian Market so off we drove to Park Royal in West Vancouver. The drive was pleasant as there was sunshine again for the third day in a row. It never stops amazing me at how much things cost. We don't buy a lot but the total was over a hundred dollars.. <BR> We walked around the mall before and after the grocery shopping was done for some exercise and some how - don't ask me how we came out with a purchase of shoes for both of us... Another hundred +'... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 21:36:41 EST Spaw day Dalhouise .. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Dalhouise - Dalhouise you smelled bad and looked like a little mop... So now that that you are living in our citified condo I had to do something about that. <BR> <BR> To the groomers you go - time to be treated like the little prince you are and have a hair due manicure and a little massage... <BR> I am not so sure he enjoyed the id... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 16:30:23 EST Dalhouise <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Dalhouised looked bored when we visited mom this afternoon, but not the whole afternoon as we went walking along the beach and then again a short walk at Shannon Falls. <BR> The morning did not begin so well.... Before leaving for church I took Dalhouise for a walk around the block. I was only going around the block so I left my walking stick home as I have not had any issues with other dogs here in Squamish li... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 20:19:18 EST From the oven into the freezer The shock - Today it is minus 3 c what at difference from the plus 33 c temperatures. But it is not raining nor snowing where I live. The forecast was calling for snow and so when we were awake again at three in the morning we were looking outside for the falling white stuff. When I was out side with Dalhouise at one thirty am, I thought seen some flakes on his black coat. On that note here it is nine in the morning and we are awake - maybe my body is beginning to get back on Canadian... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 13:00:59 EST Jetlag wows I am home. Noni and I are both suffering from Jetlag terribly. The older I get the more difficult it seems these travels to Indonesia and back again are affecting me. <BR> We have been so tired - head ache and waking up in the middle of the night wide away and then sleeping again till noon... <BR> This afternoon I refused to sleep and so Dalhouise and I went for our walk around the pond to look for birds. At first it was so hard to go but once we got moving I am glad we did.. But now at... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 19:32:54 EST On my way home <img src=""> <BR> On my way home.. I miss Dalhouise. <BR> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:43:03 EST Batik workshops The art of Batik making is best done on the island of Java Indonesia as all the materials are readily available here - cotton, beeswax, and assorted plants from which the different vegetable dyes are made. <BR> The Batik is made either by drawing dots and lines using a resist with a spouted tool called a canting or by printing the resist with a cooper stamp called a cap. <BR> The wax is applied causing a resistant so that when dyes are applied you get the different patterns and colours. ... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 03:39:37 EST Sam Poo Kong - cont The name of Zheng He is used to invoke an oratory in the blessing of safety, health, and fortune.. This puzzles me as he died while on a sea voyage - so where is the power to grant to others what he couldn't domhimself? Anyways at the temple going into the main place of prayer - Noni and I did not enter this place.... On the outside is a stone wall decorated with reliefs of Zheng He voyages and - well I will let the pictures tell the story .... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpe... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:11:20 EST Sam Poo Kong Temple Sam Poo Kong is the oldest Chinese temple in Central Java. It was originally establish by the Chinese Muslim explorer Zheng He. <BR> Unlike most temples these buildings do not belong to any specific religion, but rather functions as a place to worship for people of various ethnicities and religious groups such as Muslim, Buddhist and Taoists. <BR> <BR> So in memory of Zheng He - 1371 to 1435 <BR> He was a mariner - explorer - diplomat and a fleet admiral from 1405 - 1433. His first fle... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:38:25 EST Hamengkubuwono IX Kraton Yogyakarta Pagelara Hamengkubuwono IX <BR> " even though I have tasted Western Education, I am still and will always be Javanese" words spoken at his cornanation ceremony on the 18 March 1940. Later in his life he would be given the title of a National Hero for Indonesia. <BR> He played such a vital role in the independence of Indonesia from the Dutch Colonial Government. When the Japanese Inperial Army was advancing and taking control of Indonesia he was told to to evacuate to Australia or to the Netherlan... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 21:34:53 EST Some road side pictures <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It amazes me what motorcycles do here and the disregard of road rules. Do they have road rules? If I understand correctly you don't need a license to drive a motorcycle.. I mus... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:46:29 EST Cake and Fish stores <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> These are a small version of the cake we bought. I understand it is a well known product and people come from all around to buy. This is a small version of the actual cake. It is similar to a macaroon cookie but different. I did enjoy it. <BR> I think Noni bought about ten actual cakes to giver to her family. We arrived the day ... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:37:23 EST Temple -1 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> More to come, Internet is sporadic in the area I am at and I was so dead tired I just calapsed in bed when we arrived at the hotel late last night - which is still you today. We went to the temple - some famous shops I'm told to buy cake and another one for fish. We are buying to give as gifts for the family. So around noon we begin ... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:07:54 EST Batiks 1 Today's adventures was going to the workshops of where they hand make Batiks. <BR> It gives just a little more appreciation to some of thenBatiks that I own. I have both hand sew ones and pressed ones <BR> <img src="" <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:36:18 EST Musuem day This was another long day, but not all of it was spent in the car. We were shopping and walking and exploring a couple of museums, and I got an early morning swim is as well. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR>... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:03:31 EST Borodudur Buddist Temple <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Boy do I have a storey to tell. I am so pleased I could spend another couple of hours here but Noni and the BIL are tired and I think bored. We have exploring for just over three hours so far and were on our way back down after climbing to the top. We were almost down when they stopped but I wanted to take a few more pictures of the e... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:01:09 EST On the road Just wondering if a road trip qualifies as a road trip if you go on one if you are already in the middle of your vacation/ holiday? <BR> We hit the road at 09:20 hour and arrived at the Pandanaran Hotel in Semarang at 22:34 hour. <BR> We traveled 32306 km to start and end of day is 32778 km plus a couple of more. <BR> We stopped at a hotel which I thought was the end of the day but Noni and the brother inlaw didn't like it so we drove another ten minutes to another but by this time I didn'... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 20:54:47 EST Indonesian Bird Market - my experience Depending I guess on your world view and the condition of your heart would be your reactions to the Bird Markets in Indonesia, of whether you are horrified or couldn't careless. <BR> That is a strong opening sentence isn't it... So let me explain and follow up with some pictures. <BR> When you first walk in close vicinity you will notice the crowds of people - there are always people around - then you will be hit with the stank smell of hundreds / thousands of little birds confined to tiny ... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 18:34:01 EST Market What do you think about shopping at this Market? <BR> Food safe and all our special rules don't apply here in Indonesia for the common folks! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:28:27 EST Chinese Wedding Tea Ceremony The Chinese Wedding Tea Service.... Is one of the most significant events at the wedding. In short it is to show respect and gratitude to the bride and groom family. <BR> <BR> Tea is the symbol of purity, stability, and fertility. <BR> The ceremony then stands <BR> The purity of the tea represents pure love for each other. <BR> The stablity of tea stands for a faithful love towards one another. <BR> The fertility of tea represents for the couple to have many children. <BR> <BR> Tradition... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 19:52:08 EST I Love Weddings <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> my Love <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="h... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 00:46:19 EST Marriage is grand <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Morning church ceremony - it is here that the spiritual part is done after they go into the back for the civic signing to make it legal to the government. Yes weddings must be recognized by both the church and civic authorities. Also both people getting married must be baptized into the same religion. No crossing the lines or intermi... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 00:34:06 EST Wedding pictures 1 Wedding pictures - I sure hope they are up side right - if not I will wait till I use a computer <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 00:18:48 EST