MKMMARTY's SparkPeople Blog MKMMARTY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Wedding reflections Five years ago yesterday I was going all through this strange and wonderful ceremonial celebrations. I think it would had been easier for me if I would had attended a marriage before actually being the front and centre attraction - I mean Noni was the centre of attraction. I just followed along and stood - sat - kneeled when told to do so. I do not regret -'best thing I ever did. Anyways today is the wedding day of Noni's neice and it was a full day. <BR> To begin Noni was taken away ar... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 00:07:47 EST Another sight seeing at the mall This was a very quiet day. I didn't go out just stayed at the family home except for a little walk around the block. I thought we were going to go to a market but that didn't happen.. Tomorrow is the wedding - that will be a long hot day. I will be a fish out of the water - but this too shall pass.... I will keep busy taking pictures if all goes well. I have charged my camera batteries this morning and I still should have lots of memory on the memory card. <BR> <BR> Enjoy a few more pictu... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 05:33:40 EST Feverish and shower <img src=""> <BR> Pizza Hut with some of the family. <BR> <BR> Noni has been talking about going to Pizza Hut for a month or so now. I kept joking with her that I traveled to Indonesia to eat Indonesian food... Well pizza is the new Indonesian food.... <BR> The family does speak some English so I can be part of the conversations, but yesterday I was just as happy to stay in the back ground slightly. Jet lag is hard on me - my body does ... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 20:48:49 EST Tradional Javenese Food for supper <img src=""> <BR> Chicken intestines, quail eggs, tempe bacem, tofu <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Nasi goreng Magelang <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Sata Padang (beef) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <B... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 20:31:26 EST An insight into what I am experiencing <img src=""> <BR> Leaving the Indonesian airport <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Typical street side vendor <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Not yet crowed or stuck in the traffic. We can still move <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Tolls - we will be paying many times as we drive in Indo... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 00:33:32 EST Arrived I am exhausted can barely keep my eyes open - but i wanted to say - we are safe and sound in Jakarta at Noni's family's home. Indonesia at first I was going to say is not very welcoming to visitors but I changed my mind before I got out of the airport. Every person needs to get an entry visa. There was a very long line but it is not the first line you need to line up in. You gotta go pay 35 USA dollars first at a hidden window area - and of course there is a line up for this also. You pa... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 08:20:32 EST Long flight First lag of flights are finished as I sit in Taiwan international airport waiting for our next flight to Indonesia. My left leg is extremely sore as it was cramped up for the last 12.5 hours. We were seated in the center of the plane even though requests were made for window and isle. <BR> Left leg is pinned together at the knee and metal rod from hip to knee from the head on car collision years ago. To top this off I had the beepers going off at security - this has only happened once bef... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 19:21:06 EST Departure day Bags are packde* <BR> Dalhouise is bathed * <BR> House is cleaned and garbage ready to be taken out* <BR> Check check and check.... <BR> <BR> Today is the day we leave the condo and wait at the YVR - Vancouver International airport. <BR> This morning we will attend church - afterwards have lunch and take Dalhouise to his caregiver/ sitters home. Then we will load the cars with the four suitcases and two carryon bags, stop at mom's place for a short visit.... Then we will drive towards th... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 09:34:42 EST Suit cases packed <img src=""> <BR> <BR> All packed - I wish I could bring the Dalhouise with us Sat, 8 Nov 2014 23:15:43 EST Packing begins <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This morning was Dalhouise and my last walk together along the pond trail. Later today I will give him a nice warm soapy bath to make him all pretty and fresh to go to his sitter's tomorrow. After his bath we will stay on side walks when I take him out for ... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 16:29:58 EST Dalhouise feelings <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today the sun is shining and so out the door I go with Dalhouise for a walk with camera hanging around my neck. How does Dalhouise know? He has been acting sad - hanging around my feet more than usual lately. How does he know we are dropping him off at t... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 12:55:23 EST Test picture <img src=""> Thu, 6 Nov 2014 12:53:50 EST Maps <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Four days, time is flying by... <BR> Yesterday, Noni wrapped the gifts and packed the box. I taped it up and addressed it then took it to the post office and sent it on its way. Eight business days it should arrive at my brothers house. When I phoned him to let him know it was on its way he asked why so early, which led into a length... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 09:04:29 EST Dog pound and shopping A vist to the dog pound with the Dalhouise. It was a sunny day yesterday and so when we were out walking I kept going and made a stop at our dog Impound. I introduced Dalhouise to one of the staff and told them that we were going away on vacation. They made some notes on his file - he has his tags... And the office worker knows Dalhouise sitter and their dog personally. This relieves some worry - stress... <BR> <BR> Later in the afternoon I began my list to do things for my mom. Noni a... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 15:02:52 EST Before I Go! Mom... My mom's health continues slowly to decline. She told me that her doctor thinks she might have had another mild stoke. She has some open sores on her body which for the most part is keeping her in bed. Her mind has a hard time remembering names and other information ----- all except that she has money in her bank account. What she can't comperhend is that her expenses to live in the new health care facility cost more and she still has to pay extra for hairdos - foot care - some med... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 12:37:07 EST Geocaching in Indonesia This evening I plug the hand held GPS into the lap top computer and then l brought up the Indonesia geo caches from the web page. I think I have uploaded every cache on the island of Java and Bali. <BR> Jakarta where we are going has some caches that I haven't found yet, so even if we don't go on a road trip I should hopefully find one or two. I am surprised - but not - that there are not many more caches in and around the island Java. Many of the villages and large towns have none or only ... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 01:22:31 EST Suit I took it out of the closet and tried it on - a little tight but not so much <BR> <img src=""> - <BR> <BR> what do you think Sun, 2 Nov 2014 16:49:00 EST Owls, suits, question. I can't believe it.. Is this a good sign or bad? Of what is to come. I take it as a positive sign of good things... Isn't there a book or movie or phrase I heard an owl call my name?.. <BR> At camp this year I was able to see and take some pictures of an owl. My first year at camp six years ago I seen my first owl there and since then I have been on the lookout to see more around camp. I hear them often over the summer seasons but just don't get to see any. Well like the bear sighting a co... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 11:04:54 EST Dalhouise and Travel Cost - Indonesia As I promised, I will talk about some of the cost occurred and yet to happen. <BR> I think this is a good deal, Our plane tickets on China Airlines cost 1078.91 $ round trip each. No other hidden fees to come. So on my Visa card I was charged 2157.82 Canadian dollars. <BR> I do not plan on baggage fees but one never knows - extra bag - over weight - who knows <BR> <BR> Now for the extra fee's. <BR> -- Cancelation/ interruption insurance I paid 192 dollars cd. <BR> -- Medical insurance I p... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 13:09:43 EST Indonesia preamble <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ten days before departure - I am becoming alittle excited. I think those who follow me on a regular bases know that I like bird watching and geo caching. If you didn't you do now.. <BR> Anyways last month I order the book - a Photographic Guide to the Birds of Indonesia. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:17:03 EST Indonesia blog 1 I have decided for the next little bit at least to write about the up coming trip to Indonesia. Today I sent a couple of emails to friends that composed of some of what I wrote below and I thought why not just do a travel blog instead and kind of mass produce it instead of individually to the people whom I write often to. There is a lady friend who never owned a computer or used the modern ways to communicate and so hand written letters still pass between the two of us. (I thinks she is abou... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:31:15 EST