PHEBESS's SparkPeople Blog PHEBESS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Wonderful time in Quebec Finally got the blog to post - it's full of photos so I won't post anything here. (We're on the train from Quebec to Montreal and then on to New York City - how wonderful to have wifi while on the train!) <BR> <BR> Anyway, we had a fabulous time in Quebec - I exercised my brain by dredging up my 40+ yr old French, we exercised our bodies by walking somewhere between 3 and 6 miles every day, and we both had fun trying various new French foods. <BR> <BR> Quebec is probably gorgeous any tim... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 07:18:57 EST Lessons from the glacier in my dad's freezer Really, the ice was turning into a glacier in there - but there's a lesson to be learned when going through 8 yr old tiny bits of leftovers. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/lessons-from-glacier.html </link> <BR> <BR> Then we took the train across Canada, from Vancouver to Toronto - we're actually on the train right now, heading to Montreal and then Quebec for a few days: <BR> <BR> Part 1: <link><BR>/the-great-northern-trai... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 11:01:55 EST Back in the USA Clearing out my dad's house, helping my brothers get it ready to be put on the market. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>7/cleaning-house.html </link> <BR> <BR> I'm counting packing and moving as my cardio this week. Well, that plus pruning back the vines outside, doing some yardwork. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 09:31:01 EST Leaving Korea Tomorrow We leave Seoul tomorrow - we've had a great time, but it's time to move on and do something else. <BR> <BR> And while we've been busy with laundry and packing and downsizing as usual, we fit in a palace visit, and found a great artist! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/last-post-from-seoul.html </link> <BR> <BR> Best photos from the day: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:19:19 EST French Art in South Korea The French Impressionist museum, Musée d'Orsay, has a special exhibit in Seoul, and that's where I spent my afternoon. It was lovely, especially since it turned into a HOT day (100 or so F, 35 C) - and staying indoors was a better option that running around outside in the heat. <BR> <BR> So I enjoyed gorgeous paintings, kept rather cool, and walked about 5 miles. It was a wonderful afternoon! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>7/the-musee-dorsay-comes-to-seoul.html ... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:06:00 EST Finally tried a bingsu! I finally had my bingsu! Sort of good, sort of weird, and hard to explain. <BR> <BR> And no, I didn't eat the whole thing. <BR> <BR> But hey, part of travel includes trying new foods, and today it was the bingsu. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/adventures-in-bingsu-eating.html </link> <BR> <BR> I also had an arugula pizza for dinner, to offset the rather sweet snack. Just warning you, don't read the blog hungry! <BR> <BR> Here's the crazy bingsu: <BR> <BR>... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 10:05:44 EST Flower Market - So much fun!!! I went to the flower market today - oh wow, do I love flower markets! Plus I managed to get in 11,000+ steps while I was having fun! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/melons-flowers-and-subway.html </link> <BR> <BR> And of course some funny stories and the usual cultural confusion we seem to enjoy in Seoul! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 05:40:54 EST Eating and Shopping in Seoul Good thing we're walking so much in Seoul, because there is so much good food around this city! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/shopping-in-itaewon.html </link> <BR> <BR> We finally found a hanbok, the traditional Korean dress, in a size 5 for our little great niece (grand niece?) who was adopted from Korea - thought it would be a special gift for one of the happiest kidlets we know. <BR> <BR> And just one food shot, post Fourth of July and all that. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 19:15:53 EST Fourth of July in Seoul, Korea We had a great day - spent the afternoon in a lovely park, walked around and got in plenty of steps, played with deer from Taiwan, and then had a traditional burger dinner at a restaurant. Looked for fireworks, saw a little bit of the display from the military base here. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/seoul-forest-and-fourth-of-july.html </link> <BR> <BR> Yes, it was just a little crazy. <BR> <BR> Would have been more fun if we'd have jumped into the splash f... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 11:07:12 EST Bawled out for eating with chopsticks instead of a spoon We are having our continuing funny adventures all over Seoul - we have our passports, I was told I was eating my sulgogi all wrong, and we've gotten used to the rainy season. Except one toe, which continues to protest. (I'm still managing 3 to 5 miles a day, despite the toe.) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/another-day-another-toe.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 08:34:49 EST Orange flowers, orange mosaic We're enjoying Seoul so much, we think we're going to stay here a bit longer. (And the prices of rental cars are insane. We could take the train around, but, well, we found so much more to do in this area.) <BR> <BR> So, more Seoul. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/art-music-and-bingsus.html </link> <BR> <BR> And I found great flowers, and another mural in the subway station. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 02:38:21 EST A hidden stream - how cool is that? There's this semi-hidden stream that runs below street level through the middle of Seoul - it makes a lovely long park, and a great place to walk around on a nice day. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/seoul-y-underground.html </link> <BR> <BR> And in the posh supermarket, melons come with ribbons! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR>... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 09:25:37 EST Public Art and City Spaces We're having fun in our new neighbourhood - random sculpture scattered around, lots of cafés and restaurants, some gardens, and just lots to see and explore. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/random-acts-of-art-in-seoul.html </link> <BR> <BR> And which caffeinated, cold drink would you buy? The pink blonde, or the brunette in blue? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 08:04:12 EST Weird adventure walking in the park! We found a few fun parks in our neighbourhood, and were having a good time. <BR> <BR> And then some sleazy old man offered DH $5 for me!!!! <BR> <BR> Yes, I'd have smacked the old perv upside the head. Fortunately, I was trying out the exercise machines in the park at the time, and DH told the old guy NO in a very forceful way. <BR> <BR> What is it with old men?? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/do-i-really-look-that-inexpensive.html </link> <BR> <BR> The kid... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 05:43:48 EST Made it to the Michelangelo exhibit as well as the US Embassy, and the War Memorial, and walked 14,600+ steps - that's about 7 miles for the day. <BR> <BR> So the fried pork and vegs in a honey sauce for lunch was hopefully burned up. (It truly was about the only thing they served in this tiny café. That and gyozas - fried dumplings - potstickers.) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/17-june-2014-went-to-us-embassy-no.html </link> <BR> <BR> And the children posing with a Michelangelo photo opp were... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 10:49:01 EST Travel and toe update I swear, my toe bandage makes it look like my toe is flipping off everyone! Too funny! <BR> <BR> Not much exciting, but still enjoying Seoul. Weather has been delightful the past few days, definitely summer without being horrendously hot. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/toe-woes-toe-wars.html </link> <BR> <BR> And here's the toe with attitude! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 10:03:27 EST Adventures in Subway Riding We're having fun in Seoul, and have finally managed the subway system, despite the lack of reading a word of Korean. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/13-june-2014-dont-you-love-entrance-t<BR>o.html </link> <BR> <BR> And we went to an exciting art exhibit, by a Spanish-born-Dutch-trained artist named Lita Cabellut - amazing artist! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 13 Jun 2014 09:33:11 EST Korean Barbeque - quite an adventure! We've been exploring the area our hotel is in, and experimenting with food. Always fun when we can't read the menus, LOL! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/10-june-2014-yes-this-is-flag-of-sout<BR>h.html </link> <BR> <BR> And a few photos of our adventurous eating: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spar... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 10:27:51 EST The midnight plane to Seoul We had a great few last days in KL, and caught our flight to South Korea. The trip, of course, was not without our usual kinds of predicaments, including accidentally overstaying our visa. No, we did not go to jail. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/midnight-plane-to-seoul.html </link> <BR> <BR> And I love the mama and baby manhole covers, LOL! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sp... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 10:02:21 EST Monkeys and Fireflies!!! I went on an actual tour, and visited a bunch of monkeys. One jumped on me from a fence, quite unexpectedly! I swear he gave me whiplash! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>6/dont-turn-your-back-on-monkey.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 5 Jun 2014 09:37:57 EST Our report from Ipoh - LOTS of rocks!!! We had fun wandering around the town of Ipoh, and taking photos of the cave temples - how cool, a temple (or mosque) half in a cave!!!!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>5/31-may-2014-were-back-in-kl-after-th<BR>ree.html </link> <BR> <BR> My dad's hat loved it! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 10:31:53 EST Monkeys and Lions! I had a great afternoon walking in the Botanical Gardens, where I saw two different kinds of monkeys as well as the giant black squirrel (and logged several miles!). <BR> <BR> Then we went to the Lion Dancing on Stilts international competition - and wow, was that exciting! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>5/good-bye-penang-1-taman-botani-and.html </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>5/good-bye-penang-2-lion-dancing-on-st<BR>ilts.html... Mon, 26 May 2014 06:45:44 EST Kek Lok Si Temple I went to the big temple in the middle of the island, which was exceptionally beautiful and interesting. As well as universal, in a Buddhist kind of way. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>5/kek-lok-si-temple.html </link> <BR> <BR> And the photos - wow, this place was photogenic!!! A photographer's dream. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <... Fri, 23 May 2014 10:31:37 EST Still having fun in George Town We're exploring, eating well, having fun, and waiting to see if we're needed for the TV show. <BR> <BR> And you'll never guess who is in this program!!!!!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>5/20-may-2014-well-were-still-waiting-<BR>to.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 20 May 2014 09:40:03 EST One hundred one kitties, and a lion or two We're back in George Town, having our usual fun - found a mural I was looking for, and encountered an amazing acrobatic lion dance at a street fair! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>5/excitement-in-george-town.html </link> <BR> <BR> THIS is why we love travelling!!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 18 May 2014 05:48:34 EST Geopark We drove up to the geopark - actually, the Machinchang Cambrian Geoforest Park. Didn't get to walk around much since it started raining as we arrived, but we did get to see some of the ancient rock formations. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>5/langkawi-geopark-langkawi-4.html </link> <BR> <BR> And all the photos are in the blog. They're kind of redundant. Rocks, right? Fri, 16 May 2014 10:13:53 EST Our car in Langkawi, and cafes We rented a little tiny car, the picture is so funny! And of course had a few car adventures. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>5/cars-and-cafes-langkawi-3.html </link> <BR> <BR> And we've discovered the cafe culture of Langkawi, including real English tea, and a French patisserie. <BR> <BR> But I love my chicken satay! Helps me get that protein number up and in range! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wed, 14 May 2014 10:42:44 EST A walk on the beach Gotta do this quickly, only 24 minutes of battery on the laptop! <BR> <BR> The beach was even better on an uncrowded and sunny afternoon: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>5/barefoot-on-beach-langkawi-2.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img... Tue, 13 May 2014 11:57:58 EST Langkawi - lovely island group, having fun!!! We came to Langkawi for fun, and got lucky because we found the Water Festival - all kinds of fun stuff based on/in/around water! Complete with fireworks! (Yeah, I'm not sure how the fireworks go with water, but I love fireworks so I'm not complaining!) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>5/water-festival-langkawi-1.html </link> <BR> <BR> Best photos: <BR> <BR> The children of a family carrying home the duck that one of the kids caught in the duck chase competitio... Mon, 12 May 2014 10:38:04 EST New neighbourhood, new culture New colour, new clothes, new music, new street art, new food! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>5/little-india.html </link> <BR> <BR> And for your viewing pleasure: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 7 May 2014 09:05:16 EST Batu Feringgi We're hanging out in the beach town of Batu Feringgi, on the north coast of Penang. Having fun mostly relaxing, and playing, and enjoying a new place. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>5/batu-feringgi.html </link> <BR> <BR> With fish kites: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And my husband took my dad's hat on a little snorkel adventure: <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 4 May 2014 12:01:29 EST Malaysian food, art and more kitties We're enjoying our time in Georgetown - haven't heard back re the TV series, we don't know if they need us or are running late or what. So we're just walking around exploring, finding new hangouts and places to get in my walking. And of course more murals, plus some amazing buildings! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>4/random-acts-of-art-and-beauty.html </link> <BR> <BR> Some of the best photos of today: <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 29 Apr 2014 11:41:36 EST Murals, cake, and just fun We've discovered an amazing little area of gentrification - old buildings being renovated and refurbished, a lovely mural or two, and an amazing patisserie. <BR> <BR> I confess that I usually have one splurge treat a day - I try to keep it to 10-15% of my total calories. Today it was an Earl Grey Opera, a light layered cake with very thin layers and some ganache and, according to SP, all of 165 calories. With a cup of black tea, very satisfying and well worth the splurge. (Chocolate keeps... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 05:52:40 EST Kitty Cafe and Chocolate Museum We had a great day - played with the cats at the Purrfect Cat Cafe. Headed to the state museum but got pulled into the Chocolate Museum, and had a few samples of dark chocolate. <BR> <BR> How can you go wrong with a day like that? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>4/a-purrfect-day.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <i... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:17:20 EST We're back in George Town, island of Penang We haven't been scheduled for our costume fitting yet, so we're just hanging out in George Town and having fun. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>4/more-batiks-more-kl-more-penang.html </link> <BR> <BR> And I made two more batiks, and found a wonderful umbrella sculpture. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-a... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:51:38 EST Busy, busy time in Melaka We had a wonderful time in Melaka, so busy that I didn't have time to blog. But I'm all caught up now, and here are the links. I had to write five blogs just to cover all the exciting things we did, and everything we saw. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>4/melaka-part-i-overview.html </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>4/melaka-part-2-river.html </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>4/melaka-part-3-tri... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:16:12 EST Making art in Malaysia I painted a batik - sort of a do-it-yourself thing. <BR> <BR> I had SO MUCH FUN! Really, it was great! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>4/getting-my-fingers-dirty.html </link> <BR> <BR> And my lovely batik that I get to keep: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> PS - 20 MYR = 20 Malaysian ringgits = just under $7 USD Fri, 11 Apr 2014 06:27:45 EST We had to ride cable cars!!! We went to the casino, and it was a crazy adventure! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>4/genting-highlands.html </link> <BR> <BR> And Richard and I had to trade trousers - long story involving the dress code - it was nuts! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 9 Apr 2014 12:01:54 EST My experience with a Personal Shopper It really was rather funny, and unexpected! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>4/adventures-in-shopping-malaysia-styl<BR>e.html </link> <BR> <BR> And I bought my brother a kriss, the traditional dagger from this part of the world. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 8 Apr 2014 05:49:18 EST Monkeys! I saw monkeys! We took the train from George Town back to Kuala Lumpur, and I saw a few monkeys! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>4/monkeys-watching-trains.html </link> <BR> <BR> My new mural find in George Town: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Fri, 4 Apr 2014 10:20:04 EST Kitty Murals! I love cats - I love murals - I've owned cats - I've created murals - so you can understand why I was so excited about today's finds! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>3/malaysian-kitties-and-some-excitemen<BR>t.html </link> <BR> <BR> Just a teaser: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 04:44:34 EST George Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site George Town is VERY cool - we're having a great time. This place is such a mix of everything that makes Malaysia unique - multicultural, old and new, shopping, walking, eating, art - just a fun place to be! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>3/george-town-unesco-world-heritage-si<BR>te.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 12:29:10 EST It was just a walk in the park But we saw a Malaysian TV show being filmed, met the child star, chatted with the male heartthrob, got a free cupcake, and rode the tram. Plus walked several miles, got lost, found, and saw gorgeous sculpture. <BR> <BR> What else could you ask for? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>3/just-walk-in-park-perdana-botanic.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 27 Mar 2014 05:05:35 EST Update on naming a beach for our dad Apparently our dad's name is the front-runner in this competition - here's the full story: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>3543323/new-name-sought-for-bellingham<BR>.html </link> <BR> <BR> Feel free to add a comment! Mon, 24 Mar 2014 23:59:20 EST The National Visual Arts Gallery of Malaysia Getting there was a trip! We had a great time, and saw some very interesting art - my favourite was a bookcase of altered books attached to a fold-out cardboard castle - SO COOL!!! Like the books coming to life! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>3/national-visual-arts-gallery-of-mala<BR>ysia.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:40:50 EST The Lady in Pink - A Travel Vignette There was a beautiful young woman in a gorgeous pink kalidaar at lunch - I didn't get her photo, she didn't seem to understand English - but we had a little interaction anyway. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>3/being-travelling-fashionista.html </link> <BR> <BR> And I believe pink is a vastly underrated colour. Pink is happy! Pink is playful! Pink is youthful! Thu, 20 Mar 2014 05:11:35 EST KL Skyline, Market, Museum We went to the Central Market a few days ago, and the National Museum today - still having fun in KL, despite the rain. (Great thunderstorm tonight!) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>3/19-march-2014-weve-been-having-fun-i<BR>n.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 19 Mar 2014 11:09:00 EST An impromptu parade!!! Okay, so it probably wasn't impromptu, but since we didn't know it was happening, it was sudden and exciting for us! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>3/chinese-parade.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:08:32 EST My own Food Showdown this morning Some of you long-time Sparkies might remember the Food Showdown emails we used to receive. SparkPeople would have two somewhat similar food items, and would compare them nutritionally to see which would be the better choice. <BR> <BR> For example, confronted with a serving of creme brulée versus a slice of cheesecake, which is the more healthful option? (Turns out it's the cheesecake, which has fewer calories, less fat, and more protein. I remember because I had shared a slice of cheeseca... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 05:05:32 EST Kuala Lumpur during the day, night, clear, smog Red seems to be a featured colour in Malaysia! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>3/kl-day-and-night.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> WARNING! There are food porn photos in the blog! Don't look at this while hungry!!! (And sometimes I take p... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 11:33:37 EST