Travel Theme: Twist

Noodles, twisted
Noodles, twisted

This week Ailsa of Where’s My Backpack has challenged bloggers with the theme: Twist. I’ve chosen to post a picture of a dessert, key lime pie, that I had at the Peninsula Hotel. Scrumptious with a twist of colored chocolate.

If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  1. Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Twist
  2. Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  3. Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
  4. Don’t forget to subscribe to keep up to date on the latest weekly travel themes like I have.

Restaurant Inspection

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A few of the restaurants in the neighborhood now post signs showing how they fared on their (first?) inspections. Not too good for the two I’ve been to lately. This one’s at the dumpling restaurant I like and another C was earned by a more posh place across the street.

Luckily, I haven’t gotten sick at either one.

The End of an Era


I’m very sad. One of the best restaurants in my neighborhood has been demolished! The “Red Door Restaurant” is gone. I was just there on Tuesday, but now it’s gone. No warning. I realize that may be because I don’t speak enough Chinese to know “this building is getting demolished so we’re moving to doko soko.” I’m pretty heartbroken. This loss is like a friend died.

A friend and I walked by at 3:30pm and all was normal. Then when we returned from tea, the wrecking was almost all done.

I’ve got to have my students track down the family who owned this place and find out where they’ve moved to. I can’t imagine life here without chicken in bread pockets or their other specialties.

I leave you with this poem by Elizabeth Bishop ~

One Art

The art of losing isn’t hard to master;
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster.
Lose something every day. Accept the fluster
of lost door keys, the hour badly spent.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

Then practice losing farther, losing faster:
places, and names, and where it was you meant
to travel. None of these will bring disaster.

I lost my mother’s watch. And look! my last, or
next-to-last, of three loved houses went.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

I lost two cities, lovely ones. And, vaster,
some realms I owned, two rivers, a continent.
I miss them, but it wasn’t a disaster.

—Even losing you (the joking voice, a gesture
I love) I shan’t have lied. It’s evident
the art of losing’s not too hard to master
though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster.

Is there a special place you’ve lost recently? What was it?

Weekly Photo Challenge: On Top

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1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced.

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