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It's Beach Season Again!

It's not like we aren't able to go to the beach any time of the year, unless there's a typhoon; but March to July is the period most people prefer to go, isn't it? So it's March, and all I can think of is the beach. If you knew me five years ago, you'd know that I was at the beach at least three times a year. But things happen, life changes... At the beginning of this year, though, I promised myself that I would go on at least one trip (alone or with a group, but preferably the former) before June. Well, I've reached my quote when my family went to the wonderfully isolated black beach somewhere up north . Here's the exciting thing (at least for me): I've got another beach trip scheduled in a couple of weeks!

Black Beach at the 'End of the World'

Last weekend, my family went to a friend's place several hours north of the city. While the drive was long and temporarily stressful when the three kids got grumpily sleepy, it was all worth it. Truth be told, I had cold feet the night before. It was the first time we were going somewhere as a family without mom. I couldn't bear the thought, but my sister talked me through it. And well she did.

I Think of You at the Oddest Moments, Mom

You've been gone for almost two months now, and I can't say it's been easy, nor can I say that it's horribly tough. I suppose it's because of the difficult time we had since we learned that you had cancer late in 2013. No, difficult doesn't even begin to describe it. I thought that your passing would be easy, compared to others, since we were "prepared" for it. As it turns out, we weren't. Now that you're gone, I think of you at the oddest moments.

Craving Cyma

It's one of those days - or weeks - when I just feel hungry all the time. Right now, all I can think of is Cyma. The last time I was there was a month or so ago, and these are what keep my mouth watering. Moussaka and rice-stuffed roasted bell pepper Greek Salad Nothing more to say. In case you find yourself craving Greek food, though, check out their menu here .

Of Audio Jacks, Food, and Christmas Bazaars

It's that time of the year again, when the city streets are lit up as if there were no tomorrow. Christmas songs are played in every restaurant, coffee shop, and mall - practically everywhere you go. I wouldn't have dared to go out on a Friday afternoon during this season, especially on a payday Friday, but my sister was in town so we spent some time together. First stop: lunch at Wee Nam Kee, my favorite stop for Hainanese Chicken (not that there are a lot of choices here). Roasted Hainanese Chicken Next up: look for an audio jack (long story), to no avail, although a  musician friend  might just have one.