Tuesday, March 25, 2008

A Few To Tide Ya' Over

An adorable pair of siblings on Kokusai playing with bubbles.

Cool textured buildings in an alley.

A pineapple photo I played with a bit.

CoCo Curry House - Good smell. Good curry. How true.
More photos on my flickr site, if you're interested.

Purim was last week. Jewish holiday consisting of a bad guy with a 3-cornered hat. Cookies called hamentaschen are made - 3-cornered cookies filled with fruit butter. I had a bit of a cooking party with the kids in the annex kitchen! It was such fun. The kids were a blast.
I'm quite sure I'll have video of this soon, but since acquiring the game Rock Band for the PS3 we have formed a band. Craig on drums, Aviva on guitar, and Mia - a really excellent vocalist. She's getting to know songs by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Ramones, Rolling Stones, Nine Inch Nails, Weezer, and Radiohead to name a few.

Back when she first started getting into the soundtrack of Once (last summer), she would sing "Falling Slowly" at the top of her lungs - the lyrics are:

"Take this sinking boat
and point it home
we've still got time..."

One day I noticed she was singing quite soulfully... "Take this sinking goat and point it home..."

Our band name in Rock Band is now: sinking goat. Coolest. Band. Ever.


Ernie Santa Ana said...

I can buy Coco Curry here at the local Asian supermarket. But it's not the same, like frozen Whitecastle burgers probably aren't as good as off the grill.

Lately, I've been pretty active with the YouTube community. A cute Jewish girl named Laine extended well wishes to everyone on Good Friday and explained Purim to those who weren't familiar with the holiday. Take a look and tell me if she's in the ball park:


Spoiler: "They tried to kill us, but failed. Then, we had a feast."

Previous post - CUTE bunny cookie! I think its awesome that your family is able to celebrate both of your cultures and histories.

aviva5271 said...

Ok THAT chick is hilarious! Love her - cute too. So yes, the story is true. The only thing she didn't cover in her nutshell is the gragger. At the end, that loud plastic cranking sound? That's called a gragger - whenever you hear Haman's name (the bad guy) during the reading of the megillah, you're supposed to make lots of noise, so as to drown out his name.

Thanks for that link, very cute. And the compliment too - I love that Mia's learning about our different family traditions and religions. She's a lucky kid.

Josh said...

The 3rd of your amazing photos on this post is of the fruit of what I believe would be called a screw pine (or tourist pineapple or hala) tree, a species of the Pandanus genus:

We see these trees a lot in our explorations of the islands of Okinawa Prefecture (I've seen specific species mentioned including odoratissimus/fascicularis, boninensis & tectorius) that we've checked out so far & apparently the various species thrive all over the world's tropical & subtropical ocean-front climates:

Apparently, the typical name in Japanese is Nioi-adan or Nioi-takonoki (which would translate to "Fragrant octopus' tree": tako=octopus, no=possessive link, ki=tree, nioi=frangrance/odour/smell/aroma/scent/stench). I've found several Japanese websites when Googling for "pandanus adan" including an old JapanUpdate article (from 1998) that mentions the screw pine or adan on Okinawa:

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