Wednesday, December 23, 2009

My Child & I

Firstborn is trying his newly acquired Maths skills with anyone and everyone.

After being subjected to several non-stop sessions and not being able to take it anymore, we now direct him to our unsuspecting friends.

Here 's how it goes:

" Uncle, if I have 10 candies and you have 5 candies, who has more?"

"It's you, kiddo" (got away with that one)

(In a game show host voice) "That is Correct. Ok Uncle, it's your turn to ask"

"So, if you give all your 10 candies to me, what happens?"

"I have nothing, and that's not FAIR!!!"

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

My Child & I

Firstborn shows an oval hard-candy and asks,

"What will this be?"

I start guessing, to no avail:

" The Number Zero"

"The Letter O"

"The shape Oval"

Run out of answers and ask "So... what is it, then?"

"Candy!?!" (uttered with true amusement)

My Child & I

"Amma, can I eat dinner"

The plate of rice-cabbage dhal-rasam mix is served.

"Where's the vegetable, amma ?"

"Its mixed in the rice, kanna"

(thoughtful silence)

"But amma, I like to eat my vegetables on the side.
Do you have at least spinach?"

Cornered and speechless!!!

New Year Eve Bash- Desi style

Hey blessed ones who get to attend new year eve parties at hep joints, here's one to consider.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

A story of mine (In Tamil)

Tamil readers, please click on link below to read a story by yours truly.

Yoplait: Save Lids to Save Lives

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During our annual drive, for every pink lid you send in by December 31, 2009 Yoplait® will donate 10 cents to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, up to $1.5 million.

Help by buying the Pink Lid products of Yoplait- then save ‘em, rinse ‘em, and mail ‘em in by 31 Dec 09 (can mail up to 12 lids per envelope)

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P.O. Box 420704
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Please visit link below for more details about this program.

Friday, December 11, 2009

San Diego Events # 5 Christmas Lighting Map

It's an experience by itself to drive around various neighborhoods and delight in the Holiday lighting displays put together by thy neighbors.

The San Diego Family Magazine has done an excellent job of putting together the info and map of neighborhood holiday lighting.

Visit site below to be further enlightened:

My personal fav:

Oviedo St.
Off Black Mountain Rd.
“Christmas Card Lane.”

San Diego Events # 4 Weekend Dec 12-13

December 12 (Sat)

Poway Christmas in the Park is a one-of-a-kind, magical way to bring holiday delights to your family this season. Experience the magic of an old-fashioned tradition. There will be live music, food, treats, crafts, visits with Santa and much more. -

Mission Bay Boat Parade of Lights

As a special attraction for the holiday season, a fleet of decorated boats and yachts will slowly parade on the waters of Mission Bay. Colorful and twinkling lights make it an enchanting sight to see. If you look closely, you just might see one of Santa's Elves onboard.
Begins at 7 p.m. from Quivira Basin. The best viewing is from Crown Point, east side of Vacation Island or the west side of Fiesta Island. The parade ends with the lighting of the Sea World Sky Tower Tree of Lights at 9 p.m.

Oceanside Harbor Christmas Boat Parade of Lights features a wide variety of boats, brightly decorated for the Christmas season. Starts at 7 p.m. and circles the inner Oceanside Harbor.

December 13 (Sun)

San Diego Boat Parade of Lights is a spectacular boat parade of lights featuring individually holiday decorated private craft. The boat parade starts at the southwest end of Shelter Island, travels past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, the Convention Center, the Coronado Island Marriott Hotel, the Coronado Ferry Landing Marketplace and ends at the Navy carrier turning basin.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

San Diego Services # 2

The kitchen counters are shining, bathrooms gleaming and carpets perfect.

Thanks to my house keeper Dalia, my home would remain a clean haven ; until of course the boys establish their territory with cookie crumbs and jello prints.

My housekeepers are a mom & daughter team who clean houses and apartments in San Diego.
She has my highest recommendation- does a sincere and clean job, and keeps her appointments in a timely manner.

Here's her number and email id to request appointments/pricing:

Dalia P

e-mail: daliap760@aol.comhome: 760-233-2855
cell: 760-815-8573

Sunday, December 6, 2009

My Child & I

Firstborn sees that little brother is being placed on the high chair.

"Can I also sit in there , please..."

"But its for babies , Kanna. And you're a big boy"

"..." (Seems satisfied with the answer)

A few days go by, and hubby is leaving for a work gathering.

"Can I also come, please..."

"But its for big boys, and you're a little boy, Kanna"

"Why am I a big boy and a little boy, I don't like it"


Thursday, December 3, 2009

San Diego Events #4 Weekend Dec 4-5-6

December 5

27th Annual Holiday Carnival & Craft Fair
Before the December Nights event unfolds, a holiday carnival and craft fair will be happening at Balboa Park. Challenge your skills with over 30 activity game booths and a selection of prizes, enjoy fun rides, and browse through lots of homemade crafts. And yes! Get a photo of you with Santa!
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Balboa Park (lawn area and the auditorium at the War Memorial Building - 3325 Zoo Dr.)

Little Italy Holiday Tree Lighting & Village

Little Italy is decorated into a Holiday Village where you can come for some friendly hometown shopping. Unique gift items, light refreshments, holiday musicians, and the lighting of a Christmas Tree are there to add a sparkle to the evening. Stores will be open longer for late night shoppers.

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Little Italy (Date Street between India St. & Columbia St.)

December 6

Del Mar Holiday Wonderland
Is a festive community event that brings residents, visitors and kids of all ages together to celebrate the holiday season.
Holiday entertainment and activities encompass the entire downtown area and include tasty samples from over 20 local restaurants, a horse and carriage rides, live music, a visit from Santa, a fun zone, arts and crafts and the famous cake walk. -

52nd Annual La Jolla Christmas Parade

A wonderful holiday parade lures locals out of the hills and from the beaches to La Jolla to watch a homespun parade. Listen to the music and see marching bands, drill teams, scout troops, floats, dogs, horses, and more. This event is in conjunction with the "La Jolla Holiday Festival".
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm La Jolla (Girard Ave./Kline St. - Girard Ave. - Prospect St. - Silverado St./Prospect St.)

27th Annual La Jolla Holiday Festival
A wonderful holiday festival lures locals out of the hills and from the beaches to mingle about and enjoy a day of musical performances, tasty food, and a gorgeous tree lighting ceremony. This event is in conjunction with the "La Jolla Christmas Parade".
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm La Jolla Recreation Center (615 Prospect St.)

The New Children's Musuem , San Diego

The New Children's Museum located at 200 West Island Avenue in downtown San Diego is a museum for all ages.

Make the most of your visit by visiting it on the second Sunday of the month; when admission is Free and museum is open longer 10am-4pm.

San Diego Events #3 Balboa Park December Nights

December 4, 5

Balboa Park December Nights is a popular, park-wide Christmas celebration featuring sparkling lights, color and music with traditional celebrations and holiday-themed entertainment areas. In the spirit of the holidays, participating Balboa Park museums open their doors free of charge from 5 to 9 p.m.

Entertainment and holiday cheer are all part of this classic San Diego celebration-including food from around the globe at the International Christmas Festival at the House of Pacific Relations Cottages; unique gift shopping at the museum stores and with the artisans of Spanish Village; international choirs, musical and dance presentations from the San Diego Junior Theatre, San Diego Civic Youth Ballet and others.

Friday, December 4, 5:00-10:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 5, noon-10:00 p.m

San Diego Events #2 - Holiday Lighting

Now until Jan 6 :

Holiday of Lights
at the Del Mar Fairgrounds is a spectacular drive-through light show and exhibit, themed for the holiday season, with more than 400 crowd-pleasing, family-oriented displays. The displays are organized into themes, which include: Candy Cane Lane, Toyland, San Diego County Fair, Treasures by the Lake, Del Mar Racetrack, the Twelve Days of Christmas and Elves at Play -

December 10 - 23, 26 - 30

Garden of Lights at the San Diego Botanic Garden. The Garden is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland with over 100,000 sparkling lights illuminating the Garden for a magical holiday experience. Many of these lights are LED, which are much brighter than regular lights. Adding to the sparkle is the "Poinsettia Garden," festively decorated with many varieties of poinsettias. Numerous activities include horse-drawn-wagon rides, holiday crafts, marshmallow roasting, visits with Santa, live music, and refreshments. Special Holiday Tales and Tunes for children ages two to six will be offered several nights. 230 Quail Gardens Drive in Encinitas. 760-436-036