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“What you end up remembering isn’t always the same as what you have witnessed.”
― Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending

Mom and Dad’s backdrop in this picture is Christchurch Cathedral (Christchurch, New Zealand). This was taken about this time in 1993. Exactly 2 decades ago, how time flies!  Feeling nostalgic remembering wonderful memories  🙂

This beautiful Christchurch Cathedral was badly hit in last year’s (2012) magnitude-6.1 earthquake and the authority has plans to demolish it.This piece of news must have been a heart-breaking one for many people as the church after all, had served the people in the area for so long.

The church is apparently engaged in an on-going court battle fighting to have the Cathedral “saved”; had put forward three proposals: restore the original structure, 2. rebuild it in a traditional theme, or 3. replace it with a modern design.  I’d vote for proposal 1 and 2 🙂

Those who have visited this place, I’m sure, are equally sentimental hearing this news.


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This year marks the 72nd anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

USS Arizona Memorial is not a tourist attraction but a memorial and grave that deserves to be treated with respect and reverence. The USS Arizona was one of the many ships that was destroyed during the attack. The explosion and fire killed 1,102 of the 1,177 sailors on board. (

This marble wall (above picture) bears the names of all those killed on the Arizona.

Before taking a Navy-operated shuttle boat ride to the USS Arizona Memorial, there’s this 23-minute documentary film about Pearl Harbor attack that visitors get to watch.  I remember watching this documentary in great sadness…One of the many places which I would like to revisit with my family.

Happy Belated July 4th!



At 1.5, hugging Mickey to sleep had to be one of the sweetest things to this lil’ tyke …

Not only Mickey comforts him to slumberland in just a matter of minutes but for a fairly length of time too. Such sweet companion!

Almost 3 now, he has shifted to hugging a bolster instead but still hugs stuffed animals once in a while. Kids these age just love hugging stuff animals (or bolster) simply because they are soft and dependable (don’t move or resist).  I don’t think hugging stuffed animals or a bolster speaks volume about their personality – some suggest that kids who do tend to be soft and will have behavior problems in later years. Read more

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