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A board game to note

We learned playing a game called “Carcasonne” during the holiday time. It’s a board game designed by Klause-Jurgen Wrede. The rules are set up fair and interesting, it not only encourages individual success if you can, but also envisages mutual benefits if you cooperate with other players. You could learn so much beyond just a game.



I found it way better than playing computer games. It’s good fun for a family/friends’ get-together.


The Liebster Award update

As I was trying to nominate 11 blogs for the Liebster Award, I might have nominated some of them with over 200 followers, which I realised later on. I think I haven’t followed enough new blogs yet. So please ignore my nomination if you feel this award is not suitable for you. My apologies and I will try to follow more new blogs in the future.

The Liebster Award!!!

Thanks so much to the Runaway Palate for nominating me the Liebster Award! I feel absolutely elated by such a kind recognition in the new year. I have been here blogging for three years and enjoyed the time spent here. I will continue to keep this going and try to engage in more interactions with fellow bloggers.liebster.pngThe Liebster Award is an award given by a blogger to bloggers with fewer than 200 followers, with an aim to help others discover and spot new bloggers.

The rules are simple:
Acknowledge the blog that nominated you.
Answer the 11 questions your nominator asked.
Nominate 11 other bloggers.
Ask them 11 questions.
Let them know you have nominated them.

The following are my answers to the Runaway Palate’s questions:

1. What is your blog about in one sentence?

My blog is about sharing with readers a bit of personal musings, a touch of philosophy, traveling stories, as well as bits and pieces in daily life that’s worthy of mentioning.

2. How would you describe your personality?

I would say myself a responsible, flexible, easy-going, sticking to rules type. But if you get to know me for awhile, you can add something more that I am not yet aware of, of course.

3. If you could freeze one moment in time to relive again, what would that be?

There were many moments in my life that’s worth reliving, if just particular one, then I have to say it was when my husband gave me a bunch of roses at an anniversary.

4. What is your favourite childhood memory?

It was a period of time when I was often wandering on the streets of my hometown with childhood buddies, talking tirelessly about the imaginary future. So silly.

5. Favourite place in the world that you’ve visited?

Again there were many. One of them should be San Francisco.

6. If you could teach your young self one important life lesson, what would it be?

Stick to one goal and do your best.

7. Can you share one goal you have set yourself for 2018?

That would be healthy and peaceful.

8. What book did you read recently that is worth recommending?

I have recently read Matt Haig’s novel “How to stop time”, which I found very interesting.

9. If a visitor came to your neighbourhood, which restaurant would you recommend they eat at and why?

In my town, there’s a Chinese restaurant called “China Chef” which I’d recommend, as it provides quality food for reasonable price, and it looks clean.

10. What is your favourite snack?

That varied with time, at the moment it should be the dark chocolate.

11. Please share one item on your bucket list (it could be something you want to do or a place you want to see) and why you want to do/see that.

One day I want to go to Tibet, because it’s one of the highest places in the world and I want to challenge myself for fitness purpose.

In turn, I am nominating these fabulous blogs for the Liebster Award!!
(I hope you would visit and follow them like me, as they are really interesting sites to see.)

retireediary; annewarren; Love Travelling; The Insatiable Traveler; The Thesis Whisperer; Sue’s Fabulous Travels; The Natural Traveller; The Science Geek; Paul Zizka Photography; Daily Life’s Journey; Images and History

These are my 11 questions. Hope you have fun answering them and passing on the goodwill.

1). What inspires you to write blogs? 2). What season is your favourite one and why? 3). Do you have a favourite colour and if so, which one? 4). If you feel lonely, what would you most likely to do? 5). Describe one of your hobbies and why do you like it? 6). What is your favourite food? 7). When you just meet a new friend, what kind of questions would you like to ask about him/her? 8). What is your happy moment in memory? 9). What is your holiday place that you’d like to visit again and again? 10). If you’d have a chance to start again, would you like to change your career path? 11). Who is your most significant person in life and why?

The beginning of a new year

It seems the arrival of this year is not so exciting. When thinking about the new year, one could make many different emoji expressions, such as: Aww 2018, Wow 2018, Hmm 2018, Gosh 2018….

So what’s lying ahead in 2018? I’ve no idea. I wouldn’t attempt to make a new year resolution yet. If any, it’s just some wishful thinking, which I hope it’ll be a healthy, peaceful and prosperous year. In the light of “prosperous” bit, I have a specific plan, i. e. make some decent money by myself, hopefully.

Whether the good wishes are feasible or not, we shall have to wait to see until the end of this year.

Good luck for one and all !!!

White before Christmas!

It seems unbelievable the year 2017 is nearly coming to an end, but it is indeed, just by counting your fingers.

The snow had come early this winter, here in east England, two weeks before Christmas exactly. We hadn’t seen snow for the past couple of years before this heavy snowfall. It was thrilling to see the white flakes covering the landscape and all sorts of snowmen being built in the eye-catching areas.


Our choir had postponed a Christmas concert for a local care home on the heavy snowing day, but eventually completed all scheduled three concerts one week before Christmas now. One was for a care home, one was for the NHS retirees, and the third one was singing outside a chip shop to raise funds for a charity. Now relax and get ready for Christmas…

Here is the “Sleigh Ride” song. Wishing all of my readers a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year of 2018!


Retirement thinking (III)

Most people live an average standard of life and have an average lifespan, which I think it’s good enough. You may have felt miserable in your childhood, struggled in your youth and cried a lot for all sorts of failure. Then you may have had good things that happened in your life as well. So, in the end, you realise that life is not as good as you’d expect, nor as bad as you’d imagine it.

Now that you’re not young and energetic anymore, you start to take things lightheartedly. No need to seek others’ approval and accept yourself as who you are. Be kind to others. The most important thing is being healthy.

Do something that makes you happy or join others to have fun while you can, just tell yourself  “C’mon, let’s have a go” kind of thing. Because we are getting aged and sometimes becoming interdependent, so need some common playground once again…

Retirement thinking (II)

Getting old is not fun, but it’s the last phase of life. Getting old is also a blessing because some even don’t have the chance to get this far.

In modern society we usually wouldn’t rely on family or relatives to look after the oldies, so the care home is a good place to retreat to as the last stop. However, I heard that how expensive the care home cost could be in the UK at present, an average pensioner could hardly afford the weekly rate (about £1000 per week for a decent home) from their pension alone. I thought if the economy was dependent on the market, then the old age care could also be adjusted by the market. For instance, setting up more competitive care homes to bring the price down is an option for the consumers.

The truth is, in some circumstances, old people are as vulnerable as a child, so fundamentally they should be well looked after just like a child’s life.