Back from festivities!

Hey everyone! Hope you are taking care of yourselves well today! Where does the time go? I’m back in town, and finished unpacking my belongings. This past week flew by quickly. Though we’ve each had our challenges, celebrating lunar new year with my family was a blast this year!

Had mini adventures literally every day I was back in my hometown area. Made a big batch of 60 bánh bao (steamed buns) from scratch which a flour dough patty that wraps a mixture of onions, hard boiled eggs, mushrooms, onion, jicama, sausage. I also made some bánh chưng which is a traditional rice cake made from glutinous rice, mung bean/peanuts, and marinated pork wrapped up in banana leaves and then steamed.

One of my brothers gave me a tour of the Korean plaza that recently developed. I enjoyed the bakery, the bookstore, Japanese dollar store, H-mart which reminds me of a Whole Foods market. My other brother gave me a tour of the new facilities at the public library that was recently built. Seeing a 3-D printer was a novel sight along with their collections.

Visited sister’s new place in which she asks new guests to try out the yoga wheel. Got to check out her artwork as well! Dad took us to morning mass at the church and marketplace celebrations. Mom took me to visit old family friends I haven’t seen in a long time.

On my last night in town, I relaxed on the couch and decided to watch the State of the Union Address that aired. Dad decided to call it a night early, and my brother worked on homework. My other siblings were working, and mom was sleeping.

The female Democratic Congress women in the audience that sat in the left of the chamber of the House of Representatives was striking due to the white outfits they wore to call attention to women rights. I was most interested by the stories of the guests that were invited which painted a picture of certain aspects of life in America. The camera focused on varied reactions from former presidential nominees in the audience. Some slumped in their seats entrenched in thought and some listened earnestly to accomplishments. There’s division on so many issues.

On the bus heading back, I felt like a variety of other perspectives were left out and was intrigued by the analyses following after the Address. I listened to a variety of interesting podcasts and enjoying all the discussions. I went to a spiritual retreat titled Made for More with Christopher West which explored our purpose on Earth. Agreed on some things and disagreed on others.

Can’t wait to join in the fun of your tags again and catch up with your blog posts! Sharing pictures later! See you soon! ❤

22 Comments Add yours

  1. Hélène - Willow Poetry says:

    Welcome back on WordPress, Sa. 🙂

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Good to be back! I love these photos you’ve shared for What do you see?🤗

      1. Hélène - Willow Poetry says:

        You are such a happy person, I can’t feel it through your words. Thank you Sa. hugs right back at you.

  2. joyroses13 says:

    Wonderful that you had such a great time!! ❤
    Really love your clock on the wall, so cool!!

    1. theresaly520 says:

      It was such a warm happy occasion! Even the weather was in the 70s. Thanks! Time to read!😄❤

  3. iScriblr says:

    Welcome back! Loved the book-clock!❤❤

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Yay! Book clock is such a big hit! It’ll be neat if we could make a blog clock of sorts!❤😄

  4. Lwbut says:

    What a great sounding holiday! – It’s so good to see you back here in Blogland. 🙂

    I’m intrigued about your Spiritual retreat and wonder what your purpose, or thoughts on ‘our’ purpose is.. i hope you’ll write a post on that topic. I’d also be interested on your thoughts on the SOTN speech and how you see America over the last 2 years and what might lie ahead for the next 2?? 🙂

    No pressure – so long as you write them by Tuesday! 😉

    1. theresaly520 says:

      It was fun! Still processing everything. The retreat was certainly thought provoking which explored symbolism in nature, gender roles, belly buttons, film, and an array of other issues. I thought I wasn’t going to watch the Address as well, but curiousity got the best of me. I want to write about it to make sense of what was shared!😀

      1. Lwbut says:

        Sounds cool! 🙂

        I’m not really going to hold you to the Tuesday deadline! I will be eagerly awaiting your next post though! 😉

  5. amydwestphal says:

    That is my favorite clock ever!

    1. theresaly520 says:

      🤩📖 a huge hit here!

  6. Winnie says:

    I’m glad you’re back, dear!

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Hi Winnie! Thank you, It feels good to be back!🙂❤

      1. Winnie says:

        You’re welcome! 😊❤️

  7. Alphe says:

    Looking forward to seeing the photos! And welcome back! 🙂

  8. Welcome back, you were missed! I’m so happy that you had such a wonderful time celebrating and visiting with your family! Sounds like you had lots of exciting adventures.❤ 🙂

    1. theresaly520 says:

      There were so many Jenna! I have so drafts of my adventures in Word Press. Hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s day! 🙂

      1. Awww I look forward to reading more to come!😁 Happy Valentine’s Day!❤️

  9. Bernie Delaney says:

    Thank you for sharing, I enjoyed reading this 🙂

  10. MNL says:

    wow! sounds like you had an amazing time. It’s so awesome that you know how to make steamed buns from scratch. I bought a Dim Sum cookbook so I’m going to try too. Might be awhile. I tend to treat cooksbooks like picture books — I love looking at the pictures. I never heard of bánh chưng but it sounds pretty awesome. I’d love to try it one day.

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Cook books nowadays are so visual! Making dimsum is exciting! Maybe you can post your creation on Tummy Tuesday!😋

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