IT'S LYNNY KANSAS
DON'T LET THE RUBY SLIPPERS,
OR THE DOROTHY INSPIRED NICKNAME
FOOL YOU., THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME,
BUT TRAVELING IS FUN.
I have lost count of the times I have transited through Narita Airport over the last five years, the best route for the journey between Leesburg VA and Singapore. This past May however, was the first time I actually got to go into the city of Tokyo and get my first real experience of Japan.
JUST under a 4 hour flight from Singapore, Hong Kong has been on my "go to" list for the last five years of living in Singapore. Finally, prompted by a visit from our daughter, who was then routing back to the USA via Hong Kong, we decided to make a long weekend of it. Hubby has been to HK many times on business trips, but that does not necessarily equate to seeing a place. We were all looking forward to playing tourist for 3 days.
There is also a Pottery Village and aWeaving Village, along with other beaches to explore and hikes into the mountains to discover waterfalls. However, for this trip, we just wanted to "stay put", relax and do nothing.
A few years ago, I happened across a store in Holland Road Shopping centre, here in Singapore, selling some amazing Mango Wood items, vases, bowls, candle holders and lamps, which I thought were really unusual and unique. But the thing that caught my eye the most, were the red saga seeds that were used as an accent, to add a pop of colour to the displays. I ended up buying a small candle holder, together with some saga seeds, just as I had seen it on display in the store. Over the years a few people have asked me in particular about these Saga Seeds, or "love seeds" as they are also known, wanting to know where I bought them.
Twenty One years ago, when I first came to live in America, to Connecticut in fact, I was assailed by many new sights, sounds, experiences and yes, smells. In the approach to my first Christmas in the USA, I wandered around the malls and grocery stores and my nostrils would fill with an aroma unlike anything I had ever experienced before. It practically made me want to gag, and upon investigation, I discovered the cinnamon scented pinecones that seemed to be so beloved, and seemingly a necessary part of the Christmas decor. It seems American's like Cinnamon a lot, they put it in their apple pies (my Mum could not believe this), and they love it in their Starbucks coffee drinks. Well, to me, at least back then, it was horrible, horrible, horrible!! But flash forward to today, now in Virginia, time has mellowed me, I have learnt to go with the American flow and somewhere along the way, I have come to quite like the pong. Today, I got my first whiff in the grocery store of the Cinnamon scented pinecones and I smiled. Christmas is coming. Still not bringing any home though.
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE
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