Easter @ Shi Lai Temple

 

To me, Easter is just another day.  A Thanksgiving without Black Friday.  A Christmas without carols.  A Halloween without costumes.  Usually, on one of these holidays, I’d be curious to look up “what is the true meaning of Christmas?”, “what is the Christmas Tree’s origin?”, “why do people trick or treat?”, or “why is black friday called black friday?” because, otherwise, they are really insignificant to me.

 

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This Easter, I will not-celebrate it at a buddhist temple!

 DSC05062Screw Easter!

DSC04953We have each other!

 

We came here on a whim.  I thought this place would be a dud.  I know I would be bored out of my mind if I were to come here as a two year old.  But, Ellis enjoyed herself.  But, that’s because we made her believe we were visiting Shaolin Temple!

 

 

DSC05075 DSC05074Transferring my Luo Han 18 Palm Style Technique to Ellis

 

DSC04977 DSC04975Ellis mastering the Mantis Style Boxing

 

 

DSC05072But, of course, like any student of the martial arts, we know the art does not only strengthen the body.

DSC05068But, also the spirit.

DSC05067And, the mind.

 

DSC05133Ellis reading secret martial arts manuscript.

DSC05129 DSC05094 DSC05170Ellis’ practicing her ‘posing like a model’-jitsu

 

 

DSC05249You had enough?

DSC05228Let’s go.

 

DSC04960But, I know you can’t wait to come back!

 

Anecdote time:

Ellis was dead tired after the temple.  She fell asleep in the car immediately.  The Shaolin regimen takes a toll on the body and mind.

About a month ago, Ellis was picking up her lunch with her hands.  My friend tried to get Ellis to use her utensils by telling her only Indians eat with their hands.  After the temple, Ellis took a long nap, so I dropped her off at home and then bought some Indian take out.  After I arrived back home, Ellis woke up and asked me what did I buy.  I told her I got Indian food.  And, she exalted, “So, I can eat with my hands!”  I replied, “yes, now here are some naan.”

 

Impromtu media time:

We are back to the future

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Ellis showing off her DaGo bo staff @ Ikea

Banging da bongos

Note on this post’s music selection.  Ellis hates this song.

  • Phonow

    dd=donnie yen. ls=zhang ziyi
    :)

    • dd

      grandmaster? i fell asleep it was so boring

      • Phonow

        loved donnie yen in hero

        • dd

          yah if only all wars can be fought in meditation haha

          • Phonow

            hahahaha.

          • dd

            as deadly as zika. survivor of the fittest… those who are deaf blind and dumb will survive. not a bad way to die i suppose.

          • Phonow

            zika is spooky. does calif. have the type of mosquito that spreads the virus? hawaii has that darn mosquito. i hate people messing around with gmo– but….. mosquitoes? would love to see them go. & fleas. and centipedes. haha nuke em all.

          • dd

            yah i heard of two cases in ca. but. what causes that head thing is supposedly insecticide no zika. but, that’s not confirmed yet.

          • Phonow

            wow. did not hear that. insecticides are oftentimes worst than the alternative.

            people a little older than me remember when they played behind trucks spraying ddt. damn.

            hawaii has had a few cases, but they were infected during travel. knock on wood. dengue has been in the news a lot here, but appears to be slowing down.

  • Phonow

    this is what got sws banned. (i think lol):

    JLin Fan from Australia mod sws94 an hour ago

    Funny to see your efforts to defend Cliff to no end.

    sws94 JLin Fan from Australian hour ago

    Do you ever hear my points without your bias guiding it? Your job as
    mod shouldn’t ever be to get personal and make a comment like that. Not
    cool.

    linMad JLin Fan from Australiaan hour ago

    Ya I don’t beleive sws94 is a Lin fan at all.

    •sws94LinMadan hour ago

    Stop it already. And mod, do your job and tell him to stop with this complete insulting nonsense.

    That’s why some people with different POVs don’t want to post here anymore. I
    gave a very detailed view of why I am a Lin fan on another thread and
    if you can’t handle someone saying a coach’s words can be interpreted
    differently that the point of view that the majority here are expressing
    and I am in no way bashing or putting down Lin, then this site doesn’t
    believe in honest, different points of views that can be expressed
    regarding people around Cliff.

    I don’t have to hate Cliff and agree with any of you. I’m my own person and always will be. If I make
    my points with respect, and that is not what LInMad is doing, that should be welcomed and you can agree to disagree without this happening over and over and over again.JLinportal is a fan for Lin or disliking Cliff?

    • dd

      wow can’t believe aussie jfreak holds same opinion as me. i must be.. a jfreak too?

      • Phonow

        llips & i do not like jlfanfromaust. very self centered. very bad mod. shallow jfreak.

        re:sws– a lot of people at portal do not like her. BUT…. psalm likes her because sws bumps up the numbers. haha.

        • dd

          how do those troll bump up numbers? in fighting creates content?

          • Phonow

            when sws was “banned” the numbers there doubled.

          • Phonow

            and yes, trolls bump up the numbers. lol.

            portal people accused of jl.net mod of doing the same thing– allowing trolls to flourish– so the number of posts go up.

          • dd

            doesn’t seem very credible. but who knows. if that’s the case then i should be jl.net’s fave poster.

          • Phonow

            psalm is finding out that being a mod is not as easy as he thought. haha. pride is one of the seven deadly sins… and psalm has it. he cares about # of posts– and is having a hard time keeping certain mods in check. (Jlfanaust, & maknusia try to keep to the rules… and threaten posters– psalm tries to smooth things out)

            jlin.net mod banned you for being disruptive more than anything else– esp at that time… jl.net had sky high #’s of posts– even with the Jfreak Reformation.

          • dd

            my second ban was after it’s views are averaging under 1000 posts per page haha.. but no ban since then eventhough orlinaryjoe has been trying to get me banned the third time

          • Phonow

            o-joe? you mean– by mentioning “etane.” yeah, i noticed that. i actually wrote to him on an old thread–to ask him not to do that. he did not respond–but he could have missed my post.

            i think mod was still pissed at you for standing up to him the first time. you had to kowtow like KH to appease him.

          • dd

            you’re like that great woman behind every great man haha..

            haven’t gotten banned but did have a few of my posts removed particularly when i posted something perceived to be not politically correct against sws. but, honestly, rikki mentions something positive (civil rights wise) about african american experience in america and sws replies like a crackah “that don’t go well with blacks”.

          • Phonow

            Rikki has not been showing up as much. damn. he had a great post about the evils of Trump. I saw his comment about civil rights– and sws twisted it around. thanks for standing up for Rikki.

            oh well…. i tried talking to o-joe…. but meh. haha

          • dd

            wut’s with him? is he in love with have faith and wants her all to himself? hahaha or maybe he’s joeteam’s secret username.

          • Phonow

            sometimes he seems really insecure. he can’t handle that you’re the chick magnet on jl.net. :)

            when you show up–all the ladies want to talk with you. :) when you are not around…. the girls enjoy joking with o-joe. hmmmmmm

          • dd

            i thought we already establish that every chick online are guys until proven otherwise haha.

            honestly though maybe he really is joeteam. he said he watched the spurs replay at some sportsbar i think is in nor cal? that’s where joeteam is from.

          • Phonow

            no… joeteam is (how do i put it nicely) kind of dense. o-joe is wittier.

            haha. you outed aunty pho. now they know i am uncle frank.

          • dd

            hmmm i haven’t conversed with joeteam for a long time. joe does talk more like a hasbeen you know one of those annoying old guys in the office trying to prove like he’s still relevant. plus, his posts are sometimes endlessly long. so yah now that you mention it they are probably different people. their “english” is similar and joeteam was not too happy with the attention i get from girls way back then too.

          • Phonow

            joeteam is “just a nice man.” you’re more of a dangerous dude on a harley. lol.

            yeah, it gets a bit painful when jt tries to be philosophical. my eyes cross.

          • dd

            you know what i look like. i am a mild mannered vespa/yamaha dude with only ellis sitting behind me haha.

            jt is very capable of snide remarks. not the kind that is apparent, very backdoor. that part of him reminds me of ojoe too.

          • Phonow

            the first time i saw you… ellis baby pic. i thought wow he looks like a young donnie yen. seeing the pics you posted above reminded me of my first impression.

            i’m glad i came over to your blog. seeing the other side of your life (little ellis, your photog. skills, etc) just warms my heart. iirc, llips said… you’re such a softie. :)

            jt is a nice man…. but he tries too hard. if you know what i mean. hiding some anger under a thin veneer.

          • dd

            lol hence the grandmaster reference. what do you mean my OTHER SIDE? you mean my dd persona is not heart warming? i have to round my edges a bit = P

            i am glad you come here to share in my progress with my growing ellis too! this blog is not only to help me chronicle her growth but help me get over the times I don’t get to see ellis. chatting it up here regarding said subject matters help too = D

            jt is a nice man… maybe to girls haha.

          • Phonow

            dd is the bad boy harley guy. lol. don’t drop the persona. girls dig it. beta men hate you.

            gosh. sweet little girl. i am so happy for you. seeing you two together just brings out the doting grandma in me. 2000 miles away, but sending your family good thoughts. :)

          • dd

            lol the keyboard harley guy. just send us red envelopes during new years grammy!

          • Phonow

            lol! will do.

            ttyl!

          • dd

            plus joeteam is a big gsw fan… so is o’joe… hmm

          • Phonow

            give it up dd. they are two different people. haha.

            jt kisses up to kh & joycew. o-joe does not.

            o-joe has young kids. jt sounds like an old guy.

            o-joe recently had a hawaii vacation. not a peep from jt.

            two dudes.

          • dd

            they are the same person. joined at the hip though perhaps 20 yrs apart between births.

  • Phonow

    oh gawd no…. sws was banned because she called sunny sullenberger “Capt. Sullenberger.” lol. I would think it would be a compliment. haha

    Sunny SullenbergerLinMad3 hours ago

    True, a win is a win on paper except that San Antonio is No. 2 on the
    Western Conference led by the Great Pop, and Brooklyn No.2 on the
    Eastern Conference under interim coach Tony Brown. Oh, I forgot to say,
    Brooklyn No.2 is from bottom up

    sws94 Sunny Sullenberger 2 hours ago

    Capt. Sullenberger? Each game is just as important and big a win as
    the next. Especially with the margin of error being so low and race so
    tight, take nothing for granted. That’s the message. Doesn’t matter who
    the opponent is, any and all wins are big. That’s typical coach speak.

    • dd

      sws has a very key fan at jl.net. khuang haha

      • Phonow

        KH cuddles up to sws & sir charles a little Too closely at times.

        http://i.giphy.com/snFLbeUTZV2fK.gif

        • dd

          well he’s been anti lin for as long as i know. i am amazed at how many people think he’s a lin fan.

          • Phonow

            only trolls & KH thinks sir charles is a lin fan.

  • Phonow

    hawaii democratic caucus is tomorrow. willllllll vote for bernie. :)

    • dd

      did u go did u go?

      i think i might not vote in primary. too lazy to register democrat.

      • Phonow

        lol. voting is at 3:00 CA time. after the presidental preference poll, they will elect delegates to the D. convention.

        don’t know if i will wait around for delegate vote…probably not. lol. i like the County Convention… it is more “real” than State convention. S.C. is too slick– well oiled machine– harder to pass liberal resolutions. lol. strange calling the Democrats “well-oiled.” like herding cats.

      • Phonow

        ok. Bernie won my precinct– 68% of votes. did not hang around for district count. my precinct is very small… so wait for state count before celebrating. lol

        oh… btw your aunty pho was forcefully voted in as an orificer. :) so… prob will go to state convention as a delegate.

        • dd

          does that mean you have to swallaw the debbie wasserman pill and become a manchurian delegate?

          • Phonow

            lol. nope. once you’re an officer, and a delegate… turn into a pain in the arse thorn at the convention. haha. am still not sure if i am going… i do have an option to step aside.

            i am disillusioned with the DP. progressives have worked so hard to pass a solid platform– and resolutions, only to have them ignored after the convention is over.

            hawaii politicians are cowards. we depend on other states (like CA) to pass & implement progressive policies. THEN after 5 years or more… hawaii jumps on the bandwagon. stuff like same sex marriage. Hawaii could have been the first in the nation to legalize ssm, but what a bunch of cowards.

      • Phonow

        ok. Sanders won my district. :)

  • Phonow

    the other thing that drives me crazy about Psalm is he talks to people like they are children:

    “I have to tip off my hat and commend adele and Joe what do you know for being able to express their opinions and respect each other. This is exactly what this forum needs more and more :) We give respect to earn respect. And both of you demonstrated a perfect example of not putting down others’ opinion!You receive a badge of ‘virtual hug’ :D

    barf

    • dd

      well successful trolls have been seemingly civil sws still has half the forum fooled. joe goes to portal too? didn’t know that.

      • Phonow

        “Joe what do you know” is someone’s username. not disliked, but not liked either.

        o-joe & joeteam posts there too.

        our Joe just posts on jl.net.

        • dd

          see oj and jt.. same guy, posts at the same places

          • Phonow

            LOL. ok. you win.

            oj & jt are the same fellow suffering from dissociative identity disorder. jt comes out after o-j goes to “sleep.”

          • dd

            yes one mild manner asian joe goes to sleep… the other mild manner asian joe wakes up…

          • Phonow

            with charles the shrink’s help, we can cure him.

          • dd

            i hope charles can be a bit more creative with his prognosis. seems like everyone of his patients get the same “you blame others when you should blame only urself.”

  • Phonow

    i am sure you are awake at 1 am ca time– waiting sleeplessly for HI pres poll results (haha) so here it is:

    Bernie Sanders won Hawaii’s presidential preference poll in a landslide today, defeating Hillary Clinton, for his third win of the
    night. With 88 percent of the precincts counted, Sanders led Clinton 71 percent to 29 percent.
    11 delegates to sanders; 7 to hillary

    edit: final tally: 17 delegates Sanders, 8 hilary. hawaii also has “superdelegates–mostly elected politicians”… to add another 7 or 8 to Hiliary.

    • dd

      i want to celebrate and stay positive but doesn’t look like bern can shake the superdelegate drones locked in for hil.

      wonder what warren has up her sleeves.

      • Phonow

        is warren a possible VP w/Bernie? man… would love to see that.

        • dd

          doubt it bernie could’ve used the boost earlier.

  • Phonow

    “u mean i get christ? i nailed it? when in rome.”

    hahhahhahahah snort hahahahahahahah. omgawd. love it.

    • dd

      dracula > crucifix > hammer

  • dd

    hard to follow with all the posts spread out. but yah i always through hawaii was out there but turns out they are.. weak sauce. your old senator japanese guy… reagan democrat? i just learned that term so had to use it haha.

    • Phonow

      lol! brother Dan Inouye– prince of pork. god HI loved him. $$$$$$$ from the good old usa.

      the senator i miss the most is patsy mink aka “pink mink”. she died from complications from measles. no one ran against her except for this kurdish guy who wanted to restore kurdistan. it was too late to remove her name from the ballot– so steve would have won. rumor has it that patsy was kept on life support until after the election. that way… the dems could appoint someone to replace her.

      hawaii is out there– about 2500 miles to the east of you.

      • dd

        i don’t know mink. i will read up on her later. sometimes interesting things happen after you die… sorta like the red violin. not been paying attention to politics lately maybe cuz i fear the probable/inevitable. i mean, clinton vs trump is… i don’t know.. i’d vote for clinton before bernie showed up and now i am like… maybe trump is not so bad compared to clinton haha.. i mean it’s like mccain… sometimes i think the maverick pretend to be all conservative to trick people into voting for him and.. well that ended with palin.

        • Phonow

          no no no. please. don’t even joke about clinton being on par with trump. oh gosh, i hope it was a joke. lol

          i wonder if mccain was forced to accept palin as a running mate. palin was the media darling at that time– and mccain was boring. did repug “powers that be” feel that mccain would attract conservative voters, and palin would attract the angry far right nut cases? ………… thank goodness that strategy did not work.