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Truly Chillaxing, and Bookish Palm Springs


Tortuga del Sol, Palm Springs, originally uploaded by moleskineboy.

I spent my birthday in Palm Springs the past weekend. Tortuga del Sol is a very quiet resort tugged away in the desert against the backdrop of the mountains. For a good amount of the stay we were the only guests who got to enjoy all the facilities to our own. If you look to the right of the photo, the corner taken up by wicker chairs and love seat was my reading spot. I would peruse Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited (a recommendation thanks to many of you) over coffee when the sun touched on that spot. In the afternoon, the sunny spot fell on the left side of the pool. I would get into the pool with my book propped up on the cement side. I would for hours on ends in the sun while having a drink. Did I tell you that we made our own cosmos? We would much over a nosh on candle-lit table by the pool and walked around the garden. Palm Springs is my winter paradise.

Time For a Wish

number33-2November 18 is Canadian author Margaret Atwood’s birthday. I have a copy of her Cat’s Eye, which is astute and beautifully written novel about the forgotten treacheries and betrayals of childhood. I plan to read it by the end of the year.

U.S. senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) celebrates his 85th birthday on November 18. (O-M-G!) I don’t think he is in a mood for celebration.

November 18, 326. The old St. Peter’s Basilica is consecrated.

November 18, 1493. Christopher Columbus first sights what is now Puerto Rico. I spent a vacation there in 2003.

November 18, 1883. American and Canadian railroads institute five standard continental time zones, ending the confusion of thousands of local times. But why do I still have jetlag?

Anything is to be preferred or endured rather than marrying without affection.
Letter, November 18, 1814, to her niece, Fanny Knight. Jane Austen’s Letters

November 18 person is “passionate and loving, and very dedicated to those he loves. The sense of drama is large, and he is extremely perceptive. Love and companionship is important to him. His motivation on the job is often fuelled by the sense of fulfillment in his personal life. If he is feeling loved and wanted, his productivity is at its peak. He easily absorbs the emotions of others and the atmosphere of his environment.” (This is spot on!)

By the way, November 18 is my birthday. Actually I was born in Hong Kong, which is 16 hours ahead of the west coast. So my actual birthday would be November 17. According to the birth card, I breathed the first breath of air at 2:55 am. I was 18 days behind schedule! Can you imagine what my mother must have gone through? Allow me to take a blog holiday. Regular program will return tomorrow.

12 Days of Birthday

Today is my birthday. But celebration has kicked off on Wednesday and will continue on through next week.


11/15 Family banquet – Chinese/Hong Kong cuisine
11/16 SF Symphony concert with friends
11/17 Homemade candle-lit dinner dinner with Stephen and Masa
11/18 Movie and Dinner (supposedly a surprise) with Ken
11/19 Karaoke + Dinner with college buddies
11/20 Party at Harvey’s

I still have to stop by Borders and redeem my weekend 30% coupon and my special birthday coupon. I’m so on a roll!