Aug 112013

My husband came from a small family. Both his folks have passed on, he has got two surviving uncles (ages 94yrs. old and 86yrs. old) from his father’s side, no contact with his mother’s family side and most of all, no contact with his estranged brother. We are in contact however with his two remaining uncles. The eldest live with his wife (93 yrs. old) and the other uncle, Piet, awaits to move to his smaller room. I want to talk about uncle Piet on this post.

Uncle Piet, as long as I could remember, is a ‘bit strange’. This I would also hear from my late father in law when he was still alive. Strange but a very very sweet man. And my father-in-law was right! I guess the reason for this was because their parents did not really cared for them during their young years, and uncle Piet was never diagnosed as a child with special needs nor got the proper care from anybody. Now at 86 years old, he needs our help more than ever, to go through life enjoying his remaining years.
No he’s not an invalid or anything like that, in fact physically he’s getting better every day because for the past weeks, he has been staying at the hospital’ s unit where senior citizens who no longer can care for themselves are temporarily housed and cared for. You see weeks ago, uncle Piet fell from his house’s stairs that left him unconscious for more than 36 hours that the police had to break his door to get to him.
Anyway, he has never been hospitalized before so in the beginning he was in schock and depressed because of the new environment. He desparately wanted to go home, which he did when he was dispatched but again, he fell from the stairs so for the second time (in less than a week!) the police had to break his door to get to him! Now finally realizing he could no longer go back to his house, he has accepted the doctors’ recommendation that he move to a seniors’ flat where people of his age can enjoy retirement. He is now on a waiting list, we are hoping he gets his room soon. But before that, he is being kept busy in the hospital and just during our last week’s visit, he’s joyfully told us about his first experience playing shuffleboard, and how much he loved it! Uncle Piet never had the chance to play any sport even as a child so this was a great news to hear. He said he’s pretty a natural with shuffleboard that he even beats the old timers’ scores. His eyes actually smile while he was telling us about his ‘victories’. It’s like listening to a happy innocent child. It’s quite heartwarming.

Another game that he has discovered is Bingo! I had to laugh silently because my grandmother loved to play bingo and when she would lose, she’ll stomp her feet like a child and accuse us kids of cheating, ha ha ha! Anyway, uncle Piet was so proud to show me what he won during a bingo game, a head-and-body shampoo! Again his eyes were twinkling with pride while telling us about how fun it is to play bingo and that it also has become a favorite game of his. My husband and I were thinking of giving him an old desktop because he’s got a free internet connection where he is right now (and I’m sure he’ll use it!) so perhaps he can even play online, anytime he would want to! Come to think of it, I am excited to tell him about the desktop :)


Photo taken with iPhone 4s

Uncle Peit is also an artist, a good painter at that. What you see here is his reproduction of this still life. Unfortunately he couldn’t remember where he had seen the original nor photo that he’s copied it from. Like his brother (my late father-in-law) uncle Piet is an amazing oil artist. He used pencil too to create some awesome art work!

This is the latest news about our small family. There’s too few of us in this family to create any noise, really. :)

 Posted by at 4:25 pm
Jan 212013

Today is quite a disappointing day. Not just for me but for my husband as well. We just heard from our big client that they will be cutting on budgets that we are directly hit :/ we provide them software programs. But due to the recession, not just them but a lot of businesses are taking a dive.

we were supposed to go to the United States early this year but that was cancelled AND my hope to take a vacation too in September to celebrate my mother’s birthday in Asia seemed not possible too. I was looking forward to September because my mom is turning 70 years old. I really want her to have a birthday that she’ll truly enjoy. I think 70 is a beautiful number to reach, don’t you think so? So I was hoping to give her a small party. Bummer :/

I think I need to come up with another idea if I realy couldn’t aford to fly back home this September. Perhaps I can browse a mom ring for her or a watch? Oh wait! She actually asked me just two weeks ago for my extra celphone, so yeah that’s right…I know now what se needs!

 Posted by at 9:27 pm
Jun 212012

Lately my husband and I go out more in the evenings to relax, have dinner, and just spend time together after a day’s work. We both find it really nice. We still have things to discuss during dinner or during walks because we’re still like teeners (at least in our minds we are, lol) We are both growing old(er) and realize that life isn’t about work only. It’s about enjoying our family.

As I’ve mentioned above, we like dinning out. I am truly beginning to like Greek and Korean foods! For many years we both were Thaid-food lovers but I guess we’re lucky we are both open for other cuisines. In fact too open for ha ha! That’s a confession of a true foodie for you ;)

While in restaurants waiting for our meal to be served, I like looking at other people having dinner too. Well, not staring at them, lol…but glancing especially at their orders. If I see something yummy I then would try to remember them for our next visit ha ha! I also like looking at those waitresses punching order on those modern day cashier- monitors like posiflex, I still find it great that unlike in the past, waiters needed to write down the orders and send them to the kitchen. Now it’s all about a flick of a finger!

Anyways, I am just making a short update here. I hope all’s well with you guys out there!

 Posted by at 3:22 pm