The Sublime Winds of May

62 thoughts on “The Sublime Winds of May”

  1. Hi Ma’amji, when I read “Bayonne” I thought you had moved again. To the French Pays Basque. 🙂
    Now that I’ve looked the other Bayonne on the map, you are indeed but a bridge away from NY.
    I trust you found your father well with a spring to his step?
    Take care my dear.

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    1. Brianji, I am still located stateside. This Bayonne possibly cannot match up to its prettier French counterpart but we do with what we are given. 🙂 You are right, a bridge away from the city, and all the better for it, with a chunk of serenity by the bay.

      My father is definitely doing better under the eagle eyes of my mother. It was heartening to see him getting back on his feet. For these are time when this vast distance cuts deep.

      Thank you for asking. Hope you have been well. Looking forward to swinging by your blog. 🙂

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      1. Yes, looks like a good location. I did spend some time in NJ, but I can’t for the life of me remember where… 🙂
        Yes, distance… can be a burden. Even with skype and other video conferences.
        Look forward to your visit. Take care ma’amji.

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    1. Hiya, how have you been? Some time a name does crack it. Not mine though. My name breaks everyone.
      Thank you for the kind words, and here’s to warmer days, so that we can be done with the jacket for good. xx

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      1. Lol. Hopefully that means you get to have lovely conversations about the origins of your name?
        I’m good. Getting ready for a little less work over the next couple of months.

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      2. Many interesting facial expression for sure, when it comes to my name. Mostly zapped. 😛 Let summer bring you some more time to read then though you are clearly not doing bad on that front with the number of books you review. 🙂 xx

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      1. It’s been a little busy with kids final exams and our impending move to another town next month, although just a couple of miles away . So I might still be on and off blogging! Have a lovely spring and summer!

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      2. Busy times ahead! I foresee enough work to keep your nose to the grind. All the best with the move and hope it is one after your heart.

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      3. Happy stress indeed. Wish you flutters, the joy of doing up a new place and a minty fresh beginning. xx

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    1. You know what I am on about. I do remember the custard pastries I had the first time I was there. They were frigging delicious and I have not had the likes of them anywhere else. The closest I have come to them are the famous egg tarts of Lisbon.
      Thank you for dropping by as always, Lorelle, and you too have a good weekend. xx

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  2. Glad to hear your folks are doing great..i love those hongkong pastries too..the last time we were there with my family we weren’t able to enjoy and taste much of HK’s food…(well obviously for a family with kids…time spent in HK is time spent in Disneyland)…they say they have really good foods though..

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    1. Ooh I loved Hong Kong Disneyland too. I OD’ed on the butter popcorn from the carts there even though it was horridly expensive.
      And I appreciate your kind words, Mich. Cheers.

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  3. Welcome back Dippy, we’ve missed your lyrical tones and charming photos. Glad to hear that your Dad is fine, though it’s good to have the opportunity to see for oneself. Enjoyed your gourmet stop over in Hong Kong and delighted to hear Cathy Pacific is as good as ever. Good to see the squirrel missed you too, we’ve lost ours. He’s nor returned and I’m assuming he’s gone in search of a mate rather than fallen victim to some cruel fate.

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    1. Sheree, so lovely to hear from you. I will swing by your blog soon for I have missed news of all my blogging friends. You are clearly aware of Cathay’s goodness. It was a first for me and I am a convert.
      I am sorry you are missing your four-legged friend, but you know, maybe he is indeed visiting a lady friend. I would not like to think of the other scenario at all, you are right. Hope you have started the weekend on a contented note already! xx

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      1. I have! I’m enjoying a spot of peace and quiet while my beloved is away working. Have a great week-end too.

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  4. Hope you feel relieved after making a short visit to your parents. The shots taken in Hong Kong airport remind me of wandering around the airport during the long layover. It is a good idea to relax ourselves in the lounge rather than popping in to every gift shop at the airport.

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    1. I am indeed feeling relieved after the trip, Megala. Thank you. I am now at a point where I do not enjoy shopping at airports at all. I would rather just walk around and browse and then sit with a good book and a drink to unwind at a lounge or cafe. Have a good weekend, girl. xx

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  5. The photo of the Chinese Wife Winter Melon Cake was to die for! Why is it that the pastry can only get that flaky and melt in your mouth with lard in it? It looks delicious and I wish I could take a bite out of it right now. I am so glad to hear that your father is well. It must have been a difficult time for you and your family. Your mother must have been happy to have you there. Glad you enjoyed the ride on Cathay Pacific and to be back in Bayonne. Squirrel Nutkin looks a little surprised – he missed you while you were away 😉 Neek

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    1. Flaky and lardy …lordy what a match made in heaven! Thank you for your words, Neek, but it is a rite of life, is it not? Does not make it easy, but there it is. He is better now. My mother was annoyed that I left home right after shifting into a new apartment and leaving her son-in-law alone, but she made peace with it. 🙂
      I have missed blogging and chatting with you. xx

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      1. I’m so happy to hear that your father is doing better. It’s always difficult when a family member gets sick. Sounds like you have a similar relationship with your mother as I do with mine – Hee Hee! I’ve missed our chats also. Hugs to you! – Neek

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      1. So good to hear, Neek! Apologies for the delayed reply. It has been a busy start to summer but a happy one. Anaheim…I had to look it up and see that the famous mouse demands a visit. Well done you guys! Will drop by to read about your Anaheim adventures. xx

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      2. So glad to hear that your summer has a happy start! Can’t wait to read about it. Yes, the famous mouse now has some strange aliens and droids from a place called Galaxy’s Edge on his property. We still haven’t seen it yet but are keen to do so in the future. Hope you are doing well! – Neek

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      3. I had no idea that the Mouse has been quietly renovating his property. 😛 I am intrigued! I am good, thank you, Neek. Hope you are doing well too and summer is bringing a fresh batch of travel your way. xx

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  6. Hi Arundhati, very glad to read that all is well with your father, I was expecting the worse when I started reading but felt relieved after a bit. Your posts always make me hungry, I could almost feel the fluffiness of that bao in my own mouth 😉 Where are you now?

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    1. Hey Virginia, how’ve you been? I have been seeing photos from your amazing travels and feeling a twinge of envy. 🙂 Thank you for your words, lovely. He is faring much better now. Aging is a difficult business.
      As for the baos, hmm I bet you would have savoured them. Wholesome but the taste was so delicate. I am back in NJ now. When do I see you in the city? 🙂 xx

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  7. Glad your folks are OK. I have fond memories of food on Cathay Pacific. For one meal, I couldn’t have the regular offerings due to allergies I’d forgotten to notify them of. Somehow in between Hong Kong and Australia, they conjured up a delicious Devon cream tea. With each additional scone and cake (of which there were many) came an apology for some reason and kept promises to search for additional treats. I still believe it is the best inflight meal I’ve had!

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    1. Thank you. A Devon cream tea on board, yikes! I find myself verily green with envy. I would be tempted to eat myself into a state of stupor. Champs to wash it down. Additional treats too! I can quite believe it all after seeing Cathay’s commitment to the concepts of hospitality and service.

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  8. We’re actually heading back to Malaysia later this year and will be stopping by Hong Kong so I’ll be sure to look out for your recommendations! I love the food in Hong Kong and can’t wait to go back 🙂

    So glad to hear your father is doing well!

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    1. Thank you Lynn. He is. 🙂
      As for Malaysia, the food that awaits you… I am envious. If you head into The Wing, I trust you will find more to snack on than I did. Will look forward to your Malay flavoured posts, but here’s hoping time does not gallop away to the end of the year. Go slow and steady 2019.

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  9. I too recently spent a memorable 6ish hours at Hong Kong airport on our way back to Vancouver from Sri Lanka. Sadly we were not at The Wing but managed to eat our way through several lovely food courts and get massages. It certainly isn’t a bad place to be in transit. Your spring Bayonne photos are beautiful. Hope your dad is doing OK.

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    1. Hey Caroline, good to hear from you. I have been sluggish with blogging…summer means house guests and busy times but fun ones. My father is better now, thank you for asking. 🙂

      HK airport is certainly promising. I love the custard treats. They send my senses into a tizzy. And I feel so greedy when there are dumplings and noodles thrown into the mix. I missed out on the massages. But a note to the self for next time. How was your SL trip? I will hop onto your blog soonest. ❤

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  10. Sri Lanka trip was great. I held off posting for awhile because I just wasn’t in the mood after the Easter Sunday attacks. As you’ve seen, I’ve started my Sri Lanka series and will slowly add more posts. We have also started the nice weather season with lots of house guests. Glad your dad is better.

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    1. I will look forward to them, Caroline. These attacks have become commonplace enough to toughen one’s hide, yet I could not help cry at the stories I read. Humans are capable of such extreme emotions that the heart quavers.

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  11. Glad your dad’s all right again. Gosh, that’s a long travel, to Calcutta. I’m sure they were delighted to see you even though the occasion was unsettling. And Happy Spring!

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    1. Thank you Theresa. It was a long journey. It always is, but it is what we have chosen. And we have got to pay the price. 🙂 Life is full of these choices we make and some we do not, but then we are mere mortals. Ours is but to do and live (not die yet). Happy Spring to you too. Though almost summer here! 🙂

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