Despite what ultra-Fundamentalist groups preach about the sinful dangers of the Internet, I say thank God for it, as it allowed me to spend a wonderful few hours with my family back in the United States. I laughed and cried while opening gifts with Austin, Amanda, Chelsea, Mikayla, Theresa, Amanda, Brayden, Emily, Lori, Mark, Holly, April, Wade, Nana, and Papa. These people are my life.
I received some special gifts, including:
- A huge coffee mug with "coffee" printed in several languages, which I'm using as I write this, and...
- ...hazelnut flavored Coffee Mate (How I've missed thee!)
- Favorite chocolates (Almond Joy, Mounds, Junior Mints, and Lindor truffles)
- A Shrek Chia Pet ("Ch-ch-ch-chia!")
- A Humboldt County T-shirt
- A Christmas tree ornament that plays a recording of my kids' voices
That evening Chyo treated me to an all-you-can-eat barbecue in 南崁 (Nánkǎn). It was cool because each table has a little hibachi and hot-pot bowl to cook your food. We ate ourselves silly on various styles of beef, chicken, fish, shellfish, veggies, and whatnot. By whatnot I mean items like 甜不辣 (tián-bú-là), which I'm still not sure what it is. As an added bonus, I tried fish fins and ostrich for the first time.
These are from Chyo's cellphone, so the quality isn't the best. Click on photos to enlarge.
|All this food...||...plus this sizzling barbecue...||...equals happy tummies ☺|
Christmas Dinner 2008 in Taiwan 吃到飽 BBQ