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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge – Fountains

When we went to Spain to celebrate our 20th anniversary in August 2016, we had a treat of watching the water dance in this fountain in Barcelona. I included two photos in this post. The third photo was taken in Portland, Oregon last month, and the last photo is in Yorba Linda, California in front of the President Nixon Library.

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The Biggest Change: Times Past

Irene Waters hosts a monthly memoir post – Time Past. The theme for this month is The Biggest Change.

My mom is the Silent Generation and I am the Baby Boomer.

I have many stories to tell about the biggest change in my mom’s life as well as in my life. For this post, I write about the biggest change in my life within a few months in 1977. The changes in culture, environment, language, and ways of life happened to me all at once.

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I worked several years after graduated from college. I took the Double-Decker bus to work. It went from Kowloon to the underwater Crossed Harbour tunnel, then to  Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. At that time, there were no cell phones, I did my reading on the bus.

Being busy was an understatement. I worked forty hours a week in my paying job plus twenty hours a week volunteering at a church. I did most of the mental planning on the bus. It was an advantage to take public transportation. On some of the weeknights, I went window shopping to take my mind off the working mode. I did a thirty-minute walk from Pioneer Centre Shopping Arcade to Kowloon Central Post Office on Nathan Road, then took a bus home.

It was eleven thirty o’clock at night when I went to bed. The more I tried to relax the more anxious I got in my head. Getting six hours of sleep was fortunate before I shook my head to wake up the next morning.

On March 21, 1977, I arrived in Portland, Oregon to attend school for my graduate studies. The campus was surrounded by pine trees reaching into the sky. The school owned some housings and rented them to students. Many of the nearby residents rented out their homes to the students also. I shared a cottage with two female students. It was common that the basement and the attic were living areas if they met the legal requirement.  I lived in the attic, my housemates lived downstairs. I didn’t mind living in the attic because I was shy to carry on a conversation with my British English. My housemates were very friendly. We ate dinner together three times a week and took turns to do the cooking. Cooking was not something I did often in Hong Kong, so I tried to remember what my mom had done and did accordingly.

 “I’m living in a forest,” I told my family in a letter.

I had never experienced such quietness. It was so quiet that I started noticing the intermittent tinnitus in my left ear. This was an extremely different environment to the one I just left two days ago. My life was from running sixty miles an hour to almost a complete stop. In one minute, I was hustling and bustling to catch the bus; in another minute, I had nothing to do except going to classes and doing term papers.

Doing a typewritten paper was a challenge to me. I did all my writing in handwriting previously. When working on the first assignment, I learned to type with a manual typewriter and typed my paper at the same time. I didn’t want to type with two index fingers. How could I learn to type by doing that? By using ten fingers to type, it was inevitable to have many typos. There was no correction tape built into the typewriter, I used correction fluid. Experience taught me to apply a thin layer on the paper, not only for it to try faster, but avoid having a white hump on the paper.  Even when I typed after the fluid was dry, the dent would look like sticking the candles on the icing of a cake. It took me almost an hour to type my first page.

(Excerpt from my memoir in progress)

By the way, my first typewriter was orange. It looked almost the same as this image I found on Google search.

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Tuesday Photo Challenge – Good Shape

My husband and I spent last week with Mercy, Will, and Autumn. On Saturday, February 17, we went hiking in Silver Falls State Park, Oregon. One area is the Trail of Ten Falls which is a 7-mile loop. This loop is a moderately difficult hike with unpaved trails, some muddy areas, steep sections and an overall elevation change of 800 feet.

The photos included in this post are two Falls. South Fall is a 177 feet waterfall where we could walk behind the Fall underneath a rocky canyon. The Lower South Fall is 93 feet, descending from South Fall with stairs. Walking behind the South Fall reminded me of walking behind the Niagara Fall years ago!

It was a heavy rainy day and we all were soaking wet. The three of them wore hiking boots, so it was easier to walk in the muddy area. I was not prepared to go hiking, and I wore regular running shoes. My shoes were wet and muddy and my toes were almost frozen.

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We were in good shapes and found no difficulty with the hike. Mercy gave birth to Autumn four and a half months ago. She has a remarkably fast recovery from the pregnancy and birth.

I was impressed with the spectacular views of the Falls and the mossy forest.

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Frank’s Dutch Goes to Photo – Tuesday Photo Challenge – Good Shape

Eagle Creek Wildfire

The Eagle Creek Fire is a wildfire in the Columbia River Gorge in the U.S. states of Oregon and Washington. The fire was reported on September 2, 2017, and was caused by teenagers igniting illegal fireworks. As of September 11, 2017, the fire had slowed growth, due to rain, yet still expanded 2,000 acres overnight, to 35,588 acres.

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Fire and smoke from Columbia River Gorge on September 4, 2017

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eagle_Creek_Fire

I was with Mercy and Will at a park in North Portland on the afternoon of September 14. I took a few photos of the sun around 6:20 p.m. The smoke was still heavy in the sky. The ray of the sun was filtered by the smoke and turned the sky into a smoky red. I hope the rain will come soon to reduce the smoke in the air.

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Tuesday Photo Challenge – Waterfalls

Frank’s theme for Tuesday Photo Challenge this week is WATER.

After posting photos of sky and ocean, I want to go inland to find water. I have visited many botanical gardens and Japanese gardens where manmade waterfalls and ponds are beautiful features. I love to capture the images of the goldfish.

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Los Angeles Arboretum, California

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Los Angeles Arboretum, California

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Japanese Garden, Portland, Oregon

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Japanese Garden, Portland, Oregon

I recently visited Moulton Falls in Washington State and had a wonderful time with Will and Mercy swimming in the river. We only went to one area with a small waterfall. Will does kayaking often in this river and used to ride down the highest fall.  We also visited Multnomah Fall in Columbia River Gorge, Oregon a while back. Multnomah Fall is 620 feet high and is the tallest fall in the State of Oregon.

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Moulton Falls, Washington

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Multnomah Fall, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

 

Frank at Dutch Goes the Photo: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Waterfalls

Weekly Photo Challenge – Bridge Connection

I came to Portland, Oregon as a student forty years ago. At that time, there were nine bridges in the Willamette Valley. I had to remember which bridge to take from Milwaukie to downtown Portland, or which bridge to take to get on Interstate 5 to go to Seattle, Washington. Forty years later, there is one new bridge that makes ten bridges in Portland, Oregon. In this post, I include one bridge from Portland. Other bridges are from our travel.

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The St. Johns Bridge is a steel suspension bridge that spans the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon, USA. I took this photo from Cathedral Park in the St. Johns neighborhood.

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The Sydney Harbor Bridge is a steel through arch bridge across Sydney Harbor, Australia. My husband and I joined a tour to climb to the top of the Bridge.

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London Bridge, London crosses over River Thames in central London. We only had photos taken by the bridge.

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This Bamboo Bridge is in Lan Tau Island, Hong Kong. It needed attention and concentration to walk across this bridge.

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This Suspension Bridge is in Shenzhen, China. My family and I only walked to the middle of the bridge to have photos taken.

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