Mother’s birthday dinner

Yesterday was my mother’s 82 birthdays. Although her birthday was last month but she insists it was not her real birthday as she only goes by the Chinese calendar birthday. I went home early so I could go out to dinner with her. It was raining heavy but inside the restaurant was busy with dinners already.
We ordered three dishes between two of us plus the house soup and desert. Each of us ordered something we love, mother ordered her usual, the Palace pork and I ordered the mixed seafood in the bird nest and a spicy eggplant with tofu.
The seafood in the bird nest is a Cantonese dish and the nest actually made of edibles, fried shredded taro as the container for the seafood and vegetable. The basket- like nest is filled with scallops, shrimps, fish, calamari, mushrooms and mixed vegetable.
It was way too much food for two of us and at the end it came with my favours sweet almond soup。We end up took the left over home, more to enjoy later!.

seafood in a bird nest


Painting for Mothers day

painting for Mothers Day

magnolia painting for my mother

magnolia painting for my mother

I painted this magnolias painting as my mother’s present for my mom. When I saw the new Canadian magnolia stamps, right away think of my mother.

The Chinese name for Magnolia is (Mulan) jade orchid or tree/wood orchid and my mother’s name is jade in Chinese. The Disney movie Mulan was base on a Chinese Legend Mulan, a beautiful young woman dressed as a young man to take her father’s place to flight the war. Knowing her elderly father would not able to survive if he went.  In Chinese culture, magnolia symbolizes the beauty and strength of a woman.

 My mother is a true example of Mulan, she experience much hardship when she was young but she able to kept her dignity through out. She is like a beautiful magnolia blooms after the hard cold winter.

Watercolor on paper, 10”x10”