Monthly Archives: August 2012

Last bump pic and nursery sneak peak.

I thought I’d share one due date pic with you… don’t think I’m going to be game for any  more pics from here on out!

And also show you a little nursery peek! Now we just need a baby.

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Forgotten Dutch housewife Olympian.

In 1948, the last time London hosted the Olypmics, a Dutch housewife won four gold medals–while being three months preggers!

“Fanny Blankers-Koen of Holland, 6 feet tall and 30 years old, was a “shy, towering, drably domesticated” straw-blonde mother of a 7-year-old son and a 2-year-old daughter who talked of how she liked cooking and housekeeping. She also won four gold medals in track and field and became “as well known to Olympic patrons as King George of England.”  Nicknamed the “Flying Housewife,” Blankers-Koen achieved this feat while pregnant with her third child.” Read more about this ambitious and forgotten lady on the Smithsonian’s blog here.

I’m so impressed with all these women who run crazy races and distances while pregnant… I’m still really happy to be very active in my last days of pregnancy, but I’m sticking to yoga, pilates, walking and a little swimming… and certainly am not going for any gold medals!

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Hong Kong stork baby shower.

My mom very nicely threw me a baby shower while I was back in California.

It was themed around Ana Sousa’s baby shower invitation.

Minted was nicely able to replace the Paris skyline with a few buildings, like the knife building (my favorite!), from Hong Kong’s skyline.

My mom and I set up a fun little dessert table display, which was featured yesterday on Amy Atlas–she is such an inspiration so that’s quite exciting!

My mom got the fabric from Natural Expressions, an awesome fabric store in Los Gatos. I thought it went with the invite so perfectly!

Cake pops were from Sweet Lauren Cakes. Cookies were from Sugar Mama Cookies SF.

Wrapped up, they were the party favors.

The cupcakes were insanely delicious and from Icing on the Cake Bakery.

My mom set a very pretty table, again incorporating some fabric as a runner.

She just cut it and draped it nicely… no need to even hem it!

I thought the colors were exceptionally gender-neutral!

Here I am with Mom & Sis.

And a couple of dear friends: Kim, who I met in Hong Kong and now lives in SF, on the left and Andrea, one of my oldest friends from grammar school, on the right.

I was given a very cute Margarete Steiff momma and baby teddy bear set from my Aunt Steph and little Alise took to it right away! Good sign baby Lawler will also love it!

I was so excited that two of my best friends Tam (left) and Andrea (right) were sweet enough to fly up from LA just for the shower!

I really can’t tell you how nice it was so to feel so much love and excitement from dear friends and family. Having a baby is a really big thing and can be quite scary on your own… so it really means a lot to have so much love sent your way and to get to celebrate with people I live so far away from was really special.

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Happy Monday Man Day: Abercrombie opens in HK.

Maybe you’ll remember my post from last year about ‘them paving paradise and putting up a parking lot?’ Well, apparently A&F is trying to make us forget about their aggressive up-rooting of two of our most beloved institutions, China Tee Club and Shanghai Tang, by trying to distract us with a tram-full of imported naked men.

Image: Kevin Ho Aviation Photography

Well, I for one am not placated or impressed by Abercrombie’s cultural sensitivity, or rather lack thereof. People here in Hong Kong, despite the heat, dress very conservatively… you really don’t see even spaghetti straps or  flip flops on the streets here.

Apparently, the lions were also offended by the indecent exposure and needed to be blind folded. Image: W_Kho

And here the boys are waving from the windows? Isn’t that just adorable? Not.

I would like to see what they kept from the beautiful old Shanghai Tang store (I’m assuming not much as they were remodeling for almost a year), but that would mean I would have to actually walk into the store and I’m not sure I can actually do that in good conscience.

Thanks to my friend Natalie for sending over this fun pic.

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Record HK pollution levels.

Everyone, but especially the sick and elderly, is being urged to stay indoors here as pollution reaches record levels.

With the exception of a sand storm two years ago, it’s the highest it’s been since they began recording pollution back in 1999, i.e. it is just ugly, ugly out there. They’re saying that the typhoon that passed through Taiwan brought hot weather and trapped pollutants here.

While most of the pollution is from the neighboring factories in China, a lot of it is also from the cars and busses here… and it really does baffle me that Hong Kong hasn’t done everything it can to clean up its own act given how bad the pollution is. Also, surprising is a recent study that found that Hong Kong has the longest life expectancy for women in the world–even with the pollution we are now outliving our famously sturdy Japanese neighbors. The average woman here lives until 87. Photo: AP.

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