Sep 15 2018


14 Northern Blvd.
Great Neck, NY

Decent decor. Wines. Clean bathroom. A nice little bar and wine glasses. Average food & presentation for their price range. Noisy (!) Inattentive service. On site parking.

Food: Asian, from sushi to Beijing Duck.

Wine and drink: if the waiting staff can’t handle a wine list, it’s better to just have house wine. Same goes to cocktails. My neighbor ordered a dirty martini – very basic – who repeaded a few times, “very dirty with olives on the side.” I would have helped her (all staff or at least the few I saw are Chinese) but the noise level were so high, I didn’t want to shout, beside, she wasn’t too friendly. Yet, the 3 olives were inside the glass. The sake was hot and she just put it on the table without pouring the first cup. It’s so hot my neighbor had to use a napkin to hold the bottle to pour. I like their wine glass over the martini glass.

Armpit: one of my companions said she gets server’s armpit all the time here. I sat on the bench (it’s loose …) and saw it up close. Oh boy.

It’s Saturday evening. At 6:30 it’s 1/3 full but by 7, is filled to the brim, and hard to get our server’s attention. I understand. But when the server saw me raising my hand she ignored me, this’s not cool.

Soy sauce: the cute jar didn’t indicate what kind of soy sauce – regular or low sodium.
“Is this low sodium soy sauce?” I asked.
“Yes.” She the server replied.
“May I have the regular?”
We were group of 9. One of them didn’t hear my conversation (too noisey!!!) and asked her for the same while she’s at our table.
“That’s the regular.” She told him.

Service stands: two of them were there, next to a table full of diners the entire time I was there. The staff piled dirty tableware in them as well as fresh meals out of kitchen for serving. What are they thinking?!


Sep 11 2018

Hurricane Florence

This is a categroy 4 monster, from south of Bermuda. We got rained on since Sunday.


.. does size matter? Left is from a friend and right is from my garden.


Sep 5 2018

LIU Post (C.W.)

LIU Post (formerly, and still formally known as the C.W. Post) is a private college in Brookville in Nassau County, New York, United States. It is the largest campus of the private Long Island University system.

The campus is named after breakfast cereal inventor Charles William Post, father of Marjorie Merriweather Post, who sold the property (which had been her Long Island estate known as Hillwood) to LIU in 1951 for $200,000 ($1,885,641 today). Three years after it acquired the property, LIU renamed it C.W. Post College in honor of Post’s father.


Aug 28 2018

Hemlock Farms, PA

Hawley, Pike County,

It’s a 4,500-acre (18 km2) gated community in Lords Valley, located south of Interstate 84, with a Hemlock Lake. Population is 3,271 (2010 census) in about 3,000 homes (only 1k are occupied on a permanent basis). The house we’re in is on the Elm Lake, which is a reservoir, is very tranquil. We’re on the west side, although can’t see the sunset, the blue sky and clouds reflect in the lake are extremely beautiful. I like to get up early to catch the sunrise with the paddle boat and paddle board – the lake allows electrical boats (no gas). I find this boat is very functional, and see many homes have them parked by their decks.

Cheers to a fabulous weekend.


The lakeside house. The big stones add charm and characters.


The feast from tomahawk steak to self caught fish, ribs, lobsters, grilled shrimps, chicken wings, … a little too much tho -:).

See the pretty dragonfly on my arm?


The tomahawk steak which is the long-bone Rib Steak, is awesome and delicious. It reminds me of Fred in the Flintstones, ha ha ha

What do you think?

Aug 26 2018

Sunrise @ Hemlock Farms

The pretty sunrise on the Elm Lake is in full view from the living room and the deck. I like to take the paddle boat out to chase it.





Aug 25 2018

Sunset @ Hemlock Farms

We’re on the western side of the Elm Lake … the reflection in the lake is beautiful.


Aug 25 2018

The rocks @ Elm Lake

The lake and homes are all adorned with big stones, which adds charm and character.


Aug 24 2018


1043 Norrhern Blvd.
Roslyn, NY 11576

Will return.

High ceiling (love it), delicious food, good service, decent bathroom with a maid (better without! I’d rather have mouthwash than a maid). I’d rate this one higher than Kyma – high ceiling and wood get me.

It’s our friends’ 60th birthday – our children grew up together since they were 3, and now one of the kids is engaged – congratulations!!!

Valet parking.

Aug 21 2018

Chinese are coming

This quiet neighborhood shopping center has a new store coming soon. And it has English and Chinese … If the ad is accurate, the store is expanding.


This Prada pebble bag costs $1,791. It sells a larger version which is a little under $2k.

Aug 21 2018

Counting in Central Park

A fake monk is counting his spoil openly in the park. My god …

Crazy rich Asians

The bubbles, and more bubbles