We chatted in Sun sun's place, had a tour ard her 2 storey apartment. It was great catching up, and conversing in English and Mandarin. :-) She just completed her thesis and will be returning to Singapore to start her stint as VP of JJC. Exciting.
Then she brought us ard the Uni. There was a lot of walking, so she even borrowed a stroller for me.
Below: the places we went to, incl Hoover Tower, Memorial church, Education Block. We also saw the Science block. And the huge lawn. The kids enjoyed themselves so much running ard! And I find it so sweet when they often sit together or do "kungfu" actions together, so I took several pics of that. Keane is very photogenic, and always has some action or expression for me to capture. :-)
Above left: the architecture of the buildings had a lot of arches, which brought me and dh back to our old NIE days at Bt Timah. Lots of fond memories. Sun sun and dh were discussing the professional devt of teachers I think. :-) Dh seemed very interested in her thesis topic because he was from MOE and they were talking about something related... Very animated and engrossed. :-) Sun sun's thesis had a lot of fresh and great ideas.
Above right: students playing and shrieking in the fountain, which reminds us of our carefree student days too. :-)
The highlight of the day was the dinner!
We followed their car to this Shiok! Singapore Kitchen somewhere near Embarcadero Rd (can't rem exactly where). But ooh! the food was so yummy. That's one thing, it is the closest we tasted so far, that most resembled Singapore cuisine! hooray!
we loved it so much that although we were so stuffed after the dinner, we still "da bao" nasi lemak back to the motel to eat later!
We ordered lots of dishes, Kangkong, roti prata, BBQ fish and spicy duck are shown below. Then there's claypot chicken rice, coconut rice, nasi lemak, laksa as well. Heavenly. Look at the greedy and contented expression on dh's face! He was drooling all over the duck!
Kids loved the roti prata and coconut rice. The coconut rice is like nasi lemak rice, very fragrant.
The lady boss came out to talk to us and get feedback also. She came over just to open this restaurant and business is good, not only because there is a high concentration of Singaporeans at Stanford, but also because her food is good. That night, we also saw many Americans there, tucking in.
Sun sun said there were so many of our ex hc-students there too, she even organised a get-together party recently. So I guess the business can be very good.
Now, even the boss' children, their families, and her nephews all help out in the restaurant. They all reside in Palo Alto now.
Soon it was time to leave. It was already 9pm and Keane still had school the next day. My kids were tired too. We had actually wanted to visit Silicon Valley (Santa Clara and San Jose area) too, cos there is this Intel Museum that has free admission. We also can gain free admission into some of the Science Tech museums there for kids because of our Discovery Center Membership (in Salt Lake City). Our time in SF is too short, so we can't do everything.
haha, in fact, we can never get enough of vacations. On hindsight, our time in all the places was too short! We need maybe 2 weeks for Yosemite alone! :-)
The kids will miss each other. ds1 is still talking about Keane now! They exchanged cards they drew, and may continue to keep in touch via email. :-) Keane is very good with kids younger than him. He kept a look out for them all the time, and always tried to engage them in some interesting conversation or activity. Below: shows the card Keane made for ds1. I didn't picture the one ds1 drew for him.