奶奶家

My grandmother (from my father’s side) is from Shanghai and I am still fortunate enough to be able to have her in my life. She’s had a long, tumultuous life, especially during the madness of the Chinese Revolution. Now, her life is more calm here in the States with me where she lives a more tranquil and modest lifestyle, close to her family and only a phone call away. Every few days I go visit my grandmother and take care of her, making sure she has everything she needs and her home is tidy. Her home has become a second home to me. Just recently my grandmother reached an amazing age of 89.

請進 – Welcome to my grandma’s home.

Nainai Jia | Mine & Yours

Credits:

Featured: DYNASTY – Wooden Prints by KidDreamz Resident @Sanarae

DYNASTY – Wooden Print – Dark Brown by KidDreamz Resident @Sanarae
DYNASTY – Wooden Print – Medium Brown by KidDreamz Resident @Sanarae

Various items from the DYNASTY – Tea Ceremony gacha set from Epiphany July 2017 by KidDreamz Resident
RARE. DYNASTY – Tea Ceremony – Backdrop
2. DYNASTY – Tea Ceremony – Porcelain Teacups
3. DYNASTY – Tea Ceremony – Bamboo Mat
4. DYNASTY – Tea Ceremony – Side Table
5. DYNASTY – Tea Ceremony – Ming Chair 1
6. DYNASTY – Tea Ceremony – Ming Chair 2
9. DYNASTY – Tea Ceremony – Footstool
DYNASTY – Tea Ceremony – Harmony Balls (Exclusive Epiphany reward)

1. DYNASTY – Shanghai Escape – Vintage Poster 1 (part of the DYNASTY – Shanghai Escape gacha set from Epiphany January 2017) by KidDreamz Resident

16 [[RH]] ZABUTON A (sit) (part of the TANUKI NEKO gacha set from Jan 2016) by Ryo Ixxel and Ouka Ugajin
19 [[RH]] ZABUTON D (sit) (part of the TANUKI NEKO gacha set from Jan 2016) by Ryo Ixxel and Ouka Ugajin

Ariskea [Blossom] Buddha ChantScroll (part of the Ariskea [Blossom] Tea House Build) by Diaxm Resident
Air_Mizukagami_silver_CM by Aslan Kish
CONSTRUCT – Mesh Kumquat (heavily modded) by Cat Carfagno
Unrepentant – [UN] Spirit of the Wind Statue – Bronze by Jalynne Ohmai
[[RH]] Orange (part of the [[RH]] KOTATSU set) by Ryo Ixxel and Ouka Ugajin
[P] Pillows, Beach Picnic: Mango Steen by Vivian Omizu

{-Maru Kado-} Goban table (2Li) by shiro0822 Resident
{-Maru Kado-} Goishi pond (R/1Li) by shiro0822 Resident

Kalopsia – Sideboard (modded) by Isabeau Baragula
DRD – Series 01 – China Cabinet – Light (modded) (part of the DRD – Shadow Box – Series 01 – SEP 2017) by Deathrowdesigns Resident
[-BLUE SKY-] Porcelain Vase A by Luca Python

Pixel Mode – Anahata – Side Table (part of the Anahata gacha set from Arcade June 2016) by Tya Fallingbridge
DYNASTY – Aged Mahjong Set – Red by KidDreamz Resident

Tropical Afternoon Treats

Some of my favorite everyday fruits are peaches and strawberries, but in this summer heat, I treated myself to some more tropical fruits to cool off under the shade of trees by the stream – some juicy watermelon, succulent pineapple, and heavenly sweet mangosteen. With mangosteen, mainly native to Southeast Asian, is a bit more rare to find. Luckily I do not have to travel far as Vivian Omizu, creator of Pillows, brought a great collection of mouth-watering fruits, including a basket of mangosteen, into SL for us.

This batch of sweet and tangy mangosteen brings me back to childhood. Growing up in an Asian household, eating fruit was mainly a family event/dessert. Mangos, lychee, longyan were common to snack on, but mangosteen was not common at all for my family. But when we were able to find some ripe assortments from a local vendor, we were in heaven. As simple as something like eating fruit together as a family, though it might seem so uneventful, these times were happy times. Sweetness to satiate the sweet tooth in me, surrounded by the love of family, taking the time to relax and enjoy the intriguing way food is integrated in our culture.

These were happy moments, and now, I reflect upon this as I munch on my mangosteen in serene solitude with the sound of the ocean waves splashing upon the shore nearby, and soothed by the gentle lullaby of the running stream near my cabin on the island. Funny how something as simple as eating some fruit can bring back such potent memories of love and belonging.

Tropical Afternoon Treat | Mine & Yours

Credits:

[P] Pillows, Beach Picnic: Mango Steen (modified) by Vivian Omizu from the Beach Picnic Gacha set @ SaNaRae
[P] Pillows, Beach Picnic: Water Melon by Vivian Omizu from the Beach Picnic Gacha set @ SaNaRae
[P] Pillows, Beach Picnic: Pineapple by Vivian Omizu from the Beach Picnic Gacha set @ SaNaRae
:::ChicChica::: Watermelonmania #13 RARE by Lilo Denimore from the Watermelonmania Gacha set @ The Gacha Garden

I held my treasured batch of mangosteens in .random.Matter. – Around The World – Bucket Hat [Tropic] by Nikohl Hax from the Around The World Gacha set.

Pose made by me 🙂