Photos by MJ Klein, and anyone else who grabbed my camera!
We had been wanting to do another roof party for some time, but lately we’ve been battling bad weather. All during the week we were watching the weather forecasts to see if the approaching typhoon would veer off and spare us. It did! The party was a “go” for launch!
The clouds looked threatening, almost like they were saying that they weren’t going to give up so easily! But the threat of a storm turned out to be mostly more hot air.
I had been shooting photos in my foyer and had used a funky white balance setting. I forgot to reset the camera back to normal, and this explains the reddish hue, although the setting sun cast a huge red bath on everything so I do kind of like the effect. Hey, there are all these people out there screwing up their photos with Photoshop so if I tell everyone that I just ‘shopped them, then that makes my photos more “artistic” right? So that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Andre (L), Olivia and Karen were in attendance. I’ll introduce the others in a moment.
The only thing that I don’t like about having roof parties is hauling up all the stuff to the roof. Thank goodness I had plenty of help or else it never would have happened. The cooler is packed with ice and drinks.
This is new father Asish, holding baby Susan. We’d never seen Susan before so it was a real treat having her with us!
The first thing that went on the grill were these pork ribs.
Using the top creates more of that smoky flavor. The ribs turned out very well.
I asked Olivia to take my photo….
She sure is cute!
This is new mom Selina, Ashish’s wife. Selena is holding Susan who has decided to take a little nap.
About this time, the sky began to threaten us with dark clouds.
The air was remarkably clear though and the Taiwan Straight was easily visible from the rooftop.
So far, so good, and the threatening clouds weren’t producing any rain.
Hui-chen attends to the grill while I talk with Selena. Not long after this we began to feel some raindrops.
The cloud formations were incredible!
A few drops did come down, and only enough to make some spots on the umbrellas, but the rain didn’t last and soon the clouds cleared out and the sky became bright and beautiful again.
This is salt pork and some burger buns toasting. The salt pork was incredible as always, but personally I was too stuffed to eat much of it. This is what happens when you lose weight and get accustomed to smaller portions as I have. I had to take a break from eating and come back later.
After awhile we took the umbrellas down to enjoy the sunset.
By looking at the shadows on the building in the background, you can tell how low the sun was. It cast a beautiful red glow on everything.
The day winds down….
We really enjoyed meeting Susan. She is so cute!
I wish I had taken this photo. Its cool because of the multiple lighting elements present. I like the glowing coals in the grill, and also teh street lights. The light was fading fast.
This was the last photo I took of the evening. We turned on the patio lights and lit the torches. Our party would down around 10:00 PM. It was a great ending to a perfect day of relaxing and eating.
The next day Hui-chen and I lazed around in bed for most of the day. We were so relaxed from the day before. We got up in the late afternoon and decided to grill some of the leftovers:
Outside, the neighborhood kids were playing a game of Dodge-Stickball.
I think I’m going to keep this relaxed feeling for several more days!
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