I could not beleive that it was my last day in Chicago. I’ve been having such a wonderful time in the windy city, totally forgetting time as it passes. I woke up early this time to meet my good friend Buddy. She invited me to visit her home in the suburbs. I walked to the nearby CTA station and took the El train heading for Schaumburg. My friend then picked me up and we had lunch at her house; the meal was absolutely appetizing . Chansada, Buddy’s partner of many years (who works as a chef) prepared some savory asian dishes. I haven’t had rice in a while and ate more than I should — I relished every dish to my hearts content. Chansada cooked the best Green Chicken Curry I’ve ever tasted in years, paired with some Sien Savahn or what they call Lao Beef Jerky and Tam Som; Lao version of Papaya Salad. The food was absolutely divine, what a great meal!
After a gluttonous lunch, Chansada and Buddy gave me tour of their town. It’s quiet and the neighbourhood look pleasant. I’m starting to like living in a township. After a good two hour tour, I said my farewell to my good friends. Gave them my gift, as a small token of appreciation for their kindness and hospitality. It was already 4 PM and it’s time for me to hop back on the train and head for city. I have to meet my brother and his family later that day, and I didn’t want to be late for this event.
Dinner reservations were made (by my brother) for us at the Signature Room, situated on the 95th floor of the John Hancock Building. It was a fabulous touchy dinner, a bit teary eyed seeing my brother and his family. My brother looked good and plump (like me), along with her dashing wife who made me feel so welcome. I could not beleive my eyes when I found out that I have sixteen (16) year old nephews and niece (they’re twins) who are (now) driving their own cars. There’s also my two other newphews who’s in their teens as well. All four are straight A students, if I may brag. Hahaha! Seeing my family was the highlight of this trip and reminded me that I’m not getting any younger either. Need I say the number 30?
After dinner, and a night of hugs and kisses. I headed back to my hotel room to pack my stuff for my early Saturday morning flight. Three days have gone by quickly and I leave Chicago with both smiles and tears in my eyes. I came with no expectations and I’m returning to San Francisco with lots of good memories. Bye bye Chi-Town! I promise to come back someday soon…