MiniMoo, Chicago, IL, USA


Posted Sep 25, 2010, 12:13 am
Hi from Trinidad & Tobago!!!

I'm MiniMoo!!!

I'm just about 1 inch tall and ready to travel about like my TV friends!!!
I can fit in your bag, your pocket, anywhere!
So take me everywhere!!!

I love everything and everyone!!!

Posted Jun 8, 2013, 7:57 pm
Yayyyy!!!  :stare: I'm on my way to South Africa to have adventures with Katara!!!  :cyclops:

I'm so excited to be on my very first trip! :p

I know my mommy is excited too!
I can't wait to show her all the fun things I will do!

See you in South Africa! ;)

Posted Aug 11, 2013, 3:34 pm
Hi Mommy  :cyclops:

I had a safe journey, and I'm now in Pretoria - the administrative capital of the Republic of South Africa. Katara doesn't live in the city, but the area that she lives in falls under 'Pretoria'. Pretoria is about 60km from Johannesburg.

Today I helped Katara prepare a vegetable soup with carrots, leeks, celery, turnips and parsley.

We chopped up all the vegetables...

We placed it in the pot on the stove with a little butter, and allowed the veggies to 'sweat' for a few minutes. Next we added in some boiling water and vegetable stock, brought it to the boil and let it simmer until the veggies were soft. We then blended the soup and we enjoyed it with some soft rolls. It was delicious!

Greetings from South Africa,
MiniMoo  ;)

Posted Aug 11, 2013, 3:48 pm
Hi Mommy,

Today is a public holiday in South Africa, "Woman's Day". You can find more information about this important holiday here.

It was quite cold in the morning - with some rain... But guess what Mommy?? I saw a beautiful rainbow!  :cyclops: Unfortunately it's not to clear on the photograph - but it was really pretty!

For supper we ordered a pizza - It's a double pizza i.e. a pizza with two pizza bases. The bottom layer had vegetables, as we ordered a 'vegetarian' pizza and then it is covered with another pizza base, that contains cheese, tomato and feta cheese... It's very filling though - so one can only eat a slice or two  ;)


Posted Aug 11, 2013, 4:10 pm
Hi Mommy,

Today we visited the Irene Village Mall.

Unique sculptors and artwork can be found throughout Irene Village Mall.

Here you can see "The udder side" (the "buried" cow) in the background... I had to giggle because it's a sculpture of a cow, and I'm a little cow too! Tee hee!

Here is a close-up of the sculpture

and this is a 'leaping' fountain...

We had lunch at "Figo's" - a cafe at the Irene Village Mall

We looked at the menu

I tasted a 'Red Cappuchino' - a cappuchino made with Rooibos Tea instead of coffee. It was very nice!

We ordered the "Chicken Tortilla" and it was delicious!!

I had a GREAT day today!

Lots of love,

Posted Aug 19, 2013, 2:50 pm
Hi Mom,

Today, Hugo Hippy (a TV visiting from Minnesota, USA) and I helped Katara make burgers! :cyclops:

First we chopped and friend some onions, and then we added some beef mince and herbs. We also added a little tomato paste...

Next we got the buns, grated cheese, avo, and some tomato and onion mix.

We shaped the mince into patties and fried them

We put the patties onto buns together will all the toppings...

And had a burger feast!


Posted Aug 19, 2013, 3:14 pm
Hi mom

Today we went to "Simply Asia" - a Thai food and noodle bar, for lunch.

Hugo Hippy and I shared a mocktail...

And for our meal we ordered "Khao Phad Phong Khari" (Thai Yellow Chicken with Salsa). It's tender pieces of chicken marinated and fried, drizzled with a diced mint salsa and served on a bed of Jasmine rice wokked in coconut milk and yellow curry flavoured sauce.

At the shopping centre was another cow statue...

*Cows are a theme at the malls in Irene, because the area used to be a big dairy farm, and a small part of it still is.  ;)

Posted Aug 27, 2013, 5:08 pm
Hi Mom,

Today Hugo Hippy and I helped Katara prepare dinner. First we gathered some fruits, to make a fruit salad.

There was pineapple, apples and papaya.

We cut up the fruit...

and added some fruit juice to make a delicious fruit salad  :cyclops:

For dinner we had 'haddock en croute' together with some brocolli.

Lots of love,

Posted Sep 15, 2013, 5:10 pm
Hi Mom,

Today Hugo Hippy and myself helped Katara prepare a lemon tart!

First we crumbed some biscuits to make the base...

Hugo and I decided to taste a biscuit. I t was yummy and tasted of coconut!

We added a little spice to the biscuits, as well as some melted margarine to form the base

Next we gathered the other ingredients to prepare the filling...

We placed the tart in the refrigerator overnight and ate it the next day for dessert with some strawberries and cream...

Unfortunately it was very hot, 32C, so the tart started to melt...

It was very tasty though!  B)

Posted Sep 15, 2013, 5:19 pm
Hi mom,

Today Katara and her husband had some business to attend to in Pretoria so Hugo and I went along for the drive.

Pretoria is the administrative capital of South Africa, so as we entered the city we were welcomed by a plethora of South African flags...

Unfortunately we didn't go into the city centre, but here are some photos we took along the way...

Pretoria is known as the "Jacaranda City" because the streets are lined with Jacaranda trees, and they will be in full bloom soon...

Here is a church...

I'm missing home mom, but so far I am enjoying my stay  B)

Lots of Love,


Posted Sep 15, 2013, 5:43 pm
Hi Mom,

Today we attended the birthday of Katara's little nephew. Hugo and I had a great time playing around!

Look at the pretty birthday cake!

We even 'jumped' on the jumping castle, but we had to be careful because there was a mommy and her baby on the jumping castle  ;)

We also ate a lot of sweets!!  :cyclops:

We had a FUN day!  :cyclops:

Posted Oct 7, 2013, 4:23 pm
Hi Mom,

Today we attended a "Nikah" - a Muslim wedding reception.

On our way to the wedding venue we passed Johannesburg. "Johannesburg also known as Jozi, Joburg, Joni, eGoli or Joeys, is the largest city in South Africa, by population. Johannesburg is the provincial capital of Gauteng, the wealthiest province in South Africa, having the largest economy of any metropolitan region in Sub-Saharan Africa. The city is one of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the world, and is also the world's largest city not situated on a river, lake, or coastline.

While Johannesburg is not one of South Africa's three capital cities, it is the seat of the Constitutional Court, which has the final word on interpretation of South Africa's constitution, and is the provincial capital of Gauteng. The city is the source of a large-scale gold and diamond trade, due to its location on the mineral-rich Witwatersrand range of hills".

Here you can see a little of Johannesburg CBD.

And this was after we passed the city...

We took some pictures along the way...

Maropeng is the official visitor centre for the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site.

The Sterkfontein Caves are also situated in this area...

We arrived at the Wedding Venue after driving for 1h40min. The venue was beautiful and the 'Nikah' was performed outdoors

After the 'Nikah' we moved to the reception hall for Lunch...  :cyclops:

Indian cuisine was served. Here on the table behind me you can see 'poppadoms' - it is kind of like a big chip that you eat with pickles and sambals.

The wedding favours were very pretty!

With the favour came this note: "Our gift, a thank you for sharing this day with us, comes to you from India. These inlay boxes are made of Indian marble called Sangemarmar. Each of these boxes is hand made and is inlaid with semi-precious stoves. Mughal designs adorn the boxes and are replicas of the carvings on the Taj Mahal, the symbol of eternal love."

I had an awesome day, and it was a great experience to have been able to attend a "Nikah".

Lots of love,
MiniMoo  :cyclops:

Posted Oct 7, 2013, 4:34 pm
Hi Mom,

Today we celebrated "Heritage Day and National Braai Day". It is a public holiday in South Africa. Needless we "braaied".

We also made a salad with some Avocadoes and Strawberries, and we made some 'Polenta' (gritz). We ate the Polenta with some sour cream and grated cheese.  :D

Posted Oct 7, 2013, 4:41 pm
Hi Mom,

Today we went for a Cream Soda float at "Wimpy".

The float was delicious!  :cyclops:

Posted Oct 25, 2013, 8:42 am
Hi Mom,

Today we went to "work" with Katara - We didn't have to travel very far because Katara works from home  ;) She makes clothes for Monster High dolls for a little extra money.

First we met some of her 'models'

They were very friendly  :D

We got all the supplies ready...

And Katara told us that today we would be making the pink jacket that Ava was wearing

We got all the cut-out fabric pieces together so we could start sewing them...

We did a little sewing and then it was time for tea  :cyclops:

We had some Matzoh and cheese spread

I was delighted to see another cow  ;)

After tea we went back to work, and Hugo and me kept messing about when Katara wasn't looking  :cyclops:

Eventually it was time to call it a day. We helped Katara make 10 jackets in total, so she was very happy!

Posted Nov 7, 2013, 12:54 pm
Hi Mom,

Today we went to play Adventure Golf at Stoneridge Centre.

MiniMoo and I played around with the golf-ball when no one was watching...

Fortunately it was overcast, so we didn't get too hot.  B)

We had great FUN!  :cyclops:

Posted Nov 7, 2013, 1:24 pm
Hi Mom,

Today we visited The Boulders Shopping Centre. The Boulders Shopping Centre is built around one of South Africa's heritage sites. A rock outcrop which was part of the early settlements in the country dating back to pre historic times (artefacts found available for viewing at the centre). The centre derives its names from these Boulders.

Inside the shopping centre:

Here are the boulders inside the shopping centre...

And these artefacts were on display

It was very unusual to see the big boulders inside of the shopping centre.  ;)

Lots of love,
MiniMoo  ;)

Posted Nov 8, 2013, 7:54 am
Hi Mom,

Today we went to Emperors Palace Casino - "The Vegas of Africa" to watch a comedy called "My vrou se man se lyk se tas" (My wife's husbands' corpse's suitcase). The show is also known as "Funny Money"

Arriving at Emperors Palace...

We found parking and took some photos outside by a beautiful water feature...

We entered the building

and saw the casino floor...

We 'met' Marilyn and Elvis!  ;)

This is by the food court - There is a water feature with a replica of the statue of David..

We then went to watch the show...

Unfortunately I couldn't understand the show, because the actors' spoke Afrikaans, but it was still an awesome experience!

Lots of love,
MiniMoo xx

Posted Nov 8, 2013, 8:10 am
Hi Mom,

Today we took a drive and saw the beautiful Jacaranda trees that Pretoria is known for.

There is a legend amongst Pretoria University students that if a Jacaranda blossom falls on your head - then you will pass your exam ;)

For lunch we had some delicious sushi!  :cyclops:

The fruit california roll with strawberry, pineapple and avocado was my most favorite!

Posted Nov 11, 2013, 5:50 pm
Hi Mom,

Just to let you know that I am on my way to my next host in Germany!  :cyclops:

Lots of love,

Posted Nov 26, 2013, 11:47 am
Hello mom!

After a long journey I arrived in Germany.

The other TV's were surprised because I'm so tiny…  They borrow hostdads glases. Haha! They are so funny :-)!

Jules from Germany

-Scoop- from the UK

Look! I meet an another TV cow! It's Nymeria from Spain!
My first life mission is fulfilled!

All are so nice! I will be a good time here!

Big kiss,

Posted Nov 26, 2013, 12:05 pm
Today we go out for breakfast!

There was eggs, bacon, salmon, bread rolls,  vegetables, cheese, fruits, tea, orange juice…

Posted Nov 26, 2013, 12:37 pm
Because the weather is fine we made a little tour through the vineyards near Volkach.

The river is called "Main" and this is the "Mainschleife" (the river is here very winding).

I see this historical grape press.

The view is very lovely!

It was a great day!


Posted Nov 30, 2013, 8:35 am

Today arrived a little package for us.

Look! It's Berta! Even a cow! Become we a cowshed ;-)?
She is very sad because her mom wan't her and her last host has no time for her…
I don't understand that… She's so nice!


Posted Dec 6, 2013, 3:59 pm
Hello mom!

Today we made a cheesecake!

In the oven for 45 min.

Done! It smells wonderful!



Posted Dec 12, 2013, 10:27 am
Hello Mum!

Today arrived a little package for us.

A Christmas-present?

No, it's better!
It's a new TV-friend!
His name is Semola and he's from Italy.

We gave him a warm welcome!


Posted Dec 18, 2013, 7:36 am

Today we get a little envelope again.

We're excited every time. Who is it???

Look! It's the very cut Joesy from Germany!

Her Mom wasn't here for a long time  :( ...
She's the girl friend of 3*Euro and virtually the daughter in law from Yosemite.

We gave her a warm welcome!


Posted Dec 18, 2013, 9:27 am
Hello Mummy,

today was an exhausting but wonderful day.

We've set up the Christmas tree!



At first the fairy lights.

This year we take colorful, glittering and  gleaming christmas balls.
Hostmum calls it "Las Vegas Christmas tree" :p ....

Done! But in the light the tree looks not so good…

Ah! Better!

It was a wonderful day!


Posted Jan 8, 2014, 1:06 pm
Hi Mom!


We make a week holiday near the city of Luebeck!

8 hours with 2 hours traffic jam later we have arrived in our holiday home.

It's already dark and we are so tired!

Posted Jan 8, 2014, 1:34 pm
My first day in Lindow.
Lindow is  a  tiny village in the northwest from Mecklenburg Western Pomerania.
The city of Luebeck are 15 km from here.

This is our holiday home (where the door is open).
It's a thatched cottage from 1875!
I think it's beautiful!

Posted Jan 8, 2014, 2:02 pm
Here I'm in Kluetz.

This windmill is a restaurant that I could buy. Can you lend me some money :p?

This trunk of this tree is amazing!

Posted Jan 8, 2014, 2:23 pm
Now I'm in the city of Wismar (

Since 2002 is Wismar a UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

This is "Wasserkunst" (water art, waterworks) from 1602.

Posted Jan 8, 2014, 4:51 pm

Today I visit the city of Luebeck  (

Luebeck is know for marzipan.

A famous german novelist  is from here: Thomas Mann (Buddenbrooks).

Luebeck has a funny district name: "Buntekuh" ... "colorful cow"  :stare:

This is the landmark of Luebeck: the "Holstentor" (Holsten Gate).

The historic part of Luebeck is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Behind me the old town.


Posted Jan 9, 2014, 10:16 am
Today finally the weather is nice and the sun is shining.

We make a trip the the Baltic Sea by Boltenhagen.

We relax and look at the sea.

This is sea buckthorn. This shrub is typical of the Baltic Sea. 


Posted Jan 9, 2014, 11:00 am

Today I visit the State capital of Mecklenburg - Vorpommern Schwerin (


This is the "Arsenal".

Schwerin has many little lakes.
This is the "Pfaffenteich".

Right is the cathedral of Schwerin.

This is the Schwerin Castle (Parliament of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern).

Here can you see the State museum. Left is the theater.


Posted Jan 9, 2014, 11:19 am

Our holiday is almost over….


Posted Jan 9, 2014, 11:40 am

I eat fresh matjes (young herring/tent peg) and shrimp cocktail.

My last holiday photo…. I had a great time!

I hope you like my updates!

I wish you a merry, peaceful and blessed  happy, healthy and successful New Year!

I love you Mom!



Posted Jan 10, 2014, 1:22 pm

After our holiday we said this week goodbye to:

Jules and Viola

… and Nymeria.


Posted Jan 20, 2014, 6:40 pm

hostmum and hostdad are very sad because after 4 month is their cat Sammy lost…

Other TV's searched him but nothing..

But since last Friday we have a new cat!

My host have she from the animal assistance.

She is very shy and jumpy, but she is also very kind.

It's a calico cat and her name is "Fini".


Posted Jan 30, 2014, 10:30 am
Hello mum!

Today we get two parcels.

We are so curious who's inside!

It's Joesy's twin-sister *coco*!

I gave her a warm welcome!

And who's in this envelope?
Hostmums TV Ulani!


Posted Feb 24, 2014, 11:12 am
Hello Mom!

Sorry for waiting so long!

Hostmum was busy and the weather in Germany was very bad.

But today was a sunny day, so we made a little tour.

First I was in Schweinfurt.

This is the "Heilig Geist - Kirche"/Holy ghost church.

In Schweinfurt was the ball bearings invented. Here you see a big one.

This is the theatre.

I'm on the river "Main".

This is a very old part of the "Main". It's called "Saumain" ("Sow-Main" ).

Posted Feb 24, 2014, 11:17 am
About 35km from Schweinfurt is Koenigsberg. It's an old village with beautiful houses.

The town hall.

You can drive under the house!

I hope you like my little trip!


Posted Mar 5, 2014, 11:31 am
Hello Mom!

The winter is over, spring is coming in Germany.

It's time to travel further!

I got an invitation to a wonderful city - Chicago, USA.

On the Computer I get some informations.

I say goodbye the my TV-friends!

See you soon!


Posted Mar 27, 2014, 3:02 am
I have arrived safely to Chicago!  But why is there snow on the ground?  Isn't it springtime?

Posted Mar 27, 2014, 3:05 am
It's time for a trip to downtown Chicago, first on the Belmont bus, then on the Blue Line train.

Posted Mar 27, 2014, 3:11 am
Today, I visited the Chicago Cultural Center.  It has an art gallery, gift shop and free films from all over the world during the summer.  This building opened in 1897, located at Washington/Michigan Avenues.  This staircase is impressive!

Posted Mar 27, 2014, 3:28 am
We are visiting Millennium Park.  Too bad it is only 30 degrees outside because all the good stuff is closed until the real spring gets here. :(

Posted Mar 27, 2014, 3:31 am
Here is Millennium Park and behind me is the Bean and lots of really tall buildings.

Posted Mar 27, 2014, 3:33 am
This is the Palmer House Hilton.  Only 13 days after this hotel opened, it was destroyed by the Great Chicago Fire.  Luckily for Palmer Potter, he had LOTS of money and rebuilt it.  He had built this hotel as a wedding gift for his wife Bertha.

Posted Mar 27, 2014, 3:35 am
Before we visited the hotel, we had a little snack at Panera Bread, which used to be called St. Louis Bread Company but now it is a big company.  They have lots of good things to eat there-bread, cookies, soups, salads, and sandwiches.

Posted Mar 27, 2014, 3:37 am
Now it's time to go home after a long fun day on the train.  I heard we might be going to Washington DC this weekend to visit the White Ho :Duse!

Posted Apr 11, 2014, 2:36 am
Hanging out with my friends JanieKat and Mini Moo at Asian Spice for sushi in DC.

Posted Apr 11, 2014, 2:38 am
Now it's time for spy comes Agent MiniMoo. B)

Posted Apr 11, 2014, 2:40 am
Here I am at the White House!  Even though it was a Saturday, there was lots of people here and it was rainy so I didn't want to get wet.  That's why I didn't go to far from the cab.

Posted Apr 11, 2014, 2:42 am
Here I am waiting in O'Hare airport waiting to fly to Europe, because we are going on a trip for a week to Denmark!  This is Michael Jordan, the famous Chicago basketball player.

Posted Apr 11, 2014, 2:44 am
At Hotel Absalon in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Posted Apr 11, 2014, 2:52 am
The best thing about Denmark: hot chocolate and whipped cream.

Posted Apr 11, 2014, 2:55 am
And for a snack...a delicious Belgian waffle with hot chocolate.

Posted Apr 11, 2014, 2:56 am
Now it's time to buy tickets for the upcoming trips.

Posted Apr 11, 2014, 2:58 am
Clothing shopping for men's shirts on the walking street in Hillerod.

Posted Apr 11, 2014, 2:59 am
Here I am at a Danish toy store.

Posted Apr 11, 2014, 3:01 am
Here is Fredericksberg Castle, built for King Christian IV.

Posted Apr 11, 2014, 3:03 am
Coat of arms inside the castle from several famous Danish families.

Posted Apr 11, 2014, 3:04 am
Wow, this sure is cool!  I wonder what it is..

Posted Apr 11, 2014, 3:11 am
Time for a nap.  I hope the King doesn't mind. :o

Posted Apr 11, 2014, 3:14 am
Inside the Glyptotek Museum, an art museum in Copenhagen, Denmark. The collection is built around the personal collection of Carl Jacobsen, the son of the founder of the Carlsberg Breweries.

Posted Apr 11, 2014, 3:17 am
I want to ride the roller coaster but it's not open until April 10, and I will be back in Chicago then.  (Tivoli)

Posted Apr 11, 2014, 3:19 am
Making a new friend with the little mermaid.

Posted Apr 11, 2014, 3:21 am
Tivoli Gardens is a famous amusement park and pleasure garden in Copenhagen, Denmark. The park opened on August 15, 1843 and is the second oldest amusement park in the world, after Dyrehavsbakken in nearby Klampenborg.

Posted Apr 11, 2014, 3:23 am
Need to get a few groceries here at Irma.

Posted Apr 11, 2014, 3:26 am
The main way to get around in Denmark is on bikes.  Great way to keep in shape after all those waffles and mugs of hot chocolate.  :D

Posted Apr 23, 2014, 3:08 am
Look what the Easter Bunny brought me!

Posted Apr 23, 2014, 3:09 am
Celebrating Earth Day!

Posted May 7, 2014, 1:09 am
Today is a sad day because JanieKat is leaving for California.  We had a lot of fun in Chicago together.  We took a group photo with all of us.  Can you believe how many new friends I have made?

Posted May 12, 2014, 2:39 am
Happy Mother's Day!  I found this pretty patch of flowers during a walk along the Des Plaines River today.

Posted Jun 2, 2014, 1:44 am
This is an old house that is in Batavia.  It's an old town from the 1800s on the Fox River.

Posted Jun 2, 2014, 1:46 am
Here I am at the old train depot in Batavia.  It's now a museum.

Posted Jun 2, 2014, 1:48 am
I took a ride on this carousel.  DSadly, the mall it was in (Charlestowne) only has five stores left.  :(

Posted Jun 2, 2014, 1:49 am
Is this where the headless horsemen lives?

Posted Jun 2, 2014, 1:51 am
Here I am with all my TV friends - Mr. Quack, Emma, and Chrissi.

Posted Jan 15, 2015, 1:14 am
Here I am at the famous Navy Pier!  All the tourists come down here to ride the Ferris Wheel.

Posted Jan 15, 2015, 1:16 am
Today, I went to the beach.  It was so hot here.  I heard it can get over 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer.  How that's hot!

Posted Jan 15, 2015, 1:18 am
What a beautiful day and a view of downtown Chicago!

Posted Jan 15, 2015, 1:20 am
I am so excited!  :D  I have finally met a real, live cow at a place called Lincoln Park Zoo.