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More Buns and Apple Tart

Today is another relaxed and cooking weekend. Of course following the tradition of making steam buns on the weekend, this weekend is no different. We made another batch of steam buns this weekend and the results were wonderful. We’ve made alot of improvements from weeks before. We made some pork steam buns today. Check out the pictures below.

So, tonight Vicky decided to try her baking skills and made an Apple Tart. It was amazing, it was hard to believe it was her first time baking it. Check it out.

So yeah… no snowboarding today, but we did cook some beautiful food!!! yum yum!!

Happy Chinese New Year!!!

So yesterday was a good night, celebrating the Chinese New Year with friends, cooking some Crawfish etouffee, and playing few rounds of poker. The etouffee was extremely popular, it was all gone fairly early. I need to make alot more next time and the poker? Well, lets just say that I did not do too bad.

So Today isn’t too bad as well. Today is a really relaxing day at home made some red bean bao zi. It was ok. Only one batch turned out ok, and the rest looked really bad. It tasted ok, but just looked bad… however, I’ve learned alot and I think I’ve almost got it.

Take a look!!!

Another Wonderful Snow Day

Today is another wonderful day. The day started very early making dough for my chinese stuffed buns. With Vicky’s help we were able to make 18 buns. They were wonderful!!!
Check it out!!!

Oh it’s a beautiful Snow day today.

The day of cooking

So today is an atypical Sunday, or maybe it is a typical Sunday in 2012. Anyways, today started off with me steaming mantou (饅頭) (Chinese Steamed Buns), then in the evenings making some dumplings, and of course Vicky baked some yellow cake from scratch!!!

Awesome cooking day!!!

Day 2 in China

Today we travelled from Beijing to Kunming. This is my first time flying Air China and will probably be my last time. The flight was fine, the service was good except for the seat space. I was in a Boeing 757. However the seat spacing was so tight that the 3 hours flight was almost unbearable. I will probably never fly Air China again.

Once we got to Kunming. We got a cab and went to our hotel. After we checked in we went for lunch. I follow my number 1 rule of finding a decent place in an unfamiliar place. That rule is to always eat at a place where there are the most local people. We that said, as soon as we were on the street we found bunch of people carrying a little white lunch container, so we were off to find that food. It did not take long and we ended up in an alley and the food was from a travel agents staff cafeteria, and the place was packed. We bought food there. It was super cheap, and it was pretty good

After lunch we took a cab to Longmen.


After Longmen we hades back in town for hot-pot.

Wal-Mart the ended the day back in the hotel.

Day 1 in China

My first day in Beijing. I am still majorly jet lagged. The air in Beijing is so bad that it did not help at all. Today was a very quite and uneventful day. Since today is Vicky’s birthday, I spend most of my time with her and her folks.

Check out the Amazing lunch we had.


I did go and check out an indoor ski place. I did not ski or snowboard but it was very interesting to see an indoor ski resort.

http://www.qbski.com/bj/

Tomorrow we will be heading out of Beijing to Southern China

My Dinner Last Night

My light Japanese Style dinner

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Summer is BBQ ribs time!!!

It’s been raining for most of Friday and finally, there is a little sun break in the late afternoon. Vicky invited some of her coworkers to the house for some BBQ. Since I had some Dreamland’s BBQ sauce, I decided to make some good old southern BBQ. My first attempt of making BBQ ribs was a complete failure. You can ask my Brother in Law, Robert. The first time, it was basically burnt charcoal sticks. This time it will be different. I did some research and I am ready.
I prep the ribs 2 hours before our guest arrived, I precooked the ribs in the oven wraped in foil around 250 degrees for 2 hours. After the 2 hours I moved it over the the grill and start grilling and loading it up with Dreamland BBQ sauce. After another hour it was ready.

The ribs turned out pretty good. I love BBQ ribs.

BEFORE:

AFTER:

Do you like Fish Cakes?

Fish cakes.. that’s what’s for dinner!
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Surf and Turf

Sunday Night Surf and Turf Dinner.

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34th Birthday

Being home for my 34th birthday is wonderful. Watching Auburn Beat Ole Miss, picking persimmons, and just enjoying time with family in the lovely weather of Auburn is just wonderful!!! Oh and how I love our family’s traditional birthday chicken and meatball noodle soup!!!

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Sushi From Last night

It’s been a while since I last made some sushi… well … I just whipped something together… nothing special but it was pretty good.



My Bibimbap

The Bibimbap that I made :)  Yum!!!

Twins!!!

Woo Hoo!! This is the first time in my life that I got a double yolk.  The experience was amazing. Cracking the egg and then TWO YOLKS!!!!!

Amazing!!!

Trip across the boarder to Zhu Hai and Zhong Shan

Today was my last day in Macau, it is also my first day entering into China.
The day started off with some nice breakfast at the Hard Rock Hotel in Macau.

It was pretty interesting.  Even though Macau is technically China, I still need to go through customs and immigration to go into China.  Actually I had to do that when I entered Macau from HK.  HK is technically China as well.  I guess it is because of the SAR status.  As soon as I cross the boarder, everything seems different.  Simplified chinese verse traditional chinese.


Street of Zhu Hai.

The first thing we did after crossing the boarder is to go toward the seafood market.  YUM!!!

No … I did not eat any of that sea worm.  Yikes!!!







Yep my little sister is also in China to meet us :)

My little cousins.

Aunt and Uncle.

Mom and Dad

Now starts the cooked food section.  So this is how it works, you go and pick out the sea food market, and take the sea food to the many restaurants near by and they will cook the sea food for you for a fee.

Yum!!!













After lunch, we visited Zhu Hai and went on toward Zhong Shan.



Zhong Shan was the home of the Founding Father of the Republic of China. Dr. Sun Yet-Sen (Zhong Shan).



It has nothing to do with the site, but I thought the trash can looked cool.





Sun Yet-Sun’s Guava… the founding father guava ;)





Surprising to find the ROC flag in PRC.

The 3 Principle of the People.  It is inspired by Abe Lincoln’s “Government of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

Macau Day 2

Today is Day 2 in Macau, the day started off with a very normal breakfast with my father’s PhD advisor at the local Starbucks.  Yeah, pretty funny huh… coming from Seattle, and I am in Macau having breakfast at Starbucks.  But one thing they have that they don’t have in Seattle.  Fresh Guava juice!!!

My morning sunrise from my hotel room.



The Macau Venetian!!!… just few weeks ago I was in the Las Vegas Venetian.. ;)

My Macau Starbuck breakfast, with fresh Starbuck guava juice!!!

After a full day of technical conference, we went to downtown Macau in the evening for a huge casino buffet. Afterward we went for some blackjack. The casino here in Macau is really interesting, first they can use 2 currency on the same table, HKD and Macau currency. The dealers were fast and sharp. Second, you can have side bets on the Blackjack table. I mean, you can watch a table and bet with someone else that is playing on the table. If he or she wins, then you win. Unfortunately, Today is not my day. I lost :(

There sure are alot of Pawn shops around the casino in downtown Macau.

The big casino buffet


Macaroons






Hello Macau!!!

Today was an interesting day. The trip started with a taxi right from the airport to the Ferry terminal. When my father and I got there, we had some breakfast at the ferry terminal. The breakfast was pretty good. After breakfast, we bought our ferry tickets to Macau, however, they only had first class tickets to Macau for the 10 am trip. We were able to get on standby on the 9 am ferry. We eventually got on to the 9am ferry. The ferry ride was very interesting. It was alot different for the Washington’s ferry system. Since we got the first class ticket, we thought it was going to be something amazing. Well, we found out that there was very little difference in the first class seats except for a soda and a cup of noodle. It was pretty funny, on the entire ferry, my dad and I were the only one with a soda and a cup of noodle soup. :) When we finally arrived, it was super hot!!! much hotter than Seattle. After a short bus ride, we arrived at Taipa and got to the conference area… and then that was when I realized my presentation segment has already started. They changed the time and I’ve missed that announcement. But the good news was that I was able to present and I was able to have some really good discussion with some excellent researchers around the world.

After a wonderful day of presentations, the conference’s banquet was amazing!!!  Oh the food… take a look below!!! and I have to say the services here in Macau is just amazing. I’ve got to come back here sometime.  After dinner, my dad and I hang out at the hotel lounge and listened to some really amazing chinese fusion jazz.

Check out the pictures below!!!


View from my Hong Kong Hotel


Another view from my Hong Kong Hotel


My first Taxi ride in Hong Kong.  After all those HK movies, this short ride is all that I imagine it to be!!!


We are here at the busy ferry terminal.


Yummy HK breakfast!!!


Hong Kong City from the boat!!!


Our first class treatment!!!


Who’s houses are those??


MACAU!!!


Me doing a short presentation


My hotel view in Macau!!!

Time for Dinner!!!..

Ok be ready!!


Rosted Piglet!!!  Sooo good!!!


Chocolate Rain Drops!!!

Fusion Jazz!!!

My super short stop in Japan.

After a 10 or so hour flight, I get few hours lay over in Japan. Nothing really special though. I did however found an open AP and start messing around with my iPhone and chatting with friends back home.



As you can see, I’ve got to have some of this nice Japanese layered cakes. YUM

I wish I have more time. I will definitely spend more time in Japan.

Fourth Full Day in New York City

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Today was another interesting day in New York.

The day started off with breakfast/brunch in a near by diner. Then the day of walking begins. So we first started walking toward time square. We thought about watching a show but in the end decided against it, that’s when we came across the M&M store. It was pretty amazing!!! we found these m&m golf ball and we’ve got this idea to take a series of pictures for the apartment. From there we walked toward the apple store to check out the iPad!!! Since today is the first day, it was amazing that I got a chance to touch one of them. And yes there are still available. My comment on the iPad? big iPhone! and it does not support traditional Chinese!!! What gives? yeah.. I would have probably purchased one for my folks if it supported traditional Chinese, but it doesn’t it only supported simplified Chinese.

We then walked toward united nations, we did stopped by a French dessert shop. Oh, it was really nice… it does remind me a bit of France.

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Second Full Day around NYC.

Yesterday was a busy day.  I had to work most of the day, but in the afternoon, I had a chance to enjoy the nice weather and walk the Brooklyn Bridge.  The view of south Manhattan was just beautiful.   I get a chance to check out the location of the former World Trade Center Towers.  It is amazing that it has been 9 years since the event.  I remembered exactly where I was when that happened.    After the walk around town, We had dinner at a local French Restaurant.  It was call Les Halles.  The food was good but wow… we accidently got an $8 bottle of water.  All I wanted was ice water.   I think that was the most expensive bottle of water I’ve ever drank and it tasted like tap water.

Anyways, today is a free day for me… so lots of exciting things to do today.

Enjoy the pictures.