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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??


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!!!

Hello Hong Kong!!!

After a long day on the plane, I’ve finally arrived in Hong Kong. Met up with Dad, so I am staying at the Airport Hilton, very nice hotel, anyways, I need to get ready for tomorrow morning?s trip to Macau. Exciting!!!

The start of my big summer trip to China!!!

Today I started off my grand trip to Asia. 2010 has been an interesting year. Europe, New York, Las Vegas, and now Asia. My Asia trip starts with a conference in Macau. This is my first conference for a short paper of mine. The trip will start from Seattle with a brief stop in Japan then to Hong Kong. I will be in Hong Kong late tomorrow night. After that onward to Macau in the morning.

Hello Everybody… I am now here in Taipei, Taiwan after over 24 hours of travel. The experience was very interesting. In short, it was very tiring, but a good trip. There are couple of things at I have learned on this trip. First, do not fly on a Boeing 777 aircraft for any 16 hour trips. Even though, it is the newest and the best in its technology, it is actually pretty small plane. The seats were not comfortable. The food was bad. The service was bad. There was no stretching room to walk around on the plane. And the video games on the Entertainment system sucks. 16 hours on a 777 was very, very painful. Second thing I�ve learned, the services aboard American airline companies are no comparison to others around the world. From Hong Kong to Taipei, we rode on Cathay Pacific Airline and my goodness it was incredible. It was only about 1 � hour flight, maybe even a little bit shorter then the flight from Houston to Atlanta, but the services on board was incredible. I can say this, their service in the coach section was better than my experience in first class from Houston to Atlanta in the US. I mean for such a short flight we actually got a full dinner and it is real food. Once again, the service was incredible. Finally, the third thing that I have learned, when flying over north poll around December, watch out for Santa.

Our trip from Houston started on Dec 14, 2002 4:00 am. From my house in downtown Houston, we caught a taxi to IAH. After about 2 hours of waiting and processing, we were finally on our way to Newark, NJ. The fight to Newark was not bad at all. Now, the so called �breakfast� on board needs a little improvement. Yeah, I mean, one banana and special K. umm umm� The Newark airport was very new and very, very sharp. We had about an hour to walk to our international terminal, which was only couple of terminals down. It gave us plenty of time to grab some real food. Around 12 pm we boarded the flight toward Hong Kong. When I first got aboard the 777, I did not know what I was about to go through. I thought� cool� your own personal tv and game center. This will be wonderful. After waking up after a �long� nap, I�ve realized that I still have 12 hours of flying time to go. That is when I realized, �man! It �s a long flight!� There were only about 8 different channels of programming on the mini tv on the airplane. 8 channel�s is not bad, but their program were only about 3-4 hours long each. This mean they repeat. So on the flight to Hong Kong, I�ve watched Austin Power�s Goldmember for about 3 � 4 times. About 10 hours in to the flight, I didn�t want to eat anymore. My legs were tired from sitting, Hsiu Hsiu was tired. All I wanted to do was to get to Hong Kong and get to Taipei. When we finally got to Hong Kong, we only had an hour to get to our flight and the terminal was not close at all. Luckily, there was a Cathay agent waiting for us at the arriving gate. See, once again, SERVICE. She was wonderful, she ran us down to the ticket counter, got our boarding passes and rushed us through to the departing gate. During the meantime, I got stopped by the Hong Kong airport security for random check. But it was quickly processed through because of harassment from our Cathay agent. When we got to the boarding terminal, they were originally going to break Hsiu Hsiu and my seats up, because of our arrival time, but we told time that we would like to be seated together. They went on the plane made some seats exchange and got us some seats next to each other. Service!! After a short flight of one and a half hours, we landed in Taiwan. It was very strange entering Taiwan as an American (non-citizen), but in some ways it was quicker process. How strange right?

Well, after we got our luggage, we waited for Hsiu Hsiu�s parents to arrive to pick her up. This was my first time meeting her parents. After greeting her parents, which I hope I made an ok impression, and helping Hsiu load her stuff in the car. We said good bye and I am off to my grandmother�s place. On the way back home my uncle took me to a �goat soup� place for some night snack. It sounds pretty nasty, but it was very awesome. The foods here are great!! So after about 27 hours of travel, I am finally here in Taipei. My uncle was nice and gave me a cell phone to use while I am in Taiwan. Well, everyone has one here so� I am off to bed and the adventure begins tomorrow!!!

” … If you mess this up, I promise you, you will be flying cargo plane full of rubber dog shit out of Hong Kong!!!” — Top Gun

Well… I am back in good old Auburn, Alabama. Gee, Auburn just looks more and more beautiful everytime I come back. As for how I feel??? Well… I am feeling better, but I am still very tired.