This weekend was great, we had the only sunny day in months and this Saturday for the first time in many years I washed my own car. I pulled out my old car washing gear from the Ephrata days and washed my car and Vicky’s car. It was also the first time that Vicky washed a car.
Afterward, we went to pick up Vicky’s friends at the airport. They came from China and from Vancouver. We had a chance to enjoy some wonderful dim sum and then did the tourist things around Seattle. I actually saw a place that I haven’t been before. It’s the gum wall in Post Alley. Pretty disgusting but still pretty unique.
Afterward we visited Queen Anne hill and then went to Fremont for a short walk about.
The Dinner was wonderful. I grilled some lemon shrimp and Vicky cooked some wonderful food.
On Sunday, the weather was not as great, but we visited the Future in Flight Tour at the Boeing plant. It was pretty cool. It’s amazing to see the 747 still in production, it is the plane that brought me to the US. It is also the plane that carried the Space Shuttle (which is now retired), so sad.
But all in all it was a wonderful Weekend… and now it’s Monday… it is all wet and nasty again :(.
So it has been a while since I last posted. Lots of things going on, but I thought I would just post couple of pictures of the supermoon from this past weekend. Enjoy. I will have more stories to come soon.
Wow!!! What a game!!! Black Friday was much of nothing, I really did not need anything that was on sale, so I bought nothing. But the game was amazing!!! Auburn was just amazing!!! Right before the end of the first half it was 0-24 Alabama. At the end of the first half it was 7-24. In the end we won the game with 28-27. WAR EAGLE!!!
Of course last time, we beat Bama, I was here in Auburn and I went to Toomers. Today, I wanted to go again, even on a slightly rainy day. The following are my pictures from Toomer’s Corner!!! Enjoy!!!
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!!!
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.
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.”
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!!!
Our final day in NYC was pretty easy and relaxed. Vicky and I spend most of the time in central park and just relaxing and really enjoying the city. It makes me think that I maybe able to live here one day? oh maybe.. maybe not.
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.
Yes this morning I did feel better but I had a commitment with the Seattle Auburn Club on a snow day trip so … on a beautiful Saturday I am out on the slops. It was an amazing day, it was also my first trip really gone out into the back country. It sucked. I hiked for over 30 minutes in knee deep snow and then I was tripping left and right coming down on the bad snow. But the view was amazing.
All in all it was a great day and my lungs really cleared up.
First of all Happy New Years Eve Everyone. Well, today is the last day of 2009 and it is also our last day in Paris, France. It was kind of a low key day today, but it is still alot of fun and excitement.
The day started looking for the “Big Head”. It is located in front of the St. Eustache.
After that we really did not have any plans for today so we just wondering to different sites in Paris. All in all, just hanging around Paris. It very relaxing and fun.
In the evening, Vicky and I went to do some New Years eve shopping.
Around dinner time, we started to look for a place for dinner, however, most places are either reserved or they are closed on New Years Eve. We did come across a place that we saw an ad for few days ago, however it was also closed for a new years eve party. We ended up finding a small African restaurant. They over charged us because it was a New Years eve dinner and the food was not very good. But it was still an experience.
After dinner, we took the free RER to the airport. We decided to get an Ibis hotel (small cheap hotel, same chain that we stayed in Amsterdam at the beginning of this trip), since we will be leaving early tomorrow morning back to Seattle. What’s interesting is that on new years eve all public transits in Paris are free. This includes the RER and Metro.
When we finally got to the airport, I did not realized that there are multiple Ibis hotels in the area. We ended up taking the wrong shuttle bus and had to do it all over again. But around 11:30 pm we finally checked in our little tiny hotel room. What an adventure day!!!!
Early flight tomorrow morning and back to Seattle. Happy New Year!!!
Today was a Museum day. It is our second day with the museum pass and our second to last day in Paris and France.
The day started off with a visit to Orsay – The line outside is around one hour long .. However, we have a museum pass and no wait.
Inside Orsay it was pretty awesome, I was amazed to see the real version of a painting that my parents have at their place. I have to say Orsay was an interesting art museum. After a few hours it was time to move on.
We Walk across the pedestrian bridge and on to Louvre park. Along the way, I took some very good black and white stair pictures of the pedestrian bridge. I’ve also took some more pictures of the tower.
From there we walked along Champs Elysees toward the Arc De Triomphe. We stopped by a small side street greek food restaurant and hand lunch. The owner was interesting, when we told him that we were from Washington state in the US, he says oh… I have a relative in Washington DC. I guess, that is a common mistake. DC and Washington state are not the same :).
Afterward, Vicky spent some time shopping on Champs Elysees while I just people watched and got some interesting street photo.
From there we marched on toward Arc De Triomphe. It was pretty funny, we could not find the tunnel to get across to the arc, but when we finally do get there, there was a 30-40 minutes line… however no waiting with museum pass .. yeah!!! The steps going up to the top of the arc was long but worth it. The view on top was great!!!
After the tower, we decided to head back to Notre Dame to take pictures of the gargoyles, but unfortunately when we arrived, they close the line already. We were not able to get up to the tower… This is something for the next trip, i guess. Note to self, Notre Dame line closes at 4:00 pm. Since, we can not make it up to the top of Notre Dame, we got some ice cream on the island and headed toward the Louvre.
The Louvre also had a long line, but with the museum pass… no line!!! yeah!!! Once again, people every where especially all the famous paintings and exhibits.
After the Louvre, it was time for dinner. We bought some things at the super marche next to the hotel, however, I thought it was a good idea to get some cheap French Chinese food. Well, it was not cheap and the food was not good at all… another learning experience.
So Tomorrow.. is new years eve… and my last day in Paris.
Today we went to the famous chateau Versailles. We woke up early to take the RER to Versailles. Oh and RER stinks. Anyways. We grabbed some breakfast in the metro station and jump on our train to Versailles. Today, the weather was pretty flakey. We stood in the rain to get inside. The line was super super long and after inside there were so many people we immediately realizesthat to get to the garden we had exited … What a waste of time. My comment on Versailles is that it is so huge!!! It took forever to walk around. We even saw people on Ez-go’s and Segways. The Versailles’ winter garden is really disappointing. I have to agree with my mom, it’s probably much better to come here during the summer. After a long walk around the huge garden, I was so tired from walking and decided to take the “little train”. On the transport something funny happened. We drove by a field and saw a bunch of sheep, and the girls behind us asked, “are those pigs?”. Oh Wow…. the person next to here immediately responded… “have you ever seen pigs eating grass? ” City folks… ha ha ha
Once we got inside the chateau, it was nothing like the chateau near Tours. First of all there were so many people. Just people everywhere. Second, maybe it is because of our visit near Tours, I just find Versailles pretty boring. Every room is just another room with different color furniture. After fighting through the crowd, we took the early train back to Paris.
After returning from Versailles, Xavier took us for Lamb dinner J’go near the Opera.
oh another wonderful day in Paris… tomorrow… the Museums!!
PS… see I am in new clothing today Finally got my luggage.
So today started off pretty late, I guess I am pretty tired from all the long nights from previous days, but it is the beginning of a new week and the beginning of my last week in France. Today started with my panic attempts to access the internet to finish my work timesheet. With all this traveling, I forgot that I still need to fill out a vacation time card for work. So, I ended up at the local McDonald trying to use their free internet to VPN back to our office to complete my time card. Yes for some reason our internet did not work in our hotel.
Amazingly, right after finishing my time card, we discovered that there is an Air France Office nearby. We’ve been here for a few days and there is an Air France office just right next to where we were staying, AMAZING!! Since we have not gotten our luggage yet, we decided to go and see if they can help us. After around 20 minutes of waiting and talking to the reps, we got our new hotel address updated in their system, and found out that they have found one of our luggage and maybe delivering it today. Woo hoo!! With that wonderful news, we help our friends drag their luggages across Paris to our new hotel.
Our new hotel is a bit nicer, it even have an RFID key for opening room doors. How cool huh? However, the location of the new hotel is a bit farther than the previous location, but it is still very close to the metro.
Once we all checked in, we decided to go for another city bicycle ride around Paris. Oh, I just love riding bikes around Paris!!! This time, we rode to the Picasa museum and the Victor Hugo’s House. Unfortunately the Picasa Museum is closed until 2012 and all other museums are closed for Monday!!!
We parked our bikes and stopped for lunch at the Cafe Hugo. Yumm Yumm… Beef and Carrots!!
Victor Hugo’s House.
After a short break we decide to get another bike and ride to Pompidou center. However, I ended up getting a bad bike and unable to return it properly so I was not able to check out another bike. My friends ended up pushing their bikes along the side walk all the way to the pumpadu center. sorry guys…
More stairs!!! This is one of my favorite stairs shots.
After a short visit around the Pompidou center, I got a new bike (paid another 3 euros) and rode to the islands to have some ice cream with my friends at the Berthillon ice cream shop. Yummy!!! They have, supposedly, the best ice cream in Paris. So on a cold winter day, we were having ice cream.
Xavier making Hot Chocolate!!
The shops on this street have some really interesting things.
A night view of Notre Dame de Paris, as we walked toward the near by Metro Station.
For dinner, we went to a small wine shop near Bercy. So, tonight I learned that you can not call red wines smooth, you have to describe the wine as fruity or not so fruity… so many things to learn about drinking wine.
Sausages and beans.
Duck breast salad.
After our wonderful dinner, Xavier took us to a night stroll near the France National Library.
and more “stairs” pictures
After we finally returned to our new hotel, half of our luggage was waiting for us!!! YEAH!!!! However, the other 1/2, my half is still missing!!!… so far I have travelled in the same clothe for 7 days. Oh don’t worry, I do wash them nightly ;).
It is Sunday today, not much going on, so I will just start with some of today’s highlights.
First, Bastille market!!! It’s amazingly cool, it is like the French Market in New Orleans or the Taiwanese open air market in Taiwan. It’s pretty awesome with all the fresh food and goods. It really makes me want to buy some food and cook. Unfortunately we do not have a kitchen :(.
Look!!! it’s actually a fish bowl with gold fish on his head!!!
Our breakfast break… We bought some bread and beef and carrots. YUM YUM!!!
Churros … freshly made… much better than Costco churros!!!
Lunch … French McDee’s. uh.. they are actually not very good.
After lunch, took the metro to met up with our friends Xavier (aka French guy) and Huey. From there we took the RER (the regional rail) to a French outdoor outlet. Since my luggage hasn’t arrived yet, I decided to get a new shirt while I am here. I bought a nice purpose dress shirt with french cuffs and chinese knot cufflinks!!!
Afterward, since we were so close to Disney Land Paris, we decide to visit the Disney Village. From the short visit there, I get the feeling, Disney Land is more like American Land, everything there is about the American and Disney culture.
After our short visit at the Disney village, we decided to head back to Paris for dinner. When we returned to our hotel, we walked out to the beautiful street of Paris and found Leon’s. It is a restaurant that serves mussels. What we did not know is, Sunday night is all you can eat mussel night!!!… Yep after 3 rounds of mussels, I was super super full… so good … so yummy!!!
Finally, still nothing about the where about of my luggage and tomorrow is a new week and we are moving to a new hotel.