September 27, 2014

Look what kind of crazily gigantic ghostly twisty loopy bubbles we are capable of making.







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  Crazy Bubbles

 Want to make some yourself? Checkout the book Maker Dad.

Crazy Giant Bubbles

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Look what kind of crazily gigantic ghostly twisty loopy bubbles we are capable of making.







Want to see more? Here you go.

  Crazy Bubbles

 Want to make some yourself? Checkout the book Maker Dad.

Saturday, September 27, 2014
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September 26, 2014

Emma, Annya, and Yung set their individual goals at the beginning of the summer.

Goals for Yung

Emma and Annya also built their very fancy summer reading log

Now summer has long passed, the kids have already set new goals for the fall.
How did they do on their goals? Not too good, not too bad. I hope they do better fro the fall

Summer Goals

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Emma, Annya, and Yung set their individual goals at the beginning of the summer.

Goals for Yung

Emma and Annya also built their very fancy summer reading log

Now summer has long passed, the kids have already set new goals for the fall.
How did they do on their goals? Not too good, not too bad. I hope they do better fro the fall

Friday, September 26, 2014
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September 22, 2014

Daddy I need batteries, my flashlight doesn't turn on.  It is probably broken, you have only had it for one hour.  No Daddy, it only needs batteries. Look Mijo, the flashlight has a crack by the switch.

That isn't a crack Daddy, can you look at it again?  Ok, it still looks like a crack to me Yungy.  Did you drop the flashlight on the floor?  Daddy, I dropped the flashlight on the floor a lot of times. Maybe it is the batteries, we can check it tomorrow.  Thank you Daddy!

Batteries Needed

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Daddy I need batteries, my flashlight doesn't turn on.  It is probably broken, you have only had it for one hour.  No Daddy, it only needs batteries. Look Mijo, the flashlight has a crack by the switch.

That isn't a crack Daddy, can you look at it again?  Ok, it still looks like a crack to me Yungy.  Did you drop the flashlight on the floor?  Daddy, I dropped the flashlight on the floor a lot of times. Maybe it is the batteries, we can check it tomorrow.  Thank you Daddy!

Monday, September 22, 2014
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September 12, 2014

Truth be hold, for travel, China is not my favorite destination. One, I have been to China. As a matter of fact, I grew up in China. The vast, deep and intricate inter-personally relationship in China endears, also repels me; Two, I have made America my home, happily raising three kids and building my nest; Three, it is simply too far, too operationally, logistically complicated. It is simply too expensive.

Still, home is home.

The flight

So this summer, our family of five boarded on the plane and flew to China.  Hainan airline, seems to have a knack of dividing (our) families and seating us randomly away from each other, even though the air policy states kids need to be with a adult. Yet, being a People's nation, after a few round of talking (by the air hostesses), we managed to swap some seats and managed to stay close (not next) to each other. We had exactly the same problem and solution on the returning flights.

The flight was long, seats were small, sleep was not quite an option. However, Yung loved his "own" TV set, Emma took good care of Annya, they loved the thrill of taking off and soaring above the clouds and landing. With regular meals/snacks, the kids managed to fly through the whole journey without much trouble.

It actually took us 2 flights to to reach our final destination. Chicago to Beijing, 13 hours? Beijing to Chengdu, 4 hours?

All was good.

The stay

Three years ago, when we were in China. We did a swirl of fun travels. My sisters reached out to their network of underlings and took us to every reachable destinations around Chengdu.

This time, I halfheartedly planned our stay with my sister and brother-in-law, yet none of the plan got materialized. Tibet? Eh, Louis is an American/foreigner, so he would not be allowed into the territory, for fear of instigating terrorism or separatism (or something like that); XiAn, yes, it is nice, but kids probably would get bored 10 minutes after looking at those terracotta warriors buried underground thousands years ago; also it might be too late to book train tickets; Of all of the obstacles, the most insurmountable was that there was only one who can legally And competently drive.

Talking about driving. Traffic in China was obviously a daily thriller, traffic lights just do not seem to work much, every driver was an acrobat somehow always magically knew when to stop at the exact moment (right before the guy on the other lane swerved and raced past you). They always knew to honk at any one any time through any local lanes. I just saw walking elders look warily back at the cars and went aside quietly.

Oh, boy, there were/are always a lot of people on any given day, at any given moment. People sit, talk, have a cup of tea, play MaJiang(a popular game), shop. Chengdu is especially famous for its leisurely lifestyle, it is fully present in the throngs of people here, there, everywhere. People also gather in parks, on the corner of street, dancing with boombox playing.

Fun. When I went to a park and saw people dancing, I dragged Louis into the crowd and "danced".

People also happily relax and sleep in the parks. No, they are not homeless, they are just genuinely enjoying a beautiful day and a beautiful park. We have found that in Chengdu you can hardly ever see a homeless.


Chengdu is also famous for its food, so my mom, my sisters took turns taking us out to dinner, hot pot, spicy chicken, dumplings, wantons.


Louis and I were amused by all of the open market selling fruits, meat, eggs, everything.




We visited local parks, checked out a few "ancient"
towns (they are really new "towns" reconstructed in the style of old Chengdu), shopped for Chinese folk styled little things.


JiuZhaiGou

On an impulse, I did manage to get out of the daily ritual of eating, going out, eating again, going out some more, and took my whole family and my nephew (as a helper) to JiuZhaiGou, one of the most beautiful places /nature parks on earth.

The trip took us 10 hours on bus to get there, another 10 hours to get back. We stayed at JiuZhaiGou for a day.

It was all worth it. I loved the myriad of waterfalls, whether running through a terrace of trees or tumbled down over an cliff or flowing over the mountain slope, pearls of water splashing and chasing each other; creeks rushing in and out sight; beautiful lakes of beautiful colors scattered throughout.











JiuZhaiGou

China again

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Truth be hold, for travel, China is not my favorite destination. One, I have been to China. As a matter of fact, I grew up in China. The vast, deep and intricate inter-personally relationship in China endears, also repels me; Two, I have made America my home, happily raising three kids and building my nest; Three, it is simply too far, too operationally, logistically complicated. It is simply too expensive.

Still, home is home.

The flight

So this summer, our family of five boarded on the plane and flew to China.  Hainan airline, seems to have a knack of dividing (our) families and seating us randomly away from each other, even though the air policy states kids need to be with a adult. Yet, being a People's nation, after a few round of talking (by the air hostesses), we managed to swap some seats and managed to stay close (not next) to each other. We had exactly the same problem and solution on the returning flights.

The flight was long, seats were small, sleep was not quite an option. However, Yung loved his "own" TV set, Emma took good care of Annya, they loved the thrill of taking off and soaring above the clouds and landing. With regular meals/snacks, the kids managed to fly through the whole journey without much trouble.

It actually took us 2 flights to to reach our final destination. Chicago to Beijing, 13 hours? Beijing to Chengdu, 4 hours?

All was good.

The stay

Three years ago, when we were in China. We did a swirl of fun travels. My sisters reached out to their network of underlings and took us to every reachable destinations around Chengdu.

This time, I halfheartedly planned our stay with my sister and brother-in-law, yet none of the plan got materialized. Tibet? Eh, Louis is an American/foreigner, so he would not be allowed into the territory, for fear of instigating terrorism or separatism (or something like that); XiAn, yes, it is nice, but kids probably would get bored 10 minutes after looking at those terracotta warriors buried underground thousands years ago; also it might be too late to book train tickets; Of all of the obstacles, the most insurmountable was that there was only one who can legally And competently drive.

Talking about driving. Traffic in China was obviously a daily thriller, traffic lights just do not seem to work much, every driver was an acrobat somehow always magically knew when to stop at the exact moment (right before the guy on the other lane swerved and raced past you). They always knew to honk at any one any time through any local lanes. I just saw walking elders look warily back at the cars and went aside quietly.

Oh, boy, there were/are always a lot of people on any given day, at any given moment. People sit, talk, have a cup of tea, play MaJiang(a popular game), shop. Chengdu is especially famous for its leisurely lifestyle, it is fully present in the throngs of people here, there, everywhere. People also gather in parks, on the corner of street, dancing with boombox playing.

Fun. When I went to a park and saw people dancing, I dragged Louis into the crowd and "danced".

People also happily relax and sleep in the parks. No, they are not homeless, they are just genuinely enjoying a beautiful day and a beautiful park. We have found that in Chengdu you can hardly ever see a homeless.


Chengdu is also famous for its food, so my mom, my sisters took turns taking us out to dinner, hot pot, spicy chicken, dumplings, wantons.


Louis and I were amused by all of the open market selling fruits, meat, eggs, everything.




We visited local parks, checked out a few "ancient"
towns (they are really new "towns" reconstructed in the style of old Chengdu), shopped for Chinese folk styled little things.


JiuZhaiGou

On an impulse, I did manage to get out of the daily ritual of eating, going out, eating again, going out some more, and took my whole family and my nephew (as a helper) to JiuZhaiGou, one of the most beautiful places /nature parks on earth.

The trip took us 10 hours on bus to get there, another 10 hours to get back. We stayed at JiuZhaiGou for a day.

It was all worth it. I loved the myriad of waterfalls, whether running through a terrace of trees or tumbled down over an cliff or flowing over the mountain slope, pearls of water splashing and chasing each other; creeks rushing in and out sight; beautiful lakes of beautiful colors scattered throughout.











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September 08, 2014

Finally compiled the mini-videos taken at JiuZaiGou

The most beautiful Jiu Zai Gou

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Finally compiled the mini-videos taken at JiuZaiGou

Monday, September 08, 2014
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September 07, 2014



Yung was too young to remember our first trip to China.  He must have thought we were flying directly to Grandma's house:  Mommy where are these people in the airplane going to?  They are going to China Yung.  Are they all going to Grandma's house too?

We all had a nice time visiting family.  Mommy's family treated us very well and tried not to let us spend any money.  The public toilets, which are basically a whole in the ground, is probably the biggest adjustment for the kids.  Emma had said, Dad, I just saw the biggest poop that I have ever seen.  Yung and Annya would try to hold their pee.  It came to the point where we had to bribe Yung to use the restroom with a treat.  Just make sure you bring your Chinese dollar and your own toilet paper.

I guess a 15 hour one way flight to China wasn't enough for Mommy.  Mommy thought taking a 10 hour bus ride one way into the mountains was a good idea.  So we did go to Jiuzaigou Natinal Park.  The bus ride wasn't too bad.  We had our $1 Chinese Yen ready for the potty breaks along with a couple of bribes here and there.  See some of the attached photos from one of prettiest mountains in China:


It rained most of the day; a little water doesn't hurt anyone.
Background is unbelievable.
This is Yung's favorite Aunt.  Mommy, I love you but your Sister is so beautiful.





Anya's five year old cousin.


Yung's second favorite Aunt.

They call this the rainbow color lake in Jiuzaigou.  Clear, cold and beautiful.

Here are a couple of pictures from the meat and dairy market in Chengdu.  Meat and eggs so fresh that they don't need to be refrigerated.  Don't think the butcher was too happy I took his picture.  Glad he was taking a cigarette break.




Authentic Chinese food.  No American Chinese Rolls.
Our oldest nephew.  Great help with our trip to Jiuzaigou.


Someday we may return to China.  The kids need to know where their history and family is from.  At the very least they can say that they have been in China not once but twice.  We did bring back a very big part of China.  Grandma will be with us until January.  The kids will always remember their Grandma from China.



China 2014

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Yung was too young to remember our first trip to China.  He must have thought we were flying directly to Grandma's house:  Mommy where are these people in the airplane going to?  They are going to China Yung.  Are they all going to Grandma's house too?

We all had a nice time visiting family.  Mommy's family treated us very well and tried not to let us spend any money.  The public toilets, which are basically a whole in the ground, is probably the biggest adjustment for the kids.  Emma had said, Dad, I just saw the biggest poop that I have ever seen.  Yung and Annya would try to hold their pee.  It came to the point where we had to bribe Yung to use the restroom with a treat.  Just make sure you bring your Chinese dollar and your own toilet paper.

I guess a 15 hour one way flight to China wasn't enough for Mommy.  Mommy thought taking a 10 hour bus ride one way into the mountains was a good idea.  So we did go to Jiuzaigou Natinal Park.  The bus ride wasn't too bad.  We had our $1 Chinese Yen ready for the potty breaks along with a couple of bribes here and there.  See some of the attached photos from one of prettiest mountains in China:


It rained most of the day; a little water doesn't hurt anyone.
Background is unbelievable.
This is Yung's favorite Aunt.  Mommy, I love you but your Sister is so beautiful.





Anya's five year old cousin.


Yung's second favorite Aunt.

They call this the rainbow color lake in Jiuzaigou.  Clear, cold and beautiful.

Here are a couple of pictures from the meat and dairy market in Chengdu.  Meat and eggs so fresh that they don't need to be refrigerated.  Don't think the butcher was too happy I took his picture.  Glad he was taking a cigarette break.




Authentic Chinese food.  No American Chinese Rolls.
Our oldest nephew.  Great help with our trip to Jiuzaigou.


Someday we may return to China.  The kids need to know where their history and family is from.  At the very least they can say that they have been in China not once but twice.  We did bring back a very big part of China.  Grandma will be with us until January.  The kids will always remember their Grandma from China.



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