Arrival in Beijing

"Welcome to Beijing" Beijing, 2018
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“Welcome to Beijing” Beijing, 2018

こなばんは。How’s it going?

Well, we finally made it to China! After a 13-hour flight from Los Angeles, we arrived in Beijing at 2:15 pm local time. The weather is beautiful and it doesn’t seem too polluted.

The customs/security at the airport wasn’t too bad although I had a ton of trouble with the fingerprinting machines. They just couldn’t scan my fingers correctly and it took a long time to do. Eventually, one of the officers came by with a wet rag and cleaned the sensor window and it worked fine.

Soon after, we met up with our tour guide coordinator, then hopped into our shuttle (a Buick minivan) and after a short 20-minute drive we were at our hotel.

"From the Hotel" Beijing, 2018
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“From the Hotel” Beijing, 2018

The rest of our group of 23 arrived at the same time, so after a quick rest, we headed to the attached mall and found a nice restaurant for dinner. Of course our first meal in China has to be Chinese food, so Tak Yong fit the bill nicely! We ordered spicy minced pork with buns, kung pao chicken (to see how it’s prepared in the motherland), and a spicy fish dish. I chose the fish partly because many other diners ordered it, and also because I wanted to see how it compared to the spicy fish dish that I love back in Austin.

I thought it was delicious! The broth was clear, but there was plenty of red pepper and peppercorns to give it some heat, and the fish filets were tender and flavorful. The other dishes were yummy as well, and the portions were large. Three dishes were perfect for the four of us. My only complaint would be that the service was kind of slow and they brought out our rice after all the other dishes, so we couldn’t enjoy it together. However, our waitress was patient and did her best to translate using her phone and another little electronic display to communicate.

"Dinner" Beijing, 2018
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“Dinner” Beijing, 2018

After dinner, it was still early evening so we strolled through the mall, then outside for a bit. The evening air was a nice temperature, but the city air has an unhealthy smell to it. Maybe because we are in the heart of the city and also it was the end of the day, but let’s see if the air is the same tomorrow morning. Will be interesting to find out.

"Late Commuters" Beijing, 2018
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“Late Commuters” Beijing, 2018

I hope you had a nice day!

またね~

Off to China

"787" Los Angeles, 2018
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“787” Los Angeles, 2018

Hello!

Well, our trip to China is underway as we began our long flight from Los Angeles to Beijing. Luckily the plane is a Boeing 787 so we have plenty of modern amenities including large overhead bins and a modern entertainment system. The movie selection is huge and varied! If you check out the photo down below, you can see how there are some obscure titles.

Because it’s a super-long flight, I was able to watch four movies: “Fantastic Beasts, and Where to Find Them“, “Ready Player One“, “Destiny: Kamakura Monogatari“, and “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl“.

I enjoyed all the movies except perhaps the Japanese one, which was a bit boring. I think I may have slept for half an hour through the middle of it. However, “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” was excellent, funny, and really sad. After that one, I had to turn off the screen and read my book. 😭

Anyways, we’re almost to China, and the excitement is running high!

Talk to you later!

またね~

"Spacious" 2018
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“Spacious” 2018
"Movie Choices" 2018
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“Movie Choices” 2018
"Bathroom Selfie" 2018
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“Bathroom Selfie” 2018

Great Game

"Dodger Stadium" Los Angeles, 2018
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“Dodger Stadium” Los Angeles, 2018

Hi all!

Went to a ballgame today at Dodger Stadium to see the Dodgers play the Diamondbacks for first place. I haven’t been to a game here in several years so there was a lot of nostalgia for this visit. And I, of course, just had to have a dodger dog!

It was a really long game, with so many pitching changes and it really slowed down the pace, but that was ok in the end since the Matt Kemp ended the game with a walk-off hit in the 9th! Woohoo! It was amazing.

I hope you had a nice day!

またね~

Vacation Begins

"Waiting" Austin, 2018
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“Waiting” Austin, 2018

こなばんは。How’s it going?

Well, today was the first day of my long vacation. The first leg of my trip takes me from Austin to Los Angeles via Long Beach Airport. It was a smooth flight and I arrived at my brother’s place in Redondo Beach in the evening just in time for dinner. That’s when the festivities began, with a flight of beer at HopSaint Brewing Company, then a drink at my brother’s fiance’s neighbor’s birthday party. After that, we went for a couple more drinks at Hudson House and then back home. What a fun night, and a nice way to start the vacation.

おやすみ

"Burger Time" Redondo Beach, 2018
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“Burger Time” Redondo Beach, 2018
"Fun Photos" Redondo Beach, 2018
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“Fun Photos” Redondo Beach, 2018
"Airplane" Long Beach, 2018
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“Airplane” Long Beach, 2018
"Sunset" Redondo Beach, 2018
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“Sunset” Redondo Beach, 2018

First Marching Band Performance

"Marching Band" Leander, 2018
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“Marching Band” Leander, 2018

こなばんは。How’s it going?

Tonight Koa performed at his first high school football game. He’s part of the Front Ensemble, which is part of the Drum Line. Since he plays the vibraphone, and those instruments are so large, he just stays at the front of the band with the rest of the front ensemble, and their marimbas, gongs, and other large percussion pieces.

After the game, I asked if Koa liked it and he said it was super-fun! I’m glad he enjoyed his first-ever high school band game. They sounded great, btw!

"Stadium" Leander, 2018
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“Stadium” Leander, 2018

I hope you had a nice day!

またね~

🌱

"Alien Plant" Austin, 2018
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“Alien Plant” Austin, 2018

This plant is at the entrance to my office building, and after looking like it died during the winter freezes, is back strong and healthy and thriving in the Austin summer heat.

"Sky" Austin, 2018
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“Sky” Austin, 2018

❤☁