Nov 2 2019

Bye, Beijing

It seems that I haven’t been to Beijing airport for a while: you go through security check first: they’re right up front, in your face. Since I’ve a few pieces, a young man mentioned to me to just go ahead. When I hesitate, he became rather unpleasant. Oh well.

Once inside, I immediately saw the vantage point of Forbidden City, which I just went two night before.

What interesting, I ran into the same flight attendant on my Pei-Sea, who was on my JFK-Sea too. Oh well.

Feb 11 2018

Gum Wah

345 8th St,
Oakland, CA 94607

Will return. A very topical Cantonese eatery where old gentlemen bring their birds and chitchat and eat. But I did see a mom with her 6 years old and an older diva in trendy yoga leggings. Free Chinese newspapers are on the tables. I’m lucky to have found a parking spot on the street four cars away from this restaurant. With a nice pedestrian’s help I successfully parallel parked, with a hour limit.

Foods are all good. Beef rice noodle with too much meat. Congee is delicious. I saw how they make the thin rice sheet to wrap the fried stick – youtiao and ordered one: the sheet is great but fried stick is kind of hard. Service is affable. When I tried to get hot water for my ever-presence tea bottle and couldn’t, she said “oh you don’t know” and went on to show me.


Feb 10 2018

Herbert Hoover

President Hoover’s legacy lives on at Stanford. The tower ($4 admission) has a clear view of the campus, the institute houses many historical collections. his included.



Feb 10 2018

Stanford Jr

A boy died too young …
Motion film was invented @ Stanford


Feb 10 2018

Rodin at Stanford

328 Lomita Dr,
Stanford, CA 94305

Cantor Arts Center/Museum in Stanford (The Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University), San Francisco has the largest collection of Rodin’s works outside of his own museum in Paris.



Feb 10 2018

Stanford University

A perennial thing to do in San Francisco. A pretty campus, Rodin sculptures, museums, Hoover (institute and tower), and Stanford Jr …

The Quad – Main Quadrangle

the Quad from the Tower




Feb 7 2018

Going to the Wild West

A hectic 3-night trip to California, and taking the red-eye flight home. Nothing was according to the plan.

Car rental: I haven’t been renting myself for a long long time and surprised to find there are many choices to choose from the same class of cars. I’ve medium and there is a huge tri-row seating suv, OMG. How does it qualify as a medium is beyond me. The attendant encourages me to drive that monster and I did get in but don’t know how to adjust the seat, therefore, chickens out, and pick another car, which is more of my size -:).

Sunny, sunny and sunny.


Feb 29 2016


The airfare on Cathay Pacific (HKG: 0293 HK$12.98) from San Francisco to Hong Kong, then Taipei, and returning from Beijing is exactly double the amount of JetBlue (JBLU US$20) from New York to San Francisco. But CX allows two pieces of luggage. Two meals. Entertainment. Wine. Snacks such as Toblerone, Ferrero Rocher and cup noodles. Oh, also prettier girls. JetBlue serves water and chips. The flight attendants are much older. I’ve nothing against it but just stating the fact.

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Aerial view

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Feb 29 2016

Sausal Creek

This little stream is next to Dimond Park in Oakland. Houses on the steep cliff, don’t know if I could sleep tight in the night. The dogs are enjoying the walk too.

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Feb 29 2016

Dimond park

The Dimond Lion’s outdoor pool, off Wellington St, opens year around.  The construction is to clean up the creek, putting in bathrooms, etc. Hope next time I can visit it.

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