May 21 2016

I’m a walker now

I never liked to walk or jog but find myself to be an able walker (avg 5,260 steps a day)  if I want to: accumulating 8.39 miles or 23,459 steps in one day. Walk around Georgetown in DC is enjoyable, even in the rain.

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… and some flowers. I also visited the church on Dumbarton Street NW ( and Rose Park; Key bridge.

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May 21 2016

AMC @ Georgetown

This movie house (unit 2654) is pretty amazing. The screen #5 has 76 reclining seats. The movie – Keanu, about a cat  – is terrible, so of course I felt asleep. The movie house is under going renovation/rebuilding. I could imagine how nice it would be once it’s done. Wish the movie house in my town is of the same quality.

Never hurt to dream.

May 21 2016

Second Story Books

I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library
Jorge Luis Borges

This used book store in Dupont Circle is on the high end side: many books sell for well over several hundreds, and some are in 5 figures. It’s on 2000 P St NW, (202) 659-8884.

IMG_0188A six volumes from Richard Nixon Library, with his signature on one copy sells for $900. Near by, the Antichita Di Ercalano (or Ercolano?) – Antiquities of Herculaneum Exposed (8 volumes) retails for $17,500. I asked to see the signature, the kid in red shirt didn’t find it. I returned the following day, the other guy found it but forbid me to photo citing copyright, ?? Whatever.

This copy of bio of Fitzgerald by Sheila Schwartz (I didn’t check the edition) sells for $750, while Amazon can do 2012 edition under $5 bucks.

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When I walked in, a woman with a box full of books followed: she went in to sell, and said she’s more to bring. The young man eyeballed the box and said, they would take the books.

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A room without books is like a body without a soul


May 21 2016

Thip Khao

3462 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20010

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After the commencement we have dinner with her friend and family. I’m a Chinese who usually doesn’t like Southeast Asian cuisines because of their taste are bit too sweet for me. This one is no exception. The decor is clean and the service is good. However, my 3-star rating is for somewhat ok bathroom and food (we’ve nine people so our selection’s wide):

  • The complementary cucumber with a dash of hot spicy paste is unappetizing – they don’t mesh, do they?
  • The pig’s ear – the Americans don’t even like to eat the grapes and water melons with seeds, how do they come to like pig’s ears that are full of cartilage?

Seriously, is this a novelty or Asian Fever, or both? I know I’ve no sophistication, and narrow mind.

The most off putting is their hot rice in the clear plastic: is this even healthy? The little container is charming but I won’t want my food served in plastic bags.  Yelp

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May 20 2016

The Ball of 2016

It’s held at Union Station, equivalent of New York’s Grand Central, for parents as well for the kids. $100 pp with open bar. Food isn’t too bad. We got off the cab and walked – not worth the trouble to maneuver to the entrance. The bracelet made the check in a breeze. We left at 12 midnight, leave the kids to have fun. They did and closed out the bar at 2am – even the event ran from 9 pm to 1 am.

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May 20 2016

The Pinning Ceremony

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May 20 2016

The best lunch ever

I thought we were going to finish their leftovers (just kidding) since it’s their last few days in their houses. But boy was I right: they prepared it. Complete with desserts and bubbles.

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How can I thank you kids? I swallowed food and bubbles with tears of joy.

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The seven lined up, thanked their parents and loved ones, toasting as much to us as to themselves. The victory lap is drinking directly from the bottle. Way to go kids! The campus life has finished. Real life is about to begin. Good luck to you all, kids. We love you very much, wish you all the best.

May 20 2016

Georgetown water front park

The Potomac River is pretty busy: rowing, ducks, helicopters and seagulls, making a wonderful day even more enjoyable. Youtube rowing and heli.

Key Bridge

Key Bridge

picnic spot

picnic spot

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May 19 2016

Dahlgren Chapel of the Sacred Heart

This small Roman Catholic church is on Georgetown University campus, where we fall in love with the university (wiki) when we first came to visit, unplanned.

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My child is being honored at the graduation.



May 19 2016

Convocation 2016

Not many universities have convocation. The religion present at Georgetown is just right: nearly none. It offers two convocations: the one at beginning and this one at the end, at the graduation. Kids get to use the gowns twice.

Diversity is cherished, which is also politically correct. The procession led by the kids (on Youtube) come first, then the big wigs.

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Put the pin on each other

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The weather turns out nice, after all.

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… and the reception at the Leo J. O’Donovan Dining Hall.

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It’s the end to a fabulous four years and the start to an adventure. Good luck to my love and to all.