Oct 28 2019

Trained in China, 2019

Trains in China … This year, the ¥5 fee charged for picking up other train stations’ tickets 异地取票 are gone. People are nicer in general, and most of them follows rule, like waiting on line. But there are always someone specially who insisted to cut the lines…

Hefei to Beijing: commercials embedded in the mirror in the bathroom.



Sep 16 2019

5.5 miles sea kayaking

39 Cottage Street
Bar Harbor, ME

A wonderful day out on the sea: mostly cloudy with gentle winds. Along the way from Bartlett Narrows to Seal Cove, we see many porpoises during the trip. 9公里 一直有海豚陪伴. We used Sea Kayak, $50 for 5 hours – including a pep talk and travel time. The actual time on the kayak is about 3 hours. Our trip ends early.


Sep 16 2019

Margret Todd & the harbor

Sailing off … this four masts sailboat is eye catchy at Bar Harbor;


Aug 11 2019

A horrible traffic jam @ Tanglewood

4:53pm by the gate (inside) after the matinee was over.  

A totally avoidable nightmare concluded our Beethoven’s weekend. What the management is thinking to start matinee at 2:30pm, asking us to leave the parking lot by 5:30, for the evening performance at 8pm. We sat in the parking lot for 40 minutes and on the West Street for 46 minutes.  

Global warming!

I’d guess that most concert goers are liberals and wondering how they feel as they sit in their cars, moving an inch at time, or not moving for extended period.

Did Yoyo Ma get there on time for his 8pm show?

Jun 26 2019

Subway station @ Columbus Circle

The underground station at 59th Street and Broadway/8th Avenue or there about is pretty nice: with many shops … and the Beijing Duck is on a limited offer at Poké Bowl. 


May 20 2019

The cab drivers

What do they want? It’s 4:30 pm on Monday and the Boulevard Saint-Germain in 7e is completely blocked.

One sign reads: Macron respecter la loi grandguillaume ???

May 19 2019

Keep your metro ticket

Parismetro is like NYC subway: one flat fare – €1.90, gets you from A to Z regardless of distance. (NYC fare currently is $3.00, Frankfurt, which is much smaller and less lines but costs €2.75. The exchange rate is about €1 to $1.12) You insert your ticket and voila, you’re in. You don’t need it again, like, to exit.

On a Sunday evening, a few controllers were down, inside, checking our tickets. I was wondering: how? IF I’m in that means I’ve a ticket.

Coincident, I ran into them again on my way to CDG airport. I wondered out loud this time. The nice lady sat next to me said, “you’re suppose to keep the ticket until you exit.”

Learned one more thing.

I then said, “so odd, this is my second time seeing ticket checkers. The first one was last Sunday.”

She said, “the city needs money.”

May 17 2019

Electric Scooters in Paris

They’re everywhere and everyone is using it in Paris. According to this post, there are about ten companies on the market. Some charges by distance while others by time. To unlock one, it usually cost €1, plus time/distance you’ll be using. No docking and the companies collect them during the night to re-charge or re-pair.

May 3 2019

The handicap lots @ New World Mall

Roosevelt Ave & Main St,
Flushing, New York, 11354

And … the handicap parking spots are filled with German made cars, always. Have you seen anything like this before: so many, so often at the same time?

What’s going on here?

Aug 8 2018

#7 at Hudson Yards

The purple subway #7 has a new station at the Hudson Yards.