Sep 30 2010

China 2010

This is my second trip (since settling down in the USA) back home. It differs drastically from my first. The 2003 trip I herded my kids and tried to flaunt my hometown (they were so thoroughly turned off that till this day they adamantly refuse to visit it again). If that trip was showoff, stressful and full of struggle then this 2010 one is intimate, intoxicating and full of insightful involvements.

China, needless to say, has changed for the better. Really. IF you’re still thinking or talking about human rights and sweatshops, then you need to wise up and do some serious catch up. It

Sep 28 2010

The last day

Auntie Jennie had this tea waiting for me when I got to her apartment on Sunday. I was very humbled. There were many instances that I wanted to express my feelings, wanted to let her know that I care about her. But I never managed to conjure enough courage to get the words out of my mouth. Seeing the tea was one of such moments. .. but I chickened out by inspecting the tea in detail. I

Sep 27 2010

H.K. Cultural 香港文化

Hong Kong used to be a cultural desert; errrhhh that

Sep 27 2010

Shandong Hotel

This 5-star hotel is bit out of the city center. The surrounding area is spacious. Near by there is a California Club – not sure what it offers.

In the room, there is a small plastic sign on the bed saying don’t smoke .. I didn’t read it closely. Later when I talked about with friends in the lobby, they corrected me: it said No Smoking on Bed. Guess I never read. People smoke everywhere, even in the lobby.

Jogging paths ..

A piano ..

… and the conference

Sep 26 2010

The Sky Tower 傲云阁

傲云阁 Aoyun Ge on 133-147 Pak Tai Street 北帝街 in Kowloon is a new development after Kai Tak Airport 啟德機場 was shut down. 三姑姑 Gugu Auntie Jennie used to live in Shatian 沙田. After a recommendation from one of her friends, she went to see and decided to purchase right on the spot. She paid HK$1,950,000 for a one bedroom on 20th floor in 2003. It has a study which she uses for teaching and a balcony looking out to the pool. It sells $3,900,000 nowadays. All the rooms, kitchen and living room are really small but it’s a standard size for HK. The premise is very clean, well maintained. She pays only about $700 per month for maintenance. I’m trying to picture a condo in Queens with that ratio!

More pix on FB

Her building has 58 floors, each floor has 8 apartments. The three elevators are just not enough to keep a speedy service – long wait all the time. But I could certainly settle it just for the swimming pool !! The guard told me it’s about 35m in length.


Sep 25 2010

The Tsim Sha Tsui East Promenade

Tsim Sha Tsui, 尖沙嘴 (古称尖沙头)’s waterfront is pretty. It has perfect view of Hong Kong Island, across the Victoria Harbor. The Avenue of Stars is not much to write home about but is there. Salisbury Road has many hotels and Nathan Road, the centre of Tsim Sha Tsui’s shopping culture.

so so Hong Kong .. the little sampan

like a painting? .. I did it in a split second

the afternoon hue or ..

Night Falls on Manhattan .. oh I meant Hong Kong

Sep 24 2010

The Star Ferry

I love Hong Kong’s Star Ferry. The Sheraton Hotel is just a short hop to it. It’s still very inexpensive: HK$2.5 per adult for a work day and $3 on weekends and holidays.

More pix on FB – Star Ferry at Tsim Sha Tsui 尖沙咀

an approaching ferry

Star Ferry at Tsim Sha Tsui 尖沙咀

the Hong Kong skyline from the Ferry


From the Excelsior , 2014-01-11

Sep 24 2010

Visiting a classmate

Ye Ruyin Ruby
2010-09-24 HK Ruby 2014-09-24 Ruby

Sep 24 2010

It’s Courbet, NOT Gu Ba

This is how wiki defines a museum:

A museum is a building or institution that houses and cares for a collection of artifacts and other objects of scientific, artistic, or historical importance and makes them available for public viewing through exhibits that may be permanent or temporary.

This pretty much sums up what/how I feel about a museum.

Defending Zhenhai, Belaboring French Army
The Zhenhai’s Defence War is an important battle in the Chinese-French War. On February 28, 1885, Gu Ba, the commander of the France Far East Fleet, led the navy to invade Zhenhai. Under the leadership of the Armymen and people of Zhenhai, Liu Bing-Zhang, the governmental inspector of Zhejiang Province, concerted actions towards the foreign counterparts. The army and militia set up a joint defence, sharing the bitter hatred to deal with the invaders. Thus they made up of a steel great wall of uniting as one. They smashed the myth that the western big powers, so-called “ship firm and cannon sharp”, couldn’t be defeated. It was only a complete victory that China defeated foreigh [sic] aggressions of modern times. The Defence War and Zheng Nan Gun Great Victory (The Liang Shan Hill) ensembled a song of triumph about the army and people of China against French, composing a glorious page in the modern history of Chinese resistance against foreign aggressions.

This stele was at 镇海口海防历史纪念馆 Zhenhai Coast Defense History Museum, as of Sept 19, 2010. Grammar and spelling aside, the museum ought to do a better job to get the French admiral’s name right. It isn’t Gu Ba for Pete’s sake, it’s Anatole-Am

Sep 22 2010

I spotted this sign at Shanghai Expo


Please don’t trample
Civilized visit

It stands by a ceramic fountain with little water inside.
This is posted at the entrance of 镇海口海防历史纪念馆 Zhenhai Coast Defense History Museum in Ningbo:

穿背心, 拖鞋者谢绝参观

Warm prompt
Sleeveless garment, slippers are not allowed.

To remedy, the museum provides shoes ..
I was forced to wear this pair
Thank lord it fit
Thank lord the shoes were disease free .. 香港脚 (Athlete’s foot) was on my mind the entire time
This time in China, I saw many places with the 温馨提示 Warm prompt signs. In the public bathrooms, there were plenty of wenxin tishi signs even when there weren’t any bathroom tissues installed in each booth. Yup, the tissue was located centrally in one location. Nevertheless, the signs indeed warmed my heart. China is trying hard to improve its software.
Gargle. Golfer felt something in his throat and asked me if gargle would help. It drew a blank at first because I didn