Monthly Archives: April 2014

Lunch at Zen


  Joe and I had a nice lunch at Zen today.  I underestimated the size of the dishes and ended up with some take away.  I liked the dim sum the most. The food and environment are very nice.  Service … Continue reading

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pronunciation part II


As a follow up to my pronunciation post, someone sent me this one. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lion-Eating_Poet_in_the_Stone_Den https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vExjnn_3ep4

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Black Belt Award


The black belts and uniforms arrived faster than I expected.  We had a belt ceremony and took some pics.  The belts and uniforms are a bit big.  I hope I don’t grow into them.  🙂

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Pronunciation is important


In China, I often get grief because my intonation is not always correct.  This can lead to some challenging conversations.  Today, I had an issue coming back the other way at me.  I had someone trying to explain to me … Continue reading

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Akasakatei for lunch


We went to Akasakatei at Kerry Parkside for lunch today.  I hear the buffet is not a bad deal.  We just had the lunch set.  I had a roll and bibimbap which is unusual for a Japanese restaurant.  The roll was … Continue reading

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Gelato at Ice Season


We got a little after dinner snack with gelato ay Ice Season.  The gelato is decent but I am not sure about the calories being the same as an apple.  Must be a very big apple.  Eliza loves the chocolate … Continue reading

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ET is found


http://www.cnet.com/news/found-ataris-e-t-games-dug-up-from-new-mexico-landfill/ I saw an article on the discovery of the landfill containing a bunch of dumped ET games.  I remember when this game came out.  The game was pretty bad, but I think it was just one of many crappy … Continue reading

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Haircut and dinner


      We got Eliza a hair cut today and then went over to Man Ho on Biyun Lu.  The food is all pretty good.  We got some wasabi conch, BBQ roast pork, kung po shrimp, tofu and asparagus, salty yolk … Continue reading

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Andrew’s trivia program


Andrew came up with his second game today.  A basic trivia game that I need a little help from google to solve.  🙂 http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/21223034/  

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It all comes together


http://www.fortheloveofcooking.net/2012/08/baked-donuts-with-maple-frosting-and-bacon-crumbles.html I don’t even know how many ways this creation can kill you.  But I guess it must be pretty tasty.

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Win some and lose some


Great news that we convinced one of our best guys to not quit the firm.  Unfortunately I lost someone else.  We asked him to reconsider, but he said he cannot change his mind because he spent a lot of time … Continue reading

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What we’ve got here is failure to communicate


You ever hear someone recap a meeting and you think to yourself, “Were we in the same meeting?”  I had one of those experiences today.  When I get into these situations, I usually think people hear what they want to … Continue reading

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Pushing multiple fronts today


Pushing a number of threads today.  I decided to try out an online site for my contacts. https://www.conxt.com   Now that I am trying to meet my 1000 people goal, I thought it would be good to organize my contacts in a … Continue reading

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Started work on my new goal


I took the first step in my goal to meet 1000 and learn something interesting about 1000 people.  Fortunately for me, my job puts me in a position to hit that goal if I put my mind to it.  I … Continue reading

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Action Park


I saw an article on Action Park today. http://io9.com/5904307/behold-the-water-slide-so-dangerous-it-was-shut-down-immediately They seemed to have dug up some old video with people trying out the Cannonball Loop. I remembered this place from youth and I loved coming to the park. In fact, … Continue reading

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Dinner at Tang Dynasty Mirae Asset Tower


After my Tae Kwon Do workout, we had a nice dinner at Tang Dynasty.  We had Eliza’s one month party at this place.  They often host weddings.  Its a bit loud and the service is not that great, but the … Continue reading

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Friday after a fast week


This week really flew by.  I did a lot of interviews this week and prepared some presentations on ideas on my mind.  I think the best part of my job is to think about ideas to do things better.  The … Continue reading

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Lunch at Urban Harvest Shanghai


   We had lunch at Urban Harvest.  The place grows their own mushrooms and sprouts.  A little bit of a gimmick, but I think the food is still pretty good.  Although I don’t like mayo, the shrimp with wasabi mayo … Continue reading

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Dinner at Haiku


         We had dinner at Haiku in Jingquiao.  The food is good quality and service is usually ok.  We had vegetable udon which Eliza loves.  She also had the cucumber roll.  I had the caterpillar roll and the dynamite … Continue reading

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Hanging out on Nanjing Road West


          We hung out over by Jing An and Nanjing West Road today.  There was a light drizzle in the air.  We managed to see a lot of things.  The front part of the Jing An Temple looks … Continue reading

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Lillian Bakery


After Awfully Chocolate, we went to Lillian Bakery next door.  This place is supposed to be from Macau and has a famous recipe for the egg tarts.  Not sure how true is the story, but I can say the egg … Continue reading

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Awfully Chocolate


Stopped by Awfully Chocolate on Nanjing West Road today.  Eliza loves the chocolate ice cream.  I got the cupcake, but I did not eat much of the topping.  Very nice taste but I doubt you want to eat this too … Continue reading

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CasaLingo


We went to CasaLingo for dinner.  Its an Italian restaurant by our place.  I thought the osso buco was decent.  Christine liked the dessert.  The place was especially busy tonight because of a corporate party.  Between the party and a … Continue reading

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May Love Dim Sum


I had some time after my black belt test to drop by May Love Dim Sum in Lujiazui.  The dim sum is decent for Shanghai.  I can’t say the dumpling skin is that good, but the service is decent and … Continue reading

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Black Belt test


Started off the day by dropping by the office to check on our hiring event.  The team has everything under control, but I thought I can drop by since the office is on the way to the tae kwon do … Continue reading

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Andrew’s first program


Andrew wrote his first program today.  http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/20649184/ He is much further along with this stuff than I was at his age.  He is interested in computers and creating his own games.  Let’s see if he can build on it.

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Lunch @ Vale at Kerry Parkside


We managed to get in at Vale today for lunch because we got down a little bit before noon.  They narrowed down the dim sum selection but they still have some decent ones to choose.  As far as Hong Kong … Continue reading

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Venus Flytrap


I don’t remember any childhood stories on the goose, golden eggs, and venus flytrap.

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Tomb Sweeping


  I had a day off from work today because of the Tomb Sweeping holiday.  My daughter had school.  I ran some errands and swung by the school to pick her up.  It is a rare chance for me to … Continue reading

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Rutger Martial Arts


These are various pics from my days in the Rutgers Martial Arts Club.  We had a good team and we made some great memories.  I am fortunate to still keep in contact with people from the team.  I hope to … Continue reading

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A nice Sunday and blossoms are blooming


  We enjoyed the great weather.  Its the time of the year for the blossoms.  We purchased a couple of coconuts from a sidewalk vendor not too far from the apartment.  I never realize the coconuts are quite heavy.  By … Continue reading

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Dinner at Simply Thai


After I went through a trial run of my black belt test today, I met up with the family to have dinner at Simply Thai.  We had green curry and pad thai.  The food is not exceptional, but a convenient … Continue reading

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Shanghai old to new


This is a view across from the Tae Kwon Do school where I am training.  In the background, you can see Jin Mao Tower, World Financial Center, and Shanghai Tower.  Each new building getting taller.  As you move to the … Continue reading

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Why do I want yesterday’s soup?


You can often find some interesting translations through out China

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My early days in the martial arts


The old picture from 1980 is my first belt test at 10 years old.  A few years later, I get my black belt.  The second picture is from the awards banquet the same year I got my black belt.  The … Continue reading

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Reflecting on autos


I found some old pics of cars I used to own.  I was especially fond of the zippy MR2.  Growing up in the US, I had a strong attachment to cars.  I had a car or cars since I was … Continue reading

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Big Egg


The hotel at my office set up a giant egg today for the holiday.  I am looking forward to a long weekend.  I need to brush up for the black belt testing next weekend.

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Mr Lam is not so nice


We went to renew my daughter’s passport this morning at the American Citizen Services office on Nanjing West Road.  After we got done with our visit, we saw Hershey’s Chocolate World across the street.  Next to the chocolate world looked … Continue reading

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Last day in Xian


After finishing the successful recruiting trip, we had a chance to have lunch and visit the market by the city wall before flying back to Shanghai.   We saw some interesting sights and enjoyed the nice weather.

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La Seine Xian


We had a great lunch at La Seine after our morning interviews.  The French restaurant has good views of the Bell Tower.  The decor seemed to be overdone with roses, but the service and food were decent.  If you want … Continue reading

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