Monthly Archives: August 2014

Got my certificate


Just got my certificate for black belt today.  It took a while to come in.  Good to have things sorted now

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Citysuper


  A Citysuper open around the corner from my apartment.  The set up is pretty good.  There is a little cafe on the second floor that makes some fresh pizza.  The pizza was quite decent.  

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A night at Kerry Jing An


   We had a nice night wandering around Kerry Jing An.  The open kitchen at Dian Tai Fung seemed a bit full.  I guess they had a busy night for dinner.  Eliza enjoyed the various decorations around the mall.

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Pintxos


We went to Pintxos over at Kerry Jing An for dinner.  The prices are not bad and the paella is good for Shanghai standard.  Although not the best Paella I have tried, I think its good.  The pasta was decent … Continue reading

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Iceason


Eliza did some posing with her new bracelet that helps her remember her name.  The bracelet is too big for her wrist right now.  We let her use it on her ankle for now.  We hopped downstairs to get some … Continue reading

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California Pizza Kitchen


We decided to try a different pizza today. The spicy seafood pizza on thin crust is pretty nice.

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Tang Palace Seafood Restaurant


We had a nice dim sum lunch a Tang Palace Seafood Restaurant today. Their dim sum is not bad by Shanghai standards. My colleague thinks that it’s comparable to Hong Kong dim sum. Their tea selection is also nice.

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Crayola art and Disney mooncakes


This is the first time I see Disney branded mooncakes.  There are various pieces of art made of crayola crayons on display at Kerry Center.  Eliza is very fond of the rainbow color deer.

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Din Tai Fung


    We went to Din Tai Fung for dinner.  The dumplings are a big thing and their service is fantastic.  I thought the little, orange chicken shaped pastry in the middle of the chicken dumplings was cute.  They gave out … Continue reading

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Updated clubhouse


        We had a chance to check out the updated clubhouse.  Eliza played around on the new billiards table, checked out some new books, and posed with the new clubhouse shuttle.  

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Karate tournament


   Andrew did a nice job at the karate tournament.  He managed to get first place in both kata and sparring.  

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Lost Heaven


  We went over to Lost Heaven for lunch.  It’s been a long time since my last visit.  There are some spicy options, but we took the less spicy options for today.  The crab appetizers, chicken and prawns were all … Continue reading

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The gift of Olive Oil


My company gave us a gift of Olive Oil. I am not sure if there is anything special about the gift, but I am sure I will find some way to use it.

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Sunny Hills Pineapple Cakes


My colleague came back from Taiwan and gave me a present of pineapple cakes from Sunny Hills.  I hear they are famous for the pineapple cakes.  The packaging is certainly nice.  

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Kale vs. Bacon


Kale vs. Bacon One of my former interns and someone who I stay in contact with over the years, Eric Chemi, does a number of interesting number crunching articles.  I thought his recent discussion on Kale vs. Bacon was quite … Continue reading

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Early Birthday


  As a spur of the moment thing, we put together an early birthday party for Andrew before my trip back to Shanghai.  The weather was nice for us to hang outside for a bit before getting some food from … Continue reading

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Minamoto Kitchen


We got over to Minamoto Kitchen for some dessert to take home.  One thing I notice about Japanese shops is their attention to detailed, intricate packaging.  Even when I went to Starbucks to buy a mug, the cashier spent a … Continue reading

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Rockefeller Center


We went up to Rockefeller Center to get some dessert.  I got a shot of Jeff Koon’s Split Rocker art work.  We also saw Atlas and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in the midst of renovation.

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South Street Seaport


Although South Street Seaport is still a work in progress after Sandy, there are enough shops cleaned up that it’s a worthwhile trip to check out the area.  The lunch time live jazz with bean bags to hang out is … Continue reading

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Downtown NYC


  We took the subway from Amsterdam down to South Ferry station.  The subway station is a bit interesting.  The look has a bit of character to it,  I remembered coming to this station every week when I was in … Continue reading

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Central Park


After the GMA concert, I got a chance to stroll around Central Park without too many crowds.  The clear day gave me a good chance to take in the views.

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Wasabi House


  I met up with my old college friends.  Andrew and I had a good time catching up with a couple of old friends who helped me out during my years at university.  The restaurant was ok.  Not great and … Continue reading

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Florida Georgia Line


We got out to New York early to get stand by tickets for the “Kelly and Mike” show, but turns out that the show is on break for vacation.  I was bit annoyed that the website did not mention that … Continue reading

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Suteishi


    After hopping around NYC, we happened to be around South Street Seaport around lunchtime.  Although much of the area is still rebuilding from Sandy, I managed to find Suteishi up and running.  Andrew loved the service and the … Continue reading

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Activities at Liberty Science Center


The Liberty Science Center has a nice set of activities for the kids to try out.  On a rainy day, this is a good place for the kids to left off some steam and maybe learn something.

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Rubik’s Cube


  We went to Liberty Science Museum and I learned some interesting history on Rubik’s Cube.  The kids had a nice time with all the interactive exhibits.

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Jake’s Crab House


We had lunch at Jake’s Crab House on the boardwalk.  Although the kitchen was a bit slow, the wait staff, corn bread, clams, calamari, and soft shell crab were nice.

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Point Pleasant


We spent the day at Point Pleasant.  With the forecast of rain in the afternoon, the crowd was pretty light,  We saw some of the houses getting redone and jacked up on stilts because of the damage from Hurricane Sandy.  … Continue reading

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Sapporo Millburn


The kids couldn’t wait til we got home for lunch.  We stopped off at Millburn to grab lunch at Sapporo.  Although not bad, no great.  The food was pretty tasteless.  It could have been worse.  At least the kids got … Continue reading

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Turtle Back Zoo


We went down to Turtle Back Zoo this morning.  The weather was great.  Good thing we got there shortly after the opening.  The parking lot filled quickly and the other parking lots are a bit of a hike and need … Continue reading

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PJ Pancake House


    Did a little trip to Princeton today.  We hung out in the toy store and then went to PJ Pancake House.  It was a little cramped in their booth and there were numerous flies floating around.  The dishware was … Continue reading

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Jose Tejas


    We went to Jose Tejas for dinner tonight.  The place almost always has a long wait for dinner.  I have better luck if I show up for early lunch.  The cajun popcorn is a nice little appetizer.  The kids … Continue reading

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Rutgers


   We spent a little time at Rutgers to do some research.  Andrew got some pictures with some sculptures and notable sites.  He posed with a statue known by students as William the Silent.  He got a kick out of … Continue reading

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Skinny Vinnie’s


  I dropped by Rutgers today to visit the library for some research.  I notice a lot of construction around campus.  One thing that doesn’t change is Skinny Vinnie’s.  The place looks exactly the same as when I spent my … Continue reading

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Last day at Summer school


Today was the last day for Eliza’s Summer program.  She had a great time and she was happy for her big brother to send her off to school.

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Seasons 52


I met up with a fund raiser rep from my old university for lunch at Seasons 52.  The place just opened up recently around the corner from my house.  I thought the food was pretty decent.  The salmon on a … Continue reading

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Last day of Summer program


Andrew had his last day of the Summer program today.  We got a chance to see what he has worked on for the Summer.  The work had a green theme.  He did some wind power, solar power demo.  They also … Continue reading

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Gallagher’s


In all my years in New York, I never went to Gallagher’s Steakhouse.  A vendor invitation for dinner gave me an opportunity to address that situation.  We had a pleasant dinner.  My only disappointment was the shrimp being a little … Continue reading

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Trinity Place


    I met up with a former colleague for lunch at Trinity Place.  I liked the unique environment of the former bank vault.  The place was bustling for lunch and I had nice conversation with old buddy.

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World Trade Center


I popped downtown today for the first time in a long time.  I took the opportunity to check out the Freedom Tower and the memorial up close.  The site is pretty nice, but I found some of the people selling … Continue reading

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