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Backbreaker


I think if I can stretch like Eliza, I would hurt something.  She is getting close on her split

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Kirby Gourmet Race


Andrew learning a new piece he picked himself.  He got some fun to pick this out for himself.

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Making Sesame Dumplings


After work, I went to a dumpling making event in the resident’s lounge to celebrate the lantern festival.  Eliza liked the sesame dumplings, but she enjoyed the free gifts for the kids the most.

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Geared up for a fight


Andrew looks ready for a fight this morning.  He looks like he is going to kick the kid making a charge at him.

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Book Reading


I went to Eliza’s class this morning to do a book reading on goldfish.  In keeping with the theme, we had some goldfish snacks.

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Preschool visit


Since I am on vacation, I decided to swing by the preschool to see Eliza for lunch today.  She was pretty excited to see me and posed for some pics with her buddy, Bella.

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Nice flowers


Many places are decorated with flowers for Chinese New Year.  The colors are great and I managed to get a good shot with Eliza.

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Yogurt Space


We took a walk around the hotel and saw a yogurt place that just opened up for business.  The self serve yogurt was nice and the staff were very friendly.  Eliza got her favorite, chocolate.

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Pullman pool


  We hit the pool at the hotel in the afternoon.  The hotel set up and staff are great.  I found the staff to be very helpful during our stay.  The pool area is not large, but we liked the … Continue reading

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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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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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A day in New York with Andrew


We had a full day in New York.  Andrew and I went to the aircraft carrier Intrepid, Bill’s Bar and Burger, Top of the Rock, and Jersey Boys show.  The weather was decent.  We got a chance to do a … Continue reading

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Workout at Tom’s Karate


When I get back to the US, I try to get down to Tom’s for a workout or teaching.  With Andrew taking classes at Tom’s, I have even more reason to get down to the school.  Tom is very encouraging … Continue reading

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Dinner at Paradise Dynasty


We had dinner at Paradise Dynasty in the IFC.  The dumplings with all the colors seems to be the signature dish.  I had a few times in Singapore.  The outlet in Shanghai IFC is pretty decent.  I think the dumplings … Continue reading

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Andrew had a good showing at the tournament


Andrew transition fairly quickly from Tae Kwon Do to United States Black Cat Kenpo and joined this tournament.  Andrew did quite well on both sparring and kata.  Many thanks to Master Tom Curry for his efforts in getting Andrew ready.  … Continue reading

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Lunch at Julian Serrano


We grabbed a quick lunch at Julian Serrano at Arias in Las Vegas.  We cut it a little close with the opening time at noon and the flight just after lunch.  But the food was great.  I will definitely try … Continue reading

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Andrew’s last belt testing in Shanghai


  Andrew tested for his blue stripe belt at JH Kim Tae Kwon Do.  This is his last belt testing while he is in Tae Kwon Do in Shanghai.  The good thing about this school is that there are schools … Continue reading

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Andrew’s last piano recital in Shanghai


Andrew did a great job on his piece despite the distractions from an excited sister.

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Tianzifang


Tianzifang is a nice place to visit in Shanghai.  You can find a lot of little knick knacks and sample a variety of food.  Its a bit jammed on weekends.  The weekdays are a nice time to go and hang … Continue reading

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Eliza in the office


I took Eliza to my office today.  Seems she is a natural  She hop right in the chair, put on the head set, and bang away at the keyboard.  If I am not careful, she will call security on me.

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Awfully Chocolate


I first had Awfully Chocolate for ice cream.  The taste was fantastic.  I thought we can try the cake.  Eliza seems to be a fan.

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Hanging head in shame


Today we go out for dinner.  Eliza has a kick throwing her chopsticks on the floor over and over again.  I tell her to stop.  Eliza hangs her head in shame.  Eliza squeezes Christine’s arm to stop the laughing.  Finally, … Continue reading

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Eliza’s fourth month


Four months and Eliza is going strong.  She is happy and eating well.  Her head is at the top of the rocker.  It won’t be too long before she outgrows the rocker.

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Eliza’s third month


Eliza sprouting a lot of hair.  She also has sparkle in her eyes.  I have a lot challenges at work, but I look forward to coming home to see her.

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Afternoon tea at Aura RItz Carlton Pudong Shanghai


We had a nice afternoon tea at Ritz Carlton.  The views of Shanghai are excellent.  They had a singer and the layout is good for privacy.  The food and tea were not exceptional, but still pretty good.  I like the … Continue reading

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Eliza at two months


Eliza was born pretty heavy at 3.6 kg and she picked up weight quickly.  She seems to be a pretty happy baby.  In short order, she slept through the night.  I have a hard time ever remembering her as small.  … Continue reading

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New born Eliza


Eliza is home after a short stay at the hospital.  Andrew is excited to have a little sister.  I am happy that she is born healthy and mother is tired but well.  It is great to have a son and … Continue reading

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Cabin fever (Bird Flu)


On our flight from Singapore back to Shanghai, one of the passengers decided that she wanted to share the pleasure of her fever with the rest of the passengers on the flight.  The flight crew detected the fever and locked … Continue reading

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Universal Osaka


We spent some time in Osaka Universal Studios.  The interesting experience in Japan is the time and effort they spend on packaging.  When you make purchases, you can see at every level how they focus on the details to make … Continue reading

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Fairmont Monte Carlo


  For our last trip during our stay in London, we decided to visit Monaco.  We had a great time.  Unfortunately, I lost my camera and these are the only pics I managed to salvage off another chip.  We stayed … Continue reading

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Andrew hanging out


Its a nice day in London and Andrew is hanging outside our flat.  Central London has a lot of history and there is a lot to explore.  There are many parks and gardens to hang out.  The museums are free … Continue reading

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Andrew at Kensington Palace


Andrew hanging out in front of Kensington Palace.  The park and palace are not far from my flat.  There are various neighborhoods to explore around the park.  We spend many weekends in and around the park

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Andrew’s first birthday


We had friends and relatives come over to our house for Andrew’s first birthday.  I managed to get a recording on the camcorder.  I transferred to digital format later on.  Andrew gets a lot of attention as the only baby … Continue reading

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Andrew at 3 months


Andrew is a chubby little baby.  He is at my parent’s house just before Christmas.

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