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  • georgesong 11:45 pm on December 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    merry Christmas (from “down under)… 

    though viv + i have had an amazing opportunity to share a Christmas breakfast in new zealand and a Christmas dinner in australia, we’re also reminded how much we miss our family + friends!
    wishing all a merry Christmas + kick-A 2010!
    and for your viewing pleasure, here’s a video (my bro recorded/sent) of my niece killing “hapy birthday, Jesus“!
    i almost cried watching this… she’s going to be famous!  🙂

    • Rach S 5:45 am on December 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Came back from Tacoma a couple of hours ago. You two were missed.

      N said at the parking lot of our usual pit stop [Starbucks] that she misses you guys.
      Make great memories, travel safe, and see you soon!

      • georgesong 3:26 am on December 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        @Rach S: yep, as great an experience this is, we realize how much we miss family! give our best to the kids and that we’ll see them soon!

    • ni appa 7:01 pm on December 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      how was christmas in summertime weather?

      • georgesong 3:27 am on December 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        @ni appa: we had a christmas breakfast in new zealand and christmas dinner in australia… how incredible is that?!? 😀 wishing you + yours a merry christmas + happy new year, lawdawg!

  • georgesong 2:35 pm on December 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , bird's nest, caesar's home hotel, cantonese, capital, , forbidden city, great wall of china, imperial palace, lotte, mandarin, mandy and pandy, michael phillips, mutianyu, ni hao ma, night market, olympic, , rosetta stone, scorpions, seahorses, shenzen, silk street market, summer palace, the berlin wall, tiananmen square, tobbagon, water cube, wángfujing,   

    where in the world… (part 5)? 

    are viv + i?
    ni hao ma… (again)” this time from beijing, china!

    having aready been to the southwestern part of china, we had an opportunity this time to visit the northeastern part… the capital of china:  beijing (a.k.a. “peking” or “the forbidden city“).

    ni hao ma... welcome to "the great wall of china"!

    to be honest, i really wasn’t looking forward to going. i was hoping we could rest/stay longer in hong kong before our next scheduled trip to japan.
    but having gone, all i can say is: (besides being mind-numbingly COLD…) beijing ROCKED!
    of course, vivien was responsible for this (as she has/is/will continue to be the reason all things in my life ROCK :))!  it was awesome seeing her switch gears from speaking cantonese to mandarin. she navigated us through the streets as if we were locals! what an incredible skill it is to be multi-lingual!
    **SIDE NOTE: upon our return, i’m gonna get miss rosetta stone and learn some mandarin (maybe i’ll also have to look into mandy and pandy)! as is evident, china will continue to develop its global presence and will be a (if not “the“) dominant presence/force in the next 10-25 years. and Lord willing, we hope to return (and hopefully i’ll be fluent in mandarin!).**

    upon arrival, i really wasn’t sure what to expect. i remember being somewhat fearful of beijing/china. (More …)

    • Daniel Azuma 5:51 pm on December 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I for one find it hard to believe Viv would wear a “moth face” backpack…

    • annie 1:36 am on December 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I’m surprised the locals understood Vivien’s Mandarin. ha ha….. It’s very cold in Seattle too, temperature’s been in the 20-30’s….

      • Viv 4:22 am on December 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        @annie: ha ha, me too. Two strangers told me that my Mandarin is good. I was like…hmmm….are you kidding…(didn’t say that). I guess you do what you have to, since I’m the only one who can speak some Chinese. 😛 I have to ask for direction so many times… Fun adventure…

    • LK 8:21 am on December 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      amazing photos, keep them coming!

    • ni appa 5:53 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Do you seriously get to ride a toboggan down the great wall? Now I have to go there.

      • georgesong 10:46 am on December 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        @ni appa: yep, it was totally cool! if you go, let viv + i know and we’ll join you guys! 😉

    • joseph 11:51 pm on December 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      where in the world are you guys @ now??

      • georgesong 12:46 am on December 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        @joseph: currently in NZ, but we’ll be leaving tomorrow (Christmas day) to australia + the great barrier reef! merry Christmas to you + all!

    • lotus & peter 2:35 pm on December 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Merry Christmas George & Vivien!
      Beautiful photos of your adventure! — lotus & peter

      • georgesong 12:47 am on December 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        @lotus & peter: thanks guys! merry Christmas to you + yours as well! 😀

    • Stella 7:32 am on December 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Have a warm Christmas in Australia!

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