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  • georgesong 2:35 pm on December 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , bird's nest, caesar's home hotel, cantonese, capital, china, 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!

  • georgesong 5:42 pm on October 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: altitude sickness, , china, emeishan, , huang long, jiuzhaigou, leshan, ni hao, shenzhen, , traditional tibetan outfit   

    where in the world… (part 1)? 

    are viv + i?
    ni hao ma…” from southern china!

    so far, it’s been:

    hong kong ->
    shenzhen ->
    chengdu ->
    huang long (here’s a pic right before i got some major altitude sickness… NOT fun) ->
    jiuzhaigou (here’s viv welcoming you in traditional tibetan garb! and the scenery… seriously breathtaking, will post more pics/vids later!) ->
    back to chengdu ->
    leshan ->
    emeishan ->
    shenzhen ->
    hong kong…
    • hong kong
      then off to the sichuan province (where the great 2008 earthquake had struck):
    • shenzhen
    • chengdu
    • huang long (here’s a pic right before i got some major altitude sickness/sweaty throat… NOT fun!)
      g, v + baba @ huang long (approx 12800 ft. elevation)

      g, v + baba @ huang long (approx 12800 ft. elevation)

      and more…

      (More …)

    • sub 5:58 pm on October 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Nice….you are actually documenting your travels….= ) Enjoy guys and see you in Jan. Don’t forget my present.

      • georgesong 6:41 pm on October 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        @sub: i have your tibetan mail order groom packed and ready to bring back to ya! 😉

      • sub 5:12 pm on October 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        U suck. Return the man and get me a REAL present.

        • georgesong 5:31 pm on October 23, 2009 Permalink

          @sub: c’mon… my dad reads this. you don’t have to say i ‘suck’… 😐

    • suj'n 8:31 pm on October 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Looks like a blast! Be safe!

    • RachS 12:55 am on October 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Great pics! Love the photo of Viv in tradition Tibetan clothes.
      Miss you both!

  • georgesong 7:01 am on August 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bill clinton, china, current tv, euna, euna lee, , laura ling, lee, ling,   

    welcome home… but please keep praying for n.korea 

    the look on both euna lee and laura ling says it all:

    though i’m grateful that former president bill clinton was able to secure their freedom, my heart aches to think of the countless others who have no champion/advocate to rescue them. where hopes of freedom is non-existent… hope for escape from the abuse and deplorable conditions in the gulag-style prisons is more realized, and often welcomed in death.
    and even those who might escape aren’t guaranteed a better life. this was depicted in the movie “crossings“. there are reports of escapees who endure so much more hell once they flee north korea (click here to read more).
    though injustice is rampant across the world, this affects me on a deeper level because THEY are my brothers and sisters… my people! my heart aches for those suffering, but i think i ache more because of the lack of conviction and action on my end. my gift/donation to LiNK seems so insignificant.

    Lord, it’ll start with prayer.  then let me get off my knees and be moved to action. compelled to shine Your justice…

  • georgesong 10:26 pm on May 13, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: china, cnn.com, , , prayer, survivors   

    cnn.com: bodies retrieved as quake toll tops 12,000… 

    * for the full story, click here.

    we pray and submit this situation in china to You.
    for those who have passed,
    for those who have lost loved ones,
    for those who are injured and hurting,

    be with them in their grieving/mourning.
    remain their sustenance and their hope.

    may we be called to continual prayer and moved to action.
    forgive me for being so selfish, Father. 😦
    help my heart to beat in tune to Yours.
    to be an extension of You to those in need.


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