New York, New York

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Three times in a month I am in New York City. Something told me that I haven’t posted anything at my blog for quite a while which I should do something about it.

As a Bostonian, NYC is a jumping place for a weekend getaway. As someone originally from a metropolitan city, precisely, Hong Kong, I don’t fancy living in NYC. However, I do enjoy coming for a weekend for events or activities. Just that three times in a month seems a lot to handle.

I came here in three different weeks for family, work, and friend. Charles was with me twice. Every time I came to NYC, I visited Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Central Park. Of course, Times Square was one of the destinations.

Being alone allowed me to spend time observing art works or exploring places. I was amazed to spot a family of two ducks and three ducklings at the reservoir in Central Park the second time this month when I was here. The three little ones were trying to paddle in their “private pool” guarded and guided by their parents alongside. When every jogger was busy with their routine, it was wonderful to see how the nature works.

I came back to the Central Park today. This time, I was with Charles. As soon as we got to the reservoir, I saw the very same five-membered family again. The little ones have grown so much in 2 weeks time. They are now swimming with their parents in the water. One thing hasn’t changed: their parents are still by their side, guarding and guiding them.

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Pope in US at YouTube

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It was a Sunday Night Football night two weeks ago. When the Pats were done, and Charles wasn’t really care about the rest, I started to flip through channels until I saw a cute commercial. It was Pope Francis in various interesting scenarios during his visit to US which captured my eyes. It was only a 30-second commercial, and the shots were too short to catch. Luckily, mom saw it at YouTube and I am able to view it again and again.

Pope Francis is a star!

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Take It Seriously

What do you see?

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Red Cross? Medical? Hospital?

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Wrong? Multiple?

Symbols convey meanings. That’s why corporates wants an effective symbol to represent their business when it comes to logo design. There are certain symbols bear the consequences of historical events. I truly believe that the Confederate Flag becomes a symbol of the dark history in the United States of America, which has to be taken down, especially after the shooting at Charleston, SC. I just don’t understand why it takes so long for the people in the position to make an executive decision to #TakeItDown.

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Smart Payment

Charles and I just played around with the Google Wallet last night as I just received a replacement for my Samsung Galaxy Note II after it was certified malfunction. With the updated operation system, this “new” phone with the same model seemed like a new toy to us. We were exploring around and got into Google Wallet. It sounds a very smart way to shop with Google Wallet, so we punched in various gift cards and put $20 in it hoping that we can do a new way of shopping. We were excited to know that McDonald’s takes Google Wallet. We went to McDonald’s today after a long time we haven’t had fast food. We felt like Morgan Spurlock using Bitcoin for the first time. Unfortunately, no one there knows how to charge us with the Google Wallet. The manager happens to use iPhone, so we used Charles’ phone with Apple Pay for the first time instead. First round, Apple Pay won.

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New Google Doodle Honors Instant-Noodle Inventor Momofuku Ando

I just had cup noodles few days ago. What a great invention! It’s especially delicious when one is on board in a ferry or a plane.

TIME

Thursday marks the 105th birthday of Taiwanese-Japanese inventor Momofuku Ando, whose instant noodles revolutionized the food world, and Google is honoring this king of quick cuisine with a new Google Doodle.

As TIME wrote back in 2006, “In 1958, Momofuku Ando, an unassuming entrepreneur living in Osaka, created the instant noodle — and a continent has been feasting on his invention ever since.”

However, the road was not easy for the founder of Nissin Food Products. Ando struggled to find the right balance and create noodles that were tasty but did not become mush when boiled. The secret, learned from his wife, was to spray the noodles with chicken soup and then fry them in tempura oil.

The instant noodle, a dietary staple for every college student from Asia to America, had come to fruition.

Ando was born during the Japanese occupation of Taiwan in 1910, moved to Japan…

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Like A Girl

All eyes were on Super Bowl yesterday. There were almost half of the population in the American soil watched the game last night. Of course, being an New Englander, I am happy to see the Patriots won again. The game was so dramatic that we were very nervous at one point.

The focus also went to Katy Perry’s excellent performance at her half time show. Just like the game, there wasn’t a quiet moment. From the entrances with the giant tiger, till flying away the shooting star. Our eyes were glued in front of the screen, trying to find out what comes next.

Not to be missed, the commercials. It was a bit disappointed that there were not that manu outstanding Super Bowl commercials. Luckily, we can still see some impressive ones. I especially like “Like A Girl” by Always. I was so touched by it that I had tears in my eyes at the end. The message was great.

http://youtu.be/yIxA3o84syY

There were some other interesting commercials, but I really like the girl power between the men’s game.

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2014 part 3 the end

It was 2 years from now when I checked off my bucket list with the count down in New York City. I was with Charles and his brother, Richard and the family from London. It was once in a life time things-to-do. We managed to get a hotel close to Times Square which made our life earlier before and after the count down. The NYPD helped the crowd to get into the area in a systematic way. I’m sure this year they will do the same to help the crowd enjoy the count down.

Unfortunately, it has been so many negative news this year relating to our public servants. Two of my cousins are police, taking such a dangerous career. I pray for their safety at work. Being a policeman was one of our childhood dreams. We were impressed by the nature of being a policeman is to protect and serve the public and fight against the evil. Just like superman without the super power. Police reform is unavoidable. I hope with faith the reform will benefit the society and, mostly, justice.

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This 2014, Charles and I made two international trips, both were not really in our plans, but we tried to enjoy every moment. We like to buy postcards as souvenir. We like, especially to send to our family and friends, and ourselves.

Happy New Year!

Postcard from Narita, Japan

Postcard from Narita, Japan

Postcard from Hong Kong

Postcard from Hong Kong

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2014 part 2

Today marks the 10th day after the Periacetabular Osteotomy Surgery (PAO) at my left hip. It was done on the 17th at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) by Dr. Young-Jo Kim from the Boston Children’s Hospital. I was hospitalized till 21st. Just like the last time I had my right side done, which was 6 years ago, I have allergic reactions again after taking the stronger pain medication. Darn it! That means I have to live with the pain during the healing process. Fortunately, my mom has been making me some soup to soothe the pain.

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One of the IVs on my swollen arm

Back in early 2014 when we started to talk about pollen, I seemed to get hit by pollens all season. Every day was running nose and watery eyes.

In March, I was trying to go back to the pool to stay in shape, besides taking yoga class. That was the first time in the year for me to swim. Things seemed going well until I went for shower. The shampoo dispenser and the shower head suddenly were spinning around me. OMG! I was suffering from vertigo! That spinning feeling stuck with me the next 2 to 3 weeks.

With the increasing pain at the hip later in the year, it was extremely difficult to sleep at night. I woke up multiple times because of the pain at the left hip joint. How about dreaming about the left hip pain and woke up and found that the pain was real! That happened not just one time in a night. Thanks to the hip dysplasia, I am having another hip surgery in order to walk better, sleep better and function better! Just that from the time I had the appointment with Dr. Kim concerning about the left hip till the surgery day was a long haul.

Now I am recovering from the hip surgery, looking forward to be a jumpy fox in the new year.

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2014 part 1

2014 seems to be a(n) interesting/hectic/strange/confused/_____ year to me.

It was less than a year’s time when I first went to Africa with my husband. It was another happy occasion shortly after our wedding. Everything was so new and so interesting to me. I finally had the chance to meet the people I have heard about, the voices I have talked to, and places I have dreamed of. Cameroon is an interesting place. Bamenda is a new adventure to me. I fell in love with Bamenda, and I have transformed into a Cameroonian woman the moment I landed Cameroon.

A view of the City of Bamenda from the mountain

A view of the City of Bamenda from the mountain

I was happy to meet the family members at Bamenda. It was my honor to finally meet brother Tim, who was such a generous person. He would share all he had with his friends. He was the one who made my husband who he is right now. He was a cheerful and tough man. If there are things worth to do, he would say, “get the bull by the horns!” Charles and I spent our Christmas, New Year, almost a month’s time in Cameroon. We went to Yaounde, Mbalmayo, Sangmelima and Bafoussam, where schools are sponsored by the Pontifical Mission Societies. We were lucky to be in developed places where we take things for granted. Students in those areas are trying their very best to learn. Without basic needs, their fire is burning much harder than those who are fortunate to have everything in their fingertips.

Students at the Diocese of Bafoussam are thirsty to learn.

Students at the Diocese of Bafoussam are thirsty to learn.

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Song Cycles

Song Cycles is a new exhibition that will open at the Honan-Allston Art Gallery on June 4th, 2014 with an opening reception set for June 18th from 6:00 -7:45 pm. The exhibition features 17 member artists of Unbound Visual Arts that responded to call for art on the theme of music. The exhibition closes on July 30th.

Come join us at the opening!

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