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The Southern Beauty – New Orleans

I was running in a circle with a bubble wand in my hand, facing the sky and trying to get the bubbles go as high as possible. I saw green grass through one bubble; blue sky through another; a soccer ball through the one drifting towards soccer field... then all of sudden, they all disappeared in the air. I kept running. I was too busy to care that my shoulders were burning because of the sun. Finally I got tired of being a seven-year-old little girl. I went back to the shade to join Suzanne in watching the boys playing basketball on the other side of this massive green space surrounded by city...

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Bright Shiny Mornings In Los Angeles

I recognized some good reads on the book shelves, including A Million Little Pieces by James Frey, a controversial author who marked his first book non-fiction but full of lies. Oprah Winfrey was pissed. He was in trouble... I still enjoyed A Million Little Pieces a lot though. It reminded me of reading James Frey's third book, a fiction called Bright Shiny Morning back in 2010. He wrote about a city - Los Angeles. He wrote about people who were drawn to Los Angeles and who they were, why they came, what they wanted, whether they got it, if they didn’t get that, then what they got instead....

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One Day In Las Vegas

If you are expecting to learn about the clubbing, shows, gambling life and stuff in Las Vegas in this post, we are going to disappoint you. But if you are interested in learning an uncommon side of this charming city, stick around please because we are going to show you what other funsies you can do for a day and a night. We arrived in Las Vegas in the afternoon of the day before heading to Grand Canyon. When our tour guide was encouraging the group to go for a night tour in Las Vegas, we had decided to go look around on our own. For the first time visitor, we would recommend that you spare...

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Grand Canyon South Rim

Standing at Mather Point, one of Grand Canyon South Rim's premier overlooks, I almost stopped breathing. It wasn't like any spectacular views I have seen before, not even Mount Everest in Tibet. Actually, to say it's spectacular isn't the right way to describe Grand Canyon. It is a piece of land that inspires our spirit! POWERFUL is how I would describe it. The intangible power from Grand Canyon strongly overwhelmed our senses. It is one of Earth's most inspiring landscapes with stories of geologic processes played out over unimaginable time spans as a unique combination of size, color,...

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2 Hours In Yosemite National Park

I hope you didn't get too discouraged by our complaint from our overall experience of the 4-day road trip to Yosemite, Las Vegas and Grand Canyon. Thank you again for bearing it all with us! One thing that was pushed out from the bottom of our hearts by attending the tour was the urge to go back to these places one at a time and gain some real travel experience thoroughly. With Yosemite National Park to be the first destination of the tour, we are now moving on to the fun part - the absolutely must-see places / what we did when we were NOT on the bus! Since we only got 2 hours in total...

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4-Day Yosemite, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon Tour

You know, living in a place is so different from traveling because of settlement. So technically, moving to San Francisco doesn't count as traveling. With that said, it's been 9 months since last time we were on a trip. (See our epic Thailand trip.) From our perspective, it's been a little too long. The other day, we received a call from my parents in law out of blue. Over the 90-minute phone call, there were two important points we got out of it. They are coming to San Francisco from Florida to visit us from November 2 to November 8. We are going on a tour together to Yosemite, Las Vegas...

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Picnic In The Park – Stow Lake Boathouse

It occurs to me that friends or family visiting has been almost the only time for us to get away from our computers recently... hmmm...not good! I promise this is going to change soon! Han is a busy man like always. I have been cooking up a storm at home not only for our daily needs but also for my new little project. I am having so much fun cooking! More on this later. So who's visiting this time, where did we go and what did we do? Hayden, one of Han's business partners and his lovely family stopped by San Francisco for 3 days from Mexico on their 6-week trip during the second week of July....

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Hopping On A Historic Cable Car

I love the feeling of creating and sharing, even though I am not a particularly creative type. Either to make a simple regular dinner for 2 by using whatever I have in the refrigerator or to write a couple of paragraphs about a buzz in my silly mind makes me realize that I create with my own will. As a matter of fact, we all do! What indulges us in the process of producing things, sometimes small yet meaningful? To me, it's sharing! It's to present your creations, no matter they are physical objectives, experiences, information or any type, to your significant others, friends, followers, the society...

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Hiking Through Golden Gate Park To Lands End in San Francisco

"When is the hike again?" I eagerly confirmed with Amanda, a good friend of Han's (Now I am confident and proud to say that she's a good friend of mine too!), who moved to San Francisco from Boston in September last year but already goes around like she has been living here forever. "The hike is on Thursday. We are going to Golden Gate Park, Lands End and Precidio..." "OK. Sounds fantastic! I will make sure that nothing gets in the way on Thursday. Super Excited!"  I meant it! The past month has been very hectic due to the big move. Apartment searching, lease signing and apartment setting...

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