Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

Wishing every visitor a Happy 2010!
Thank you for your support throughout the years!

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Click the 'play' button if you want to see some random pictures posted on my blog during 2009.


No New Year's-related picture to share, but here is the mascot, Haibo, welcoming all to visit the Shanghai World Expo in 2010.


- Karen

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Bicycles Everywhere

The bicycle is a popular mode of transportation in China. They can be seen everywhere you go, but how can the owners tell which one is theirs?




Sunday, December 27, 2009

Holidays in Shanghai

Yet another holiday-related post.
Since China does not celebrate Thanksgiving like the U.S., their Christmas decorations were up in early November during my visit to this upscale multi-story mall.


Decorations from another angle


Same decorations looking straight up to the glass ceiling.


- Karen

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Happy Holidays!

Wishing you and your family a festive holiday today, tomorrow, and throughout the year!


- Karen

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

First Impression

Saw this quaint entryway during my walk through a neighborhood last weekend. The little gate and archway make it unique and welcoming.


- Karen

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Greeters



Retired ladies entertaining tourists as they make their journey into Zhouzhang, a city 90 minutes drive from Shanghai.
I was told they were performing a folk dance traditional to that region.


- Karen

Thursday, December 17, 2009

People in Red

The color red symbolizes happiness, luck, love, ...etc. in the Chinese culture so it was not unusual to see red being worn everywhere while in China.
These tourists in red caps taking a break inside the Forbidden City.


Volunteers in red eager to help tourists.


Our restaurant servers in elaborate red outfits during one of our dinners. The restaurant owner's daughter in the center is not in red though.


- Karen

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

High-Rise Window Washer

Standing 4 blocks away on the 5th floor of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, one could see the Bank of America building in the distance.
If you enlarge the photo and squint your eyes, you can spot a window washer on the 49th floor of the 52-story building.


Here is a perspective photo with less camera zoom. It is not a job for the faint of heart.
And, by the time you finish cleaning the last window, you will have to start all over again.


- Karen

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Beauty In The Fog

This is the most sun I saw during my 10 days. It was well hidden amongst the clouds and smog.
I am quite sure this is a beautiful spot overlooking Kunming Lake at the Summer Palace, Beijing. The paddle boats in the foreground were grounded due to the lack of visibility.
While doing research on the internet for this post, I saw a lot of beautiful scenery at this location; but alas, it was beyond my grasp.


Summer Palace or "Yihu Yuan" in Mandarin means "Gardens of Nurtured Harmony". The Tower of the Buddhist Incense tops Longevity Hill and the center of the Summer Palace was once a place where emperors and empresses come to worship.


What I could have seen on a beautiful day!
Photograph borrowed from the China Tour Guide website.


- Karen

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Picture Perfect Windows

A visit to Beijing will most likely land you at the Summer Palace. A place where royal families of the past come to relax in the pavilions and enjoy the beautiful surrounding sceneries.
During my visit on an overcast day, I noticed the brightly-colored windows on a narrow external corridor. Many tourists had to squeeze by the 3-person wide walkway and probably did not even notice them.


three close-up samples. Are the windows made to look out of or to accentuate the exterior?
What do you think?




- Karen

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Wednesday Hero

Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Elsey
Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Elsey
U.S. Navy

Abdul Rashid, a 5-year-old resident of the Nawa district of Afghanistan, receives a dressing for a wound on his face from Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Elsey, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, while a linguist translates at a medical aid station at Patrol Base Jaker Dec. 3. Rashid was injured by a motorcycle earlier that day. Navy hospital corpsmen like Elsey routinely see local residents and children here to treat their wounds.


Photo Courtesy United States Marine Corps

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

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Monday, December 07, 2009

Sculptures

I was quite fascinated with these rooftop sculptures I saw in China. Quite a few locations had these similar types of decorations.


Intricate dragon carvings on all the columns. I like the curvature of this open courtyard and I lucked out at the moment with no one to block my shot.


- Karen

Friday, December 04, 2009

Ocean View

Stand here and take a deep breath.
Do you feel better now?
This was taken at Fort Funston, a part of the coastal headlands in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Note: I apologize for not visiting your blog regularly. My father-in-law is having health issues and I have been busy looking after him. Hopefully, things will be better soon.

Hope you have a great weekend!
Karen

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Circles & Patterns

Do you enjoy looking for patterns as much as I do when going photo hunting?
I noticed this pattern by looking up at the ceiling of the National Museum of Korea.


This one is a light fixture at the Mercedes-Benz Museum. If you stare at this fixture too long, you might get a little dizzy.


- Karen

Wednesday Hero

Spc. Michael P. Garton & Spc. Rolando R. Flores
Spc. Michael P. Garton & Spc. Rolando R. Flores
U.S. Army

Spc. Michael P. Garton, a gunner with the Personal Security Detachment, with the 36th Sustainment Brigade out of Temple, Texas, and a Texarkana, Texas, native, relaxes on a Humvee and shares a laugh with Spc. Rolando R. Flores, a gunner with the PSD and a San Antonio native, during a break in preparations for a mission Nov. 23 in the maintenance yard at Contingency Operating Location Adder, Iraq.


Photo Courtesy U.S. Army

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Fire Juggler

I thought I would give you a break from my vacation photos, at least for a few days.
I attended a night parade the other evening and saw this impressive fire juggler. It was a little rainy and cold, but he was able to keep the flames going and even keep warm in the process.


It is hard enough to juggle in daylight let alone at night while walking in a parade with hundreds of people watching.


- Karen