Bean Knows Travel

Well it was a great time having Bean visit and on New Years eve, Bean left to go back to Boston. The trip back however was not an easy one. He faced TWO canceled flights along the way (that’s what you get flying through the mid-west during winter) but, we got through it with some joint family teamwork and the help of Kumar, a co-worker of mine from Sapient. In the end, Bean arrived home safely in Boston. Thanks Kumar for helping us out!

All in all, Bean’s trip from Atlanta to Boston took 24 hours! We dropped him off at the airport on Dec 31st at 4 pm and he finally arrived in Boston on Jan 1st 4 pm. Bean said his 24 hour trip from Atlanta to Boston was enjoyable though stressful at times. He said he felt kind of like the Home Alone kid staying in a hotel with a jacuzzi all by himself and traveling all along on a Holiday. Bean’s trip to Atlanta was also not pain-free he nearly had two disasters (almost losing his passport, forgetting his stuff at home). He also had the airline lose his baggage for a day when he got here. For a young boy I think he can now consider himself an experienced air traveler.

Here’s Bean walking to the terminals after we parted at the Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson Airport. Ashley and I miss you already!

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Atlanta Tour

For our third day of Bean’s stay he started out with the traditional morning XBOX therapy. Sounds of machine guns and virtual people dying filled the air as usual when Bean stays with us. Mom and Dad, here’s why Bean loves coming over oh so much. 🙂 Notice the zombie look…

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Today we stayed in Atlanta, taking the urban tour. We took a stroll through the Atlanta Underground, a shopping mall underneath the downtown area of Atlanta. The concept is very cool but unfortunately the area needs some revitalization. The walk there was quite sketchy and the whole underground mall wasn’t any better. We snapped a few pics and Ash bought a small trinket.

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Ash also had to buy some books at the local Nerd erh…Engineer’s Bookstore near Georgia Tech. Man are those books expensive!

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Our next stop was Martin Luther King’s birthplace on Auburn street in the Edgewood district near downtown Atlanta. The whole street was very well preserved. Here’s Bean and I outside the house where Martin Luther King Jr. was born. I look really sleepy in this photo and does Bean know how to smile?

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Before we went to Buckhead, we stopped by the famous Fat Matt’s Rib Shack. Bean had been looking forward to eating there ever since Ash and I raved about it.

Here’s some juicy pics! Ash had the BBQ Chicken below!

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Bean and I had the ribs whoohoo!

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And now Bean’s happy and can smile for the camera.

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Water World

Today Ashley and I took Bean to the World of Coca Cola museum and the Georgia Aquarium.  Ash and I have gone to the Coke museum before but the aquarium was one I have been personally waiting to see ever since coming to Atlanta.

We had a great water themed day from carbonated water to giant fish swimming in large tanks of water.  Bean had a great time as well and really enjoyed the Coke museum.  I warned him to be thirsty before he got there and he only half listened…yup now he knows why…

Here are some pictures from our day.

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Of course the best part of the Coke museum is the tasting room.  This time I was able to take down our favorites.  Here they are!

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Ash loved the bitter sour taste of Kinley.  Bean loved the sugary sweet bubbley drink from South Africa called Bibo.  I really like the sweet sour apple soda from China-back to my roots!  Interestingly, when we mixed our favorite drinks together it produced something even tastier.  Here’s a pic of us inside the tasting room.  The floor was so sticky!

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Our next stop after coke was the aquarium.  Ash and Bean love verbally abusing each other and I had a great time insitgating and laughing at their smack talk.  Here’s a great pic of Ashley being cheeky with Bean outside the aquarium.

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The Georgia Aquarium is the newest aquarium in the country and is home to the 6.5 billion gallon tank which houses the whale shark.  The sharks were brought over from Taiwan at the age of 15 and can grow to the size of a school bus.  There are four of them in this huge tank and the sight is simply amazing.

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I think my favorite type of museum are aquariums.  So far I’ve only been to three, New England, Monterey and now the Georgia Aqauarium.  Bean says the new aquarium in Da Liang or Ching Dao is spectacular too!

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Here’s a picture of Ash and Bean looking at Jellyfish.  I like this photo a lot, the blue glow and the reflection of Ashley’s face in the glass is especially cool.

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No visit to an Aquarium would be complete without a petting zoo.  Here’s Ash and Bean daring each other to touch sting rays and baby hammerhead sharks.  I had to call them chicken before they got the courage to do it!  Meanwhile 5 year olds are trying to jump into the pool.

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What a great time we all had!

MF Sushi, Atlanta

After all the hype from locals, Ash and I went to MF Sushi in Midtown Atlanta. MF Sushi is definitely a more traditional yet high end sushi bar. The ambiance was dark and hip, however the service was average. The sushi was very expensive. Overall the food was good but very pricey.

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The Toro and Lobster Box Roll below were great. Very well portioned and tasty. The Spider Roll was below average and should be avoided. Ash LOVED the Lobster Box, it was fresh lobster placed on top of rice topped with roe and a sweet dark sauce.

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The spicy tuna roll was also very good. Their sushi rolls are definitely more traditional in size.

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My favorite, the Crunchy roll contains salmon and tempura mix.

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Spicy Tuna Tar Tar

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Toro Tar Tar – this was VERY good

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Dim Sum @ Hong Kong Harbor

So I have become more and more obsessed with taking pictures of food.  Today Ash and I went to Hong Kong Harbor in Atlanta for Sunday Dim Sum.  The dim sum was actually pretty bad so we wouldn’t recommend going there but the pictures came out great!

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Pork Bun

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Deep fried shrimp withe coconut shavings

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Deep fried shrimp on a sugar cane kabob

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Shrimp Dumplings (have you noticed Chinese LOVE shrimp?)

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Shark’s Fin Dumplings

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Vegetable Dumplings

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Beef Chow Food (my favorite photo)