Valentine’s Day 2009

Ray started his new assignment in New York City back in January and had been traveling back and forth to Atlanta on the weekends. He stayed at the Dream Hotel in Midtown and made it his temporary home. In February around Valentine’s Day, I visited him in New York and we spent several days in the city. We had a blast. Valentine’s Day weekend in New York City was very romantic. We did a lot of touristy things but it was so much fun. During the day, we walked around Central Park and actually rode the horse carriage!

Later that night, we had dinner at a little cozy French Bistro called Tout Va Bien not far from the hotel. Pretty yummy food. Their bouillabaise was the first I’ve had in New York. Ray liked their escargot.

During one of the weekdays, we went to see the “Today’s Show”. We watch it every morning and it was pretty cool to be there seeing the hosts in person. We saw Meredith Viera, Al Roker and Ann Curry. Ray shook Al’s hand and he was star struck. 🙂 Also, a close-up of Meredith…

Of course, a visit to New York City wouldn’t be complete without spending some time in Times Square. Although Ray and I have been to New York many times, we still act like it’s our first time there, taking pictures like other tourists. And as silly as we are, a little visit to the mega 3-story Toy’s R Us store turned us back into little kids and we ended up engaging ourselves in a foam sword fighting battle. Yes, it’s a little embarrassing to be around us, or to claim to know us…

It was definitely a fun-filled trip. After that visit, Ray resumed back to work and I went back to Atlanta to plan our move to New York for the next year. I started to look for an apartment for us and would come back to NYC a few weeks later.

Christmas 2008 and New Year’s 2009 with the Peng Family

Mr. and Mrs. Peng and Eugene came to Atlanta to spend Christmas and New Year’s with us.  We were so excited to have them over.  It is always fun to spend this holiday with them.  Eugene, for as long as I’ve known him, would facilitate the gift-opening process. He would hand the gifts over to the recipient and kept taking turns until all the gifts under the tree were gone.  We would always have lots of laughs.  Our dogs, of course, were always a part of this as well. They always got treats and toys.

After Christmas, we headed down to Florida. First stop… Orlando!

Here is Ray on one of the rides… shooting the bad guys.

We also did the whole South Beach scene…

Had some great pizza at Pizza Rustica…

To the Everglades…. that alligator was really close. No… we didn’t zoom that much.

We even witnessed a standoff between an egret and an alligator. We didn’t see the result of this, but it couldn’t have been pretty…

We ended the trip with celebrating Mrs. Peng’s birthday. On New Year’s Eve, we went to a Japanese buffet… pretty good!

We headed back to Atlanta the following day and spent some time there before Mr., Mrs. Peng and Eugene left to go back to Boston.  We had fun there too. We went to Georgia Tech and played some football, went to the Chinatown and had some good Chinese food.  And of course, not to mention, we experienced Eugene’s driving skills… yeap, that would be him at the steering wheel. Boy, he’s all grown up!

It was sad to see them leave, but we look forward to next time!

Boston for Mother’s Day

This past weekend, I went home to Boston to spend some time with Mom. It’s always so nice to go back, my parents treat me like a king and feel like I am in college again. Taking the train from the airport back to Newton reminded me of how different Atlanta is from Boston. The “T’ is a way of life in Boston, where MARTA in Atlanta often gets forgotten. Also I really miss Boston’s ethnic diversity.

A few great things about being home: Hanging with my parents, seeing Bean, eating my mom’s cooking, lounging around a real house, going out with old friends from college and high school. If Boston wasn’t so cold, I might be tempted talk to Ash about seriously moving back!

Here’s some pics of the weekend.


My favorite picture of Mom and Dad.  This was taken on the porch steps in our back yard.


Mom looks so young in this picture.  She has so much energy these days.


Steps towards our front door.  Taken from our driveway.


Our house is so nice now.  Since Dad did all  the work, it’s almost unrecognizable from what it was when we first bought it.  It’s so comfortable staying home.   Dad did such a great job, I hope I can take some really great set of photos one day to capture his handy work.


Ah, the food.  This is batter fried carrots and onions.  It’s awesome, sort of like tempura sweet fries.


My mom’s cooking is so good.  See how happy Dad is 🙂


This is what I miss living away from the hometown.   We hung out at Our House, Arang (left), Wan (Center), Simon (not in picture) and Marilon (not in picture) drinking and catching up.  Proud to say I was the Connect Four champion that night.

New Camera!

At last, no more blurry, grainy and overall crappy photos.  No more pressing down on the snap button for 5 minutes just so it can take a picture.  We finally bought a new camera yesterday, a Sony CyberShot w80.  CNet rates it as one of their editor’s top choices and sure enough the camera is awesome.  The photos look great, even mistakes and random shooting comes out great.  We took a whole bunch of photos today, too many to post but here”s three I like.  You see the difference.




Old Camera: Canon PowerShot S200


New Camera: Sony CyberShot w80
The colors are true to life and blurriness gone.


Photo Hard Drive Failure

Bad news today. Turned on my Lacie 160GB Hard Drive to realize that the drive is toast. Of course there was nothing important on it, just 7 years of photos and videos that Ash and I took! After a few days of frustration and research I was able to rescue most of the photos on it. Stay away from Lacie, they suck and also make sure you back up your precious data files regularly. I thoughy my external drive was invincible. And the great movie collection that I had is gone too!