Good Morning, China

大家好!

It’s no dream, I’m finally here. Right now I’m typing this on an overnight sleeper train, it’s 8 am and we’re about an hour or so from Beijing. It’s been about two days since we checked in at San Francisco Int’l, so there’s a lot to recap.

We left Grand Central a little past 2 am, early Monday morning. Marcus drove Johncai and me to SFO, while Carlton and Ivan came along as well. At the airport, we ended up in about three wrong lines and even a wrong terminal before finally getting ourselves checked in.

Thanks for the company guys! This photo is taken right as we were finally getting to be checked in, after spending about two hours waiting in the wrong lines. You may note a recent trend, when ridiculous things happen, Carlton is usually present (examples: Public Storage incident, midnight in Texas incident…etc).

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Grand Central

Our mass migration into the Grand Central apartments is complete, thus making it the new hippest place to be in Alameda. To celebrate, we hosted a house-warming party and invited some of the staff to check it all out.

Okay, this has absolutely nothing to do with Grand Central, but I’ll include it first anyways. My peers forming “2008.” We sort of look like the Beijing 2008 Olympics logo…

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Sierra Lodge

It’s been a while since I’ve updated as there hadn’t been much photography going on here until the recent few days. I’ve mostly been preparing for China (aka. cramming Chinese characters – I switched to learning just simplified now! Sorry to all my die-hard Taiwanese friends, I still love Taiwan though). On Monday night, Johncai and I went up to the Sierra Lodge with the Kangs and Kims for a couple of days to relax and hang out before we left for China, as it would be our last chance to spend some time with P.Manny and Sunny.

Breakfast on Tuesday morning. You can’t necessarily tell from this photo, but we ate WELL up there.

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Adventures at the Public Storage Lot

We’ve been moving stuff around our new apartment at Grand Central, trying to get settled in and organized before the director sisters get on our case (apparently that’s the tradition, newly graduated bros who take too long getting their places settled get to have the director sisters come in and expedite the process). However, a bunch of guys have been storing their stuff in our unit for the summer even though they’re not living here, so we decided to just move all their stuff to a nearby public storage unit that Darryl rented out.

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Laguna Beach

Overall, I enjoy living in the bay area more than I do here in socal. However, one thing that I do miss about being down south is having nice beaches and nice beach weather. So, yesterday Mom, Esther and I went to Laguna Beach to walk around and eat at our favorite beachside restaurant, Las Brisas.

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Graduations

I’m back in Orange County right now and I’ll be here for the rest of the week until Saturday night. In the meantime, graduations are done!

Starting from my graduation:

It’s my family…

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Last Days, Looking Ahead

I now declare this photoblog officially launched.

Really, it makes no sense to keep it “un-launched” since I’ve already been posting and people have already been clicking into it. Anyways, I’m starting this as an experiment – maybe I’ll finally start posting some of my photos online. The timing isn’t too bad either since I’ll be leaving soon for a two-month long trip to China. More on that later.

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It really didn’t hit me that college is coming to an end until Senior Sunday last week and the recent graduations. Everybody jump for joy.

We usually take pictures from this one spot overlooking the Greek Theatre right after graduations. My favorite in this photo is Manny because he looks like he just fell out of helicopter. Henry is a lot more flexible than I thought.

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