Misty says “meow” – what is daddy doing?
I purchased a flickr pro account for two years today. I never used flickr much but recently I revisited the falbum plugin for wordpress and was quite impressed not only with the plugin but the flickr API. I then revisited flickr to upload some of the baby photos for bubo and misty and found their interface had yet improved again. Their UI is very web 2.0 and works pretty much like a desktop app. Since I received some donation and advertising money online in my paypal recently, I wanted to use it up. After I uploaded some photos and found that a basic account is only allowed to have 3 sets, I’ve decided to go pro. It’s $47.99 for two years. For their service, I think it’s worth it. I need to spend some time to truly config and style falbum before I can integrate it with wordpress. I look forward to it.
This winter is quite crazy. I don’t remember getting SO MUCH snow for many years.
But we got MORE snow yet again today. I took some photos of the snow on our DECK.
a snow ball made with the snow on our deck
And Misty just sinks into the snow
the other night i realized something amazing. i’ve been to the online world for ten years. i got my first modem at home when i was 16 and i’m turning 26 soon. TEN YEARS.. that’s a long time. a very significant part of a life. from 16 to 26, a person can change so much. so i started to remember everything that happened in this ten years. i became so emotional i couldn’t sleep. perhaps every generation has its own thing that’s bound to change people’s lives and the internet is the one for mine.
now please excuse my poor english. i can never express my emotions in english the way i do in chinese. therefore i notice when i get emotional, i speak in chinglish.
We got our first snow of the year Wednesday. Yesterday we let the dogs out on our deck which had about 2-3 inches of snow. Misty was a bit shy at first but with our encouragement she finally stepped onto the deck. Bubo loved eating the snow. In one of the pictures you will see snow all over his face.
Bubo in the snow
Misty in the snow
Bubo & Misty in the snow (Misty goes: I march)
I noticed that engrish.com has a Chinglish section now. For those who don’t know these are English translations in non-English speaking countries and Chinglish is specifically for the ones in China. I thought I’d share some with you. I will try my best to provide you with the correct translation for each.
For each plastic bag wasted, please pay two dollars.
Please ask for assistance.
To keep the restroom clean, please put trash in the trash can.
(This one is actually from Japan but it’s a classic.)
Temporary parking for unloading.
Main entrance. (No sure how that came about.)
(No idea about this one.)
No cycling or skating. No soccer.
(I guess at least it’s short and to the point.)
Self serving terminal.
(Really “Thunder” will be a good enough translation for this firework.)
Warm milk. (In Chinese the word for “Milk” and “Breast” is the same.)
Do not feed the fish with your own food.
We have planned this vacation in May and we finally did it. Even with all the moving, selling & buying house, getting a new job and going back to school, we still made it. It was an awesome vacation. We stayed at the Wisconsin Dells area for six days five nights. Two at Chula Vista and three at a whirlpool suite at Wintergreen resort. We spent most of our time in the Chula Vista indoor water park and the Mt. Olympus but we also visited Timbavati Wildlife Park, Ghost-Out-Post, went on the original duck tour, the jet boat tour, and watched the Tommy Bartlett Show. We also tried out some restaurants in the area. Here’s how I would rate everything.
Chula Vista – Love this resort. Next time we will definitely stay longer. The indoor water park here is even better than the one at Mt. Olympus. We rid the fast Ruby Run tube ride for oh maybe about 20 times. We didn’t realize it connects to the river walk so we did our walk around in a dumb route.
Wintergreen resort – The hotel is not impressive. The “suite” with the whirlpool is very crammed. They forgot to do housekeeping in our room after the first night. I was not happy. We had our breakfast at the hotel restaurant, it was decent.
Mt. Olympus – We went there coz the tickets came free with our stay with Wintergreen. The outdoor water park is decent but the roller coaster rides cost extra on top of your admission. What kind of sense does that make? After two days we find ourselves mostly in the wave pool and the lazy river. If we had any energy left, we’d probably check out Noah’s Ark but you get wore out after too many rides.
Timbavati Wildlife Park – a tiny worthless zoo. Not worth visiting if you don’t have young children.
Ghost-Out-Post – more disgusting than scary. Pretty short tour and feel cheap.
The Original Duck tour – Very interesting tour on both land and water. Don’t expect a lot of leg room in your seats.
Jet boat tour – Very fun and fast. The boats do hard brakes and spins and you will get wet.
Tommy Bartlett Show – We went to the night show and totally didn’t enjoy the water ski part of the show. I thought it was completely overrated. The the performers made multiple mistakes. The clown was unbearably cheesy. The story line was poorly written. The only impressive thing was the hang glider at the end. The second half was so so. The juggler was very entertaining and kept your attention for the entirety of his performance. Overall it kept me wondering if my money would be better spent going to a different attraction.
Crabby’s All You Can Eat Seafood – $29.99 per person and it doesn’t include drinks. What the hell? The food isn’t bad but it’s just not worth thirty bucks. We regret eating there but it’s a once in life time mistake.
Wild West All-You-Can-Eat Buffet – We stopped by since we had a coupon but the place smelled revolting to me so we left.
Paul Bunyan’s “Northwoods Cook Shanty” – Family style all you can eat restaurant. They just keep bring out fresh food. Very awesome. Loved it.
That’s all the unique places we visited. We were also surprised how many Eastern Europeans were working in the area. I don’t have many photos to share since we didn’t take many. Just two I kinda like.
While the duck was passing thru a canyon
A view of the Dells from the river walk
This month has been hectic. I’ve moved to a new city for a new job. Temporarily sharing a room of a lady’s condo. We are selling our old condo, buying a new house and buying a new car for the new city. I’ve decided to return my one year old matrix (was on lease) and buy this 2007 toyota yaris instead. I got it today and just LOVE THE COLOR. The color is called jade sea metallic. Here are some photos to share.
my favorite feature of the car: an audio jack to plug your mp3 player in
comes with power package: cruise control, air bags, power locks, power windows, the cd player plays mp3 & wma and all that jazz that gear toward younger generation which makes me very content.
i will miss the outside temp from the matrix tho. it’s not available on the yaris