No word on release date. Maybe a little too similar to real life experiences?
Not the greatest picture, but I loved the moment. David duChemin actually just published a blog post today saying if you want better portraits, wait for the soul. Perhaps I should have waited for their eyes to open.
Don’t get ripped off again. Calculate your Shanghai taxi fare online.
The first Barbie Worldwide Flagship Store. Taken in Summer, 2009.
Yes, I went in with my students. It was so…pink. They even had a Vera Wang bride and groom Barbies and Juicy Couture Barbies. I think they even had a Barbie restaurant on the top floor.
Barbie® Shanghai is an exclusive shopping destination with six floors of Barbie® products and activities designed just for girls. Along with a real fashion runway, full-service day spa, doll design center, and more, there are over 1,600 Barbie® products available, including apparel, jewelry, skin-care products, toys, electronic products, cosmetics, games, and other exciting goodies girls of all ages will love. Spend an unforgettable day at Barbie® Shanghai – there’s nothing else like it anywhere.
Oh my goodness, did I just write a post on Barbie?
I’ve been to St. Louis twice now, and every time, it just feels so quiet to me. Ok, besides the 16,000+ college students who were at the conference with me or the occasional crowd coming out of a Blues game, there just wasn’t much going on downtown.
Here’s a picture taken right before New Year’s at Union Station, St. Louis, MO that captures the fact that no one’s ever around.
Well, it was nice that my team of coworkers was there with me all week. It’s just quite sad spending New Year’s away from most of your friends and family. Fortunately, I rang in the New Year with one of my little sis’ from Texas.
In the following image (taken while we were having brunch celebrating her birthday this past summer), she had just tried to “help me add milk to my coffee, spilling it all over the table.” It’s so telling of the grief she gives me our friendship.
Brunch at KABB.
Xintiandi, Shanghai, China.
What is this world coming to? Nas is performing in Shanghai and Beijing this month!
Photos of Shanghai’s new airport terminal.
World Pillow Fight Day – March 22, 2008. Massive pillow fights will be happening all over the world, except San Francisco, because we already had ours on Valentine’s Day. Too bad I missed it this year. But guess what? They’ve got it going on in Beijing and Shanghai. Fun.
What: Survivor: China premiere
When: Thursday, September 20, 8pm ET/PT
Why: The show claims to be the first full American television series to be filmed entirely within China. I’ve read that many aspects of Chinese culture and history have been included in this season. Each contestant was supposed to receive a copy of The Art of War by Sun Tzu (which is excellent, by the way–I just finished the audio book earlier this year). The show supposedly had “unprecedented access” to several historical Chinese monuments, including a Shaolin Temple and the Great Wall.
What: PARK(ing) Day
When: Friday, September 21
Where: San Francisco and across the world
Why: It’s a one day event where people temporarily transform parking spaces into public parks.
What: Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节)
When: Tuesday, September 25
Where: Wherever there are Chinese people
Why: The mooncakes have landed! The Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month each year. This is one of my favorite times of the year when I get to overdose on lard lotus seed paste.
What: Special Olympics
When: October 2-11
Why: There was a lot of hype for this during the summer when I visited a home for the mentally disabled. This is China’s beta testing for the Olympics next year. The Special Olympics will start almost as soon as the FIFA Women’s World Cup ends. Nearly 7,500 athletes from more than 160 countries, 40,000 volunteers and 3,500 event officials will descend upon Shanghai and athletes will compete in 25 Olympic-type sports in venues all across the city. Oooh, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jackie Chan, Colin Farrell, Yo Yo Ma and Zhang Ziyi will be there at the opening ceremony on October 2 at the Shanghai Stadium!
Oh, and happy talk like a pirate day.
I’m up typing this now because I can’t sleep. I think jet lag is settling in. I haven’t even stayed at home yet, because apparently there was a gas leak so they had to turn off the gas until Tuesday. Which means I have no hot water nor can I use the dryer. So I’ve been staying at other people’s houses. It stinks not to have a home to go back to. And I don’t have my car either! Oh well.
So I arrived back in SF on Friday evening because I had to bring one of the students back home. I’ll be flying back out to Shanghai on Tuesday morning. Crazy, eh?
But that’s not all. I was able to attend Dustin and Valene’s wedding after all. Yes, I have officially crashed a wedding now. I even wrote in my name on the table place card. After the wedding tonight, we were loading up my friend’s car in Oakland’s Chinatown and we had to transfer my stuff when a fight broke out at a party near our restaurant. Everyone came rushing out toward’s my friend’s car. Half of us got in the car, while the other half had to walk to their cars. We couldntt drive off right away because people were running in the street, but we managed to get to the end of the block and as we turned the corner, we heard gunshots. Welcome back to America…sheesh.
Well, I didn’t bust out my DSLR today, but here’s one of the pictures from the wedding. Congratulations to the two of them.
Tomorrow, I’ll be going to church and to Benny and Julia’s shower. This has got to be the perfect weekend to be back. What a blessing in disguise in the midst of all this traveling.
Madame Chiang Kai-shek Died. I visited her family’s house in Shanghai as a destination on the tour path set up by the government.
Check out this article from a Chinese site. It says, “Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) and Australian Prime Minister John Winston Howard meet press after their talks in Canberra…” Is the ‘R’ for right? Do you think people can tell without that specification?