Plotting

Jun. 19th, 2009 09:50 am
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5-31-08 - Elelator, originally uploaded by TineyHo.

I actually took quite a few photos during my big Saturday road trip to Louisiana. Made a couple pertinent stops; one in Tallahassee and one in Panama City Beach. I didn't want to leave either of those locations. I had great fun seeing Vivian, Stahly, and company. :( I'll see Stahly in another weekend.

This picture is from the hotel elevator in Panama City Beach. Wrath of Con was going on and many of my Wolf Pack Elite friends were there. I stopped by to give hugs and get a t-shirt. This picture was taken by Raccoon. He wouldn't stop taking pictures. o_O That's okay though. They turned out pretty well. :D

tiney: (what the hell?)

5-26-08 - Memorial Day, originally uploaded by TineyHo.

I only took a couple pictures on Memorial Day.

My Memorial Day consisted of eating lunch with my family, sitting around being bored, then deciding to drive back to Orlando. Traffic wasn't too bad up until I got to Orlando.

What is with the horrible traffic in Orlando? It takes an extra hour or two just to get out or get in.

So once I hit Orlando there was an accident and so the picture isn't very good but it's hard to take a picture while you're driving...

That's a car partially on top of the railing. Not sure how that happened. There were a ton of emergency vehicles, a ton of people standing around. The overall scene didn't look devastating, just involved many vehicles.

Oh noes, I'm a rubbernecker! I hate myself!

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I donno what it is about home but I always feel relaxed; I get fed and I sleep a lot and I go shopping a lot. At the mall I noticed this vending machine which I thought was weird. o_O This kind of stuff always reminds me of Japan despite the fact that I've never been. I guess this is kind of what I envision when I go to Japan, anything you want will come in a vending machine. I've heard you can get underwear in a vending machine in Japan.
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So unfortunately for Marty and I, when we drove down to Ft. Myers, there was a butt-ass-huge accident on I-4 on the way down. It was annoying with all of the traffic. The picture doesn't show much but apparently there was a long line of cops and firetrucks. I took two pictures but the other picture only showed the tail end with semis waiting in line to move. We ended up taking exit 62 which is parallel to I-4 and watch the action from there and then hopped back onto I-4.

The Peak!

Jun. 19th, 2006 03:49 pm
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What a nice day. We got to sleep in. With the travel group we had to wake up early for stupid outings. We’re back in Hong Kong and we’re in a different hotel now. It’s further away from the major parts of the city so we have to travel more to get anywhere, but the area is nicer/higher-class and the room is better than our old one. There’s also a ton of wireless internet around here unlike the last hotel.

We met up with my uncle and his daughter for a vegetarian lunch. Their family is some sort of Buddhists so they’re vegetarians. None of their kitchenware has ever touched meat and if it ever does, they throw it away to buy new stuff. They’re allowed to eat eggs though; I don’t get that part. I was a little wary about going to a vegetarian place but the restaurant was really, really nice. I liked the décor, light green and black. :D My uncle ordered a bunch of dishes for us. There were a lot of fake meats, such as fake shrimp, fake pork, fake chicken on top of rice and noodles. I ate a lot of the rice and noodles without the fake meats although I tried them. The fake meats were alright, just a little weird. One of the best dishes was this “fried fish” but it wasn’t fish, I’m not really sure what it was. o_O They were little fried fillets, mmm… makes me hungry. Overall, a very fun lunch to experience and eat.

I almost forgot to mention that in between lunch and Hong Kong Island we stopped by my dad's parents' shrine. Both my dad's parents have passed. This place isn't where they were buried, of course, I'm not sure if they were cremated or what. I don't really know anything, I need to ask, I never ask about these kinds of things. Either way, it was a temple within a tall city building and there were lots of shrines where you can pay respects to those who have passed away. We lit incense for them. Then we went into a larger room with a huge shrine with all these pictures of Buddhist Gods. We lit incense for them too. It was kind of strange since I didn't know what I was doing and my parents have never been religious. I think we used to be Buddhists and that's what most of my family is here in Hong Kong. I think I'm going to look more into Buddhism just to study up on my supposed background. I liked the experience, it was peaceful.

Afterwards we headed south to Hong Kong Island. Hong Kong Island seems like a more affluent area. Nicer buildings, designer brands everywhere. First we headed to Antique Street, which is obviously where you can buy all sorts of antiques. Marty, my brother, and I got an assortment of little knick-knacks. Antique Street was a lot shorter than we expected but the government has been revamping the area so now it’s been renamed Hollywood Road and there are less little shops. Most of the antique stores were closed anyways since it was afternoon and they’re nocturnal.

The best part of the day was going up to the Peak, which is on top of a mountain. You take this old-stylish tram up to the Peak of Hong Kong. It’s a steep climb but it’s really cool. You can also take a taxi but whatever. Mommy says the people of Hong Kong used to make fun of the Peak calling it a place where you get ripped off. You used to take the tram up to the Peak and that was basically it, nice view but nothing else. Now the area up there is more developed; awesome shopping center, really nice restaurants, random wax museum. Shopping up there was really fun and they had all these great deals.

The view was completely awesome. Marty took a lot of really great pictures as you can see. We got there late afternoon and stayed until after nightfall to see the city all lit up. The weather up there was really nice too, nice cool winds. We had a really great time but I feel like there isn’t much to express in words other than that, it was just plain nice. :)

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Cut to today.

Marty and I wandered around the city by ourselves today. Both my parents have only recently recovered from being sick for a few days and then my brother got sick so they wanted to sleep all day.

We went to a nice mall, bought some clothes, wandered around a street prominently known for sellfish goldfish and ate some ice cream. :)

Tonight while my mommy and brother chilled some more, daddy took Marty and I back to the Avenue of the Stars since Marty hadn't been there yet. We saw the light show and Marty took a bunch of pictures of the view of HK Island and the stars along the walkway. Jet Li's hands are still small.

We only have a few days left in Hong Kong. I think we're just going to relax, see a couple more sites, but take it easy.

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Bangkok!

Jun. 16th, 2006 02:31 pm
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The next day was more tiring than fun. We went to a ton of shops that obviously paid the travel agency to take the groups to. First we went to a bee place where they sold honey products for health and beauty and eating. Then there was a giant jewelry store that had its own short ride reminiscent of Spaceship Earth about the history and creation of gems. I actually enjoyed the ride, hehe. Then we went to a zoo where we saw a pig that did math, pig races, a scorpion queen, and tons of other animals. This zoo is most well known for its tigers. Since I’m allergic to cats, I stayed away. We made a pit stop at a random roadside market where there was a ton of dried meats and fruits. Then we went back to Bangkok. The first place we went to was another store with a sales pitch. The store was an herb place where they grow and sell pills and crap. Really boring. o_O After that, the last and final crappy store we went to was some leather store with handbags and whatnot. It carried a huge selection of these ugly fish scale bags. Mommy said this place would’ve been better for older women.

For dinner they took us to a huge beer garden and plaza called the Suan Lum Night Bazaar. On one side was food; on the other side was a line of beer stands. They were showing the World Cup on two screens on either end of the garden and there was also a stage where they had singers. It was pretty neat overall. There were shops all around and a Ferris wheel somewhere in there.

After a long day of doing crap, we finally got to the Dynasty Hotel in Bangkok. This is a nice hotel; I like it. I just wish they had wireless internet.

So our last, big day in Bangkok was more relaxing. We didn’t have to leave the hotel until 10:30 am, although we did go to a weird place at first. We went to a snake… place. I don’t know what it was called. But there were tons of snakes in cages and this snake handler was dealing with some king cobras and it was pretty freaking cool. Made me think of Simeen. Then they shuffled us into a building nearby where they tried to sell us snake oil and pills. Stupid salesmen.

Afterwards, the bus dropped us off at a mall but we didn’t stay there for very long. We walked a couple blocks down the street to see a four-faced Buddha. Apparently it’s a huge religious site but it’s really funny to see it in the middle of the huge city that is Bangkok. It’s not a very big Buddha although it is decorated very nicely, but the people of Thailand believe that this particular statue is magical. If you pray to it you will get what you want but you have to promise to do something in return. There’s a story that a major Thai actress prayed to the statue asking to become famous within the next two years and of course, she got famous. Unfortunately for her, she promised to dance naked in front of the statue in return but she never did so her career was ruined or something like that. There were a lot of people praying to the statue, it was pretty neat.

Then we went on a boat ride up and down a river. The river doesn’t connect to the ocean so it was all brown and murky. We saw everything from modern buildings to historical buildings to shanties. The shanties were actually pretty neat to see because of the numerous deteriorating wooden columns holding them up in the river. We also saw some poor people bathing and some random kids swimming around in the icky water. At one point we were given the option to buy a loaf of bread to feed to the fishes. I thought that maybe we were going to some fish farm or something but instead we just went to this one part of the river where these giant fish were swarming. They might’ve been carp or catfish; we’re not sure. Either way, there were so many fish and they just kept swimming up to eat all our bread. It was awesome. I tried throwing a banana peel at them too but they just nibbled at it.

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That was basically our day. We had a hot pot dinner and it was a Friday night in Bangkok so traffic was terrible. The next day, we flew back to Hong Kong. The plane ride was nice. Marty and I watched Ultraviolet on our little screens. Weird movie, neat effects.
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Thailand is weird. I mean it’s been interesting and good and weird. We woke up really early in the morning to get to the HK International Airport by 9:00 am to meet up with our tour guide. My parents joined us up with a travel group to go to Thailand. The travel group consisted mainly of other HK locals. The plane ride from HK to Bangkok was only 2 and a half hours.

Thailand customs was really freaking slow. Omigosh, I’ve gone through HK and mainland China customs to and fro but Thailand was freaking slow. I went into Thailand not knowing anything about the country and I still don’t know that much but it’s been interesting. The spoken and written language is really interesting. I can’t say I’ve ever been exposed to anything like it before. Thailand still has a monarchy too. They have a king and his face is everywhere. They stick him on everything. Mommy says that 90% of the Thailand population is Buddhists. There is a little shrine in front of almost every major building.

The group got onto a bus where we took a longass ride to Pattaya. No idea where that is in Thailand but it’s a coastal town. Reminds me very much of Key West, lots of bars with open areas. Before going to hotel we stopped in a random area with elephants. People took elephant rides and apparently there was a shooting range but I have no idea what there was to shoot. I don’t think people were shooting elephants. Apparently, drinking coconuts is huge in Thailand so my parents got us a couple.

Afterwards we got to the hotel to shower and eat dinner. Then the bus dropped us off at the most touristy spot in the world. It was this giant mall of fake stuff. o_O The only things I don’t think were copies or fakes were from the grocery store where my brother got some Pringles. All of the clothes, shoes, and purses were definitely copies of brand names. That’s the problem with tour groups; they have to take you to the crappy tourist spots. :P Then we went to a small restaurant where they served us Shark Fin soup and Birds Nest soup… something like that. I have to say this stuff is more exotic than I’m used to, I’m just a silly American. Either way, my mom says that Shark Fin soup and Birds Nest soup is a real delicacy and in America it’s rare and expensive to get. Also, if you drink a spoonful of Birds Nest soup a day you’ll be able to retain your youth. Birds Nest comes from the nest of Swallows who use their saliva to make their nests. Eww. It was a long day so it was nice to get back to the hotel.

Breakfast was at 7:00 am but I skipped it for sleeping instead. Everyone got on the bus at 8:30 am to go to the beach. The tour group got on a speedboat and our first stop was a parasailing station. Both my brother and my dad went parasailing. There was an option to get dunked into the water so my dad did it and my brother opted out since he had forgotten to bring a swimsuit. Then the speedboat took us to a random island beach. Marty and I played around in the water for a while. ^_^ Mommy hung out under the umbrellas with other womens. Daddy walked around and ate his way through the boardwalk. My brother went back and forth between mommy, food, and the water. Marty, my brother, and I also walked along the boardwalk to look at the continuous number of shops. They all sold the same things. Marty bought me a small, stuffed elephant that my brother negotiated the price for. My brother was quite proud that he got it down from 150 baht to 100 baht. We had lunch and then headed back to the hotel. Speedboats are awesome.

My family decided that we were going to get famous Thai massages. One other family and another couple of guys decided to do so as well. o_O I cannot fathom any reason for the rest of the group not to get massages. My mom and dad went with one group to one massage parlor since they were getting medicinal massages and Marty, my brother, and I went with another group for regular massages. Dude, it was freaking coooool. There were rooms of beds and pillows. We all lined up with our own bed and curtains were thrown around us so we could change into pajamas. Then we lied down on the beds and each person had a masseuse. I was expecting one of those massage tables where your face fits into a hole and then the masseuse would rub your back or whatever, but it wasn’t like that at all. I couldn’t think of a good way to describe the massage without making it sound weird so Marty put it in the best way, “It’s all the stretches you could ever do done by someone else.” It was a two-hour massage! Two hours! I was half asleep from relaxation but kept myself half awake to realize my enjoyment.

That night we went to a show. Marty, my brother, and I weren’t exactly sure what to expect. Mommy kept telling us that it was a show with the most beautiful women in the world dancing and singing except they were all men. o_O Did my mom decide to take us to a drag show? Apparently she did. I wanted to see traditional Thai dancing with traditional costumes and I did get that, but I also got some showtunes and a rousing rendition of Goldmember. Hehe. So basically all the “women” in the show were actually men. The costumes were so awesome. The show reminded me of something out of Vegas. Apparently the show is world famous or so it claims to be, but it's called the Alcazar Cabaret. I want to get the soundtrack. Afterwards, all the performers come out for pictures with the fans. Dude, my dad, Marty, and my brother all took pictures with the “women.” The funniest part was when my brother went over to get his picture taken with them and they put his hands on their fake breasts. The look on his face is priceless. There were other people from our tour group who also went to the show and at one point in the end, two of the performers started dragging one of the younger guys away to take him out partying. Very funny stuff.

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tiney: (Tardis)
Hong Kong Disneyland was cute and small. Maybe a little too small, but I was expecting that so I wasn’t disappointed or anything. It was Marty, Silo, Mommy, Daddy, Uncle Wing, his wife, my little cousin, and I.

There’s a subway line straight to Disneyland so we just had to change a few stations to get there. The subway train was pretty neat looking. Very clean with blue velvet seats. All of the windows were Mickey-shaped. Between every other booth was a statue of a Disney character such as Snow White or Jiminy Cricket or Minnie, etc. My favorite part was the rings that hung from the ceiling for those who stood. They were Mickey-shaped as well. :D The walkway to Disneyland was decorated nicely and there was one spot with a giant fountain of a whale with Mickey surfing off of its spout.

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We got there an hour after the opening so while we were expecting large crowds, it wasn’t too bad at that time. I did see many groups of very, very excited teenagers; taking craploads of pictures and giggling like crazy. Typical Asians, hehe.

I always love the background music to the Disney theme parks, definitely sets the mood. Obviously, when we first entered we were at Main Street, U.S.A. As we walked along we saw the smallest castle in the distance. This was HK Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. More like Sleeping Beauty’s country cottage. Tiny little castle. o_O In Fantasyland we rode the carousel and the teacups. There were a lesser amount of teacups to ride. The teapot with the mouse wasn’t even in the middle of ride, it was on the side of the ride as just another thing to look at. The Philharmagic was also in Fantasyland so we definitely had to hit that up. :D Despite my cousin loving Pooh, we avoided the Pooh ride.

Tomorrowland has Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear’s Astroblasters. We also ate lunch here. It was funny to see the regular American diner alongside with another food area selling Chinese food. Course we ate Chinese food. They’re working on three rides for Tomorrowland; Stitch Encounter, Autopia, and UFO Zone.

Adventureland was the last spot. There was a very, very small ferry that landed on a small island with Tarzan’s treehouse. Instead of the Swiss Family Robinson treehouse, they went with the more modern movie. Oh! It was so funny, we saw the boats for the Jungle Cruise and we heard the cast members narrating in Chinese so we wondered how that would go. When we got in line for the Jungle Cruise, there was a separate line for English listeners. That’s the line we got in even though my uncle and his family don’t speak English. o_O I guess my parents were more concerned for Marty but he didn’t give a rat’s ass. Either way, our guide could not pronounce his R’s very well so his name was Ewic and it was really funny listening to him.

It started raining by then so the rest of the time we jumped from store to store. I wanted a souvenir so I got a fat Donald. :D So yeah,. HK Disneyland was small, but I liked it well enough. I would only go again if they add a lot more the next time but who knows when I’d be back next anyways.

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I had the most bizarre experience going into mainland China. Last time we went to mainland, we went to see the sites, the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, all the good stuff. This time, we were just taking a one-night trip to visit friends. So we take a short train ride across the border between Hong Kong and the mainland to Shenzhen.

Shenzhen is actually pretty cool, lots of tall buildings. There's a hugeass mall Where the train station is. Rows and rows of stores, it would take more than a couple days to walk through. It was really annoying though because it was a touristy area and all of the shop-people kept coming up to us to tell us to come into their store or show us a catalog with their wares, etc. We didn't shop for very long because it was so frequent.

The friends that picked us up we know from America. The lady doesn't speak english at all so my mom has helped her a lot through the years. We've known her and her kids for a long time. Her side of the family lives in Timjin (sp?), least that's where I believe we were. Random little town an hour away from Shenzhen. Anyways, so she, her daughter, and two nieces came to get us. My mom had told us that one of the lady's nieces was really rich; she had married a businessman so we were expecting to see some neat stuff.

Once we got to the town though, my brother and I were in culture shock. Really crappy. o_O We went to the sister's house of the lady and while the outisde looked crappy, the inside was alright. It basically seemed like that was the house they lived in for years and it was really freaking old and ugly but since the niece had married rich, she had given them a lot of nice gifts such as a fancy dish dryer, huge stereo system, and really neat, modern furniture. But I don't think the lady's sister (mother of rich niece) knew how to design or decorate really well. Course, I don't believe that's important to them.

One thing that really freaked me out was the driving. There are streets but no traffic lights and no lines so people just basically drive wherever the poop they want. There are tons of scooters and motorcycles too so they just weave in and out wherever they want as well. I guess in one way it's sort of safe because no one drives too quickly. It's still weird though since you have to assume the other people are going to stop. o_O I think I saw one traffic light at a major intersection in the middle of a developed area of the town.

Then the niece took the family to dinner and things were different. Apparently in Timjin, while most of it is crappy, there are random streets and parts of the town that are nice, have new buildings, and it seems like a lot of of the areas are being set aside for construction of new apartments and commercial areas. So they're trying to improve their town. Anyways, we went to this really nice, huge restaurant. We had our own private room with a little sitting area with a tv and karaoke (we did not karaoke, thank Bob), private bathroom, and a huge table to sit at. Of course, the niece ordered a buttload of food.

We thought maybe we were going to stay at the lady's sister house but the niece wouldn't have that. She got us two rooms at this really, really nice hotel. Best shower ever. I want one for my future house.

I never did get to see the niece's hugeass house, but oh well. She did a lot for us and I appreciated it.

So yeah, this trip was very reminiscent to the Bratislava/Eurotrip experience. o_O Gotta love that exchange rate!

Marty's here now so I'm sure I'll be seeing more sites and updating more! :D

Past Week

Jun. 7th, 2006 12:29 pm
tiney: (Tardis)
We haven't done much sightseeing since we were holding off on the good stuff for Marty. Instead, my family had been concentrating on shopping, eating, and spending time with family. Every day was a new mall and restaurant.

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tiney: (Nom)
I forgot my camera cord so any and all pictures up until Marty gets here with my camera cord are from my brother's digital camera. He bought this digital camera from his friend for ten bucks so it's a little weird. A lof of the pictures come out blurry, random focus issues. o_O It's also hard to take a lot of pictures when your brother doesn't want to take pictures or get his picture taken unless he's in the mood.

Dude, Hong Kong is so tiring. I guess that's alright though because walking equals exercise.

Yesterday we spent the day with the aforementioned family members Uncle Wing, his wife, May, and their daughter, 11 year old Tracy. They took us to the Hong Kong Museum of Science which was pretty neat. It was like any other giant museum of science found in any other giant city. ;) In all seriousness it was pretty freaking cool. A lot of the exhibits were large and hands-on (sounds a little dirty). Some of my favorites include:

  • the shadow room where a light would go on and off every 30 seconds and you could imprint your shadow onto the wall.

  • this giant spinny room where it only looked like you were wobbling because of the turning walls.

  • a series of physical fitness tests such as testing your balance, ability to jump, measuring your height, eyesight, random stuff just to see how awesome or crappy you are (btw, I'm tall for an Asian girl, I guess that's a given).

  • bed of nails.

Dude, my 11 year old cousin clung to me immediately. It's cute the way she seems to... admire me or something but man, can that girl talk up a storm. I guess it keeps me on my toes in trying to remember all the Cantonese I never speak.

Then May took us to the Avenue of the Stars which is really quite gorgeous. It's on the edge of Kowloon so you get a great view of Hong Kong Island. I should have taken a picture but I'm sure I'll go back with Marty to show him. It's so awesome to see all the tall buildings with mountains in the background and the tops of the buildings covered in fog. The Avenue of the Stars is kind of like the Hollywood Walk of Fame; they have stars on the ground with the names of Chinese celebrities and some of them have their handprints. Jet Li's hands aren't very large. o_O There's also a really neat statue of Bruce Lee.

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Today, me, my mom, dad, and brother walked around on our own. First we had to get our visas taken care of because we'll be going into mainland China at some point. We're gonna take a train, I'm very excited about that. There's something about train rides that I love. Mi scuzzi, mi scuzzi! Then we went shopping! We've got a long vacation so I'm taking my time with the shopping. I've only gotten a few things. Two pairs of shoes so far though. Everything is so much cheaper than in the states! The only thing you can't find cheaper are the high-class name-brand stuff like Louis Vuitton and Burberry. My cousins love to visit in Florida to go to the outlet stores for that kind of stuff. I want to buy lots of cute clothes and toys. My brother and I found this really kickass Japanese toy store only a few blocks away from our hotel. I am going to buy so many cute, fat things!

The food here has been really great so far. The food is cheap too! The exchange rate is crazy. You can get a huge meal for 4 American dollars. Been eating lots of rice.

The next few days are going to be packed with dinners and lunches with more cousins, aunts, and uncles.
tiney: (Meh)
The plane ride was really long. o_O We took Cathay Pacific. Took off at 4:00 pm on May 29th, arrived at Hong Kong International Airport at 8:30 pm on May 30th.

The first six hours were alright since I was able to occupy myself with the tv screen. Each seat had an individual monitor. They showed several movies but I only watched a few of them. I wached Narnia, Pocahontas, and Lady and the Tramp. They were also showing Brokeback Mountain, Underworld, the second Underworld, and I can't remember what else. Either way, I wanted cute and funny movies, not dramatic, actiony ones although I suppose those Disney movies had a little drama and a little action. The tv also had several channels which showed the same episodes of random shows repeatedly. I watched the same Simpsons episode three times. It was the one where Marge gets the Chanel suit and she almost joins the country club with the family.

The food was pretty awesome I have to say. I had ziti with cheese and pesto. Mmm... random side items that tasted good. Since Cathay Pacific is based in Hong Kong and very much Chinese, there were also random snacks of the Asian variety. At one point I got Cup Noodles and Cha Siu Bao which is a Chinese Pork Bun. You could get drinks and snacks at any point in time, just have to ask. That was really nice of them and an understandable way of keeping people sane.

I brought a buttload of things to do on the plane but didn't actually put any of them to use. o_O My carry-on was so fat and I didn't want to have to get it out and take crap out, then put it back in when I was done. I'm too lazy. So the tv screen was nice. It also had games you could play and most of them were connected with the whole plane so you could play with random people. I played Mahjong with my brother, no one else played it. There was a trivia game that a decent amount of people played. I won a few times cause I'm awesome. Was like Trivial Pursuit though, some of the questions were impossible.

When it got to 8 hours left of the ride I thought I would try to sleep the rest of the time as if I was sleeping until the next day, blah blah blah. Try to stave off the jetlag. I only ended up sleeping 3 hours.

I was a little on edge for the rest of the trip because as were going over Siberia, there was some turbulence. Ever since the stupid-small-plane-North-Carolina flight in December, I've become even wussier than ever before. Luckily my family was with me so it wasn't too bad but I should've asked my mom for more drugs. She slept for most of the flight, lucky mommy.

We finally arrived in Hong Kong and it was awesome. The airport is so freaking huge and let me tell you now, Hong Kong is a mecca for shopping and their airport is no exception.

My uncle, his wife, and 11 year old cousin came to greet us. We took a bus to our hotel and I remembered how crazy the driving is in HK.

Our hotel is actually in Kowloon, which is north of Hong Kong Island, and a body of water separates the two. Although all those together make "Hong Kong" as people know it. I donno, I only recently read up on the geography since the last time I was here was 7 years ago and I did not care to learn about it or go out on my own.

We dropped off our stuff, went out to eat and you know what time it was? 11:00 pm. One of the reasons why I enjoy HK so much is because most places don't close until midnight. By places I mean restaurants, shops, normal stuff. I'm sure there are bars and clubs that are open passed midnight but I like normal stuff staying open because things close early in the states. At least in Gainesville. :P Except for Wal-mart. o_O
tiney: (what?)
Today my family and I left our town of Ft. Myers to fly to New York. New York is just a pit stop until our major flight tomorrow for Hong Kong. My parents originally came to New York when they first immigrated to the US so we have a good amount of family living on Long Island.

Our flight left at 11:00 am and we arrived at 1:45 pm. I hate small planes. I really do, they freak me out. This plane was pretty small but not too bad. Luckily, the weather was perfect so the flight was completely smooth. Plus, my mom brought drugs.

My mom has two sisters and a brother. My favorite is the younger sister since she was young and hip and I looked up to her. She's not so young anymore though since she just had her second child. His name is Alex and he is so adorable, only two months old! I never realized how wiggly babies were. o_O

That's basically what we did once we got here, visited my younger aunt to play with the baby. We ended up back at my grandparents' house where the rest of my extended family joined us. My grandmother cooked one of her huge buffet-style dinners for us. Every time I visit, my grandma knows exactly what to cook for me. Best grandma ever.

That's pretty much it, hung out with my younger cousin who's in that teenage angsty stage but she's dealing with it pretty well.

Thank Bob for being able to borrow the neighbor's wireless internet, whichever neighbor that might be.

Tomorrow is our flight to Hong Kong. It's a 15 hour non-stop flight. I'm not sure what I'll end up doing but I've brought a endless supply of electronic entertainment such as laptop, portable dvd player, Nintendo DS, and iPod. I'll make sure to take pictures of how jetlagged I look.
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La la la la, nothing's been happening, just sitting on my ass and stuff. I mean, I have been playing FFVII but I think I'm going to quit that for a while because the chocobo breeding has been pissing me off. ::grins:: Instead, I'm going to start a game of Lunar. Of course, I don't think I won't get too far in that since this weekend I'll be visiting Orlando, yay! ::ponders:: Thereafter I think I'm going to stay in Gainesville for a week. Still have to discuss it a bit with my parents. Blah, they want me to work in the restaurant again, and I will abide.
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I'm home now. Well, my home where my parents live. The trip was fun, and really cold. Let me think of where to start.. That Friday was weird because there were complications on when we would leave. Vivian and I spent the day running errands while Matt was doing Matt things. We finally left around 7, I think that's when we left. Vivian started the drive but then she almost killed us so Matt took over. She had a horrible headache. "Vivian was disappointed." We got there around 12. It was as I said before, cold. Adam was up but her parents were asleep. We had to set up our own beds and crap. It was sad. Vivian and Matt had to sleep in a bed with a hole in it and I was left on the couch with three layers of rags. Actually, I'm exaggerating, I didn't have rags, but they were thin blankets. I wasn't exaggerating about Vivian and Matt sleeping in a bed with a hole in it though.

I woke up to find her parents wandering to the kitchen. It was about 7:00 in the morning.

Vivian's mom: The Kids are here!
Vivian's dad: No they're not.
Vivian's mom: Look on the couch!
Vivian's dad: That's Adam.
Me: Nope, it's me, Christine.
Vivian's mom: See, it's Christine.

I fall back asleep and they do their parenting stuff. By the time everyone's awake the parents come back with a ton of groceries.

I don't quite remember what happens after this. Vivian's mom starts a fire in the fireplace. We eat food. Then we go to this weird little Georgian mall and buy bras. Well, Vivian and I did. There were other purchases. I think we stopped at K-Mart too. Yeah, Matt had to buy boxers because he hadn't any clean ones to bring on the trip. That might have been a bit personal to say but I donno, seemed like it was a big deal on the trip. ::grins::

Conversation interpreted Daria-style

Matt: I need underwear.
Vivian: You need underwear? There's some underwear over there!
Vivian's mom: What the matter Matt, you need shorts?
Vivian's dad: What's wrong?
Vivian's mom: It's Matt, he needs shorts.
Vivian's dad: You need shorts Matt? There's some shorts over there. See those shorts? You can buy those shorts over there!

Hmm, poor Matt. Oh well, I think it's funny. ::grins:: So then later we walked a bit around downtown. I bought myself some more postcards. Ah, I love postcards. Anybody who wants to send me postcards, feel free to do so, hehe. Lessee, what else... well, after a little bit of downtown we went back home to eat food. It was sooooooooooooooooooo good. Fried boneless chicken. Tons of mashed potatoes with gravy. Spinach, corn, yeast rolls! We ate a lot. And then there was pumpkin pie to be eaten later! After that we played scattegories which I've always loved. I think I should get it sometime except for the fact that I don't have many friends who are board game people. I donno, I like playing board games, least the ones I like. ::grins:: Then we just kinda lounged around because we were all too stuffed. You know what's a funny word? Portly.

I think I'm going to write about the trip in parts so here's the end of part 1.

I'm back!

Mar. 6th, 2002 12:38 am
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In Gainesville that is. I have a lot to tell. I would tell now but no. I'll write about it all later, probably tomorrow. Tomorrow I'm going home home. Too much driving damnit. Oh well. I would have gone home tonight cept it's way too late to drive another three and a half hours. :> Moo moo moo, yeah okies that's it.

Cold

Mar. 3rd, 2002 11:28 pm
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It's freaking cold up here!!!!!
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I love you soooooooo much! I'll be back soon.

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