Thursday, July 28, 2011

San Diego 2011

Before we made it to NYC, we flew directly to San Diego to attend the wedding of our good friends, Jeff and Helen. San Diego itself is amazing. It's like the whole city is a resort. As our Brazilian sister Su kept saying, "This isn't real life!"

About the wedding, Jeff is Chinese-American, Helen is Chinese-Brazilian and they met and fell in love here in Shanghai. About 30 of us from Shanghai were there for the wedding and made a weeklong vacation out of it. It was one of the most enjoyable vacations we’ve ever had, really enjoying the sense of community we shared with our friends. Jeff’s parents hosted a July 4th BBQ at their awesome house overlooking Rancho Bernardo. It was a perfect way to end a great week and send Jeff and Helen off as newlyweds.

Shoutout to Rachel and endless Chick-Fil-A!

Click here to see a full album of our San Diego trip


posted by Alan
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It amazes me how as life progresses and things change, we constantly learn and grow with it. We just returned to Shanghai from our sixth (seventh for me) visit home to New York since we first moved out here in 2008. After every trip, Daisy and I usually reflect on what we experienced, and each time we learn/see/realize something new. I won’t go into the specifics here, but we’ve learned to appreciate the process and it certainly keeps life exciting. One thing I DID learn is how many people actually read this thing (despite what the number of comments might suggest), so here goes another post.

Grandpa Chan and Grandma Gong

Even without the growing experience, this trip was easily justifiable with two weddings (congrats Bum and Wendy!) and the birth of Janie’s first cousin, Hayden. It also marked Janie’s first time at the beach, in a pool and lots of quality time with her grandparents, uncles, aunts and friends. And compared to the usual Shanghai summer, the NYC heatwave felt like nothing. We hope to be back yet again during Christmas, but can somebody please do something about those NYC gas prices before we get back?

Great Grandma Gong, Uncle Steven, Great Grandma Yuen

Click here to see a full album of our trip to NYC: NYC July 2011