Wedding Day

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Long Beach!

Long days are one of the best things about summer.
Spent the afternoon in Long Beach paddle boating, then at the Aquarium.  :)

 

WARNING: 
HANNAH.

THERE IS A PHOTO OF A SHARK.
HANNAH.

 

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HANNAH DON’T LOOK AT THE NEXT PHOTO.

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Everyone looks pooped after a long day…

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Wes & Jamie’s Wedding!!

The big day!!

Getting ready with hair and makeup!
The bride…

The maid of honor…

Bridesmaids and flower girl…

Another junior bridesmaid…

Hair!

Beautiful church…

Proud parents…

Jumping pictures!!

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Lion dancing!

Speeches…

Cake!

First dance :)

More dancing!

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Lanterns at the prom downstairs!

Photobooth fun!

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So much love!

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Monterey Park

Scenes from around town…
Grandma’s backyard, PT at Highlands Elementary School (overlooked by the Highlands Husky?), Penny, and dinner at Lawry’s with the family.

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Video Games!

I’m thankful for – Day #15 – Video Games…

While it pains me to say this… I do think that video games have helped bring our family together, ever since we were little kids.  Now with easier control interfaces like Wii and Kinect, our parents have even gotten involved!

Below are some of our family’s Wii characters…  :P

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Brandon, Ryan, Brianna, Pete, Steve, me and Henning.

We even ended up making characters for some of my other aunts and uncles.  What a hoot!

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Venice—Day 1

What a cool city.  For the most part, I’m going to try to let the photos speak for themselves.  :)

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Look at the water level!

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(Piazza San Marco) St. Mark’s Square..

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Bridge of Sighs…

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Dessert menu at Osteria Oliva Nera.

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Hands down the best tiramisu I’ve ever had…

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Gondola by night…

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Venice vaporetto (water bus) back toward the cruise ships…

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Wet and freezing!

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Pompeii

Henning and I have really been looking forward to visiting Pompeii.  We decided to make the trek from Naples to Pompeii our own…

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…after nearly getting run over by traffic a few times, we managed to each incur a 40-euro fine on the light rail…
(the transit authority thankfully only wrote us one…)

…and finally made it to the main train station!

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…long hot (no AC) train ride…

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…passing Vesuvius…

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…we’ve made it to Pompeii!!…

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Pompeii was buried under ash from a Mt. Vesuvius eruption almost 2000 years ago.  Many of the buildings, structures, objects and art were well-preserved under the ash, and have since been excavated.

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…bath house…

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…frescoes…

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…homes…

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…taverns…

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…lead pipes…

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…fountains…

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…I know this is kind of creepy… but even people and dogs were preserved to some degree…

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The rest of the family went to Sorrento, where they got to try some wines, meats and cheeses and see the farm they were made on…

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Rome

I wish we could have spent a lot more time here in Rome… but I’ll of course take what I can get.

I didn’t even try to pick one photo from Rome… because who knows if I’ll ever get to come back here…

I also won’t go into all of the fascinating history of the various buildings and structures… but if it interests you, I definitely recommend a few Google/Wiki searches…

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…Arch of Constantine and Palatine Hilll…

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…Temple of Venus…

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…the kids on the Spanish Steps…

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…it was really hot…

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…walking around.  We didn’t eat any of these places, but very picturesque…

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…the Pantheon was one of my favorite buildings…
so unreal, and an engineering marvel…

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…obelisks with hieroglyphs!…

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…St. Peters Square (Vatican City)

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…subway and train back to port…

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My parents and Aunt Yuen took a different route for the day, and here are some of their photos… (my mom is much more talented than I)

…Arch of Constantine…

…Colosseum…

…Trevi Fountain…

…St. Peter’s Basilica…

…we could have spent hours here…

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Pisa & Wine

First day in Italy!

Henning and I got a small taste of Pisa, and then a small taste of wine country.

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…our guide telling us we have SEVEN wines to taste and enjoy at our leisure during lunch…!  This was a great opportunity to meet some new friends at our table…

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My parents (and rest of family) also went to Florence.
Here are some highlights from their day…

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Marseilles

First port… Marseilles, France.

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…Henning and I decided to walk and bus downtown… I was really impressed and excited by how easy they make it for directionally-challenged pedestrians (like me…) to find their way.

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…and signage to warn motorcyclists not to ride in the train grooves…

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…walking past the beautiful Cathedral La Major (Byzantine architecture)…

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…gelato in the Panier (old town) district…

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…bronze fish art…

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…how awesome is this dog carrying a handbag…

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…taking the mini-train along the coast up to the Notre Dame de la Garde basilica…

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…even more beautiful… at the top of a hill…

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…looking over Marseilles…

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…with the LOML.  (and we match)

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Meanwhile… the rest of my family travelled further inland to Avignon.  Here are some photo highlights from their day…

…wine tasting…

…Gothic Palais des Papes…

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Barcelona—Day 3

Today was a very Gaudi-centric day.  I believe all of the photos were taken either of or inside buildings and structures designed by (THE) modernist architect Antoni Gaudi.

…Casa Batllo…

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…La Pedrera…

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…La Sagrada Familia…

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…Park Guell…

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…it was really hot…

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Barcelona—Day 2

I just couldn’t pick, sorry…  The good photos are courtesy my mom.

A morning run with Steve… and construction… it’s a good day already.

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“Tolerance and patience… are much deeper and more effective than mere indifference.” –Dalai Lama

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…La Boqueria Market…

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…pimientos de padron…

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…tour around town…

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…Olympic Park on Montjuic Hill…

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…first time in the Mediterranean Sea!…

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…fridges!…

…mopeds!…

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…stopping to listen to musicians play… nostalgia…

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…hidden courtyards…

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…dinner by the beach with the whole family…

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…classic…

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…oh, the classy and classic doesn’t end…

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<3

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Cruise – Day 3 – Ensenada

Horseback riding in the hills…

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Walking through downtown Ensenada…

…priceless memories…

Highlight of the day: We stumbled upon a seafood restaurant called Mahi-Mahi.  Mango margaritas…

…scallop carpaccio

…fish ceviche…

…grilled octopus…

…oh yea…

After shamelessly stuffing ourselves with fresh seafood, we walked back to the ship.  I was surprised by some of the new construction.

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Almost back to the ship…

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Vegas Day 3

A bit of a gloomy day, as thunder and lightning storms were pretty strong in the afternoon.  Fortunately, after having Dim Sum at Chang’s Hong Kong Cuisine off the strip, I spent the rest of the day inside Mandalay Bay.  Hung out with my parents, met up with “Ish” from ASD, and then dinner and a concert with my aunt and uncle.  Easy.

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Baby beets and arugula salad with goat cheese, mmm!  @ Wolfgang Puck’s Trattoria del Lupo.

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The highlight of the night…  NKOTB and the Backstreet Boys kicking it back to the ‘80s and ‘90s.

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BSB serenading a few members of the audience on stage…

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Glad to know they can still sell out a crowd.  :)

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Vegas Day 2

We spent most of Saturday at the Bellagio, taking advantage of my uncle’s friend’s cabana by the pool, and then checking out the penthouse suite on the 30th floor.  It was nice to live the life for a day.  :)

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Complimentary food and drinks in the cabana!

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Hallway to the penthouse suite…

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“mid-sized penthouse”.  geezuz.

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View from their windows.  :)

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In the evening, after a comp’d buffet at the Bellagio, Henning and I went to see Cirque du Soleil’s KÀ, which was great!

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