Day 97. Santa Monica Beach

It’s nice to end the winter trip in a beautiful place like Santa Monica, CA. To my surprise, it is THE most fashionable beach I’ve ever been. People here are young and hip. Girls wear high heeled boots instead of flipflops while guys wear branded clothes instead of souvenir T-shirts. It’s not a highly commercialized beach. If Virginia Beach is Time Square, then Santa Monica is our SOHO.

Day 97. Santa Monica

Day 97. Santa Monica: Ocean view from Santa Monica Pier

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Day 92. The menu

Day 92. Chinese menu

Day 92. Chinese menu: A Chinese menu from a famous Chinese restaurant in San Diego

Finally, I can have some Chinese breakfast. But look at the price. Ouch 噢 (ou\)!

By the way, today, our Japanese friends cooked us Japanese Curry. They told us some language barriers that we didn’t notice when we say it. Such as, Chinese like to say ” 蛤 (ha/)” a lot when they don’t understand something, or they feel unbelievable. We say it without notice that people from other country don’t understand what that means.

Also, we tend to say “那個 (na\ ge)” a lot when speaking Chinese. However, the sound of 那個 (na\ ge) is close to “negro,” which is a really bad word to say it in English (It is a serious racist word referring to black people). So yeah, we might say something sounds terrible in the past without notice. I should pay more attention not to say 那個 too often…:p

Day 91. Happy 100th Birthday to TAIWAN

Day 91: The Rose Parade

Day 91: The Rose Parade: National Flags in Rose Parade on the first day of 2011

It is not easy to see our national flag outside the country. But at the beginning of 2011, we saw our national flag marching in the first raw in the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California. There’s also a theme parade 遊行 (you/ xing/)car represented Taiwan. Though we cannot celebrate our birthday with the entire country, at least we stayed together, having the same spirit. Happy birthday, Taiwan.

Day 90. Last day of 2010

Day 90. Countdown to 2011

Day 90. Countdown to 2011: Last minute of 2010

Last year, we were at the most famous countdown landmark of the world. Right, the Time Square. This year, thousand miles away, we were in LA, Universal Studio. Time flies. Happy 2011!

Day 89. Miss Snow?

Here you go. I don’t miss the snow, but ski 滑雪 (hwa/ xueV) was fun. Should have caught up the skills.

Day 89. Big Bear Mountain

Day 89. Big Bear Mountain: On Hwy 18 in Big Bear mountain

Day 88. The Great, The Grand

Day 88. Grand Canyon

Day 88. Grand Canyon: A viewpoint from South Rim, Grand Canyon

When visiting Grand Canyon 大峽谷 (da\ xia/ guV), be not only surprised by the amazing layer of the rocks, but also the changing lights and shadows that reflect on them. This is why when we were watching the sunrise at the Yavapai Point, we found ourselves watching at the wrong direction.

Day 86. What happen in Vegas

We have a conclusion for Vegas: It is adults’ Disney World. Most of the things you enjoy here is specifically design for adults. Gambling, clubbing, shopping, adult shows, luxury hotels, you name it, are all designed for over 21s. I can’t believe that those people who bring kids to Vegas, I think there might be some places that offer baby sitting while their parents can enjoy the real taste of Vegas. Come to Vegas, where the dream come true 美夢成真 (meiV meng\ cheng/zhen-)!

Day 86. Paris Las Vegas Hotel

Day 86. Paris Las Vegas Hotel: The replica Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas

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