Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Last night we went out to have dessert at the Melting Pot in Irvine. Pure and wonderful death by chocolate. You dip strawberries and bananas in Chocolate. You dip double chocolate brownies, cheesecake, and chocolate marshmallows in Chocolate. Sweetness...
My hubby had spring break this week and we didn't get a chance to go anywhere... So we decided to have a Spring Break Getaway in our own neighborhood! We stayed two nights at the Mariott in Newport beach. Our room had a nice view of the pool and Catalina Island.
Even though, we were a short drive from home it really felt like a vacation.
We took a walk along the beach. Pigged out on Pizza and Häagen-Dazs while watching a whole season of "Weeds" in the hotel room. haha. A nice, relaxing, and romantic time. LOVE this show! Loved our getaway.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Last time when I went to Shanghai (4 years ago) I made a visit to the Yu Yuan gardens and the Wuxingting Teahouse. Unfortunately, the wait to get into this famous tea house was so long that I didn't get to go inside. But this time around (when I went in January) the weather wasn't too great so the place was empty. I was so happy that I finally got to try out this cultural experience. The grounds here are beautiful, and the tea house itself is very quaint inside and has a great view of the pond it sits upon.
I've never had blooming tea before, and if you never have either you have to try it! I had the Jasmine blooming tea at the Wuxinting Teahouse. It's actually a Jasmine bulb and as you're steeping the tea, you get to see the flower slowly bloom. It was so pretty and tasty at the same time!
Friday, March 21, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Look what my brother caught spearfishing today! A LOBSTER!
No, seriously. I'm not even joking! He speared it at Crystal Cove in Newport. My mom was freaking out when he brought it home. We're gonna eat it for dinner. Yum..
My hubby and I traveled China together back in January. Of all the places we visited in China, Gulin was my favorite. Guilin is a city situated in the Northeast region of the Li River. The name "Guilin" literally means "Forest of Sweet Osmanthus" in Chinese because of all the Osmanthus trees in the city. Unfortunately, we were there mid January when the fog was thick and the air was fiercely cold... so no flowers. But still the rolling fog added a dramatic effect to the famous Mountains and dynamic scenery of Guilin.
The water-eroded caves still have pools of crystal clear water that reflect the walls of the cave. From a step back, it looks like a little city with mountains!
We took a day trip upto Longsheng's Longji terraced rice fields. The rice terraces are built into the hillsides. Longji literally means " Dragon's Backbone"in Chinese. There were groups of large-scaled rice terraces built into the hillsides. Unfortunatley the fog was super heavy so we couldn't see much. But on a clear day they say that these rice fields look like a golden stairway to heaven. My National Geographic shot of a local lady. The local village ladies showed off their hair to us. They only cut their hair once in their lifetime! Crazyness.
Everyone comes to Guilin to see the spectacular misty mountains and lush landscaping unique to Guilin. These mountaisn have been an inspiration to Chinese poets and artists throughout the centuries. We took a boat ride along the Li River to admire these mountains.
At night Guilin is lit up along the river.