American Lemans series cars are visiting Laguna Seca race track again this year.  As a reward to Jensen being a good boy for practicing piano for the last year :), I brought him to the race track.  We learned our lesson from last year, bring the ear plug!   The cars are so unbelievable loud, my ear drum hurts when siting next to the track .

Kasen is turning one today. He looks happy! We got a truffle cake to celebrate the occasion.

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After a long flight, we finally touched down in the new Beijing airport. It’s been six years since I have visited Beijing. The very modern looking airport is just a prelude of what’s coming, that in the last few years, there has been a huge transformation of Beijing landscape in the making. The most the notable one, of course, is the new Olympic Villiage. In a word, it’s simply awsome, even more so in person than on TV.

In just a few days, we have already visited many places in Beijing. Jensen does not understand the significance of any of these places, but he seem to enjoy himself none the less. Nothing catches his attention better than the busy taxis and big buses.

Some of the places Jensen visited:

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Birds nest (National Stadium)

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It’s the annual cherry picking season again here in the Bay Area. The season is very short, lasting only one to two weeks at end of May. Many small cherry farms in Brentwood opens up for thousands of people. We have been going the Freitas farm for serveral years. Because their cherry is very flavorful and very large. The trees are loaded with cherries. Even little Jensen manage to pick a few. Definitely worth the 75 minutes of driving despite the high gas price.

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We took a two week trip to Malaysia in December. It’s Jensen’s longest trip yet. It took total of 25 hours from San Francisco to Penang, Malaysia.

Penang Malaysia is definitely feeling very different from the Bay Area. The weather is very hot, even in December, something that take a little while to get use to. The area of Malaysia reminds a lot of small cities in Southern China. A lots of small shops, most with Chinese signs. First story of the building is used as a small shops, restaurants. Second story is used for mostly private residence. The street is very narrow and filled with small cars and mopeds.

Of course it’s not a complete vacation without trying the local food. The specialty in these region is the Hakka food. Most of the restaurants in the area are outdoors. Price is cheap and food are tasty. Being next to the ocean, there is a lot of sea food choices.

Jensen had a lot of fun. So much so he didn’t want to come home. Once home, he cries every morning when he goes to school.

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