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Guangxi to Hanoi: Less Common Way

January 18, 2009 | Tourism, Traveling, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

(Guess I better hurry up and finish my Vietnam posts since I will soon be heading to India and then will be recounting stories from there.) Looking at a map of Asia you will notice a decent-sized land border between China and Vietnam.  Many backpackers through Asia take advantage of this and go overland from […]

Where did 2008 go?

January 18, 2009 | Uncategorized | by TofflerN

I blinked and before I knew it, 2008 was over. It happened so quickly, for the first time in the history of my blog (1.5years), a whole month passed without a single post. My apologies to my loyal readers (Mema) ! In December, I did manage to upgrade my blog to WordPress 2.7, so it […]

Highlights of northern Vietnam

November 16, 2008 | Tourism, Traveling, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

Here are a few notes on northern Vietnam, namely Sapa (Lao Cai), Hanoi, & Halong Bay. Halong Bay We really enjoyed our 3day/2night tour of Halong Bay with Bai Tu Long Bay company.  We wanted to get out of the well-known and therefore crowded Halong Bay, so we chose the less famous Bai Tu Long […]

Videos from Vietnam

November 15, 2008 | Uncategorized | by TofflerN

Here are a few videos that I took during last weeks trip to Vietnam. Hanoi [HTML1] Water Puppets show in Hanoi [HTML2] Halong Bay [HTML3]

Time Zones

While I think most people know China is all on one timezone.  But a recent post on Wired mentioning both my home state (AZ) and my current country (China), necessitated a reposting. So here goes comparing Arizona’s and China’s timezone craziness. Arizona is confused about daylight-saving The state of Arizona doesn’t observe Daylight Saving Time. […]

Great Wall Strikes Again

October 17, 2008 | Entrepreneurship, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

Apparently my previous post wasn’t lost to the mysteries of WordPress but rather to the prying eyes of the Middle Kingdom’s national internet spying feature.  Nonetheless, very frustrating!  Well, I’ve learned my lesson: use a VPN when reviewing or writing on my blog.

Finding Affordable Flights in China

October 17, 2008 | Tourism, Traveling, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

(Since my blog just ate the nice post I had written up about this and I don’t have the patience to rewrite it, I’m just going to give the links.) Domestic Flight ticket search aggregator – Qunar International Flight ticket search aggregator – Momondo Cheapest China domestic airline – China Spring Airlines Cheapest China – […]

Best View in Shanghai

October 11, 2008 | Uncategorized | by TofflerN

I made this video at the place I consider to have the best view in Shanghai: Hyatt on the Bund, Vue Bar.  Watch the video and see if you agree. [HTML1]

Reflections on the Olympics

Despite my doubts whether Beijing would pull off a successful Olympics and the controversy over free press, human rights, the Opening Ceremony, and other issues, in my opinion, China hosted an amazing Olympics. The skies were blue, there were large tracks of greenery, the Olympic Green was very attractive, traffic was not a problem, the […]

Water Cube: Then and Now

August 30, 2008 | Uncategorized | by TofflerN

Much like the Bird’s Nest, the Water Cube made a radical transformation from December of 2005 to August or 2008.  While the Bird’s Nest has become one of the most recognizable symbols of the Beijing 2008 Olympics, the Water Cube was perhaps the most beautiful venue of the Olympics. December 2005 August 2008 Tags: Olympics, […]

Bird’s Nest: From Under Construction to Impressive

August 16, 2008 | Uncategorized | by TofflerN

The first time I came to Beijing was in December of 2005. At that time I had the privilege of visiting the Bird’s Nest, Watercube, and Opera House all while they were still under construction. Wow, has the city, particularly these notable landmarks changed in 2.5 years time. Below are some photos comparing the then […]

Beijing Olympics!

August 15, 2008 | Peace Through Tourism, Tourism, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

Yesterday was my first day attending the Beijing Olympics and was it a busy one! From the brand new but crowded subway to the mega-security lines and then into the Olympic Green, Beijing has impressed all around. After wondering around the Olympic Green, we attended the quarterfinals and the semifinals of fencing (men’s team epee). […]

Beijing Olympics Medal Tally

August 12, 2008 | Uncategorized | by TofflerN

Here is a widget that shows the updated medal counts. C’mon USA, 加油! What’s interesting to note is that when American sites, such as NBC in this case, organize the medals leaderboard, they do it by total medals (putting the US on top), whereas most other listings, including Wikipedia, list most gold medals first. [HTML1]