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Archive for August, 2008

29
Aug

Beijing Olympics – I am proud

Now that the Beijing is completed, I’d like to write up my thoughts. As I travel, many people have asked about my view on China hosting the game and I had never given a straight answer. Here is my straight answer. In short, I’m proud of being a Chinese. The game was nicely executed, the opening ceremony was undoubtedly spectacular and the venues and awesome. No matter how you cut it, no matter how critical you are, this has been a successful Olympics.

Before the game, some people ask if China should even be given a chance to host the game. Being a nation that violates human rights, being a poor country (yes, China is still a poor country) yet spend billions on the game, etc, etc. My thought on that is the world needs to let China fix itself slowly. My naive hope is that within the next few generations China will transition peacefully into democracy.

This Olympics game drew attentions from the world to China, and that is a great thing. As I told one of my friend, “You don’t have to agree to the government to like the country. China is a country with rich culture and history, it’s so happen that the current government is not a popular government but that shouldn’t stop you from likeing the country. After all, you go to Paris to shop no matter who’s the President of France.”

27
Aug

Huh, feels like home now

Ok, getting back to starbucks territory makes me feel safe. Picture taken in miami airport.

27
Aug

We arrived in miami!

27
Aug

We are leaving Cayman

Finally got on a Cayman airway “evacuation flight” after an hour an a half of waiting in the ‘hot’ line. We got to the airport around 6:15am and the line is already very long. The airport was out of power for some reason so it was really hot.

26
Aug

Gustav

We are in Grand Cayman right now and we have decided to leave early tomorrow morning to avoid Gustav. The hotel suggests everybody to leave the island by tomorrow afternoon so we are acting accordingly. Let’s see if we have made a good choice or not.

We were out all day today and there hasn’t been any rain today. My earlier thought was that we could at least enjoy tomorrow until we have to worry about the storm. Well, since the hotel issues a ‘recommendation’ and the flights leaving the island seem to be filling up, we got nervous and start calling Travelocity and the airlines. The more we call and talk about the possibility the more nervous we got. At the end I told the agent from Travelocity as she tries to make sure I’m ok with the cost, “Don’t worry about money, just push quickly and get me a ticket to leave!” So we now actually have 3 tickets leaving the island, at 8am tomorrow, 10pm tomorrow and 2pm Saturday.

Yes, I am pretty sure I am leaving the island.

As of right now, the weather here is calm. I will blog again when we get to Miami tomorrow.