CSU, San Bernardino

California State
University, San Bernardino

June 27, 2003 in Los Angeles
Friday

Liu Jia arrived at 9:30 am. She drove me direct
to her university – California State University, San Bernardino.
The symbol of the university is coyote, the sculptures are at the
entrance of the university. Jia told me that the sculptures were
made by a Chinese with the price of $150,000. She also told me
that the coyotes are just at the back mountains. We visited Robert
V. Fullerton Art Museum there and watched Ancient Egyptian Collection
exhibition. Jia is familiar with Egypt philosophy;
she did the guide for me. Jia also told me that her school library
has the biggest pornographic collection in United States.
Jia brought me to a Korea restaurant; we had Tofu (bean cube) and BBQ rib there.
The food was very good. Jia sent me back around 3:30. We sat and chatted until
6:00 pm.
I called Sam at 6:00 pm. Sam and Lara already got up; we did a chat about one
hour. After that, mother in law called and also chatted about one hour. I had
dumpling as supper.
Helen was back around 8:30 pm. Sam met me online and used video conference function.
I can’t set either audio or video on laptop. What I could do was that watch
the video from that part. Lara and Sam sat before the computer and typed chat
with me. I could watch them and typed also. I called Sam’s mobile phone
and made a ridiculous video/audio conference.


Coyote, the symbol of the university. Picture from CSUSB website.


Bobert V. Fullerton Art Museum, California State University,
San Bernardino.


John M. Pfau Library,
California State University,
San Bernardino.


Cat mummy
head.


A mummy mask.

Related
links:
California State University, San Bernardino
The Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum

Hsi Lai Temple

Hsi Lai Temple

June 25, 2003 in Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday

I got up at 9:00 am. Fang Zhou Zi (ark) sent email
to me and said that he will return to San Diego at July 5th delaying
by SARS. I also contacted Liu Jia and set the appointment at Saturday.
We went to the post office and bought stamps for Jonathan.

Cai recommended that a temple called Hsi Lai, we drove there.
It is a real good and clean temple. It is as clean as the temple
which I saw in Tokyo. His Lai temple is on the hill, I don’t
know the name. The layout of the temple is traditional, but the
layout of the Bodhisattvas is not the standard order. It doesn’t
have the Kwan-yin’s and Arhats’ halls. Kwan-yin and
Arhats are just at the right and left gardens. Bodhisattva Wei
Tuo is just at the right of the entrance. The temple also has two
sets of Bronze Vehicle and Horses; those were excavated at 1980
from Emperor Qishihuang’s Mausoleum. Helen also told me that
her previous boss is the biggest donator of this temple. I also
got some free CD, cassette and books there.

After that, we drove back to home and had Shanghai style shrimp
noodle.


I am at Hsi Lai Temple, the America National Flag is at the background.


Bronze Vehicle and Horses.


Bronze Vehicle and Horses.


Detail
of the Bronze Vehicle and Horses.

Related links: Hsi Lai Temple

The Huntington Library

The Huntington
Library

June 25, 2003 in Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday

We went to The Huntington Library at 1:15 pm. Helen’s
friend was already waiting for us. She came for me get discount
from the bookstore there since she has the membership card. I read
the introduction of the library. It was donated by Henry E. Huntington
and his wife Arabella D. Huntington in 1913. This library has 4,000,000
collections now and has a very fantastic garden.

We walked around in the garden. The garden is divided into several
themes include desert, Japanese, Australian, Zen and palm garden.
There are some plants I never saw anywhere else before.

I also visited gallery there, it collects some very good paints. The most famous
paintings are Jonathan Buttall: The Blue Boy and Sarah Barrett
Moulton: Pinkie
.

We went to Fry’s at 5:00 pm, I bought one more 128M Intelligent
Stick. Even it doesn’t need card reader, but I still got
one inside package.

We had a dinner with Sam’s uncle together at a Chinese
restaurant called New Island. We ordered 3 pounds shrimp, 3 pounds
crab, 3 pounds lobster, Seafood Tofu, Holothurians Chicken Soup,
Peking Rib and Mixed Vegetables.


Jonathan Buttall: The Blue Boy by
Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88).


Sarah Barrett Moulton: Pinkie by
Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830).


Clavering Childrenby
George Romney (1734-1802).


Zen Garden.


Japanese Garden.


Japanese Garden.

Related links:
The Huntington Library

Private flight

Private flight

June 22, 2003 in Reno, NV

Sunday

From Reno south over Minden, Nevada and Bridgeport, California
to Lee Vining and Mono Lake. This is along the eastern side of
the Sierra Nevada range. We had to gain altitude from 4412 feet
above sea level at Reno to 14,500 feet above see level at Lee
Vining. From Lee Vining we turned west and crossed the Sierras
over Tioga Pass, and then went southwest to fly directly over
Yosemite Valley.

Yosemite Valley is the heart of the National Park. Then we flew
northwest to the Gold Rush country, and followed the Gold Rush
towns north, landing at Columbia to refuel. Next time we must
allow enough time to walk into town. It is preserved as a historical
Gold Rush town of the mid-19th century.

From Columbia we flew north past various Gold Rush towns in
the western foothills of the Sierras, and at Placerville, California,
we turned northeast and began climbing to cross back over the
Sierras.

We flew directly over the Squaw Valley ski area site of the
1960 Winter Olympics. We could also see Lake Tahoe off to our
right. We had seen Lake Tahoe to our right going south from Reno
several hours earlier. About 10 miles west of Reno, we called
the air traffic controllers and reported our intentions to land
in Reno. We flew over my childhood house, and landed at the Reno
airport.

The flight was exactly four hours of flying time.

– by the flight pilot Catherine
Houghton

The first time I woke up was around 2:00 am and
later on I kept woke up. I didn’t get a good sleep. I even
scared by a strange dream, of course I won’t write here.
I checked out and gave the follower, which I brought back from
the memorial service, to the neighbor. I had omelet at the hotel’s
restaurant. I ordered vegetarian omelet, it was really bad looking
but he taste was ok.

John was waiting at the gate at 8:30 am. We went Reno Fly Service
which is inside the Reno Airport. Kitty called John and said
she is arriving in 15 minutes. John just drove me go around the
Reno Airport to have a look.

Kitty arrived as same time we go back. We walked into the Reno
Fly Service office. Kitty want us learn how to use the GPS system.
John and I got the manual of GPS and watched a training tape.

We departed at 10:00. Kitty was the pilot, John was the co-pilot
and I sat at the back seat. We flew by the Sierra Nevada and
reached the famous Yosemite National Park. We saw the three famous
waterfalls there.

Eventually, I figured out how to use GPS system. It is so easy,
pilot just need to set the angle to the target. But Kitty is
a professional pilot, she just use radio and landmark to fly.
I asked her why she doesn’t use GPS; she said it will have
less fun. I really agree it.

We landed Columbia at 1:30 pm and filled the fuel. Kitty asked
me what will happen if I can’t catch the flight if we go
to the town and have something there. I told her I will pay two
hundred dollars to change the following to flights. I thought
I’d rather to drive from Reno to Los Angels and refund
the tickets. Kitty said that if I do so the car dropping fee
in different cities will be five or six hundred dollars. It looked
we have to cancel the walk to the town; we went back to the plane.

We took off at almost 2:00 pm. John suggested that we fly another
route to save time. Kitty accepted the suggestion, eventually
we arrived Reno at 3:30 pm.

John quickly brought me out the Reno Fly Service, put me on
the car. Even the service is also inside the airport, but I can’t
check-in directly from service. John had to drive me outside
around half airport to reach the entrance of the public terminal.

My luggage was over weighted again, but it was only 7.5 pounds.
I took something out and got pass. The big luggage would be delivered
to Los Angels without unloading at San Francisco by myself. I
took almost one hour fly from Reno to San Francisco.

When I was waiting at the San Francisco Airport, I had Japanese Garlic Beef
Rice. I also bought five discounted books, include a Teddy Bear index book,
a fantasy book, a history book, a novel about Cleopatra and a fortune teller
book.

I stayed at airport for one and half hour and one more hour
from San Francisco to Los Angels. Sam’s uncle was already
waiting for me at the Los Angels Airport. He picked me and sent
me to Sam’s aunt’s house, which is in Pomona City.


Pilot Catherine Houghton and co-pilot John Arnold.


Sierra Nevada.


Yosemite Valley.


One of the three waterfalls at Yosemite.


Another waterfall at Yosemite.


Ran out of fuel.


Filled the fuel, but the co-pilot filled
into the wrong tank.


A
river near Columbia, CA.

Related links:
Yosemite National Park

Rodeo Parade

Rodeo Parade

Saturday
June 21, 2003 in Reno, NV

Kitty called me at 9:00 am, she told me that it was the Annual
Reno Rodeo Parade Day. She arranged his friend Bruce to bring
me there. I quickly got up, brushed
teeth and had a quick breakfast of three fried eggs only.

We met at the lobby by 10:00 pm; the parade was not far away.
We didn’t miss a lot; it was one and half hour long. There
were forty some squares past, I took pictures and video. The parade
was very interesting; people wear cow boy dressing, rode on horse
with flag handled. The youngest was a cow girl only four years
old.

Reno is very beautiful and peaceful, it is well known as The
Biggest Little City In The World.









Related links:
Reno Rodeo

China town II

San Francisco Chinatown II, California

June 20, 2003 in San Francisco, CA
Friday

I woke up at
9:00 am and felt really tired. There was no any motivation for
me to leave the hotel room. I just modified some pictures and did
some preparation for the web pages.

Keith recommended me to take shuttle bus to airport; the shuttle
bus he mentioned called Blue Van. I called 1-800-BlueVan and
booked it. The Blue Van company told me that the van will arrive
between 4:00 to 4:45 pm.

I left hotel almost 1:00 pm without breakfast and lunch. I
walked to Union Square and took cable cab to the China Town.
China Town is always a mess, I just walked around. There is a
video rental shop, the assistants inside were all Shanghainese.
I spoke in Shanghainese to kid with them.

It was almost 2:00 pm but I didn’t find any good restaurant
yet. There is a restaurant pastes the menu on the windows with
Shanghai dish name. I walked in and the boss spook Cantonese
to me, I exited restaurant immediately. I don’t think a
Cantonese can make real good Shanghai food in United States.
They even can’t make good Cantonese food. Eventually, I
gave up finding a Shanghai restaurant. I had Mock Turtle Noodle
at a normal Canton style restaurant, the noodle was Cantonese
noodle and the dumplings inside were real good.

I bought a 24oz Bud Light and a small bottle of Jack Daniel’s.
I went back to Hilton Hotel by #30 public bus. I had nothing
to do and just sat in the lobby and went online through wireless
service.


The chess was behind the glass case, so the photo quality was
not good.


Lunch at San Francisco Chinatown, June 20, 2003.

Related links:
San Francisco Chinatown
Information and Resources

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, first time

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, first time

Thursday, raining at evening

I got up at 7:00 am. I didn’t sleep well these days and
didn’t know why. I called home and Lara refused her grandma
to talk with me. She insisted grandma to read the story for her
and she’s kept crying. The bad girl is.

I didn’t go to work today since I had nothing to do there. I bought a new
wireless prepaid card and went online as well as I was eating breakfast. Joanne
of San Jose office wrote email to me and wanted me to confirm hotel reservation
and other issues. I called hotel to confirm the reservation and went online to
book the Hilton at San Francisco.

I left hotel almost 11:00 am and took metro directly to the Smithsonian
Station. I was going to look for the China paint at Freer Gallery,
which belongs to Smithsonian
Museum. The Freer Gallery is connected with Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, there
was some art exhibitions include China, Islam and others. I stayed at the gallery
shop for half hour and bought A Simple Monk, which is the album of Dalai Lama.
I also bought another book Music In The Sky, which is talking about the escaped
17th Karmapa. What a good books are. I also got a book at the information center
and there were some coupons inside. I found that the discount can be 20% if I
use coupon, then I decided go back and get the discount back. It was easy there,
the person just let me get refund and buy as the discounted price. I save more
than 10 dollars.


India sculpture, Sackler Gallery.


Buddha sculpture, Sackler Gallery.


Chinese Dun Huang paint, Sackler Gallery.


Chinese Dun Huang paint, Scakler Gallery.

I left Sackler Gallery and it was already 2:30 pm. I went to
the African Art Museum, which also belongs to Smithsonian and
just faces the Sackler Gallery.
Those two building like twin building, the same size but Sackler Gallery had
square roof and square decoration and African Art Museum has round roof and round
decoration.


Inside Sackler Gallery.


Square style designed Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Took at the same
view point as the following picture.


Round style designed National Museum of African Art. Took at
the same view point as the above picture.

I was really tired and missing mussel so much. There is a huge
food court at Union Station, I decided go there to have a try.
I didn’t find mussel and
got Sushi as lunch.


Sushi, $10.50 from the food court of the Union Station.

It was 4:00 pm after I finished my lunch, then took metro back
to the hotel. I went online, found Ben Luo and did some chat
with him.

The hair shampoo I brought this time was without the anti-dandruff
function,
it caused my scalp felt itch all the days. I couldn’t stand it the went
out to buy head & shoulders without caring about the raining.

I also bought supper, which was just a salad. I walked back
to the hotel and the rain was even harder.


Supper, $4.99 bought from CVS.

I was updating the website whole evening. 11:33
pm, I ate the rest noodle yesterday. It was so delicious and
I even drank all the sauce off

Working in DC

June 11, 2003 in Washington D.C.

Wednesday

I got up around 7:00 am as well as woke up around 6:00 am. I
got email from Fang Shi Ming who is well known as Fang Zou Zi
(ark), he said he was in Beijing and would be back to San Diego
on June 20. I replied to him, and told him I am going to San
Diego to meet him.

I went to HCHB at 8:30 but the
guard refused me go through the entrance at Constitution and
15th street. I had to walked walk
to 14th street, took elevator to 3rd floor and back to 1st floor,
then can reach Ann’s office (room 1223).

I had a real good chatting with Ann. She said she will select
me as the EBDU (E-Business Develop Unit) EAP Leader and want
to me to do as the trainer of the region. She also mentioned
that about sending me to Vietnam get a training.

I had lunch with Blair together, at the food bar under the
Ronald Reagan building. I got Sushi Deluxe since there was
one Ikura (salmon roe), which is my favorite,
included.

After lunch, I said goodbye to
Blair. He was going to Vladivostok tomorrow, to do the work I
should do. I went hotel directly by metro. I reached my room
at 1:00 pm, there was a envelop on the ground, International
Automobile Association mailed International Driver’s License
to me. It made me so happy. But eventually I found they printed
wrong information on my card, it wasn’t my name and address.
I had to contact with IAA again and asked them to print a new
one
to
mail
to me.
The
bad
IAA
let me pay the express mail fee, which is $14, kind of robbing
me.

I decided finish my MBA thesis paper that afternoon. I owed
my professor Dr. McMillan for a long time, the due date was
May 1st. I spent the whole afternoon
and eventually I finished the document.

I went out around 8:00, it was going to rain. I walked to the
famous George Town, and walked into an art shop. I bought
some color sticks and another bead chain
toy for Lara.

It was start raining when I was looking for mussel as supper.
I can’t find
it but I found Barnes & Nobel, which is a bookstore I bought some books 3
years before. This time I bought a recipe book called Better Homes and Gardens
New Cook Book, the cover said it is the America’s number one cookbook since
1930. Also, I bought a Kama Sutra for Sam.

It was already 10:00 pm when I walked out of the book store,
the CVS was closed. I had to walk back to 22nd street and
went to Meiwah again. This time, I ordered
Pan-Fried Noodles with Seafood and Vegetables. The assistant saw me always
take away instead of eat in the restaurant; I guess she was
thinking that I will share
with some person. She gave me two pairs of chopsticks.


Pan-fried noodle, $11.95 from Meiwah Restaurant, 1200 New hamshire
Ave NW.

Bronze Medal Award

Bronze Medal Award

June 4, 2003 in Washington D.C.
Wednesday

I got the
Bronze Metal Award form the Under Secretary of Department of Commerce.
The Bronze Medal is the International Trade Administration highest
award (Department
of Commerce website
).

Mr. Shao is recognized for serving CS
Shanghai as its system administrator during a four-year period
of enormous challenge when the Commercial Service was deploying
increasingly sophisticated systems throughout the field, China’s
telecommunications and Internet infrastructure still lagged
well behind the rest of the world, and our Shanghai office’s
system requirements were growing ever more complex and critical.
During this period Yule’s contributions expanded beyond
Shanghai to bene fit the entire China program, through his website
work, his system engineering by phone and e-mail, his development
of applications, and his travel to the other posts to do upgrades
and train people. Early on, his expertise also came to the attention
of Washington, so that he was soon enlisted to create a bilingual
CMS platform for the Asia field, and to help solve system-wide
problems for ITA.
— citation from 2003
Awards, Department of Commerce


Framed Award


Logo seal and
the Bronze Medal