Monthly Archives: June 2003

CSU, San Bernardino

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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

The Huntington Library

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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

Hsi Lai Temple

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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

J. Paul Getty Museum

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J. Paul Getty Museum

June 24, 2003 in Los Angeles, CA
Tuesday


A Young Girl Defending Herself against Eros by William-Adolphe
Bouguereau.


Venus & Adonis by Titian.


Rue Mosnier by Édouard Manet.


Sunrise (Marine) by Claude Monet.


Irises by Vincent van Gogh.

Related links:
J. Paul Getty Museum

Private flight

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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

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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

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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

Game shop

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A game shop, San Jose, CA

June 19, 2003 at San Jose, CA

A game shop, sells D&D and other role playing games.

China town I

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San Francisco Chinatown, California

June 15, 2003 in San Francisco, CA
Sunday

Stanford University

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Stanford University, California

June 15, 2003 in San Francisco, CA
Sunday