Emily was going through our photos and videos… and thought it was a good time to learn iMovie. Let us know what you think! They met, they fell in love, the got married, they… moved to China! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpgClzZNwVc&feature=youtu.be&w=640]  

I don’t think a lot needs to be said about Panda videos.  Just grab some popcorn (nom nom nom nom), and enjoy the cuteness! Baby Panda Tree Climbing Race – We All Win! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5ySq_KsSp8&feature=youtu.be&w=640] Bamboo is the New French Toast – Nom Nom Nom [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Th0zfd7mpxc&feature=youtu.be&w=640] Gravity Goes Counter Clockwise at Panda Base! HOLD ON! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgJQqqHSuCE&feature=youtu.be&w=640] The Morning After: Pandas on a Brunch Date [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eb849y83iOE&feature=youtu.be&w=640] Panda Baby Goes Nom Nom Nom Nom! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCYiLLXmm5g&feature=youtu.be&w=640] 

I’ve never been the kind of person to be impressed by a panda – I saw one at the San Diego zoo several years back and it was a pretty boring animal.   Everything changed this past Saturday, when Bruce and I visited the Giant Panda Research Base just outside of Chengdu. It is necessary to arrive to the Panda Base early and it’s about a 30 minute taxi ride from the city.  They are fed at 9am and then nap for much of the day – though…

I love shopping (see Bargaining post).  I also love that China and Chengdu in particular, seem to have no shortage of mega-mega-shopping areas.  It would seem that the Chinese also love their shopping, with the nearby New Century Global Center, the stones-throw-away Chunxi Street, and my new favorite mall at Raffles City and our very own Galleria. I have also found that I’m not quite able to find clothes that fit me here because apparently, I am an enormous American.  Not “I guess I have to buy the Med/Large…

Reflecting on my trips to parks in Houston, I think of running loops and trails at Memorial Park, watching shows at the Miller Outdoor Theatre, countless leisurely strolls walking Lou dog, as well as eating amazing grilled cheese sandwiches at the Pinewood Cafe in Hermann Park. Plus, there were always  great events like the Bayou City Arts Festival and Houston Half Marathon. I love parks! I also love the gōng yuán in China (that would be parks in Pǔtōnghuà (which is Mandarin in Mandarin Chinese)). Gōng yuán, however, seem to have multiple personalities….