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Key West, Florida, USA - 15th September 2007

By: ppagano

I went on the "35th Annual Key West Poker Run" with my new friend visiting from Russia - Snegovik.

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Key West, Florida, USA - 15th September 2007

By: ppagano

Here we are resting together after that long trip. It's nice to travel with friends.

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Sands Cut/Elliot Key-FL, USA - 6th October 2007

By: ppagano

10/06-10/07/07: I went out on the boat this weekend to attend the party "Columbus Day Regatta".    ;)
As we weren't on an actual sail boat we were on a boat that hooked up to four others and partied from one day to the next. 
It was very windy and rained during the night, but during the day it was nice and very sunny. B)
My pal Snegovik kept me in good company.

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Panera Bread by The Falls, USA - 9th October 2007

By: ppagano

Today I attended the Monthly Bookcrossing Meeting and have been passed on to Tarepanda for travels with my new pal snegovik. :D

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Butterfly World, Florida, USA - 12th October 2007

By: tarepanda

Today I went with a big group of friends to Butterfly World.  It is very beautiful, with lots of butterflies (of course) and flowers and birds too.  My favorite is a red flower called passion flower. 

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Miami, Florida, USA - 8th November 2007

By: tarepanda

Today we volunteered at the library to prepare for its annual book sale, which will be held a few weeks later. 

We had to sort the donations and put them into boxes nicely.  I am too small to lift the books, but I helped make sure all the books go in with the spines reading the same direction and that they are put in the correct categories. 

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Miami, Florida, USA - 11th November 2007

By: tarepanda

Today we went to the Miami International Book Fair.  It's rather big, and there are lots of books!  Big books, and small books for little kids like us too!!

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We volunteered at a booth called PaperBackSwap.  We had a competition who gave away the most flyers.  I think I did pretty good.

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Miami, Florida, USA - 17th November 2007

By: tarepanda

We went to the Fairchild Tropical Garden for the Ramble Festival.

Look at this pretty flower just like a star!

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And this is a mini banana tree!

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I watched the woodturners at their craft.

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Wow, some sprouting coconuts!!

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Hong Kong, Hong Kong - 7th December 2007

By: tarepanda

It is a really exciting day!!

First of all, a TVer arrived from Russia.  His name is Mister Right.  His mommy thought that he and I really look like twins.  But he is more like a baby cousin.  He is really cute and shy, I like him a lot.  Though he doesn't speak a lot of English we are best of friends already.

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Mister Right was about to unpack his bags but we told him not to bother, as we are leaving for China in a few hours!! Actually he is very lucky to have made it in time!

So here we are, in the airplane.

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This is the plane we are taking.

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Yum... Ice cream and pizza for in flight snack!
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Yay, we finally arrived!  Welcome to Hong Kong!  First, let's pick up some tourist guide.

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Don't forget our lugguages!

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Hong Kong, China - 10th December 2007

By: tarepanda

Today Mister Right and I went to Central, the downtwon financial distinct of Hong Kong.  They have a lot of pretty tall buildings.  Even the buses are tall too!!  I have never seen them in Miami.

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The funny looking building to the left is the Bank of China building. 

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And this is the Headquarters of HSBC, another big bank.

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Landmark is a famous shopping arcade.  Seeing the Christmas tree makes me miss my family back in Florida.  I hope you are all doing well!

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* Posted Dec 14, 2007, 2:19 am Last edited Dec 14, 2007, 2:21 am by tarepanda [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Hong Kong, China - 11th December 2007

By: tarepanda

Tonight we went to the BookCrossing meetup in Hong Kong. 

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Hong Kong, China - 13th December 2007

By: tarepanda

We tasted a lot of delicious (and unusual) food in Hong Kong.

The soup in the front is made with shark's fin.

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This is how the shark's fin looks like, when it is dry.

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We bought some tofu in a little bamboo basket.

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This is called takoyaki - made with octopus.  It's a popular street snack from Japan.

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This thing looks like a cocoon but it's called Dragon Beard Candy.  It's finely spun flour wrapped around some coconut, sesame, peanut and sugar. 

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And this dumplings look like little fishes.  They are almost too cute to eat!

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* Posted Dec 20, 2007, 3:51 pm Last edited Dec 20, 2007, 3:53 pm by tarepanda [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Hong Kong, China - 14th December 2007

By: tarepanda

Tonight we went to a place called Mongkok.  It is, according to the Guiness Record, the crowdest place on earth.

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The shops here are open till 11pm or so and the streets don't get quiet till after midnight.  We went to a street nicknamed Women's Street, for it sells a lot of things like accessories and clothes for a low price.

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They even have fake name brand stuff, like Rolex watches  and Gucci handbags.

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Macau, China - 17th December 2007

By: tarepanda

Today we are busy packing again.  We are going to Macau, an hour's away from  Hong Kong.  Little Bear Mister Right looks a bit tired but I tell him I will take good care of him.

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So here we are on the jetfoil.  We passed by lots of little islands.  I wonder if we are the first TVs to visit Macau?

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This is the most famous landmark of Macau, ruins of the St Paul Cathedral (Ruínas de São Paulo).  It was built in the 16th century but destroyed in a fire in 1835 but was burnt down.  Only the front entrance and the foundation remained.  It is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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See, this is the back!! It's almost like a movie set.

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Macau was a Portuguese colony for over 400 years so it has an interesting mix of Chinese and Portuguese culture.  Like the decoration in this little teashop here.

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These are the canons at the fort, Fortaleza do Monte, that overlooks the Cathedral  (or what's left of it).  It was built also in the 16th century and another UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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This is St. Dominic's Church (Igreja de São Domingos) on Senado Square.

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We get a little hungry, so it's time to taste some Macanese snacks.  I am so excited. This is the Pastel de nata, a sweet egg tart with a very flaky crust.  Yummy!!!

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We went to a pastry shop where we watched them make egg rolls.  In Asia, the egg rolls are really made with egg and flour and is a light, flute-like pastry.

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They make them right there in the shop and then pack them in boxes to sell.

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And here they are making peanut candies. They roll the peanut with sugar into long tubes, then cut them into bite size pieces and toss in more peanuts.

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They also have many varieties of pork and beef jerkies.

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These looks like brown furry balls but are meat shreds.

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Hmm, I want to buy some of everything!!

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* Posted Jan 3, 2008, 7:58 pm Last edited Jan 3, 2008, 7:59 pm by tarepanda [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Macau, China - 18th December 2007

By: tarepanda

Today we visit the Museum of Macau.

First, we see this terra cotta warrior at the entrance.  Our host tells us that the real thing is in Xian, but I want a photo with him anyway!!

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This tablet shows how letters like moon, field and water evolved from pictographs into characters. 

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These are how coins look like hundreds of years ago.

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These are how typical Portuguese style buildings look in Macau.

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And these are houses built in the Chinese style.

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A mail drop.

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This is the set up of a traditional tea house in the olden days. 

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And this is a shop where they make little god statues so people can put in their homes.

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A traditional medicine shop.  There is a big chopper for chopping up herbal roots and a grinder for grounding the herbs.
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And this is a traditional wedding chamber.  Red is the lucky color. How pretty it is!

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Puppets for Chinese opera.

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And this is a picture of the Macau Tower.  You can do the world's tallest commercial bungie jump from it.  Well, not me!

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And this little temple is called Na Tcha Temple.  It worships a little god who is a boy that killed the dragon.

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We had Macanese food for lunch.  This is Portuguese style chicken and balcahua pancake.

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