Parents got U.S. visa

This morning (June 14 China time) my parents just got their visas to US in Shanghai. They are going to spend several months with us here in this summer. The greatest thing is they are going to see their granddaughter’s birth and we are going to share the big happiness together! Yao Yao’s gotta meet her dear grandparents in her first days. :) And they will help us a lot on taking care of the little one for sure, that’s another important thing for me and my wife.

Anyway, it’s really good for all of us.

Long time no update

Actually it’s only about one week. But the truth is one week is not a short time in network era. Things just change so fast even by seconds.

Well, it’s already June. It’s very hot here in Midwest these days since last weekend. So the summer is right here and the short short spring just disappears in no time, whew.

My baby is going to join us in less than 100 days. Yes, that’s really exciting! We just cannot help waiting to see what she looks like. We have prepared most of the stuff for her coming. And today her first box of diapers just arrived. :) We are just running a weblog for her and I have also prepared a photo album for baby photos, though that’s still a little bit early. I also built a photoblog to record those coming precious moments in my life, also in my wife and my baby girl’s. All these will have their links here soon.

Long weekend

I spent the Memorial Day long weekend on migrating my baby’s blog from Blogger to WordPress following this guide, and also established a photoblog using pixelpost. Pixelpost is a very good tool to make pohtoblog and it’s theme compatible. I downloaded one from pixelpost homepage and tweaked it to fit my own taste. And I also found a plugin to include the thumbnail of the latest photo from pixelpost in WordPress. I think this is a cool way to combine both blogs very well.

UPDATE: Just found a nice addon to include the latest thumbnail from pixelpost on other web site using HTML but not PHP.

Buddha’s birthday

Today is Buddha’s Birthday, Apr 8th lunar calendar.

Since 1997, Buddha’s Birthday has been a public holiday in Hong Kong SAR. It replaced Queen’s Birthday, which is a public holiday before Hong Kong was handed over. There are a lot of public holidays in Hong Kong, including both Chinese traditional feasts such as Chong Yang, Qing Ming, Duan Wu, etc and western ones such as Christmas and Easter. Hong Kong has the mixture of culture from both Eastern and Western, so are its holidays.

This photo was taken on Buddha’s Birthday in 2001 in Hong Kong. This is the largest outdoor Buddha statue in the world. You can find some flare around Buddha’s head, it’s not caused by the bright sky, it’s the low cloud instead. :) It’s also because the base of the statue is also very high.

Here’s another photo I took on the same day. This is the temple where the statue is located. You can see the cloud is really low.

Early bird

对于多年来已经习惯了晚睡晚起的我,在周末的早晨早起做“early bird”实在是一件困难的事。不过为了尧尧瑶瑶,今天还是强打精神起了个早,去为她搜罗一些价廉物美的好东西。对照着地图开车和尧妈一连转了几个“车库卖场”,而且出发时天空还细雨绵绵,不过收获还是非常不错的,满载而归。
看来做“早鸟”是有道理的,确实有虫子吃。古训诚不吾欺也。 :)

Baby gathering

We participated in a baby-and-parents gathering here at Champaign-Urbana yesterday, though our Yao Yao was not officially eligible yet. :) There were totally about 12 families attended. The weather was beautiful, the potluck food was delicious and yes, the babies are extremely lovely! I took about 950MB photos for the babies from the beginning till the dusk.

As I concluded before, to take photos of babies, especially infants and toddlers, is a task needs you have patience, perseverance, personal charm(don’t laugh, that’s true!), physical flexibility and a little photographic technique. Babies move and react in their own manners and they will never pose for you. So I think the most important point to take good photos for babies is to be there and get your camera ready at any time, but not fancy camera gears. “Babies grow faster than we imagine”, and babies’ precious moments are shorter than we can imagine too.

Share some happy moments with us.

5ive day!

It’s 05/05/05 today, be cool! :mrgreen:

Two years in U.S.

I arrived in U.S. two years ago, May 4th, 2003. The same place, the same weather. Everything was just like still on yesterday. Sometimes I just feel time really flies… It’s said this is a symbol that someone is getting old, youngsters never feel time flies. Yes I believe that. :!:

It’s a baby girl!

We did the routine exam and sonogram today. When the sonographer pointed at the screen and told us “It’s a little girl!“, I was so excited though I still felt confused about the image displayed. :D Though the test is not 100% accurate, most likely I am going to be the father of my beautiful little angel. It’s so sweet, isn’t it?

Here’s the first “photo” of our baby seen by the world. She’s waving her little fist and saying “Hello World!” to us. ;)

What a beautiful day!

Ten years old ID

My ID gqshen is ten years old today! Ten years ago, I created “gqshen” as my ID on a Sun Sparc 10 workstation and I had my first UNIX account and email address. And since then on, I have been using this same ID everywhere, free email addresses, university ID, personal URI, etc. If you lost me one day, try to Google gqshen and most likely you will catch me at the first couple entries. :)