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Asian Extravaganza

Tue 2 Dec 2014 - Wed 17 Dec 2014

Singapore and China baby!!

02 Dec 2014 - 04 Dec 2014

Leaving rain/sleet for tropical weather, we timed this well.

Dec. 2, 2014, 2:25 p.m.

19 hours to Singpore

Dec. 2, 2014, 3:08 p.m.

Flight plan, it was -89F outside the plane (-20F on land) as we flew over Siberia. Now that's cold!

Dec. 3, 2014, 6:22 a.m.

Flying over Mongolia: We have wifi inflight, the man behind us has been snoring like a freight train for 10+ hours.... 4 hours to go!

Dec. 3, 2014, 6:49 p.m.

Hong Kong.... [not my photo]. View if we landed on clear day, and with the sun still up.

Dec. 3, 2014, 10 p.m.

Singapore Pan Pacific

Dec. 4, 2014, 9:31 a.m.

My 1.3k walk was really 10k but I saw a lot! Local market near the temple

Dec. 4, 2014, 11:02 a.m.

Hindu Temple, built 1827

Dec. 4, 2014, 11:05 a.m.

Botanical Garden

Dec. 4, 2014, 3:43 p.m.

The orchid garden was amazing, ending with a tunnel lined with mirrors.

Dec. 4, 2014, 7:19 p.m.

Skyline from the Helix Bridge

Dec. 4, 2014, 9:31 p.m.

Helix Bridge connecting to Sands

Dec. 4, 2014, 9:33 p.m.

05 Dec 2014

Street food

Dec. 5, 2014, 8:26 a.m.

Arrived in time to observe service and be wrapped in silk (cover legs and arms)

Dec. 5, 2014, 10:27 a.m.

Entrance to Temple

Dec. 5, 2014, 10:30 a.m.

Exploring Chinatown

Dec. 5, 2014, 10:40 a.m.

Way of life

Dec. 5, 2014, 10:45 a.m.

Little India

Dec. 5, 2014, 12:29 p.m.

This was my purchase at Bugis Village market

Dec. 5, 2014, 4:21 p.m.

Starting our night at Raffles, enjoying the famous Singapore Sling. $68!

Dec. 5, 2014, 4:44 p.m.

Ouch!

Dec. 5, 2014, 5:03 p.m.

This is Bill's view while on a conf call, not too shabby. Floor 57, Stella...

Dec. 5, 2014, 7:33 p.m.

chilli crab, $120! Holy crap did he make a mess - crab juice everywhere!

Dec. 5, 2014, 9:13 p.m.

06 Dec 2014 - 07 Dec 2014

China bound

Dec. 6, 2014, 8:42 a.m.

Will they let Mari into China? I sense an international incident.

Dec. 6, 2014, 4:04 p.m.

Look what I found... Coin toss to see who gets it?

Dec. 7, 2014, 7:32 a.m.

5.5km of shopping!! LV, Tori... Let's get started!

Dec. 7, 2014, 10:35 a.m.

Frosty.. the bear?

Dec. 7, 2014, 11:10 a.m.

Bourne moment(!). I lost my phone in China, sending us on a Bourne journey that including devices, taxis, and watching Bill transform into Bourne. Thank God for findmyiphone and a badass husband (his words)

Dec. 7, 2014, 11:15 a.m.

Lunch at Bill's favorite spot, Beef & Liberty

Dec. 7, 2014, 2:18 p.m.

Look what I found!

Bill's comment. Looks like something Dave Williams would smoke:)

Dec. 7, 2014, 2:49 p.m.

Nanjing Road treated us well. We had to buy a Longchamp duffel to hold everything. Well done!

Dec. 7, 2014, 3:31 p.m.

Looking at Pudong from Bund. Our cab driver dropped us off a mile from our destination so we enjoyed a stroll along the wharf.

Dec. 7, 2014, 6:56 p.m.

The riverwalk - British concession (1840 after the Opium war). Busy for a Sunday night.

Dec. 7, 2014, 8:01 p.m.

Language barrier? Google Translate saves the day!

Dec. 7, 2014, 8:32 p.m.

08 Dec 2014 - 09 Dec 2014

Shanghai 'psychedelic' sightseeing tunnel to Pudong.

Dec. 8, 2014, 11:15 a.m.

Psychedelic pedestrian tunnel, crossing the Huanpu River.

Dec. 8, 2014, 11:24 a.m.

Iconic, must experience Pearl Tower. 357 meters up to get this view.

Dec. 8, 2014, 1:18 p.m.

Throwing caution to the wind.... A 357 meter drop!

Dec. 8, 2014, 1:41 p.m.

Local streets on way to Jade Buddha Temple

Dec. 9, 2014, 10:37 a.m.

Seamstress on the sidewalk?

Dec. 9, 2014, 10:45 a.m.

Jade Buddha Temple

Dec. 9, 2014, 11:15 a.m.

Interesting to see the subtle differences from one Temple to another.

Dec. 9, 2014, 11:50 a.m.

The Buddha of Protection is joining our travels.

Let's see how Bill figures out how to get this home

Dec. 9, 2014, 12:50 p.m.

You know what means? We are shopping again!

Dec. 9, 2014, 2:25 p.m.

My secret weapon to beat Mari in a marathon. Never so happy since Mari bought me the lambo - I'll probably hurt myself on this on the streets of Mo Town

Dec. 9, 2014, 3:13 p.m.

Mari's having one big beer - you learn soooo much about a person when you travel:)

Dec. 9, 2014, 8:55 p.m.

10 Dec 2014 - 11 Dec 2014

Breakfast...Red bean buns, sweet with bean filling

Dec. 10, 2014, 9:39 a.m.

Jing'an Temple, built in the Three Kingdom Period (220-280ad)

Dec. 10, 2014, 11:20 a.m.

Meditative Buddha, made from 15 tons of silver. 8.8 meters tall.

Dec. 10, 2014, 11:33 a.m.

The driver is sleeping, lunch cart with a crockpot?

Dec. 10, 2014, 12:18 p.m.

German Christmas Village... In the middle of nowhere but I'm told it's the place to be at night.

Dec. 10, 2014, 2:57 p.m.

Pedestrians do not have the right of way here, be alert!

Dec. 11, 2014, 8:03 a.m.

Morning Tai-chi outside the Buddhist Temple.

Dec. 11, 2014, 9:04 a.m.

Yuyuan Garden, Tea Performance.

Dec. 11, 2014, 2:02 p.m.

Tea house experience, a must see. I learned so much.

Dec. 11, 2014, 2:10 p.m.

In addition to Tea lesson I learned some Chinese Medicine (place jasmine after tea under eyes)

Dec. 11, 2014, 2:35 p.m.

Old Shanghai market

Dec. 11, 2014, 3:30 p.m.

Yuyuan Garden, Ming Dynasty. My last must see in Shanghai.

Dec. 11, 2014, 3:40 p.m.

12 Dec 2014

Traveling light! Leaving Shanghai Bill agreed to use his golf bag to protect the Buddha - said it hadn't really been protecting him from triple bogies anyway.

Dec. 12, 2014, 10:04 a.m.

We have the need for speed Bullet train to Beijing - 350kmph (217 mph)

Dec. 12, 2014, 10:57 a.m.

Yummmm Good thing we missed breakfast but we did try Lays sea salt & chocolate chips

Dec. 12, 2014, 1:16 p.m.

Bill is letting the contractor know we selected him - the lounge opens Masters weekend!

Dec. 12, 2014, 1:17 p.m.

Five hours on the train allows time to read, knit, and take plenty of photos.

Dec. 12, 2014, 1:17 p.m.

Mari the 200mph photojournalist:)

Dec. 12, 2014, 1:59 p.m.

Christmas spirit in Beijing - music at our hotel. Dinner tonight at Grill 79, best view in the city

Dec. 12, 2014, 9:17 p.m.

A room upgrade, robe, and a book (lost horizons)... Not a bad start to the weekend!

Dec. 12, 2014, 8:20 p.m.

Stargazing from the tallest building in Beijing. Dinner at Grill 79

Dec. 12, 2014, 10:15 p.m.

13 Dec 2014

Festive hotel, It's finally feeling like Christmas with decorations, music playing.

Dec. 13, 2014, 10:16 a.m.

Tiananmen Square. Lots of history here

Dec. 13, 2014, 10:30 a.m.

Mari at the forbidden city. Doing something "forbidden" of course:)

Dec. 13, 2014, 11:24 a.m.

Eileen is giving Bill a Chinese lesson while touring The Forbidden City. Gongsee juangwa twanduea, at least that is how Bill spells it

Dec. 13, 2014, 11:33 a.m.

Exploring The Forbidden City on a chilly morning

Dec. 13, 2014, 11:13 a.m.

Mari and Eileen Setting an aggressive pace I'll protect our flanks

Dec. 13, 2014, 3:21 p.m.

Top of the Great Wall - great view (north quanmen section, built 1404)

Dec. 13, 2014, 3:32 p.m.

Bill leads the way, going down an almost vertical part of the wall

Dec. 13, 2014, 4:47 p.m.

After a tough day of walking we're adjourning to the 80th floor China World. Well deserved pre-dinner drinks

Dec. 13, 2014, 9:22 p.m.

14 Dec 2014 - 15 Dec 2014

Stopped to pick up some Chinese medicine, we woke up today with a cold.

Dec. 14, 2014, 12:18 p.m.

Temple of Heaven, where the Emperor makes a wish, is the perfect way to end our time in Beijing. The park is full of dancing, tai-chi, and more.

Dec. 14, 2014, 12:41 p.m.

Six hour/800 mile train ride yo Hangzhou. The 'fog' is unsettling.

Dec. 14, 2014, 3:43 p.m.

Getting ready to enjoy a 'long boat' ride around West Lake

Dec. 15, 2014, 10:50 a.m.

Mari taking a long boat in Hangzhou

Dec. 15, 2014, 10:57 a.m.

Enjoying West Lake, long boat ride on a chilly day

Dec. 15, 2014, 11:54 a.m.

Fog? Sadly it's pollution....

Dec. 15, 2014, 11:55 a.m.

Relaxing on the 40th floor, our 4th city in a week while in China. Ningbo Westin

Dec. 15, 2014, 8:16 p.m.

16 Dec 2014

A picture from my meeting today. This is only half the people. Big presentation today

Dec. 16, 2014, 8:18 a.m.

Visiting a Zen Buddhist Temple, Xiao Putou

Dec. 16, 2014, 10:24 a.m.

Fisherman/local dwellings outside Ningbo

Dec. 16, 2014, 11:24 a.m.

Tian Yi library, folklore and home to mahjong.

Dec. 16, 2014, 2:33 p.m.

Mittens knit in China, wrapped in menko box (origami).

Dec. 16, 2014, 4:53 p.m.

I'm practicing for the "boss dance". Big event tonight!

Dec. 16, 2014, 5:19 p.m.

Bosses Performance and celebration

Dec. 16, 2014, 7:29 p.m.

17 Dec 2014

Sunrise in Ningbo - I think it's officially time to go home!

Dec. 17, 2014, 6:55 a.m.

Longest bridge ever... Miles and miles

Dec. 17, 2014, 11:37 a.m.

Flat tire in China... Hoping the travel gods are kind today

Dec. 17, 2014, 12:51 p.m.

Goodbye China, it's time to get home.

Dec. 17, 2014, 5:17 p.m.

Flight route home

Dec. 17, 2014, 4:44 a.m.

4 hours to go, amazing view from 30,000 feet

Dec. 17, 2014, 1:13 p.m.