Sunday, March 14, 2010

March Snow

We had some snow last week and thought that was surprising and then I woke up to more snow yesterday. It snowed most of the day but not enough to give us a snow day today. Will this be the last of it? Can we have spring now?

It begins:

Later on:


Chinese New Year Fireworks

Here are some photos and a video of the fireworks that go on during Chinese New Year here. Every single night. Right outside. For two weeks. When I wasn't trying to sleep, I loved it!
Here's the video:

More photos at flickr.


Saturday, March 13, 2010

Langkawi, Malaysia - Sunshine and Saltwater

For Chinese New Year this year, I escaped the cold Beijing weather and enjoyed the sunshine in Malaysia. We thought about staying here:

But, there was no vacancy. We didn't do much on this trip. Mostly, we read books, spent time in the sun, swam in the pool and ocean, and relaxed.
We were visited by wildlife poolside.
And on the walk to and from the pool.
We decided one day that we should probably leave the hotel and see something else, so we booked a trip to go check out the mangroves.
We visited a bat cave.
We saw some wild dogs.
We licked salty leaves.
We had lunch in a floating restaurant.
In the evening, we went to the night market.
When we got back, we canceled everything else, so we could lie by the pool and on the beach, read, relax, and swim. We also had massages.
More photos at flickr.