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WGM x China 3Peat

Oh yes there are more photos after the jump from our China trip folks, this time it might be the last set (unless I uncover some worthy ones) and will be parts of Suzhou and Shanghai. In Suzhou we had a chance to take a great boat ride down the canal and see how the people live while waving to all the smiling faces and little kids cheerfully welcoming out boat as we pass. It wasn't the best conditions for them but nonetheless they were there yelling "hello!" or giving us the peace sign, it shows the true testament of the value on tourism and humanity when you go somewhere and no matter what they welcome you with open arms. Now Shanghai was fun and it was amazingly close to New York at night, I loved it especially after that boat ride at night... Wow was it beautiful with 'All of the Lights' illuminating faces and the water as it swayed from left to right.

Funny story about that Shanghai boat ride... while our group coordinator was rounding up all of us we had to wait in a place where the locals also bought their tickets and boy did I see those flashes going off haha. At the same time that we were experiencing something most of us never seen, so were the locals and it was our group that had different shades and colors of people. I don't remember how many babies I held and pictures were taken of us. I posed with as many as 10 people for ONE shot, it was awesome and everyone was super nice about it too. I didn't even have time to return the favor of taking their photos, it was such a people photo frenzy and right when I was about it we had to go!

In Suzhou there were a good amount of shots that happened at the right time, from people waving, doing their dailys, even a bride at an outside photo shoot that we happened to pass by. There are more miscellaneous shots but they will continue on my Tumblr so I don't over drown you all with shots here hehe. China will be missed as we had a great time and got to experience yet another country on the travel bug map. Where will the bug sweep us next? We don't know but wherever it is... we will be ready and bags packed with passports in hand.

WGM X China 2011 Part 1

So I have finally gotten around to editing some of my photos from our recent China trip. I will be breaking down each posting by either days or places we visited. Overall we had a great time and learned a few Chinese words (not enough) as we experienced Beijing and Shaghai thru SmarTours which once again did a fantastic job on picking their guides and locals. These shots are from JFK to Beijing Capital International Airport, also my morning view thru the window in our hotel and a few shots from Tiananmen Square and the entrance to the Forbidden City. Was there any culture shock? Not really but we were definitely surprised to see the immense amount of folks at Tiananmen Square as some were also visiting Mao's Tomb. The food was excellent when we were able to communicate what we wanted on the all Chinese menus to the non-English (and Spanish) speaking staff haha. That first night we went to a place across the street from the Penta Hotel they put 4 tables together for us after it was communicated that we were all together and then the fun started... we were ordering. Everything was ordered and the locals were looking at us like we were aliens, it was hilarious but wasn't as crazy as a few days later when I was posing for pictures with little kids and babies. It was awesome to see people trying to fake the funk and just slide next to us and take pictures (Victory sign!) with the tall tourists, also at the same time great because I was taking pictures of them too! I will have more pictures coming up, hope you enjoy the photos after the jump and be sure to come back for the rest.

RepDom My Shalom

As with all of our travels I always have more than one post with photos. Already I miss the street vendor yelling to sell vegetables on the block, the coffee that tastes better when it's accompanied by family and the sweet breeze of DR. Relaxed and weather pleasing as ever, I have never experienced a cooler December in my entire life. It would be 11PM and we were chillin eating outside at Rico Hot Dogs with t-shirts on ahhhhh, try to do that here and you catch death! Our cousins who took us anywhere they could were as usual fantastic, we love you guys a ton!

Here are some random pieces of things I saw DR, Enjoy.

Santiago's Águilas Cibaeñas First Experience

With our trip to Dominican Republic last week we had the great pleasure of going to an Águilas Cibaeñas baseball game with the family. It was my first time going so I was all eyes and ears the whole time, it turned out to be an awesome experience even tho we (they) lost 5-4 to the Leones del Escogido (Santo Domingos team). It was a good sized stadium but nothing that compares to the stadiums here in size so every seat was a good seat which is... well good. What did surprise me tho was the simple security (check bags and basic pat down) going in, the food vendors, and the whole atmosphere of the place. They actually sold fruit and the tasty pizza slices from Pizzarelli's which the vendors cut in front of you, they also sold the regular snacks and they played Merengue throughout the whole game... too cool.

Different when compared to an American Baseball game in most ways but the main focus was without a doubt on the game. While every one cheered and drank and danced (yes) there were the die-hard fans sitting, waiting for that inevitable scream or 'I told you so' heckle for their compadre. Even my mother-in-law got in on the action, she started arguing with two grown men and telling them the shut up haha!! Also with any 20oz soda they passed you cups with ice, I am starting to think that no one in DR drinks over 8-12oz of liquid at one time. The pizza was great, drinks were cold, family together enjoying a nice game and making fun of the opposing team guy in back of us... yeah it was a good night for sure.

I showed up on the big screen a few times too, one had me with the camera in front of my face taking shots and the other two was us acting all crazy and rowdy haha. That's when I got a call from my aunt obviously in Spanish "Boy where they hell are you guys? I just saw you on screen, I'm going to go and get you" since she's cool she had first row seats near first base and took Lil Giant and I down right behind the dugout. It was a great vibe with everyone having fun while checking the game out and my aunt scolding others for yelling things that don't go in favor of their team. I even snapped a shot of a guy cheering for the opposing team getting heckled by us for a lost hit, he kept talking trash the whole game and won so every chance we got we bothered him hehe. Overall it was a great experience and yes I got an Águilas fitted, I can't wait to go back already, this December weather is killing me!

I got some more DR pics to come, hope you enjoy these.

Giants Universal 2010

We recently took a vacation on a Disney cruise and made a pre-vaca stop at Universal Studios before heading to the Bahamas. Needless to say we had a lot of fun and Lil Giant was sure to get in his fair share of obligatory purchases in the name of all that's "But I really want it" haha. I will tell you all one thing... go to the Harry Potter side of Adventure Island. Even if your not that interested in the Potter universe, what they have done as far as architecture and atmosphere is great. Also the ride "The Forbidden Journey" has to be one of THE best virtual/effects ride I have ever gotten on, I will post some shots later today. too bad I couldn't take my cam in... but I did take other shots.