Walter’s Magic Trick

Walter showed me this magic trick and I was so impressed!  How fun it is to have a friend who knows some magic!

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2017 Winter at Chicago

I was very glad that Walter convinced me to join him to the Chicago AEA Conference.  It was a great trip with lots of fun and were full of grace!

To save a night of hotel cost (two nights costs for both of us), we left early on the 6th of January (the first day of the conference) and planed to attend the AEA afternoon sessions. Walter was so nice to do all the drivings. Unfortunately, the driving from EL to Chicago went very difficult because the temperature was very low that day, and the highway near the Kalamazoo area was all icy and slippery.   I was feeling very sleepy after taken the car-sick-pill when Walter told me we need to get off the highway. Our emergency light was on and we were driving slower than 40 miles/hours due to the severe weather. It was scary because some trucks and large sized cars were still driving at 60/hour and they could have hit us from the back. We ended up stopping for an hour and took the side routes which took more time but safer. Praise the Lord that we made it safely to both of our hotels and arrived to the AEA afternoon session just on time.  It was nice that my last minute registration was only $45 and both of us got a mug for souvenirs.

The sad part was we didn’t have time to eat  before the afternoon sessions so my stomach was making embarrassing loud noises the whole time. The last speaker at the session Walter attended was seriously overtime and an attendee hold his hand up high pretending to look at the watch but Walter found that he didn’t have one. Anyway, his act worked because Walter met me pretty soon after and we had delicious Chicago stuffed pizza for dinner.

We attended different sessions the second day and  met up for lunch at Gyu Kaku Japanese BBQ.  We were lucky to be there at happy hours and had a better than usual deal. I enjoyed the food a lot and Walter seems to like it too. The only thing that bothered us a bit was the overpriced rice! But in sum, the food were great! The afternoon sessions I attended were about teacher quality and were very interesting. It was also fun to see people who published on nice economic journals in real life. They all seemed much younger and more friendly than I thought they would’ve been. Dinner  was at Chick-Fill-A, and Walter finally redeemed his “sorry for your WEIGHT!” free sandwich. Thanks to him, I became a fan of Chick-Fill-A too! We later went to the Blue Chicago, a great place to enjoy Blues music. I was really thankful that Walter decided to take me there since it was a bit late and was really cold that day. The music was so beautiful that I wished I could stay there longer. It was Walter’s first time there and it was so great that he enjoyed it as much as I did.

We skipped the last day conference and went on a very nice date. Walter was very brave to try lots of new stuff. He has his first Dim-Sum, a Cantonese cuisine that were served in small steamer baskets. I could see that some food were a bit extreme for him, but he still tried EVERYTHING, and I was very proud of him. He then took me to the Shedd Aquarium, where I really wanted to go. The dolphins and the whales were beyond cute. They were heart-melting beautiful and I could watch them swim and play all day. I was hoping we could touch the stingray, but it was not the season for it. Walter will have to wait for another time to  play with them.

I love the memory that we’ve created together and feel very blessed to have such a great boy friend who spoiled me so much! Now I’ve bought a selfie stick, we can take more pictures together!

 

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Apple Picking at Clearview Orchards

IMG_1392My first apple picking was amazing.  The second we entered the farm, I realized I had underestimated the beauty of it.  There are tons of trees with different species.  No kidding,  there were apples everywhere.

Out of so many different species, golden delicious is my favorite.  It is interesting that unlike their name,  their skin are actually light green instead of golden.  I would say they are not as sweet as the ones we got at Meijer but are definitely the cutest apples ever.  It was too bad that we didn’t get to try some of the”spy”.  I wondered how it would taste like.  Perhaps like oranges?

Luckily, Riju and I were the only two who shared one bag of apples, and it turned out,  we had more than enough.

 

Thanks to my dearest classmates, I had a wonderful time.

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Tomato

Tomato

Tomato is one of the tastiest fruit on earth. Stir-Fried egg and Tomato is my favorite Taiwanese dish.

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I love blue berries

I love blue berries

“According to the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council, blueberries have more antioxidants than any other fresh fruits or vegetables tested to date. Antioxidants strengthen your immune system by neutralizing free radicals introduced into your body by exposure to smoke, toxins and pesticides. Most of the berry’s antioxidant power comes from Anthocyanin, the pigment responsible for the blue color of the berries.
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/health/10_health_benefits_of_blueberries.html#Qy6jQQwl8wDcby3B.99       ”

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http://www.philly.com/philly/health/10_health_benefits_of_blueberries.html

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Arts

Arts

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Though you slay me

come, God, I come
I return to the Lord
The one who’s broken
The one who’s torn me apart
You struck down to bind me up
You say You do it all in love
That I might know You in Your suffering

Though You slay me
Yet I will praise You
Though You take from me
I will bless Your name
Though You ruin me
Still I will worship
Sing a song to the one who’s all I need

My heart and flesh may fail
The earth below give way
But with my eyes, with my eyes I’ll see the Lord
Lifted high on that day
Behold, the Lamb that was slain
And I’ll know every tear was worth it all

Though You slay me
Yet I will praise You
Though You take from me
I will bless Your name
Though You ruin me
Still I will worship
Sing a song to the one who’s all I need

Though tonight I’m crying out
Let this cup pass from me now
You’re still all that I need
You’re enough for me
You’re enough for me

Though You slay me
Yet I will praise You
Though You take from me
I will bless Your name
Though You ruin me
Still I will worship
Sing a song to the one who’s all I need
Sing a song to the one who’s all I need

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