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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Read The Beijing Family today on Amazon!

Enjoy hilarious and entertaining book about Chinese billionaire and his family today for only $2.99 ebook. Click on image to link to Amazon.

Starhucks



Starhucks

Funny Chinese Sign



I'd be in pain too if I was whacked with a knife and thrown into a box

Funny Chinese sign



Menu with sound

Funny Chinese Sign



The harassing meal



You might be deformed according to this ticket counter

Breakfast Bowel sign


In case you were wondering where your breakfast eventually lands



Let's Hear it for the Boys: China's men lifts luxury market.

In the book, Simon Wang, the billionaire carries a well worn leather designer satchel while looking at luxury homes in Beverly Hills. Some many call it a 'man purse'.

Migas restaurant in Beijing

Building collapses as land vanishes in Guangzhou

Frateli restaurant in Beijing

Fat Duck restaurant in Beijing

Aqua restaurant in Beijing

Monday, January 28, 2013

My editor read book 2 draft and laughed out loud in several scenes

My editor just finished reading my Book 2 draft and he comments, "I literally laughed out loud in several parts throughout the book". I'll take that as a sign of approval.

Helping wealthy Chinese buy luxury real estate inspired me to write book series

I'm very grateful for helping the wealthy Chinese buy luxury homes and commercial buildings as a realtor in the last 3 years. My friendships with them and their families are what inspired me to write my Beijing Family book series. Many of the characters and events are inspired from the truth. By opening my mind, I've learned alot from them in many ways. It's refreshing to understand life from another side of the world. In the process, I've learned alot about myself and Americans in general.

I'm an entertaining author, never boring!

As an author, I watch alot of movies. Maybe that's why many of my readers say that my writing is more entertaining. It's never boring. I develop the plot and narrative. Then I get into the minds and 5 senses of my characters and create the scenes. Almost seeing the scenes by every second and word in my head, I make it come to life on paper!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Want to read The Beijing Family for free? If you're an Amazon Prime member, you can check out a copy today at no charge! Here is the link: http://www.amazon.com/The-Beijing-Family-ebook/dp/B00AQZ5518/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1356845817&sr=8-1&keywords=the+beijing+family

Friday, January 25, 2013

In the book, Eden Malone (Kara Chan's boyfriend) is often the voice of reason and logic in the midst of chaos and drama. Often the problem solver, he is like Bradley Cooper that plays Phil in the hilarious Hangover movies.

Red Lanterns

Red Lanterns
Dragon bowing at the doorstep of the dim sum restaurant where we were having lunch.
After the parade, the dragon goes to all the local businesses. It asks for a blessing and it gives a blessing in return.

Los Angeles Chinatown Chinese New Year Parade 2012

Los Angeles Chinatown Chinese New Year Parade 2012
Los Angeles Chinatown Chinese New Year parade is February 16th to 17th, 2013 this year. I attended the one last year and we followed the event with a dim sum lunch. I would recommend not driving or parking. Take the LA Metro goldline and exit Chinatown station.

Doomsday ball in China

Chinese farmer Liu Qiyuan of Hebei Province, designed and built the rescue spherical modules to the day of approaching end of the world. Each ball is tight and is equipped with a supply of oxygen cylinders, belts and space for 14 people. To date, seven balls are ready.

Beautiful rice fields in China

Beautiful rice fields in China
Luoping Fields, Yunnan China

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

How my freelance writing career began

This is where my freelance writing career began. Right after college, I was enrolled in a Creative Writing class at UCLA. Before the class was over, I was hired to write art reviews for LA Artcore. Soon, my art reviews were published in international art magazines worldwide. I almost fainted one day when I saw my article at a news stand. My creative writing has been off/on since then. I'm glad it's back on at full speed. Explore your passions, you never know where it will take you!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Chinese Zodiac Love Signs

Chinese Zodiac Love Signs, read here: http://compatiblechinesezodiacsigns.blogspot.com/p/compatible-chinese-zodiac-signs.html
Chinese New Year is approaching. This year it's February 10th and it's the Year of the Snake.

Thank you from The Beijing Family!

Thank you for liking The Beijing Family and reading the book. I'm here because of you! Since my introduction of The Beijing Family to the world just this Christmas of 2012, I'm gathering followers and selling weekly. There is more to come in my soon- to-be-released print versions and future editions to the series. I wish you many blessings and happiness in return for the joy you have brought me!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Got crab? Coconut crab is huge!

A friend sent me this photo of a coconut crab from the Phillipines. They are common in the Pacific Islands and the Indian Oceans.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Chinese Teas 101

In the book, the Wang family drinks green tea. Here is an interesting article about the different types of teas from China. A wise business woman once said to me that if I'm ever at a loss of words in Chinese society, talk about tea! Read article: http://chineseteas101.com/types-of-teas.htm

Saturday, January 19, 2013

PLEASE LIKE MY FACEBOOK PAGE: www.facebook.com/thebeijingfamily. Thanks!

What is good wine pairing with Chinese food

What is good wine pairing with Chinese food, read article here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-2263944/OLLY-SMITH-What-makes-truly-wonderful-wine-pairing-Chinese-cooking.html

Friday, January 18, 2013

Fortune cookies don't exist in China

I have never seen fortune cookies in China. Only in the US..... Read article here: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/life/the-creation-of-the-fortune-cookie-337390.html

American movies always make other countries look third world

Here is Tom Cruise in an action shot filmed in Xitang for Mission Impossible 3. I never quite understand why American movies always make other countries look so third world, dilapidated and inferior in movies. They intentionally choose the most poorest and most run down part of that country to reflect its people and culture. Evidentially the Mission Impossible story line takes the characters to Shanghai, where there are so many modern areas to the city which they didn't choose. Instead, they chose this old and worn down part of Xitang to reflect the entire city of Shanghai. It's just like if film crews choose to film about Americans in the slums and housing projects of Detroit or the Bronx. It's the same as Slumdog Millionaire only showing the slums when there are many parts of India that are very modern and nice. Or the dirty run down hotel room of Bangkok in Hangover 2. If American films only show other countries at its worst, not only does it perpetuate ignorance about other countries and themselves but it continues complacency of the American audience to think that we have the best in everything when we don't.
St. Regis, Tibet's first 5 star hotel
St. Regis, Tibet's first 5 star hotel
St. Regis, Tibet's first 5 star hotel - Golden Energy pool

St. Regis, Tibet's first 5 star hotel - lobby

St. Regis, Tibet's first 5 star hotel - lobby

St. Regis, Tibet's first 5 star hotel

St. Regis, Tibet's first five star hotel

Village matchmaker facing shortage of women

Grandma Long, village matchmaker for Hunan province facing shortage of eligible women. Read article here: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/the-china-diaries/in-remote-hunan-whats-a-matchmaker-to-do/article7379950/

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Chocolate fashion show in Shanghai

Chocolate fashion show in Shanghai: http://shanghaiist.com/2013/01/18/chocolate-fashion-show.php

Rush Hour 2 bloopers


Peaches in Book 1 comes back in Book 2!



Peaches, the flamboyant and outspoken gay realtor that flirts with the billionaire in Book 1 comes back in Book 2 with even more humor comedy and drama!  If you've ever been involved with real estate in Beverly Hills, many of the realtors are gay men.  I developed Peaches after Jeremy Piven, the gay sales clerk in Rush Hour 2 - Belle of the Ball!

Book 2 of the book series is releasing soon

Been busy editing and finalizing the manuscript of Book 2 of the Beijing Family book series. The comedy, humor and drama with the Beijing family in Beverly Hills continues with more entertainment and new characters from Beijing! You need to read Book 1 to move onto to Book 2. Meanwhile, I'm still finalizing the print version of Book 1 so I will keep everyone posted! The print version takes longer unlike ebooks that are published alot quicker since everything is electronic.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Element Fresh saves weary travelers from food poisoning

If you're ever traveling through Beijing or Shanghai and the local food is not agreeing with you, try Element Fresh restaurant chain. It offers fresh and organic fruit juices, salads, sandwiches and many light and simple Western meals.

Funny Chinese sign

Just don't splash....

A very suspicious Chinese market

In case the market down the street by your house isn't suspicious enough, here's one......

Free Mandarin lessons on CCTV

If you want to learn Conversational Mandarin without CD's and books, CCTV offers multi-series videos for free. http://english.cntv.cn/learnchinese/

Shanghai's annual No Pants Subway Ride

A scene from Shanghai's annual No Pants Subway Ride that took place yesterday. Look at the expression of the old man! LOL! Read article: http://english.sina.com/china/2013/0113/548304.html

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Shanghai No Pants Subway Ride

The No Pants Subway Ride is an annual event staged by Improv Everywhere every January in New York City. The mission started as a small prank with seven guys and has grown into an international celebration of silliness, with dozens of cities around the world participating each year. Today, it happens in Shanghai!

China's High Speed Rail

Aerial view of Beijing





Meet Grandma Moh, the loud, feist and highly opinionated mother of the Chinese billionaire living in their Beverly Hills mansion. Mired in "old China", she is a relic straight out of the Cultural Revolution with constant fears of the next invasion of the Red Army soldiers and approaching famine. She practices traditional Chinese medicine in their gourmet kitchen and has issues with touch screen panels. Always on the giving end of unsolicited advice and opinions, she surprises her newfound friends in Beverly Hills with her ancient wisdom throughout the book series. I don't have a shortage of material in developing the Grandma Moh character. I resorted to my mother, my aunts, their friends, my friends' mothers/aunts and countless older generation Chinese women. Photo of an old Chinese woman I found on Google.
The Peninsula Hotel Restaurant in Beijing
C'est La Vie restaurant in Beijing
The Cut, steakhouse in Beijing. I've been there and it's pretty good.
MODO restaurant in Beijing
TADKA, Indian restaurant in Beijing
In the book, Kara Chan takes the Wang family to have world famous dumplings in the San Gabriel Valley. If you haven't tried it yet, it's definitely worth the experience. Here is a place worth trying in Arcadia- www.dintaifungusa.com
Beijing Restaurant Week is approaching. Capital M Restaurant overlooking the Forbidden City offers afternoon tea.