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{ Yearly Archives } 2010

SFM #71: USA. Record Snow Storm

Star Ferry Musing #71:  Record Snow Storm Written by Robert Wu for his family and friends For all earlier articles, please visit  http://www.starferrymusings.com/ —————————————————————————————— New York was hit by a snow blizzard yesterday, the day after Christmas day.  Eighteen inches of snow fell, and it is the 6th largest snow storm on record suffered by […]

SFM #70: Maker. Model Boats

Star Ferry Musing #70:  Model Boats Written by Robert Wu for his family and friends To read all articles, please access  http://www.starferrymusings.com/ ——————————————————————————————– I always liked the sleek and graceful lines of boats and always had the urge to make model boats.  After making the Alaskan seal skin boat model, I was on a roll.   I […]

SFM #69: Maker. Alaskan Seal Skin Boat Model

Star Ferry Musing #69: Alaskan Seal Skin Boat Model Written by Robert Wu for his family and friends To read all SFM articles, please visit http://www.starferrymusings.com/ ———————————————————————— One of the observations I made in Alaska is how the traditional Eskimos hunt on the Arctic Ocean. Living on the treeless tundra, they made boats with what […]

SFM #68: Animals. Alaskan Animals

Star Ferry Musing #68: Alaskan Animals Written by Robert Wu for his family and friends To read earlier articles, please visit http://www.starferrymusings.com/ —————————————————————————— The main reason for our visiting Alaska was to view its wild animals.  We were not disappointed. The arctic ground squirrel was referred to as BFC, the bottom of the food chain.  They […]

SFM #67: USA. Touring Alaska

Star Ferry Musing #67:  Touring Alaska Written by Robert Wu for his family and friends To read earlier articles, please visit http://www.starferrymusings.com/ ——————————————————————————————– Sally and I visited Alaska by cruise ship years ago and we immensely enjoyed it.  We decided to tour Alaska by car this August when the weather was warm and daylight was long. […]

SFM #66: China. The Peaks of Yellow Mountain

Star Ferry Musing #66:  The Peaks of the Yellow Mountain Written by Robert Wu for his family and friends To read all articles, please visit: http://www.starferrymusings.com/ ——————————————————————————————– Eight years ago, Sally and I took a tip to the fabled HuangShan (黃山, Yellow Mountain).  We milled around surrounding cities for a few days to wait out the […]

SFM #65: Curiosity. Toilet Tales

Star Ferry Musing #65:  Toilet Tales Written by Robert Wu for his family and friends To read all the articles, please visit  http://www.starferrymusings.com/ ——————————————————————————————- During our travels, we need to use toilets.  Like most people, we feel most comfortable in our own toilets at home.  Then we prefer in descending order the ones in our […]

SFM #64: China. Plum Flowers in the Rain

Written by Robert Wu for his family and friends To read all articles, please visit http://www.starferrymusings.com/ ——————————————————————————————- The weather in East China in early Spring is chilly and wet, but that’s the weather when the plum trees blossom.  After many years of missing the flowering seasons, we finally went to East China early this year to […]

SFM #63: USA. American Justice

Written by Robert Wu for his family and friends To read all articles, please visit  http://www.starferrymusings.com/ ———————————————————————– This is a particularly verbose article.  I hope you don’t mind.  No cameras were allowed in the court room, so there are no pictures of the proceedings. Jury Selection Process I almost served on a jury in a […]

SFM #62: Jordan

Star Ferry Musing #62:  Jordan Written by Robert Wu for his family and friends To read all articles, please visit http://www.starferrymusings.com/ ———————————————————————————————- We visited Jordan a few years ago and we still remember it fondly.  It was one of our best tours. In its capital city Amman, we saw shepherds grazing their flocks on a vacant […]

SFM #61: Egypt. Egyptian Monuments

Star Ferry Musing #61:  Egyptian Monuments Written by Robert Wu for his family and friends To read all articles, please visit http://www.starferrymusings.com/ —————————————————————————— We visited Egypt earlier this year and saw many ancient monuments.  Many of these monuments were built beginning 4,500 years ago.  Due to geographical barriers, ancient Egypt was relatively isolated for many centuries, […]

SFM #60: USA. Re-Introduction to New York

Written by Robert Wu for his family and friends To read all articles, please enter  http://www.starferrymusings.com/ —————————————————————————————– We sold our flat, closed our bank accounts, and left Hong Kong permanently.  We returned to New York area where we had lived for 35 years during our youth, and resettled temporarily in Manhattan.  The last month has […]

SFM #59: China. Confucius’ Birthday Ceremnoy

Written by Robert Wu for his family and friends To read all articles, please enter web site http://www.starferrymusings.com/ —————————————————————————————————– Confucius (孔夫子) was a great philosopher and teacher in China 2,500 years ago.  His teaching was canonized as China’s state philosophy 2,000 years ago during Han dynasty and has occupied an esteemed position until it was vilified by […]

SFM #58: Hong Kong. Snippets of HK Life

Bookmark this category Written by Robert Wu for his family and friends ——————————————————————————————- Hong Kong is a very interesting place.  There are over 7 million people living in a small area, and everyone is a character.  The following are some of the interesting observations I made in the last 20 years. Fung Shui is a […]

SFM #57: Hong Kong. Good Bye, Hong Kong

Bookmark this category Written by Robert Wu for his family and friends —————————————————————– Sally and I moved to Hong Kong in 1989 for me to take up a job at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.  Subsequently, I worked as General Manager for AT&T in Guangzhou, then retired and stayed in Hong Kong for the […]

SFM #56: Egypt. A Journey Through Egypt

Bookmark this category Written by Robert Wu for his family and friends ————————————————————————— Egypt exists because of the Nile.  This life line provides the condition for living in a desert region, and is the transportation artery of Egypt. The water of the Nile is surprisingly clean and clear, even at its middle section at Luxor. […]

SFM #55: China. Three Relics on the Silk Road

Bookmark this category Star Ferry Musings #55:  Three Relics on the Silk Road Written by Robert Wu for his family and friendsTo read all SFM articles, please enter: http://www.starferrymusings.com/—————————————————————————————————– Tang Domination of Central AsiaChinese contact with Central Asia began during the Han 漢 Dynasty in 200 BC.  After defeating the preeminent  power the Huns (XiongNu), Han […]