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Two engineering and one business degrees, all from NYU. National president of Organization of Chinese Americans, two terms. General manager of a multinational corporation in China. Retired but still active. Married to a wonderful wife, one son & one daughter.

SFM #92: Animals. Flying Jewelry

  Star Ferry Musing #92:  Flying Jewelry Written by Robert Wu for his family and friends To read all articles, please access  http://www.starferrymusings.com/ If you wish to discontinue receiving SFM articles, please drop me a line. 如您不想收這些文章, 請告知. ************************************************ Sally and I saw our first hummingbirds in our son and daughter-in-law’s backyard in San Francisco. […]

SFM #91: USA. Senior Center

  Star Ferry Musing #91:  Senior Center Written by Robert Wu for his family and friends To read all articles, please access  http://www.starferrymusings.com/ If you wish to discontinue receiving SFM articles, please drop me a line. 如您不想收這些文章, 請告知. ************************************************ I retired 10 years ago.  At first, I felt empty without a productive job and without […]

SFM #90: Croatia. Plitvice Lakes

Star Ferry Musing #90: Plitvice Lakes Written by Robert Wu for his family and friends To read all articles, please access  http://www.starferrymusings.com/ If you wish to discontinue receiving SFM articles, please drop me a line.如您不想收這些文章, 請告知. ************************************************ I heard about the Plitvice Lakes of Croatia as a wonderland of dancing waters.  It is a series […]

SFM #89: Italy. Venice

Star Ferry Musing #89:  Venice Written by Robert Wu for his family and friends To read all articles, please access  http://www.starferrymusings.com/ If you wish to discontinue receiving SFM articles, please drop me a line.如您不想收這些文章, 請告知. ************************************************ The bus travels on a long causeway over the lagoon, on our way to watery Venice.  The causeway was […]

SFM #88: Balkans. Medieval Castles

Star Ferry Musing #88:  Medieval Castles Written by Robert Wu for his family and friends To read all articles, please access  http://www.starferrymusings.com/ If you wish to discontinue receiving SFM articles, please drop me a line.如您不想收這些文章, 請告知. ************************************************ On our recent tour of the Balkans, we rode along most of the Dalmatian coast.  This coast on […]

SFM #87: Balkans. Ethnic Cleansing

  Star Ferry Musing #87:  Ethnic Cleansing Written by Robert Wu for his family and friends To read all articles, please access  http://www.starferrymusings.com/ If you wish to discontinue receiving SFM articles, please drop me a line. 如您不想收這些文章, 請告知. ************************************************ In the 1990s, the world was anguished by the brutal war in the former Yugoslavia and […]

SFM #86: Maker. Scenery in a Tray

  Star Ferry Musing #86:  Scenery in a Tray Written by Robert Wu for his family and friends To read all articles, please access  http://www.starferrymusings.com/ If you wish to discontinue receiving SFM articles, please drop me a line. 如您不想收這些文章, 請告知. ************************************************ The first time I saw penjing (盆景), I was fascinated by the miniature trees […]

SFM #85: China. Valley of Nine Villages

Star Ferry Musing #85: The Valley of Nine Villages Written by Robert Wu for his family and friends To read all articles, please access  http://www.starferrymusings.com/ If you wish to discontinue receiving SFM articles, please drop me a line.如您不想收這些文章, 請告知. ************************************************ Ten or more years ago, the only way to go to JiuZhaiGou 九寨溝 (Valley of […]

SFM #84: USA. New York Subway Art

  Star Ferry Musing #84: New York Subway Art Written by Robert Wu for his family and friends To read all articles, please access  http://www.starferrymusings.com/ If you wish to discontinue receiving SFM articles, please drop me a line. 如您不想收這些文章, 請告知. ************************************************ I grew up using the New York City subway system.  In 1956, I could […]

SFM #83: Asia. Historic Nomads of Mongolia

  Star Ferry Musing #83:  Historic Nomads in Mongolia Written by Robert Wu for his family and friends To read all articles, please access  http://www.starferrymusings.com/ If you wish to discontinue receiving SFM articles, please drop me a line. 如您不想收這些文章, 請告知. ************************************************ This article addresses an esoteric topic, and it may be too tedious for those […]

SFM #82: Maker. Eyebrow Band Collection

  Star Ferry Musing #82: Eyebrow Band Collection Written by Robert Wu for his family and friends To read all articles, please access  http://www.starferrymusings.com/ If you wish to discontinue receiving SFM articles, please drop me a line. 如您不想收這些文章, 請告知. ************************************************ Twenty years ago, I worked in Guangzhou (廣州) to start up the China operations of […]

SFM #81: Maker. Ceramic Creations

  Star Ferry Musing #81: Ceramic Creations   Written by Robert Wu for his family and friends To read all articles, please access   http://www.starferrymusings.com/ If you wish to discontinue receiving SFM articles, please drop me a line. 如您不想收這些文章, 請告知. ******************************************************** It has been nearly one year since Sally and I took up ceramics as our […]

SFM #80: USA. Rock Mimicry

Star Ferry Musing #80:  Rocks Mimic Life Written by Robert Wu for his family and friendsTo read all articles, please access:  http://www.starferrymusings.com/ If you wish to discontinue receiving SFM articles, please drop me a line.如您不想收這些文章, 請告知. ****************************************** Three days after a long driving trip, Sally and I are getting accustomed to living in our own […]

SFM #79: USA. Three Volcanoes

Star Ferry Musing #79:  Three Volcanoes Written by Robert Wu for his family and friendsTo read previous articles, please access http://www.starferrymusings.com/ If you wish to discontinue receiving SFM articles, please drop me a line.如您不想收這些文章, 請告知. ************************************************** Sally and I just completed a 4-week, 7,000 mile driving trip of the western part of US.  Of the many […]

SFM #78: Food. Comfort Foods

Star Ferry Musing #78: Comfort Foods Written by Robert Wu for his family and friends To read all Musings articles, please access http://www.starferrymusings.com/ ——————————————— While riding in a taxi in Nanjing a few years ago, I saw a store with many customers waiting in line.  After the taxi came to a screeching stop, I joined the […]

SFM #77: USA. House Styles

Star Ferry Musing #77: House Styles Written by Robert Wu for his family and friends To read all articles, please access http://www.starferrymusings.com/ ———————————————————————– Sally and I moved from New York City to live in San Francisco to be near our son and daughter-in-law.  We took a long and scenic route along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, […]

SFM #76: Maker. Gold Gild Restoration

Star Ferry Musing #76:  Gold Gild Restoration Written by Robert Wu for his family and friends To read all musings, please access http://www.starferrymusings.com/ ——————————————————— We visited Myanmar (Burma) several years ago.  As an unpopular tourist destination, we saw the country before it is over-run and spoiled by too many tourists.  The country was pristine, the people […]

SFM #75: Maker. Ceramics Bliss

Star Ferry Musing #75:  Ceramics Bliss Written by Robert Wu for his family and friends To read all articles, please access:  http://www.starferrymusings.com/ ——————————————— One of the most important thing to do after retirement is finding a hobby that is both enjoyable and time consuming.  After 10 years of retirement, I found my calling.  It’s ceramics. […]

SFM #74: USA. Hazards on Trip

  Star Ferry Musing #74:  Hazards on Trip Written by Robert Wu for his family and friends To read all previous articles, please access http://www.starferrymusings.com/ ———————————————————————————————- Sally and I just took a driving trip from New York City to San Francisco.  To avoid unanticipated snow storm in the northern part of the country and to tour […]

SFM #73: Egypt. Egypt in Turmoil

Star Ferry Musing #73:  Egypt in Turmoil Written by Robert Wu for his family and friends To read all earlier articles, please visit http://www.starferrymusings.com/ ———————————————————————– The public protest in the last few weeks is toppling the Egyptian government.  The news photos of thousands of Egyptians of different factions fighting over political reform show an explosion of […]

SFM #72: Nature. Memorable Mountains

Star Ferry Musing #72:  Memorable Mountains Written by Robert Wu for his family and friends To read all articles, please visit http://www.starferrymusings.com/ ******************************************************************************* As we travel, we get to see mountains.  Impressive mountains. This beautiful snow capped mountain is the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (玉龙雪山) near the medieval town of LiJiang (丽江).  While LiJiang itself is […]

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 […]