Travel theme: Luminous

  1. full of or shedding light; bright or shining, especially in the dark.

Hmm… especially in the dark huh? This was a hard one for me because I have terrible camera shake and that does not bode well for photo-taking at nighttime. However, I tried to find some pictures that would reflect this week’s challenge!


Sparklers at a wedding are magical! Especially if you didn’t set your ISO correctly and you get trails of blazing light!


Nothing more luminous than a city at nighttime – especially the city that never sleeps, NYC!


Finally, a fireworks display so luminous it’s dazzles the eye! The fireworks displays at Disney are awe-inspiring and enough to turn any adult into a kid again!

Tuesday Trip Back in Time – Jinan, China 2010

Jinan is a Chinese city that  most people will not find reason to visit. It does not have the cachet of the more famous cities of China such as Beijing or Shanghai – in fact, Jinan has the dubious honor of being known as one of the most polluted cities in China! However, my husband was born in and raised in Jinan until he was 15, and his maternal family still lives there. Therefore, we made plans to visit Jinan and some other cities for three weeks – March 2-23, 2010.

This was pretty significant in our relationship because at that point we had been dating for about a year and a half and I was going to meet half of his family. Needless to say, I was a little nervous. Compounding my anxiety was the fact that I don’t speak Mandarin well at all! Or understand much either. My parents are from Hong Kong and Guangzhou, areas where they mainly speak Cantonese – therefore, it would be difficult to communicate well with his family. I was also a little anxious because in China, the one-child policy has caused parents to be extremely protective of their single child – even more so for a son due to social and cultural ideas. I was well-aware that I could be found wanting by his relatives – a non-Mandarin speaking and short Chinese girl. Apparently their family is proud of their height (my husband is 6’1″, in contrast I am 5’….). Already a few strikes against me!

the symbol of Jinan in Quancheng Square

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