Yoyo Piano: Ode to Joy

Michael Audio, Video February 26, 2016

Less than two months into learning the piano, Yoyo has made remarkable progress. Here we proudly present his “Ode to Joy”

Lunar New Year at The Met 2016

Michael Video February 7, 2016

The Metropolitan Museum of Art really nails it when it comes to celebrate the Lunar New Year with thousands of families in New York City. It is also an optimal opportunity to check out the unbeaten paths in this gigantic and sometimes disorienting structure. Yet the shows and their awesomeness are totally worth the trip, especially for something that happens just once a year. And the venue attracts pretty much most of the Lunar New Year-related cultural institutions in town. Here below are some of our favorites.

This is some really amazing drum beating from Korea:

Here below is a show opener with lions spitting out calligraphy New Year greetings:

And there was some pro Kung Fu going on too, with this guy whipping his sword with authentic metal-cracking sounds:

And he also did this awe-inspiring superpower-like trick of bending two red-tasseled spears with his throat, just like seen in a Jackie Chan movie:

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Happy Year of the Monkey!

2016 Chinese New Year Greeting Card from Family

Michael Photo February 4, 2016

It’s that time of the year again that Chinese send out their New Year’s wishes to family and friends, and nowadays also to those social friends which could number in the hundreds.

I tried something somewhat professional looking yet not painfully complicated, thanks to the Internet. Here below are the two versions of the 2016 Chinese New Year’s greeting card from the Zhao/Cao family, featuring a selfie photo from a beach in Cancun, Mexico in late November last year. The reason why I am showing two versions is that when I AirDropped the first version, which looks pretty good on my MacBook Pro’s screen, to my iPhone, it looked terribly dark and you cannot see our faces at all. Then after a few tricks in Photoshop, I finally made a version that looks acceptable on the phone. Here are the differences below:

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The smartphone acceptable version, which is much brighter and it shows on a computer screen.

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The computer-friendly version, which looks totally dark on a smartphone screen

Feel free to try to look at these on different displays and most importantly, 猴年大吉大利!Happy New Year of the Monkey!

Video: Yoyo Eats Cherries

Michael Video January 30, 2016

Yeah, we’ve done that cute little thing called feeding him cherries by cutting them in half and taking out the stones. Here is Yoyo eating cherries like an adult, almost…

Audio: Yoyo Sends WeChat Message to Missed Grandma/pa in China

Michael Audio December 26, 2015

During the Christmas 2015 holiday, Yoyo started to help himself using WeChat expressing his emotions and thoughts directly to his grandma and grandpa. This below was one of his first attempts to send an audio message himself, although this particularly message was misfired, and sent into a wrong WeChat group on his mom’s iPhone. Still, a fantastic linguistic and technical success for a would-be 4-year-old.

It roughly translates into:

I prepared a gift for you, do you want to check it out with me? Because I miss you, ok? Aren’t you coming here soon? Because I want to play with you, ok?


Audio: Yoyo Giggles with Bathroom Door

Michael Audio November 26, 2015

Yoyo likes to giggle, even when playing a silly game of shutting and opening the bathroom door at home. Here is my iPhone’s capture of that contagious laughter: