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Sep-18-2009

labor day 2009: brooklyn bridge

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it ain’t fall until its labor day…and its ain’t labor day without our family excursion.

our annual family trip to a nyc tourist attraction on labor day is a tradition that we just started doing a few years ago and kept doing. we discovered that tourists evacuate the city so the spots empty out and you have these massive places to yourself.

mostly. and maybe not this location.

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why do we do this each year? to affirm our love for the city? to affirm our love for each other? to affirm our calling to the city? to affirm our calling to each other? because its fun? because its silly and stupid? just because?

the traditions that we inherit, the traditions that we create and that we choose to carry on define us in conscious and subconscious ways. it might be all these reasons…and others that we have not brought to the surface yet.

normally, we go to the tourist site…..top of the rock, empire state building…..closer to dusk and watch the sunset. i think i insist on doing this to symbolically transition from the hot summer to the cool magical fall. we missed doing that last year at the statue of liberty…but we got to do that this time around as we headed into brooklyn.

love of family, love of city and calling affirmed. thanks, tourists, for your loot and booty; especially you european tourists with your valuable cash reserves.  you may leave now. see you again next year, somewhere in the city.

we finish the day with the annual ancestor picture. with our new addition.

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see you next year! my first family tourist site was a blast!

Posted under labor day, new york, some favorite(NYC)things, tsangs
Jan-22-2009

the magical winter: tsang new year’s eve

thanksgiving is usually in maryland while christmas and new year’s is spent in nyc with my parents coming over for a week to spend the sleepy week with us. vision church unlike other churches actually winds down rather than ramps up for the holidays since most of our people are from other places; most of our members are out of town enjoying time with their families.

we usually invite more people over for our annual wholesome new year’s but since the yu’s and chen’s were in taiwan for a wedding we opted to have a quiet new years.

we did have some friends over as well as my parents.

my parents seem to get along well with my friends and vice versa.

as we heard from the dude telling his buddy on his cell phone: we started the year right by watching bolt in 3d. when my parents come over, we try to take them to some show or movie. something special or out of the ordinary for them. imax or in this case, 3d. we end up seeing a lot of kids movies because its easier for my mom to figure out what’s going on. one of her favorite holiday movies is elf.

new years also means berger cookies from baltimore…more like a slab of chocolate with an accidental cookie attached.

then for new year’s day, we headed over to community for brunch….a family tradition. my mom usually gets the seafood eggs benedict. theresa opted for the vegetable bowl because of her aversion to meat during her pregnancy. my dad got the blueberry pancakes. and i went with steak and eggs. juice, coffee and cider flowed freely.

maybe i lied to my boy, q. maybe we do eat like this all the time. definitely during the holidays.

but on the whole, a mellow tsang new year’s. happy 2009.

Posted under tsangs, winter
Jan-11-2009

the magical winter: tsang christmas traditions

tsang christmas starts with the tsang family gathering…an annual feast of food, video games, hanging out and oddball activities( for which i had just the thing).

it is an all day affair starting with lunch and it ends when people leave..usually after dinner. each family(5 tsang sisters, 1 tsang brother(my dad)) brings at least one dish and then we eat all day: chicken, curry beef, cheesecake, lasanga, soy sauce chicken, shrimp, tea and coffee, egg tarts. theresa made her famous cajun roast which was a big hit once again.

as for odd activities, my family seems up for anything…..so i busted out the flavored sodas. don’t assume that that means tasty flavoring. last year, theresa got me a few holiday soda boxes made by jones(that’s how jones does christmas). but we never had the time to try them. since my cousin daniel inquired, we brought out the chanukah box with chocolate coins, apple sauce, latke and jelly doughnut.

whenever we can get a large group to try these holiday sodas, we do……the results are mixed! and consistently hilarious!

on christmas eve, we started a new tsang tradition in our home in 2008….we called it a christmas eve service but that sounded so formal and unwelcoming. it was more like a christmas eve gathering. we did hymns, candles, readings and silent night….and we feasted!!! small, intimate, simple worship on the eve of the lord’s birth.

it was also the debut of the youngest member of vision church: moriah faith ng! a definitely superior christmas ending for the ng family after tragically losing bethany joy, last year. what a difference 365 makes.

as for christmas day, we usually go irreligious and spend the day with family including a visit to the new temple on christmas: the theatre. in suburban culture, the mall is the new town square where people can bump into each other and mingle. the theatre is where we go to worship in awe.

we caught benjamin button with theresa’s cousins.

above are two pics….one where theresa looks like she has a mustache? and another where she demonstrates her favorite part of the movie experience.

finally, we did a little post-christmas shopping. just a little….because we hate the manic crowds. crowds are okay…we live in nyc! but manic materialistic deal hunting soccer pitbulls? no thanks. we did make a disappointing stop at the underarmour factory store. most of the good stuff was already gone. the upside is that we got some chick fila and went to eat at the nordstrom cafe that theresa’s mom has been frequenting.

and that’s the tsang christmas…from family to church to faith to holiday movies to shopping….real and fake christmas. all the angles!

Posted under christmas, tsangs, winter
Sep-11-2008

labor day 2008: ms. liberty

our annual family trip to a nyc tourist attraction on labor day…a tradition that we just started doing a few years ago and kept doing. we discovered that tourists evacuate the city so the spots empty out and you have these massive places to yourself. mostly.

this year, we brought along my parents. my mom had been bugging me to take her on a cruise….i told her…here it is! cruise! boat! a 10 minute ride over……

we booked online weeks ago as special tickets are needed to ascend into the lady. many a unprepared visitor is disappointed to get onto the island but not able to enter into the monument itself. you have to book these at least a week in advance and during high season, way earlier.

when we got to the ferry point, there were two lines…..prepared and unprepared. they called them reserved tickets and flex tickets. reserved, sold in advance, have a specific time given to board for security checks. flex are the tickets sold to people who walk up to the booth that day. the flex line was 4 times(at least)longer than the reserved line. and when they saw that my dad had a cane, they brought us right up to the front!

here, the nerds in the family take the obligatory audio tour to learn more about the island and the statue. i only paid for one but the lady gave us two….again, the end of the season….labor day visiting pays off! all the tourists are already at lga, jfk and ewr.

we bought food onto the island which you are discouraged to do. but we’re cheap and we bought breads, mcdonald’s chicken biscuits and my mom bought a ton of beef and pork jerky. we did purchase drinks at the monopoly on site.

i dunno why we do this every year. to affirm our love for the city? to affirm our love for each other? to affirm our calling to the city? to affirm our calling to each other? because its fun? because its silly and stupid? just because?

the traditions that we inherit, the traditions that we create and that we choose to carry on define us in conscious and subconscious ways. it might be all these reasons…and others that we have not brought to the surface yet.

normally, we go to the tourist site…..top of the rock, empire state building…..closer to dusk and watch the sunset. but visits to the island end before that. and climbing the statue herself ends at 4:45. a bummer……i think i insist on doing this to symbolically transition from the hot summer to the cool magical fall. having missed out on that, fall does not seem like its arrived yet. technically, we do have a few weeks of my least favorite season.

the original torch is on display as you ascend as are replicas of the statue. theresa likes to pick noses. my dad does his best shaq imitation(kobe, tell me!…..), my mom reaches for the skies and the girls play with her toes.

you used to be able to go up higher all the way to the crown but 9/11 stopped that. there are rumors that they will open up eventually. but there is no elevator up to the top so that’s a healthy walk for the view. i believe that we will one day return here if access is granted. who knows how long they will keep it open or before al qaeda decides to attack again?

we took multiple shots trying to catch us and ms. liberty and this is the best of the bunch. we’ve gotten pretty good at these self portraits.

our noses look perfect in this one. the key to my heart is a good nose.

my parents liked tagging along even though they had to sit and rest a lot. afterwards we had dinner and even walked home on the upper west side. my dad assured us that he would not have a stroke.

at some point, they realized that chinese dramas would be on cable and they walked even faster.

love of family, love of city and calling affirmed. thanks, tourists, for your loot and booty; especially you european tourists with your valuable cash reserves.  you may leave now. see you again next year, somewhere in the city.

we close with the annual ancestor picture. unfortunately, theresa’s sneer is starting to look like her smile.

Posted under labor day, new york, some favorite(NYC)things, tsangs
Jul-25-2008

tsangs: half a decade

recently, i received this email from a facebook application that my friends can use to compare me with other friends. i am pitted against their other friends and there’s a vote! ‘compare people’ notified me that my rankings had changed…let’s take a look at the results:

This email was sent by Compare People.
Changes in your ranks:

#14 best father (potential) (lost 6 places)
#17 most generous (lost 5 places)
#21 toughest (lost 12 places)
#23 most desired for marriage (gained 2 places)
#26 best listener (gained 1 place)

How others compared you recently:
• “Who has better hair”, you won 1 and lost 0 times.

its good to know that i still have good hair. i am happy to have hair. its also good to know that i am seen as a good listener. and its sad to know that people think less of me as a father….

but once again….! my “friends” have voted…and i continue to climb up the charts for most desired for marriage! who is voting for me?

and who am i competing against? hitler? osama? dead people? and why are you also friends with these fiends? don’t people know i’m already married???? (note…people always ask but no, theresa does not have this application so she is not stuffing the ballot box.)

i’m married….see…..?

……early in our marriage, we decided to have a physical tangible reminder of our years together; we collect this series of christmas ornaments called christmas windows that originated in 2003, the year we got married. here is the 6th one in the series as we celebrate our 5th anniversary and start the 6th year of marriage.

the power of physical reminders…..like our wedding bands or an engagement ring or something bought on honeymoon that hangs in the house….

be reminded, voters! be reminded, “friends”!

if you’ve been following my blogs, these ornaments look super familiar so i won’t rehash this stuff……. i’ve blogged about this series many a time over in my xanga site: http://www.xanga.com/hosive/607170356/item.html and here: http://www.xanga.com/hosive/514453853/item.html

the second link isn’t working really well…….

but i’ll note a few details…

the series presents the theme of children looking into windows and dreaming about the magic of fake christmas. i love the details and the little touches…

we are part of this ornament club that produces this line……and the ornament usually comes before our anniversary on july 26. this year, it came super early! by the spring, i believe. i love clubs and exclusives! i’m such a sucker.

again….it is stunning to see all six ornaments and consider how the years have flown by.

happy anniversary! and happy birthday sweet t!

Posted under ornaments, tsangs
Feb-17-2008

flashback lost style:christmas edition

a flu wiped me out at the wrong time so i’ve been behind on blogging ever since……let’s catchup…..

we said good bye to our good friends liz and leonard as they headed back to la with a meal at one of their hidden treasures in nyc. its a steakhouse right above the fairway around 72 and broadway. fairway is a regular(but very good)supermarket in nyc and inexplicably they also cook steaks. big honking steaks at reasonable(nyc)prices. we had a great time eating meat….which t and i have given up for lent….we’ll likely break lent at some point using the gift certificates for the all you can eat meat-arama that leonard and liz got for my ordination…….

we miss our friends dearly.

christmas eve and christmas day were spent at da sto. my in-laws have random shops….jewelry, pool hall, beauty supplies…..booze. its not the holidays unless……..

i spend the day catching up on dvds……futurama, alien nation and blade runner. theresa spent it helping sell 40’s and lottery tickets. the program is set up so that koreans can operate it easier.

the official name of the store is called vision! its nice to know that my faith is having an impact on the family. so when people ask me what i did at christmas, i say i spent it at vision!

we proceeded to philly to actually have a more spiritual christmas at chinese mission 2007. i did workshops. t did sound. steff did art. peter did the big talks. LT did everything.

i have done this conference every three years since 1995. but mayhaps my time with youth are drawing to a close. i can still tell some funny jh jokes. maybe that’s the only kinds i can tell.

finally, we wrapped up with a week with the tsangs before the new year! more like the brownings and the tsangs. but life was dreamy and slow…the way christmas used to be

life is good and content. then we all caught the flu. boo flu. yea, u2.
i got my u2.com fan club t-shirt as part of my dues. it also came with a double cd set of a dvd i already own. eh. the real prize we hope are access to concert tickets. i was part of the original fan club, propaganda….and they rewarded me with double access to tickets last time around. hoping to keep my status. i’m also part of the killers fan club and we are part of the hallmark ornament club which used to have two good selections per year but lately, only one. but its the club that allows us to keep collecting the christmas windows ornaments that mark our anniversary each year. more about that in may.

Posted under baltimore, christmas ornaments, jacqueline, killer victims fan club, new york eats, tsangs, u2, u2.com, vision