Let Me Introduce Some FamilyPosted: September 28, 2011
My cousin Deng Yaxing (Cindy) is a high school student in Beijing. She studies classical voice with my mom. This is her, my dear 16 year-old cousin performing in a bar:
This is Yaxing having some tea and beer with her biggest fans: her parents, my “small uncle” and “small aunt,” and my mom (left to right):
This is a more accurate portrayal of my uncle (Xiao jiujiu):
This is my other cousin, Jing E (“Golden Swan,” but she goes by her real name Yang Yanhao) daughter of my “xiao yi” (another aunt):
She looks different when she lets down her hair:
When Jing E came to visit, we went to an amusement park and the Water Cube at the Olympic Green (Park).
This is a sign I came across when leaving Olympic Green. My Chinese name is jumbled (何茵茵). Also, notice the sentimental translation:
When we’re hungry, we have many options to choose from:
We went with option 3.
I forgot to mention my mother’s birthday was on the 22nd. Like most events, we celebrated by sharing a huge meal with family friends. But a birthday is never complete without a cake, no matter how stuffed to the brim of vomiting you are.
Let me also introduce my dad, who graciously passed down his most vibrant features onto me: the round nose and face. Thanks, dad.
And for my friends, this is what I’ve been up to when I’m not eating, or screaming from a rollercoaster, or traveling to even farther away places:
Finally, I’m also tip-toeing on curbs and burning my retinas in attempt to capture beautiful Beijing moments like these:
Looks like this city isn’t as bad as I remember from childhood…