November 14!

Tomorrow’s my birthday (and my twin sisters too ;)! Twenty four wonderful magical enchanting and  unforgettable years living in this beautiful planet! I’ve always wanted to go to Miami and I am so happy that my dream is finally coming true!! I am taking my family to Miami Beach for a few days of awesome fun and holiday under the sun! I also feel so proud of myself because this is the first trip that I paid on my own to take my family on a vacation 😀 Keep a look out for my pictures! I also want to wish all of the November babies a very happy birthday!!!

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Destination Of The Week: Harbin Ice Festival, China

The annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival has been held since 1963. Harbin is located in Northeast China under the direct influence of the cold winter wind from Siberia. Officially, the festival starts January 5th and lasts one month. However the exhibits often open earlier and stay longer, weather permitting. Ice sculpture decoration technology ranges from the modern (using lasers) to traditional (with ice lanterns). While there are ice sculptures throughout the city, there are two main exhibition areas: Enormous snow sculptures at Sun Island (a recreational area on the opposite side of the Songhua River from the city) and the separate “Ice and Snow World” that operates each night. Ice and Snow World features illuminated full size buildings made from blocks of 2–3 feet thick crystal clear ice directly taken from the Songhua River. There are ice lantern park touring activities held in many parks in the city. Winter activities in the festival include Yabuli alpine skiing, winter-swimming in the Songhua River, and the ice-lantern exhibition in Zhaolin Garden. The Harbin festival is one of the world’s four largest ice and snow festivals, along with Japan’s Sapporo Snow Festival, Canada’s Quebec City Winter Carnival, and Norway’s Ski Festival. It was also a Guinness Record of the largest snow sculpture: 250 metres long, 28 feet (8.5 m) high, using over 13,000 cubic metres of snow.

Moving Forward!

President Obama delivered an amazing speech yesterday in his Victory Speech! Last night, I became a proud American once again in knowing that I elected a great leader who will continue to fight for this nation and get us back in the right track. It may not be an easy road, but as long as we fight and believe and work together, many wonderful things can be accomplished.

“America, I believe we can build on the progress we have made and continue to fight for new jobs and new opportunity and new security for the middle class. I believe we can keep the promise of our founders, the idea that if you’re willing to work hard, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or where you love. It doesn’t matter whether you’re black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight, you can make it here in America if you’re willing to try.

I believe we can seize this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggests. We’re not as cynical as the pundits believe. We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions, and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are and forever will be the United States of America.

And together with your help and God’s grace we will continue our journey forward and remind the world just why it is that we live in the greatest nation on Earth. 

Thank you, America. God bless you. God bless these United States.”

-President Barack Obama