White House Gardens

Got a neat opportunity today to tour the White House Gardens. For one weekend a year the White House opens their gardens in the fall. Our family went in the mid afternoon and loved seeing the White House up-close and seeing the Rose Garden, Jacqueline…

Dulles Plane Pull Day 2017

We love going to the IAD Plane Pull Day. The event is a fundraiser for Special Olympics and generates near $400k annually at this one event. We love the kids activities and bounce houses, touring through all the planes and cars, and of course watching…

Merry Christmas!

Are the yearly ‘family Christmas update letters’ corny or captivating? Remember how around early December your mailbox would be stuffed with letters that recapped a family’s happenings in the past year? Quite possibly these letters are now extinct, replaced by people sharing every detail about…

Elf on the Shelf

Christmas 2016 brought a new friend to the family: Elfie. (Thanks, Nicole and family!) Mum and dad had great fun with Elfie.

Washington, DC

Final stop! Washington, DC and Virginia. We’ve settled that this area will be our home come 2016. Now to find a house. This area has loads of ‘mixed’ housing meaning you get an old, dilapidated property sitting next to a new million dollar home. We…

Atlanta

After San Francisco, we traveled to Atlanta in search of houses. Our search was focused around John’s Creek area. We found many lovely houses – all which would be perfect for our family. However, in the end, we have settled on Washington, DC as our…

San Francisco

Traveled to the Guidewire user conference, Connections, in San Francisco. Was able to have the family come along. Ningning and Vivian enjoyed their days roaming the parks around downtown San Fran while I worked. This was the first of 3 USA cities – Atlanta and…

Chicago

Traveled to Chicago for the Guidewire annual services conference. Chicago is my favorite big city within the USA. I worked there (Merchandise Mart for Banker’s Life and Casualty) for almost 2 years. Great city. I enjoy a stroll up along the beach, walking around town…

Boston

Went house hunting in Boston…

San Francisco 2013

My company (GWRE) brings together all professional services employees once a year. The whole family traveled with me to San Francisco, CA, USA for a week of meetings and family time. Got to connect again with Toshi (from Japan) and many co-workers which I only…