Chong Chong

Down from a Sky Bridge

This was taken at a pedestrian overcrossing close to my apartment complex that straddles the North Fourth Ring Road. Chong Chong only held my finger a couple of times on his way down.

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Chong Chong at 20 Months

This picture was taken around 1 pm today by with Shanshan with her iPhone 6 at the Solana mall.

He decided to go old school today, forgoing his customary Logitech Performance MX mouse for a Sun Type 6 USB mouse.

Oh, and continuing the theme from yesterday, the AQI was around 20 when this picture was taken.

Looking South

Chong Chong, Leo, and I went on a noontime walk yesterday… me walking Chong Chong and Chong Chong walking Leo.

This picture was taken as we crossed over Hui Xin Xi Jie, the street which our apartment complex is facing (you can see one of the towers directly to the left of Chong Chong’s head). The streets and avenues here can be massive… more on the scale of major freeways in California. Likewise, the pedestrian over-crossings can also be quite huge.

Published – precis

Well, folks, I’m now a published photographer. Chris Stecher, who is the publisher/editor of precis magazine, was kind enough to put “Wife and Child” on the cover of last month’s magazine, as well as dedicating five other pages of the magazine to my work. I’m also very grateful for his editorial comments about my work on the second page.

Thanks to my brother Aram for introducing me to Chris, and my mom for helping me to choose the Beijing Sky photographs that Chris alluded to in his editorial. And, although it should go without saying, thanks to my wife and our son.

I’m a bit late in blogging about the magazine since it took awhile for the kind folks at issuu.com — the publishing platform which Chris uses — to dial back their pornography-bot and allow the photograph through without requiring age verification.

If you are so inclined, please show your support for the magazine by clicking-on the above photograph, and reading the publication. (My brother Aram also has a piece in it.)

btw, looks like there’s too much “skin” showing for Chris to do a paid-blast on Facebook.

Chong Chong at 18 Months

Sporting a “got milk?” mustache (and more). Glad to have Xiao Mao adding the feline photobomb.

In Chong Chong’s left had is a Logitech Performance Mouse MX. This is his comfort object, and is with him almost everywhere he goes. It is also there to calm him down when he goes to sleep in his crib… click, click, click, click, goes Chong Chong on his mouse.

I somehow broke the mouse awhile back. And, well, he adopted it. I bought the same model again (one of the best mice I’ve ever used). He often works beside me, him with his mouse and me with mine. He does prefer mine, however, since he fairly quickly figured out that his doesn’t move the cursor or cause the occasional sounds.

There have been a number of times that I’ve found his mouse on my desk instead of mine.

Chong Chong at 17 Months

Or, as I also like to call it… “All Day. Every Day.”

I’m the foley artist in this video. Finally putting some of my military training to work with trying to keep in step. Biggest success was not running into him.

He knows the names of things in both English and Mandarin. I mostly speak English to him, Shanshan is about half and half, and Lao Lao and Lao Ye mostly use Mandarin.

The video was taken with the back camera of my iPhone 6, and processed with Movie Maker.