Fall and Winter Activity Recap

Here is the long overdue post of my travels and adventures over the last few months. I usually do one per season, but I’ve been slow on the blogging so this post will be for the last half a year, covering both fall and winter. The most notable activity was my trip to southern China, which I already wrote about, but I also went on other smaller trips and adventures over the last half-year. So keep reading if you want to see what I’ve been up to and what troubles I’ve gotten myself into :wink: .

Blue Ridge Parkway
Probably the best fall foliage we saw during the trip was along this stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway

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Trip to Southern China

During the last winter holiday season, my family and I visited China for the first time since 2010. We went back mainly for a family reunion, but we visited a few places as well. It was a good trip in terms of seeing relatives and visiting new places, but I had a cold through most of the trip so I didn’t feel 100%. I still a lot of fun though, and this post contains the highlights of the trip.

Guangzhou Tianhe
The view of the Tianhe area at night, towards the south to Guangzhou Tower.

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Springtime Sorties

It has been almost a whole season since I’ve posted here. Spring has passed and the hot and humid summer of the Southeast is now here. It’s time look back at all the fun activities I managed to do during the spring (despite having little in the way of vacation days) and show some photo highlights.

Sharp Top Summit
Wonderful view from the top of Sharp Top. (click to enlarge)

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Winter Whatnots

Spring is finally here, and with it comes the warm temperatures and pollen. It also means it’s time for me to post about my winter activities. Winter tends to be the slow season when it comes to activities, but I managed to get out and keep life from getting too boring. Here is just a quick list of my winter highlights with some photos to boot.

Skytrain Lafarge Lake-Douglas Station
Took a ride on the Skytrain to the end of the new Evergreen extension in Coquitlam

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Autumn Adventures

It’s been a little while since my last travel and fun post, and during that time autumn has passed by and winter has taken over. I tried to have some fun during the cool and colorful autumn season though, and here are some highlights of what I’ve been up to.

Mount Pisgah
Panoramic views from the summit of Mount Pisgah (click to enlarge)

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Moved to a New Place, and Internet Woes

As the title says, I recently moved. I’m still in the same metro region, but just moved from one apartment to another. The new location is not quite as central as the old one, but it’s still convenient enough. I moved because the new place is newer construction, had slightly cheaper rent and a better layout.

The move itself was pretty smooth. I had about a week of overlap between the two apartments, so I slowly moved my belongings. I only needed the moving company to move the bigger furniture, and I really don’t have many big pieces of furniture anyways.

The trouble came after I moved though I wanted to get internet service, and here is the story. I was a cable internet customer, but then found out the new apartment complex can only get AT&T. They were running a promo on their fiber gigabit service, so I called them, and it took a week for them to schedule a technician to come out because apparently the address was initially not listed as serviceable… even though other units in the complex have internet. So the technician showed up a week later, tried and failed to install because there was an signal strength issue. So I called customer service, and a few days later, three technicians showed up and replaced the fiber from my apartment to the telco room on the same floor, and still the same problem. Then a day later, a construction technician shows up unannounced and fixed the signal issue, but he didn’t handle the actual installation of the modem/gateway, so it was a couple more days before a final technician shows up and completes the installation.

All in all, it took 2 weeks and 4 separate technician visits to get internet running at my apartment. Never in my life have I ever had so much trouble getting internet service. According to the final technician, my network issue actually got fixed pretty quickly all things considered. I guess I can’t really fault AT&T for bad customer service since they did send out technicians on 4 different trips within a week to get internet working in my apartment, but not having internet in my apartment was still a bit annoying.

So that’s it for my little story on internet woes. I have working gigabit fiber internet now, and it seems to be pretty fast. I haven’t gotten close to actual 1000 Mbps, but I can get about 300 Mbps, and that’s still a lot faster than the cable internet I’ve had before. Of course, this gigabit service is a bit more expensive than my previous cable internet too. Hopefully I won’t have to make any more service calls to AT&T about internet not working.

More Summer Outings

It’s been about two months since my last outs and abouts post… and I started the previous one of these with the same phrase haha. Over the last two months, I tried some fun water activities, and even traveled outside of NC for a bit. Keep reading for photos and highlights.

River Tubing
River tubing, the quintessential summer experience during hot weather.

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Summer Outings

It’s been about two months since my last outs and abouts post, and in this span of time I managed to go on a few more weekend adventures. No big or extended vacations, but enough fun to add some spice to my otherwise boring life. Pictures and summaries after the break.

Chimney Rock State Park
What a view.

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Adventures Here and There

I haven’t posted anything in about two months, and during this time I do a few fun things. Nothing like the big Florida road trip in February, but a few weekend adventures here and there. Here is the round-up with the photo highlights.

Charlotte Hornets vs Washington Wizards
Watching the Hornets take on the Wizards inside TWC Arena

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