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Day 12 of Sri Lanka Trip, Galle on July 22, 2017

Twelfth day of our tour of Sri Lanka as we continued our journey on the Southern shore of Sri Lanka.

Mirissa Beach

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Day 11 of Sri Lanka Trip, Yala National Park on July 21, 2017

Eleventh day of our tour of Sri Lanka as we planned to visit Yala wildlife zoo National Park today.

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Knight of Sidonia, A Sci-Fi Animation Series with Little except Good Music

Knight of Sidonia Poster

Knight of Sidonia Poster Season 1 and 2

After destroying Earth many years ago, the alien race Gauna has been pursuing the remnants of humanity—which, having narrowly escaped, fled across the galaxy in a number of giant seed ships. In the year 3394, Nagate Tanikaze surfaces from his lifelong seclusion deep beneath the seed ship Sidonia in search of food on the upper levels, only to find himself dragged into events unfolding without his knowledge.
When the Gauna begin their assault on Sidonia, it’s up to Tanikaze—with the help of his fellow soldiers and friends Shizuka Hoshijiro, Izana Shinatose, and Yuhata Midorikawa—to defend humanity’s last hope for survival, and defeat their alien foes. Sidonia no Kishi follows Tanikaze as he discovers the world that has been above him his entire life, and becomes the hero Sidonia needs.

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Terror in Resonance, a Thought-Invoking Animation Series, for Japanese only?

Where shall I start? Maybe from the name itself and the poster. I was spoiled before watching the series that it somehow involved a “nuke”, which is not really my fault cause it’s written in the “Synopsis” part of its Wikipedia page (though not the English version). But even if you are not spoiled, watching the first five minutes of episode one, with the protagonists stealing something from a nuclear plant should convey something similar. Thus by looking at the poster of three protagonists standing in front of twisted metals and buildings on fire, I naturally expected Terror in Resonance to be the story of three protagonists fighting for their lives in some post-apocalyptic world. Well, the skies are blue and some buildings are intact in the poster, so it might be a sanitized version of Mad Max. Well, the title says “Terror in Resonance”, in which the terror must be the nuke, and the resonance must be aftermath of the nuke.

Terror in Resonance Poster

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Winter Journey to China

Winter break of 2017.
For reasons out of my control, this could be the only holiday that I could (or at least, willing to) spend with my parents who lived in China, who had been yearning for my visit ever since I left for graduate school in the states. Well, partly that’s because my mom had some major surgeries during the last summer, and I happened to be away during all of them, the oh-it’s-tomorrow-but-I’m-booked-on-flights-today sort. And, it turned out that my winter break would be much longer than I expected. I was looking for a two-week official winter break, only to be told that at University of Maryland, this was followed by another two weeks of winter semester, during which nothing happens. So to forward goodwill with my mom, and to bring to the states all my online shoppings of 2017 (I know two checked bags for my first trip were enough never for years of study), I decided to spend this winter break in China.

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Day 10 of Sri Lanka Trip, Ella on July 20, 2017

A bright sunny day as woke up in the town of Ella. The plan of the day was to hike Ella’s Little Adam’s Peak, and visiting Nine Arch Railway Bridge in the afternoon before heading to Tissamaharama in the evening.

Tea Fields

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Day 9 of Sri Lanka Trip, Horton Plains Hike on July 19, 2017

Ninth day of our Sri Lanka trip as we planned to hike the Horton Plains and take a train to Ella for the day.

Mist over Plain

Mist over PlainMist over Plain

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Day 8 of Sri Lanka Trip, Nuwara Eliya on July 18, 2017

Eighth day of our Sri Lanka trip as we left the beautiful city of Kandy.
The plan of the day was to drive to Nuwara Eliya, a city on plain nicknamed “Little England” for its climate, which made perfect sanctuary for British settlers. On the way there, we would be passing the major tea production region of Sri Lanka.

Bogambara Lake and Main Street of Kandy

Bogambara Lake and Main Street of Kandy

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Day Trip to Shenandoah National Park

A typical Autumn weekend day in the US, with midterms and stuff done, I went on this journey to Shenandoah National Park with some of my friends.

Interstate 66

Interstate 66Near Markham exit where mists cover the majority of mountain.

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Day 7 of Sri Lanka Trip, Kandy on July 17, 2017

Seventh day of our Sri Lanka trip.
We would be staying in Kandy for the whole day, visiting the Temple of the Tooth and other temples scattered around the city and enjoying the amenities of a modern city that we haven’t really experienced before in our visit to Sri Lanka.

Temple of the Tooth from Apartment Balcony

Temple of the Tooth from Apartment Balcony

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