Saturday, December 20, 2008

Taipei 2008

Kat and I are in Taipei celebrating Xmas and New Year's. Here is a quick video of this morning - I went to the open market with Grandma and Dad to buy groceries. Our morning started at 7am with a walk at Taipei's "Central Park", breakfast at Mos Burger (Gram's loves the Corn Soup!), and then a walk to the neighborhood open market. Enjoy this video. I will translate.

Me: Where did you go today?
Grams and Dad: We went to buy groceries!
Me: Where did you go buy groceries?
Grams and Dad: The market!
Me: What market?
Grams and Dad: Dong Men Market!
Me: What treasures did you buy?
Grams: We bought every type of treasure!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Gobble Gobble: Thanksgiving 2008 Part 3

Taking pictures is a big deal. And as we know, we should look our best. 45 degree is the best way to go. Here's a video of Training Camp at Thanksgiving.

Gobble Gobble: Thanksgiving 2008 Part 2 Robert Dances!

This video is tooo funny from Thanksgiving to not show the family. Everyone must watch this as Robert dances his heart out to Hip Hop music.

Gobble Gobble: Thanksgiving 2008 - Cheers to New Beginnings!

Thanksgiving at the Hayward House is a BIG BIG BIG DEAL. This year's event was the first gathering at the CHEN HOUSE in YEARS. When I say YEARS I mean it - like, 15-20 years? We finally moved back to Hayward. On this day we not only moved out our of apartment, we moved into the house and cooked Thanksgiving Dinner and ate by 8:30pm. Here's what happened!

8:30am Went to Whole Foods to pick up the prime rib
10:15am Arrived at UHAUL in Hayward to rent a truck
11:00am Started packing the apartment
1:30pm Started packing all the cars and the UHAUL with beds, big items, etc.
3:00pm Arrive at Hayward house and unpack
5:00pm Started to cook the turkey, prime rib, ribs, stuffing, brussel sprouts, mashed potato, etc.
8:30pm EAT!!!

Here are the pictures:

Cousin Albert, Cousin Amanda, their Mom [Cousin's are from our Mom's side of the family]

Chen Sisters: Jessica, Patricia, Katherine - and the delicious Pumpkin Bread Pudding
Our Family acting Funny at Dinner
A much more normal Family Picture

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


i just wanted to post a pic of the chicken my dad made last night. it was ridiculous.

Also, mom is doing well after surgery on both feet.

Friday, November 21, 2008

***PLEASE WATCH THE CLIPS from the PREVIOUS ENTRY before watching the videos in this post***

KAI-LIN welcomes you....

Master Bedroom...

Family Room and Downstairs

Upstairs bedrooms and Bathroom

Welcome, to a NEW BEGINNING!!!!

Cousin Liberty arrives to see the house......

Jessica does flips

Tour of the Kitchen

More to come in the next post.............

Monday, October 20, 2008

2008 Summary for Dad and Grandma

Summary of the Chen's of California!
陳家在加利: 2008

Sunday, October 19, 2008


Saturday, January 5, 2008

Chen Family Photos with Grandma, November 2007

In no way is this below slideshow suppose to be a downer, but instead, a celebration of the(far too few) moments we as a family have together. i.e. Desperately trying to get Grandma to smile and show teeth in photos even though she says she's too shy and embarassed to show teeth, saying "YAY!" and throwing the "peace" signs in pictures because that's what Asians love to do, making Grandma laugh at all hours of the day, seeing how happy Grandma is knowing she has 14 grandkids to brag about to everyone she meets, but most importantly, seeing the huge family Grandma help foster over the past 55+ years through her 5 kids, 14 grandkids + extended family. Did we mention, Grandma LOVES to laminate family pictures and post them up in her living room for everyone to see?

Watching the slideshow....again and again, makes us want to laugh, smile, re-live some of those moments, makes us thankful for each other, and makes us love and feel loved in our huge tribe. The opening pictures is about 30 of the family members at dinner - about 4-5 people are missing - but the size of the family alone shows our strength and solidarity. Who wants to be Chen related?!?! Say, "YAY!!!" =)

11+ Cousins out at BARCODE lounge in Taipei

When you get all of us together - there's a whole lot of eating, drinking, basketball, jokes, being silly and a quirky kind of love that is all our own. We embrace each other, we yell at each other, but at the end of the day - it's all about living the energy and spirit of Grandpa. With 14 grandkids all together, there's a whole lot of noise and attention seeking. Since this many of us aren't together very often, here's 11+ of us at BARCODE taking our cousin ALAN out for his 18th Birthday - if you can tell, he had a pretty good time. Cheers, to many more of these moments -- only next time, may all the cousins be present together. Nov. 2007.

Newest Chen: First Great Grandkid - James Chen

James is the son of Joseph, son of George. He's quite simply the cutest lil person. Blackie, his assistant, Katherine, Patricia and me went down to Hsin-Chu(where Joseph is a Mirage2000 pilot) to go see Joseph, his wife Kelly, and the bundle of joy named James. We had a whole lot of fun playing with the kid. Gosh, we hope we get to see him grow up!

There's No Sport the Chen's love playing more than -- BASKETBALL!


While in Taipei in October, the older cousins Joseph and Blackie, took the youngin's (Jonathan, Bee, Alan) out to play streetball. Vicky, Azra, Uncle Tom and doggie Chief came to watch and take pictures! See them all in action! [Click once too see slideshow, click twice to see pictures enlarged one-by-one] Some food pictures as well - because that's what's we love as well.
(photos courtesy of Azra...Thanks!)