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Music is all around. From the top of ICC with live saxophone and piano players. To 2 Philipino mariachi singers at a Spanish food place. To traditional Chinese music with pipa (Chinese guitar) , guzhen (Chinese piano), bamboo flute, metal bowls (seriously), and an instrument that makes realistic bird sounds at the Hong Kong park. Interesting experiences. :) Where we learned the way of hermits and monks deep in the mountains. Every step they take has meaning. Every sweep of the floor is like sweeping the worries from your heart. The amount of time they take to go up and down the mountain is 6 times faster than the normal person. Shaolin not only consists of Kung fu, but meditation and healing also.

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Tea and view from the top of ICC building on Kowloon side. 4th tallest building in the world. The ritz Carlton located on floors 103-130. Better to go there and have tea rather than pay to go all the way up to the observatory. :)

Chinese medicine store. Deer antlers for libido. That’s the only thing I know haha. #hongkonglamventures

Chinese medicine store. Deer antlers for libido. That’s the only thing I know haha. #hongkonglamventures

Hello Hong Kong! Got a little energy to venture out into Kowloon side and go up 102 floors to the Ritz Carlton at ICC building to see the amazing view. Yes I’m wearing double layered of everything and it’s 80 degrees outside. And I might look weird with my mask on. But hey! It’s worth the view! #hongkonglamventures #breakingfevers #breakingpustules #afternoonteatime #4thtallestbuildingintheworld

Hello Hong Kong! Got a little energy to venture out into Kowloon side and go up 102 floors to the Ritz Carlton at ICC building to see the amazing view. Yes I’m wearing double layered of everything and it’s 80 degrees outside. And I might look weird with my mask on. But hey! It’s worth the view! #hongkonglamventures #breakingfevers #breakingpustules #afternoonteatime #4thtallestbuildingintheworld

Oh what’s that burning sensitivity around my left abdomen and back for a few days? Then this rash yesterday! Then pustules today! #selfdiagnosedSHINGLES #T10dermatome #welcometohongkong #feverandheadaches . Fortunately connections here make things so much easier. My dad called a dermatologist at 1pm, made appointment for 430pm same day. Took one look and confirmed the diagnosis. Prescribed acyclovir 800mg 5x/day for one week with plenty of rest and water. #courtesyvisitfreeofcharge #efficiencytothemax #sorryfordisgustingphoto…. For Learning purposes.

Oh what’s that burning sensitivity around my left abdomen and back for a few days? Then this rash yesterday! Then pustules today! #selfdiagnosedSHINGLES #T10dermatome #welcometohongkong #feverandheadaches . Fortunately connections here make things so much easier. My dad called a dermatologist at 1pm, made appointment for 430pm same day. Took one look and confirmed the diagnosis. Prescribed acyclovir 800mg 5x/day for one week with plenty of rest and water. #courtesyvisitfreeofcharge #efficiencytothemax #sorryfordisgustingphoto…. For Learning purposes.

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Fly NC2014 glasses! Handmade business cards! Mariachi booth. Loma Linda crew at aafp 2014! Awesome trip guys :)

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Packed day! Jen and I received different scholarships that paid us mullah in order to come! ^_^ my award was from aafp first time awardee. Jen’s was from CAFP. Some exhibits were awesome! UTMB had a photo booth that allowed you to have a green screen change the background. That night, AAFP provided a band that played 90s music, called MY SO CALLED BAND. Music was not bad!! It was fun to just get together with other med students and shake the stress off. We also went to the gas light district where there were 2 country bands playing together. 6 guitars, 2 basses, 2 drumsets, 1 synthesizer. AMAZING. There was a drum duel!!!! My heart almost came out! It was so jaw dropping! ^_^ a great night with friends from SD- Bryan, Ashland, Shareen. And Kathryn. We found fountains! Kansas City is know for their fountains, blvds and BBQ! ^_^

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Kansas City!!!!! Nope it’s not kansas, it’s Missouri! However, thunderstorms were a happenin’… And we had to fly to Omaha to avoid the lightning! So after a delay of 2 hrs, we arrived at midnight and took a super shuttle to 816 hotel thru the rain. Josh Jen and I are here for the AAFP national conference 2014! Learning lots about finance, becoming family physicians, derm, and meeting all the residencies and getting FREE STUFF!!!!!! It’s been amazing so far. I went to a free live country concert afterwards with two great LL FMPM residents. :)

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Continual of the Amazingness. 

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Happy Sabbath! We had a wonderful home church service that featured every family being represented. It’s amazing to see the whole family united and worshiping together. Today is a day we spend in nature, admiring God’s works and creations. We drove back to Zion and got on the shuttle all the way to the top “temple of sinawana”. It’s a short little easy hike to a clearing with a pool, where the bimodal distribution (old and young), stayed to chill. The adventurous ones then set out to find the NARROWS. Hiking through water most of the time, I was very grateful for my fake keens. =) The water came up as high as my torso sometimes! But I am thankful that it wasn’t too high when we went (because of the drought). Without a permit, you are allowed to hike up to 5 miles into the narrows. I’m not sure how long we went, but we spent around 4 hrs round trip admiring the towering walls and rushing waters. Zion is indeed a sanctuary. 

Hehee get it??? HORSE SHOE BEND! 🐎#ohthethingswedotoembarassourselves #sihotanggangtozion PC: @likeabaws87

Hehee get it??? HORSE SHOE BEND! 🐎#ohthethingswedotoembarassourselves #sihotanggangtozion PC: @likeabaws87

Horse Shoe Bend! SO BEAUTIFUL! It’s just a short 1.5 mile hike down to see the majestic bend! The water is literally GREEN! AMAzing….. the rest of the pics are leftovers from the Sand Hollow Reservoir.
Theme colors for this weekend: Orange, Blue, Green. 
Every meal: Fish (ikan), Rice (Nasi), Small fish (ikan teri), mangoes, watermelon, veges. ( I LOVE IT!) 

Every morning and evening: Family worship. ^_^ What a blessing

BRYCE CANYON!!! Amazing rock formations. How did that even happen?! All the rocks are the same color in each national park, and yet, they all look different. What a sight :) #sihotanggangtozion #canyonsoncanyons #lovinggodscreations

BRYCE CANYON!!! Amazing rock formations. How did that even happen?! All the rocks are the same color in each national park, and yet, they all look different. What a sight :) #sihotanggangtozion #canyonsoncanyons #lovinggodscreations

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Woke up early this morning to go to Antelope Canyon, Page, Arizona! We reserved the 10am tour, but actually arrived at 830am! (because we were noobs and forgot Arizona is PST time, unlike Utah). But it was perfect timing because we got to jump on the 845am tour! The navajotours.com people were very good photographers! They taught us how to take pictures in the caves and even took multiple portraits for us. And they let us take as MANY pictures as we wanted! Our supposedly 1 hr tour turned into 1.5 hr almost! =) One of the tour guide’s grandmas actually found these caves that we were in! So we paid $33 for the tour. Next time, I would go at prime time. 11-1pm ish, so that we can get MAXIMAL lighting into the caves! It really makes a difference in the colors and how the pictures turn out! Also, this was upper antelope canyon. Next time we can go to the Lower antelope canyon, which would be better in the late afternoon too. It was just AMAZING to be in between the walls, where water had carved their way through, smoothening out the canyon, creating gradations of colors and textures. I absolutely LOVED the colors!!! 

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We are marching to ZION! It’s the Sihotang gang on a family trip! It took us 6.5 hrs to get to Zion National Park in Utah. In the midst of the drive, we could see the scenery change from brown, to red. We stopped by Sand Hollow Reservoir, which had “swimmer’s itch” active in its waters. That did not stop Cindy’s parents from going in though for the sake of pictures! The  ombre waters were so BEAUTIFUL! I can’t believe the orange layered rocks were carved out by water over time. AMAZING. After that, we went to Zion National Park, parked our car at the visitor center, and took the shuttle to Canyon Lodge to hike up Emerald Pools. The hike is not a bad one, just a few hours as you go up and see the lower, middle, and upper pools. I think this time when we went, there was not as much water as there usually is. The name is deceiving, as they actually don’t allow you to go into the pool, but just to see it from afar. The towering orange walls are so majestic! I’m in awe of God’s creation. It has definitely been amazing so far! The house we are staying in is near the East gate and it’s HUGE too! It can sleep 18 people for $400 a night only! What a steal! =)