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Summary of my Rhine and Moselle rivers cruise
Posted:Jun 1, 2022 10:08 am
Last Updated:Jun 29, 2022 3:02 pm
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I have waited for 3.5 years finally got on board. All others also waited about 3 years because nobody predicted the pandemic spread to Europe in 2020 that kept this trip postponed. The travel agency arranged my air ticket from LAX to Amsterdam, Netherlands airport and waited for 3 hrs then went on another smaller plane to Basel, Switzerland for an hour on air. Basel is where the company's ship moored. All 143 passengers are from the USA that originally 166 people (some died). I travel solo, the Dutch woman fell down a week before Thanksgiving, so I cooked turkey dinner and delivered to her apartment. She couldn't go to this trip. I have been arranged in a single cabin.

Most of time the ship moved at night and we can go on land for city visit (museums, churches, cathedral, winery, shopping, ....). Europe streets, roads, are cobblestone paved, so you need to prepare a soft but thick pad shoes. I had blisters on my toes, ouch! it hurts. I didn't go on shore twice because my painful knee and hurting blisters. For these 15 days, no Chinese could be seen either airport, city streets, ships, ... because the lockdown and ban Chinese to travel. It is unlike I went to Australia and New Zealand in 2015 and Italy in 2018, plenty of Chinese could be seen.

Let me tell you my most enjoyment on ship is "French cuisine". Every time you sat at the table, the waiters will bring the Red wine (Pinot noir), White wine, or Pink wine for your choice. You also can ask for coffee, Coke, Diet-Coke, orange juice for your beverage. For breakfast, you can walk to the salad bar to get what you want that includes Salmon fish, a chef can prepare your egg cooking as you wish, Omelet, Sunny side up, Easy cook, vegetable, fruit, cereal, juice, milk, ... etc.

Lunch has 4 courses. Help yourself to get Salad as 1st course. The 2nd course is crab Consommé 【法】清燉肉湯 (soup) of your choice, 3rd is main course - beef, Veal loin 小牛外腰肉, pork, chicken, duck meat, Trout, Salmon, Halibut, ... The chef cook precisely tender meat. Although the quantity is small but the quality is excellent. Yummy in my tummy. If you are vegetarian, there are choice without meat. The 4 course is desert: Strawberry ice cream is always on the list but there are famous French desert Crème Brulee, can be on the list. Some boring Americans had various cheese of their choice as dessert.

Dinner has up to 6 courses. I am in heaven with dinner. Once you got the wine, the waiter will bring you Amuse-Bouche as 1st course. The 2nd is Appetizer - sometimes has Salmon Tatar/Avocado/Onions/Capers/Caviar Cream. Delicious!! The 3rd course is Intermediate Course -Truffle Risotto/Pan Seared Sea Scallops/Parsley oil. It is out of this world. The 4th course is Sherbet - Lemon Sherbet/Sparkling wine or Grape Sherbet. The 5th course is Main Course - sometimes is Foie gras, or slice of Double cut Striploin Steak/ Sause Perigord carve vegetables/port wine Shallots/ Potato macaire. The 6th course is Dessert: Sometimes can be famous Italian dessert: Tiramisu. Baked Alaska "River Splendor" Chocolate sauce/ Fruit coulis.

There are soup chef, main course chef, dessert chef, ... for their specialties.











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Rhine and Moselle rivers cruise for 15 days
Posted:May 6, 2022 8:21 am
Last Updated:May 10, 2022 3:08 pm
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My Rhine and Moselle rivers cruise will start from May 15 to May 30 that includes 6 countries (Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg, France and Belgium).

I have paid in full in Nov 2018 just when I returned from Italy. A Dutch woman who loves to travel booked this cruise trip for July 2020 Oberammergau Passion play that in every decade, such as 2010, 2020, 2030, .... This Dutch woman is very Catholic religious 84 y/o now. When she invited me to book this cruise in Nov 2018, I was still in "jet lag" from 36 days Italy trip. I didn't understand what she said on phone "Oberammergau", but I said Okay to go on the trip with her. Then Covid-19 pandemic spread to Europe, USA and to the whole world in 2020. We cancelled the trip for a year because the travel agency won't refund but only postpone the trip or give future credit voucher. By May 2021, we both received emails that travel agency postponed again to May 2022. This Dutch woman fell down a week before Thanksgiving day in 2021. She decided not to go in 2022 with me and got her travel voucher.

She called the travel agency with three-way phone conversation. I decided to go solo in 2022 and she stays in the USA for future trip.

Reminder: European countries operate on a 220 standard voltage supply, there are two associated plug types: C and F. On board our ship, there are 110 V outlets, but when traveling or staying in hotels, you will need an adapter. Please bring one with you. It has 2 round pins. Europe socket adapter is different from U.S. or Australia/New Zealand.



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CCP's 清零, 封城, 飢餓 is ridiculous
Posted:Apr 9, 2022 4:50 pm
Last Updated:May 8, 2022 6:17 pm
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清零 means "Zero Tolerance to Covid-19", 封城 means "Lockdown", and 飢餓 means "starving".

There are many weird and forceful phenomena in China that CCP control people to have Nucleic acid核酸 testing daily. People line-up with short distance, the testing persons using Q-tip into nose or throat for sample. Chinese people rush to market to buy foods in preparation of lockdown. It's easy to get containment when crowd people get together. Some elderly couldn't buy or not enough food to eat, they jumped out of tall buildings and died. The babies got Covid-19 positive and been forced to separate from their parents. Some infants separated from mom. The mom licked babies saliva so that she can go with babies to be lockdown. A nurse who had asthma and been refused to enter to her hospital without "Nucleic acid testing" and she passed away. A pregnant woman in labor stood outside of hospital and bleeding. The infant died. Many elderly couldn't get to hospital for emergency and died. Why CCP is so cruel to Chinese people? It is resemble of "Great Famine" and "Cultural Revolution" that cause 8.4 millions Chinese people died.

The truth is the Chinese vaccine is a failure. The vaccine is NOT working. CCP don't admit the fact. Nucleic acid testing can make a companu rich. CCP now send military into Shanghai to control protesting people. Why can CCP buy Pfizer vaccine or Moderna vaccine or AZ vaccine for Chinese to inject?

The lockdown will cause their economy to recession soon. China is a so-called "world factory", but people have been lockdown and couldn't go to work, no mxney to survive, no food to eat. Other providence Chinese donated truck-load food but CCP rather let those food rotten and spoiled but NOT let people eat. It is ridiculous wasting food and people starve to death. Why Chinese lives don't worth to live? Because they don't have "election", they don't "vote" for their leaders. So, CCP don't need people to vote. CCP conceal outside world news, selected news that benefit CCP, but mock USA democracy.

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Salute to President Zelenskyy
Posted:Mar 17, 2022 3:13 pm
Last Updated:Apr 18, 2022 7:51 am
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Ukraine president Zelenskyy was comedy actor is a heroic, courageous leader. He had 4 different video speeches that all the members at British Parliament, at U.S. Congress House, at Canadian Parliament and German Parliament. All the members had standing ovation and applaud. My tears rolling down my face when I heard president Zelenskyy's video address at U.S. Congress House. I know those speeches can't be heard in China or Russia or North Korea or Iran. So, this is the transcript of Mr. Zelenskyy's address at US Congress. In order to pass Chinese FriendFinder approval of this blog, I use "x" "xx" to replace certain words. Hope you will understand.

Glory to heroes. Thank you very much. Madam Speaker, members of the Congress, ladies and gentlemen, Americans, friends, I am proud to greet you from Ukraine, from our capital city of Kyiv, a city that is under missxle and airstrxkes from Russian troops every day. But it doesn’t give up, and we have not even thought about it for a second, just like many other cities and communities in our beautiful country, which found themselves in the worst wxx since World Wxx II.

I have the honor to greet you on behalf of the Ukrainian people, brave and freedom-loving people who, for eight years, have been resisting the Russian aggression, those who give their best sons and daughters to stop this full-scale Russian invasxon. Right now, the destiny of our country is being decided, the destiny of our people, whether Ukrainians will be free, whether they will be able to preserve their democracy.

Russia has attacked not just us, not just our land, not just our cities. It went on a brutal offensive against our values, basic human values. It threw tanks and planes against our freedom, against our right to live freely in our own country, choosing our own future, against our desire for happiness, against our national dreams, just like the same dreams you have, you Americans.

Just like anyone else in the United States, I remember your national memorial in Rushmore, the faces of your prominent presidents, those who laid the foundation of the United States of America as it is today: democracy, independence, freedom, and care for everyone, for every person, for everyone who works diligently, who lives honestly, who respects the law. We in Ukraine want the same for our people, all that is normal part of your own life.

Zelensky invoked American traumas to bolster his case

Ladies and gentlemen, friends, Americans, in your great history, you have pages that would allow you to understand Ukrainians, understand us now when we need you, right now. Remember Pearl Harbor, terrible morning of Dec. 7, 1941, when your sky was black from the planes attacking you. Just remember it. Remember September the 11th, a terrible day in 2001 when evil tried to turn your cities, independent territories, in battlefields, when innocent people were attacked, attacked from air, yes. Just like no one else expected it, you could not stop it.

‘I have a dream.’ A freighted request for a no-fly zone.

You know what kind of defense systems we need, S-300 and other similar systems. You know how much depends on the battlefield, on the ability to use aircraft, powerful, strong aviation to protect our people, our freedom, our land, aircraft that can help Ukraine, help Europe. And you know that they exist and you have them, but they are on earth, not in the Ukrainian sky. They do not defend our people. I have a dream. These words are known to each of you today. I can say I have a need. I need to protect our sky. I need your decision, your help, which means exactly the same, the same you feel when you hear the words, ‘I have a dream.’

Ladies and gentlemen, friends, Ukraine is grateful to the United States for its overwhelming support, for everything that your government and your people have done for us, for weapons and ammunition, for training, for finances, for leadership in the free world, which helps us to pressure the aggressor economically.

He bluntly asked for help: ‘I call on you to do more.

I am grateful to President Biden for his personal involvement, for his sincere commitment to the defense of Ukraine and democracy all over the world. I am grateful to you for the resolution which recognizes all those who commit crimes against Ukraine, against the Ukrainian people, as wxx criminals. However, now it is true in the darkest time for our country, for the whole of Europe, I call on you to do more. New packages of sanctions are needed constantly, every week, until the Russian military machine stops. Restrictions are needed for everyone on whom this unjust regime is based.


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US Constituion First Amendment
Posted:Feb 28, 2022 8:41 am
Last Updated:Mar 22, 2022 9:08 pm
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Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The First Amendment guarantees freedoms concerning religion, expression, assembly, and the right to petition. It forbids Congress from both promoting one religion over others and also restricting an individual’s religious practices. It guarantees freedom of expression by prohibiting Congress from restricting the press or the rights of individuals to speak freely. It also guarantees the right of citizens to assemble peaceably and to petition their government.

AFF denied my blog many times that violated my First Amendment Right "Freedom of Press".

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Russia attacks Ukraine, stock market tumbled
Posted:Feb 24, 2022 9:39 am
Last Updated:Mar 30, 2022 3:32 pm
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Russia attacks the Ukraine, crude oil and natural gas soars, inflation fear worsen, FOMC will raise interest and stock market tumbled. Panic sell-off. I am a BUYER. Many stocks plummeted to year-low or plunged to half even 1/3 or to capitulate level. Good stocks and bad stocks all fell down. This is the time to be greedy when everyone is fearful.

Bought good stocks: GOOGL, AMZN, TSLA, TSM, ADBE, CRM, QCOM, PANW, AVGO, and some bad stocks (for now) that fell under the water: SHOP, PYPL, ZM, GE, F-B , TEVA, ... I've c*sh account so I don't worry about "margin c*ll". I've reserve half million USD 2 own more if the situation gets worse. In long term, this current situation would be a "hiccup", a buying opportunity. Time will prove.

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Human trafficking in rural China
Posted:Feb 12, 2022 10:46 am
Last Updated:Feb 23, 2022 9:44 am
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A Chinese mother of 8 ch*ldren has chained around the neck in a small village hut sparked online outrage and discussion on human trafficking and women’s rights in rural China.

This story basically started from "1 Ch*ld policy"一孩政策 implemented in China between 80 and 20 . When they had 2nd , the fetus had to be aborted or p*y the penalty (fined). In the Chinese society, they prefer "b*", so when the baby is a g*rl, the parents might drown females at birth. The male and female ratio became huge, 20 yrs later, males have difficulty to find suitable females especially in the rural countryside area. The perpetrators go on streets to abduct ch*ldren and grabbed them into the cars. Those perpetrators then sold the ch*ldren to be beggars or men's wives. They have been tortured, abused and chained to the wall. If they escaped, soon they will be caught and brought back to beat them. Those became prisoners for family that bought them from perpetrators.

The woman who has 8 ch*ldren (7 b* and 1 g*rl) now been brought to a hospital and doctors proclaimed that woman needs a brain surgery. People suspected that woman will be erased all her memory from surgery. On internet people said there were more than but they probably been k*lled.

Those victims couldn't speak out their misery because nobody helped them and CCP allowed those perpetrators to abduct on streets and sold to be slaves or s*x slaves. The world should know the Human Trafficking and violation of Human Rights in China.

BTW, the man in the picture is NOT her h*sband, he is a reporter. The video became a big news on internet.



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Nibble some Nasdaq stocks
Posted:Jan 23, 2022 9:28 am
Last Updated:Feb 12, 2022 4:46 pm
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I have made good decision in late Feb 2020 sold a rental property in Vegas and switched the sold proceeds to my stock account and changed stock account from margin account to "c*sh" account to prevent "margin calls". So, I have had a million USD c*sh stock account with some lousy stocks and fresh new c*sh. I know "margin account" has double buying power, but with c*sh account I don't need to pay interest and know what my stock real value worth.

By March 23, 2020, stock market crashed due to Covid-19 fear spread to Europe then USA. I bought some high tech MSFT, ADBE, CRM, AMZN, GOOGL, JPM, some bio-tech REGN, MRNA, GILD (US companies), NVDA, TSM, AMD (Taiwan semiconductor) and leave alone with my loser stocks in my portfolio. By Nov 2020, I needed to buy a new car because my old car had mechanic problems. I ordered a Tesla car in Nov and waited 40 days for my Tesla to deliver. My Tesla arrived on Christmas Eve 2020. I sold some stocks with profits to p*y for Tesla car. I also bought TSLA stocks under $600, TSLA went up to $900 but I didn't sell, it dropped back to under $600, I bought more shares and started to sell from $1,000 to $1,243. I sold al* TSLA shares and gained lots of profits. I had $640K profits in 2020, I had to pay "Uncle Sam" income tax 30% bracket on April 15, 2021. Ouch!! painful that my 1/3 profits went to taxes.

I am a "swing trader" and a "market contrarian". I select the sectors I want and eliminate the sectors I dislike. As I have mentioned in my previous blogs, I owned Trillion dollar market cap companies and semiconductor companies that CEO are Taiwanese-Americans such as TSM, NVDA, AMD and XLNX. I avoid IPO stocks, Chinese stocks, Cryptocurrencies, SPAC IPO, airline companies, MEME stocks. I focus on 60 stocks I watched their news, earning reports, and current international news, pandemic spreading. I prefer U.S. high tech, software, bio-tech and Taiwanese semiconductor sector. I don't believe in Chinese government who k*lled Chinese people, spread Covid-19 to the world, concealed the bad news but exaggerated their abilities. It has more than a decade I don't care about Chinese stocks since they kicked out Google from China and let their people blind and deaf to search the world's news. If China is in 2nd place of world economy, why Xi asked "what can they do about food?" If China is rich, they can b*y from USA agriculture food and reduce the import-export tension, tariff tension in between USA and China. Easy.

There are no Chinese people vote for their leaders. Without "presidential election" CCP leaders don't care about Chinese people's lives. Deplorable Chinese people became "silent lambs". CCP control people using censorship, surveillance cameras, bribed Africa countries for votes in UN, WHO, WTO. I have mentioned many times that Mao was the #1 massacred people but his portrait picture printed on every Renminbi 人民币 currencies. Why the monster picture on Chinese bills and Tienanmen Square. Don't they know killing is wrong? Why there are more than 5.6 million world people died on Covid-19 since 2020? In USA, people lives are very important. I went to Washington DC and saw all the soldiers' names who died from Vietnam War has imprinted on a marble wall. All the near 3,000 Americans died from 9/11 in 2001 imprinted on a wall and U.S. government had to give families compensation. Why CCP concealed all the people's names and death numbers from Great Famine, Cultural Revolution, One B*by policy, Tienanmen Square massacre, organ harvesting on Falun Gong practitioners, Hong Kong protestors, and genocide on Uighurs and Muslim in Xinjiang, Mongolia, Tibet? So many corruption, bribery in CCP. U.S. president Jimmy Carter made China became rich, but not CCP.

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Social Media companies changed business names
Posted:Dec 18, 2021 5:20 am
Last Updated:Jan 22, 2022 2:16 am
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Google (GOOGL ) reinvented the way the world accesses information. The company has a whole host of apps and tools that many consumers use on a daily basis, from its search engine and Gmail to Google Drive, its file storage service. Google's parent company as Alphabet. But many people aren't aware of how the corporation ushered in this change. why the company's management decided to make the switch from Google to Alphabet? Google abruptly renamed itself Alphabet in 2015, making Google a subsidiary. As a parent company, Alphabet allowed Google to expand into domains outside of internet search and advertising to become a technology conglomerate. The company now runs a lesser risk of antitrust violations and is also better able to account for income streams from various subsidiaries.

Facebook (FB ) is changing its company name as it shifts its focus to the "metaverse" and confronts wide-ranging scrutiny of the real-world harms from its various platforms after a whistleblower leaked hundreds of internal documents. Founder Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook will change its corporate name to Meta, effectively demoting Facebook's namesake service to being just one of the company's subsidiaries, alongside Instagram and WhatsApp, rather than the overarching brand. Facebook also said in a press release that it plans to begin trading under the stock ticker "MVRS" on December 1.

Twitter (TWTR ) CEO Jack Dorsey has stepped down from his position, sources told CNBC. Dorsey was the CEO of Twitter and Square, a digital payments company. Twitter Chief Technology Officer Parag Agrawal will replace Dorsey, per The Verge.

Square Inc. (SQ), a digital payments company is renaming itself Block as it focuses on technologies like blockchain and expands beyond its original credit card reader business. Jack Dorsey’s payments giant said in an announcement the new name, effective Dec. 10, “acknowledges the company’s growth” and “creates room for further growth.”



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Billionaires are selling their stocks
Posted:Dec 9, 2021 6:48 pm
Last Updated:Dec 22, 2021 3:42 pm
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Please be aware of "Billionaires are selling their stocks to pay IRS". Elon Musk is selling Tesla stock, Jensen Huang is selling NVDA. I sold all my Tesla and NVDA stocks at high. Jeff Bezos is selling Amazon stock, I think Tim Cook will sell his AAPL stock. I sold al* my AAPL stock yesterday. I need to pay IRS too. But I still own small shares of AMZN, Google and FB.

There was a correction last week especially Nasdaq (high tech) sector. We know Elon Musk publicly said he needs to sell his TSLA to pay Uncle Sam. Those Trillion market cap stocks are at top, so those CEO's have to pay lots of taxes. The 2021 will be over soon and the tax year ends on New Year Eve.

Today, Dec 9, aftermarket, EU Commissioner, Vestager said EU is investigate 4 of U.S. successful companies, AAPL, AMZN, GOOGLE and FB. She said has a general case about Apple app store investigation. Please Google the news "EU Commissioner, Vestager" for detail.

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