|Getting ready to blow out the candle at my birthday brunch|
Top 10 Memories
of My First 10 Years
(in no particular order)
1) Yosemite National Park
This is a memory I vaguely remember because I was so young (2 months old). But what I do remember was that I had a great time, and that I also got a black bear stuffie which is now known as my special Yosemite Bear. This was my first time experiencing a national park, too.
2) Muir Woods
What I love about Muir Woods isn't just the extremely tall coast redwoods or the superbly thick Giant Sequoia trees, it's the beauty of the scenery. One hike I would recommend would be from all the way from the deep valley of Muir Woods, to the summit of Mount Tamalpais. I have done this with my father before, and it is truly spectacular. My brother got a bear stuffie there, which is now named Muir Bear.
3) South Lake Tahoe
If you like scenery A LOT, then go to South Lake Tahoe. Even better, check out the gondola which has a breathtaking view of the lake and the other snowy mountains. And when I go to Lake Tahoe, I go to snowboarding lessons, and now I'm really good at it. A few months ago, I decided to go snowshoeing with my father and his co-workers, and when I reached the top of the mountain I was speechless for a few seconds. My other hikes were nothing compared to this!
The first time I was in a place that was not in the U.S was Taiwan. There were many fun adventures there, such as a huge aquarium full of fish, a shaky high suspension footbridge, and the most epic (and complex) water park I've ever been to. But my favorite was the tallest skyscraper in the world at the time (but now it's the second): Taipei 101. I can't wait to visit the Beautiful Island again.
5) The Birth of My Little Brother
Even before Nolan was born, and he was still in my mom's stomach, I was so happy to become the "big brother!" I was in kindergarten at the time, but this fall, he'll be the one in kinder! Nolan is really fun and cuddly but he can also be annoying, like when he loses toys. Nolan has came a long way since he was born.
6) Niagara Falls
When I lived in Cleveland, my family took a road trip to Niagara Falls. When we arrived, there were three waterfalls: Bridalveil Falls, the thinnest, American Falls, the rockiest, and Horseshoe Falls, which had water flowing from all around. There was so much water all around that it sprayed us! On that trip, we also explored Toronto, too.
7) Meeting Isaac
My best friend is Isaac, who used to be my neighbor before we moved away. We still visit each other and have sleepovers. One thing we like to do a lot is scooter together and try some cool tricks. In fact, we both learned how to do ollies by ourselves!
8) Seamus Memorial
Isaac had three dogs: Milo, a Welsh Terrier, Clara, a West Highland White Terrier, and Seamus, a Miniature Schnauzer. Sadly, Seamus was a rescued dog, and had a brain tumor. Even worse, he later had to be put to sleep so he wouldn't feel any pain. When Isaac called me to tell me the sad news, it was one of the most tragic moments of my life. Milo is 13, but sadly, is afraid to walk down the stairs. Fortunately, Clara is in great shape. I will remember Seamus. He was a great puppy to be with.
Another dog I love is my aunt's Chihuahua. He is named Remy (aka Rems or Rem). Sometimes I call him Remy Chiu Huahua or Mr. Huahua. He was a rescued dog that has some serious health problems, but has had his 1st birthday already, and is in good shape. What I really like about him is that if you start to run, then he'll run after you, and chase you! He even has his own song created by me and my brother, Nolan.
10) Nolan's Allergic Reaction
One of the most scariest moments of my life was when Nolan accidentally ate peanut butter. When I got home from school, Nolan had thrown up a few times and was in the bathtub getting cleaned up. We had to go to Urgent Care, and then to Stanford Hospital's Emergency Room. He ended up OK, but this is what really creeped me out, if Nolan wouldn't have had the treatment he received, he would've died. But he didn't, and that's the good news.