Tuesday, December 22, 2015


It is over one year since I started playing pickleball at YMCA.
Pickleball is getting popular in the United States and similar to tennis, badminton, and table tennis.
Here is more information about the sport.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Jacksonville, IL

We found one of the cheapest gas in the area on the way to Saint Louis.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Flood Again

N Yorktown Rd was flooded due to the heavy rain last Tuesday.
Abby had to wait for a half hour to get the MOPS meeting.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

GEOG 108

I will teach a class called Digital Earth next spring.
I am currently redesigning contents and should be ready no later than the winter break.
Registration is open through STARS (it is listed under geography).

Monday, October 26, 2015

Deer meat

Abby cooked chili mac with ground deer Chad gave us.
It was delicious, and we could eat for two meals.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Friday, October 9, 2015

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

ILGISA Conference

I attended the conference in Springfield and made a presentation about CMV (Configurable Map Viewer).
The session went well, and there were quite a few attendees.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Family Photo in Summer, 2015

During a visit to grandparents, we asked them to take a family photo for us.

Saturday, September 5, 2015


Since I bought a smartphone, I would no longer use a 7 inch tablet.
The 4.5 inch screen smartphone seems potable and functionable.
A 11 inch netbook is more convenient when viewing and editing the projects.
Hardware is getting smaller and lighter these days.

The Crossing Preschool

Starting at August 25, Sola started going to the crossing preschool.
His class is scheduled three days a week (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday).
He was very excited to meet new teachers and friends.
This is a photo of Sola leaving the house on the first day.

Sunday, August 23, 2015


We finally updated our cell phones on August 18.
Our 2 year contract ended last May, and we had been looking for an affordable smartphone plan.
After long research, we decided to purchase prepaid phones with Verizon.
With a great coverage, it provides unlimited talk and text with 2GB data for $45 per month.
Disabling data and setting WiFi as default, we would not use much data.
A device we selected was LG Transpyre which is compatible with 4G LTE.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

City Map 2015

Lexi revised the city map I created several years ago.
The map was enclosed in today's newspaper.

Additionally, the glossy paper map was provided to the community.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Very hot

It recorded 105F heat index on Tuesday.
I felt dizzy when getting in a car.
I am glad it cooled down today.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Facebook app

When I reformatted my tablet, I decided not to install facebook app.
Therefore,  I will not check facebook as often as I used to.
But I seem to enjoy more time without facebook.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Flood around Saint Louis

2 lanes on US 67 near Alton were under water!
We visited there on the July 4th weekend.

Korean Student

We hosted a Korean student on the weekend of June 26 to 28.
Due to the rain, we could go out only Saturday.
We visited Macomb Heritage Days after Sola's gymnastics class at YMCA.
She spoke English very well and seemed to have a wonderful time with our kids.

Dine Smart

I developed a web map for restaurants with food scores in McDonough County.
It was announced on the newspaper and radio station.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


Due to the low performance,  I reformatted my tablet.
I only installed apps I really need.
My tablet now runs faster,  and I feel more relaxed without facebook app.

Sunday, June 14, 2015


I heard eggs are getting expensive due to the bird flu.
But there is a sale on eggs at Walgreens this week.
I bought two dozens of eggs today and saved lots of money!

Sunday, June 7, 2015


We managed to overwinter garlic chives inside.
And they seemed to get stronger.
Here is a photo when we first harvested today.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Jacksonville, IL

We drove to STL last week and noticed Jacksonville seems to provide the cheapest gas ($2.47 per gallon).
STL is no longer cheaper than Illinois.
I do not know the reason but guess the city would have been taking an advantage of residents during the holidays.

Google +

I finally migrated to Google + from Picasa Web Album.
Picasa Web Album had some issues loading videos (Adobe Flash Player is required).
Google + seems to run fine on mobile devices.
I think Picasa would be phased out gradually.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

ILGISA Regional Meeting

The GIS Center is hosting a ILGISA regional meeting on Thursday, May 14.
It is the first time for ILGISA to come to Western Illinois University.
The meeting is rather social networking than technical presentations.
Chad and I are excited to meet GIS users in the western Illinois region.
Detail information is listed at our website.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Short Visit to Japan Part 3

One of the main reasons for this trip was visiting Grandma's cemetery.
It has been 3 years since she passed away.
Grandma gave me lots of wonderful memories, and I miss her a lot.


He finished working at the GIS Center after his Master's degree.
He and his wife went back to South Korea for a while.
We hope to see them again.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Short Visit to Japan Part 2

Due to snow in Chicago, the airplane arrived at Narita Airport about 50 minutes late.
It was 9:20pm, and I ran to the immigration and custom with one carry-on luggage and backpack.
Fortunately, I was able to catch Narita Express 54 departing 9:44pm.

If I missed the last express train, I would not have arrived home before midnight (Narita is about 70km from the downtown Tokyo).
I needed to change to Yokosuka Line at Shinagawa Station and finally saw my family a little after 11pm.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Short Visit to Japan Part 1

I had a quick visit to Japan in the end of March.
There is a non-stop flight from Chicago to Tokyo, and I took a train from Macomb to Chicago.
The train ride was great, but it started snowing in Chicago on the day I departed.
Due to 4 to 5 inches of snow, it was hard for me to walk with carry-on bags from Union Station to CTA Clinton Station (Blue Line).
Many flights got cancelled or delayed, and there was a long line at the check-in counter and security check point.
ANA 1011 left the airport about 45 minutes late.
But a quality of customer service and meals by ANA is impressive and a seat next to me was vacant fortunately.
This photo would show how much I like Boeing 777-300ER even though it was still a long flight.

Drury Inn Fan

We still love this hotel and heard that the company does not belong to the national hotel chains.
Once experienced 5:30 kickback and hot breakfast, we have no desire to try other hotels.
Customer service is also great while staff at the brand hotels tend to be arrogant.
We strongly recommend Drury Inn.

Friday, March 20, 2015


We love this airline, especially customer service and meals.
There is a non stop flight from Chicago to Tokyo twice a day.
Check it out.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

New netbook

I wanted to have a netbook which I could easily carry.
A tablet is not convenient for my work, and the GIS Center kindly provided me a netbook.
It has Windows 8.1 with a keyboard.
And the weight is less than 1kg.
I love it!

New tablet

Abby got a new 10 inch tablet.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 was the first choice, but I found Lenovo sells a similar tablet for less.
Abby seems to enjoy the large screen a lot.

Monday, March 2, 2015

My name?

Abby's friend told her that my name is mentioned on the newspaper.


How can UPS choose this route to ship the package?
It is Amazon Prime 2 Day Service.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Vegetable Spaghetti

Hyvee sells store brand vegetable spaghetti.
It was 88 cents last week, and I bought four of them.
The pasta is made of spinach, broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, beets, and Shiitake mushrooms.
It is both delicious and healthy!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Aerial firm

We visited the aerial firm in Saint Louis to discuss the future project.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Ymca discount

Gas price dropped to $1.77 per gallon in Macomb.
Showing ymca membership,  I could get 5 cents per gallon discount.

Cheapest milk in town

Hyvee offers milk for $1.89 per gallon,  even cheaper than Aldi.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Saku - One Month

Saku is almost one month old.
He has no health concerns, and Sola is getting used to spend time with him.
I usually take Sola to YMCA when playing pickleball or exercising.
Here is a photo when we had dinner at Ponderosa.