Family Life, Travel

Boston Day 5 — Pianos and gymnastics

It was pouring rain here all night and it rained almost all day too!

This morning I was greeted by my baby nephew, who likes to follow me around. He is like a little cute puppy. So darling!


Leslie and I headed to another piano store to check out pianos again.


They took us behind the scenes to show how they refurbish pianos.


They take out big chunks of the piano innards.


Then we headed to a stringed instrument store to repair her son’s cello string. Lots of stringed instruments there!


Headed home, did homework, cooked dinner. Then we headed out to see my niece do gymnastics. I tried out my sister’s Sony A9000 camera, which has a 300mm zoom. Not bad! We were like 40 feet away or something… (I’m bad with distances).


My sister has never shot manual before so I tried out the manual mode and was really impressed at what good pictures the camera too! This was florescent white balance, ISO 3200, 1/200 shutter speed, and f 4.5.


Of course the camera is impressive, but even more so is my niece. I can’t figure out how to embed video in my blog, which is a bummer because I got some cool video clips.

I think you have to have a lot of guts to do gymnastics. She is doing Level 10 stuff, which is like the highest level you can go. I am so amazed.



Meanwhile, baby and I hung out. He likes to take selfies and smiles when he sees himself in the phone. Hee hee, he’s such cute stuff.


He is very fascinated by phones and always tries to grab them when he sees them.


I have noticed the past two days he has started making noises. When I first came this week, he would just sit and crawl around in silence. But these two days he has started making cooing and babbling sounds. It even sounds like he says “dada” sometimes! So fun to see him develop before my eyes!

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  • Reply Leslie

    That piano covered in newspaper was a Steinway, I think. 6’4″ or larger? I can’t remember. Also, the camera is a Sony A6000 (not A9000, that doesn’t exist). It has a 200 mm lens but with the 1.6 crop factor that would be 320 mm equivalent.

    May 28, 2014 at 8:28 pm
    • Reply Angela Yee

      Oops, thanks for clarifying! 🙂

      May 29, 2014 at 1:04 pm
  • Reply Glen Nielsen

    Holy smokes! Is your niece Olympic caliber??? That gym looks pretty impressive … Great mix of stories! Keep em coming!

    May 29, 2014 at 12:12 am
  • Reply Carmen Lin

    Xavier has certainly come a long way from last year when I fist saw him, @ a week after birth.

    May 30, 2014 at 9:24 pm
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