Category Archives: Seattle

Seattle Blanketed in White

Seattle Blanket in White, Jesse Tam.  The snow storm in Seattle, Bellevue and Puget Sound region caught everyone by surprise on the total amount of snow that caused several days of school closures and power outage to many areas.  Lowlands in Seattle had rain and little snow, but the city had snowplows ready to tackle the streets and hilly areas.  Seattle’s Sea-Tac Airport reported 7.1″ of snow as of 10 a.m. Monday, making it the snowiest storm since the great snow and ice storm of January, 2012.

Bellevue, Redmond and the eastside had snow levels from 8 inches to over a foot with icy road conditions up in the foothills.  Some of the families were without power for hours or several days due to fallen trees, branches and power lines down.  We were fortunate to have power with a warm house and heat, while another friend were without heat for a whole day.

Driving in this type of weather and condition would be difficult, so it was a work from home or taking a day off while the kids were home.  Schools, colleges and business closures on Monday for many due to heavy snow.  Over 150 schools canceled classes, including Seattle, Auburn, Bellevue, Bellingham, Bothell, Issaquah. Lake Washington, North Thurston, Olympia, Puyallup, and Tacoma.  It was a fun day for children and parents playing in the snow, making all types of snow creatures and sledding in the neighborhood hills or parks.
Winter Wonderland, Snow Day, Seattle/ Puget Sound Storm

Outdoor Trek, Nature’s Winter Beauty, Snow covered trees…

it was the strongest storm Seattle had seen in over five years!  It was a perfect day to take a hike in the beautiful snow. Thanks for reading  Jesse


Travel Seattle to Beijing

Travel Seattle to Beijing , Jesse Tam view of a bright and clear skies of the beautiful city and entrance to the Forbidden City.  It is recognized as one of the most important five palaces in the world. Most visitors enter the Forbidden City through Tian’anmen, the Gate of Heavenly Peace.  Through the gate, across an expansive brick-paved square, you will reach the main entrance to the palace.

  • In 1987, it was nominated as World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. The Palace Museum is a treasure house of Chinese cultural and historical relics.
  • The Forbidden City is in the very heart of Beijing, was home to 24 emperors of the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1644–1911) Dynasties.
  • Forbidden City covers an area of about 178 acres. It consists of 90 palaces and courtyards, 980 buildings and 8,704 rooms. It is enclosed by a 10 meter high defensive wall.

It is always crowded with local visitors and tourists, but worth waiting in long lines to see the amazing palace and hear the historical stories.  The best time is to visit is early in the morning when they open. Thanks for reading – Jesse Tam  Did you know there are several direct flights from Seattle…happy flying.


Dexter Station Seattle Facebook

Facebook opened the doors to their brand-new Seattle office at Dexter Station in South Lake Union. Visiting the site near Dexter and Lower Queen Anne with Jesse Tam.

Seattle South Lake Union, Jesse T

Another welcome to the job market and region with social media. It’s the new home of their Pacific Northwest engineering outpost and will be the home base for the company’s more than 1,000 employees in the region. It has room for as many as 2,000. The building is designed by Frank Gehry.

The 335,000 square-foot office space took ten months to construct and seven months to complete. It features eight fully-landscaped decks (25,000 square-feet total) with walking paths and outdoor seating. Employees will walk a four-story atrium (or take the elevator) and they’ll have amenities such as a full-service kitchen & cafe, coffee bar, gym, and bike stall parking.

Facebook may continue to grow in the region and now has a presence near Amazon headquarters and other tech startups.  Thanks for visiting, follow and share my blog.  Jesse


President to Make Historical Visit

President Obama will visit Japan later this month the White House has confirmed.  He will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima, Japan. He is attending meetings of the G7, the leaders of the world’s leading economies.  The president’s visit to Hiroshima will come toward the end of his seven-day trip to Japan.  His visit will be part of an Asian trip from May 21-28 that will also take in Vietnam.

Secretary of State John Kerry visited Hiroshima last month.   Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is scheduled to join Obama for his visit to Hiroshima.  Rhodes said Obama and the prime minister will visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, which remembers victims of the atomic bombing.

Obama wants to highlight the “devastating effects of war,” said Benjamin Rhodes, Obama’s deputy national security adviser.  You can read more on Rhodes comment in a blogposted on

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Kunming City of Eternal Spring

There are many cities to discover in Asia and this time venturing to Kunming,  City of Eternal Spring.  Jesse Tam sharing the city and culture of southern Yunnan Providence.  The modern capital city has a large student population and pleasant climate, flowers and blossoms all year leading to be known as City of Eternal Spring.  There are several flights departing Seattle with connections to Kunming from the west coast region.


It is an important southwest China transportation hub for shipping, trade and export.  The city plays a significant role for connecting Southeast Asia and China with facilitated trade with Vietnam, Tibet, Myanmar, Sichuan, India and beyond.

World Trade Center Kunming

Today it is the provincial political, economical and cultural center of Yunnan as well as the most popular tourist destination in southwest China. It’s home to numerous golf courses, restaurants serving Yunnanese cuisine and shopping areas like the Bird and Flower Market.  Enjoying a traditional meal with friends eating with our hands.

Experience a traditional meal- Jesse

Some 26 ethnic minorities such as Yi, Bai, Miao, Dai, and Hani inhabit this region with various language dialects.  Display of clothing and customs of many groups in this region.


Kunming, Yunnan

Since October 1st, 2014, the city offers 72-Hour Visa-Free Policy to facilitate passport holders of 51 countries and regions to enjoy a visa-free stay of up to 72 hours when making an international transfer via Changshui Airport.

Rare Full Moon

This December, Father Christmas will light up the skies with a full moon. The last time this occurred was in 1977.  It’s also called the full cold moon, because it occurs during the beginning of winter. Remember to watch from the skies of Seattle to New York, this rare event won’t occur again until 2034. The moon officially becomes full at 6:11 a.m.EST.  We’ll be viewing, Jesse Tam on this special event and hope for clear weather to capture the moment.

On December 25, look up at the skies and maybe you’ll get a glimpse of the full moon. The previous full moons in all of the 20th century on Christmas were in: 1901, 1920 and 1977.  That’s a long time to wait, so make sure you look up at the skies.  Don’t miss the chance to see this special event.  A bright full moon will be an added gift for the holidays..

Biggest Holiday Hires

Seattle headquarters Amazon will have the biggest holiday seasonal hires in US.Retailers act early to keep holiday shipping promises, trying to avoid another debacle  Retail customers shopping habit changed with online purchases and direct deliveries within one or two days. Some merchandise are available within the same day of purchase for those who are in a rush for items. Jesse Tam reblog Geekwire.

Amazon says it’s preparing to bring aboard as many as 100,000 seasonal-workers at its U.S. fulfillment and sorting centers this year — the latest indication that the e-commerce giant is set for a big holiday shopping season.

That’s a new record for Amazon’s seasonal hiring, up from 80,000 a year ago and 70,000 in 2013. It’s double the 50,000 seasonal workers that the company hired for the 2012 holiday shopping season.  Amazon says many of its seasonal workers go on to regular full-time positions at the company…

The news follows analyst predictions that Amazon will trounce traditional retailers such as Walmart  this holiday season with deep discounting and fast delivery.

This year’s record seasonal hiring plans come in addition to the more than 25,000 full-time workers that Amazon says it has hired for its fulfillment and sorting centers since August, to “meet customer demand and prepare for the upcoming holiday season.”

Also of note: Amazon disclosed as part of this morning’s announcement that more than 90,000 full-time employees are working in its 50 fulfillment centers and 20 sortation facilities in the country. That’s almost half of the 183,100 overall company wide employees that Amazon reported as of the end of June.

Amazon will report its third-quarter earnings on Thursday, and the addition of those 25,000 new workers since August means the company’s overall global employee count should easily surpass 200,000 workers overall.

Amazon has been adding new robots and boosting automation in its fulfillment centers, but the hiring bolsters the company’s claims that humans will remain “key to the process” of sorting, filling and shipping packages.

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$38 Billion Boeing-China Deal

The recent first U.S. visit from Chinese President Xi Jinping to Seattle resulted in a signing between Boeing and China. Seattle/Tacoma community scheduled many activities, leadership meetings and events.

$38 Billion Boeing-China Deal Includes First Facility in China                   

Posted in China Business

The sale of 300 Boeing Co.airplanes worth $38 billion sale of 300 Boeing Co. airplanes worth to Chinese firms—the largest aerospace order ever from China—was announced last week during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Boeing in Seattle. The deal also includes a plan to establish a joint venture between Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd. (COMAC) to open Boeing’s first facility in China, which will serve as a completion and delivery center for future Boeing 737 airliners. Details regarding the China facility are yet to be announced.

In the deal, Chinese airlines bought 240 airplanes, including 197 737s and 50 wide-body aircrafts. The other 60 737s were bought by leasing companies Industrial and Commercial Bank Financial Leasing Co. and China Development Bank Leasing Co.

With the expansion of both private and state-owned airlines, the Chinese commercial airplane fleet is expected to grow from 2,570 planes in 2014 to 7,210 planes in 20 years. One of Boeing’s French rivals in China, Airbus Group SE, has already established two joint venture facilities with COMAC in China, the second of which is expected to deliver its first wide-body A330 jet airliner in 2018

Seattle Fans – Seahawks Season

Century Link Field

The Seattle Seahawks sealed an extension for $87 million with Russell Wilson just prior to training camp.

Jesse Tam, it’s football season when 2500 Seahawks fans line up at The Landing  for a spot on the lawn at Seahawks Training Camp!   The first of 14 Training Camp sessions, and tickets for the event (free, but $7 to get on the bus) sold out very quickly. These lucky 12s get to watch their favorite players from perhaps the closest perspective ever; and to see them as they prepare and practice hard is a treat itself.

The Seattle fans get the red- er, blue- carpet treatment, with food-for-purchase by Metropolitan Grill, and Seahawks faves Blue Thunder, the Sea Gals, and Blitz!  It’s the start of another season of football and awaiting for the playoff with hopes to another super bowl opportunity.  Pre-season games in August increase businesses to the SODO, International district, Pioneer square restaurants and viewing facilities for the games.  Out of town visitors will make the trek across eastern Washington, Canada and Portland…to join the excitement at the stadium with the Seahawks fans.

Tourism and hotels increase revenue for the city and region with food concessions, dining, shopping.  Another anticipating year for the 12’s fan with Russell leading the way.

century link

Training Camp

Summer Travelers and Airports

Sea-Tac delta planeAirport is the fastest-growing U.S. airport among the top 20 largest, with traffic up 35 percent. Sea-Tac is Delta’s eighth-largest hub.  Alaska Air Lines and Delta Air Lines are the two primary airlines serving the greater Seattle, Tacoma and becoming a hub for international travelers from Asia.  New routes to Asia were recently added or increased to several air carriers in the region.  Summer time travelers heading to Alaska during the cruise season increases traffic and visitors to our city and airports. Jesse Tam, places to see in the northwest

Looking for a few places to see during those long layovers at the terminal?  Seattle International airport has a light rail train which you can ride to directly to downtown Seattle.  You will be in the heart of the city and no traffic congestion or delays.  Spend an hour or two in the city within walking distance to the famous outdoor Pike Place Market, shop at Nike, take a walk to the waterfront…visit the first Starbucks store and sample the fresh food and smell the flowers from local vendors.

Pike Place

Pike Place Market – fresh produce, seafood, vendors, flowers, crafts…and so much more to discover


Seattle Space Needle – Seattle Center

Ride the Big Wheel at Seattle’s Waterfront