What A Busy Holiday Break

busy holiday break

Happy new year!  Sorry to be saying that so late in the month but a mix of travel, sickness, and video work had us down for the count.  Thankfully, we’ve recovered from our busy holiday break and wanted to update everyone on what we’ve been up to.

Busy Holiday Break Hanoi Wedding

A Wedding in Hanoi, Vietnam

One of the benefits of working in the gaming industry is the paid holiday break in between Christmas and New Years.  For this year’s break, the family traveled to Vietnam to watch my brother get married in Hanoi.  We took part in the traditional tea ceremony, and sat back in awe during their wedding reception.  All I can say is, “Wow!”  If you look at the photo of us on the left, all those white circles behind us were full-size roses.  Their photo booth/stage must have had thousands of them.  The grandeur of his wedding was unlike anything we had ever seen before.

Sick In Vientiane, Laos

Busy Holiday Break LaosHaving been to Hanoi on a previous trip we also traveled to Vientiane, Laos.  Laos was great, and we really enjoyed it out there.  The city provided us with plenty of stories to write about in future posts.  However, we must have got sick before the trip because we were dying by the time we got to Laos.  The flu-like symptoms forced us to cut a few days short in an attempt to recover.  During that time we also discovered that Kairi’s a badass.  She managed to smile through being sick while I laid in bed thinking I was going to die.

Video Work In Atlanta, Georgia

Busy Holiday Break National Championship College Football PlayoffsA day after we got home, I jumped back onto a plane for Atlanta. To help film the College National Championship Game for the College Football Playoffs. I’m very thankful to have been apart of the three-man video crew covering the event. I’ve got a lot of respect for my fellow videographers Jason Huang and Enoch Lai for all the video edits they pushed throughout the weekend.  Learned a lot from the both of them.

Click on the video below to watch a recap video of all the events going on during the College Championship Weekend.

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2018’s Resolution – Video Content for Califoreigners

Thankfully,  I finally decided to move our travel videos from our personal YouTube account to our Califoreigners’ YouTube Channel.  I’m not planning to do that for all the videos, but you can watch the re-edited Greece video below.

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Re-editing the Greece video to noncopyrighted music convinced me that I don’t have the time to do this with all our videos.

As a result, we’re only going to move the travel videos with Kairi in them.  So if you’re a fan of our cinematic travel videos on our personal Youtube, be sure to subscribe and follow our social sites for Califoreigners.  We’ll have more videos coming out soon.

Busy Holiday Break flying home


That’s it for our update.  How were your holidays?  Let us know in the comment section below.

We’re looking forward to a productive 2018!  One where we can grow the blog and write some useful content for you.  Like we say at the end of every post,  please subscribe, and check out the rest of our site.

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Great read and love your editing style on the new version of the Greece video! That is how mine look in my head before I get started!

Haha Thanks! I hear you about the editing process. I think the only reason this video came out so well is because I already had the song picked before we went on the trip. That helped me figure what all I needed to shoot to create the video.

It sounds like you had a very busy and wonderful holiday season! I would love to travel to Vietnam someday… I’ve heard that is absolutely beautiful there…

Hanoi is a hectic city for sure, but once you get out to some of the sites like Ha Long Bay it’s absolutely beautiful.

Lovely post! It looks like you had a lot of fun in the holiday season inspite of being busy. Those white roses in the background look magical. Love your video on my dream destination – Greece.

Thank you. I love making those travel videos. I’m sure you’ll love Greece once you make it out there. Santorini blew us away.

Wow it looks like you had a lot of fun and kept busy! Sometimes that’s the best way to go!

Awesome post, You really had a great, busy and fun filled holiday break indeed.

Thanks for checking it out. It was one of the most eventful stretches we’ve had in a while.

That’s a lot of events! I wanna visit Vietnam too. Can you suggest a good accommodation?

Vietnam is an adventure for sure. We were kinda overwhelmed staying in the Old Quarter area of Hanoi. But I’m sure we would have loved it if we didn’t have our daughter with us. We stayed at Church Boutique Hotel Nha Tho. It was a little worn but it was right in the heart of everything. The stuff did a great job helping us if we needed anything and the breakfast was really good.

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