..hey, again, guys. I made it here and still surviving... Well, i've got 5 comments so far on my 1st few hrs of my stay in Beijing: 1. The people are truly passionate and love their country..i took the subway earlier on, and i saw people with Chinese flags being temporarily tattoed on their cheeks, arms...and carrying miniature Chinese flag...really cool! 2. A lot of people, everywhere, and most of them are young folks.. 3. The subway system reminds me a bit of S'pore's MRT subway system. 4. The new airport (terminal 3) is marvelous! Humongous. The transport train system reminds me of KLIA, in M'sia & Chek Lap Kok airport in HK. 5. And last, yes, the smog....is real....as i'm still sniffing the smell of it through my room... :cry: (boy, i was out & about this evening, and i definitely couldn't see the sky. It was pure smog and a nightmare to smell the air, to be frank). I really couldn't imagine what those athletes (track & field runners will feel when they run)...If anything, IMO, this smog issue could be the achilles heel of this yr's Olympics.. In all, i'm still trying to come to my senses that i'm actually in China!.. Oh, btw, wasn't able to see the Opening Day matches but was able to meet with Fengwei at the conclusion of the evening matches. Then we went out to grab a quick dinner. We were the only ones who spoke in English (in the whole food court) and boy, did we talk quite loudly, as well. Yes, he took some pics of the 1st Day events. Hope he'll post them soon. And pictures will come in a bit while.... okay, that's all for now as i'm really out of energy...will share a bit tomorrow..