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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 1:52 am
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Lief Johansson, the Chairman of Ericsson, looks like a big guy. Just compare his height when he was standing next to Yao Ming.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 8:37 am
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People/fans in China had been wondering/speculating why Yao Ming had to apply for leave of absence from his Shanghai Jiaotong University studies and went back to Houston.

[b]I think I have found out the REASON WHY.

It was for both PRIVATE and DIPLOMATIC reason.[/b]


[color=darkred]We all remembered that back in December 2011, Yao Ming was appointed Vice Chairman and Honorary Ambassador of the newly established Shanghai Public Diplomacy Association, a pseudo-governmental unit under the [b]Shanghai Committee of Chinese People


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 10:07 pm
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So the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference had come to a successful closure on April 4.

But Yao Ming stayed behind, and was in Sanya yesterday.

He was seen at the Grand Opening of Hainan Rendez-vous (HRV),
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 10:28 pm
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Yao Ming was not there at the 2012 Hainan Rendezvous to shop around for his car, or his yacht or his business jet, or for watching beautiful and sexy car models and bikini girls.

He was there for a mission. He was there as a travelling salesman to promote his Yao Family Wines.

Pernod Ricard (China), Yao Family Wines sole and exclusive importer and distributor, was one of the many sponsors of 2012 Hainan Rendezvous.

So Big Yao just made full use of this opportunity to be there to tour the exhibition, do some networking/socializing activities with the many millionaires/billionaires at the exhibition, as well as promoting his wine.

He was seen here last night in a gala dinner where Yao Family Wine was on the wine list and served during dinner.

And this afternoon (April 6), there will be a specific luncheon thrown for selective celebrities/multi-millionaires for trying/tasting Yao's Cabernet Sauvignon 2009.

I'll see if any news coverage/photos from that luncheon available in the news/Internet later.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 1:11 am
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pryuen wrote:


And this afternoon (April 6), there will be a specific luncheon thrown for selective celebrities/multi-millionaires for trying/tasting Yao's Cabernet Sauvignon 2009.

I'll see if any news coverage/photos from that luncheon available in the news/Internet later.


It seemed like Yao Ming left it to his team, and did not appear in that luncheon specially arranged for selective celebrities/multi-millionaires, and he left Sanya around 12:30 pm time for Guangzhou.

He had another event that he MUST show up tonight in Dongguan.

2 photos of him boarding a China Southern Airlines plane at the Sanya Phoenix International Airport.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 5:41 pm
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pryuen wrote:
He had another event that he MUST show up tonight in Dongguan.



And that event was Yao Ming had to attend the retirement ceremony of his long term national team mate Du Feng.

After a glorious 14 year CBA career, Du Feng is officially retiring, after winning 7 CBA championship rings. He is to take up as the assistant coach for interior players for the national team for this summer's 2012 London Olympic.

So on April 6, there was this ceremony held in Dongguan where the Guangdong team played a 30-minute exhibition game with Du Feng's selected friends, all national team mates or CBA stars.


Mengke Bateer was the head coach while Yao Ming was the assistant coach for the Du Feng's Buddies.

Here are some photos at the event.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 1:22 pm
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pryuen wrote:
pryuen wrote:
He had another event that he MUST show up tonight in Dongguan.



And that event was Yao Ming had to attend the retirement ceremony of his long term national team mate Du Feng.

After a glorious 14 year CBA career, Du Feng is officially retiring, after winning 7 CBA championship rings. He is to take up as the assistant coach for interior players for the national team for this summer's 2012 London Olympic.

So on April 6, there was this ceremony held in Dongguan where the Guangdong team played a 30-minute exhibition game with Du Feng's selected friends, all national team mates or CBA stars.


Mengke Bateer was the head coach while Yao Ming was the assistant coach for the Du Feng's Buddies.

Here are some photos at the event.


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lmao wang zi zi this guy still balling? hahaha


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 9:34 am
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It is the Olympic Year.

Also the 2012 Formula One Chinese Grand Prix will be held in Shanghai from April 13 ~ 15.


Jeremy Hunt, the UK Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media, and Sport, in Britain's worldwide launching roadshow of its GREAT campaign to promote the 2012 London Olympics was with his delegation in Shanghai.

Last night (Wednesday, April 11), the British Consulate-General Shanghai organized a charity gala dinner on a cruise boat Oriental Pearl touring the Huangpu River, launching the GREAT campaign.

http://ukinnl.fco.gov.uk/en/news/?view= ... =752000582

The cruise was attended by local celebrities and 150 business and political guests, including Zhao Wen, Deputy Mayor of Shanghai (in charge of sports), Sebastian Wood, UK Ambassador to People's Republic of China , and Lewis Hamilton of McLaren race team, the 2008 F1 World Champion.

Yao Ming and Ye Li also attended the charity gala dinner, probably in his capacity as the Deputy Chairman of the Shanghai Public Diplomacy Association, or simply, the icon of Chinese sports.


Here are photos of Yao Ming arriving at the gala dinner, greeting and casually chatting with Lewis Hamilton.



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 1:42 pm
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damn, pryuen..the pet name u gave yao sure does fit him. BIG YAO! Dude let himself go, fat and out of shape smh. With all that free time being retired, he could sure go on the treadmill more often..early 30's and early signs of obesity, not a good role model for young kids.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 2:15 pm
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Yao is heavier than when he was a NBAers, as do 95% of the retired ballers.
    Michael Jordan,
    Jerry West,
    Charles Barkley,
    Magic Johnson,
    Shaq O'Neil
    Karl Malone
    Jerry Sloan
    Patrick Ewing
    John Stark
    Hakeem Olajuwan
    Avidas Sabonis
    Jamal Wilkes
    James Worthy
the only retired baller who hasn't gained weight is the string bean Reggie Miller

anyway, the heavier Yao is not fat; this porker, Han Dejun of China's national team, is fat

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