May 30, 2009

Hong Kong Update

We ran into so many snags this past week it had gotten to be pretty comical. We told each other that we'd better not start something unless we were willing to have it fall apart in our hands. Well, it was funny until the boss asked us to stay over until next Thursday. Then we got pretty down, we were so close to coming home. But Mike and I refused to let this ruin any more of our lives than possible and so we picked ourselves up and we're making the best of it. We have a plan for next week and, if God is willing, we should be able to end our trip well.

So for a break we are taking today, Saturday, May 30th, and making it a holiday. The boss insisted since we had to stay over. So we found an amusement park, kind of like Michigan Adventure, with rides and a water park. The 3 office people and their families are here and then Mike and I. I was a long drive but in the end worth it, in my opinion. We are out of the other hotel for a day and seeing some new things. If you click on the link it will show you a bit;

As we were wandering around I was getting silly and saying hello to who ever stares at us for more than a second, and as a semi tall American, I get stared at a lot. It was going great, then these young people came up and for some reason I felt that they were sizing me up so I took a close up of them, it's the photo for today. Ian, they were really cool and cute and I know you're jealous. After they posed for me they asked me to pose with them and so I did, I have attached that one as well. Later, as I was walking around I ran into a snack bar that had fresh popcorn and Spencer's face spring to my mind. I bought a bag and shared it with the group, telling them that this was my number 2 son's number 1 snack.

Have a great day!

May 27, 2009

Post from Pat (via Holly)

I seem to be unable to access my blog while here in China, so thanks to my Technical Expert for helping me post this.

First off, an Anniversary Shout out is in order for Jim and Nancy. It's their Anniversary on Sunday, but with the uncertainty of how I will be feeling when I return I thought I should send this along now. Sorry, I don't have any of my stock photos on this PC. Anyway, Jim and Nancy, congratulations! You are a great couple and I hope Holly and I can do as well as long.

The trip has been interesting. It's the rainy season here and so it's been hot and rainy. Lots of flooding.

Hong Kong was good, I did manage to get to chuch Sunday morning at ECC, Funny thing was, Moody Bible College Men's Choir from Chicago was there. They did the music and the sermon. Pretty cool, but a bit disappointing. I really enjoyed the message from Pastor Jones last time and was hoping to hear him again.

Sunday afternoon we made our way to Mainland China. I had never ridden the train to cross the border, so this was a fun experience. Mike, my travelling associate, was amazed at how easy we got around. We didn't use a guide, we asked for a taxi to the station, bought our own ticket and off we went to GuangZhou station. There were a few of us foreigners on the train, but not many.

At each border crossing we have had to deal with quarantine stations to stop the movement of swine flu. I have had my temperature taken at least twice each crossing. It's a bit worrisome, you're pretty hot hauling your luggage and then here they come with a laser thermometer. So far so good. If you fail, you will be detained until they deem you to be safe. I guess it's a pretty good resort, but not my idea of fun.

More later, I need to send this off and get to breakfast. It's 6:30 AM, exactly 12 hours ahead of Grand Rapids MI.

The shot that I have included is from Victoria's Peak on Hong Kong Island. It was really wild being up inside the rain clouds. I saw several umbrella's get broken.
Have a great day!