2: I think you can see 5 of 12 pieces of our luggage- all we needed for a year overseas! | The hotel we "accidentally" landed at our 1st day (long story!), a YMCA **** hotel.
3: Our 1st ride on the "Star Ferry"- only about 30 cents for each ride across the bay.
4: Hong Kong bay
6: The world's longest outdoor escalator(?) Convenient only if going the right direction!
7: We only found this Green Tea Cheesecake this 1 time! It was SO yummy!
9: Notice the RED PacMan, & the Krispy Kreme... & a typical family-style Cantonese restaurant- very small!
11: Top of Victoria Peak up the tram. THE TOP destination for sure! Hong Kong is WOW from here!
12: Shenzhen (a small part)
13: Clockwise: Left: Our bldg at far left (Starbucks far Rt!) Above: entrance to our 1st year apt. bldg our housekeeper (Ayi), then Luke on his way home...
14: Shekou | The expat-loaded "suburban pocket" of Shenzhen
16: Our school (now 9-13's), our school bus stop (far right), and the "park" on the way home - which is a beautiful nature area, with no playground...Luke got stuck in this tree & a Chinese guy finally came around & helped him down! (I was wearing a skirt & flip-flops!)
18: View from our kitchen overlooking the subway under construction... and Nan Shan Mtn. | Looking from our balcony.
19: Looking from our balcony across the bay at the hills of the New Territories (still mainland). Below looking North into part of Shenzhen.
21: <--Our nicest beach (1.3 hr bus ride) (Above) In front of the building where I work out (3rd fl. of a grocery store!) Typical start to a day at any establishment -->
22: Hong Kong any given day...
24: Above: The "wet market" where most get produce & meat. Left: 1 of the fruit sellers we pass on our way home.
26: Happy Birthday Ian! Now eat as much pizza as you can in 5 minutes! YOU WIN!!! He was the winner!!!
27: Elliot did a good job, but didn't compete much with the teenagers. He held his own, though!
28: Fellow teachers celebrating the pizza-eating victory. The Paugh family from Alma, Co.
29: Our Starbucks language-swapping friends: Jacob, Joe, Jessica, & a 1-time attender, Ivor Rajroop.
30: MRS. K I P F E R 'S 10 YR OLDS
31: Mrs. Walker's 6's!
32: Mr. Hanson & the Tech. Team. L-R: Peter Yang, Joseph Xu, Herbert, Tim Winterfeld, & Ian. | rocks.
33: MY school picture was misplaced- not even in the yearbook:( But here I am in my first true classroom with 11 yr old choir above, 8 yr old choir left, and Luke playing while I work below.
36: Nice (tiny) hotel in Aberdeen (south part of Hong Kong Island) complete with a nice moderate-priced restaurant with good recognizable food! (& red rubber floors- can't go wrong)
39: Supposedly this great "must go" place, but super $ & too fancy for our family! Fun to check out tho'!
40: Aberdeen, HK
41: Aberdeen, Hong Kong The "other side" of Hong Kong.
42: Another HK hotel the size of my pinky; this had a strange square bathtub/ shower thing!
43: October Chinese National holiday | """Stanley" square
45: Potola Palace, Tibet | "SPLENDID CHINA" THEME PARK
50: Terracotta Warriors of Xi'an
52: Closed-Eaved Pagoda | Giant Buddha, Leshan
53: Hakka Village | Great Wall Beijing | 3 Pagodas, Dali
55: The dress of the West (west China, that is), & the "great wall of Shenzhen"
56: The Porteugese/ Chinese island where gambling is prevalent & lots of English is spoken. Below: the famous Lisboa tower. | MACAU
57: We all ended up staying at the same hotel without knowing of the others' plans! Fellow teachers: Tom & Eileen Rider (church elder) Eric & Jamie Brown
58: The Guia Fortress is a historical military fort, chapel, and lighthouse complex in the former Portuguese colony. The complex is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the Historic Centre of Macau. The complex was built upon the highest point on Macau, Guia Hill. | GUIA FORTRESS
59: Some kind of weather devices! | The fort and chapel were constructed 1622- 1638. The lighthouse was constructed 1864-1865, the first western style lighthouse in east Asia. In 1998, frescoes were uncovered in the chapel during routine conservation work, representing both western and Chinese themes. | COMPLEX
60: Still Guia complex. This was 1 of the highlights of our trip to Macau.
62: Everywhere in China are these "obstacle courses". Never playgrounds with slides like we know. More for the purpose of exercising, not fun! | These flowers are being dried to make TEA. I thought it was interesting. The cable car is common at places in HK b/c of the steep inclines. This one was connecting levels of Guia Complex.
63: "Why can we go back & play video games?"
66: Built from 1582 to 1602 by the Jesuits, it was the largest Catholic church in Asia at the time. It was destroyed by a fire during a typhoon in 1835.
67: The Ruins of St. Paul's was originally a 17th century cathedral. | The ruins were intricately carved by Japanese Christians in exile from their homeland. Resisting calls for the dangerously leaning structure to be demolished, in 1990 the ruins were excavated to study its historic past. | Numerous religious artifacts were found together with the relics of the Japanese Christian martyrs. The facade is now buttressed with concrete and steel.
69: QSI 2008 WINTER CONCERTS !
70: Top: 9 yr olds Middle: 8 & 10 yr olds Bottom: 5 yr olds Right: Middle School Choir singing "You're never fully dressed without a Smile"
73: Counter-clockwise: Chinese New Year song ELLIOT singing "Tzena" alongside Daniel Isreali Issac, Max & Tim (8's) dancing the Jig Community members at the flute & Guzhen Vyapti on "10 little angels" 6 yr olds on "Rubber Duckie" (Anya, Gabriel, Wan Yi & Charlie) Mystery teacher as "Super santa!" with 5+6's.
74: Left & Right: Garden City Mall -10 min. bus ride away. below: SeaWorld during the holidays
75: Elliot constructed this contraption to keep his head up so he'd stay awake all night to catch Santa. (Ask him if it worked!) | Our Chinese friends came over Christmas Eve for dinner & reading of the Christmas story.
76: The year of "Bakugan" & the new Marble maze, both actually good investments! And CHEESE! The 1st year, we only knew of the very expensive USA store & only bought cheese for special.
77: Winter Vacation, 2008 | SANYA, Hainan Island | The "Hawaii of China"
78: Top L: Luke's pointing to his pet crab in the little home he made for it:) Above: we took this transportation down the beach to a seafood joint (scary not knowing what we were eating!), then to a "Crystal factory, which was mainly jade & glass jewelry for sale. | Left: the boys bring their seaside treasures to mom for inspection - we only keep a portion & mom has to make sure there's not too much growth on them!
79: Left: I finally broke down & bought some purple pearls - many sellers come by in a short time! Man above: This guy caught Luke's foot with his fishing hook!!! Poor little Lukie! The guy didn't know quite what to do with us not speaking chinese!
80: Our apartment for 5 days at Sanya Bay. Plenty of space & comfort. Compressed pics, as big as they can be shown!
82: A really great restaurant where I discovered Citron Tea (yum!) Much less for "western" food than Shekou, & much appreciated! Right: not sure what it's called, but people let them fly away & they're really cool:)
83: This place was such a tourist trap. It took much time & translating to find it, & it was booth after booth of little ladies selling stuff. With a better camera, could have some cool pictures! | It's some kind of tradition to pull on people's ears as they enter! Below, ladies making things to sell... | Li Village
84: The things the boys did to manipulate this poor bird. Those pics are too junky to include! Next pages: "Pearl River Nantian Hotspring Resort" (luxury!)
87: See the Spiey Tea Pool? Yep, it had a GIANT tea-bag in the center making tea to soak in! | The "kissing fish" pool, where fish actually nibble off the dead skin! It's popular to exfoliate dead skin!
90: Blue Sky HI Hostel -10 min. walk to the beach. Everything we needed for reasonable $.
91: Da Dong Hai Bay Beach- we loved it! So did MANY others! | Don't forget the fruit-sized waves! "Jackfruit incoming!"
92: ROMA'S We mistook the menu numbers for the prices (duh) & ended up spending WAY too much on really good pizza! | These junky pictures don't do this justice. It was an amazing atmosphere. It turned out our waitress, Joy, worked at a restaurant in "SeaWorld" right next to our apt.building & knew our area very well. Small world, even not speaking much chinese! We keep in touch 2 yrs later!
94: Da dong hai Bay Beach | The ultimate sand construction project from the minds of a 6 & 10 yr old!
95: Only 642 more details...
96: My cute little beach bums...