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Our 2018 Blog ⇔ (Clicking on photos reveals the entire caption and often makes pictures bigger)
Jan-Dec (click here for Jan-Dec 2017)
Feb 28, 2018
We returned to Hong Kong from Thailand just minutes before February ran out. Our work-related conference went very well, and though it is exhausting it is always a highlight of our year. I’ll try to bring you up to date with some photos.
Happy Chinese New Year! This is the “year of the dog” so there are lots of cute decorations. My favorite (of course) is the ones on my own door, which feature our grandchildren, but “second favorite” would be anything that features my favorite beagle: Snoopy!
On Feb 2-3, I attended the Global Leadership Summit in Hong Kong for the third time. It is always an encouraging and challenging time hear from key international leaders.
On several days in early Feb, this cute Subaru was parked outside our HK apartment. It really reminds me of the VW van my grandpa drove when I was a kid! What a cool vehicle.
With the holidays come lots of crowds. It took over 30 minutes to get onto the subway here, in what normally takes just minutes. “Welcome to Hong Kong at Chinese New Year!”
Among our many preparations for the conference in Thailand, Vivian decided to create a way for attendees to help us add names to “group photos” from past conferences. Many participated, including Peter–our main speaker and former Director!
In early February we celebrated the third anniversary of the announcement that I would soon start to lead this charity in HK. (It would be a month later before we were allowed to tell others, but we quickly learned that this move would radically change our lives.) The bottom photo shows a rare, quiet dinner our first night in Thailand–before everyone else started to join us.
We’ve held the annual conference in many places, but none are as popular at this beach-front resort in Hua Hin Thailand. It is much less expensive than anything in Hong Kong, and our workers love the beach and pool–and who could blame them!
No, I don’t own a drone, but I can take a photo of photos on the wall!
Many Chinese people love to share “food photos” whenever they go on vacation. This is actually the only one I took, just to remember how delicious the salads and fruit were at our conference.
The hotel complex is very nice. Few people there speak English or Chinese, but we manage to communicate. And of course the main reason we are there is to be with colleagues and hold meetings that encourage and challenge us in the work we do.
I led a few of the meetings myself, and even got the chance to share some of my songs. Many attendees expressed appreciation for both.
On Feb 28, it was finally time to take the bus to Bangkok and fly to HK. The map shows where we met (just below the blue dot). The sign was posted at the bus station to remind non-citizens (esp the many retirees who have moved to Thailand) of immigration rules, including the need to report-in every 90 days and also report any trips outside the province they live in. They are also not allowed to work, taking jobs from Thai people. Frankly, I think these rules make sense; every country has the responsibility to protect its citizens and know the whereabouts of visitors.
Vivian snapped this pretty morning photo of the beach “in town” where we stayed for two days after conference (it was cheaper!). We will look forward to returning to Hua Hin next year as well.
I’ll close with three more photos, without captions. But you can read my thoughts about these shells in a new article called “Some Thoughts from the Beach.”
Jan 29, 2018
Once again I’ve put off adding my first comments of the month until the last few days. So, how has 2018 started? I’m too busy to blog, but that goes without saying. Though I don’t like to say much about my HK job on my website, “work” has had it’s ups and downs; the best news is that we finally welcomed two new Directors to our Board, after searching for a year. We are grateful for this needed addition. Both men are old friends, so you can see one (a decade ago) on the photo-page I added during this month: the DaQin post shows photos of a Chinese pagoda and historical stone tablet that have been around for 1400 years. (The post’s content was mostly copied from my old website, but I’m grateful for every “bit” of www.krigline.com that moves to this WordPress replacement site.) Below, you’ll also see that our daughter sent cute photos of the grandchildren. Here in HK it has been cool and it has rained some, both inside and out (picture below). We are ten working days from our trip to Thailand to lead a work-related conference and orientation (hence the lack of time, right?). And finally, Chinese New Year will take place while we are abroad. In other words, in spite of my long hours, there hasn’t been much to blog about; nonetheless, I’ll post a few photos anyway to let you know we are still here, and we’re grateful for all who try to keep up with us online.
The Christmas decorations have (mostly) disappeared, and beautiful spring colors have started to appear in anticipation of “Spring Festival” (or Chinese New Year).
I asked our daughter to send photos of the grandkids, so I can make them into “couplets” to decorate our door, and she took some nice ones!
It doesn’t rain much in HK, and that’s good because two windows in our “new” apartment leak! A guy came to try to re-seal them once, but obviously more work needs to be done.
On Jan 21, HK held one of its annual marathons. This one had over 62,000 runners. (Curious, I just learned that there are only 17,000 people in my home town!) Here’s the view from our apartment window, which is as close as I care to be. Three runners are in critical condition after the race–all over 50 like me. I don’t participate in such dangerous sports at my age.
Every once in a while I take a snapshot of ‘the people’ here, just to remind myself I live in a terribly over-crowded city. Heading toward a mall, I’d walked through a dense crowd for over five minutes before arriving at this three-lane escalator, which had all three lanes packed. Such scenes were never part of my American lifestyle.
Walking from a meeting in TST (downtown, Kowloon side), I bumped into an old friend: Charlie Brown! Apparently he has opened a cafe here in HK. I didn’t have time to taste his cooking, but going back there is on my “to do” list.
(click here for Jan-Dec 2017 blog)
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