Adventures Wherever He leads.

Shanghai, Hong Kong, and beyond… immeasurably more than all we could ask or imagine

i’m in love… March 25, 2010

Filed under: faith,life in SH — chinabean @ 6:07 am

with the cutest little girl, skylar. ^_^ I’ve been given the pleasure to get some time with Skylar: reading bed time stories, wrapping her up in a burrito, walking home from school, sitting in class with her, teaching her how to tie a bow… ^_^

she’s adorable. 🙂

I think from skylar, father is teaching me SO much about the child’s heart… how childlike we need to be to truly understand pure f8th. Children are the kingdom for a reason… he knows that.. he made them, though at times defiant and difficult, resilient and respectful. ^__^

heres some love for skylar ^_^ glad she came to visit for the week ^_^

video of our walk home together 🙂 to come…

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Google, Inc. March 23, 2010

Filed under: life in SH — chinabean @ 2:06 am

Whenever I tell people I am from Mountain View, California… the line that proceeds is usually, “Where Google began!?” and yes, it is true. where i grew up there was FREE wifi for the entire city what a beautiful idea.

So when I first heard about Google’s pull out of china, I was a bit distraught. How can that be, gmail/gchat/gvchat, is my LIFELINE… =/

And the verdict is in, Google has officially announced they have stopped censoring their search services on google.cn, all the google searches, youtube, news, blogger, gmail, the google images, everything. =P

BUT we are getting redirected to http://www.google.hk. which is  FINE by me.. and thanks to somegirlwitha.com… she’s also discovered a page that has mainland updates www.google.com/report.html

www.googleblog.blogspot.com/ew-approach-to-china-update.html

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8582233.stm

thanks, jt.

 

bisquick? pillsbury… March 22, 2010

Filed under: life in SH — chinabean @ 6:39 am

Never again. Being in china and having import things be very expensive, i realize that i could make lots of these things from scratch, thanks to recipes from bakin’ lovin’ friends! L & A thanks! 🙂

so two things ive made recently are pancakes and biscuits from scratch… 🙂

bacon, chedder, onion biscuits ^_^

with pasta salad and a fruity selection…

thanks AJ and AT for the cookie sheet and silicone baking mat!

 

shanghai expo coming in 43 days… March 18, 2010

Filed under: life in SH — chinabean @ 1:20 am

www.boston.com/shanghai_prepares_for_expo_201.html

any visitors interested?! ^__^

http://en.expo2010.cn/

Duration:
May 1 to Oct 31, 2010
Expected Visitors:
70 million
Expected Participants:
200

an artist’s rendition of the China Oriental Crown Pavilion

an artist’s rendition of the Hong Kong Pavilion

an artist’s rendition of the USA Pavilion

some others like…

^__^ so, im pretty excited for this… 🙂 need to get more tickets eventually. i got a sneak peak at the making of one of these.. pretty exciting! it’s like DISNEY WORLD, but LIFESIZE! 🙂 a theme park of each country… so if youre planning to visit, this year would be more fun than next!



 

a first last? of many, in chinar March 15, 2010

Filed under: life in SH — chinabean @ 9:50 am

what is the phrase/advice that many parents always tell their kids about strangers…?

you might think it falls along these lines… is it, “Don’t talk to strangers…? or Don’t take candy from a stranger…? Don’t open doors for strangers…?”

All of these may sound a familiar to you… and im pretty sure my parents said that to me too.. however there was always ONE that i remember my mom said to me that was out of the ordinary…

“Don’t ride on motorcycles with strangers!”

that was an advice that i recall my mom telling me when i was young.. and this past weekend, i did not follow it… probably because my mumsy wasnt here.. but at the same time, im 25, and motorcycles are a nice way of transporting from one place to another… and C was gonna do it and i was going home with her, so why not? ^_^

so we were outside ZHONGSHAN park stop and found some guys on motorcycles calling out amounts of money, C haggled for us seeing if we both of us could go on one.. but we couldnt, and managed to get each ride for 8RMB. not bad!

so, it was a nice but starting to get chilly night, i get on first, C tells me where to hold on, no helmets, and tells my guy to follow her guy.

the thrill begins… five major thoughts went through my head.

1. im gonna die

2. my shoes are gonna fall off

3. i cant feel my legs

4. we almost hit that truck

5. that was a really quick/sharp turn.

well, it was fun. and i would definitley do it again. C said i was too tense. next time, ill try to relax… she said it woulda been more fun… lol. ^_^

I found out yesterday, that if i get hurt or killed due to a Motorcycle accident, my insurance does not cover it… therefore, i am rethinking before i get on another motty.

p.s. im considering getting an electric scooter next year ^_^…

to scooter or not to scooter?? what do you think?]

oh yah. for those of you that dont know, i’ve signed on another year. update on that soon.. ^_^

 

cultures galore

Filed under: faith,life in SH — chinabean @ 8:38 am

Being in China, I definitely hit many culture shocks.. including my very own. In the states, I always thought that I was pretty “chinese.” However, coming to China, I realized I’m pretty American. I’m pretty independent, set in my ways, and feel like I have “rights” that are owed to me.  But, I can’t believe it still… no matter how much I try to figure out my identity, I just don’t fit in.

Yet, I’ve begun to grasp that though I have my US passport, our citizenship is in heaven. Paul talks about it. He talks about our citizenship being in heaven.. and E. Elliott talks about it when she said, “Heaven is not here. If it were, our hearts would settle for this life and not the next.” As well in Ecc. it says, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what Father has done from beginning to end.” oh how beautiful, that is. ^_^

I was thinking about how being in China, I have more caucasian friends than I have in the states, I have more international friends than I do in the states, and I guess that’s expected. I think I’ve been very humbled to see how much I don’t know about other cultures… and how Paul says, that we must become like the jews to win the jews… I guess that takes a lot of learning about what it means to become LIKE a “jew,” whoever the “jew” is in your life.

This post is really about how I am learning so much about other cultures, two cultures in particular. Uyghurs and Indians, mostly through food. Food is a way that culture REALLY comes alive. In the sense that it brings people together and it is a great place to begin learning about a culture.

Uyghurs: First of all, Uyghurs are a Turkic people group that live in XinJiang, the far northwest in China. According to Wikipedia, “Large diasporic communities of Uyghurs exist in the Central Asian countries of Kazakhstan,Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan. Smaller communities are found in Mongolia, Pakistan,Afghanistan, Turkey, Russia and Taoyuan County of Hunan province in south-central Mainland China.” If you want to learn more, click here.

I believe that Uyghur food is one of my favorite delights of SH. With lamb skewers, na’an, and noodles… I confess, I enjoy a glass of beer to go along with this meal, every time… SO delish!


Indian: Now, Indian culture is VERY VERY new to me. I realize I’ve never really had an Indian friend or known much about the culture. But, somehow by His gr8ce, many of my friends are really into Indian culture here in China. I have a coworker who is punjab and a Sikh. A couple of friends and I have learned how to cook some AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS Indian Cuisine. From Chanamasala to Paneer, Indian food has so much delicacies and spices that make replicating Indian cuisine quite difficult. Nonetheless, getting to know my coworker and learning about Indian culture has been quite amazing. I’ve watched some Bollywood movies, thanks to A’s collection, as well as C walking me through the story lines, they have been REALLY enjoyable, a bit cheesy at times, but overall I’ve enjoyed.

Learning to be like the “jews” regardless of how much you know about the “jews…” is so enjoyable…

THANK YOU FATHER for such a blssed life!

nameste!

 

His word in my heart

Filed under: faith — chinabean @ 2:44 am

for my accountability group with p.co, we decided to memorize verses together.. and MAN, is it hard. =( here’s the next one we are working on… Father definitely knew what he was talking about when he said that we must hide his words in our hearts, so that we may not sin against him… and also to be  ready in and outta season to share the goodnews in which we believe.

罗马书 6:23

因 为 罪 的 工  价 乃 是 死;

惟有  神  的恩赐,

yin1weizhui4degong1jia4nai3shi4si3 ;

weiyou3 shen2de en1ci

在  我们的 主 基督耶稣  里乃是   永生

zai4women3dezhu3 ji1du1 ye1su1 li  nai3 shi4 yong3sheng1

I have been learning how important it is for me to learn chinese well.. especially as i witness and share and train up local believers… 🙂 there are a few PR request that i have specifically for YP (my hair dresser) and my TA: NL. I’m gonna use initials in case i ever do get in trouble ^_^ haha.. 🙂 so yes, i will be starting a one on one BS with both of them, separately. 🙂 We’re gonna read through the good news book John since i found some in CH & EN while i was in HK… its pretty exciting, its DISCIP1Eship training of women, my FAV! ^__^ thanks, father, you are SO good!!