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My Son Brian’s Wedding

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A big congratulation to my son Brian, who got married in July to a beautiful young lady named Sooyun Hong. The wedding took place at The Castle on the Hudson in New York. The venue and the wedding were beautiful. The rehearsal took place back in Brian’s apartment the night before the wedding. We all went out to a nice Italian Restaurant around the neighborhood for dinner after the rehearsals.

At the rehearsals, Brian and Sooyun served us drinks and snacks. One of the drinks had a strawberry it in and a little bit of alcohol it in it. My husband, Henry, was holding our grandson, Joshua, so I wanted to give Joshua the strawberry. As I tried to pick up the strawberry from my drink, Henry started lecturing me about the alcohol in it, but I just wanted to give him the strawberry, the little alcohol in the drink will not matter that much. Joshua could not understand Chinese, but he could probably understand what was going on from Henry’s tone and expressions. When Henry finished talking, Joshua was trying to make a statement to Henry saying “it’s just a strawberry”, thinking what was the big deal about this strawberry? So I gave him the strawberry, his face was filled with agony and his shoulders were shivering after he tasted it. I wished I had my camera ready to capture his expression. Just a moment ago, he contested his grandpa, but now he knew that the strawberry tasted different. He was very cute.

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We were in NYC a couple weeks ago.  We attended a chemical trade show in NJ and for the MNN TV show taping. We also spent one day with our grandson Joshua. He has grown a lot and makes some … Continue reading

Christmas with Joshua

I know we’re already into 2012, but I wanted to share a little bit about our Christmas this year.

Whether Christian or not, Christmas is a holiday that brings people together all around the world.  It’s a season where people can put aside all their differences and can come together to celebrate.

One of the best places to spend Christmas is in New York City.  Although it can get extremely crowded, the crowds give so much energy to the city.  Plus there are the wonderful smells of pretzels and nuts and there are lights and decorated windows.

We spent Christmas in NYC this year and spent some time with our grandson Joshua. We stayed with my son Brian in midtown Manhattan in his new apartment.  On Christmas Eve, Alan dropped off Joshua to us because he was going to watch a football game between the Jets and Giants.

We were looking forward to spending the day with our grandson while we were in NY.  To pass some time, we took him to the Bus Terminal on 40th Street and 8th Avenue because there was a large area where he could run and play safely.

He had such a great time.  First, he experimented with the escalator. It was amazing to him since it would take him up and down without him walking. After a few tries, he started to like it and smile.

Second we went in to an Arcade. He was overwhelmed by the noise, the light and the motion of the machines. He was scared but I took his hand and I touched the machines myself to show him they do not bite.  When he got used to the environment, he was excited and tried to play with every game.

Then we went in to the bowling place. There were families with children playing. He watched them play for a while and decided it was his turn. He went to pick up a bowling ball from the rack but couldn’t take it off.  He used his full strength and even lifted his little feet but he still couldn’t get the ball off the rack. He tried the get the ball next to it, but because the other ball rolled, the impact hurt his little hand. He rubbed it a little and continued to try. Finally he recognized he couldn’t do it and he gave up.

After all this excitement, he was very tired. He fell asleep on the way home.

Born In China

           I was born in China at the end of World War 2. Soon after I was born, the Civil War started between two political parties – the Communist and the Nationalist party. Our family escaped to Hong Kong in 1949 right before the Communist took over China.
           We were the only family to have escaped to Hong Kong from both sides of my parent’s families. I was only about 4 to 5 years old at the time and do not remember the journey to Hong Kong. My early childhood memories about our family were from my mother.
           Hong Kong was occupied by the British. People who were afraid of the Communist fled to Hong Kong, but not everybody wanted to go or could go. In that time, Hong Kong was an undeveloped place and Shanghai was well developed and prospering as many other provinces in China. A lot of people did not believe the Communist Party would take over China and some of them were hoping a different Government would bring people better lives. However, for most of the rich people, as long as they did not get involved with the politics, lived their lives without much change. Also people who had money did not want to leave China and leave their wealth behind. That was some of the situations during that period of time, according to my mother.
           My mother’s side of the family fell into the category of people that did not want to leave. My uncles were bankers and importers and married to prominent families. My Aunts were married to medical doctors. They stayed behind and did not want to leave. Later on they were tortured and sent far away to revolution labor camps. They suffered a lot and their children did not have a fair chance for education. My brother, sister and I had a chance to visit them in 1989 right before the Tiananmen square incident. One of our uncles, who was an importer, was still alive then. He used English to carry a conversation with us. Amazingly, after all these years, he did not forget the language. We got a chance to meet our uncle and some of our cousins and their children whom we never met. It was a happy time for all of us.
           As I’ve discussed previously, the reason we got the opportunity to escape to Hong Kong was because my father was a high ranking officer in the Republic of China. We previously had the choice to retreat with the Government. My parents could choose to go to Taiwan or stay in Hong Kong. They chose to stay in Hong Kong.
           Hong Kong’s official language is Cantonese. Although the dialect is a form of Chinese, for someone from other provinces the language is totally foreign to them. Fortunately written Chinese is the same so at least they can communicate in writing in the beginning. Like a first generation immigrant struggling to perfect English, they eventually learned Cantonese, but it was never perfect. Just like me.
           When we got to Hong Kong, my parents did not have money, did not speak the local dialect (Cantonese), did not have a place to stay and did not have a job. I was too young to know all of this but as I grew older, I knew we were poor. But the poorness did not bother me at all because my mother came from a well set family. She taught us the value of life and that money is not the whole matter of our lives. Your character is much more important. We did not have many material things while we were growing up but now, my 8 brothers and sisters and I are doing well with our lives.

Dreams with God

           “Are you doing what you were created to do? What can you DREAM of doing that would get you out of bed in the morning and keep you awake at night?” Dr. Myra Perine
           Every summer, our church invites famous speakers within the U.S. and sometimes from around the world. This is good to give the congregation a chance to hear other pastor’s insight and to give our pastor a break. It is very hard to preach Sunday after Sunday all year long.
           One such speaker was Dr. Myra Perrine – a famous Author, Life Coach and Church Resource Minister.
She told us that dreams help you discover your inner compass and can also provide a picture of your future that you want. Dreams are treasures. They can show your life as it is or as it could be. Of course, she also reminded us that dreams can come with a price. It will cost you to take risks you need to take. Often, sacrifice and pain cannot be avoided to fulfill your dreams.
           I think whether you are a Christian or not, the successful processing of dreams are the same. The only difference is a Christian will often look to and rely on God to restore them in the midst of difficulties.
           Dreams with God have many benefits. Along the way, He will be our helper and sometimes He takes our burdens away. Many people succeed without God’s help. But many of them are very lonely after they reach the top of the mountain. Some of them even destroy their lives as well as their families.
           Dream with an unselfish motivation and succeed with a blessing to the world as well as in Heaven. That will be the greatest fulfillment.

Henry’s Guyana Trip Part III (Final)

Here is a continuation of my husband’s trip to Guyana last summer:
          The second day, more people came. That brought the total number of people attending the workshop to ten. I was told this was much less than the number of people that said they would come, but it was still a record number of people attending a training class in the community. I spent a little time to go over the initiation phase with the newcomers just as I did on the first day. They worked together to start making the shampoo while the first day attendees finished the shampoo they had started with a day before. The second group did not finish the shampoo making as expected, but was able to observe the second day process from the first group. One of the second group attendees took the partially finished shampoo home to finish it on his own time.
           We all made Crabwood oil cream and lotion after lunch. Again, I divided the people into two groups. One started with making lotion while the other group made cream. Once each group had completed their assignment, they cleaned their mixing container and were eagerly ready for a new assignment in the later afternoon. The group who made lotion earlier was working together to make cream and vice versa. Each person took turns handling the weighing of the chemicals, heating and mixing. This actual hands-on batch making experience is very important; each person not only observed and felt the congealing phenomenon in an emulsion system twice, they were able to observe the other group’s process in re-confirming their learning.
           We completed the training on the second day in the late afternoon. Each person who participated in this workshop had the opportunity to make a batch of shampoo, (second group completed the first phase only), and a batch of cream and a batch of lotion. Each took some sample of what they made home; and each could proudly proclaim “I made these’ as Annie did with her cream and lotion at the seminar. I gave each lady who came for the training a baseball cap and a Blistex lip balm as to represent their “certification of completion”.
           I was supposed to be in Georgetown, on Friday but stayed in the forest for one more day. I visited the shells beach after lunch. It was the first time I was physically out of Greg’s home in about a week. We visited a family in the beach community. This family is responsible for protecting the leatherback turtles as they came in laying eggs on the beach each year. Interestingly, we met a young volunteer from Germany who has been living with this family for about four months in helping this community building an internet site to reach out to the outside world about their mission.
           I wished I had more time to visit other families in the Three Brother Community; especially those that came for the workshop.
           On Monday August 29, 2011, I said goodbye to Georgetown, Guyana; – a beautiful country with many waters – and returned home in the United States. It was a great experience for me to work with people in a community so far away. I pray for this beautiful country, the community people, and the success of their new businesses.

Henry’s Guyana Trip – In Pictures!

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