Sunday, June 23, 2013

Dim Sum and all caught up--June 17-23, 2013

On our way  back to Hong Kong we flew through the Singapore Airport. This art piece has 1216 computer driven raindrops. The raindrops were programmed to raise and fall which created beautiful geometric images.
 As we stood and watched the display it changed from a rain storm to birds flying to a flying carpet. We were mesmerized.
 We arrived back in Hong Kong  early on the morning of June 12. We had 4 hours of sleep and then accompanied our branch to the beach for a branch activity as it was a holiday in Hong Kong (Dragon Boat Festival).
 The Filippina sisters love to Bar-B-Q. The corn is yummy!
 Anyone for fish balls?
 A big thumbs up for all the yummy food--fish, chicken kabobs and wings, and pork steak. Along with watermelon, grapes, apples, kiwis, and a salad.
Ready to head for the water.
 Saturday, June 15, was our monthly senior activity. We took a harbor junk boat cruise. This is an original junk boat that has been restored. A junk boat was used by Chinese traders. It was a rainy day.
In spite of the rain the view from the boat was beautiful.
 Picture of our apartment complex from the far side of the harbor.
<--Our apartment if right there.
This pirate ship can be chartered for $10,000 HK. We thought it would be fun but a little out of our price range.
After the cruise we went to a famous dim sum restaurant. The traditional way to serve dim sum is by cart. As the carts would come by our table, they would stop to see if we wanted any of the dim sum they had. Sister Watkins and Elder Frandsen are trying to decide what might be good.
 A cart full of wonderful desserts. After a selection is made they would stamp your meal ticket which was totaled and paid at the end of your meal.
The Bertins and Cowleys enjoyed the food.
The Treasures and Gregorys strike a pose.

Tom has been put into the Branch Presidency as the 1st counselor. He conducted for the first time and started off "Good Morning, Sisters and Brothers" and everyone immediately responded with "Good Afternoon!" Our church begins at 1 PM.

When we arrived back at the office from our trip to India and Malaysia, we found an e-mail requesting that we do an hour Power Point presentation to the new Area Presidency about what we do. We thought we had until the end of the month to get it together but then found out it had to be done by June 21. So we spent most of the week working on that. We developed 23 slides and sent it to Patrick Cheuk. He e-mailed us back and asked us to shorten it to 20 slides which we did.

Elder Gong would like us to generate a booklet identifying some of the notable sites visible from the 46th floor of the Central Plaza Building. He asked us to include some obscure facts that most Hong Kongers would not know.

We're also editing a missionary English training course for Asia that Sister Gong has been working on for a couple of months. She wants to get it out to missionaries in Hong Kong to test out before the Mission Presidents' Seminar in September.

 Elder Barry and Sister Diane Treasure are heading home. Tom helped put together another farewell song. This one was to "Oh What a Beautiful Morning" from "Oklahoma." Hopefully they can give Roy and Blanche a big hug from us as they live in the same ward. This is their third mission to Asia.
This photo shows how they created  relatively still water for the Dragon Boat Carnival races held on Saturday, June 22. Fourteen barges were parked end to end to create a lagoon. The dragon boats were paddled by a crew of 10 or 18.
The gun shot went off and the race began.
Each boat has a drummer in the front (bow) and a steerman in the back (stern). The drummer's job is to beat out the stroking rhythm to keep the paddlers synchronized. The steerman's job is  to keep the boat in his designated lane.

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