Posted on March 6, 2014
It’s my birthday March 7th! The biggest gift is that I get to go home to my family! Well not really, I have a pit stop at Carson for the Rubber Stamp show in California then I get to go home to my family! Today is travel day. I am leaving now at 5am to Hong Kong and should arrive by 9am then catch the noon flight to San Francisco… the USA!!!! Oh sweet Lord! I can’t wait to see signs and hear music I can understand. I have LOVED visiting China and its people. I have enjoyed meeting you, connecting with you and praying for you but I am eager to see my beautiful wife and boys!
Now for some Tea!
Its all quite new to me and very interesting… You first start off by heating your water.
It has to be boiling hot!
pour the hot water over and in your tea pot and dishes to sterilize them.
Brake off some of the tea from your tea cake and add to your adorable tea pot.
You then add the boiling hot water to your tea pot close the lid and add boiling hot water to the outside of your tea pot again. This is all to clean your pot and dishes before you enjoy your tea.
You then strain your tea and wash the outside of your strainer with the brand new tea you just made. This is to remove any dust your tea may have in its first brew as well as clean your dishes and sterilize them again.
You then dump the sterilized tea over your pot and proceed to rinsing your cups with it as well.
You would rinse them with the same hot water then with the first tea batch. Once you have completely soaked them on all sides in the hot tea water, you dump the tea and add new water to your tea pot.
You strain it one more time, you are now ready to serve your self a tea cup and enjoy!
It seems like such a long process but so peaceful and coming. It’s the best way I have ever had tea. You better believe I am taking home a little starter set!
Once again THANK YOU, today I celebrate my 36th Birthday from the skies and head back home! See you in the USA!!!! May God bless our journey home and may he bless the people of China. Although most of the populations is atheist, I know that our God has a plan and that He will cover the earth with His glory! God Bless the people of China and God Bless the USA!
Traveling back to Shangri-La! I have been in the airport most of the day as we took the 4 hour plane ride to Shangri-La! It has been a crazy last few days but I am sure glad to be heading to warmer temperatures and then home!
The plane does a stop for 45 min to re-fuel and pick up new passengers!
Loved the view of the fisher men boats and the containers getting ready to ship all over the world.
Once we landed in Shangri-La I met this cool man who carved stamps out of stone… Great piece to take back home.
Tomorrow I celebrate my first birthday in China! It’s actually a day early for me so I get to Celebrate twice! I am blessed beyond words to have had this experience and am ever so grateful to be going home. Although it’s still another 24hrs before I even get to the US the journey continues. Who is ready for some yummy product!!!!
Please keep us in prayer as we journey on home and thank you for joining me on this journey to China, your prayers for my family and I and for always sharing our creative journey with those around you. Since tomorrow I will be flying for hours on end I will post the Tea ritual that I had mentioned days earlier. It’s quite the experience and I hope you enjoy it!
Just got wifi again and I wanted to share day 8 with you. It has been an amazing part of this journey. We ended our work early since Mr Woo the owner of a factory that does work for us wanted to greet us and invite us to his home. He picked us up at 4pm and drove us about 2hr away from the city. The country side is magical. The culture is rich and the farm land went for miles.
I loved the view and fresh air that we experienced here.
And check this out a Green Tea farm. Oh My! I had never seen such a thing. It smelled divine and it was so delicious.
Mr. Woo invited us to see his impressive collection of aged alcohol. This stuff is STRONG! Oh my I could only handle a little sip.
He then treated us to a resort in between the mountains that hosted natural hot spring pools. I had never been in a natural hot spring pool and it is HOT! It is said to host many minerals and medicinal benefits. It was hard to get use to at first but once I was in, I loved it! When they first told me where I was going.. I was a bit concerned since it’s 30 degrees outside and we where to strip down and jump into these hot tubs (with swimming trunks of course)… I’m thinking not so much!
At the end of the day I was glad I did it! It was a first for me but I would definitely do it again. My hair did get messed up though… and the facility did not host hair gel… sigh…
My time here is coming to an end. It’s the year of the horse here in China and I was born on the year of the hours. It has been a great adventure and my college has been truly a joy to be around this past week. Thanks Jeppe for showing me around and Frank…. It was GRAND! Mr Woo thank you for your hospitality it has been the best experience here by far!
Posted on March 4, 2014
A successful day! So much accomplished today. I must say that I did not expect the market place to be what it is and it goes on for miles and miles and 4 levels of floors… My feet are screaming. I knew I should have lost some weight before coming here… sigh..
You can find everything here! Absolutely everything! Its a hit and miss, thus having to walk for miles and miles. Its bitter cold and without a translator you are pretty much done for.
We landed in Christmas land and that went on forever! I think I caught my self singing down the aisles as I am walking through…”I hear those sleigh bells…”
Then we landed in the lighting area, Holly Molly! IT WAS BRIGHT! Nice and warm though…
It was lunch time and there it was Mc Donald’s! YAY!!!! I was dreading lunch time at this point. but the Golden Arches saved the day!
Menu was a bit different and still no Diet Coke, but atlas THE BIG MAC! I now have a new love for MCD’s
On our way back I enjoyed seeing all the food vendors. Many of the farmers come down to the market place and sell their crop and street meals.
Pineapple on a stick and sugar canes!
This farmer carries the two large baskets of fruit on this long stick.
The cherries did look yummy!
It was back to the market place and see what treasures we could find. I must say what fascinates me the most here are the people and its culture. Going a mile a minute and not skipping a bit.
Jeppe has been a good sport! I am sure he has never done this much shopping. I am getting use to saying I want this, and he pays! LOVE IT! He is a great entertainer too! Have you ever thought, “What would Jeppe look like with hair?” Well think no more!
All in a days work! Great finds and lots of memories! A few more days to go then I head back to my world, my beautiful family, my amazing staff and lots more work!
Thanks everyone for your continued prayers! I LOVE AND FEEL THEM HERE IN CHINA!
Posted on March 3, 2014
The adventure continues… I have to train my self to stop and take more photographs. I get so busy during the day that I neglect taking images of some truly neat stuff. I did want to share the images from my room in Shangjing! Its been rainy and overcast and very cold.
Busy town lots of honking all day and night.
I have seen people from all over the world here. Unlike the original place we were at, this place has so many buyers in a every language you can think of.
It has been fascinating to see the interaction between these buyers and the market place. Many of the buyers hire an interpreter that follows them around through the market place. Good thing we have Frank!
And to end this post, here is an image of things I will NOT be eating. Where is In and Out when you need it… sigh…
Well off I go to another adventure, Its now Tuesday Morning and I have so much to do! Thanks for your prayers, until next time!
Posted on March 2, 2014
Today we prepared to leave on another adventure to Shangjing. I am excited since I have never traveled from one China airport to another. This should be FUN!
I took some time this morning before we departed to snap some photographs of the beautiful hotel where we have stayed the last two days.
This building was actually across the street. I love all the trees and peace it brings.
The ponds where magical. I have to share that several years ago I had a dream. I was walking to a pond and I leaned over to see all these beautiful fish; suddenly, I caught glimpse of a gorgeous sparkly golden fish. It had long fins and a long tail. It was as if it wanted me to catch, it would swim around and around and left glitter trails behind it. I reached in as it was rapidly going around and caught it! With a simple smile I let it swim away… I could not help bet remember that dream as I was standing next to this pond. Bliss!
We left this beautiful place and set journey to Shangjing.
We left our 70 degrees weather to this lovely temperature! Should be FUN!
The airport has gorgeous architecture everywhere I turned. The texture, the style. I LOVE IT! I envision some amazing new product coming our way!!!!!
So off we went, The Three Musketeers in search of new and exciting things!
Thanks for reading and for your blessings. I am ever so grateful to our Heavenly Father for keeping my family safe as well as for bringing me all of you who constantly pray for our well being!
THANK YOU with all my heart.
Posted on March 1, 2014
Sunday Morning and I am really feeling the burn now. Running around with strange hours is hitting me hard. We have accomplished so much and I am so excited to be bringing back finished goods to share on our Journey. The Chinese culture is amazing and I have so much to learn. The community is very welcoming and Tea and alcoholic beverages are not just another drink its a ritual. I will post images next time on the tea ritual but let me share that I found KFC! I was so excited since I have been very careful with what I eat. I turn around and there it was KFC!!!!! YAY!!!!!! Boy was I happy to see a familiar face.
I was a little shocked to see that the menu was not the same… and NO DIET COKE ANYWHERE! If you have ever wondered what the KFC menu looks like in China well here you go…
It was not quite the KFC taste I remember but it was something I could eat! Huge kudos to Jeppe for trying to keep me healthy! I must say Jeppe must not go shopping very often. I wore him out! He was so beat by the end of the night. Sorry Jeppe and, can we get a bigger suit case… LOL!
So you have now read about Frank and Jeppe now let me introduce you to them.
Left to right: My self, Frank (who is our guide and translator, he also owns his own company and is quite the entertainer) Jeppe, VP of Product Development for Spellbinders and Journey Blooms
This has been my amazing crew here in China and it has been loads of FUN and quite the Journey!
Today we leave Songgang and catch a plane to a different part of China (not sure what it’s called yet) it is colder there for what I hear! Not sure on my internet access so I will be back here as soon as I can. I do plan to share some sights and again the tea ritual, quite fascinating.
Thank you all for your prayers and those who are close to my beautiful wife and boys please give them a huge hug from me!
Posted on February 28, 2014
It is now Saturday morning here in China and I have been going a mile a minute! Quite the change here and the travel was lengthy but thank God safe and uneventful. So I was going to try and update everyone on Facebook but its not easy getting connected to Facebook here in China. So I will give you a quick update here on my blog.
YES I miss my wife and boys very much! LIKE ALOT! Please keep them in prayer as I am very far away from those beautiful faces I like to see everyday!
United was awesome! Great Staff and friendly people!
My view from my hotel in Shangri-La
The train station was busy all night long. As you can imagine I could not sleep since I was still on Arizona time but yes that caught up to me eventually…
So yesterday was a day at the market place… lots to see and shop for. Part of my visit is to ensure that the new product coming on board is still going as planed and to make some final calls on looks and ensure quality. The days have been overcast but still very tropical in feel. At times its warm and other times its a bit cool.
Lots of interesting food vendors and the smell of noodles and soy is everywhere. Not to worry I will not be eating at any of these outdoor locations. I must say that it reminds me a lot of Mexico except for I can’t read or understand anything around me.
Several bycyle commuters and transporters. Honking everywhere and lots of action. Communication is quite difficult since little to know one speaks english. Thank God for Frank or else we would be lost, lost, lost!
So much more to share… but this will need to do for now. I have very little access to internet and I am unable to use Facebook here in China. I will create a new post as soon as I am able to. Thank you all especially my Journey Coaches for your prayers I am ever so grateful to you for that! Until next time!
Posted on February 22, 2014
Its our last day at Grapevine Scrapbook Expo and we are still busy, busy, busy! Thank you Grapevine for taking a chance on us! We have met so many amazing and loving stampers and crafters. We crafted with 200 ladies this weekend, WOW! Here is a peek at our day today…
Our ladies had a great time and we enjoyed having you in our class today!
Expressions Journal was a FUN filled class full of lots of paint, sanding and yummy texture! It was delicious!
One of my favorite things is bumping into amazing people! I love to support and cheer my fellow stampers and greeting my Stampin’ Up! friends is always a huge blessing! THANK YOU for the photo request!
Although it was a lot of work the Spellbinders and Journey Blooms Crew got it done! THANK YOU for working by my side and sharing this passion we have for the industry, Spellbinders and our brand new baby… Journey Blooms! The seeds have been planted in Texas! WHOO HOO!!!!!!
Posted on February 21, 2014
What a show… Lots of classes, lots of shoppers and lots of FUN! Sharing our passion for die cutting and rubber stamping is always so MUCH FUN!
To all of you who have joined us for a class or created in our booth, THANK YOU! We love sharing this journey with you and inspiring you to create makes it all worth while..
Classes have been FULL and the learning and creating has been elevated to a whole new level!
Amazing students inspiring us to keep teaching!
Journal class was a huge hit! Lots to learn and so much to ink up!
We may have run into a few set backs but at the end of the day FUN was had by all! Thank you Texas now to get ready for day 2 WHOO HOO!