First Day of School

Pictures of the great uniforms. . . and some of the volleyball games. . . from the Fall.

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Getting to Cambodia

On our way to Cambodia we had our own adventure. We took the Maglev Train that goes 300 Kilometers/hour. It was weird to fly past the cars on the highway. Then we had a stop in Korea. Our hotel was cool. It had the most advanced toilet I have ever seen. I took pictures.

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Sites in Phnom Penh

What did we do while we were in Phnom Penh?

We started at the market of course you have to go shopping. We went to Chinese Noodles for lunch, then we spent some time at the pool. We met the Patersons for a Cambodian dinner. Then we went to the Night Market to see how it sells almost exactly the same things it sells in China.  Here is a quick video for you to watch.

Our second day we visited the Killing Fields. It was an amazingly sad yet peaceful area. Then we decided to eat at a Korean restaurant that was great. Margaret almost likes it as much as sushi and Frank loves meat. After lunch Rob had a great idea to walk home – in the Cambodia heat – on a railroad track.  I am so glad, it is part of Cambodia we might not have seen and Matt wanted to try all the street food.  We also had dinner by the pool with the Codys, Tobins, Patersons, and Crawfords. It was so good to be around friends.

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Our Friends in Phnom Penh

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We wanted to see Cambodia, but we also wanted to see our friends. We stayed with the Cody Family and were able to see the Roy and Carrie Crawford, the Steve and Chantou Paterson and Sharna and Brendan Tobin (who we met through Rob and Kelli in Thailand). Many children, shared food and lots of laughter.

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Puzzle of My Family

I discovered this website from the “Building Bridges” global collaboration project for K-2 students by Flat Classroom Projects. One of the teachers took a  photo of each of her students and made jigsaw puzzles out of them. I tried it on this photo of my family.  Jigsaw Planet could be used for many things.


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Shanghai in February

Saturday, February 18th we decided to make a day of going to Puxi. We weren’t sure what we were going to do but we got on the subway and got off at People’s Square.  We started walking around not knowing where was what and we found the Shanghai Art Museum which we knew had the Joan Miro exhibit. The building was beautiful from the outside and I had to check out what it was originally (discovered in the back stairs that it was built for the original race track in Shanghai in 1933). The first floor had amazing art work by a Chinese Painter. The second floor had a small exhibit of samples of different types of Chinese Art: photos, paper cutting, ink drawings, etc. .  The third floor had another Chinese Photographer that had amazing photos of the Tibet or Mongolian areas (we weren’t sure since everything was in Chinese). The fourth floor had Joan Miro. Some of the work was made fun of by us because of its simplicity, but there were some truly amazing works.

After the museum we walked towards Nanjing road to explore, have Chinese food and just hang out. We found a mannequin store, fake violinists, and flowers that had what looked like cabbage in them.

We went back to the park to find out children and mental patients need to be accompanied by adult. . . See the sign. And then we found the RIDES. We all went on bumper cars and the kids did the scary ride three times!!!



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Philippines – Port Barton – Turtle Bay – Secret Paradise

For Chinese New Year, we had been told by many people that if you stay in China there will be so many fireworks going off that you will not be able to sleep all week long. We decided to trust that judgement and get out of “Dodge.” Matt found an amazing retreat at Secret Paradise Resort. The pictures don’t do it justice.

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