what to say

I’m struggling with writer’s wave – there are so many possible things to write about it feels overwhelming.  How do I communicate so many feelings, experiences, and sensory experiences in just a few paragraphs?

Answer:  I don’t.  (A picture is worth a thousand words, right?)

But first, a few words:

1. It’s impossible to explain how great it is to be around extended family again.  My heart is full from the joy of being with them.

2. It’s great to know that my language skills haven’t deteriorated, in fact, I think they’ve gotten better from watching Cantonese dramas online!

3. And I’ve gotten to share all this with my sister, brother-in-law, and ever-awesome niece.

we like walking around malls

we like walking around malls

hanging out with my cousin a lot!

hanging out with my cousin a lot!

It was great to overlap in Hong Kong with Janna’s visit here.  One day we went back to Tao Fong Shan for a little retreat time.

at tao fong shan

view from the foot of the cross at tao fong shan

The next day, we ended up eating our way around town.  First, some sushi.

sushi is confusing sometimes

sushi is confusing sometimes

We need some help identifying the following item – apparently it did not taste so good.  Any experts out there?

unidentifed sushi.  please help!

unidentifed sushi. please help!

This next item is identified, and super-yummy.  Hui Lau Shan mango stuff.

dessert.  yum.

dessert. yum.

A little after this, we went and had early afternoon tea – nai cha and french toast.  YUM!  Then, we got a chance to visit the Fellowship of Evangelical Students (FES) office in Hong Kong… We got to chat with Carlson and Maureen, some amazing staff. And then as we were getting ready to leave, Gideon Yung happened to come by too.  He is the former IFES East Asia General Secretary who recently became the IFES Associate General Secretary.  (!)  It was fun to chat with all of the staff – super down-to-earth and encouraging to be around.

surprise meeting - Ting, Wesley, Janna, me, and Gideon Yung

surprise meeting - Ting, Wesley, Janna, me, and Gideon Yung

We joke that my niece looks like a Peanuts character – her head is really large, and her body (and particularly arms) are short in comparison.  (You know how the characters always have to reach their arms up really high to reach doorknobs, and can’t put their arms around their heads….)  So here she is, in the land of Peanuts characters.

my aunt, my niece, Sally, and my sister

my aunt, my niece, Sally, and my sister

Other things I hope to write about when I’m not so tired:

  • the wonders of public transportation (and why I love it)
  • immigration, language, and assimilation (you know, small topics)
  • the view from the other side of the world

good night all!


4 thoughts on “what to say

  1. kirstin

    your niece is cute, and it’s nice to read about how much you love being in hong kong. sorry i can’t help with the sushi. that mango dessert looks yummy, though. and huge.

    on a separate note, i really enjoyed reading your sister’s blog a few times about your niece’s first year of life. it made me cry! (in a good way).

  2. sabrinachannel Post author

    yes yes, being around all this cuteness all the time is tough, but somebody’s gotta do it. 🙂

    the mango dessert was HUGE, yes. And I had a just as yummy mango pudding dessert last night. MM!


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