Sunday, November 21, 2010
On Friday it was my birthday and I'm so happy for all my friends and family that expressed their well wishes. Even though we're so far away it's nice to know that people are thinking about me. Friday night Erin took me out to see the latest Harry Potter movie. The movie was kind of dark and depressing, but it was an also exciting and seeing it in recliners while eating dinner and sipping cocktails made the experience very fun. In addition to going out Erin had ordered an apple pie that arrived Friday afternoon still warm from wherever it was cooked. It has been delicious and I'm glad she went through the effort to track down someone to make it.
Finally on Saturday night we went out to an American place called "The Brickyard". While none of the people we had invited were able to make it out that meant we got to know the owner of bar. Apparently he worked at KAS as an ESL teacher recently, but was let go as the school shifted its focus away from that area. With some experience in organizing parties he was able to get "The Brickyard" up and running with an American menu and local bands playing frequently. Our meal was very enjoyable and the place filled up quickly, so it seemed like he was doing something right. It was another example of how quickly things can change here.
This week is a short week for us with the Thanksgiving holiday. We're looking forward to going out to Hong Kong for the long weekend starting on Thursday. Before long it will be Christmas vacation. When we look back on it the year certainly seems to be moving quickly.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Once in our room we were overcome by the view and the peacefulness of the crashing waves. We spent much of the rest of the afternoon just relaxing and listening to the waves. By dinner time we walked into town to find throngs of people and a lively night market. People were packed out into the street, but we were still able to find an Italian eatery for dinner.
Last weekend care packages arrived from both my parents and my aunt and uncle. They were so kind to get us some non-perishable things that we haven't been able to find here. As they were ostensibly for my birthday I hesitated to open the packages, but then went ahead feeling that there was no reason we shouldn't be enjoying them currently. I feel very blessed to have such a caring and supportive family who would do so much to help Erin and I all the way out here.
What got me and Erin most was the high cost of shipping and we feel bad that we didn't mention the shipping company we used to ship our stuff out here. Shipnex (http://www.shipnex.com/) was a bit difficult to navigate and be sure that we were using the right service (since it looks more geared towards commercial shipping), but it was also much less expensive than UPS or the US postal service. So I want to thank everyone again for everything they've sent us and apologize for not mentioning this shipping service before.
Next week Erin and I will be celebrating my birthday by going out to see the new Harry Potter movie in the "Gold Class" theater where they have individual recliners, serve you food and alcohol, and generally treat you like a VIP. The following week we will be in Hong Kong for the Thanksgiving break. We're looking forward to a well-deserved break and a chance to get out of town for a couple of days.