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Apr 18, 2010


Even though Renee beat me to a post about signs I am still posting one :-)

this is found in our car park.

Spending a majority of my time on foot these days - I am more aware of the signs that are around me and in China there can be a lot. Mostly reminding you that throwing rocks is dangerous, don't spit, don't sit, and like the one above don't fall, at least I think that is what speeling means?

Sign for Dad - Jane wrote 1-10 in Chinese on the bottom
Elliot is our abstract artist.

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And a Video

Apr 13, 2010


Nathan was able to travel to Korea for a second time he spent one day in Seoul then travelled south for work.

Shrines- surrounding old palace grounds- where umbilical chords and placenta of royalty was kept.

Statue of the man who invented the Korean Alphabet- behind that and old city wall

Strong Catholic presence here.
Anime nuns - only in Asia

need a hand? leg, foot - prosthetic store front
I can't help but think of the "bone" man in Dicken's Our Mutual Friend

Hurt your eyes? It hurts in person to view this too. They are small in height but are normal width.

This river was once buried underneath concrete and made into a road. A movement to restore the river was made in recent times and flows freely once more.

Spicy Tender King - looks like with egg?


Red Beans go good with everything.

Impressions: 1.Felt like Michigan it was colder, most buildings weren't that tall, doughnut shops and Kia cars.
2.only saw one park- so we probably won't visit with the kids anytime soon
3.confusing subway system ( comparing to Hong Kong and Tokyo)
4.Cheap good food could be found
5.Palaces are very interesting

Nathan remembered his wife while eating all that Korean food and brought her home some Kimchi.

Apr 6, 2010

Halfway to a decade

We celebrated Elliot Daniel who was born on March 25th 2005 with a little party at our flat.

The agenda:
Decorate your own gift bag
Hot' Lego'
Bear Toss
scavenger hunt
guess the legos

In attendance counting only the kids:
The Harveys- Keegan, Jemilla, and Tirzah-
Krohns- Isaiah, Abby, Sammy

Cupcakes with 'fondant' legos. Bethany helped me construct these edible legos and made a perfect lego man. This was fun stuff to work with- I plan to do it again.

Nathan told me he would make balloon animals for the kids. I was getting a little worried because it was two days before the party and he had yet to look up any tutorial on how to make them. I started to doubt him coming through on this decision.
He spent a mere 15 minutes watching a you tube video. At the party he made swords, poodles, hats and shields for the kids.

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Apr 5, 2010

Rugby Sevens

Wikipedia Information
The Hong Kong Sevens is considered the premier tournament on the IRB Sevens World Series in rugby sevens, a variant of rugby union. It is held annually at the last weekend of March in Hong Kong and is organised by the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union (HKRFU). The tournament lasts 2 and a half days, commencing on a Friday afternoon, and concluding on the Sunday evening.

Nathan was able to attend this weekend event through work. His opinion Rugby is more exciting than American football- it doesn't stop every 3 seconds. He was in a box with a lot of Australians and New Zealanders - he rooted for the US which did win one day. Note the scoreboard below- unfortunately the US had to play Samoa next- Samoa won the overall tournament

US 60 Thailand 0

HK Sevens 2010 from outypants on Vimeo.

The South Stand
again Wiki info
The Hong Kong Rugby Sevens is traditionally one of if not the biggest event on the Hong Kong sporting calendar. As such, there is a tremendous party atmosphere, with particular emphasis on the South Stand, where hordes of rugby fans dress up and dance for most of the duration. Activities that typically ensue as the weekend progresses include the throwing of empty beer jugs around the South Stand, Mexican waves, and streakers running across the pitch. Since 2007 the South Stand has been made officially accessible to over-18s only, due to its hyper and somewhat provocative atmosphere, although this rule is not strictly policed.
The Hong Kong Sevens typically draws the biggest crowd and is the biggest party on the IRB Seven's Calendar.

Random South Stand people

Maybe take the kids next year?- there are non-alcohol sections to sit in, and after teams lose their matches on the last day they walk around and sign autographs.