Psalm 96:4

"For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise..."

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Looking back...

I have spent the last several days scanning several hundred old photographs so I can save them and maybe make photo books for each of our kids. It has been a lot of work but so fun too. These two were some of the oldest and I thought they were really nice.

Petersen farm in Iowa early 1900's

Petersen family photo early 1900's

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Under Repair...

Our apartment has had problems with water leaking into our livingroom ceiling from the roof. Our apartment is on the top floor. The owner has tried many times to get it taken care of over the years and the work has just not been done correctly. This time under new apartment building management hopefully the problem will be fixed . For the fun of it I have a few photos of the work being done.

You can see the dark area where water has leaked.

And the work begins...

Even with the workers draping everything the dust was terrible when they started drilling holes to put some chemical up into the ceiling. I am still not sure how or what it is suppose to do but maybe to stop the mold. Yesterday I had just cleaned the whole apartment...that was a waste of time. Well, maybe not, I did get some exercise in the process:)
Now I get to start over and do it again. I need the practice anyway.

Painting the ceiling area...when not talking on his cell phone:)

The hallway toilet also has had water damage so they fixed that too.

The finished ceiling area. It sure does look a lot nicer.
Now I need to go start dusting and scrubbing.
Hope you have a fun day whatever you happen to be doing today.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Hong Kong buildings...

The buildings are amazing as you walk around Hong Kong.

This is the building where the Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum is. The building was built in 1914 and blends the Chinese and Western architectural styles.

Dr Sun Yat-sen a great Chinese statesman in Hong Kong.

I like this perspective.

Lots of round windows...

This is an Art Museum I think...we just walked by it.

The Clock Tower.

Rather colorful with the sun hitting them.

This has an interesting angle at the base.

View from Victoria Peak

Victoria Peak.
The view was very beautiful looking down over Victoria Harbour.

My pictures are not the best but it was really beautiful.

Ngong Ping Cable Car ride

The Ngong Ping Cable Car ride is a 5.7km journey between Tung Chung Town Centre and Ngong Ping on Lantau Island. It is the longest bi-cable ropeway in Asia. When you get off you can see a Chinese-style village that is located next to the world's tallest, seated, outdoor bronze Buddha, called the Tian Tan Buddha Statue.

The ride up took us about 25 minutes. You can see a trail below for those who desire a long hike up the mountain. We decided to just enjoy the ride.

You can see the Buddha Statue off in the distance.

Tian Tan Buddha Statue

These smaller statues are all around the large one.

Ready for the ride back down.

Ferry ride...

We took the Star Ferry ride a couple of times across the Victoria Harbour. The ride across at night is quite beautiful but my pictures didn't turn out very good. These show our ride from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon. It was very hazy so the quality is not the best.

Victoria Park...

On 4 June 2009 we went to Victoria Park in Hong Kong where many came to commemorate those killed in the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown in Beijing. The crowds were estimated at 150,000 holding candles and another 50,000 outside the gates. We were outside the gates but it was still amazing to see that many people gathered in one area.

This is the crowd after we got off the was very crowded to say the least. It took us more than 20 minutes to walk about one block.

The people attending filled up the area of six soccer fields.

This is blurred but shows a large section of those holding candles.

Calligraphy Exhibition

While we were in Hong Kong we came across a Calligraphy Exhibition that was very interesting to see. Even though I have no idea what any of these pieces say~I did enjoy looking at them. The beautiful flower arrangements caught my eye too. Probably the funniest thing was when we walked in and they desired us to sign the guest book...they thought our hand writing was so wonderful. It does look a bit odd with all the Chinese signatures.

This man was one of the artists. He came over to us and gave us his booklet with several of his pictures and signed it for us. Then he wanted our photo with him near one of his works. Maybe we will end up in one of his exhibition booklets someday:)

The scroll I am standing near is using the more ancient form of calligraphy we were told.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Some things we saw today in Hong Kong...

We boarded a mini bus at Kowloon bus terminal and rode to the Mong Kok area and then walked along the streets until we came to the ferry terminal.

On the bus...notice the sign.

Busy streets...

The signs are everywhere and at night they are so bright.

Here we are entering Ladie's Market. It is a long stretch of stalls filled with just about whatever you can imagine. It was a bit overwelming to me with so much stuff to look at. The stalls go on for several blocks and we walked through the whole way.

Octopus on a stick was our snack!

Looking out across Victoria Harbour at Hong Kong Island. It was really a beautiful sight but not many of my pictures turned out with the night lights.

Hong Kong Island at night.

Clock Tower on the Kowloon Public Pier area.
This gives you a glimpse of some of the things we saw on our afternoon & evening outing today in Hong Kong.