World Traveling Poly’s – China 1

Coming through the Hong Kong/China border was quite the experience. We hopped the train for a 45 minute ride into China. The rail system here is excellent, on time and extremely clean, reminds me so much of the rail in Paris. As I stepped onto the line and said hello to the Customs officer behind the glass my heart was beating a million miles per hour. I said hello and as expected, he said, nothing. He then proceeded to speak a complete sentence to me in Chinese, which being Japanese I had no clue-come on, as far as I was concerned he was saying, “no you may not enter”. But then I realized he was saying that I neglected to write my first name -shishhhhh… I was in….

Then we were greeted at the other end, here in China, by Julie’s grandparents driver. Nice guy, but not a word of English. Fortunate for us he speaks both Cantonese & Mandarin as Julie’s family only speaks Cantonese. We had our first taste of driving, well, being driven here on the freeways and byways of China. One word – WOW!!! There are lanes, but, no rules, it’s a free for all, you may merge into any lane at any time, or simply create your own lane if you’d like, no problem, we have some excellent footage caught on tape, so, you’ll see…

I’ve simply been soaking it all in, the experience thus far has been extraordinary.

The difference is quite obvious here, you have the rich & then you have the poor. You have business men & women in 2500 square footage apt in high rises and security guards and marble sidewalks and palm trees and water fountains, then you have women and their children standing in the middle of the road in mid traffic begging. Drivers who make $1400 Chinese dollars a month, that is about $150 US dollars. Imagine living on $150.00 a month. This experience has really helped put things into perspective, makes you realize that it could be worse and that you should never take for granted what you have..

Anyways, we are off to dim sum and then to Julies, families zoo & waterpark, going to see the Panda’s….Stay tuned..

~sweetie

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Chrissy S Tuuu
Talofae i si ou uso. Ia onosai toe itiiti ia e toe sau oe. Enjoy your last days in China. Faaaloalo ma faaali pea lau mata fiafia, e iloa ai e tagata o oe o le Kuini. I love you.

04 Jun 2007
sweetie
o lae lelei mai ia a’u. na’o le mataiga matua lea e fa’atiga ulu ia matou uma. ae ua toeititi uma le matou malaga toe fo’i atu loa i le fale. ua uma fo’i le manaia o china. ua ova le vevela, ma le palapala..anyways, toe talanoa fo’i i se isi taimi. alofa atu ia maselusi, ua tusi atu la’u tala i le gagana fa’asamoa mo na’o tatou laga e o foi lona aiga i luga o le site lea. fa laia..sweetie

04 Jun 2007
Chrissy S Tuuu
Oh! Sweetie I am so releaved to hear from you. Keita and the kids are all doing good. Keita can not go on this site cause somethings wrong with her computer but, I talked to them almost every night and they are doing good. I talked with Frankie last night the kids are doing good and Kami and Leah are doing good too. I hope o ga e lele atu le au vaega ga ia oe. I love you O.k. Take care.
Love Chrissy

02 Jun 2007
Chrissy S Tuuu
Sweetie,where are you Carman San Diego? Are you having to much fun and forgetting we are waiting to hear from you. Want to know how you are doing. Love you Chrissy

01 Jun 2007
SAIPO
HI GUY’S,
SWEETIE WHERE ARE YOU GUY’S?I HAVEN’T HEARD FROM YA’LL?WELL IT IS VERY HOT IN WARSHINGTON FOR THE PAST WEEK ACTUALLY SINCE YOU GUY’S LEFT IT’S BEEN IN THE HIGH 80’S,I WAS NICE ENOUGH TO OPEN THE POOL NOW IT’S REALLY HARD TO DO MY WORK…I HOPE YOU GUY’S ARE HAVING FUN BUT YOU GUY’S NEED TO COME BACK ALREADY.LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU..SAIPO

01 Jun 2007
SAIPO
HI GUY’S,
SWEETIE WHERE ARE YOU GUY’S?I HAVEN’T HEARD FROM YA’LL?WELL IT IS VERY HOT IN WARSHINGTON FOR THE PAST WEEK ACTUALLY SINCE YOU GUY’S LEFT IT’S BEEN IN THE HIGH 80’S,I WAS NICE ENOUGH TO OPEN THE POOL NOW IT’S REALLY HARD TO DO MY WORK…I HOPE YOU GUY’S ARE HAVING FUN BUT YOU GUY’S NEED TO COME BACK ALREADY.LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU..SAIPO

01 Jun 2007
saipo
Hi guy’s, Sweetie take pictures of DIM SUM for me.Have fun LOVE SAIPO

30 May 2007
Chris
Sounds like fun! Hope you got some pictures of the Panda’s for me!!!Hugs to both of you!

29 May 2007
Chrissy S Tuuu
Feel better hearing from you, sounds like you are having a beautiful time. Your not mentioning Michael and Yai are they shill with you guys or is it just you and Julie. I spent the night at Saipo’s Maselusi work the nights now. I’ll be going to Saipo’s again tonight and we are going to the Book study. Love you Chrissy

29 May 2007
sweetie
Chrissy we are in China. Remember?? We were in Hong Kong, but today we are in Guangzhou, the city that Julie’s grandparents live in…Love, sweetie

29 May 2007
Chrissy S Tuuu
Update!!! Where are you guys?
Love Chrissy

29 May 2007
SAIPO
HI GUY’S
Hey julie well it sound’s like fun,especially all the eating um did you say DISCO is that somrthing old chinese people do for fun?Well boogie on down and be careful. LOVE,SAIPO

28 May 2007
Chrissy S Tuuu
Sweetie I looked up the site on my own. I was to happy to read you messages, I’m happy you are safe and having a good time. I love you and be safe. Your sister Chrissy

27 May 2007
Saipo
4 KENT ROAD,KOWLOON TONG-ADDRESS FOR THE BRANCH IN HONG KONG.
TAKE LOT’S OF PICTURES. LUV YOU GUY’S-SAIPO

26 May 2007
Saipo
Hi babycakes,
Well your first night sounded interesting,be careful of what you eat don’t believe julie when she say’s it’s like eating chicken-IT IS NOT CHICKEN-.Have fun,be careful and don’t get arrested.LOVE YOU.SAIPO

26 May 2007
Frankie
Hi dudettes!! I hope your flight was good, and that both of you are safe…Be smart with your choices(I don’t mean to cramp your style). I just want the both of you to return to us in one piece. We miss you guys!! Love Frankie aka.. Ula and the Family. Hey Chris say to April, when are we getting together again? I have a bottle of crown royal ready and waiting for you.. Love you Moe..

26 May 2007
Moe
Hi Sweetie!!!
I’m looking forward to hearing all about your trip. Once you arrive, have a good meal and get some rest and then party party and have fun. Hello to Julie. You gals be safe.

25 May 2007
Chris
Have a fabulous trip guys! I’ll miss you!

24 May 2007
well
well

21 Jan 2007
me
hi

21 Jan 2007
18 Oct 2011 – start of travelblog

posted Tuesday May 2007

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