So... um... there's a tree on my house. Apparently, in Ohio, there are hurricanes.... without water. Within a very large radius of our house, I guess there is mass destruction from Ike! Schools are closed, stores are closed, etc.. It's great when your in CHINA and someone writes on your blog and tells you a tree fell on your house!:-)
Well, here's precious Emme! For some reason we always have taken our kids shirts off, left them on their head like that and then taken pictures. She's looking a little cross-eyed, but she's not.
Monday morning began with Emme getting her picture taken for her visa. Then it was a little jog down the road to the doctor.
The sign says EXAMINATION ROOM FOR ADOPTED CHILDREN.
Next, there was the tall copper pagoda/urn. The people tried to throw money in the holes to make a wish.
The next building was the temple that held 3 different Buddhas. They were all holding their hands different ways and the different ways represented the past, the present and the future. Outside the entrance to the 3 Buddhas, people would put 3 of their incense sticks in those silver cages. On the long granite table, the people would offer 3 pieces of fruit to Buddha. Buddha does not eat it though, the monks that live at the temple eat what is offered.
If you look to the left of the Buddha, you can see a man kneeling down bowing.
Next, we went to a museum... now that's more my speed. Outside the entrance to the museum, which was a museum but also a palace, was a park. You all know how I love parks:-)!
The women here were dancing but they were dancing with those paddles in their hands. Again, pretty, but not something we'd find in one of our parks.
I have no idea!
That's our guide, Helen. As she was explaining things about the Buddhists temple before our arrival, we were asking her if she was a Buddhists. She said she was not, but she did incorporate some of the Buddhists type things. She prays to her ancestors. She went on to say that 30% of China is Buddhists, 30 % Taoism and 40% other-Christian, Catholic, etc...
This guy was painting pictures of mountains and waterfalls, the Great Wall, pandas and other Chinesey things- all with the side of his hand, his fingers and his fingernails. They are magnificent! We bought two for our house.
We were trying so hard to keep Emme awake on the way home! Didn't work!
This morning after that amazing breakfast, we went shopping and sightseeing on the island. We stopped when we saw these school children because we thought we were going to see something amazing. I mean old men and old women have all kinds of hidden talents. These young kids were surely going to do something to knock our socks off.
Ah... there's me and Emme, so happy together!! If you could look closely at the picture, you could see some scratches filled with dried blood around my one eye. You would also see one of those marks on the other eye and one on my nose.
EVERY STORE on this island offers laundry service! They are in cahoots with the airlines. In China domestic travel, one bag, 44 pounds max. So, people have to have their laundry done if they are coming to the tropical climates of China were you sweat of you bat an eyelash.
The book that Emme is so intently looking at in Marley and Me. If you haven't read it, you should! It's so funny!! (Thanks Donna!)