“Be joyful in Hope, patient in afflictions, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12
“Look! The sky is all blue! I won!” Olivia pointed out immediately as soon as we landed in Lisbon Portugal from the UK, where we had clouds and rain almost every single day.
“Looks like in Portugal Olivia will be winning over Joani every day,” I laughed over Olivia and Joani’s friendly competition to see who can see more blue sky or who can see more clouds because Olivia loves sunlight and Joani loves clouds.
After more than two weeks of cold, wet, and damped weather in the UK, we were all jumping for joy over the hot but dry weather of Portugal. As we feel our bodies warm up by the sunlight and beaches here, little did we know that our family relationship was also being warmed up by our travel in Portugal.
Continue reading Warming Ourselves and our Relationships at the Beaches of Portugal
“How did you meet this British elderly couple?” Olivia asked.
“They looked lost. Then we talked. Then I invited them to our apartment in China. And now we are going to their house in the UK.” Annie replied nonchalantly.
We felt like we were living in a fairy tale that went like this: a boy saw a rabbit caught in a trap. The boy freed the rabbit. The next day, the rabbit returned as a princess and gifted a chest of gold.
Traveling in the UK taught us about kindness in return. For us, instead of a princess and a chest of gold, we were surprised with lifelong friends and homes to stay in a foreign land!
Continue reading Blessings from the UK – Traveling in the Midst of the Pandemic
“14 days is not enough for quarantine!” complained Joani. “The HK government should make it 21 days.”
“Me too! I don’t think I can finish all my projects by the time we are done with quarantine,” echoed Olivia.
I didn’t expect to hear these words before we started our confinement to a small 25 square meter apartment for two weeks with 5 people. But even I am feeling stressed as I ran out of time as well.
Continue reading Locked in a Box in Hong Kong – Su Family “Quarantine” Adventures Part 2
“Are you aware that once you leave, you can’t come back,” said the Chinese border officer to Annie.
“Yes, we know,” I told the border officer. “That is why we are traveling for one year.”
We all laughed.
We were at the border crossing between mainland China and Hong Kong. Traveling for a year sounds rediculous when every country is re-shutting its border and most travelers are just trying to get back to their home country.
Continue reading Locked in a Box in Hong Kong – Su Family “Quarantine” Adventure Part 1
No one will ever forget 2020. I will not forget either.
In a short few months, the world turned upside down – literally a “world war” against an invisible enemy. Our plan for Gap Year 3.0 also came to a screeching halt.
Continue reading We have left!