"hakuna matata" - a photo from the reverse scavenger hunt (my team won this one!)

My first visit to Cha-am (Thailand)

I left the Beijing Youth Conference early in order to fly to Thailand to help with a conference there. There were about 150 people there, a third of whom were the kids of adults attending the retreat. (The participants were members of an organisation doing mission and humanitarian work in South East Asia). Christina and…

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Beijing Conference 2011

Youth Conference in Beijing was April 2nd-3rd. I left early in order to get to Thailand and was SO bummed to miss the last session with my Beijing kids, but that’s what happens when you try to do two conferences at the same time. (I was a day late to the conference in Cha-am). I’ll…

New hair - again.

Campference and New Hair!

Hi everyone, This weekend was youth campference – it was awesome! I missed half of Saturday so I could attend (and sing at) a good friend’s wedding, but I was there for the rest of the weekend. I was so excited to hang out with my kids and meet new kids. Knowing that I’ll soon…

Travel Stories – Chengdu

Finally, here it is, the last installment of my travelogue. This section is about Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province. We were only there for two days but it was fun, and involved pandas! Facts about Chengdu (成都): Chengdu was the birthplace of the first widely used paper money in the world (Northern Song Dynasty,…

Wu cai chi

Travel Stories – Jiuzhaigou

Welcome to part 4, the penultimate portion of my travelogue! It’s a long one, especially given that it covers a single 24 hour period, but Jiuzhaigou is a pretty amazing place – definitely a highlight of the trip for all of us. Neither words nor pictures can really explain it, but I’m having a whirl…

Village corn

Travel Stories – Xishuangbanna

Welcome to Part 3 of my travelogue (as it has been dubbed by several of you, my faithful readers!) from my trip to Yunnan and Sichuan with my parents back in October (has it really been two months already??). Part 2 ended with our flight from Lijiang to Jinghong, the capital of Xishuangbanna, a Dai…

Travel Stories – Lijiang

Wow! I was a little worried that all these travel emails would just be a form of spam, but it seems a lot of you really enjoyed the first installment! Thanks so much to all of you who wrote to tell me :) At the end of part one we drove through the mountains from…

Qinhuangdao

Update time

Hello Everyone! It’s definitely summer here now – a daytime max under 30 feels quite cool, and nighttimes are usually in the high teens. It hasn’t been overly humid yet which is a boon for my arms. Apart from a couple of weeks when the weather started warming up they haven’t bothered me much at…