We returned to Beijing this past Monday, on New Year’s Eve, after spending almost the entire month of December in North America with both sides of our families. It was a fantastic end to our year of 2012. First, we flew to LA at the beginning of December to attend Alex’s Liferay retreat in San Diego. It was the first time going to this retreat for Benjamin and myself, and I absolutely loved it. Not only were we spoiled with the venue and overall program for the entire weekend, I got to meet so many of Alex’s colleagues and their families, many of whom I’ve only heard about through Alex. It was slightly odd, finally meeting some people because I felt like I knew them through Alex but actually, I’ve never met any of them before. Needless to say, it was a perfect way to start our North American trip. I even got my craving for crispy bacon completely satisfied with the breakfasts we had at the retreat!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! If you are interested, you can check out our 2012 Year In Review!
Yesterday, we arrived in LA (and, next week, headed to Vancouver) to visit family and attend my company’s annual retreat. My parents have been so excited playing with the little guy – which really brings much pride to myself (not that I have done anything… except being partly responsible for his very existence… minor things like that). As he is going to celebrate his first year birthday in a few weeks’ time, it’s a bit funny that there have been very few occasions when I have really felt like I have been a father to him. I know it sounds weird, but it’s true. Part of this is because Betty spends most of her time with her – devoting TONS of herself to help him to flourish at such a young age (his calculus skills are still developing, but he’s getting there). I think there were two times when I really felt like I was a father to Benjamin. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s hard to believe that we’ve been in Beijing for almost three months now, having arrived at the beginning of September and now it is the beginning of November. Soon, we shall head back to North America for Christmas and Benjamin’s first birthday with our families. There will also be two new members of our family to meet, one niece from my side of the family and one nephew from Alex’s side of the family. What a year of blessings this has been for both our families!
Good friends of ours in the UK recently welcomed their first child into the world, and the birth of this baby reminded me of the day when our child Benjamin was born. Today Benjamin is ten months old and in only two months’ time, he will be one year old! I cannot believe how one year will have past. From the agony and pain of giving birth to Benjamin to the early struggles with nursing him and just learning how to be parents to him, I realized just how far we have all come along. And every day, I am so amazed that Alex and myself are privileged to be witness and more importantly, carer of this little person. Read the rest of this entry »
Benjamin and I trekked across Beijing this morning on Subway Line 10 to the “western world” (I call it) of this vast city, to a district called Chaoyang. This is the land of embassies from around the world and the place where many (and most likely, very wealthy) expats live. The first time I went to Chaoyang, I felt a sense of belonging and also probably a false sense of security because I saw many more signs in English and I was pretty confident that many people working in this area would speak English. Read the rest of this entry »
So we are now living in Beijing – gosh, that is something I never thought I would say in my life. It’s now been two weeks since we left Los Angeles and flew twelve hours on an Air China flight to arrive in Beijing. The flight itself was fine, with Benjamin even sleeping in the bassinet that they provide on the flight despite him being over the age limit of six months old. We were put with all the other babies and kids on flight, but I was well impressed with how well behaved all these chinese babies were on the flight!
We leave LA for Beijing next week – next Tuesday to be precise. It still seems a bit unreal to me, probably because we are still awaiting the delivery of our shipment from the UK and therefore, I am not able to even start packing for Beijing yet. As with the tradition of this Chow family, we are doing things last minute once again. Sigh. But yet again, I am confident (yes, I am) that God will have His gracious hand upon us during this transitional time. Read the rest of this entry »
So we’re in hot and sunny LA right now, in the midst of a heat wave. Thank goodness for air conditioning, ceiling fans and cold drinks. We are, of course, enjoying spending time with Alex’s side of the family especially Benjamin playing with his 3 year old cousin Logan. Benjamin loves being around people already, although he may not show it (we think he’s like his father, a socially awkward extrovert… hopefully not, but we’ll see) but Benjamin especially loves being around the little people. So with Logan, he plays happily with him and the toys that Logan has loaned him and Logan is being a good big brother showing him how all the toys work and telling us when Benjamin starts to cry. Read the rest of this entry »
We left Birmingham on Friday, July 13th, bright and early at 5:30am, driving off into the misty cold weather we have come to expect this summer in the UK. Up until this point, life had been complete chaos but also complete with many of God’s graces and blessings, especially through the love of our friends in Birmingham. The list is endless really, but especially thank you to the Han family (for looking after Benjamin while Alex and I packed) and Kiet (for storing our furniture while in transition to people)! Read the rest of this entry »