Shenzhen Triathlon

As you already know, Jameson and I only have 30-day tourist visas, while Jim has a 60-day work visa. That means that Jameson and I must leave the country every 30 days. We decided to take the advice of our friend Carol (A.K.A. Tia Lina) who researched the cheapest options and helped us book our tickets to Shenzhen. Luckily I did not have to do the trip alone as my friend Melissa and her two children also needed to do the same thing. So, we decided to make our air-trip as fun for the kids as possible.

The triathlon included a 45-minute taxi ride to Pudong Airport and a 2-hour flight to Shenzhen, which borders Hong Kong. We then took a 45-minute bus-ride to Kowloon, Hong Kong where we went through four lines. One line was to exit China, another to enter Hong Kong, then we turned around and got back in line to exit Hong Kong and one last line to enter China again. Our bus trips took longer than anticipated and so did our time in customs, so we missed our flight coming home. Luckily we were able to make a later flight to Hong Qiao and were home in our own beds by 11:00 PM that night.

It was a long and tiring day, but the whole trip cost about $400 for both Jameson and I. It was awesome to travel with Melissa while Jameson, Alex and Abby enjoyed playing together and tolerated the trip remarkably well. Although I was so fortunate that Carol gave us such great advice in recommending this trip and very specific instructions as well, The taxi, plane and bus triathlon is not something I wish to do again in 30 days. Next month we plan to visit Ouk in Korea when all three of us need to leave the country. 

This week has been very busy because of our trip to Shenzhen, but it has not been all work and no play. Skyler (A.K.A. "Ginger"), an engineer who works with Jim, is leaving the project to go home this week so we attended his going away party on Chong Ching Island.

Jameson has a little crush on Tia Carolina.... Tia Tango



My friends Debbie, Carol, Amy and Melissa



No pyrotechnic permit required, This is China



Skyler’s cake had a frosting Tinky Winky on it…  Does Tinky Winky have a soul?


Tomorrow I am excited to join the Abundant Grace International Fellowship  Touching Heaven band that is playing for an event called “One Prayer for the City” (Jeremiah 29:7) in Puxi. The evening is a night of worship along with prayer for the city and the people of Shanghai.  The evening begins at 7:00 and ends at 9:00 PM at the Shanghai Community Fellowship  53 Hengshan Road, Xuhui District (cross intersection Wulumuqi Rd).  Click here to view map of the area.  If you live in Shanghai, please come!

I have written enough for one blog. Now it is your turn to write! I have no idea how many people read my blog and I would love to get a general count of those who do. Please scroll down to the bottom of this posting and click on “Comment.” If you wish to remain anonymous, just say “hi” and do not enter your name.

Also, I’d love to have your feedback. Since you are the reader, what do you want to read and see? What do you like and dislike about my blog so far? Do you want more photos and less writing or vice versa? What interests you in China? Do you have any questions about the Chinese culture, where we are or why we are here? I look forward to hearing from all of you!

8 comments

  • Toni Sekermestrovich-Abbott

    Toni Sekermestrovich-Abbott

    Lori, I'm such a big fan of your music. Can I buy it somewhere? Or order some? Your blog is very fascinating. How is it on the other side of the world? It looks like you've adjusted well to living there. Hope all is well. Toni

    Lori,
    I'm such a big fan of your music. Can I buy it somewhere? Or order some? Your blog is very fascinating. How is it on the other side of the world? It looks like you've adjusted well to living there. Hope all is well.
    Toni

  • Lisa

    Lisa

    I had to laugh when I read the bottom of your post....I have often wondered how many people read mine...as only a handful ever comment. Art said it's still a lot of people however it feels like I'm talking to no one some days. I love your blog and look forward to all our posts. I love the pictures and the little tidbits about your time in China. I understand the weather is finally warming up for you. Your marathon trip didn't sound like fun...only because I've done the airport gauntlet...and know what it's like. You did make it sound good...you always look on the bright side :):) Love you guys and I look forward to more posts. Lisa

    I had to laugh when I read the bottom of your post....I have often wondered how many people read mine...as only a handful ever comment. Art said it's still a lot of people however it feels like I'm talking to no one some days. I love your blog and look forward to all our posts. I love the pictures and the little tidbits about your time in China. I understand the weather is finally warming up for you. Your marathon trip didn't sound like fun...only because I've done the airport gauntlet...and know what it's like. You did make it sound good...you always look on the bright side smilesmile
    Love you guys and I look forward to more posts. Lisa

  • Annie

    Annie

    I love your blog and reading about your adventures. Don't change a thing!! Love, Annie:love::love::love:

    I love your blog and reading about your adventures. Don't change a thing!!

    Love,
    Annielovelovelove

  • Lori

    Lori

    Hi Toni, You are so kind! You may certainly order my music through my site, just clikc on "store" above, or you can order via itunes just type "loti:" as the band name. Also, I have albums available at cdbaby.com. Or, you may just e-mail me your address and I can send you whatever you like!

    Hi Toni,
    You are so kind! You may certainly order my music through my site, just clikc on "store" above, or you can order via itunes just type "loti:" as the band name. Also, I have albums available at cdbaby.com. Or, you may just e-mail me your address and I can send you whatever you like!

  • Lori

    Lori

    Hi Lisa, You are so right! It does feel like you are writing to no one, but then I have so many people tell me that they read my blog. Thanks so much for your kind words. Our trip to ShenZhen could have been much worse, but it was very exhausting! I look forward to reading your posts as well. It's funny how we've spent more time e-mailing eachother than actually being in the same room together. Sharing our blogs and experiences in China have brought us close together even though we are on the other side of the world!

    Hi Lisa,
    You are so right! It does feel like you are writing to no one, but then I have so many people tell me that they read my blog. Thanks so much for your kind words. Our trip to ShenZhen could have been much worse, but it was very exhausting! I look forward to reading your posts as well. It's funny how we've spent more time e-mailing eachother than actually being in the same room together. Sharing our blogs and experiences in China have brought us close together even though we are on the other side of the world!

  • Lori

    Lori

    Hi Annie! If I could change anything in my blog, it would be the blog of how my dear friend Annie and I go on play-dates every week! Missing you friend! xoxo

    Hi Annie!
    If I could change anything in my blog, it would be the blog of how my dear friend Annie and I go on play-dates every week! Missing you friend!

    xoxo

  • Sarah

    Sarah

    Just catching up on your past couple of blogs. It's a nice way to stay somewhat connected from so far away. Love and blessings to you, Jameson, and Jim!

    Just catching up on your past couple of blogs. It's a nice way to stay somewhat connected from so far
    away. Love and blessings to you, Jameson, and Jim!

  • barbara

    barbara

    i am sooo jealous. you have a whole year in the country to explore & learn! i was there in 05 for 2 wks & loved the experience from beiging & forbidden city, to the terra cotta warriors...not so much shanghai-too modern. someday want to walk different parts of the wall in every season. have you been there yet? my 6ft 16yo cousin got followed by young girls to get a picture so we took pictures of all of them together! God bless you and all you are witnessing to!

    i am sooo jealous. you have a whole year in the country to explore & learn! i was there in 05 for 2 wks & loved the experience from beiging & forbidden city, to the terra cotta warriors...not so much shanghai-too modern. someday want to walk different parts of the wall in every season. have you been there yet? my 6ft 16yo cousin got followed by young girls to get a picture so we took pictures of all of them together! God bless you and all you are witnessing to!

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