Sunday, January 16, 2011
Today we wanted to get off of the island and do a little bit of exploring since tomorrow will be mostly dedicated to getting ready for the boys by 2:30......oh wait.....never mind.....we've been ready for the boys for about 10 months now.
Well nonetheless, I remembered other families talking about a really fun childrens park somewhat nearby but in my non-existent book of wisdom I didn't know the name of the park,
nor how to get there,
nor retain the ability to speak Mandarin in order to explain where I am trying to go.
So you see my dilemma.
And well, you know what they say...
when in doubt,
call your guide.
So there I am
in the lobby
I call Helen and begin to explain the things I've seen at this park.
The childrens rides,
the paddle boats,
the badmitton playing
and she immediately knows what it is I am trying to convey.
Bless her sweet little heart.
So Helen gets on the phone with the front desk clerk, tells her where it is my previous unsuccessful pantomining was trying to convey, and 5 seconds later we are in a cab headed to the park.....that I still can't remember the name of.
(and yes, I'm sure I did look like a dork trying to act out paddle boating and badminton in the lobby....but we won't dwell on that. Plus I'm sure my entire performance was picked up on hotel surveillance cameras so it'll probably end up on Y-tube one day so you can catch it there.)
We had a fantastic time mostly driven by one word:
Or is it two words:
Regardless, you got to get you some of this.
A bit like hackey sack of course....only with kind of a feathery bird thing coming out which somehow makes it ten times more fun than a plain ole sack.
All in all we had a great day!
A little hackey bird with the locals, a few rides, watched some tai chi......still need to look up how to spell tai chi.....some badmitton and that was our day today.
(We won't go into tonight which involved dinner at Lucy's with Lilly's family which basically involved my children doing everything but hanging from the rafters.....which I'm sure they would have done...had there been actual rafters.)
But again, we won't go into that and instead we'll hope that they will agree to have dinner with us another time so they can prove that they do indeed have manners......somewhere.
Tomorrow's the big day!
posted at 5:43 AM