Monday, June 13, 2016

Ron's Trip to Hong kong

Hong Kong is known for its skyline and deep natural harbour.  The territory has the second largest number of high-rises than any other urban agglomeration in the world.  It has a highly developed public transportation network covering 90% of the population, the widest in the world.  Air pollution and political issues remain serious and concerning problems.  Loose emissions standards have resulted in a high level of atmospheric particulates.  However, combining with other factors, Hong Kong people enjoy the longest life expectancy counted as a state, and top the world in a study of national IQ estimate.  Source:  Wikipedia

Here is Hong Kong as seen and lived by Ron for a couple of days with his cousin Chad and his family.

Hong Kong harbour.  It is the world's largest permanent light and sound show according to Guinness World Records. 

Noah's Ark.  It is an evangelical Christian theme park centered, according to its own materials, on the themes of nature, art, education and love.  he overarching theme of the park is a creationist narrative.

The park's centerpiece is the world's first full-size simulatin of Noah's Ark.  Alighting from the ark are sculptures of 67 life-size pairs of exotic animals, birds and creatures.

On the way to the Peak.  Victoria Peak is a mountain in the western half of Hong Kong islnd with an elevatin of 552 m. (1,811 ft), it is the highest mountain on Hong Kong island.

Getting around Tin Shui Wai, originally a fish pond area, where Chad and his family live.

The church

The market nearby, where you can buy a lot of things fresh ...

Just making memories, sharing precious time with family and enjoying it. 

Family:  like branches on a tree, we all grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one". Unknown.

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Love one another


Hello, good morning, Israel today leads us to the Lord. Have a happy day.

Clearing weeds

These days we have taken some time to make a nice garden: flowers here and there, working with the mower in all places with the weed wacker for the most difficult sites...

And as it has rained so much,  the garden that once was became almost a jungle with briers the size of a person!

My job was to take the weed wacker  closer to the trees where the mower cannot enter to remove the weeds. But suddenly, I got to an area completely impassable.

There are about four or five plum trees that are planted together, which had been buried  among briers, which in addition were so large that the cutter could not handle them.

I stopped the machine and I went for the rake and the hoe, I pulled down the sleeves of my working clothes so I don' get pricked by the thorns of the briers... and got to work.

As I found myself immersed in work,  I realized that any group of people can be similar to that little forest of briers. That suddenly one starts to be annoying, or the other  has this or that which pricks... But, really, is it the other? Or is it me? Or are the briers that we have left to grow in the way? Clearly, it is the briers, they are the misinterpretations, mistrust... All of these are what make the brother be difficult for you and for love to go uphill.

However, Christ has called us to live together with others, and wants us all to be happy. And this with Him is possible.

He teaches us to look at our brothers and sisters in a new way. Whenever you feel that that you have screwed up, look up to Christ, see with what love and respect He looks at your weaknesses, your poverty of spirit; how He welcomes you and helps you to heal your wounds.  Then you will experience to stop being afraid of your weaknesses and take into account that  we all have them. And it is only from there, from having experienced how you are treated by him that you can look at each other with love, knowing that everyone else is just as poor as you. That we are all surrounded by briers and it is not  the other who hurts you, but your own interpretation of the situation.

When you live with love, you can leave your Thistles in Christ, and he takes the mowing and the raking to clean the ground for love to grow again. You will feel free to love, since you don't have to save yourself from your own poverty nor the other, but have a life's experience with who is the only Savior.

Today the challenge of love is to treat others as you have experienced Christ treats you. Do you think that to love all is an impossible ideal? That it is not for you? It is for you, and for everyone who wants to be happy. It is not a matter of efforts, because remember that the one who does the mowing and the raking is Christ. It all starts from the experience of the love of Christ for you, because then your eyes and your mind begin to see brothers where once they were only seen as annoying elements.

Do you want to be happy? Pray and love.

May Israel's words be an inspiration to our family.

Hebrews 6:8 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

But if it produces thorns and thistles, it is worthless and on the verge of being cursed; its end is to be burned over.


Wednesday, June 01, 2016

More Taipei Photos from Ron

Every June, in humid Taiwan, they celebrate a show called Computex, mostly focused on computers, but also on mobile, chips, and sometimes robot news and as to what to expect over the next year or two.  Here are photos from Ron.

Computex was held in the NANGANG Exhibition Hall, Taiwan's newest trade show venue which has been constructed as a new-era energy-saving building designed to save water and maximize resources. Here is what the NANGANG Exhibition Hall looks like.

Source of photo:  Google

Ron also found some time to visit the Song San Tobacco Factory, which has been revitalized into a cultrual site and art space.

But it was not all serious work for Ron.  He always finds some time to have fun. All work and no play makes Ron a dull boy, and he is not up for it, heh, heh, heh....


 Life is a gift, we must all enjoy the privilege.