After my last blog in Hong Kong I was never able to get this website to open again. The Internet in China was…well, it was slow and very picky about what websites it would open. I never knew if I would be able to check my email or not. Anyway, I thought I would catch you up on the rest of the story!
We spent one day in Ningbo, China visiting one of the factories that produces some of our scrap booking items. It was quite eye opening to see what goes into putting together some of our 3 dimensional stickers. These are done by hand, and the workers are paid by the piece. An average worker in this factory makes the equivalent of $400 a month. They stay in a dormitory and receive 3 meals a day; but they pay for 2 of them, breakfast and dinner! Anyway, I felt bad knowing that we sometimes complain about the 2 or 3 additional pennies they request for an item. There were 1100 workers in this factory with additional office personnel. One of the office personnel traveled with us to the airport that evening and she proudly announced that she was a Christian. Tina, was so open and excited about ‘her Savior’ and I enjoyed listening to her. She told us that she is the only Christian in the entire factory, and that she shares God with all of them. What a mission field! She was very excited about her relationship with God and had been a Christian for quite some time. It was great to hear her story! I hope to be able to stay in contact with her and will be praying for her to continue to reach out to the people she works with.
We spent the remainder of our time in Guangzhou attending the trade show and visiting several of our vendors showrooms. We also did some shopping in the evening at a ‘mall’ that was next door to our hotel. I bought 5 ‘knock off’ versions of the Coach purse and a carry on rolling tote for $66! Woo hoo! The shopping was actually quite fun because you get to ‘negotiate’ your prices! I had a ton of fun!
I left Guangzhou on Saturday evening at about 8pm and flew into Hong Kong; left Hong Kong at about 11 pm and flew into LA airport arriving around 9 pm the same day! After clearing customs and finding the departure gate, I realized it was the same day/time as when I left Hong Kong 13 hours earlier. Anyway, after another flight into Dallas, then the final into OKC, I was way past tired! I arrived here at 8 am Sunday! I am still trying to catch up on my sleep and get back the 24 hours I lost! The first thing I wanted to do was eat at IHOP and have some good coffee. Yummy food!
Speaking of food, the food there is quite interesting. I am not much on fish, which is typically the main course, so I ate a lot of fruit and salad…they have awesome pineapple. We did eat at a McDonald’s one day (see attached video) It was quite the experience. It was quite comical trying to order our food and find a table to sit and eat it. The people stand behind you while you eat to waiting to get your table. There were as many workers behind the counter as there were people ordering food. The noise level was out of control…..we were cracking up! KFC was brought in the day we were in Ningbo, and it seemed to be quite similar to our KFC, but they don’t eat mashed potatoes and gravy and they called the french fries, chips. Their dessert was a ‘egg cake’; I didn’t try it, but the others that did said it was like a custard. Oh and at McDonald’s, their pies were Taro pies, not our apple—it is a purple potato, that doesn’t have much flavor, but I only took one bite and that was on the last trip, I wasn’t as adventurous this time.
All in all it was a great trip and I am very HAPPY to be home! I missed my husband, kids and those precious grand babies, but I also missed hearing Air-one music, watching Joyce Meyer and church service. Whew, it is good to be home again!