Sunshiney, Beijing, China


Posted Sep 24, 2010, 6:37 pm
Hi I'm Sunshiney!

I'm a super cute and super friendly BRIGHT Bear!!!

I'm more than ready to get going and can't wait for my first adventure!

I love photos and fun!!!

So who wants to host me???

Posted Jun 8, 2013, 7:50 pm
Yayyyy!!!  :stare: I'm on my way to Hong Kong to have adventures with Voicemkw!!!  :cyclops:

I'm so excited to be on my very first trip! :p

I know my mommy is excited too!
I can't wait to show her all the fun things I will do!

See you in Hong Kong! ;)

Posted Jun 28, 2013, 5:10 pm
Hi, Mummy! I have just arrived Hong Kong!

Hong Kong is a very small city but still is divided into 3 parts —
New Territories, Kowloon and Hong Kong Island.
I am now living in the New Territories.
Poopbear hugged me warmly.
He is not exactly a toy voyager.
Since he is too huge in size,
my current host Selina does not let him travel.
We had conveyor sushi for dinner tonight.
Although it is in Japanese style,
Hong Kong is actually a please where different styles of food can be easily found.
Scallop sushi.
Eel sushi.
Japanese cheese cake for dessert!

I am cool in Hong Kong.
Don't miss me so much.
Love you, mummy!

Posted Jun 29, 2013, 4:48 pm
Hi, mummy!
My host Selina and I went to Tsim Sha Tsui Today.
Tsim Sha Tsui is a part of Kowloon.
It is the major tourist hub in Hong Kong.
I went there by Mass Transit Railway (MTR).
MTR is a rapid transit railway system in Hong Kong.
It was my first time to take MTR! So excited!
We had Japanese style barbecue for lunch.
The lunch set includes sashimi, saland, miso soup, pork, beef, chicken, steamed Egg custard and rice.

We went to Harbor City after lunch.
It is a super large shopping mall in Hong Kong.
I met Totoro from the anime “My Neighbor Totoro”,
and also Jiji the cat from the anime “Kiki’s Delivery Service”.
Then we went to Toys"R"Us, the US chain toy store.
We found Thomas there!
We decided to go back home by star ferry.
Surprisingly, we saw a super huge egg tart when we went to the ferry pier!
Egg tart is a very local and traditional food in Hong Kong.
It is sweet but not exactly a kind of dessert.
Hong Kong people usually have it for afternoon tea time.
The green one is the star ferry pier.
Star Ferry is a kind of very local and traditional transportation.
It carries passengers across Victoria Harbour, between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.
We could see the Clock Tower and Hong Kong Cultural Centre on the  ferry!
(Hong Kong Cultural Centre is the building behind the Clock Tower.)
People can enjoy different shows like drama and music performance there.

Posted Jul 21, 2013, 11:42 am
Hi mummy! My host Selina has joined a study tour so she brought me along. We visited Beijing!
We first went to the Tiananmen Square.
"Wikipedia: Tiananmen Square is a large city square in the center of Beijing, China, named after the Tiananmen Gate (Gate of Heavenly Peace) located to its North, separating it from the Forbidden City.Tiananmen Square is the third largest city square in the world (440,000 m² - 880m by 500m or 109 acres - 960 by 550 yd). It has great cultural significance as it was the site of several important events in Chinese history."
We visited the National Museum of China also, which is just next to the Tiananmen Square.
My host was not interested in it but this museum was actually helping me to know a little more about China.
"Wikipedia: The National Museum of China flanks the eastern side of Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China. The museum's mission is to educate about the arts and history of China. It is directed by the Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China."
We had Beijing style roasted duck and other delicious Chinese dishes for lunch.
We visited the Temple of Heaven after lunch.
"Wikipedia: The Temple of Heaven, literally the Altar of Heaven is a complex of religious buildings situated in the southeastern part of central Beijing."
"Wikipedia: The complex was visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest. It has been regarded as a Taoist temple,[1] although Chinese Heaven worship, especially by the reigning monarch of the day, pre-dates Taoism."
Finally, we went to Tianjin by China Railway High-speed (CRH).
We only spent 30 minutes to go to Tianjin from Beijing. So fast!

Posted Jul 25, 2013, 3:42 pm
Hi Mummy!

After visiting Beijing, I went to Tianjin.
I first went to Nankai University to take a lesson.
It was sooooo boring. ;(
Then I visited the museum of Tianjin Textile.
Tianjin Textile is a large corporation in China.
The museum shows the history of  Tianjin Textile and some old sewing machines.
After that, I visited Tianjin Ancient Culture Street.
This is a copy of ancient Chinese market. Quite beautiful.

Wikipedia: Tianjin Ancient Culture Street was opened on New Year´s Day in 1986, the overall construction has the folk architectural style of Qing dynasty, with Tin Hau (Matsu Temple) located in the centre of the whole street. There are nearly hundreds of stores along the street, among them Yangliuqing painting gallery and painted clay sculpture of Clay Figure Zhang are most famous.
These rice cakes are famous snack in there.
I do not like them as they are too sweet.
These are fried dough twist (mahua),
another famous snack in there.
Although they are broken, still very yummy.

Posted Jul 25, 2013, 4:41 pm
Hi Mummy!
Another day having a class in Nankai University.
Really boring.
I had a nice lunch. A little bit spicy but tasty.
Visited the manufactory of Master Kong.
Master Kong is a very big brand in China.
It mainly produces instant noodles and drinks.
Actually, I did not listen to the lady who introduced the manufactory.
I spent my time with my host Selina.
Free drinks were available.
This is Tianjin style pancake or a kind of taco. It is called jian bing guo zi in Chinese.
People usually have it for breakfast but I had it at night.
It is very tasty. Love it so much.

Posted Jul 25, 2013, 5:23 pm
Hi Mummy!
As usual, I took a lesson in Nankai University before lunch.
But this time, I had tasty goubuli the bun for lunch! Happy!
I visited the old house of the Shi famaly.
The Shi family was very rich.
Therefore, it is a very typical traditional Chinese house of a rich family.
Sophisticated window.
Not exactly a car but still a ancient transportation.
Wedding version.
Traditional Chinese wedding dress.
New friend, Duffy.

Posted Jul 31, 2013, 11:29 am
Hi Mummy!
I returned to Hong Kong on 15th and 16th.
I have tried Hong Kong style breakfast.
This is macaroni with ham.
A bun, deep fried fillet, fried egg.
My host Selina and I went to the Peak.
Hong Kong is very famous for its night view.
It is ranked as the third beautiful night view in the world.
However, we visited there in the afternoon.
I had no chance to enjoy the night view.
There are so many skyscrapers in Hong Kong.
I also visited the legislative council of Hong Kong.
It is a new one so it is big and beautiful.

Posted Jul 31, 2013, 11:59 am
Hi Mummy!
I have tried liquid nitrogen ice cream with my host Selina and her friends.
This is my host's very first time to try liquid nitrogen ice cream. So excited!
This is my host's ice cream. Toffee flavor.
This cup of ice cream is very creamy and tasty!
This is my host's friend’s choice. Strawberry flavor.
This flavor is a little bit sour.

Posted Jul 31, 2013, 12:19 pm
Hi mummy!
I had some Taiwanese food for lunch with my host Selina today.
I realize that I always have non-Hong Kong style food in Hong Kong. ;P
This is Taiwanese noodles.
My host think this is similar to Hong Kong’s fake shark’s fin soup.
These are Taiwanese fried dumplings.
My host's favorite.
Soy milk. Yummy!

Posted Aug 11, 2013, 4:04 am
Hi Mum,
I have arrived here in Australia and I am here just in time to say goodbye to the WotWots as they are off to Germany, here I am with Mr Shaun, Suomi-boy, The WotWots, Sidney and Little Squirt.

More soon
Love and hugs

Posted Aug 11, 2013, 4:12 am

Hey Mum,

This weekend we are at the beach - we are off for a walk!  B)
we found a star fish washed up on the beach
and a jelly fish - I like it here Mum!

Love and hugs


Posted Aug 11, 2013, 4:14 am
Hey Mum,

Today we visited a friend of Sue's and had a chat to her dogs - it was hard to sit up on the slippery couch!  ;)
The dogs are mum and daughter, Jasmine and Misty.

Love and hugs

Posted Aug 11, 2013, 4:17 am
Hi Mum,

We are taking the dog for a walk in the park today
behind me are the soccer fields....and on the top of the hill in the background is the street I am staying in!
a map of the parks in Gisborne and some of the wakling tracks..the cricket man is on the soccer field!

Love and hugs

Posted Aug 11, 2013, 6:38 am
Hi Mum,

Today we went to a book crossing meet up
we went along the Calder Freeway
off at Bulla Road, there is a narrow bridge here, but it didn't come out in the photo
we stopped at Bulla for petrol and refreshments
then continued along the Tullamarine freeway
and here we are at the Gree Sage Cafe - lots of books needing new homes here!
we headed back home along the Tullamarine freeway
and the Calder freeway - I was having a snooze  ;)
and just up the rise here, we turn right and we are home!

Love and hugs

Posted Aug 13, 2013, 9:24 am
Hi Mum,

Toady at the park we saw that someone had been yarn bombing - there were little crochet flowers and a heart on Tane Mahuta - this carving came from New Zealand but sadly someone has stolen his head  :(
Back near the car we saw the Australian and Aboriginal flags flying.
Love and hugs

Posted Aug 19, 2013, 6:10 am
Hi Mum,

Back at the park this morning - here I am by the old Gisborne Court House building - one of the oldest in the town
it is now used by the local historical group
this is the old jail at the back of the courthouse built out of bluestone.
and here behind me is Gardiner Oval where the local Aussie Rules football is played.

Love and hugs

Posted Aug 19, 2013, 6:13 am
Hi Mum,

Today I am at Sue's work - it has been a busy day so not many photos but here is the elephant decorated by some of the Art students earlier in the year. The Melbourne Zoo celebrated 150 years of caring for elephants, so 50 of these elephants went out to schools in Victoria to be painted. There were also larger elephants painted by local artists and they were an the elephant walk in the city. They have all gone to the Zoo and have been sold to fund raise now.

Love and hugs

Posted Aug 19, 2013, 6:15 am
Hi Mum,

Quiet day at home today but it is very cold, there was a hail shower just before lunch
not many were left when we got outside but you can see a few.

Love and hugs

Posted Aug 23, 2013, 9:04 am
Hi Mum,

Today we are in the old park in Gisborne behind the football oval.

Love and hugs

Posted Aug 23, 2013, 9:06 am
Hi Mum,

today we said goodbye to Elmar, Mr Shaun and Suomi-boy as they are all of on their travels once again

Love and hugs

Posted Sep 5, 2013, 2:48 am
Hi Mum,

Today we are driving across Melbourne to visit family In Sherbrooke in the Dandenong Ranges
here we are on the Tullamarine Freeway
nearing the city
passing the big wheel that has taken ages to build
heading through the tunnel

Love and hugs

Posted Sep 5, 2013, 2:53 am
Hi Mum,

Today we can show you some of the Sherbrooke Forest
there are huge trees here
there are lots of walking tracks here and picnic grounds - today is is very muddy because we have had lots of rain.
Heading off home now
Love and hugs

Posted Sep 5, 2013, 2:57 am
Hi Mum,

Today a new TV arrived it is MooseS
We made MooseS welcome.

Love and hugs

Posted Sep 5, 2013, 3:05 am
Hi Mum,

Today we are on our way to the beach but have stopped in Geelong to have a look at the bollards, they tell the history of the local area.
Back when this lady was swimming the men and women had to swim in separate places  :o it was thought to be improper to see one of the opposite sea in their bathing costume!
here is a family group having a day out at the beach!
We are heading off to St Leonard's now
Love and hugs

Posted Sep 5, 2013, 3:08 am
Hi Mum,

Off for a beach walk today - it is very windy so there are waves on the bay
we have walked to the Yacht Club and now are heading back for lunch!

Love and hugs

Posted Sep 5, 2013, 3:12 am
Hi Mum,

It is a beautiful spring morning - we are enjoying the warm weather
now we are down at the beach
It is a lovely day.  B)

Love and hugs


Posted Sep 7, 2013, 12:12 am
Hi Mum,

Tonight we have gone to the house of a friend of Sue's for a sewing night
here we are watching Tania make her hexagons for a quilt
we fond an interesting looking barrel and thought it could make our night more fun, but I couldn't turn the tap!  :(
we found a good place for a snooze but it was a bit lumpy really  ;)
we were lovely and warm here sitting by the fire

Love and hugs

Posted Sep 8, 2013, 1:14 am
Hi Mum,

Today is election day in Australia - the vote is to decide which party governs the country - the main ones here are Liberal and Labour, although I did notice there was the Pirate Party on the form!! Mmmmm....could be interesting!
We went to vote at the Gisborne Primary School
the green form gets filled out 1 - 9, the white form is HUGE, you can put one number for your vote in the top section or 1 - ? on th ebottom section.

Love and hugs

Posted Sep 8, 2013, 4:10 am
Hi Mum

Today we took the dog to the park and walked through the botanic gardens, they are very new and mainly have plants from New Zealand as Gisborne used to be the sister city of Gisborne in New Zealand.

More soon
Love and hugs

Posted Sep 17, 2013, 9:47 pm
Hi Mum,

Today I have said goodbye to my friends here and I am off on my travels once again.....

See you soon

Love and hugs

Posted Sep 22, 2013, 9:54 am
Hey Mom I arrived safely in Germany  :D with chocolate and a postcard from the last host for the new host. Thank you fleursmum

Posted Sep 22, 2013, 9:56 am
Now I'm waiting for the RingCon to begin. I'm so excited!

Posted Oct 22, 2013, 4:01 pm
I'm so exicted! We're on our way to the RingCon Europes 's biggest Fantasy convention

OMG whats thats?! An orc! Help me or I get eating alive!

Oh I'm so glad. Gimli saved me

oh wahts that? A costume ^^


Posted Oct 22, 2013, 4:20 pm
Wow look at that. This is built with lego! Thats shows the fight in front/in Minas Tirith

And that is a project called 50.000 orcs

Me and a hobbithole :D

Posted Oct 22, 2013, 4:31 pm
My host was in an impro workshop from Lori Dungey. She  is a New Zealand-based actress and voice actress. She played a little role in Lord of the Rings and had won a lot of improvisations contest.

Posted Oct 22, 2013, 4:39 pm
Wow these two dressed up like ents! Thats amazing. Later they had won the costume contest.

Ents, called Onodrim (Tree-host) by the elves, are a very old race that appeared in Middle-earth when the elves did. They were apparently created by Eru Ilúvatar at the behest of Yavanna after she learned of Aulë's children, the Dwarves, knowing that they would want to fell trees. Ents were envisioned as Shepherds of the Huorns, to protect the forests from orcs and other perils. The Elves have tales of teaching the trees and the Ents to talk: although the Ents were sentient beings at the time, they did not know how to speak until the Elves taught them. Treebeard spoke of the Elves "curing the Ents of their dumbness" that it was a great gift that could not be forgotten ("always wanted to talk to everything, the old Elves did").

Posted Oct 22, 2013, 4:48 pm
My host visited a Workshop called the hobbit confectionery look what she made there ^^

This was the last day at the RingCon :( But the Weekend was amazing!!

The actors David Wenham, Wiliam Kircher, Daniel Portman Gemma Wheelan, Gethin Anthony, Finn Jones, Silas Weir Mitchell, Rupert Young, Lori Dungey, Craig Parker and Mark Ferguson were there. But my host could not make pics with these..

And there we were at our way home


Posted Jan 12, 2014, 4:31 pm
Sunshiney is now on his way to his new host

Posted Feb 10, 2014, 8:29 pm
I've arrived here safely and happily!! I have met a new TV, Sasha.

I got to meet some cute puppies, too! Willow is a black lab/pit bull mix and Eagan is the brown/white Pit bull. =) They are so adorable and cute.

To start my day off, Chloe had been watching some television. We started watching Law and Order: SVU.


Posted Mar 6, 2014, 8:51 pm
***Sorry I have not been posting as much as I'd like to....School and work have taken a lot of my time. I will try to post more!***

It was Sargent Froggo's homecoming so we decided to celebrate with his favorite Chinese restaurant. We went to Wanderer's Garden tonight. It's a Chinese restaurant that has the best sesame chicken. Sargent Froggo, NoMi and I had wontons and some fortune cookies of course! There was an interesting set of newspapers there....some in Chinese!! cool, huh?

More adventures to come!!

Posted Mar 10, 2015, 1:22 am
Yay!  I arrived in Grand haven today, and Mel says I must have brought the sunshine with me, since yesterday and today are the first days above freezing for the season!  There was a lot of melting going on.  Mel picked me up out of the mailbox on her way out for a walk, so I got to go along.

After our walk around the block, which was made hard by lots of puddles on the sidewalk, we got to go inside anf warm up, and I could meet some new friends!  Buzz was supposed to leave for Portugal over a week ago, but Mel's like got crazy, she says.  Oops!  I'm told we can go downtown to take him to the post office tomorrow.  Alex_Lion and Georgiebat were also interested in my travels.

Mel decided that she wasn't done enjoying the nice day though, so we met her mom at a brand new tea room that just opened.  We liked it!  We will probably go back, it seems a great place to write, says Mel.

Now we are settled in for the night, and Mel is trying to catch up on the computer work she avoided all weekend.  Buzz and I are comparing who had the worst winter, Michigan or Minnesota. 

More soon!  Miss you!

Posted Mar 11, 2015, 3:46 pm
We started with going downtown to the post office, to drop Buzz off;  he is on his way to Portugal!

We went to look for Mel's book at the store where we got the postcard, but they didn't have it in stock yet.  As we were leaving, Mel got a phone call that one of her coworkers was sick, and could she come to work to help?  She said yes, so after we went to get a good lunch, we were off to the hospital!  That's where Mel works!

They were busy, so I dressed up as a doctor to help!  Mel just works on the computers, but I wanted something more hands-on.  The nurses all thought I was cute.  I even have purple gloves!

Sandy the Triage nurse let me help her!  I distracted people while she checked their vital signs.

Mel works again tonight, I'm not sure if I will go along or not.  I might stay here and enjoy the sunshine and talk to my new friends instead.  ^_^

Posted Mar 19, 2015, 9:09 pm
Hello!  The weather here in Michigan is still cool, and today is rather cloudy and grey.  So we are back at the Tea Cafe and Mel is taking the time before she goes to work to write more of her story.
I am good inspiration, she says!  I also tried some of her tea, it was so good!  I think I like tea.

On the way here we had stopped at the pet store.  They just moved, so Mel wanted to see the new store.  I found a tarantula!  It was bigger than me!  I hope I don't have nightmares tonight.  Maybe I will make Mel take me to work with her, and I will sleep there next to her work station, just to be safe.

I have a new friend!  He is named Arn.  And so is the other one!  They are both Arn!  Is was kind of confusing for a while, but look at them, they are getting along great, like best friends.  Well, I suppose they would have a lot in common, wouldn't they?  I like them both.  :)

Posted Apr 19, 2015, 12:55 am
Sorry for the silence, Mel was stuck working over-night shifts at teh hospital for three weeks!  So she did nothing but sleep when she wasn't there.

We went for another walk to enjoy the lovely spring!  This is Connor Bayou park, which has a nice trail along the Grand River.  We saw snakes and frogs.

Mel's niece came over and she had a gift certificate for the local bookstore, and since Mel's new apartment is not far from it, we walked there to spend it! We tried to give her advice on what sounded fun to read.

She got three books, two new and one used.  I checked out some adventure stories.

There was a lunar eclipse here!  It happened in the morning, so the moon as was mostly set before the eclipse was complete.  Mel was working, so we saw the start of it from the Hospital parking lot.  Mel and the nurses peeked out between patients to watch it!  Aaron and I did too.
Because she was working, she didn't have her good camera, and it turns out that the moon is really tricky on a small camera!  We tried though, Mum!

After Mel's shift ended the eclipse had set behind the hills, but she drove home past the beach and there were a lot of people parked there watching the moon set.  The eclipse still wasn't complete when it sank into Lake Michigan.  With the lightening sky it was hard to see, but kind of cool!  It's hard to see in this photo so I circled it for you.  It looked bigger in real life, i promise...

From our spot on the beach we could also see the lighthouse.  Mel says we can go explore that closer soon!  For now, they still have the snow fences up, and that day was windy so the pier wasn't safe (Also was tired after a night of work.)

Remember when I took photos of the first spring flowers?  There are lots more flowers now!  There are buds on the trees too, they should bloom soon!  Don't these bright flowers and I make a pretty colorful set? :)

Talk to you again soon!  Miss you!  :D

Posted May 23, 2015, 10:09 pm
YAY Mel got her camera fixed!  So now not only can we take new photos, but we can finally post the ones we took earlier, but couldn't get to!

Mel had to take her niece back home after a weekend, so we went with.  First we stopped at a nice park to enjoy the nice spring weather. 
It is the site of an old water mill, long gone now but the man-made falls are still there.  Behind them you can see a railroad trellis.  It is not used anymore, either.  The millrace is on the other side of the river from the park.

When we got to Mel's sister's house, they were working outdoors.  The horses needed grooming to brush out their winter coats!  They were so big!  Friendly though.  I finally got up the nerve to pet one.
Her name is Cappuccino.

The weather here is lovely mum, as you will see in my next update! 

Posted May 23, 2015, 10:26 pm
We started the weekend on Friday, when the Grand Haven High School Class of 2015 had their graduation ceremony!  We went to see Mel's cousin Emma graduate.  Our seats weren't the best, but we could hear the band play and the speeches. 
The ceremony was held on the sports field.  You can see the stands are all full of family for the graduates.

Emma is having her party in June.  I will miss it, but Aaron might be able to go.  He will tell me how it goes!

Here in the USA it is Memorial Day weekend.  It is when people honor the dead, especially soldiers.  But it is also the unofficial beginning of summer, so a lot of people take advantage of the long weekend.

Mel needed to go downtown to meet a friend to get copies of her book to sell, and we got to come along!  She thought that since it was a perfect day, she could finally take us to see the waterfront!  Her friend Jason came along with his camera also, but he had no voyagers. Poor guy!

This is the Grand River that we walked along before, but at it's mouth.  There is a park that runs all along it, and it is very popular with boaters.  It is still early in the season though, according to Mel.
As we walked farther, we could start to see the lake, and the pier and lighthouse in the distance!

It was a good walk, I am glad Mel carried us.  Here is Aaron and I posing together.

We made it to the pier!  And since the weather was good, we could walk right out on it!  There were a lot of signs with warnings though.  The signs said a lot of people have been drowned by jumping off or getting swept off the pier.

This is the beach you could see in our eclipse photos.  It looks warmer now!  Some people were flying a kite.  There is a campground too, as you can see.  In the summer this will be all full of people!

We walked all the way to the very end!  This is the view from the tip of the pier.  All that concrete helps the lighthouse stand up to the big waves.  We look so tiny!

This is looking north to the other side of the channel.  You can see some of the sand dunes along Lake Michigan.  Also very expensive beachfront houses!

It was a nice day!  Mel says with the Memorial Day holiday this weekend, there is a carnival in the town north of here, or we could go downtown again for the parade.  I think the weather will help us decide.  I will post again before I move on! 

Posted Jun 7, 2015, 10:50 pm
Hello!  This will hopefully be my last update from Mel's house!  It has been a busy week though.

Tuesday, Mel goes to a park and sells phones at a market that sets up there.  We went with!  So did Madison.  Mel was stuck at her table, but we were bored a bit so Madison took us exploring in the park!  She took pictures for us, too!

The park has a Little Sharing Library!  Is a box on a post, where anyone can come and take a book, or leave one.

Then Aaron and I played in the trees for a while.

Then we just sat and enjoyed the sunshine for a while.  It was a nice day.  Aaron and I talked about our upcoming travels.  he is moving on the same time I am, he is going the the Netherlands.  I will miss him.

We checked in with Mel sometimes, and played on her table when there were no customers, which was most of the time, sadly.  We liked looking at the pictures of HER travels!

Wednesday was busy too!  Madison and her cousin wanted to go to the pool, and Mel is always up for going swimming, so we all went!  The pool is at the local high school.  Some of the teams were there practicing in the other end of the pool.

Aaron was thinking about jumping off the driving board, so I was ready with rescue equipment.  Luckily he didn't, so I got to stay dry.

After swimming we went for frozen yogurt, which is popular treat now  The girls called it FroYo.  We could put whatever toppings we wanted on.  The girls shared with us.

Then Thursday!  Mel was asked to put some photos in a book about West Michigan, so since the day was lovely, Mom and Mads came with us all and we went to look or and take photos of the next two lighthouses down the coast of Lake Michigan, from Grand Haven.  The walking was nice, and so was seeing the water and birds.

Parking for the walk to the Holland light was next to Lake Macatawa and some very posh houses and a yacht club.

We read some of the history.  Then Mom sat and waited for us, she didn't want to walk so much.

We walked all the way to the end, like we did in Grand Haven.  Madison helped is take pictures most of the time, because Mel had her big camera doing artsy photos.

There are dunes along the lake here, too.  Madison had just gone exploring on the dunes as a class trip, so she told u all about it.

Then we all got back into the car and went down south more, to South Haven.  It sounds like Grand Haven, and the lighthouse is a lot the same too!  It just doesn't have the big square house at the end.  There were a lot of people there too, even though clouds had come in and blocked some of the sunshine.

Another thing South Haven had that Grand Haven didn't was a PIRATE SHIP!  They take out school kids and tourists for sails on the lake.  They even fired a canon!  We were all excited that they came back into the channel wile we were there so we could see it.

Then we had a yummy dinner and went home to sleep. ^_^

And now today, it is packing day!  It's Sunday, so no mail today, but Mel is getting us ready to go tomorrow.  We got to pick from some goodies to take with us.  Aaron is going too, and so is Buzz!  he is going to Russia!  I hope it goes better for him that his trip to Portugal!

Then Mel let us all go through her postcard box to pick one to send to our new hosts.
I sure hope mine likes what I chose...  I am excited to travel!  :D  I hope to talk to you again soon!  I miss you!

Posted Jan 8, 2016, 3:16 am
We will spend the new year in Boracay, Philippines.

We're jetting off for a sunshine holiday in the Boracay~~ B)
BEIJING was rather cold , five below zero.We too need the warm sunshine.

We arrived at the hotel.It's very warm here.

The sea all around the island.sunshine and beach looks so beautiful.We had some food.We began to enjoy  forget all and disturbing carefree holiday, not sedulous ground orchestrates a lot of activity, think only silent the taste that enjoys leisure.

Posted Jan 8, 2016, 3:30 am
Today is the last day of 2015.

We wnet to thr Puka Beach
Puka beach second major Boracay beach, it is the pride of Boracay.
Puka beach shells are very famous in the 1970s and 1980s, Puka Shell was chosen for high-quality raw materials, used to make jewelry, rage, by people's favorite. Therefore, but a lot of people in Puka beach collect shells can now see the remains of the time left.

A famous singer LiangJingRu in China is holding a wedding at here.

We spent the whole morning collecting seashells on the beach. We found many beautiful shells on the shore.

The New Year's bell will soon toll to usher in the year2015.
This year I went to many cities in many countries for travel, I have met many old friends and got to know a lot of new friends, so I felt very happy! For some reason, I didn't update in time. But I've photographed a lot and there are more photos that I have not processed.But when I look at them, it brings back many memories. I will be in the days to update and share with us.

I made a wish for the new year: Next year we can go to more places to travel and May my family and my friends live in peace and harmony throughout the new year.

Wish everyone a happy new year!

Posted Jan 8, 2016, 10:46 am

We're going to the white sand beach in the sun today.
White Beach, Boracay's biggest tourist attraction, stretches some four kilometers on the western side of the island, mostly within the barangay of Balabag. It is largely because of the pristine, white powdery sand of White Beach and the crystal-clear blue water of the surrounding sea that Boracay is often called "the world's most beautiful tropical island."

The northern end of the beach is "lorded over" by Fridays, the southern end by Lorenzo South. In between you will find all kinds of accommodation, from native bamboo-and-nipa bungalows to Western-style concrete buildings.

The most famous view of Boracay is the sunset. We sat on a sailing boat to see the sunset.
But I can't take a picture. The sailing is too exciting. I was wet all over. We'll play on this again tomorrow.

Posted Jan 8, 2016, 10:51 am
We're still on the beach today.
I really like the sea. Seeing it makes me relaxed and peaceful. My home is near the sea and I love walking on the beach. After sunset, the sea becomes so different from daytime. The sea breeze makes me comfortable. Walking without shoes feels great, because the sand is so soft. Sometimes, we will play games on the beach or make some sand sculptures. It's really funny.

Posted Jan 8, 2016, 10:56 am
Today, we played in the hotel swimming pool. Also went to the spa. The island is rife wit SPA, Here's the Philippines massage is very famous,Spa consultants and therapists are experienced in all of the treatments and can assist guests in planning personalised spa treatment.

Swimming and massage, hat really good feel. But we're going home tomorrow.
Goodbye Boracay
We're back in the winter
But I know there are more interesting things waiting for us in the Beijing.

Posted Jan 8, 2016, 11:44 am
We're still at the beach today.
I really like the sea. Seeing it makes me relaxed and peaceful. My home is near the sea and I love walking on the beach. After sunset, the sea becomes so different from daytime. The sea breeze makes me comfortable. Walking without shoes feels great, because the sand is so soft. Sometimes, we will play games on the beach or make some sand sculptures. It's really funny.

Posted Jan 20, 2016, 9:24 am
Today we went to the Olympic Park.

Due to the stadium's outward appearance, it was nicknamed "The Bird's Nest".
It looks like a bird's nest woven with branches. It contains a bowl-shaped stadium which is red. The whole building is related through the giant reticular structure, without one column in the interior.
It has been a landmark and a longstanding symbol of the Olympics. During the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, the opening ceremony, closing ceremony, track and field meets, and men's football final will be held here.

It is the world's largest steel structure and the most complex stadium ever constructed. Its design had to be inspiring and be able to withstand an earthquake.
After the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, the stadium will become a sports and entertainment facility for the residents of Beijing.

The Beijing National Aquatics Center,also officially known as the National Aquatics Center,and colloquially known as the Water Cube,is an aquatics center that was built alongside Beijing National Stadium in the Olympic Green for the swimming competitions of the 2008 Summer Olympics

Despite its nickname,the building is not an actual cube,but a cuboid (a rectangular box). is a shape very similar to the structure of "H2O",

In the evening it will make a colorful light, Much better than the day. PAPA said she had the chance to bring us here again at night.

Posted Jan 26, 2016, 9:56 am
We wen to the Jingshan Park, an former imperial garden!

The mount was named the Hill of 10,000 Years and became an imperial garden to the north of the imperial Palace.

The name of "Jingshan" was given in 1655 during the Qing Dynasty. In 1751 five pavilions were built on the hill in a straight line. Wanchun Pavilion in the middle is on the central axis of the old Beijing city. So This is the center of Beijing.We From there one has a grand view of the former Imperial Palace.

We passed the the Imperial Palace. This is one of the most famous scenic spots in Beijing.
The tourist bus is very lovely. We took a video on it.
PAPA was thinking about putting the video about us on website, Such as YouTube. And I'm looking forward to seeing myself.

Posted Feb 26, 2016, 8:06 am
It's snowing in Beijing. The first snows of winter ! The weather is very cold. We go to the park to see the snow. The lake has begun to freeze.
In the lake opposite the tower is the CCTV Tower. This is a sign of modern architectural function, They can launch 8 sets and 10 sets of radio and television.
The snow was banked up along the roadside. But So much snow has already melted away. We can snowmen and throw the snowballs.