Traveling was the priority our first year in retirement. The month of October, 2004, we spent in Australia and Asia. We had been working on this trip for over a year with niece Jennifer and her husband, Peng from Cleveland. Jen was invited to give a medical lecture in Brisbane and asked if we would like to go with them and their two small children.
After our visit in Brisbane. Australia with Jen and family, the two of us took off for Sydney and Melbourne; then on to Bangkok where we stayed at the Christian & Missionary Alliance Guest House. While there we met a family from south of Rochester. Then on to Penang, Malaysia where we met up again with Jen and Peng. We also visited the Dalat Missionary School. We also had a wonderful time with Peng's family. A highlight was the birthday party for one year old son, Joel. Over 60 family member gathered for the celebration.
The last leg of our journey was to Singapore and Hong Kong. Great connections. Good food. Interesting cultures. Endless shopping opportunities. Good health. No language problems. We praise God for one incredible trip!
Dave's audition (Steve Irwin 1962-2006) Jenette & Baby Koala Peng & Julianne (5) Dave & Peng caught this!
Joel (1) not afraid of the baby kangaroo Playground Hunt-Chung Family with Dr. Virginia
The "Opera House" (taken from boat) It was all about the "water front" in Sydney !
Melbourne, Australia (We only spent 2 days in this beautiful city....we took a ride down this canal to an island...)
Exotic Bangkok, Thailand
Ms. Bangkok ('94) tour guide The Floating Market Cooking little coconut pancakes - Delicious
Penang, Malaysia (The home of our nephew-in-law, Peng....we met his family and celebrated his son, Joel's, Birthday First Birthday)
Joel's First B'day (Mother Jennifer) Joel with Grandmother Chung Penang known for its good spicy food !
Impressive zoo - - they are very proud of their rare white Bengal tigers -- "Little India" (endless shopping places!) -- Market
7 million people in HK. This "Junk" was one of many "homes" complete with TV. and computer.
This lady gave us a ride in her "Water taxi" for $10 while talking on her cell phone. 75% of people in HK have them!