Grandpa

My grandpa’s funeral was yesterday. In my almost 30 years, this was the first funeral I’ve ever been to, so I have no frame of reference, but I think it was good. Grandpa ran a good race, lived his life faithfully, and was welcomed into the arms of his Saviour and Lord last Thursday morning….

Asia 2010 – Vision Trip

We didn’t raise support for this trip, and we didn’t send out prayer letters. We didn’t even tell many people we were going (although my Facebook friends are probably getting sick of hearing about it by now.) We bank-rolled it ourselves (and will be doing so for the next couple months as we re-clear out…

Asia 2010 – Hong Kong

By plane, trane, bus, taxi, bicycle and ferry, we did Hong Kong. And it was pretty cool. But… and this might offend our travel buddy, Hong Kong was my least favorite stop. It could be because we were nearing the end of our trip, and starting to focus on going home, and the stuff we’ll…

Asia 2010 – The Vacation Portion

With our young travel companion in Vietnam with some missionary friends from church, we opted to take a couple days off. This trip consumes most of my vacation days for the year, so its really our only chance to get away. Which is fine, 3 nights and 2 days on the beach is really the…

Asia 2010 – Floating Villages

There have been a number of unique, never-seen-that-before experiences on this trip — such things kinda come with the territory, and its part of the reason we love to travel. However, and I say this fully aware that our trip is not over yet, one of the most memorable has to be our trip to…

Asia 2010 – The Template

I remember the first time I spoke to an audience on behalf of my employer. I remember being struck by the awesome responsibility that I’d been assigned — almost by default. What if I said something wrong? What if I, as the event’s sole representative of what is arguable the world’s largest software company, in…

Asia 2010 – Siem Reap

It was another early morning when we hauled ourselves out of bed for a 4am departure. Dad drove us all to the airport, where we got checked in, had a McDonald’s breakfast, and Coffee Bean chai lattes. The flight wasn’t long, but gave us some good time to process what we’d seen so far. Malaysia…

Asia 2010 – The Beginning

We arrived early in the morning on Tuesday, here in Kuala Lumpur. Dad picked us up at the airport and whisked us down empty highways to my parent’s cuet little condo outside of downtown. Yesterday we spend the day exploring KL, saw the Batu Caves, more malls than I care to remember, and of course,…