China Once, China Twice

What I had never planned to do

A Chinese Wedding Scrap-Book April 17, 2012

Married on 5/10/2011

To understand why I used print media to create a Chinese Wedding scrap-book that I mailed to China, is explained in short chapter blog posts.

This post ties them together, the reader has all thirteen links in sequence.  It is a 100 page scrap-book scanned in, but it’s also a rather romantic non-fiction story.

I’m happy to report that the two main characters, Sam and Daisy, will once again be landing on US soil in late May of 2012.  It will be Daisy’s second visit to the USA.


Why a scrap-book?

Chapter 1 – Welcome to New Jersey

Chapter 2 – Doylestown, PA

Chapter 3 – Qingdao

Chapter 4 – Qingdao Dinner Celebration

Chapter 5 – Mother’s Day in Wuhan

Chapter 6 – Wedding Day Begins

Chapter 7 – Wedding Ceremony Begins

Chapter 8 – More on the Wedding Ceremony

Chapter 9 – Wedding Cake and Guests

Chapter 10 – The Day Continues

Chapter 11 – Our Evening Meal

Chapter 12 – Culture and Romance


The Scrap-Book For China, Chapter 12, It Ends On Culture And Romance January 30, 2012

Culture & Romance

When the wedding festivities ended, I spent a few more days in Wuhan with Sam & Daisy, then took the train to Shanghai.  I feel at home in Shanghai.  I spent five days there before flying home.  As time permits, I will share later some of those photographs.

This last group of scanned in scrap-book pages are photographs of a few selected pages in a book.  My doorbell rang one day.  A friend that went to high school with Sam was standing there.  He had recently returned from a trip to China and hand delivered me a wedding book.  Do not expect these scanned in pages to look like a typical USA wedding album.

So, I’ll be starting school next week.  It’s 9 weeks, a couple of refresher courses, and I do have a general idea where this might lead me.  I will leave you now, with 2 sentences and 7 scanned in scrap-book pages.

Wherever life takes you, embrace this world with an open mind.  By doing so, what you will discover far exceeds your own expectations.


The Scrap-Book For China, Chapter 11, Our Evening Meal

Rain was pouring down non-stop.  With multiple vehicles, we were all transported to a restaurant in Wuhan.  It was another hour-long ride.  Daisy’s aunt was hosting our evening dinner.  I think what happened next must have been planned.

I was warmly greeted by her aunt and restaurant staff.  Because of the messy rain, I didn’t notice, the other guests were held back a bit in the lobby.  They brought me, alone, into this dining room.  To say I was treated like royalty, an honored guest, would be an understatement.  From past reading, I understood in the historical sense, the mother of a #1 son in China holds a certain level of power, control and respect.

This was a cultural difference I could endorse back, by simply being myself.

Daisy had told me (during her visit here), her parents discouraged her when they learned she wanted to marry someone from the USA.  She asked them to wait, they should meet Sam first.  The two later traveled together to Wuhan.  He met her parents.  Sam understands Mandarin, and speaks it.   I know my son, I let him be himself, it’s his greatest strength in life.

So on to the scanned in scrap-book pages for this chapter.  Sam told me, don’t ask what it is, just eat it first.  Glad I took his advice.


The Scrap-Book For China, Chapter 5, Mother’s Day In Wuhan January 24, 2012

My first trip to China in 2008 was planned around Mother’s Day.  I was with my son in Qingdao when the earthquake struck.  You can read more on that here.

Now in 2011 Daisy, Sam, his father and I were in Qingdao on Mother’s Day.  Together we flew that day to Wuhan and met Daisy’s family.

Here are the scrap-book pages scanned in that I chose to mark that special day.

The glass elevator & ceiling in the Howard Johnson 5 star hotel

Their wedding invitation

Two mothers and two kids

We were all together on Mother's Day (typo error in scrap-book, it was 2011)


Pandas and Romance August 27, 2011

This is a part from Trip 3.

It’s Mother’s Day again, but the year is 2011.

I am in Qingdao, staying with Sam and Daisy.  They will be married in two days.  It’s even more special now.  On this Mother’s Day we are all going to fly to Wuhan and be with Daisy’s family.  Two mother’s will share this special day together with their children.  I don’t have photos of first meeting Daisy’s mother to share with you.  We couldn’t speak the others language.  It didn’t matter.  You could feel the love we had for each other.  The two mother’s walked, each held closely together with an arm embracing the other.

This is what Daisy had chosen as a Mother’s Day gift for me.  The pandas are embroidered on silk, it rotates so each side is a view of the panda bears.

My Mother's Day Gift

Neither of us would have guessed, that today I am trying to help this endangered species by giving presentations. By helping support the efforts of Pandas International, who would have guessed, this could be happening as I write today?


In NYC Times Square, despite Hurricane Irene, this add is running.

Thank you, CBS.

The Add Of A Lifetime In Black and White


Another surprise happened.  Someone knocked on my door.  Sam’s friend who had just returned from China delivered this wedding album book to me.  I have laid it out and photographed it in sequence.  It is not a typical US wedding album.  Another example of a difference in our cultures.

Wedding album cover

Wedding album page 2

Wedding album page 3

Wedding album page 4

Wedding album page 5-1

Wedding album page 5-2

Wedding album page 6

Wedding album page 7

Wedding album page 8

Wedding album page 9

Wedding album page 10

Wedding album - the last page

More to follow later…..