You think you’re good with chopsticks? Try eating fried chicken with them :)

Hello everyone!

Nick and I have been having a wonderful time exploring our new home.  We arrived safely in Magong (our island) on Friday and received a very warm welcome from everyone here at our school.  We went house hunting on Saturday and found a great 3 bedroom house!  It was still under renovation, so they told us it would be about a week before we could move in, but last night we received the news that it is ready for us! YAY!!!! 😀  Today we will be rushing to get everything moved in before it starts raining (a typhoon is supposed to hit us today).  But before moving in, we decided to go to the traditional market across the street from our school.  We were both excited and a little nervous, but everything turned out alright.  We bought some fruit, and looked around the rest of the market to see what we could see.  They have pretty much everything we could need.  Fruit, vegetables, meat (beef, pork, chicken), eggs, and so much more!  We’re very excited about this discovery and think we will be stopping by on a regular basis.

Before our plane left for Magong on Friday, our school representatives took us to get famous dumplings.  I can’t remember the name of the restaurant, but it’s famous here.  We were able to watch the cooks make the dumplings, and it is definitely an art.  The kind that we had have soup and meat in them.  They were delicious!

Our table and dumplings

A huge Praying Mantis we saw at the airport

Anyways, I’m sure you’re dying to hear about the rest of our week here, so don’t worry, I’ll tell you.  On Saturday, after our morning of house hunting, we went to the beach to learn how to windsurf!  It was so much fun!  Our school has two military guys serving their one year of mandatory military service, and one of them took us with him.  It took us a few tumbles and splashes, but sooner than  thought, we were windsurfing. 😀 It’s ok if you’re jealous, but if you come see us we will try and teach you if you’re interested.  Unfortunately we don’t have pictures of this landmark event because we didn’t want our camera to get wet, so you’ll just have to take our word for it.

The last two days we have been in training with some of our coworkers.  We went to sessions about teaching English in a fun and entertaining way.  We learned some games we could play, and all sorts of activities to do with different story books.  For lunch each day, we recieved a lunch box filled with tons of good traditional food, and chopsticks.  We thought we were good with chopsticks until we tried to eat fried chicken with them.  It proved to be much more challenging than we thought, and we ended up having to use our fingers, so if you feel up to a challenge, try it.  🙂 All the teachers we met there were very nice, especially the two teachers we went with from our school.  They have been such a great help to us these first few days by taking us house hunting, helping us get our resident id cards, buying us food, and helping us move today!  We are so blessed by them!

Nick participating in an activity

A learning game we were taught

One more funny story, then I’m done.  We have gone to dinner a couple times at a traditional restaurant, but we found out that the menu is only in Chinese, and as you know, we don’t know Chinese.  The only thing we could say was the word for chicken.  The owner laughed at us and then brought us something with chicken in it.  It was good, but we think he thinks we are ridiculous 🙂  He told other people about us and they laughed to.  I guess we’ll have to get used to that.

If you would like to pray for us, here are a few ways.  First, please pray that we can find the contact people for a church here.  We have some names, but our lack of transportation and telephones has made it difficult to get in touch with them. Also please pray for us as school starts.  Pray that we will get over the learning curve quickly and be great English teachers to the students here, and that we can figure out a good way to be a light to our students and coworkers. 🙂

We love y’all,

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16 thoughts on “You think you’re good with chopsticks? Try eating fried chicken with them :)

  1. The Broadways

    Sounds like you guys are having a great time. We are very jealous especially of the windsurfing. We will be praying for you. We miss you guys. Today I started my first day of school. It went well. I’ll tell you about it next time we talk on the phone.

  2. Carolyn

    Our prayers are with you during this exciting time!

  3. Belva Bowers

    Thanks for the update and pics. I’m sure that bug makes you feel right at home, with our giant sized ones we have. Love you and glad your having a fun time!

  4. Auntie

    Yeah, for the house! I’m sure you’ll be so glad to get into your own place. Also, hooray for finding the market. I’m so excited for you both and I’m sure God will work out all the other details. I am positive God will use you in a mighty way!! It really sounds like you are both having the time of your life.

  5. Sounds like you guys are having an awesome experience so far! I am definitely going to take you up on the windsurfing lessons at some point 🙂

  6. It’s SO nice to read your updates. Thank you so much for taking the time. I know y’all are BUSY! Can’t wait to see your house! How exciting! Does it have AC? Is it furnished or do you have to find furnishings?
    We’re praying for you!! It’s got to be hard to make connections outside of school without communication or transportation! What do you plan to do to meet those needs? Is there Craig’s List in Penghu? 😉
    I found out today that one of my coworkers speaks Mandarin! She studied it in college and said it’s an easy language to learn to speak. Writing is another matter, but she was orally fluent in a short time.
    I miss you and love you! It’s so quiet here this week with y’all gone and Mike in MI!
    Love you lots!

  7. Annie

    this is 40 Taiwanese food recommended by CNN, though not much in pingyin, yet hope this helps a little bit. 🙂,0

  8. Clay

    The market place sounds so exciting. I’m sure you will make good use of it on a daily basis. Just enjoy and take in all the sights and sounds of the market. Love you both and miss you butr so happy for you.

  9. Lynn Otto

    Nice to hear about your time thus far on Magong. Sounds like an excellent adventure. When does the school year start? And what age will your students be?

  10. angela

    What an exciting adventure you are on !

  11. I’m Ashley! (Annie’s assistant :)))))) )
    How have you been?
    Hope typhoon didn’t cause too much damage in Magong :)))))

    This is a website which provides you with Pin-yin system
    (Hope can help you with the pronunciation of Chinese food! :-DDDDDDD)

    Enjoy your life and try some seafood :”DDDDDDD


  12. Matt and Teri

    Sounds Incredible, guys. Thanks for taking the time to let us peek in on your adventure. We’re praying for you and for all those whose lives you will touch.

    -Matt and Teri

  13. howard bowers

    Nice pics.If you cross a praying mantis with a termite;you get an insect that prays before he eats you out of house and home.

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