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Saturday is a special day

Every Saturday we usually do our shopping for the week and often spend part of the day doing some sort of activity with our church friends.
Last Saturday our stake planned a big charity event that was essentially a flea market or garage sale where loads of second-hand items were donated then resold, and the money raised would be donated to a charity.
Several people cooked foods to sell at the event. Our ward Relief Society asked me to teach others how to make dinner rolls to be able to sell in packages of five for the service project. I spent most of the day on Friday in the kitchen at the church teaching, or rather showing, how to make the rolls. Most of them don't usually bake or even use flour to cook, so they were very excited to learn how to do it themselves. We ended up making more than a dozen batches of rolls. Later, I made some little labels to jazz the packaging up a bit. Appearance counts with food!
By the time Kelly and I got to the fund raiser, all the rolls were sold out, so I was glad they they were a success. The rain and cold weather didn't stop anything, although I would guess that if had been more pleasant outside, a larger crowd would have come out to support the activity.
Our youth got to perform a few times. They sang.
And they danced.
And danced some more.
It was extra exciting for me to see these wonderful kids because I had been in the U.S. for a month and I missed them!
We spent a while there, were able to greet a lot of our adult friends from church and it was overall a very happy reunion.
Since we left Taiwan during the holidays, a new American couple moved into our ward to be here for the next four months. Kent and Nikki, a young newlywed couple, are so nice and friendly and are really going to be such a bright addition. Kent served his mission here in Taiwan and communicates very well with people and is dancing in the photo below, the one on the far left, and Nikki also joined the youth on stage and is in the very back, in front of the red door with the orange scarf--you can barely see her from here. We're anxious to get acquainted with them.
Most of these teenagers here are the ones I've been working with on the Shakespeare play.
Speaking of...we will be doing our play on the Saturday before Valentine's Day, February 12, if anyone locally is interested in attending. Everyone is invited!
I will post the address of the church later as it gets closer to the date.
Kelly and I left the excitement in Jhubei, then headed for Costco.
We did first buy a few things before we left, but we were anxious to get back into our warm car.
We saw the friendly LDS missionaries arrive on their bicycles, who told us that their hands were freezing, so I bought them some hand warmers which were conveniently available at one of the booths.
Edison and Alma were also there and it was very nice to see the two of them together. They're both from the Philippines and in my opinion, would make such a lovely couple! I have invited the two of them over for dinner on Sunday to see if I can somehow assist in the matchmaking a bit.
Life here has many possible....
Here's the Costco! We got to stock up on a few essentials.
The Taiwanese Michelin man has been on a diet! Look how skinny this guy is compared to the American Michelin mascot (not pictured). Do they think our Michelin man is too chubby?
The food court at Costco is always packed on Saturdays. They have a similar menu in general. The pizza topping selection is somewhat more Asian. For example, we ordered the Peking Duck pizza, and since there was no place for us to sit, we took it to our duck pizza to our Toyota Corolla and had a picnic.
This little boy was working having so much fun standing on this vent. It looks like he's working on a decent Marilyn Monroe pose, however, I missed the best shot where his coat and hair were sticking straight up.
It feels good to be back in Taiwan. I missed all my friends.


Dianne said…
Love your pictures and hearing about your neat experiences.
Nick is still working on his mission papers, a little hard doing it in two places, but getting there. We went to his good friends farewell today- he's going to Japan :) Wish Nick could've been here.
~ Tina said…
Kelly - it's so great to see/read how much you have embraced this experience and your new city, especially your new friends. Very inspiring!
the "M man" probably couldn't be as fat as our guy, cuz they don't sell giant SUV tires there, right?
keep us posted on your match-making!
you crack me up!
Julie said…
The rolls for the fundraiser look so great in the bags, how neat they get to learn some of your baking skills. I love the sign, "life has many possible"! Lol

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