Paul in his letter to the Corinthians says

But just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture—“I believed, and so I spoke”—we also believe, and so we speak, (2 Co 4:13 NRSV)

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Journal 1

Friday 27 September 2013
Journal day 1
Flying from Brisbane toSingapore right now. It is 4.30 pm Nz time.
The first day of the trip had its moments!  After having spent a harrowing two months catching up with two years of stress fallout, preparations for the journey on the peace train, visa anxieties, etc, etc.  we finally left the house only ten minutes after we had planned. Not bad, ay?
After a couple of purchases in Feilding we set off to Hamilton to see the grands :)
Well, would you believe on the road past Hunterville I was stopped by a cop for speeding!!!!  $80 and twenty demerits.  We noticed between there and turangi some five cops cruising and stoping cars.  We stopped in Waiouru for a cuppa and a change of driver.  Desert road, and one of those cops pulled Judy over for speeding. Another $80 and another 20 demerits these for Judy he he he we each got a share

Spent a lovely afternoon tea with my daughter-in-law Lee, Isabelle, Elyssa and Finn.  They are all gorgeous!
Can't post pics yet cause my uploader won't work with the new iOS 7. Apparently iOS 7 blocks non apple devices - the perils of upgrading!  As soon as I get something that works will do so

We got to the gateway hotel around 6.30pm and after checking in had a lovely meal with my daughter Trisha and her partner Mark. Marie and Christine were with us and a happy send off was had by all.

Singapore 3.56am (7:56am nz)

As u can gather am totally in nz time sleep pattern!  Here I am wide awake in the middle of the night!

We arrived in Singapore around 4.45pm local time. Laura Chiew (Rachel Lim's)sister and her son Caleb met us at the airport and took us for a delicious meal @ the university campus.  Then home and to beddie byes as we were whacked.

Needless to say its kinda warm here: 30 degrees!
Night night all!

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

final countdown!!!

tonight is the final night I sleep in my own bed :)

hotel sleep in Auckland tomorrow night and early wakeup call  - have to be @ the airport @ 3am!!!

Finally got my Passport back from the Russian embassy with the long awaited visa about an hour ago :)

and I do believe I have done all the pretrip things I wanted to do with time to spare :D
thats all folks!!!
shalom for now

Sunday, 22 September 2013

4 more sleeps!

This morning attended a wonderful Spring Festival Service @ Knox Church. Met up with old friends. Ron Townsend gave a wonderful message from the parable of the weeds and the wheat.  About biding ones time and not jumping in without seeing the consequences. 
Blessed with a commissioning prayer which included Mum and Judy. All followed by lovely catch up time.

Friday, 13 September 2013


It is now less than two weeks to go!  I have received my Chinese visa and am en route to getting my Russian visa. Suitcase ready to start receiving items in the spare room.
Still have mountain of "to do's" - one at a time will do. 

Monday, 9 September 2013

Testing testing one two three

I am reactivating my blog just to see if it will work for my trip blog.  I am planning to post pictures and text so that I will be able to remember and keep all in touch with what is happening.
first pic:

let me know what happens