Thursday, August 27, 2009

Playing Piano with Mom and Blessing Granny

Mom gives Clark and Amaris their first Piano lesson. Better keep their day jobs. Also, Amaris blesses Granny Filipino style. Hong Kong Airport after 14 hours on plane!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Family in the Philippines

Clark, Amaris, and Doris went to visit family in the PI. I stayed in Saipan to work, but met them there and spent three days. This is up in Lubao, Pampanga at Tita Rose's house as well as Manila Ocean Park, an aquarium in Manila.

Birmingham Family Vacation Texas 2009

Going on Rides at Six Flags on July 23, 2009. We had a great time! Also, Tita Becky at the "Best" Mexican place in Arlington. Becky and I have a tradition of going to out of the way places to eat. This place did qualify. I think it was called My Amigo or something like that.

Birmingham Family Vacation Texas 2009

Here are some videos from our vacation. This was Joan and Amaris reading a book and then having an afternoon choclate treat. Next, is Adventure landing in Dallas. We also played golf and both kids rode the big go karts with Mom.

Friday, August 7, 2009


The Family (without yours truly) went to Manila Ocean Park which is (and I paste) "The Philippines’ first state-of-the-art Oceanarium, open water marine habitat, boutique mall, restaurant row and function facilities all located in one complex at the back of the Quirino Grandstand".
They had a good time with the highlight being the little fish that eat the dead skin off of our feet. Whatever.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


OK, I have not updated the blog in a while, but then again the rest of my family has been gone! They left for Manila on June 16th. I joined them in Manila on July 5th and we all left for Texas on July 8th. We left Texas on July 25th for Manila. I spent one day in Manila then left back to Saipan. The family stayed another week and came back on Saturday, August 1st. Clark and Amaris started school (Grace Christian Academy) on Monday, August 3rd. They only spent two weeks on Saipan after school was let out and one week of that they had Vacation Bible School. The breakdown of our Trip:
Mark: Gone from Saipan 24 Days
Family: Gone from Saipan 45 Days
Flew in eleven different planes for a total of 46 hours in planes (including two 14 hour flights). Drove over 2500 miles in cars. The family stayed in six different Hotels for a total of nine different locations. Highlights of the trip include:
* Manila Ocean Park
* Dora the Explorer live show in Nokia Theater (Dallas Area)
* Six Flags over Texas
and, of course, seeing family. There is lots more and lots of pictures. Video will come soon, but it takes a while to upload to YouTube. We had a great time and hope to come back soon.