Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Happenstance Occurrence?

Tonight I picked up my friend a little before 7 and we headed over to North Harbor to get something to eat. She wanted to try a small eatery stall near an elementary school her coworker had toldDSC00180 her about. We could not find it from the sparsely scrawled directions at right,  so proceeded without a clue several hundred yards down the same road toward the temple side of town. Our thought was to just park along the main road there and eat something at a random eatery in front of the temple.

As I was looking for a parking place, out of the corner of my eye I saw someone who looked like our intern's wife (they live an hour north of here) walking up the road. I could not get her attention, but called her husband in Taipei and verified that it was indeed her. She was in town to deliver goods (she apparently comes here about once every two months). After 10 minutes or so we had gotten in touch with her and met back by the road in front of the temple.

The store she had been to was one I had accompanied our intern to late last year. The son of the shop keeper lady's younger brother has been in the same drug rehabilitation center our intern graduated from.

DSC00176 Anyway, our intern's wife and the shop keeper invited us to join them for dinner. They piled into my car. Without us saying a word, guess where they led us?

They instructed me to drive back over to the main DSC00178traffic circle and park near the 7-11/Watsons. We then walked through a back alley between taller buildings to the same small eatery (Beef Noodle Soup) we    had  been  looking for in the first place! It was only a little DSC00177after 7:30 and we discovered once we got there it did not open until 8:00. So we had a long time to chat. 

I don't know what God accomplished through an appointment to such an out-of-the-way place that was according to His ultimate purposes, but it clearly seemed to be of His doing. DSC00179

By the way, the Beef Noodle Soup in front of this small stall was the best I’ve had since I moved here.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Unrecognizable to Acquaintance


The other day when passing through Taipei I thought I saw a young lady whose family I’ve known ever since I first came to Taiwan 13 years ago and lived that first year in ShenKeng in Taipei County. She would have been a young teen then.

She came into the 7-11 while I was at the check-out counter and I looked over at her 2 or 3 times. She only stared blankly past me, so I assumed I must have mistaken her for someone else.

The next day I was talking to the whole family up in CiDu in Keelung where I visited for church. Indeed it was the same young woman. Her mom told me that the evening before her daughter had come home and said: “Mom, I saw someone who looked a lot like Mr. So and So today. But it must not have been him because he was so fat.


Afternoon Bike Trip to Chiayi County DongShi YuRenMaTou

I took this afternoon off and took off on the bicycle for DongShi YuRenMaTou in Chiayi County (嘉義縣東石漁人碼頭)along the Puzi bike path in LiuJiao. From my house and back I rode about 73 kilometers.

In my last post I talked about “Red Forests” in the water. Along the low-lying waters of the Puzi river the red forest is much taller—maybe about 5 meters.


The view along the river was pleasant, although I had to settle for using my cell phone camera and you can’t really tell from these pictures.


Since there’s not a lot to see or do in this immediate area, we take guests sometimes to the park/play area, seen below.


At the harbor, students were busy practicing for the Dragon Boat races which will be held on DuanWuJie in a few weeks.