Thursday, October 8, 2009

Final Full Day in Seoul

DBU vs Chung Ang Univ
The Basketball team and Cheerleaders at Central Christian

Thursday morning began with breakfast at the hotel before traveling to Central Christian Academy. While spending the morning at the academy, both the Basketball team and Cheerleading squad guided elementary age Korean students in a large clinic consisting of 80 boys and 80 girls.

The children at the basketball clinic played many games, led by the Patriot Basketball Team, who also taught them the fundamentals of basketball.

The Lady Patriots taught the Korean students a DBU Patriots Cheer along with many types of cheerleading techniques during the clinic. At the end of the clinic, the girls performed the cheer they learned for the students that were in the basketball clinic. Both the players and cheerleaders were very popular at the clinic, with it ending in a small autograph session for the children!

Lunch was served in the cafeteria at Central Christian Academy where we were served baked chicken and sausage with rice and fruit. It was a good meal that revitalized our taste for American food.

After lunch, the basketball team was set to play their third and final game of the trip at 4:00 PM. We arrived at Chung Ang University early and were met with yet another beautiful Korean college campus.

The game began quickly with both teams shooting the ball well. At halftime, the Patriots led by a mere three points, but came up just short losing 107-106.

After the game, the final dinner in South Korea was at a Korean style barbeque restaurant, where the group was served pork, rice, kim chi, and many other authentic Korean side dishes.

Friday morning we are scheduled to attend early morning prayer service at a local church at 6:00 AM, then will be traveling back to Dallas. Our flight is scheduled to leave from Seoul, South Korea at 2:00 PM and we will arrive at DFW a little after 4:00 PM (on Friday too, so weird), after a layover in San Francisco.

Day 4 in Korea

Ryan and I sharing some delicious Sushi at the coolest Sushi restaurant ever. The plates just rotated around the bar area and you just picked your choice until you were full. So hip and fab.

Ryan with a new hat and goggles in the marketplace.

Ryan and I in the marketplace, trying to get some good shopping in.

This is me playing with one of the adorable home school children at the clinic. I think I need to adopt a Korean child, I am in love.

Wednesday morning started at 9:00 AM as the group headed to a local park in the center of Seoul to perform a clinic for the Global Home Schooling Academy. The academy was operated by the Global Mission Church and was comprised of elementary age children. Both the basketball team and cheerleading squad were able to give offer clinics for over three hours.

After the clinic, we traveled across the city for lunch that was provided by the Global Mission Church at a Korean style restaurant. We had the opportunity to experience a traditional meal called “shabu-shabu,” which is a “fondu” style meal including vegetable, dumplings, noodles, and lean beef cooked in a broth on each table. While eating, the group was required to sit on the floor at small tables, with their shoes removed. It was very interesting and fun, but not the most comfortable for some of the bigger guys, or unflexible ones like Ryan.

After lunch, we were invited to tour the Far East Broadcast Company(FEBC), where we experienced a tour of the broadcasting complex and learned about its history. The FBEC is a broadcasting hub that airs Christian radio and sermons throughout the eastern hemisphere including China, Japan, and Russia, mainly illegally and against the permission of the foreign governments.

The afternoon was filled with shopping at one of the largest markets in downtown Seoul. Hundreds of small shops lined the streets, similar to a flea market, where we were able to interact with the local vendors to buy souvenirs. After dinner at a food court in one of the downtown malls, we traveled to “Seoul Station” to minister to the homeless individuals by providing them with a small meal to show the love of God in a special way.

After another long day, we hit the hay at around midnight with a full day of activities planned for our final, full day in Korea. We are having a blast and taking lots of pictures.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

A Special Guest Blogger...Mr. Richard Erwin

The DBU team praying with the Air Force team after the game.

The elemantary school where we hosted the PE clinics.

DBU Asia features Jeremiah 29:11 in English and Korean.

Wow, what a week so far. I think everyone is starting to wear down, from going all day everyday, but we are having a blast. On Tuesday morning, we left the hotel at 6:00 AM and headed to an English speaking, Christian school in Seoul, where we ran PE all morning. The guys lead basketball clinics, while the Cheerleaders taught cheers and chants to the girls. After three periods of classes, we headed down to eat lunch in the school cafeteria, which was interesting to say the least. Remember your own days in the school cafeteria...well that is what we had, plus it was all Korean food, not a good combination.

After lunch we headed to the DBU Asia office, which was really cool to see the DBU image and logo on a buildlng in the heart of Seoul, where almost everything else is in Korean.

We then headed to Osan Air Force Base, where the cheerleaders led a clinic for 35 girls and the guys hung out in the Community Center playing ping pool, pool and video games until the much anticipated game against the United States Air Force. We all crammed in a small military base gym and going in to the game, we had our worries, but the guys played hard and really good, and the DBU Patriots won 101-72. It was a fun game.

After the game, we headed back to the hotel for lights out. We spend a lot of time on the bus because of the heavy traffic around town, but we are having a good time and the student-athletes are having experiences, that they will never forget. Thanks for reading and check back for more posts. See you guys soon.


Monday in Korea

The boys playing Kyung Hee University.

At our authentic Korean lunch...sitting on the floor with no shoes!!!

Ryan with his new Korean buddy..a market store owner.

Jennifer, Emma and I on the street with hand painted, authentic Korean fans.

Monday, October 5th
After a good nights sleep, we started Monday morning at 10:00 AM with shopping at a Korean market in Seoul The teams were able to experience authentic Korean culture here with shops lining the streets, the entire group was able to interact and carry on conversations with storekeepers and many locals from the city of Seoul.

Because of the size of the group, we had to spilt up and eat lunch at different restaurants. Ryan and I got the best experience in my book...authentic Korean food! We had to take our shoes off, sit on the floor and use chopsticks for was amazing! This was so great to be able to participate in the real culture, and the food was amazing to boot!!

That afternoon was the very anticipated basketball game against Kyung Hee University, a well respected university in South Korea. We arrived at the university to be amazed by the size and stature of the schools architecture.

After a friendly exchange of cultural gifts and handshakes the game was ready to begin. Unfortunately, we lost, but it was a great experience for the team!

Korean style barbeque was on the menu for dinner. Everybody enjoyed a great feast where loads of meat was cooked for the group “fondue” style on grills that were inset into each table. Side dishes included radish, rice, pasta salad, lettuce wraps, and kim chi (a type of cabbage that is served with almost every dish in Korea). It was a great experience for everyone!! What a great day!!!!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Around the World in 3 Days...Literally!!!

Ryan at Wonchon Baptist Church, tasting a Korean pastry..he wasn't a fan.
Our 2nd Church Service of the day..largest church in South Korea.

Jennifer and I with an adorable Korean the outfit!!

The girls tastin Korean pastries...they were interesting!

Ryan and I on the streets of Seoul, South Korea

So, I have literally flown almost completely around the world in 3 days. I promise to update more about my London trip, but since I am here in Korea, I thouht I would go ahead and blog about this trip....ENJOY!!
Ryan and I left with the Patriot Basketball team and Cheerleading squad to travel to Seoul, South Korea. The group left DBU at 4:30 AM on Friday morning and after a layover in San Francisco, arrived in South Korea at 6:00 PM on Saturday night Korean time, 4::00 AM Dallas time. There is a 14 hour time difference here...we are ahead, and our flight was 12 hours....long day of travel!!
After clearing customs and immigration, the teams had their first taste of American chain food in Korea, McDonald's and KFC. Saturday was a national holiday in South Korea, very similar to the American Thanksgiving holiday, so traffic was pretty heavy and most restaurants and stores were closed.
After checking into the hotel, most of the group was exhausted and retired to bed before midnight.
Sunday started early, as we left the hotel for the first of two church services. The first service was at the Central Christian Academy, home of Wonchon Baptist Church. Dr. Billy Kim, the Billy Graham of Korea, delivered the message and recognized DBU, all in Korean, which was very interesting to say the least.
After breakfast with the congregation, we boarded the bus and headed to Suwon Central Baptist Church, a more traditional service. The church was also all Korean, but they did offer headsets that translated the service into English.
The second service finished around 12:15 and the group was invited to the International Food Festival hosted by the church, where we experienced Bangladesh curry, kim chi, Phillipino egg rolls and many other foods from across East Asia.
After lunch we headed back to the hotel for relaxing or downtown shopping. The evening ended with a meal at TGIFriday's near the hotel. Everyone is having a good time and thankfully no illnesses to report. Just a little jet lag, but nothing too extensive. We are really having a great time across the world in Korea. It is pretty unbelievable that we are actually here!!! More to come tomorrow...

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Castles, Cathedrals and the Coast

London Eye
Canterbury Cathedral
Leed's Castle

Bright and early, we hit the ground running today!  We left the b&b at 7:15 am to catch our tour bus for the day.  First stop was Leed's castle.  This castle was built in 1050 and its first resident was Henry III.  It was passed down through a number of others, including Henry VIII!!  Close your eyes and picture what you think a Medieval Castle would look like.  I am pretty sure you are thinking the giant castle, with a drawbridge and a moat, flags flying from the top that look like crowns...well, you just imagined Leed's Castle!!  It was everything I have seen in history, in the movies and imagined in my mind.  It was fascinating!  It had 24 rooms, wine cellar, library, dining hall, painting rooms, and many others.  It was really unbelievable and almost surreal to walk through something that is almost 1000 years old!  Leed's was phenomenal!!

Back to the bus for a tour down to the English Channel.  We were able to get out on the pebble beach in front of Dover Castle and the White Cliffs of Dover.  This is the start of the English Channel between Great Britain and France.  It was cold, foggy and misty down on the coast...exactly what you would picture!!!

Next stop was Canterbury Cathedral.  Before we toured the Cathedral, we had a most popular English meal, fish and chips.  It was delish!  We made our way toward the 12th century Gothic Cathedral where St. Thomas Abeckett was killed by Henry VIII, and then became a martyr for Christian people.  This castle just blew my mind.  The hours, months and years it took to construct this immaculate building is just incomprehensible.  Seeing the intricate stained glass and carved stone and marble, is more than one can fathom.  Words cannot describe...

Leaving the Cathedral, we arrived in Greenwich, which houses the Royal Navy Barracks, Maritime Museum and other interests.  We toured the Navy Mess Hall and stood at the Prime Meridian 0 Longitude.  How cool to be at zero longitude?!?!  After a quick stop in Greenwich, we rode a catamaran under the Tower Bridge and the famous London Bridge.  After docking at the London Eye WHARF (ware house at river front..we learned this today!!!) we actually went of the giant ferris wheel called London Eye and were able to see the city of London from a 360, couple of hundred feet high view.  It was breathtaking. 

We caught the train home and relaxed at the house to unwind from our long day of eventful sightseeing! 

Just the Beginning...

Westminster Abbey

Big Ben
Buckingham Palace

Last night was a late I am going to post for yesterday and today!!  Lucky you!!  

Tuesday September 22nd...

We started off our day with breakfast and coffee outside on the patio.  We were able to sit and enjoy the fresh cool air and have a slow relaxing morning.  After getting ready for the day, we were excited and anxious to hit the city!  We took a bus and then the tube (subway) to downtown London.  After picking up our London Passes and figuring out our bearings, we headed down towards Buckingham Palace.  On our way, we watched the Queen's Military band march and play down the street.  We then walked a little farther and saw the magnificent Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth calls her home.  The line to get in to see the palace was extremely long, so we decided to do the palace tour another day.  We made our way down to a small outside cafe and had lunch there.  Then we toured the Queen's Gallery where pieces from different collections are was really amazing.  Lots of art from the great Masters and hand painted china collections.  Also, there was a 94 karat diamond pendant on display.....hello?!??!

After touring the gallery, we headed down just a little way to the Buckingham Mews.  This is where the carriages, horses and stables are that have carried/carry the past and present King and Queens of London.  We saw the carriage Princess Diana was married in, the current carriage the Queen rides in, as well as the famous golden carriage that requires 8 horses to pull!!!

Leaving the Mews, we made our way over to Westminster Abbey.  This was a sight to see for sure.  Absolutely breathtakingly beautiful....and Big Ben....there is just something about seeing these in person that is far more gratifying than any book, postcard or story can tell!  We toured Westminster Abbey for almost 2 hours...just learning the history it holds.  The Abbey dates back to the 12th century, it is Gothic style architecture and also serves as a burial ground for past Kings, Queens, Archbishops and other poets and historical figures.  We saw the original coronation chair that has been used for 38 coronations, and is still used to this day!!

Leaving Westminster, we took the red double decker bus to Trafalgar Square.  We did a little shopping, watched a lifesize chess tournament in the middle of the square and enjoyed just being there.  Saleri, an Italian restaurant, is where we had dinner before our first Theater experience in London.  It was a tiny but adorable little place and the food was outstanding!

After cheesecake and cappuccino's we made our way to Savoy Theater for Dreamboats and Petticoats.  It was an enjoyable show, set in the 60's with some of the greatest music from that time period.  Its so strange to hear the actor's with their British accents when they talk, but lose the accent then when they sing.  After taking 2 tube trains and a bus ride, we finally made it back to the B&B......and crashed!!!  

It was a fabulous day, and we had a blast...not sure it can get much better than this!!!!!!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Cheerio From Across the Pond

At last...we finally made it! Mom, Kim and I have been planning this girls trip to London for a few months now....and we are finally here!!! I decided to use my blog as a journal to document

all the fun things we are doing on our 9 day vacation!!!

 Yesterday, the three of us boarded a plane in Houston, and after a long restless 9 hour flight, arrived in London this morning at 7:30am. We caught a taxi to Notting Hill to our quaint shabby chic bed and breakfast, tucked in the most adorable neighborhood. As soon as we arrived, we met our host Holly and she showed us around our place. Since not one of us got a wink of sleep on the plane, we freshened up and took a 3 hour much needed nap.

After waking up, we were ready to see London!! We walked to Kensington area, had cappuccino and people watched for about an hour.  We sat outside at an adorable cafe and just took in the sights and sounds.  Then we strolled down Portabello Street which has eclectic boutiques, open air markets and all sorts of pubs and cafe's.  Kim made the first purchase of the day, a journal from AppleTree Boutique to record our trip.  We made our way up and down Portabello and decided we needed food and rest.  We stopped and got a pizza and walked back to our B&B, ate outside on the back porch and then took a stroll around the neighborhood park.  Mom, in her best Texas accent told a man walking his dogs, "You have beautiful dawwwgs!"  He said, "Excuse me?" because he could not understand what she was saying.  Kim and I got a kick out of that!!

We are now back at the b&b, getting cleaned up and ready for bed.  Tomorrow we are headed in to the city for more adventures...we are so excited!  Lots of sightseeing and fabulous times await us!!  Till tomorrow......


Monday, June 22, 2009

Sister's Date with Tyrone Wells

At the HOB

The Man

Sister's with Tyrone

Lovin' the Concert!!!

Silly Sisters

Tyrone Wells played at the House Of Blues a few weeks ago (sorry, this is a late know how I am!!) and Kim and I made a sister's night of it! We went to dinner at Coal Vines in Uptown and headed over to the HOB for the concert. Kim and I discovered Tyrone through Pandora (internet radio) and we just fell in love!! So, naturally when Kim saw him name on the list to perform at HOB....we got tickets!!! The concert was amazing...and he is amazing!! We even got to take a pic with him!!!!

We just love his music and recommend him to everyone. I have one of my favs on my music playlist...Sea on it and enjoy!!

Kim and I had a blast and we can't wait til he's back again!!!!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

As I promised!!!

And here it is....the update from our Memorial Day weekend in Fred!!! Fred seems to be the only thing I blog about, so I will try to get better and post more frequently! Don't hold me too accountable to that :)

Kim and I drove down with Bleu Belle and Jeter (in her car, which was interesting) Friday after work. We finally got to Fred around 9:30pm and were so anxious to see the cabin. Mom, Dad and Honey greeted us, gave a tour, we chatted for a bit and then crashed. Ryan was at the deer lease and drove over Saturday morning to hang the rest of the weekend.

Saturday was a little rainy, so the girls went into town to do some know we always have to get that in!! Mom cooked us a big hearty meal for lunch and we just hung out the rest of the afternoon. Dad and Ryan were burning some brush piles and tending to the fires so they wouldn't get out of control. That night we decided to go Dancin' in Luckenbach. Willie Nelson's daughter, Paula Nelson, was performing and she was really great!

Sunday was our work day out on the ranch. Mom had started laying a stone rock path from the side porch on the cabin to the back porch, and wanted to make it wrap all the way around to the front porch. So, we all put on our boots and gloves, loaded up the mule and tractor with rocks and worked the puzzle until it was finished!! It looks so great now!! After our long day of labor, we went into town to grab a bite to eat before the Bankers and Garners (neighbors) came over for a fun evening. We hung out on the porch, had snacks and drinks, played washers and entertained the dogs.

It really was a fabulous weekend...there's just something about Fredericksburg that we can't get enough of!!!!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Memorial Day Weekend in Fred!

Today after work, Kim and I are heading down to Fredericksburg to spend the long 3 day weekend out on the ranch. Did I mention that I love 3 day weekends and I think we should have them every week????? The cabin is finally done and I am so excited to see the finished product. Its extremely cute, cozy, not very big, but its a place we can call home out there and we LOVE it. My parents have been there all week, moving the furniture in and getting it all set. We have big plans to work on the land, host the Inaugural Memorial Day Washer Tournament, roast marshmallows over the fire pit and so much more!!! I promise to post again with pics from the weekend...and it won't take 3 months!! HA!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Ryan in Peru

Ryan has been in Lima, Peru all week with the DBU Lady Patriot Vollyball and Soccer teams. They are doing mission work in orphanages as well as playing games against the Peruvian National Volleyball and Soccer teams. Ryan sent me these pictures today and I just wanted to share them. He says the girls are having a blast and are loving every minute...I am super jealous and would love to be there with him, but someone has to make the money right?? Ha ha! Anyways, the teams and Ryan come back Friday and I am ready for him to be back. There is a daily blog posting on the DBU website of what they have been doing everyday. If you get a minute, check out the site and see how these young Christian women are affecting the lives of the children and people of Peru!!!

Weekend in Fred

This past weekend Ryan, Kim, Joel and I headed down to Fredericksburg. We left late after work Thursday night and made the 4 hour drive to the beautiful hill country. My parents cabin is almost done and we had to transport for my mom, the couch and both beds she bought in Dallas for the cabin. Friday we slept in a little, went out to the ranch, rode around on the mule, played washers, took picture on a steer in Luckenbach, went to a winery and just had the best day! Ryan and Joel headed to San Antonio around 5:30pm to watch the DBU basketball team play. Saturday was another wonderful day of hanging out, shopping and all that fun stuff. Saturday night was a treat, my parents, Kim and I and their neighbors went to Rosehill Manor...the most beautiful home turned into a bed and breakfast with the most incredible meal I have had in a long time! It was fabulous!! Coming back Sunday afternoon was very hard...I could stay in Fred forever!!!