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  • Jet-setting around in 2014

    Posted on by rob

    In the last couple of years the only real travelling has been for work.  Pretty much nothing for pleasure.  So far 2014 is starting to shape up into a great year for personal travel.  In March I’m heading to a new destination for me, Malta.  This was a completely off-the-cuff last minute idea.  I had a few days of carried over holiday from work that I needed to use by the end of March.  Initially I was looking at going somewhere different in the UK and considered the Shetland Islands, but after looking at the cost and the amount of time spent travelling, it just wasn’t going to be worth it for such a short trip, I only have 6 days.  Other things considered were the weather up there this time of year, it wouldn’t likely be awful but Malta certainly would have much better weather LOL

    So, off to the travel sites to look for a deal.  TripAdvisor.com has become my first port of call for travel info and reviews.  I’ve even contributed quite a bit to the site myself over the last couple of years.

    Later in the year I’m also booked for just over 2 weeks to go to China.  The itinerary for that hasn’t been completely fleshed out yet, but it will start in Shanghai where I’ll fly into.  The plan is to travel from Shanghai to Yantai.  Day trips to places like Hangzhou, Suzhou, Nanjing, and whatever other places we can find on the way.  My plan is, if the weather isn’t too hot, is to take trains between Shanghai and Yantai.   Only time will tell if that happens.


    Last year was a busy travel year for work, lots of trips to the US offices.  So far there isn’t anything planned for work yet, but I’m sure there will be at least one trip to the US, possibly in May, but it’s only a possible date at this point.

    Oh well, just a short blog posting, it’s been quite some time since I posted anything.  I’ll certainly post more during my travels this year.  Watch this space for my updates from Malta.

  • Rest in peace ..

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    This morning Yuki got word that her Grandfather, 张福林 (zhang fu lin) on her mothers side had passed away. 

    He passed away while at home in 齐齐哈尔 (qi qi ha er), he was 75 years old.  Early last year he suffered a massive stroke and has required constant care since. 

    This is a photo taken last year when the girls were all back in China on their holiday.  Zhang fu lin is in the middle in the blue PJ’s.  This was taken at the hospital on one of his “good” days.

    He will be missed by everyone, Rest in peace!

    Yuki will also be posting something on her blog as well in Chinese.. Yuki’s Blog