Believe me, people living in Beijing know they have a serious problem with air pollution. Not only can you see it, breathe it, and taste it on a bad day, but it is also published in many places. China can go to extreme measures to battle their air pollution problem from the highest levels, and there is something the citizens can do to help daily as well. Would like to know what they are doing?

One Way to Beat Air Pollution

They are riding bikes! Something so simple can get cars and public transportation off the roads ,which will decrease the exhaust and fumes from vehicles. There is a system in China where you can download an app, load money on the system, and then find where the rental bikes are located and help yourself to a bike. Once you are done with the bike, you just park it, and the next person needing a bike in the area can rent it. Once you park the bike, the app will deduct money from your account based on the use of the bike.

One Way to Beat Air Pollution

These bike stands are literally all over Beijing. Hopefully they will help people get where they need to be in a timely manner, and they will improve the quality of the air.

Please don’t think that the air pollution is bad every day in Beijing, because that isn’t how it is. For example, during my last trip I stayed in Beijing for a few days, and the air was fine. Then I went to another city for a few days, and returned to Beijing. During my return to Beijing, the air quality was noticeably worse — so you win some and you lose some with the air quality in Beijing.

When the air pollution hits critical levels, some factories are shut down, and an odd/even system is implemented on when you can drive, based on the numbers contained in your personal information. China also practices cloud-seeding to generate a cleansing rain. The day after it rains the skies are beautiful and blue!

Do you regularly ride your bike anywhere?

During the last trip to China, I was able to enjoy multiple visits with the children at the special needs orphanage supported by Global Partners in Life. There is one boy there that is so full of life and energy that he is hard to keep an eye on. Would you like to see a picture of him?

A Post-Surgery Look: It Is All Better!

Global Partners in Life has provided the funding for two cleft pallet surgeries for him, and he was showing me how he has healed! After recovering from his second operation, he has started speaking! His condition was severe, so he doesn’t enunciate his words very well, but at least now he is trying — before the surgery, he didn’t speak much at all.

To correct his lip, muscle from the area surrounding the two gaps in his lip had to be pulled into place, but there wasn’t enough muscle to cover all of the area needed. The lack of muscle prevented the doctors from forming his lip completely as they wanted. When he eats certain foods, the food may spill out of his mouth.

He will require at least one more surgery. After the lip has been closed and the gum has been closed, then an additional operation is required to close the gap in the roof of the mouth. My little friend has a large gap to close in the roof of his mouth, and the doctors hope everything they need to do can be accomplished in one operation.

If you would like to help this friend of mine have his next surgery, please go to www.globalpartnersinlife.org and donate!

One thing that has amused me over the years of my traveling to China is the group of guys you will see enjoying a meal together. Well . . . they are usually enjoying more than just the meal! There is a longstanding custom in China for guys having a meal together that is played out frequently all around China.  Would you like to see what it looks like?

A Chinese Dinner Party for Men

It involves the consumption of alcoholic beverages, and it starts out innocently enough. With the meal, there will be a few toasts made to their group, accomplishments, company, team, or whatever else they have in common. At the end of the meal, more toasts are made; and then it becomes more like a drinking game. One person will go to another person and offer a toast just between them, not the entire table. Even if the guy having the toast offered to him knows he has had enough to drink, culturally he can’t refuse the toast. After a few of these something humorous happens.

With groups like this, it is considered an honor to be the person that pays the bill. So, a good-natured all-in-fun wrestling match will break out to see who gets the honor of paying the bill. This is so funny to watch, but let me make sure you understand that nobody is mad and everyone is having a good time. Yes, they may raise their voices at one another while they are jostling to see who will get to pay the bill, but nobody is mad — and I promise you, they are having a great time! Oh, and the chances are very strong that there will be several cigarettes consumed that evening!

Have you ever wrestled for the honor of paying the bill?

 

One of the many ways Global Partners in Life serves the children at the special needs orphanage we support in China is to provide for their daily needs. Yes, we also provide for their medical needs, educational needs, and the workers that take care of them; but one of the things I enjoy doing for them is just a simple trip to the grocery store. Would you like to know what is purchased for them?

Almost always I purchase school and office supplies, and I always provide diapers . . . lots of diapers. Sometimes I will purchase rice, and I frequently purchase cleaning supplies. Something the children also enjoy is when I bring them toys, puzzles, games, and outdoor equipment, and I always purchase some of those items.

One of the things I enjoy purchasing for the children is beef, which is very expensive in China; so they rarely eat it, but they like it very much. On my last trip, I met a very friendly lady in the meat section of the grocery store, and she was willing to let me photograph her. She was wearing an interesting hat, not one of the normal white hair nets most people wear.

A Simple Trip to the Grocery Store

This nice lady was working very close to a display of pig snouts, but she didn’t try to get me to buy any of them. Don’t worry — I didn’t buy any for the children!

A Simple Trip to the Grocery Store

So, as you can see, one of the many ways Global Partners in Life helps provide for the children is by a simple trip to the local grocery store!

In other blogs I have written about the Beijing’s Capital Airport — more specifically, terminal 3. Terminal 3 is the new section built for the 2008 Olympic Games, and it is as impressive as the Olympic Games were that were held in Beijing.

Today I want to focus on the massive size of terminal 3. It has 3 main sections, with the terminal itself being the area for ticketing, checking in, exchanging money, restaurants, shops, and an area for claiming your luggage. Then there is one area for domestic flights, and another one for international flights. Would you like to know how they are all connected?

Beijing's Crazy Big Airport - and Terminal 3

Farther than you can see, the train runs between the different areas of the terminal. As you can see in the top section of the photo above, there are also buses that service the areas.

Beijing's Crazy Big Airport - and Terminal 3

There are bridges going over the train, and these are for motorized vehicles as well as pedestrians. By the way, the trains run on electricity, so they don’t produce any exhaust. This is wise, because when they pull into the terminal, nobody wants to inhale exhaust fumes.

Many things are large at terminal 3. Even the murals are huge, as you can see in the photo below!

Beijing's Crazy Big Airport - and Terminal 3

If you ever have the opportunity to use terminal 3 at this airport, I think you will be impressed by it!

Have you ever flown into Beijing?

 

 

During my most recent trip to China, which I returned from only a few days ago, the group I was with had multiple opportunities to visit the special needs orphanage supported by Global Partners in Life. One morning, we went shopping for the children and we purchased hot cereal, diapers, beef, and school supplies. We also brought in some new toys for the children to play with. Sometimes they can get creative with the items we provide for them. Would you like to see an example?

A Creative Way to Play Peekaboo

So, what would you do with a bucket designed to hold Lego toys? Why, play peekaboo with it of course!

A Creative Way to Play Peekaboo

For those of you who financially support the work Global Partners in Life is doing in China, I can’t begin to tell you the joy I received watching this little boy laughing and playing. Global Partners in Life tries very hard to provide for these children in many ways. Having a fun day playing is just one of them!

To learn more about supporting these special children, visit globalpartnersinlife.org!

 

During my last trip to China, when I stayed in Beijing, I ended up staying at a different hotel. The hotel I usually use was being remodeled, so I used another one close to the normal one. There was a restaurant at this hotel, so I thought I would give it a try. Do you know what I found?

How Did He Make That?

In the open kitchen area, they were making their own noodles. If you have been to China, you probably know noodles are quite popular and common for any meal of the day. I don’t know how they take the large balls of dough and get to separate into the individual noodles, but the gentleman in the photograph above has mastered it!

How Did He Make That?

As you can tell from the size of these pots, they make a lot of noodles at one time. Sometimes the noodles are served cold, but I prefer mine to be hot.

How Did He Make That?

For those of us that aren’t overly skilled with chopsticks, there is a slight challenge with eating noodles. Sometimes you get too big of a group with your chopsticks, and there seems to be no end to the noodles you are eating. So, what do you do? Well, you have two options — you can either bite off the noodles and let them fall back into the bowl, or you can just slurp it all up. By far the most common practice is to slurp it all up with no hesitation.

How do you like to eat noodles?

With Global Partners in Life turning thirteen years old in April, this will be a special blog to celebrate the birthday. Global Partners in Life has provided for countless medical procedures since we started investing in the special needs orphanage in China in 2006. These medical procedures have sometimes been as small at shots for school or routine check-ups. The next level of medical care has been testing for conditions the children were born with, or to determine if surgery was needed. Finally, we have paid for several surgeries, with cleft pallets being the most common. We have even provided for multiple open heart operations, usually performed to correct a hole in one of the children’s heart.

An interesting reflection would be to show pictures from when I first met the children at the special needs orphanage in 2006, and then show a picture from a recent trip. Hopefully you will enjoy these photographs!

Happy Birthday to Global Partners in Life!

 

Happy Birthday to Global Partners in Life!

As you can tell, this boy likes to chew on straws and play with streamers. It is hard for me to believe how much he has grown! Thankfully, there are many others like him! He has had multiple cleft pallet surgeries, and we have provided the funds for his braces. Once his braces are removed, he will probably need a third operation to close the gap in the roof of his mouth.

Not only have we provided for desperately needed medical procedures, we have also paid for some more practical daily needs. These would include bigger items like a large van; remodeling the bathroom; remodeling the kitchen; and meeting needs for food, cleaning supplies, salaries for the workers, and school fees. As you can tell, Global Partners in Life is having success in impacting the quality of life for these truly needy children.

I must give a huge thank you to the people that serve on the Board of Directors for Global Partners in Life! Additionally, I must thank those who contribute in the work we are doing in China — for without them, we couldn’t provide for the children.

If you would like to join our donors, please visit us at www.globalpartnersinlife.org!

 

 

One thing that I am not is creative . . . just ask those that know me well and they will verify that. It is interesting to me to see how someone takes something common, and develops a new use for it. Such is the case for a hoverboard. During my last trip to China, I saw a couple of uses for hoverboards that didn’t involve children playing. Would you like to see the new uses for them?

What Would You Do With a Hoverboard?

The gentleman pictured in the photograph above is a delivery man, and what this picture didn’t capture was the speed he was traveling while holding a large box. I can’t imagine how much practice it took to be able to balance on a hoverboard, and hold a bulky heavy box, and be safe! I don’t know if OSHA has come out with a ruling on this particular use for the device!

What Would You Do With a Hoverboard?

The picture above shows a man who I believe was going to work. Apparently he didn’t like to walk the distance he had to travel, so he used a hoverboard. Maybe he had a reasonable distance to travel, and didn’t want to pay to ride a bus, so he used this option. I promise you it was very cold that day, so there was some very good reason for him to choose to be out in the weather!

With all of the trips I have had to China, it is interesting to me that I continue to see new things of interest!

Are your hoverboard skills good enough to navigate the streets in a city of 22 million people while delivering a package?

 

 

Today I wanted to share with you about Fei Bi, the youngest child at the special needs orphanage in China supported by Global Partners in Life. Granted, she is only two years old — but she is quite large for her age, and she has an enormous appetite.  Would you like to see a picture of her from my last trip?

Would You Like to Help Me?

Unfortunately, Fei Bi has cerebral palsy, which means she requires much more care than most of the other children at the orphanage, which puts a strain on the staff. As I mentioned, she has a large appetite; but she can’t feed herself, so one of the workers has to feed her. Fei Bi can’t dress herself or take herself to the restroom, so all of these daily events require assistance from someone else that is capable of correctly helping our little friend.

Global Partners in Life is trying to provide the funding for Fei Bi, and all the other children at the special needs orphanage, to have another worker there to administer the attention they need.

Everything has to be done for Fei Bi, because she can’t brush her teeth, bathe herself, wash her clothes, or prepare the meals she enjoys so much.

If you would like to invest in the enhancements of the lives of the children at the special needs orphanage, please visit us at www.globalpartnersinlife.org and make a life-changing contribution.