Keys to Favor and Selection from Isaiah 66

What does God consider to be evil, displeasing abominations? Blasphemy? Premeditated murder? Rape? Interestingly, while those are without a doubt all bad, the abominations listed in Isaiah 66 are hallmarks of Old Testament religion: animal sacrifice, grain offerings and burnt incense. The perpetrators of such abominable sins of religion are indicted by God as having […]

Honolulu Free Wifi Hotspot Speeds

Starbucks – Kapahulu After trashing Starbuck’s AT&T wifi abysmallys slow speeds, I was delighted to discover that Starbucks Kapahulu switched over to Google for wifi. Speed is nice! Shweeet!

Yield Tons of Tomatoes: Grow Bags or Dutch Buckets?

Only by carefully sourcing your food can you be sure your family is eating produce that is not loaded with harmful chemicals or germs. That’s why I’ve been very interested in learning about how to easily grow food for my family the most efficient way possible. In my research, I’ve found myself increasingly drawn to […]

Fall Down, Cast Crown

‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. (Revelation 21:4) Song: Alive In Us We’ve been devastated that our baby girl, Jesse Anna, got sick so quickly and left us in just two days. […]

Sweet Baby Jesse

Like all our children, our third child has been such a treasure in our life, a gift. In fact, her first name, Jesse, means gift or Jehovah exists. Her middle name, Anna, means gracious or one who gives. The Chinese part of her name, 美兰 (or 美蘭 in traditional characters), is pronounced Měi Lán and […]

Fu Rong Guo Cui – Chengdu Variety Show

There are two “must do” tourist attractions in Chengdu. The first is to visit the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base. The second is the “Fu Rong Guo Cui” ( 芙蓉国粹) evening variety show that highlights various acts including the Rolling Oil Lamp in local Sichuan Dialect, puppetry, hand shadow puppets and, my favorite, face changing […]

Pleasant Printer Purchase – Canon PIXMA MP259

In China, as a foreigner you are supposed to register at the local police station (派出所) within 24 hours after you enter the country, move to a new place or change your visa. When doing so, you need to bring copies of your passport info page, the China visa page and also your rental contract […]

How to Buy a Bus Pass in Chengdu

In Chengdu has a great bus system. I’m impressed by the bus stops that boast metal shelters and large advertisement windows that look like bus stops in large cities in the U.S. Honolulu’s bus stops by comparison are shabby. The buses have televisions showing CCTV programs for your viewing pleasure. And an pleasant sounding auto-attendant […]

Prenatal Care at a Chinese Hospital in Chengdu

My wife is 23 weeks pregnant with our second child. We’ve been in Chengdu now for about one month and we plan to return home to Hawaii for the baby’s birth sometime around the 32nd week. Air China doesn’t allow pregnant women to fly beyond their 35th week. In the meantime, while still in Chengdu […]

Fantastic Resources for Learning Chinese Free Online

There is an entire UNIVERSE of high quality resources on the Internet to learn Chinese absolutely free. In no particular order here are some of the great resources you can take advantage of to learn Chinese 免費!

Multiple Wildcard Self-Signed SSL on MAMP

I use a MacBook Pro (MBP) to develop a SaaS product that runs on PHP and Apache. Some pages, such as login forms, require SSL. For years, up until yesterday, I had to specially configure my local development machine to specifically not use SSL during testing because I had not setup the laptop to support […]

Josephat Gwajima

We went to a well-attended conference today in Miyoshi, a suburb of Nagoya, where the main speaker was a pastor from Tanzania named Josephat Gwajima whose church, Glory of Christ Tanzania Church (old website), has some twenty six thousand members and 4,800 leaders.

Chengdu Office Rental Market

Q1 2010 Grade A Office Rentals source: DTZ City RMB/m2/month Shanghai 185.54 Beijing 145 Hangzhou 117.71 Guangzhou 117.3 Xi’an 112.32 Chengdu 107.34 Tianjin 102.55 Nanjing 93.38 Qingdao 90.07 Dalian 86.91 Chongqing 62 Wuhan 56.4 Conventional Leased Offices Normally leased office space require lengthy contracts and comes empty (i.e., you need to furnish the office with […]

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