Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Thursday, August 4, 2011
After ten days of traveling we will have a total of nine flights on four different airlines, no lost luggage, and five changes of hotels. I am happy to report that all of the flights went off with out a hitch and no issue going in to any of the countries. Jeff did misplace his little card that told what destination you were going to next. Which was no real big deal they just had him fill out another one. It was funny though because Nathan and Landon were ahead of us and Nathan didn't wait for us.When we finally met up with them after; his comment was...I wasn't going to get stuck. He was worried because he had so many chops in passport that he was not going to be let back in to Malaysia. But everything has gone extremely smooth until we went to go see Sister Fiona the last morning in Kota Kinabalu. We drove out of the parking structure of the Hotel and we heard that awful thud, thud of a flat tire. The rental car company came and changed the tire and then we had to have it fixed which didn't cost too much. Nathan and Landon went in a taxi to see Sister Fiona so everything worked out just fine.
|Sister Fiona, her mother and Baby with Nathan. She does beautiful bead work. She made one for Nathan that he is wearing.|
|Baby is holding another bead necklace that you can see a little better|
Sister Jemimi, Leslie, and Relphie took us to the airport. They were Nathan's Malaysian family while he served in Kota Kinabalu and he became very close to this family. This is the part that is so hard...watching your son say goodbye to people that they have become so attached too. He has grown to love the people, their languages and the country and it is hard to take him away for this amazing experience that he has been blessed with. I hope that some day he will be able to return and visit.
|Leslie, Relphie,and Jemimi with Nathan at the airport|
We spent our last night in Singapore it was a short night getting up at 2:30 a.m. to catch our 6:00 a.m. on August 4th. We arrived in Tokyo, Japan at 4:15 p.m. their time and then on to Salt Lake International arriving at 11:35 a.m. August 4th. We gained 15 hours. It was 2:30 a.m. in Singapore, August 5th...a very long 24 hour day on planes.
This has been an amazing trip and two year journey with Nathan. It is sad to see it all come to an end...but I am very happy to bring our son home. I am so grateful to have been able to share this incredible part of his life.
|Welcome Home Elder Watkins|
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Jeff only wanted to do one thing on this trip and that was to go to the tip of Borneo. We rented a car/mini van and left at 5:00 a.m. with Sister Lillian as our guide and Leslie along for the ride. It is about a four hour drive on not the best of roads. Jeff would be driving along on paved roads and there would some times be a sign that would say; "AWAS" which means "caution" and the next thing you know you are on a washed out piece of road. Landon and I were in the very back of the car and can verify the bad roads by the sore tailbones we sustained :) It was totally worth sore tailbones!
|A bronze globe marks the location of Tanjung Simpang Mengayau at latitude 7 degrees north and longitude 116 degrees east.|
|Every where you looked was an incredible sight. Here are a just a few...|
|Rungus Longhouse that you can stay in at the tip of Borneo.|
|This is the view from the porch of your room.|
|Farther down the beach looking back at the island.|
|On the way back we stopped at a Traditional Rungus Longhouse in Kudat|
|Today, only the Runggus and Murut peoples still maintain the longhouse system. Each family has its own "apartment" but share a common living area. A longhouse may be made up of 20 to 40 families. Each of the doors is an apartment.|
Monday, August 1, 2011
|View from our speed boat|
|An aerial view of Manukan|
|From the Shore of Manukan|
|The rocky side of island. We didn't do any snorkeling because Nathan was still a missionary. We tried to stay away from the enticing sandy beaches so he wasn't too tempted.|
|This cool sand sculpture of a sea turtle was just sculpted the day before we got there. They always put the day first...31/7/2011|