18 Sep Family highlights of 2009
Lanzhou Bridge Centennial and Honorary Citizen Awards.
The biggest event of the year was my August trip to Lanzhou, China. It was a memorable one. Along with seven other descendants of Paul Splingaerd, the subject of my book, The Belgian Mandarin, I was invited to the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the “First Iron Bridge Across the Yellow River” that Paul had proposed for the city of Lanzhou. Today it is known as Zhongshan Qiao (Sun Yatsen Bridge). We were given the unexpected honor of being conferred honorary citizenship to the city. The televised event in front of dignitaries, drummers (not as many as at the Olympics, but quite impressive), a full orchestra, and fireworks, made us feel quite special.
Mike took a ‘handydad’ trip to Seattle to work on Andy’s re-landscaped house
Grandpa Joe Turns 90
In May we celebrated Grandpa Joe’s 90th birthday. My brother Peter, his wife Alice and her daughter Anna came from Phoenix. Peter’s daughter Tara came from Boston with Grandpa’s beautiful great granddaughters Sidney and Catherine. Andy and his wife Alice Yuan came down from Seattle. Other relatives, good friends, & neighbors also joined the celebration.
The Coconut Queen makes her digital debut
Andy and Alice had reasons to celebrate in Seattle as well. This summer Alice Yuan got her green card, and there’s a new lady in Andy’s life, the Coconut Queen (ok, ok, she isn’t really a lady, she’s a new game he created) was released in August.A&A celebrated their first anniversary in September.
Here are Andy and Alice at Grandpa’s birthday. Alice is lounging in the “Huggmee” chair that is Peter’s exclusive creation. The one she is in was custom made for me by Peter and Mike. Visit Peter’s site www.huggmee.com for more information about his chairs.
New Library at Loyola Marymount University for Christine
Visit from Webmaster Christian Goens
Christian has been working tirelessly on the family website, www.goens-pourbaix.be, for many years, and keeps it up do date with family history, geneaology events, and documents. Check it out for new findings on the notable Paul Splingaerd from different sources, new photos, and a report on the Bridge Centennial, as in the photo below. Christian and I are working on getting an entry on Paul Splingaerd into Wikipedia very soon.
Zhang relatives come to Los Angeles
Liu Xing, the daughter of Aunt Zhang Jian Qin and Uncle Liu Guang Hua has been living in Plano Texas for a few years. Her engineer husband Neng Jiang began working for Northrup Grumman in the LA area in October. We hope to see much more of them when the family finds a house out here. Their daughter Sophia is in front of Xing. We will meet college student Amy at Christmas.
Cindy and Shawn have moved to Dubai
Cindy and Shawn moved to Dubai from Abu Dhabi after Shawn left Taqa. At left is the view of Palm Island and Atlantis from their new apartment at the marina. They also have a grand view of the mile-high Burj Dubai from their apartment. Shawn is starting a new business in Dubai with associates. Cindy’s work for Mercer travels with her, except on their relaxing vacation week in the Maldives (photo at right), which they wanted to see before it becomes submerged by global warming.
Happy Holidays Everyone!
We hope this find you well and enjoying the holiday season. May 2010 bless you and yours with abundant joys, including good health and success in all you do.