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Around the World

Excerpts from Papa's Dairy from 1972-2006

[additional writings by Juana/Walden to our best recollection]

I would have easily titled this as "My Father's Incredible Travel Around the World"

Papa's travel around the world, can be traced back to his very first flight when he flew off Xiamen for the Philippines on June 21, 1948. Since then, I should say, his travels can be beyond the ordinary frequent flyer. For a greater part of his time, travelling became his life.

Together with William, perhaps, we have the best opportunity of traveling with Papa (and Mama).  Many of our travels (1965-1970) were mostly work related. Riding in his truck (full of merchandise for sell), travelling all over Mindanao during school vacations. It must have been in those times, that we (William and myself) grew to easily adapt to native customs (William does adapt better than I do for sure.) Eating with bare hands, sleeping in our truck floor with cartons and newspapers. bathing in murky river on the road, using leaves for toilet papers, or peeing in the forest, carrying merchandise, and even selling merchandise.

I have always thought that, aside from Mama, I would be the best person that knew Papa best, yet -- NO. As I speak to Mama every night, since Papa's passing), I still find something every so often that I did not know about and it amazes me as it will amaze you.

In Papa's Book Shelf, he have a stack of printed books, compilations of his writings about his travels from 1972 to 2006. In his computer, he have gigabytes of data pertaining to travels, including information such as travel tickets, travel calendar, travel guide, travel agent, pictures, videos, audio recordings. I am continually astonished at how discipline Papa can be in keeping track of his travel diaries, trip after trip, day after day. Papa left us an extravagant wealth of his loving and fun memories, as was laughter and challenges of in detailed timelines of his life.

We thank Papa for his never ending diligence work for us the receive. I know Papa's intentions (even without him telling us), was to share his life story with his children, his grandchildren and to his grandchildren's children. God Bless You, Papa.

Follows next are his recorded trips around the world, many if not all, were with Mama's  faithful and devoted supports.

  • Visit to Sun Yat Sen’s Residence, 1972

  • For the Love of Country, 1972

  • European Tour, April 12-22 1984

  • Mama's Taishan, Guangdong Tour, October 16, 1990

  • Shanxi Province, Tai Yuan (Ong's) Tour, May 27 to June 9, 1993

  • European Tour, July 28-August 14, 1993

  • Las Vegas Family Reunion, June 1994

  • Indonesia Visit, August 3, 1994

  • Myanmar via Singapore Visit, August 5, 1994

  • Australia and New Zealand Tour, September 8 to 18, 1994

  • South Africa Tour, April 17 to 27, 1996

  • Tour of Japan, May 20 to 26, 1996

  • Yellowstone Tour, August 31 to September 6, 1996

  • East Coast of Canada Tour, September 14 to 21, 1996

  • Tracing the Holyland, March 27 to April 10, 1997

  • Shanghai Tour, September 5 to 8, 1997

  • Visit Wang Dan

  • New England Tour, October 3 to 12, 1998

  • Panama Canal Tour, November 3 to 14, 1998

  • East Caribbean Tour, September 20 to 30, 2000

  • Amtrak Train Trip, November 19 to 25, 2000

  • 7 State USA Tour (4 Courners Tour), June 16, 2001

  • Grand Russia Tour, August 11 to 23, 2001

  • South America Tour, December 5 to 19, 2001

  • Good Shepherd Alaska Cruise, May 10 to 18, 2002

  • Mexico Roundabout, October 19 to 26, 2002

  • Hawaii, December 14 to 22, 2002

  • Chen Ming Li's Trip to USA, April 30, 2003

  • Catalina, San Diego, Ensenada Tour, July 14 to 18, 2003

  • 2 Day Mexico Trip, July 24 & 25, 2003

  • Korea, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Japan, January 12 to 27, 2004

  • Rocky Mountain Train Glacier Tour, April 16 to 23, 2004

  • Macau, Hong Kong, Taiwan, October 29, 2004

  • Spain & Portugal 9-Day Tour, March 26 to April 3, 2005

  • Guam Island Tour, July 14 to 25, 2005

  • Iceland Tour, September 21, 2005 to October 9, 2005

  • Revisit Hainan Island, September 25 to 29, 2006

  • 3 Day Vietnam Trip, Jul-27, 2007

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