Sunday, July 30, 2006

Dad hopped on the plane again to USA

To be picked up by beautiful Su with a smiling welcome at the airport
I took the car from Su to use but first some service maintainenance to the engine as girls usually don't do this.
To be completed by a good wash in the hot sunny summer weather
I noticed the back tires were getting bald so the car had to be sent to the tire shop.
Being tired of all the American fast food, I have the opportunity to do my own cooking, thanks to the hospitality of the Ormonds when I stay at their home
It's usually a bowl of noodles with lots of vege, an egg with chicken and straw mushrooms yum yum
Ahhh..... but I've never got tired of eating Gyros from the Greeks!
No matter what I would eat for the main meal, I would always make sure that I get from the supermarket fruits in season and..... it's cherries, nectarines and apricots this summer!

Saturday, July 29, 2006

The running dog and his meetings

In my work as a management consultant, I am constantly meeting people to match talents, resources and opportunities in the business world and then to manage the trickiest part ie to achieve the full potential or collective genius of the team for business results. This trip is particularly short as some of the key people were willing to fly from out of town and country to meet in Salt Lake City and that saves me much time in flying around the large North American continent just for meetings!

Some of my meetings are when the sun is still rising and in summer time here, that's way early!
But I'm appreciative of the people who are willing to meet with me to acquaint each other of talents, skills and opportunities to find a match for problem solving solutions and fulfilment of business objectives.
I also get to view the latest science in action ....

....and technologies in production in these advanced economies.
Not forgetting learning about production of virtual lectures on the internet...
...where my associates and I received a briefing from the expert Charles Castleberry
Besides production expertise, we got to meet the relationship expert...
... Dr Kevin Skinner, who is a licensed marriage and family therapist. His latest work on treating pornography addiction (5CDs + book) is timely for our day. He is currently a Bishop with a family of 6 daughters!


Meeting with us are two distinguished authors James Michael Pratt(left) and Mark Kastleman who lightened up our meeting!
I'm appreciative of this particular informal meeting with Paulo Bangerter, the person who gave me the first break in consulting to the direct sales industry many years ago. He is a legal counsellor by background but have been fulfilling various key positions in his company including being the C.E.O. We have become friends for years though in our busy schedules of travel and work, we could hardly find time to meet.
  Here we caught him in his home just for a few minutes where some of our family members could meet together......
...and he had time to show us his latest hobby, bee farming!

And here is the man who baptized me 27 years ago in Australia, Stephen Brown(center), with his family on his right and his Bishop, Kevin Guest and wife on his left, on a Sunday afternoon visit.
Here is Cody Day junior, Connor, at the Tahitian Noni Cafe in Provo with his mom Charlene.

The Running Dog enjoys the summer break too

Summer time is the slow season here where everyone takes their vacation. Since Su was working during the week as a counsellor in the BYU Summer Camp and I was busy with my meetings, I took the opportunity to have a break with her on a Saturday :

She brought her friends along for a hike to the Timpanogos Cave, a 1.5 mile journey up over a thousand feet higher from the base of the mountains

Since we had to wait for over an hour for our turn, as per the instructions of the park ranger, we had a relaxing start to our hike, picnicking at a nearby lake
..watching the wild ducks playing in the water
and watching Su chipping stones on the water
Soon it was time for us to begin our hike up the steep northern slope of Mt Timpanogos(Elevation 11,750 ft) on the trail to the caves. We will climb 1,092 feet in 1.5 miles on a zigzag hard-surfaced trail.
The three of them believed they were the Charlie Angel's team..
...you know, the trio who were invincible and made everything possible?
Combined with Dad the KL City Kid, the foursome just became awsome!
We finally made it to the entrance of the caves in about an hour to get a little time to rest before our scheduled time to enter the caves for a tour. The Charlie Angel's trio still looked pretty good after the strenuous climb.
Hmmmm...whose feet are these sticking up there?
Ohh...that of the fourth member of the team, looking really awesome!
Soon it was time to enter the caves led by the ranger tour guide
From a 100 degrees fahrenheight temperature outside, it dropped to about 30 degrees inside the cave!
The stalactites seems to give Dad a recharge of energy.
Wonders of Nature is truly Awesome!
The view up in the mountains is magnificent!
It's nice to able to buy guns in America...
...but this is just a pellet gun for target practice!