Day 5 11/7/11

November 8th, 2011 by Winnie

We went across the bridge this morning which hangs over the riverVolta. I think this is the only bridge inGhana. We passed by some mud hut villages and the area was beautiful.

Then we went by the Kente factory where they hand made the cloth. It must be a lot of work. Each Kente needs at least 6 or 7 hours to finish. There are so many patterns , of course ,I bought some for my friends and family.

While we were at the cloth factory,  Terri-Lynn & Tony bought a few pineapple and they prepared them for us to eat. It was delicious and sweet! Because they were grown here, I think it’s extra fresh!

The next stop was the beads factory. The owner Cedi’s had a introduction of his factory and technique. It is amazing how he get the crushed glass to melt. We have never heard of Kaolin. It is used to cover the clay as a mole and so the glass won’t stick to the clay. We bought more beads bracelet.

After we went shopping, one of our crew member had bought a gift for our wedding. It was a very pretty necklace which I love. The beads that were used were the one I really want to buy. But it will take a while for them to make a bracelet so I gave up. ButSharonfound a very pretty for me to wear at the wedding. She is so sweet. We spent so much time at the factory and we all were hungry since we skipped lunch.

Anyway, we had buffet at the hotel for dinner. Now I  am really going to bed.



Day 4 11/6/11

November 8th, 2011 by Winnie

It was a relaxing weekend. We woke up and had breakfast. Then headed out to a church. The people were so excited to see us. They brought all of us to the front and thank us for trying to help people in Ghana. They sang the whole time at church and the music was nice!! Then we went canoeing at the lake. The weather was beautiful and it was very peaceful at the River Volta. Then we visited the banana plant and saw some baby banana. While we all were hanging out at the plant, we all started doing pull up. We had a competition going out. . It was funny.

Anyway, we headed back to the hotel and had a relaxing afternoon. Cliff and I took a 3 hour nap and woke up for dinner. So far, this is a comfortable trip. As we get further north, we will not have all these luxury items around us.

Day 3 11/5/11

November 8th, 2011 by Winnie

We went by the coffin shop. They are have large population died everyday. Therefore coffin business is very big inAfrica. This coffin shop will make any shape of coffin you want. We saw some for the kids, which they made it like a little cow. There are also, cars, camera, fruits etc.  Check out our pictures, they are so amazing. People from other countries will order it from here.

We had a great lunch by the Krobo mountain. The food was delicious. Then we went to the beads’ market and all of us went crazy.  We made a scene at the market everyone was rushing to come and see us. They were curious and excited to see us buying stuffs. The beads market is huge, there are so many kinds. Finally, I got some some at the market for souvenirs.

After the beads market, we went and checked in at our lake view hotels. This is one of the most jungle place of our trip. Anyway, we had dinner and went to bed. I know this hotel has air condition but we still have a bug net out for fun! 😛


Day 2 11/4/11

November 8th, 2011 by Winnie

Day 2  11/4/11


We woke up at 730am and had our breakfast at the hotel. I love the jam from the hotel, I was wondered what kind they were. It was not too sweet,  it was just right.  Having breakfast at the hotel with an ocean view was great! After the breakfast, we went to James town. This si a fishing village nearaccra. It is probably the poorest area aroundAccra. We had to get permission from the Chief to take photos and walk around the village. While we were walking around, we saw a big turtle being dissect. It was sad to see that. After visiting James town, on our way to a restaurant,  we found out that because there were lots of people died daily, funerals are held Thursday through Sunday every week. You know what ‘s special about it is that they wear RED for funeral! This is so different than Chinese culture ( Red color is for Wedding, or birthday, it represents good luck)


Before we get to the restaurant, we were looking for a pharmacy. I think we walked about a couple miles (round trip) and finally found what we need. When we get to the hotel, they had the food ready for us. We had pantain & Cassaba J Fufu, brown nut soup & Jollof Rice.


After the lunch, we went to pick up the bed nets, & straws which one of the crew raised the funds by doing a garage sale. It was very nice of her & her husband. The straw is very useful and hopefully it will help make cleaner water for the village to use.


Before the dinner, we went for a walk at the beach. It was beautiful.


The hotel has thrown us a welcome buffet dinner. The food was delicious and we all enjoyed it. Terri-Lynn (our Tour guide/ trip organizer ) gave us a speech and it was very touching. After the dinner, we went to the market and saw some night lives of Osu. It was a long walk and the street lights don’t work on some places. It was scary. Anyway , we made it back. We saw some night live music and clubs.


We got home at almostmidnightand went straight to bed.


Day 1 11/3/11

November 5th, 2011 by Winnie

 We landed Accra at 1:15pmlocal time and there was not a gate or terminal in Accra airport. We had to take the bus to gate and go through the immigration and custom.  When we get to the baggage claim,  it was packed with people.   Everything was fine, we got to through the custom successfully without any problem.  We were excited that we were here!!! Then, we were greeted by Terri-Lynn , Tony and Rasheed  We finally get to meet them! They are the nicest people in the world.   We also met two of the people from our Africa trip on the plane. We knew it would be a good trip, everyone is so nice!


Then, we took our rental bus to the hotel and got settled. The hotel was very nice. Our room was facing the ocean. People in Ghana are very excited to see us. They will try to talk to us but they do not like camera. We got yelled at couple times while were taking pictures of them. They think that we are stealing their souls. When we were walking in the market, we felt like we were in China. It is very dusty and broken concrete road and sewage ditches everywhere.


People in Accra are doing very well. They have lots of luxury products selling on the streets. And we are amazed how civilized they are inAccra.  Another thing that we are surprised to see is that Ghana people use their head to carry EVERYTHING. Anything can be put on their head and they can walk and run just fine!!  It is incredible to see that.  I attached people that we took. People are very nice and honest here. I think we all are very stereotype about Africa. But I am super tired now,  so I will talk more about this later. 

Day 0 -Ghana

November 5th, 2011 by Winnie

It was very stressful to leave in the middle of close.  I had to finish most of my stuffs before i took off.  I think i hardly got 3 hours of sleep the night before we left.  Anyway, long story short, we finally made it to the airport 45 minutes beforehand. (phew ~~)    I am not sure if there was the Melarone medicine, i felt dizziness on the plane to DC.  But in general, it was a good flight.  I slept all the way from DC toAccra. Food sucks on the plane, they burned my food. This is not the first time they . I was disappointed and will try to avoid United next time.


Cliff and I are very excited to be part of this trip. Hopefully we will have a great time and great wedding!



Counting down 11 days..

October 23rd, 2011 by Winnie

The website has been released this past thursday.  Thank you for the  best wishes and blessings from all of our friends & families.  We are glad that we can share this special project with you guys. Thank you for all of your supports.

It’s only 11 days left before our trip. We started to pack and put stuffs aside for our trip.   Before we leave for the trip, we need to finish the photo album layout arrangement with our studio. Even after the photos have been taken, post-works are pain in the butt!  That really takes up most of my time after work and  weekends. hopefully, we can get these things done and will focus on our Africa trip soon.

I have been eating a lot. I kept thinking about what Cliff said. ” You should eat more, because you will probably lose weight in Africa while we are there. You can give yourself some leverage. :)” Therefore, this is my excuse to look for sweet after meal. I can tell ,  i probably have gained some weight already.  Not to mention,  we still have about 10 moon cakes in our fridge! We love them so much but they are so fatning!

It is late now,  i should go to bed. Good night everyone.


Our website looks good!

October 16th, 2011 by Cliff

Winnie showed me the draft today and it looks fabulous. Due to my busy work schedule, poor Winnie has to design the whole website framework and I just write the words in my own pages.

I am proud of you, Winnie.

Friends, please come back regularly because we will keep updating our wedding planning in this website. We are not sure whether we will have internet access in Africa but we will write diary about our life out there. We will also add more stories about our Vancouver trip (proposal) and Taiwan trip (engagement photos).

Counting down 17 days – The website is almost done

October 15th, 2011 by Winnie

Finally,  the first draft of this website is done.  Hopefully we can announce it on FB this weekend.  It took us a while to make it. Although the  website has nothing fancy,  i feel that i have tried my best to make it as good as possible. WordPress is new to us, it took us quote a while to get use to it.  Anyway,  thanks to our dear friend  Mike W. for his help.  This website will not  be available without his help! We appreciate it.  Making a website might be easy for a lot of people, but not for me definitely! For god’s sake,   I am a freaking Accountant!  Not any IT/computer gig. 🙂

Hopefully, all of our friends will be able to understand and dive in more about our wedding plan through this website.  We hope this will help to answer some of the questions. I know… it’s a  long wedding project and it’s once in a life time! 🙂

Counting down- 21 days to our Africa trip

October 12th, 2011 by Winnie

We  finally got all the required vaccinations done today. It was a hustle. I got 5 shots in 2 days so both of my arms are so sore now!! I felt weird of my body, maybe it’s because of the live vaccines inside my body! Now we are down to the Typhoid tablets before the trip. Then, we are good to go.  Africa, we are coming in 21 days.  I have so much to prepare before the trip.  I gotta make sure to finish as much as i can at work because i am leaving my co-workers the 2nd day of close. I have to specially thank my bosses and co-workers for supporting/covering my work.  I gotta come up with the pack list and to buy list, i hope i didn’t miss anything… gotta go running now … 2 dogs are waiting to be entertained.

We look forward to this trip.  It better be a good trip, if not we will MAKE it good because we gave up so much for this trip! :P