While we were in the amphitheater, a man approached our guide and asked if he could take pictures of Tommy. (Here we go again!) She asked us and we said yes, so he posed for a picture with Tommy and Elsie took the pics. So, thinking that this was the end of it and moving ahead with our group, I notice that this man is following us all over and snapping pictures of Tommy. He wasn't creepy, just completely enthralled with his fair skin and blond hair. Then, he asked for Elsie's email address and said that he would email her the pictures. The funniest thing was that as Elsie was taking a large group photo of all the families together, there he was again, snapping away. Finally, he asked her if he could get IN the photo with the whole group. So, once again she grabbed his camera and took a picture of him with us. It really was quite comical!
It was such a surreal experience for me to walk through this temple and see all the local people who were there burning incense and worshiping these statues. It was an opportunity to talk to Tommy about idolatry and why we have no need of idols because we have Christ. I kept listening to the guide share about the history of Buddism and Taoism (its predecessor in China) and felt so deeply sad for these people. Of course, I wondered what religious background, if any, Colin experienced so far in his life.
|Two of the three buddas in the temple. Each represents the past, present and future lives that Buddists believe they have.|
|Buddist Monk. One of the families that we were with asked him to preform a blessing on their new child.|
Once our tours were over, we all drove over to a nearby Mall and ate at a nice Malaysian restaurant for lunch. The food was quite good. After lunch, Elsie hailed a cab for us and we came back to the hotel. While at lunch, I mentioned to her that we wanted to find a bookstore so that we could look for the Chinese print of the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S.Lewis I wanted to get Colin some good reading materials that I thought he would enjoy, but that I could be sure were age appropriate. I received this set of books when I was a little younger than Colin and I loved them. In fact, I still have them. I figured that once Colin has read them in his own language and knows the stories, it will help him navigate the English vocabulary when he reads them in English. We will present these to him tomorrow when we celebrate his birthday.