We’re tackling our ever-growing “to-do” list as we get ready for our trip to Taiwan. Meanwhile I have been fighting off a cold for the last few days and was diagnosed with a double ear infection this morning. I’m hoping the medicine I was prescribed will help my ears heal in time for our flight next week.
I asked our oldest what she remembers from the last time we went to Taiwan. (Our two older children stayed home with our parents while we traveled last time.) She told me she remembered the gift bags I lined up on our mantle. I had purchased small gifts for both of our children, and each morning we were away, they were able to open one bag for that day. I wasn’t sure if I was going to do that again, but since it’s the first thing she mentioned it is probably worth repeating. I will be heading to the Dollar Store and Target’s $1 section in the next couple of days to find goodies for our kids.
I also picked up a custom mat we will have the caregivers at St. Lucy’s sign for our son. It’s just like the one we had for our older son, just a different color. All of the caregivers and the orphanage staff signed and wrote notes on our older son’s mat. We made sure to take a photo of our son with some of the caregivers, so I would have 5 x 7 photo of them to put in the frame with the signed mat. Many of the notes were written in Mandarin, so I asked a friend to translate the notes for me so we would be able to share that with our son as he grows up. Here is the new mat I will take with us to the orphanage.
My husband has been taking care of activating our mobile phones for international use. If you followed our journey last time, you may recall we rented a phone from Travelcell during our trip. This was a mobile phone with a Taiwan phone number; incoming calls were free, and outgoing calls were a small fee per minute. We considered doing that again, because it was helpful for AIT to call us and let us know our son’s visa was ready. But it took at least six months to get the bill straight with Travelcell after we returned home. Plus with Skype and other online services, it doesn’t seem worth it to use Travelcell again.