Saturday, April 7, 2012

Meet and Eat

We have had an interesting three days.  We got to MEET Elder and Sister Meehan who came down from Hong Kong to give us training.  They are the Asia Area Welfare specialists.  They really know it all.  We have spent the last three days learning all we can from them.  The only problem is trying now to remember all they have taught us.  They are going to be here for another two days.  This is a picture of Elder and Sister Meehan:

Elder Meehan is a petroleum engineer and works for the third largest company in the world  He has been all over the world.  We went to a restaurant in downtown KK and he helped us order.  It was so nice to EAT with someone who knows what is going on and isn't afraid to order food food.  This is the fish we go to MEET:

He is Mr. Red Snapper and just a few minutes before being served to us he was swimming around in a fish tank and we chose him to be our meal for the night.  Then we got to EAT Mr. Snapper after he was skillfully prepared.  I usually don't like to meet my food before I eat it.  It's best not to have a relationship with your food before eating it.

These are prawns who we also got to Meet before we got to EAT them.  They were delicious.

These are pictures of the dancers who performed native dances for us at the restaurant:

Yes, that is Elder Meehan in with the performers.  He was taking so many pictures that they invited him to come on stage and dance with them.

Here are all the happy Meet and Eat people at the end of our meal and time at the restaurant.  The restaurant was down on the water front and we sat outdoors.  It was very nice and the food was great.  We didn't even get sick after eating it.

Kitchen Klutzes:
We have a small but adequate kitchen.  However, there aren't many power outlets in it.  I am constantly having to unplug this appliance to plug in that appliance and then run and get the right adapter.  Some of their plugs are three pronged and some are only two so I'm never sure what is right.  In addition to getting it plugged in right you have to make sure that the little switch on the outlet is also pushed the right way or you still won't have power.  Today I was making a cake.  The mixer plug was not working so I ran to the bedroom to get the adapter and then I plugged in the mixer but it still wasn't working.  I had forgotten to push the little switch on the outlet the right way.  Well I pushed it and the mixer which was just sitting in the cake bowl with all the ingredients just took off and I had cake batter spraying everywhere.  I sure do miss my bosch!  The funny thing was that earlier in the morning I had made smoothies for breakfast and couldn't seem to get the blender off the base.  (we bought a really cheap blender)  Ben came and tried and he got it off all right but he unscrewed the bottom of the blender base from the blender cup and all the smoothie went all over the counter.  We haven't had much luck today in the kitchen.

Tomorrow is Easter so Happy Easter to you all.  Ben has to give a talk in Sacrament tomorrow about the atonement.  He got a text message on Thursday saying he was going to be the speaker and to prepare to talk on the atonement.  They didn't ask, just told him.  He'll do fine.

We are going to go with the Meehan's to Kinabalu National Park on Monday.  I think that will be fun.  There is so much to see up there, with many different trails to hike.

I have also been pretty sad this week.  My dear uncle Clair passed away on Wednesday.  He died of cancer in his throat.  It hit really sudden and he only was able to live a couple of weeks from the time he got the diagnoses.  He was my mom's younger brother and only sibling.  He was a wonderful man and I'll miss him.

Write us when you get a chance.  We love you all.
Ben and Margaret


  1. Looks like fun! John says we don't name what we are going to eat either. You guys are staying busy. Miss you

  2. Margaret, I finally got the link to your blog and loved reading your entries today. We miss you here in the old science building! The end of year secretaries luncheon was today. We missed having you there to help us with our paper games. Suzi

  3. Dear Ben and Margaret, It sounds like you have stepped right into the missionary world. Aren't the young Elders great. It was always so refreshing to deal directly with them. Food sounds great. (smiling) God bless you in all your efforts. I'm sure all the branch will be begging you to stay in about 17 months. Love Vee