UPDATE—Oct 4 Praying Mongkok is calm tonight!
UPDATE-–Midnight tonight (Thursday Oct 2) is the deadline the students have set for the Chief Executive CY Leung to resign. If he doesn’t the students say they will occupy the government buildings. If that happens the HUGE question is “What will Beijing do?”
Free…..What does that mean to you? I am almost speechless living in Hong Kong on this October 1st National Day. I have never seen anything like this in my 19 years living on this island. I just got back from the US two nights ago after visiting my daughter for Parent’s Weekend. At college she is free to say and do what she wants. Is that better than being here in Hong Kong where the locals face not being able to appoint their own candidate in the upcoming 2017 election? Are we more free with or without rules? Is China playing by the rules of the “One Country two Systems” policy?
In my humble opinion, a promise is a promise. China can’t all of a sudden change it’s mind on the tenet of Hong Kong’s democracy that was agreed upon. “How Hong Kong develops its democracy in the future is completely within the sphere of the autonomy of Hong Kong,” Lu Ping was quoted as saying in the state media People’s Daily in March 1993. “The central government will not interfere.”
Part of the problem is Beijing keeps on reinterpreting the original document. Another part of the problem is the animosity between Hong Kongers and Mainlanders. It is hard to cultivate the idea of togetherness after almost 20 years apart. There are so many differences! Different languages, different lifestyles, different currency are just a few differences shared between Hong Kong and China.
I guess the question now is who will back down first? China or Hong Kong? It seems that both sides have their heels dug in. I am going to continue to pray for a peaceful solution. Are you struggling with a big problem today? When you feel like quitting remember why you started and don’t forget your personal core values. Continued prayer, patience, and perseverance in all situations will carry you through!
And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left — Isaiah 30:21
Sweet Potato Pankcakes
1/2 cup buttermilk (or milk with 1t of white vinegar)
1 1/2 cups store bought pancake mix
Cinnamon and nutmeg to taste
3/4 cup sweet potato, peeled, boiled, cooled slightly and mashed
Butter and maple syrup
1. In a medium sized bowl add egg and buttermilk and combine
2. Stir in pancake mix and spices and combine
3. Add mashed sweet potato and incorporate. You may need more pancake mix or buttermilk depending on consistency
4. Heat pan and drop spoonfuls onto sprayed pan and cook until bubbles appear and then flip and continue cooking for a minute or less depending on your heat
5. Serve with butter and maple syrup