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Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon May 17th 2013

An aerial satellite view of Hong Kong Bay.... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon May 17th 2013

This story has a nice ending. Insomnia at 3 am...so I turn to problem solving: When we travel, I usually carry an extra stash of electronics to help connectivity issues - plug adapters, cords, flash drives, etc. I tried something new - to make them more accessible during the airport stays and flights - and put them in a small nylon pouch about the size of a shaving kit. I forgot it on the Airport Express van and realized this when we got to LAX. I wasn't sure if I'd lost it or forgotten it on the van. I called Airport Express. Dee the dispatcher answered and said she would contact the driver and try to call me back. She called while we were flying to HKG. I didn't answer. No voicemail. I called her back ... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon May 17th 2013

May 17, 2013 (Kowloon) We made it! CX885 touched down after 14 hours and 33 minutes of flight to a warm and humid Hong Kong. We all caught up on movies and reruns of TV shows during the flight. We passed through immigration with ease, and then gathered up our luggage and 3 taxis to the Harbor Plaza Metropolitan Hotel in the Tsim Sha Tsui area of Kowloon and in our rooms before 9 PM local time. We've stayed here before (typically we stay at the YMCA hotel), but because the Y was full, we stay here - they strike a good package deal for us. Everyone was a bit tired, but not too bad considering the length of the trip on a full flight. We met up with Paul Chen on this flight, so slowly ... read more
Mountain tops
LAX bus ride to International Terminal
Bussing it...

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » LAX May 16th 2013

May 16, 2013 (Los Angeles) I know off-the-bat that this has nothing to do with the purpose of the trip, but my job as a blogger pseudo journalist is to give the readers some insight into the behind-the-scene action. Being in LA the lights shine brighter. So, I'm sitting in the AA Admiral's Club in LAX (working Dr. Skuta!) and all of a sudden I notice that our neuro-ophthalmology team is gone. Hmmm where could they be?? So I wander around the corner and wow! ...there's Kenny Lau and Bubba Brad hangin' out with Redfoo and SkyBlu of LMFAO. Really! there they were, lounging with the electronica stars! Neuro-ophthalmologists have never been so cool and hip. :) For those of you who want to enjoy their party anthem with the other 540 million people who have ... read more

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » LAX May 16th 2013

May 16, 2013 (Los Angeles) All team members scheduled to be on this leg of the trip made it to the flight with plenty of time to spend. We took the American Airlines regional jet flight directly from OKC to LAX. The Oklahoma team had a smooth timely flight to Los Angeles where we are scheduled to have a 4 hour layover. I’ll briefly introduce you to the current group, and will give you more detail on each team member later on. Dr. Brad Farris is an ophthalmologist at DMEI specializing in neuro-ophthalmology. He’s been the veteran initiator of the international programs at DMEI and this will be his 13th trip to Chengdu through this program. His primary area of interest has been to help foster the academic exchange with the Chinese to develop better trained ... read more


The four of us from DMEI met at the institute and were picked up by Airport Express a few minutes after five...actually closer to 5:20...long enough to get just a bit worried the van wouldn't show! We met up with the OU CCEW team to fly to Los Angeles. We are all at Will Rogers World Airport ...lining up at Gate 6...off to see the world! Next up date from LA!... read more


May 14, 2013 (Oklahoma City, OK) Final preparations for Dean McGee's Global Eye Care Program's visit to Chengdu, China are underway. Final clinical responsibilities, packing, and getting the best seating we can on the flights over are all done. One more day of work to tidy things up before we leave for ten days. The team this year includes two DMEI faculty, one fellow, one resident, two ophthalmologists from Kaiser Permanente Northern California and eight members from the University of Oklahoma's CCEW program. The primary goal of this trip is to finalize and sign an agreement with Sichuan Provincial People's Hospitalto pilot and implement a plan to open the Sichuan Eye Institute (SPEI) in Chengdu. This "sister" eye institut... read more

Africa » Swaziland March 24th 2013

Siteki, Swaziland - Dr. Pons works through the Good Shepherd Hospital - a nominally Catholic Institution that is now largely funded with government funds. He has support from CBM as well (a European/Canadian-based eye care mission). This is where most of our clinical work was done - working in the clinic on Wednesday and Friday, with a day of surgery on Thursday.... read more
Dr. Bailey at Work
Dr. Farris Evaluating a Patient
Dr. Pons and the Residents

Africa » Swaziland March 24th 2013

Siteki, Swaziland - Dr. Pons is a private pilot and has a plane on Mabuda farms. It is a well-maintained 1968 white and yellow Piper 4-seater. The farm has an airstrip and he took us up for a tour of the area around the farm. A beautiful perspective of the Lubombo Mountain range and a view into Mozambique.... read more
On the Ground at Matsapha Airport
Taking Off
Who's that Co-Pilot??

Africa » Swaziland March 24th 2013

Siteki, Swaziland (March 24th) Trying to catch up on emails while waiting in the airport in Joburg. One of the real jems in Swaziland is the homestead main house on Mabuda Farms. This has been in Mrs. Pons' family since the 1800's when they managed sugar plantations in Swaziland. The Pons family has taken over the farm and restored the house to its original purpose and it really stands out as seen in these photos. It is a rock house with thatched roof - lots of windows of breathtaking views of the farm.... read more
Main Fireplace
Living Room
Dining Room




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