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"When two friends understand each other totally, the words are soft and strong
like an orchid's perfume."
- Sara Jeannette Duncan.


Hello my dear friends,

It is August and I would like to welcome all of you to my 1st August 2020 puzzle where I am hosting a virtual party on a Virtual Alaskan Cruise for all to celebrate the birthdays of August babies, as well as wedding anniversaries and all happy occasions :-)

On this virtual cruise ship there are lots of onboard activities, shore excursions, and dining options.

Ah, I see friends and guests arriving on the Magic Carpets that have been sent to them to fly them over to this cruise vacation.

Here come the birthday cakes displayed on a trolley that is being rolled in by a virtual server. The cakes are offered in a variety of flavours and are beautifully decorated.

Let us sing "Happy Birthday" to all our August babies. Let us raise our glass of champagne to wish them good health and happiness. Cheers, everyone.

By now, all of you must have known that I love food. Well, the virtual food on this Virtual Cruise Ship to Alaska is just amazing and delicious. Their specialities are seafood - salmon, cod, halibut, Alaskan king crab, spot prawns, oysters and more.

We can dine at all the restaurants and and/or enjoy the buffets aboard the cruise ship. The food is simply wonderful and delicious.

During our shore excursions, friends who would like to try non-Alaskan food will find that there are Alaskan restaurants where they can choose from a diverse array of delicious foods - and yes, from all over the world.

Since we are in Alaska, it will be a good idea for us to try homegrown and homecaught food. May I suggest that we try fresh-caught Wild Salmon, huge Alaskan King Crabs, Sourdough Bread Bowl filled with Salmon Chowder and Alaskan Wild Berries.

In Summer, we can enjoy Alaskan flavourful and sweet wild berries. Alaskan blueberries, high-bush cranberries and other local wild berries are delicious. They are also available in jams, candies, pies and cobblers.

Friends who prefer non-seafood meal will find that options are always available for them.

While we are onboard the Virtual Cruise Ship, there are plenty of places for us to visit and lots of activities to keep us entertained, fit and healthy or looking beautiful. Here are some examples :

Gym, Spa and Beauty Salon, Hairdressing Salon, Art Gallery, Restaurants, Bars and Lounges, Family Lounges, Pool Deck, Outdoor and Indoor Swimming Pools, Hot Tubs and Whirlpools, Onboard Library, Movie Theatre, Games and Card Room, etc.

For folks who like to engage in sporting pursuits there are Basketball Court, Ping Pong Tables, Miniature Golf Putting Course, Golf Driving Range, Shuffleboard, a special place for Inline Skating, a Rock Climbing Wall, etc.

There are many opportunities to learn something :

Dancing Classes, Language Learning Program, Jewelry Making, Folding Artistry Class for napkin and towel design, Culinary Demonstrations and Wine Tastings, Cocktails Mixing Demonstrations and Guest Lecturers sharing tips and advice on topics that they specialise in, eg weight control.

Deck Parties, Sports and Game Competitions are daily events.

And more Entertainment - movies, music, broadway shows, comedies, magic, etc.

Do remember that that there is Onboard Shopping for fine, duty-free merchandise - eg Swarovski, Chanel, Calvin Klein, wines, high-end jewellery, local crafts and souvenirs.


A day before we reach Alaska, the Virtual Organiser and his friendly assistants will be happy to give suggestions, advice and tips as well as make arrangments for day trips on land and activities that may be of interest to all of you.

Anchorage is Alaska's largest city and from here we can travel to the other areas.

A visit to Juneau :
Juneau is Alaska's Capital City. It is located in Southeast Alaska.

Among other activities, a visit to Mendenhall Glacier and whale watching can be arranged at Juneau. How about taking a chartered helicopter tour at Juneau. We will have an unforgettable perspective of the majestic mountains and glaciers of the vast Alaskan landscape. And then, there is The Taste of Juneau walking tour or the Alaska Fishing and Wilderness Dining experience - this is where we will catch fish and cook it over a fire.

A visit to Seward :
Seward is one of Alaska's tourist attractions and it is one of its oldest and most scenic with the steep Mount Marathon behind this town. This seaside village has a busy harbour, quaint shops and galleries. It is a 2.5 miles scenic drive south from Anchorage. We will enjoy a stroll along its Waterfront Park. Keen on dog sledding? We can try it here. Whales watching? Ok, let us head for Kenai Fjords National Park in Seward.

Ride the Alaska Railroad Grandview Scenic Train from Anchorage to Seward :
This wilderness train route is scenic and relaxing. We will see picturesque glaciers, towering waterfalls, lakes, rivers, and mountains.

Cruise Misty Fjords near Ketchikan :
We will see green mossy cliffs as we cruise along this stunning and gorgeous landscape.

Rent a bike and explore Anchorage's Coastal Trail :
We can do The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail which follows the shore of Cook Inlet from downtown Anchorage to Kincaid Park. We will cycle along this 11 miles of paved path and explore the surrounding areas. As this trail is near the coast, we will get sweeping views of the rugged forests and the expansive ocean.

Visit Denali National Park :

This is a vast wilderness of taiga (boreal) forests of pines and spruce growing below towering peaks. This coniferous forest covers the hills and valleys of the northern part of Alaska. We will see aspen groves and spruce and then there are the meadows, marshes, lakes and rivers with wild animals. Denali is North America's tallest peak. Denali National Park will be an attraction for folks who like the wilderness, the wonder of spruce forest, snow-capped mountain peaks and fresh air.

Visit Glacier National Park :
Sail and admire the icy beauty of impressive glaciers, for example, the Hubbard Glacier and theTracy Arm Fjord.

For folks who are interested in shopping, this can always be arranged.

Dear Friends, thank you for joining me at this Monthly Virtual Party. Thank you for being such wonderful and friendly guests. I can see that many of you have mingled happily with mutual friends and have joined in various onboard activities as well as enjoying excursions together.

Before we disembark from the Virtual Cruise Ship, I would like to present all my friends with some souvenirs from Alaska : Birch Syrup, Jams and Jellies made from handpicked Alaskan berries. I hope that you will like these gifts.

I hope that all of you have enjoyed this virtual cruise and that you will enjoy solving this puzzle, too.

See you all on the 1st September for another virtual adventure.

This puzzle is available in 4 sizes - 12, 108, 252 and 540 pieces.

Cheerio,
Jason :-)


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jasonchung2

MARY, THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONCERN FOR JOHN.

JOHN HAS MADE SIGNIFICANT RECOVERY DURING THE TWO WEEKS THAT
HE WAS AT THE HOSPITAL. THIS IMPROVED STATE CONTINUED DURING
HIS ONE MONTH AT THE MEDICAL REHABILATION CENTRE.

HE WAS ABLE AND CONTINUES TO BE ABLE TO WALK, SHAVE, CARRY THINGS,
PREPARE HIS OWN BREAKFAST, SHOWER AND DRESS HIMSELF, ETC.
IN OTHER WORDS, HE IS INDEPENDENT.

JOHN HAS BEEN DRIVING SINCE APRIL 2020. HIS SPEECH WAS NOT AFFECTED AT ALL.
HIS FACE IS NORMAL AND HE IS HIS GOOD LOOKING SELF (EVEN WHILE AT THE HOSPITAL AND AT THE REHAB).

I AM PLEASED TO HEAR THAT YOU ARE IN THE PROCESS OF SOLVING
ANOTHER ONE OF MY PUZZLES . HOPE THAT YOU WILL ENJOY IT :-)

SMILES OF GRATITUDE,
JASON :-)

gingyjaye

APPARENTLY IT WAS A APP RITE IN THE COMPUTER AND I COULD HAVE BEEN USING IT ALL ALONG. SOMETIMES I DON'T AS I GET LAZY BUT IF I WAN TO READ AN ARTIELC MORE THAN A PARAGRAPH I HAVE TO OR I WILL START SKIMMING AND MISS A LOT.

I AM SORRY JOHN IS STILL SUFFERING! STROKES ARE SCARY! MY BROTHER HAD A STROKE RECENTLY BUT IT WAS NOT A BIG ONE. JOHN'S SOUNDS SERIOUS.

I AM WORKING ON ANOTHER OF YOUR PUZZLES RITE NOW. THANX JAS!

MARY

jasonchung2

DEAR MARY,

I AM HAPPY THAT RILEY AND YOU ARE ENJOYING YOUR SLEEP IN YOUR BEDROOM :-)

FIRST FLOOR CAN BE A CONVENIENT PLACE TO BE - NO STAIRS TO CLIMB SHOULD THE ELEVATOR CEASE TO OPERATE, ETC.

JOHN HAS RECOVERED RELATIVELY WELL FROM HIS ACUTE STROKE ON 12 JANUARY 2020. HOWEVER, HE STILL HAS NUMBNESS IN HIS RIGHT HAND, PAIN IN HIS RIGHT AND LEFT UPPER ARM AND PAIN IN HIS LEFT ELBOW.

WOW, YOU HAVE A GOOD HELPER - A MAC THAT CAN READ COMMENTS :-)

TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF, MY FRIEND.

SMILES OF HAPPINESS FOR YOU AND RILEY,
JASON :-)

gingyjaye

THANX JAS! RILEY AND I ARE ENJOYING SLEEPING IN MY BEDROOM NOW FOR A WEEK. THERE WERE PEOPLE HERE EVERY DAY. I WAS TIRED OF IT. BUT IF THEY WEREN'T THE DAMAGE WOULD NOT BE FIXED. I STILL WHOULD NOT WANT TO BE ANYWHERE BUT THE FIRST FLOOR. I FIND IT CONVIENENT AND FOR ME THAT IS IMPORTANT BECASUE OF VISION.

HOW IS JOHN?

I WIL HAVE TO LISTEN TO THE REMARKS BELOW THE PUZZLE AS IT IS TOO MUCH FOR MY EYES TO READ. THE MAC HAS A DICTATOR THAT CAN READ HE REMARKS TO ME.

jasonchung2

DEAR MARY,

WELCOME BACK AND WELCOME ON BOARD THIS VIRTUAL CRUISE SHIP :-)

I KNOW THAT YOU MUST HAVE BEEN BUSY WHICH IS THE REASON I HAVE NOT BEEN SEEING YOU.

THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO SOLVE MY PUZZLE AND A HUGE ONE, TOO.

IT IS GOOD TO KNOW THAT THINGS ARE GETTING BACK TO NORMAL AND THAT YOUR APARTMENT IS IN A GOOD CONDITION NOW.

IT IS OK IF YOU USE CAPS TO WRITE A COMMENT TO ME AS I KNOW THAT WILL ASSIST IN YOUR READING OF THE TEXT (WHICH IS THE REASON I AM WRITING TO YOU IN CAPS SO THAT IT WILLL BE EASIER FOR YOU TO READ MY REPLY)

TAKE THINGS EASY. KEEP SAFE AND WELL, MY FRIEND.

WARM SMILES FOR YOU,
JASON :-)

gingyjaye

hi Jason,

enjoyed this puzzle! thanx jas!

I did not abandon your puzzles. it took until this week for them to finally finish fixing my apartment since that flood on 0519! I had been living in half a living room filled with furniture but things are getting back to normal,

I still can't find a lot of stuff. but it must be in the storage bin. I knew this mite happen!

I have a lot of catching up to do!

hope you and John are well!

Mary

jasonchung2

Lucy, you are most welcome.

Thank you for joining us on this virtual Alaska Cruise.

I am so delighted that you have enjoyed this virtual trip and that you like this puzzle with its bright colours :-)

Alaska Cruise Smiles,
Jason :-)

lucyny

Oh Jason, I had to cancel a July Alaska cruise, so this is quite a treat!! Thanks so much for your imagination and bright colors!

jasonchung2

Hello Luly, welcome on board this virtual Alaskan cruise.

Happy Birthday to the 2 people whom you love :-)

Isn't it wonderful to celebrate their birthdays here :-))

There are lots of interesting activities and plenty of sightseeing and tours which we can take part in.

Let us toast to the good health, joy and happiness of the 2 August babies whom you love dearly :-)

Thank you for your compliment on my puzzle.

Thank you for solving this puzzle. I am so glad that you enjoyed it :-)

Birthday Smiles
Jason :-)

luly

It's really a pleasure to work on your monthly puzzle Jason, it's very beautiful and also much fun! I love to join the Virtual Alaskan Cruise and celebrate birthdays of two people that I love very much. Thank you for all the celebrations, it sounds wonderful, I love it. The best to you! :-))

jasonchung2

Hello Julie,

I am so happy to see you on board this Virtual Alaska Cruise Ship :-)

Thank you for the compliment.

Be here as long as you wish, Julie. There are plenty of good things going on - activities, sightseeing, entertainment, workshops, food, shopping, good friends, etc.

The food on board is just fantastic, calorie-free and non-filling for the tummy. This means that we can sample a lot of food.

Virtual Party Smiles,
Jason :-)

julie88

Well Jason, you've given August a fabulous start. Since it's hurricane season here in Florida, Alaska is just the ticket. Thanks so very much.{So glad the virtual feast is calorie free.} julie

jasonchung2

Vicki, you have made an impressive landing on the upper deck of the Virtual Cruise Ship. It was a very smooth landing. Magic Carpet rides are time efficient and safe - just a blink of an eye and you are already at your destination.

There are different types of fresh seafood cooked in different styles for you to enjoy.

The vegetarian dishes are very tasty.

As for the desserts - fantastic.

The National Glacier Park is an ever popular destination.

I am happy that you are enjoying your souvenirs :-)

It warms my heart to hear that you will be joining us for the September virtual trip.

A toast to your good heath, happiness and joy :-)

More Virtual Trips Smiles,
Jason :-)

Thanks for your invitation on the Virtual Alaskan Cruise. Please make sure my flying carpet is fully stocked for the long trip from Oz. Or perhaps they’ve got warp speed. I love seafood. My favourite is crayfish –freshwater lobsters. As for sour dough bread, I had sour dough toast and vegemite for breakfast this morning. Finally, I’d like to book a visit to the Glacier National Park and enjoy my souvenirs.
Thanks for another great puzzle Jason and arranging my next overseas trip.

jasonchung2

Hello Judy,

Welcome on board this virtual cruise :-)

Thank you so much to choosing to solve my puzzle and for letting me know that you have enjoyed it :-)

I wish you a great weekend.

Lovely Weekend Smiles,
Jason :-)

jerseygal

Hi Jason! This is the first puzzle of yours that I've done in a very long time, and I enjoyed it...thanks!
Judy

jasonchung2

You are welcome, Pauline.

Thank you for the compliment. I am glad that you have enjoyed this puzzle :-)

I am doing fine - still keeping positive and happy.

John is relatively OK, except that he feels numbness in his right hand and his left arm is painful.

Please keep safe and well.

Smiles for Better Times Coming Soon,
Jason :-)

Thank you Jason, for a lovely puzzle. How are you doing during lockdown? Are you and John keeping well? Keep safe. xxx