Hold On Tight

22 Aug

“Right now, the person’s hand that you hold – The chance of meeting that person is like a miracle. Even when you go into the light, don’t let go of that hand.”

~ Nobuta wo Produce

Chinese Language * Male & Female   

18 Aug

If you ever visit or teach in China, knowing the characters for Male and Female can be very helpful. On your school roster, It’s often very hard to know if the student’s name is for a Boy or girl. So most roster’s tell you – Male or female.  It also helps if you Don’t want to enter the wrong Bathroom by accident. They don’t tell you in English😛

男 = Nan (2) = Male

女 = Nv (3) = Female

Life in China ~ Hungry Ghost Festival

17 Aug

My Chinese friend called today asking to hang out. When I asked what was up, she said she intended to go home today but her brother called and warned her not to travel today. Apparently today the province is celebrating the Hungry Ghost Festival.

It falls on the 15th of the 7th lunar month. According to my friend, they believe that today many ghosts are able to travel around the country. This is why my friend couldn’t travel- she has to leave the way clear for the ghosts instead. Instead many adherents will go to the graves and leave lots of food for the hungry wanderers to eat.

Our Delicious Dumplings :) 

They also make hand-made traditional dumplings out of long noodles. They are long so you can wrap up your ancestral ghosts in the strand and keep them close to you in the future. Funnily enough, we went to the little Chinese garden here and ran into 5-6 grandfathers out with their grandkids. They had been tasked with entertaining the kids while grandma made the dumplings. To participate, my friend and I had beef dumplings at the local street market and she promised to wait until tomorrow to go home :p

 

 

4 Year old and her 6.5 year old sister. The older sister starts English classes tomorrow, and they both knew the ABC song!

 

 

 

Twin 4-year olds. They start Kindergarten this  year and are excellent Bubble-blowers!

 

Today’s Joy

15 Aug

Went downstairs today for lunch right at noon (12:01) when Cafeteria starts lunch only to find Lots of Food Including all meat gone for the third day in a row. The kitchen refuses to cook enough for all the people. Since Food is part of my contract, At first I was frustrated.

 But then my joy came! 😊 The cafe has opened again today just when I needed it to! So instead of the mostly nasty food in the cafeteria I get to Eat Delicious Carbobara and drink a big pot of perfectly sweetened ICED tea.  Great day!

Diet Begins Again

12 Aug

So today I came out of arrivals at Incheon airport. It’s in the far right of the building. Then went upstairs to departures and walked to the opposite end of the building to Talk to korean air. Stood in line 1.5 hours speaking to the agent. Was told to run, not walk, downstairs to the far opposite end of the building, walk the width, and the come halfway up the back of the building to American Airlines. Then had to walk back to Korean Air to confirm, go back to the middle to call shuttle, and out. Long story short, i walked the length of Incheon airport at least 3 times and ran it once. God loves me and gave My exercise regimen a helpful kick start today.

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Upcoming Event ~ “Taiwan Fest!”

11 Aug

Hey Folks!  

Heard from the ACSEA (Asian-Canadian Special Events Association) and they are putting on what sound’s like a really cool event in Downtown Toronto and Vancouver! :) 

Each year, this organization hosts the annual TAIWANfest, and this year it’s going to be called “Dialogues with Asia” starting with “A Cultural Tango with Hong Kong.”  The event’s purpose is the “engage Torontonians and Vancouverites in a cultural dialogue to better understand Asian cultures.” But I’m sure they’d love for people of all locales to stop buy and participate! Sounds like a great opportunity to learn more about not only Taiwan (an awesome place – most of my students say that it is actually more like old-style, traditional China than even the mainland) but also other countries in the Asian sphere.

You can see the schedule for August 26-28 here and September 3-5 here. Special events include an International Pan Asian Culinary event and “A Cultural Tango with Hong Kong Symphony” Check it out!

Who:  ACSEA (Asian-Canadian Special Events Association)

When: August 26-28, 2016 (in Toronto) &  September 3-5, 2016 (in Vancouver)

Where: 

Harbourfront Centre
235 Queens Quay W
Toronto, ON M5J 2G8

The Centre / Granville Street / QE Theatre Plaza
Vancouver Playhouse Annex

More Information: Here.

“TAIWANfest returns to Harbourfront Centre and Downtown Vancouver this summer and begins its “Dialogues with Asia” series with “A Cultural Tango with Hong Kong.” One of the great ways to experience the culture is to take part in the Friendship Picnic – a program designed to cultivate new friendships over food. Mark down the dates and get ready to meet someone from Taiwan or Hong Kong. If you’re a little more adventurous, try the Hakka nutritional beverage called Lei-Cha, made from ground up seeds and nuts. For some great stories, check out the full Experience HAKKA! Redefine your understanding of Asian cultures with exhibits and films August 26-28 at Harbourfront Centre and September 3-5 in Downtown Vancouver.”

Appropriately Attired

11 Aug

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In Dallas, Texas, even the cows and Bulls have to wear shirt and shoes to get service. And well dressed creatures they are too :p

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Which Ones Have You been To?

9 Aug

Top 20 Most Visited Cities in Asia:

Music I Love ~ “My Heart Will Go On – Vintage 50’s Version)

9 Aug

Airline Cheat Sheet ~ How to Bypass Airline’s Automated Phone System to Get a Real Person

9 Aug

Awesome! The British Travel site Cheap Flights (http://www.cheapflights.co.uk) has created an infograph helping travelers get ahold real human beings when calling an airline for help. 

Frequent travelers are all aware of the aggravation and time wasted whenever you have to call an airline to get help. Sometimes it’s all but impossible to find your way through the system (especially if the trusty “press 0 for operator” doesn’t work. :) 

So Cheap Flights put together this sheet to tell you what buttons to push if you want to get ahold of a person. Great Idea!

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