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#Shaolin Temple’s #Kungfu Monks

21 May

Henan is home to the Shaolin Temple – made famous in Jackie Chan’s films and the center of Chinese Kungfu or “Wushu.”  The monks did a performance for the Henan Tourism Festival!

Life in #China – #Buddhist Grottos

19 May

Gongyi Grottos – one of 4 Famous grottos in China.  These are places where loyal monks have carefully carved out thousand and millions of #buddhas and religious statues into the walls of nearby caves over CENTURIES!  Unfortunately, many of the ones in Henan were destroyed during the Cultural Revolution or were defaced by the Western militaries During the wars with China.  Still an amazing, awe-inspiring sight! Well worth the trip! Thanks to the Henan Provincial Tourism Bureau for sponsoring our trip today – it was lovely!

#Fashion Baby!

14 May

You know, it says #rainbow but for some strange reason I’m seeing #cow . . . . On a t-shirt for #girls Hmmmm  😂 Life in #China means living with random #words on your #clothes 😜

Happy #Mother’sDay!

14 May

For the best mom ever!

Happy Mothers Day everyone!


Mom, Mother, Mama, Ma, 妈妈, Mommy – whatever you call her, if you got a good one, say thanks.  Small piece of advice – despite stereotypes, not every mother is a good mother.  There are many out there who aren’t that awesome. If you got a good one, appreciate her.  Let her know how grateful you are that she cared for you.  She doesn’t have to – everything she’s done for you, it’s because she loved you. So just take some time and honor her for that!


For the rest of you, if you have someone out there who acted as a mom-stand-in for you, say thanks to them too.  Even if it was your single father, grandmother, step-mother, foster mother, friend, or just a great adult.  Tell them how much that care meant to you.  


These people are important in our lives – it’s important for us to show it!


Happy Mother’s Day! ❤

Ho Lai Ho

12 May

​Ho Lai Lo – one of our resident, delicious bakeries!  Yummy!

Sweetie Pie, Honey #Bread

9 May

#Honeybread – A popular dessert here is Honey Bread – a really sweet bread with ice cream on top.  Slowly the ice cream melted down into the bread.  Very fun!

#Country Roads – #China Style!

6 May

Who needs a Road when you have crops to dry out?  #Farming – #China style. 😂

Glimpse into China Past

5 May

Mural on the outside of an abandoned building

May #Flowers

4 May

#Spring – April Showers bring May Flowers

Let Summer Commence!

30 Apr

Lemon 7-up is absolutely delicious! They call it ningmengqi or 柠檬七.

柠檬 (lemon) + 七 (7). It’s basically 7-up with squeezed lemon in it.  Delicious!

I usually order it 多多冰 (duo duo bing).  多means more/extra.  In Chinese, saying something twice makes it stronger – so 多多 means ‘a lot extra’.  冰 means ‘ice’. 

So I get 柠檬七多多冰 (ningmenqi duoduobing) or lemon 7-up with lots of ice. It’s possible I’m supposed to say the Ice first- my grammar isn’t that good. 😂 But they understand me! It cost me 7¥ or about 1$.  

If you visit #China. you should try it. Very Good and super refreshing!

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