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Don’t #Fence Me In!

25 May

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Chinese historical sites (and some city buildings) here in Henan have a tendency to have these sharp warnings NOT to climb the walls.  Given how much looting and destruction they’ve faced with their heritage in the past, it is a pointed (pun intended) reminder that history is to be protected, not stolen or broken.  Also – avoid the Baiju (China’s alcoholic beverage which is as much as 70% alcohol). Getting drunk on that and stupidly climbing the fence is a REALLY BAD idea here!

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. 😂

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!

#Travel: First Motorbike Ride!

29 Apr

Took my first ever motor Scooter ride today!  Drove about 3 hours out and about. Saw lots of cool things, Including this vegetable garden in front of the public toilet 😂


#BFF

15 Apr

Awww!  Made some new friends! #可爱! 

In Chinese, ‘ke ai’ is Cute!  Like these cuties!

Lovely Purple #Flowers!

13 Apr

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