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#OnePiece Toys at McD – #Marketing success (for teenage boys)

17 Aug

#McDonalds in #China is currently Having their #OnePiece Toys period. They play One Piece Shows on the TV, and all these college aged boys keep coming inand buying the #toys 😜😂. I think they are buying more than the kids 😂 Anyway, one of the managers drew this cute picture the other day. Pretty Good job!

Definitely #KPOP Star Material!

14 Aug

There is no way on earth you can convince me that this little #Korean guy and his pouch are not the #CUTEST things you’ve seen today. I mean the dude comes with hat, pouch, little shoes and all. 💙 He is seriously #adorable and now proudly hangs from my phone in a position of honor where I can look at him every day and smile! 😊

Iced #Chocolate ❤

13 Aug

Iced #Chocolate at #CaffeBene ☕ in Changchun, #China! Love the #Art in this Cafe, the paintings are pretty ❤

#Tech Smart – Using #Didi in China

11 Aug

SUCCESS! I finally tried using #Didi for the first time this week! In the US, we have #uber but China has a program called #Didi as their alternative. 🚗
I really enjoyed it actually! You put in your pick-up spot and destination. It finds a driver and tells you how long till they arrive, a map tracking their car coming to you, their license plate #, and a car description (i.e. black Toyota). They pick you up, take you to the destination, trigger the receipt – it is automatically paid for via #alipay or #wechat and you rate their service.
By the grace of God they Actually now have an #English versionof the app which lets you type the names of places in English or #Pinyin. Super convenient!!
I do so love #tech advancements 😜

#EXO has come to join the party!

8 Aug

🎤’The boys are back in town!’🎵 😜My free souvenir from Nature’s Republic in #Korea – two of the singers from the #cpop band #EXO. I only knew Lay, and that’s because he’s always on KFC stuff in #China. 😂 Fit perfect with my piano music box, right! .❤ Now they can join my #JYJ (#jaejoong #junsu #yoochun) collection!

#Ivacy VPN 2017

7 Aug

Ivacy VPN

If you pay any attention to my blog, you’ll know that for the last 3 years I have been living abroad and traveling to many countries including China, Korea, Japan, US.  All truly beautiful countries, you should try reading some of my other posts to see my adventures!

As always, I want to start by saying I do NOT support using a VPN to avoid legal blocks (like the Great Firewall), accomplish illegal or illicit activities, or do anything that the government would not approve of.  Those things are illegal – if you don’t want to follow their local laws, find a different country to live or travel in. 

So if you aren’t looking to break firewalls and get into sites you shouldn’t be getting into, why would you want a VPN?  You can find my list of the pros and cons of a VPN here. In general, I like the security a VPN provides to me, whether at home or abroad. I still use my VPNs in the US, especially if at a public location to avoid the same hacks, viruses, and trojans I worry about while traveling.  A VPN can help keep you fast and safe. Sometimes. Depending on which VPN you choose.  Also, it sometimes helps me bypass technical issues in the system. For example, my university uses Blackboard, but it does have random glitches that drop it a lot.  About 25% of the time, it only works if the teachers use a VPN.   When other teachers are down and out, those with a VPN can still get on.

To be honest, I actually go back and forth between several VPNs right now including Astrill and VyprVPN.  You can read my reviews for them here and here.  But I recently  Ivacy offered me the chance to test them out – kind of a new VPN on the shelf. Here’s my experience so far!
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New #China Phone Number!

5 Aug

Cool news my darlings!

Today I finally got my new phone number for Changchun. No, I’m not telling you what it is 😛  But at least I managed to get it all on my own without help from my company!

For the last 3 years, I have been a loyal customer of #ChinaMobile – one of the three largest phone companies in the nation (the other two are China Unicom and China Telecommunications).  When I first came to China, China Mobile had a definite stronghold on the market, but since then the other two have come a long way.  Still, I have had a good run with the company.  

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#Garlic and #Ginger = Delish!

5 Aug

#Ginger & #Garlic pork with onions and potatos. #RealChinese food that is just to die for!

So Much #Panda Cuteness!

1 Aug

So many #panda statues! So much cuteness in one place is a little overwhelming ❤😂

Proud #Peacock

1 Aug

Say ‘hello’ to Brynn the bright #Peacock from the #Changchun #WildAnimal Park in #China. They let us feed them from our hands. Such brilliant colors!

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