Tag Archives: Life Abroad

Ba Ba Black Sheep🎵

8 Feb

Do you remember that old song from when you were a kid?: This sheep looks like the kind of sheep who would sing that song 😛 **He is one of the stone statues at a mansion in Gongyi, Henan, China. Some of the statues are centuries old!

Ba Ba Black Sheep,
Have You Any Wool?
Yes Sir, Yes Sir
Three Bags Full 🎵
One for my Master
One for the Maid
One for the Little Boy
Who Lives Down the Lane 🎵




Door Blessings

6 Feb

Everyone is hanging up door signs asking for good things in the coming year. They remain up until next year’s festival. Ours says ‘Blessings’!😂What would yours ask for?

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The Friendly – Pervy #Metro (all in perspective)

4 Apr

😜😝 SUPER friendly train (or creepy – depends on how you view it).

I don’t think people would like it if I pet them, but maybe it’s a new social strategy – whatcha think???

The Friendly – Pervy #Metro (all in perspective)

31 Mar

😜😝 SUPER friendly train (or creepy – depends on how you view it).

I don’t think people would like it if I pet them, but maybe it’s a new social strategy – whatcha think???

#Baking in China – Apple Pie!

14 Jan

​Viola! I make a mean #ApplePie if I say so myself. Little more difficult to do in #China; but still. . . . came out delicious!   People at work appreciate it 😜

#Halloween #HauntedHouse

28 Oct

Totally awesome haunted house tonight.  So proud of my juniors!  All by themselves, they planned and put the party on. The 3rd and fourth floors had been transformed.  Piles of leaves all through the halls and rooms, scattered chair overturned for the ‘abandoned effect’!  The classrooms were amazing – evil butcher room with the creepy guy chopping bloody stuff; creepy dead bride in her red wedding dress, ghosts everywhere including up in the window ledges – they’d jump from the ceiling to scare people. 😱👻 People hiding under tables or in fabric screens would grab your feet 😂  I loved it!  Such a great job!

The Past Renewed

29 Aug

Bamboo

Unhyeongung Palace (Seoul, Korea)

I like this for short #trips

18 Aug

#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 😜

#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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