Blogs from China, Asia - page 6


Asia » China March 22nd 2014

We made a trip to Dalian today via driver to pick up three packages. It was all makeup and all wonderful. I know that a few family members that read this blog are makeup/beauty world/skincare fanatics as I am so I'm posting a few pictures. Ron bought me a Vegan Cuts (an awesome company with wondrous products) beauty sampler (they have a monthly vegan snack box and a monthly vegan beauty box, like Birchbox etc). They only ship their sets and boxes internationally. There's a new one up that we want badly, but we're being pretty tight fisted while saving up for our galavanting on both coasts of the U.S. Anyways, there's also a picture of our delicious Thai coconut curry. It's unreal. We're excited Colbert and Jon Stewart will resume their respective shows this Monday, ... read more
Wondrous brand
The aesthetics *_*

Asia » China » Zhejiang » Hangzhou March 22nd 2014

Hello Everyone It’s been a month since the last blog but not much has really happened in that time that has been overly exciting to write about. I’ve been covering some classes for people on holiday which have all gone well. For most of April I will be covering holiday at the other center in Hangzhou the Wulin center where I did the first lot of Winter Phonics Camp. It has made me slightly stressed as I have to plan lessons for classes I don’t know but I guess once they are done, they are done and if they are good I don’t have to worry about planning that lesson again. I got my confirmation a few weeks back about my transfer to Guangzhou. So my last day at the Xiaoshan center will be Monday 12th ... read more
On the pretty bridge
Leifeng Pagoda
Leifeng Pagoda

Asia » China » Hunan » Xiangxi March 21st 2014

Introduction The Phoenix Ancient Town is located in Xiangxi Tujia & Miao Autonomous Prefecture,Hunan Province,and also border on the southwestern Guizhou Province and the West Songtao, Tongren County.It is one of the smaller counties in Hunan,but now it is known as the most beautiful ancient town for its long history and well-preserved appearances.The name of Phoenix town mainly derived from the Phoenix Mountain which is in a phoenix shape. The Phoenix town today consist of 5 zones and 27 townships. With 300,000 people, which is a multi-ethnic County with Miao, Han, Tujia, and so on. The County is in sub-tropical moist monsoon climate,and the average annual temperature is 15.9 ℃. Phoenix is not only rich in natural resources,beautiful mountains and rivers, but also possessing many scenic and historical sites. Next are 9 famous spots in the ... read more
Phoneix Town
Phoneix Town

Asia » China March 20th 2014

As you probably already know, we do not support animal testing in any way, shape, or form. Whether it be for cosmetics, household items, or medical research. If there is anything we believe in most, it is the welfare of the animals we share the planet with and the progression of humanity to not use such archaic methods. Veganism is as much action as it is pure moral beliefs. We go out of our way to order things from other countries since China has a law making it mandatory for all companies selling in China to have tested their products on animals. We are looking forward to the day that the United States can join the European Union, Israel, and India in completely banning animal testing on cosmetics. Recently, we signed a petition to Representative Dan ... read more

Asia » China » Shandong » Rizhao March 17th 2014

I guess itchy feet got me a lot sooner than I had expected. After a little over 5 months here in Rizhao I am once again off to another city. This time the new city is Shenyang, Liaoning province. After well over 2 years working at EF (English First) this is my first venture into a different teaching entity. Although i have learned much from my time here I do feel that it is time for me to branch into something different. Well its still the same but different. Yes I am still teaching English but it is a different atmosphere and age range. The call of change had been ringing in my ears for some time. For the people here in Rizhao that do read this I bid you a fond farewell, peace, love and ... read more


Asia » China » Tianjin » TEDA March 17th 2014

Matthew had a lovely birthday on Sunday! He spent his birthday money on a remote controlled helicopter and a remote controlled army truck.......a very happy boy! He spent most of the afternoon playing with these! I made a yummy chocolate was tasty even if I do say so myself!!... read more

Asia » China » Tianjin March 15th 2014

As Andy has to work tomorrow morning, today we took the boys to Tianjin's Polar Ocean World for Matthew's birthday. From past experience from living in Ghana, West Africa, we was not to sure what we were going to find as sometimes pictures are very different to the real thing!! But we were pleasantly surprised. It was a lovely place once we managed to get there, taxi's do not quite know this place but we got there in the end thanks to our lovely Chinese friend who translated for us via phone!! It was a lovely building in the shape of a shark. It was a little expensive to get in but the boys really enjoyed it and there was lots to see. We entered a shark tunnel and William got the fright of his life ... read more

Asia » China March 15th 2014

Our two month break is over, first week of school done, and our packages of Girl Scout Cookies (we ate them all already…got them four hours ago) and LUSH have arrived. We've become accustomed to taking taxis and drivers everywhere (hey, the bus isn't for everyone, okay?) Playing video games for 12 hours straight a day is no longer an option which is sad….but we'll apparently survive. We got two new cellphones that are of the "smart" variety. It allows us to listen to Nirvana and Rush on repeat and simultaneously play Minecraft-Pocket Edition. We've stocked up on an incredible amount of imported food from a wide range of places such as Spain, Thailand, and Germany..and even good old Wisconsin (preservative-free bagels!). We're sending in our paperwork for absentee voting since midterm elections will be upon ... read more
LUSH stuff
Fried spaghetti

Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou March 15th 2014

Vind hieronder 3 tal foto's van ons appartement. Het is officieel bewoonbaar. Wij waren afgelopen week ook bij een neef geweest die een goedlopend 2e hands autobedrijf heeft. Hij woont in een nieuwe wijk met een enorme park en daar omheen villa's en hoge flats. Het was prachtig. Wij hebben heerlijk in het park rond gefietst (ca 9 km). De auto's houden aan de regels en de mensen gedragen zich netjes. Om daar te kunnen wonen moet je Nederlandse bedragen voor een huis rekenen. Dit is wel een ander China dan waar wij wonen.... read more
rijkere wijken van China

Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou March 15th 2014

Het Internet Google en Facebook zijn verboden. Deze worden geblokkeerd door een grote firewall van de overheid, die wel eens de Chinese muur van het internet wordt genoemd. Het internet is dan ook vrij traag als je websites wilt bekijken van buiten China. Maar binnen China is het internet snel. Ik kijk elk avond HD films direct van het internet. Nieuws en politiek Afgelopen week was het jaarlijkse bijeenkomst van het parlement van China. De regering legt dan het beleid uit voor het komend jaar. Wat me opviel is dat ik geen toespraak van de president van China, Xi Jinping, heb gehoord. Je ziet de president wel praten maar de nieuwslezer vat de boodschap samen voor de kijkers. In Nederland is de populariteit van een politicus gekoppeld aan hoe goed hij/zij overtuigend kan spreken. Je zou ... read more

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