Blogs from Suzhou, Jiangsu, China, Asia - page 21


Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou February 14th 2007

Hello, We are leaving shortly for the Fu'Jian province. It is in the south. We take a car to shanghai and then bus for 13 hours. The weather is beautiful, as is the scenery (so I'm told). We have met some Chinese friends who have taken us out. We saw our first garden, named "Lingering Garden." It was very peaceful and relaxing. I will post some pictures when we get back (10 days). And yesterday I also tried duck's tongue, a real delicacy according to our Chinese comrads. Not the case, not the case at all. It reminded me of 11th grade Science class when we disected cats. It had the scent of famaldihide. Ikk!! We did try a traditional kelp dish. It was cured in salt and herbs for 30 days, then served cold. It ... read more

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou February 10th 2007

Heading Suzhou is the first city I have been to.Many people think it is a very old city because it has a lot of gloriettes,courtyards,gardens,rivulet...& is one of the old city in China.This is the very time I have been to Suzhou.I enjoyed myself there.But I can't express myself clearly with my poor English. ... read more
a tree beside the river
a old bridge
 a river across the town

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou February 9th 2007

Hello!! We had a fantastic dinner on Monday. It was in celebration of the lunar new year. I think it is some time around February 18th. As you can tell, celebrations start many days before this time. It was pretty great. 4 of the foreign teachers attended, as well as 20 or so important clients. These clients were the HR managers of big companies, like Sony, Qiomonda, Advanced Micro Devices, Amazon, etc. It was interesting to meet different people. It is a tradition here to toast and say "cheers." Ely and I raised our glasses at least 20 times in 3 hours. It was all in good fun. There is also a gambay. Gambay is similar to "cheers," but it means that you need to finish your drink. It could translate to "bottom's up." Aaron might ... read more

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou February 5th 2007

Hello, Another week has passed! I have a feeling that time will really fly here. We had an ok week. We had different schedules this week, which wasn't fun. Next week, however, we have everything the exact same, which is nice. HMMM. Bartering. In Suzhou (maybe all of China), the set price tag means very little. I do know one thing. If you pay the price on the tag, you are getting ripped off hard. Some say that these prices are inflated several hundred percent. Ely is not a very good barterer. Neither am I. Many Westerners have let us know of the scenario that is very common. ::You walk into a store. They notice you are not a local. Some places don't have tags, so this makes it easier for them to test how little ... read more

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou January 30th 2007

Hello all, Not as much news this week. I really opened a vein on the last email. Ely and I are doing well. Food last week: We started eating a lot of oranges. They are really cheap, about 8 cents a piece. We also started eating Watermelon. There are lots of fruits that don't look familiar here. I suppose we will try some of those in the future. Apparently the fruit is horribly out of season, and we think it is really good. I am excited to try the fruit when it is in season. Sweet and sour pork-- Our fall-back food. There is a restaurant near our flat where we go often. It tastes pretty similar to the dish back home--a little bit better though. Grilled Cheese---everything American has never tasted so good. We have ... read more
Ely and the Pig

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou January 21st 2007

Wow! It has been cold, but not as cold as the midwest I am sure. Anyways, we started our job last Thursday after our training. The training consisted of 2 hours shadowing with another teacher. Pretty ridiculous, but we don't have a lot of clout here I guess. Maybe just a cultural difference. Anyways, we are teaching adults. They are usually wealthy it seems. Most people can't afford English lessons. Our students are very ambitious. This makes them easy to teach. However, they aren't afraid to give negative/positive feedback. I guess it is a relief. They don't know enough English to know the difference in being tactful or tactless. I suppose it is fine. They tell us what is on their mind. Our school is very disorganized. We have an office and a school. They are ... read more
Nightime in Suzhou
Nightime in Suzhou
Pretty Trees

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou January 16th 2007

After 17 hours, we finally made it here. I know this is going to be quite an interesting experience. We are residing in Suzhou, which is about 1.5 hours from Shanghai. It has somewhere around 5 million people. Our boss, Joe, came to the airport to pick us up with his driver, Jin, and an administrative worker, Joyce. Jin was a quiet man with small stature dressed in a classy blazer. They picked us up in a new Buick car exactly like Grandma's. China isn't that different after all, I thought. Traffic was really scary on the ride home. There is a lot of lane changing, honking, and flashing of the brights. We were in a constant state of "almost accidents."... read more
Our First American Meal
Our Table

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou November 27th 2006

Our second day of the tour dropped us off at a Buddhist temple garden. There were Buddha's carved into the rock everywhere. Mostly the laughing Buddha, which is the most popular in China, and my personal favorite. Everytime I think of Buddha, I think of Melissa. She'll know what I mean. "Who is this jolly fat man?" He reminds me of Santa Clause a little, but mostly resembles a character out of my favorite book: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. If anyone has ever watched "A Muppet's Christmas Carol", which is my nirvana, I always imagine Buddha as sitting while surrounded by massive piles of meat, fruits, and vegetables. Then he laughs while his belly jiggles and bellows, "Come in! And know me better man!" And it is such a joy to have four Buddhas ... read more

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou November 27th 2006

After the gardens we left to go to a tea village. A very cute girl named Nancy was our guide for this one. She showed us a man who was drying tea leaves in a metal pan by stirring with his hand. He had to spend several hours a day doing this and had to use his hand so he knows the temperature. We were then led into a room (that's where they get you) to observe the different kinds of tea. There are three kinds of the green tea: the tea picked in spring, the tea picked in summer, and the tea picked in fall. Of course, the spring tea was the freshest looking. We learned the traditional sign languages for tea. "Three taps on the table means 'I' (tap), 'love' (tap), 'you' (tap)" Nancy ... read more

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