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Asia » China » Tianjin March 20th 2017

Geo: 39.13, 117.2Ship will be docked for 3 days while many of the passengers will be off touring Beijing and beyond.Long day! Clearing the ship and customs was stupid. Nothing like starting the day 2 hours behind schedule. After over 2 hours driving and lunch, we visited the Temple of Heaven. Second stop was the Summer Palace. Not like the ones in Europe. Dinner was Peking Duck.... read more
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Lunch
Temple of Heaven

Asia » China » Tianjin » TEDA January 23rd 2017

One of the best parts of living as an expat is the chances to travel to places that if back home (England) we would not be able to do. One of my dream places to visit is Australia! It has always been on my wish list but I never thought we would ever get there! But we decided at the last minute to go away for Christmas and looked at many places but after lots of searching we chose to spend Christmas in Australia! We planned on doing a road trip that ended us at Heron Island....far more cheaper than flying from place to place! We started off from Sidney and we (my wonderful husband!) drove 10 hours to our first hotel. That was a very long day as we had a 12 hour flight, off ... read more
Our trip to Oz!
Our trip to Oz!
Our trip to Oz!

Asia » China » Tianjin » TEDA January 16th 2017

We travelled to Australia for Christmas and we stopped at Heron Island for 5 nights. This is the most amazing place on earth we have ever been to (Right up there with Tibet!) The boat ride from Gladstone to the Island was only 2 and a half hours and was calm. When we could see Heron Island in our sights it was like looking at the photos we had seen when we researched this place. Stunning turquoise blue water that was crystal clear and white sandy beach. When we were walking along the jetty we could see a couple of sharks swimming past and so many parrot fish! There was a quick 15 minutes talk about the hotel and grounds then off to find our room and explore the island. Our room had lovely views of ... read more
Heron Island!
Heron Island!
Heron Island!

Asia » China » Tianjin » TEDA January 13th 2017

We have travelled to a lot of different places while we have been living in China but Tibet is one of the most amazing places were have been lucky to go to. It was one of the hardest trips we have been on as we are travelling with 2 children aged 5 and 9 years old. From all the research we did before hand, not many families make this trip. It took us all a few days to get used to the air change and altitude but the boys had really bad sickness and on that first day we thought...."what are we doing taking our kids here?" We had a fantastic driver and guild who stayed with us for the whole trip. They had oxygen bottles in the back of the car and came to Williams ... read more
Tibet
Tibet
Tibet

Asia » China » Tianjin » TEDA January 12th 2017

I can not believe it has been 2 years since my last blog! I did so well in that first year of moving to China, writing a blog every month! Then every day life kind of took over.......school and nursery for the boys and then I started to do some voluntary work at a Chinese nursery and that is how life has been! But I finally get a little free time this week to sit down and reflect. So we moved to China in Feb 2014. We were only going to be here for 2 years but we got the chance to stop for a further 16/17 months so grabbed it with both hands! This coming February will celebrate 3 years living in Teda! Just where has that time gone? Matthew is now in Grade 4 ... read more
Chengdu
Chengdu
Chengdu

Asia » China » Tianjin » TEDA January 12th 2017

In the 3 years of living in china, I think it is safe to say we are now used to all the different culture changes! Every now I then I get surprised but over all I don't think or look twice. It took me a long time to get used to not having my own space when out and about. For example when shopping in the supermarket, no one stands in line when in a que they just all stand in a group or push in or people stand so close you can feel their breath on your neck! But on the plus side of Tesco....I now get a smile and eye contact with the fruit and veg lady and at the meat counter the same man serves me each time and he always sees me ... read more
Vietnam
Vietnam
Vietnam

Asia » China » Tianjin » TEDA December 31st 2014

This month has flown by! We had Williams little friend Lipe over for some Christmas fun....They decorated Christmas decorations and made reindeer food! I helped William to make little boxes for his friends at nursery......it was a busy week leading up to Christmas!!! We had a lovely Christmas, Andy was able to have Christmas day and Boxing day off which was great and then he had the weekend off too. Christmas eve the boys were busy the whole afternoon getting ready for Santa.....They sprinkled their reindeer food outside of our apartment and Matthew wrote a nice letter to Santa and William drew a lovely happy Santa picture for him! Then they got snacks out ready for the reindeer and Santa....all was ready. They woke up at 5am but were sent back to bed!! 7am I heard ... read more
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Asia » China » Tianjin » TEDA December 20th 2014

My little hobby is going well....I have made lots of beaded necklaces, bracelets and now earrings. I sold about 50 items at Matthews school last month so (with the encouragement of my friend!!) thought I would try and sell some more now I have had a little time to make more!!! So I thought why not, see how it goes!! So on Friday I invited people over to our apartment to have a look at my handy work and I sold quite a few more things.....the start of good things!!! I think my husband is quite impressed as he thought I would not even finish one necklace!!!! (Not that he would admit it!!!) Here are some of what I have made.......... read more
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Asia » China » Tianjin » TEDA December 20th 2014

The day I have been waiting for has arrived!!! I love Christmas time, watching Matthew in his school Christmas show. I was not sure what to expect as he goes to an international school, weather it would be a Christmas show or carols???........TIS put on a great show!! They put on a "TIS has Talent" show. Matthews class worked together and did a group performance. They danced to a piece of music from Cirque Du Soleil. The dance was all about movement and how to flow and work together. They all did a fantastic job and I was a very proud mummy!! They did It all again the following day during the last day of term assembly. The other children did a fantastic job too.....I have included some photos but I have to say the last ... read more
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Asia » China » Tianjin » TEDA December 14th 2014

I have tried yoga classes a couple of times and hanging up in the room is lots of large material for the flying class. I keep saying to myself I wonder what the flying yoga is like.......im always up for trying new things and this was on my must try list so Saturday at the end of the lesson I asked my friend (who is also my Chinese teacher Helen!) to ask the teacher what the flying yoga was like and the teacher replied with: stand up and I will show you!! My face must have been a picture but after 5 minutes there I was upside down and just hanging.....very strange feeling!!!! Helen suggested why don't we come back in the evening and have another lesson to include flying yoga......why not!! So we returned ready ... read more
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