The Caucasian-Asian Equation

Vandeves

The Caucasian-Asian Equation


Server. Student. Son. Boyfriend. Organist. Caucasian. Asian. Oregonian.

We all have statuses that define us. Some of which we were born into, some of which we created.

For the last 6 years, I have been dominated by three things: work, school and church. I juggled 30-40 hour work weeks, 12-16 credit hours, while maintaining my services to God by playing organist/choir teacher. Now is the time I break out of my routine, my sanctuary.

It's time to no longer see the world but experience it.

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Asia » China » Shaanxi » Xi'an January 16th 2014

It's been about 3 months since I last blogged. I was pretty busy towards the end of the term (in December) and once vacation started I tried to access my tablet to post on the website. Unfortunately, my tablet wouldn't connect to travelblog, so I was unable to post. Now I am back in the office, getting back into the routines of class, tutoring, gym, etc. Now that I have access i will look back on my spring festival trip. Travel during the Spring Festival can be troublesome and insanely busy; this year spring festival starts on January 31st. The days leading up to China's most important holiday (equate it to Christmas or Thanksgiving in the USA) can be taxing, especially if you plan on taking trips. I attempted to buy train tickets via CHinatravelguide.com but ... read more
Drum Tower
Big Goose Pagoda
Drums of the Drum Tower

Asia » China » Guangdong » Shenzhen November 12th 2013

It's been a month since I posted a blog entry. It's been a mix of reasons that include actually being busy, pure laziness, and poor internet connections. I posted a blog earlier about China's Nowism: the idea that it's ok to tell someone last minute about changes in schedules. So two weeks ago, I learned 5 minutes before class that I didn't have class for two days because of midterms. I also learned that I got the next week off because the students had military training. So I had an 11 day vacation. Even though this vacation was longer than my National Holiday (9 days), I was unable to plan anything because I was told last minute. I still have failed to post my Hong Kong (HK) blog, but I have managed to go to HK ... read more

Asia » China » Guangdong » Shenzhen September 27th 2013

Last week was the Chinese holiday known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, but more on that later. I will introduce to you the different sides of China: the good, the bad, the just plain China. GOOD: EDUCATION: If I havne't stressed it enough, here I go again, they appreciate education and hard work. To make up for days lost to the Mid-Autumn Festival, I get to work the next two Sundays. I really don't mind, I enjoy teaching. I don't know if this is true at all schools, since I am at a key school, but my school has several gym teachers, a dance teacher, a ceremics teacher and a probably a couple music teachers. My middle school in the states had one gym teacher and two music teachers. So it seems they value the basic curriculum ... read more

Asia » China » Guangdong » Shenzhen September 11th 2013

I worked in a restaurant for almost 6 years, and during which I was pestered by the impatience and annoying tendencies of foreigners, in particular the Chinese. Well now the tables have turned, and in many ways I have become one of them. In little less than a month, I have adapted to their culture and to their restaurant etiquette. I have learned the ways of street vendors, fast food clerks, and even had lunch at a five star restaurant with a nine course meal. So to all my serving friends, this is for you. I am going to reveal to you what typical service is like in China. 1) SEAT YOURSELF: Upon entrance into a restaurant, and this is true for most restaurants, the customer chooses the seating. You walk in and sit wherever you ... read more
Dumplings before Acrobats
I'm Lovin' It
Happy Hot Pot

Asia » China » Guangdong » Shenzhen September 4th 2013

i am going to hop back in time to August 21, when the CTLC peeps hopped on a train from Beijing to Shenzhen. Well three days prior to riding the train, most of our luggage was shipped to Shenzhen for our conveniance. The train wouldn't be able to store all of our luggage, so it had to be sent. Anyway, after sending my two suitcases to Shenzhen, I was left with a backpack of belongings to take care of me for three to four days. In those days I had to teach twice, attend a banquet (which I didn't know at the time) and ride a train comfortably. In the end, I was glad I sent it. Hopping off the bus at the train station, I was carrying a ukulele on my back, a backpack on ... read more
Misery Loves Company
Gotta Make Do with the Situation
The Great Hall

Asia » China » Guangdong » Shenzhen September 4th 2013

Like I said, I will be hopping back and forth between my experiences weeks ago and my experiences now, just until I get all caught up. So bear with me. SHENZHEN: When I think of a futuristic city, I think of Shenzhen. It obviously doesn't have flying cars or teleporters, but I don't know if any other city on Earth except maybe Dubai that can say it wasn't here 35 years ago. In 1979, the Chinese government proclaimed Shenzhen to be the first special economic zone. This means cheaper labor, an easier ability to export goods, and an exemption from the federal taxes. This allowed Shenzhen's meager fishing village to transform into a city of offically 11,000,000 but actually 20,000,000 million people. Amidst the cities high-rises rests KK Tower, the 8th tallest in the world. High ... read more

Asia » China » Beijing September 3rd 2013

Now that I am settled in, I owe a few stories of my Beijing adventure. So where were we... Beijing is also known as 毒都, which means the poison capital. It was given such a name for a good reason. The air quality is horrid. There were days the sun was hidden by the dense Beijing smog. I would be noonday, and the exact location of sun would stll be unknown. After a few days, breathing felt like a small battle. Fellow teachers began developing what we called the Beijing lung; it was characterized by cough, mild asthma and mild apnea. The streets of Beijing were filthy, although not quite as bad as some parts of Manila. Despite the people constantly picking it up, there was always trash. The day of great rain lead to ankle ... read more
The New
The Path
The Old

Asia » China » Guangdong » Shenzhen September 2nd 2013

Regrettably due to my busy schedule and a lack of internet connection, I was unable to blog. It took a while, but I am finally settling down in Shenzhen. This means that I finally get to start posting relatively more often, especially with my plethra of office hours. So where do I begin to talk about my new China adventure. How about at... DAY 01: THE START OF CLASSES The night before classes start, relatively 9pm, I was finally given my class schedule. I will be teaching 2 classes a day. One week I will teacher Junior 1, and the next week, I will teach Junior 2. This will make for some easy lesson plans. The school has 8 forty minute periods a day, which means my school wants me to be at my desk for ... read more
From my doorstep:
The Door at Night

Asia » China » Beijing August 9th 2013

I was once addicted to my phone, to Instagram, to Facebook to the internet. 3 days before I began my China adventure, my phone. Then I reached China, and I was without internet, or at least fast enough internet to update my whereabouts. So I owe this bloggity, a few entries. For those keeping tabs on me, I will give you a brief rundown of last week of my life, which has honestly felt like a month. I knew I was going to be busy, but I truly did not understand how busy. CTLC (The Center for Teaching and Learning in China) has meticulously created a program that will prepare native English speakers, who have already applied themselves via a Bachelor's Degree, to teach native Chinese speakers English. This program allows for two weeks of intensive ... read more
KFC - China Style

North America » United States » Nevada » Las Vegas June 29th 2013

After a trip, people always ask, "How was your trip? Did you have fun? What did you do?" The general reply is, "Good, yes, and I did (insert short phrase here)." The purpose of this blog entry is not to ramble on about my personal three day adventure in the American Southwest desert oasis but to emphasize the modern marvel that is LAS VEGAS. I traveled from green temperate Oregon with its indecisive weather patterns to brown/orange Nevada with its incessant sunshine and dry air. Yet amidst this dessert's barren wasteland thrives the city of sin. When planning this trip, I opted out of going to shows, paying cover charges for nightclubs, and gambling copious amounts of money. Why? One: I did not have much money to spend. Two: I knew there were loads to do ... read more
Ancient Architecture Hidden in a Modern City




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