Singles Day


Apparently I spent ‘too much time #shopping’ according to my #Huawei mother phone. Over 3 HOURS. Well, no duh! Silly!

November 11 was #11/11! #SinglesDay in #China and a very big Shopping day. #Shopping around for great #sales is a must! Here are some of my #hauls yesterday!

1. A #JYJ pillow ❤️ (25% off)
2. A new #bed frame (25% off)
3. A meat grinder for #cooking (40% off)
4. A #nut gift set (50% off)
5. Set of Glass Jars for #homedecor (80% off)
Did you go out and #shop? What did you get!?!

#Halloween Haunted House!

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!

A Long Time Homecoming

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Chinese Dragon & Lion Dance

The Traditional Chinese Dragon & Lion Dance! Part of a show performed by students at the University for the “Welcoming Freshmen Candlelighting Ceremony” #ChinaTravel #LifeinChina #ChineseCulture

Hungry Ghost Festival

My Chinese friend called today asking to hang out. When I asked what was up, she said she intended to go home today but her brother called and warned her not to travel today. Apparently today the province is celebrating the Hungry Ghost Festival.

It falls on the 15th of the 7th lunar month (August 17 this year). According to my friend, they believe that today many ghosts are able to travel around the country. This is why my friend couldn’t travel- she has to leave the way clear for the ghosts instead. Instead many adherents will go to the graves and leave lots of food for the hungry wanderers to eat.

Our Delicious Dumplings 🙂 

They also make hand-made traditional dumplings (Jiaozi 饺子)  out of long noodles. They are long so you can wrap up your ancestral ghosts in the strand and keep them close to you in the future. Funnily enough, we went to the little Chinese garden here and ran into 5-6 grandfathers out with their grandkids. They had been tasked with entertaining the kids while grandma made the dumplings. To participate, my friend and I had beef dumplings at the local street market and she promised to wait until tomorrow to go home :p

Happy Days!

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I have yet to see a day where Balloons on a Blue Sky don’t make me a little bit more cheerful!

Chinese Lanterns Alight

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I had never seen lit Chinese Lanterns before, at least not some that were actually serving as lanterns 🙂