Posts Tagged ‘China’


We hope you have a fantastic Valentines day. You should know that we LOVE Valentines Day.  So here’s a link to some Valentines Day songs, and if your really bored then here is another old Valentines Day post about different types of love.


As a special bonus today is also Chinese New Year! Year of the Tiger. I’ve been getting some hilarious poorly translated emails from all my Chinese friends. It’s really pretty enjoyable.  Plus I’ve always loved this holiday. Here’s a link to learn how to make a paper lantern.

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I have no idea why, but suddenly wordpress is no longer blocked (also myspace). Kind of pointless since I have like a week left in China, but it’s still kind of nice. Recently I’ve been wondering something. Is there some sort of law that requires Boy Bands to have a photo shoot where all the members dress in all white outfits? I think it might be, and look the law is universal…. even in Asia it’s a requirement!

Searching for those photos was actually highly entertaining. Boy bands have some hilarious and ridiculous photo shoots. If you are bored you should totally just check out any of these NSYNC photos. I might even end up devoting a post to some of the best/worst ones when I have more time.

P.S. Kelli we should really think about updating our poll….

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Nick Named Students
  • Romeo– Romeo is a junior, and he has a HUGE crush on this girl in his class. One time I came to class and he raises his hand and then he just yells out “Teacher! I want to kiss Wang Sha!” The poor girl. Luckily it worked out for him because a couple of weeks later he told me she was his girlfriend when she was sitting right there, and she didn’t deny it.  Whenever he has to come to the board to write a sentence or something he always uses it to profess his love to her.
  • Obama– I don’t know Obama’s real name. On the first day of school he introduced himself as Obama and it’s stuck all year long.
  • Game Boy– Game Boy is Maddie and I’s favorite senior student. He’s incredibly disruptive, but he ALWAYS wants to play games, and so we make him go first for everything. We teach his class together. Usually one of us will teach the lesson and the other one will keep Game Boy occupied. Other wise he just keeps raising his hand and asking questions or trying to get you to come over and “Chatter with him.” We like him because he has the most personality of all the kids we teach, but he can be a handful. One time he decided that he really wanted to hug us, and so he like practically tackled Maddie and I.
  • Monkey– This kid actually just asked to be called Monkey. I’m not sure why, but even the other students call him it.
  • Heart Breaker– Heart breaker is another favorite. Not only is he the star of the basketball team, but he has great hair. He’s like the Asian version of Troy Bolton, and he kind of knows it. He has a rather large ego, and we find it hilarious.
  • Camera Boy– Camera boy takes the cell phone photography to an extreme. He often waits at the door for me to walk in so he can take my photo. I think he’s training for a very lucrative career as a paparazzi.
  • Harry Potter– Harry Potter is a Senior and he loves to participate. He comes up to the board EVERY TIME we call someone up whether we picked him or not. Really we just call him Harry Potter because he has glasses and since this is a boarding school and they call their principle Headmaster we just decided that we were obviously at Hogwarts and so we’ve given a lot of things Harry Potter nick names.
  • Himione–  Himione is a junior and we call him that because we were sticking with the Harry Potter theme and he’s really smart and raises his hand every time.
  • Superman– Superman gave himself his nick name. Every time you call on him he does the superman gesture. Like puts one fist in the air and looks up like he’s flying or something. It can be pretty hilarious.
  • Fred and George– or just “The Twins” they are two boys who often wear matching t-shirts. They are best friends. If they did that in the US they would be mocked into the next century, but it’s ok here apparently.

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More From China

 A Day at the Races
Ok so I just got back from the race. It actually wasn’t too bad. It was the 400 m relay so I only had to run 100m which was super easy. They let me choose which leg I ran so I choose 3rd because the crowd is mostly at the beginning and end of the race, but then when Maddie and I went over to that side of the field all the students just moved over there with us so apparnently it didn’t really matter which one I ran. I’m not sure who won as the winners were announced in Chinese, but I know my team was in 2nd when I passed the baton so atleast I didn’t totally embarrass myself. And even though I didn’t hear the results I’m pretty sure the team with the lunch ladies lost. It wasn’t really fair to have them run anyways. The gym teacher’s team won the boys race, but luckily there’s only one girl gym teacher so I didn’t have to race the P.E. department. Pays to be a girl.  I’m a little sad sports week is going to be over after today. I mean no classes, sports, and fireworks…. things don’t get better than that.
P.S. Zackapalooza still waiting on the picture of your snuggie. It’s cheetah print isn’t it

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A Post From Sadie!!

The poor blog has suffered a lot lately. Unfortunatly it’s blocked here, and so if I want to get on it I have to use a Proxy Server and they are just a pain. Not even worth the trouble, but Kelli was telling me that Zackapaloza complained that we never post anymore. So I told her I would write something and email it to her for her to post up. So here are some things that have happened since I last posted.
  • I went to Beijing and saw tons of the cool sites, climbed the Great Wall, walked around the Forbidden City, etc. It was awesome. There’s tons to see in Beijing, and the Silk Market is really crazy.
  • I went shopping in Shanghai and got some great knock off stuff for pretty cheap
  • Went to a Hot Pot Restarurant. I’m not sure exactly how to explain this, but it’s kind of like a Fondue restaurant only different. You sit at this table that has this huge pot of soup on a little cooker thing and then you just order random ingredients and put it in the pot and then everyone just takes what they want using their chopsticks. It’s pretty fun, but Andy (the guy who took us, Andy is his english name I don’t know his Chinese name) ordered some interesting stuff…. I’m not really sure what half of it was. Most of it was really good, but at one point he really wanted me to try this one item, and I thought it might be octopus, but he informed me that it was a part of the cow that he couldn’t say in English…. I’d rather not know.
  • Went to Haungshan (Yellow Mountain) which was really pretty, and Maddie and I found out that we were slightly under prepared for it. We were thinking it was just like a hike… but then we got there and everyone had like those huge backpacking backpacks strapped on their backs and like walking sticks and stuff. It turned out to be fun though the part of the mountain we were on wasn’t too hard, and we really liked Huangshan city.
  • A few weeks back the Jazz lost to the Rockets. Everyone here loves this fact. They won’t let me forget it. The Jazz better shape up next time we play them.
  • Last week we were invited to go to another school and teach a class. I’d forgotten what it was like that first week of school…. but I remember now. Signing english books, photos, video cameras, mobs of children all over again.
  • This week is Sports week at our school, and tomorrow Maddie and I have been “invited” to be in one of the races… can’t wait…. we’re going to look totally foolish. Espeically since neither one of us packed gym clothes so we’ll have to run it in our jeans… should be fun.
P.S. I heard Real Salt Lake won the MSL against LA and Beckham…. what the heck?! I thought they were horrible…. I was under the impression that it was sort of miraculous if they won a game at all let alone made it to the championships. So when do they start filming for the feel good flick based on a true story of the underdog soccer team?

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China Town

So I am currently sitting in my apartment in China. I really love it here. The city I live in is AMAZING. And all the kids are so fun I love teaching. Easily the coolest thing I’ve ever done.

Things About China

  • The city I live in is a small one in a poorer province so most people here have never seen an American. Having blonde hair and blue eyes = instant celebrity status. Seriously, people just snap my photo all the time, students always want me to sign their books (not sure why), and I spend half my day waving at everyone who walks by me.
  • Everyone here is REALLY friendly. They always want to impress us too, so they are always giving us things and stuff.
  • Personal space? Not such a big thing here.
  • Also advanced notice…. Apparently in China things just aren’t as scheduled as they are in America. For example… even though the “holiday” is in like 2 weeks they have yet to decide when school will let out for it.
  • Another example of this would be the day Maddie and I started teaching. They totally just handed us our schedule and were like k, go for it! Your classes start now. haha
  • Or the time they just showed up at our apartment at like 7:00 pm and said the headmaster (whom we call Dumbledore in the privacy of our own apartment) would like to interview us. Maddie and I are thinking he wants to ask us about our classes and stuff. Well…. No actually we are just going to be on the news is all. (I think by time I get back I’ll be so go with the flow it’ll be insane).
  • American Chinese food is nothing like actual Chinese food. Well… they still eat rice. They also eat chicken feet….
  • The bathrooms…. You don’t even know….
  • The apples here taste better. Also I have this new favorite fruit that I don’t even think has an english name. It’s awesome though whatever it is.
  • Their technology talks a lot more than ours does.
  • Everything is really cheap here. I’ve got to the point that when I see something that cost 28 RMB and I think it’s too expensive. That’s like $4 in the US…
  • Suddenly I feel pretty tall
  • The illegal movie market is alive and well.
  • I’ve started using a lot more body language to explain myself… this might prove embarrassing when I get back to normal life.
  • I had to get a hacked ISP to get on this blog.

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