This past school year, our cousin, Christina Bowllan, spent the year learning, living and exploring in China. We interviewed her to help inspire high school students to travel, as well as educate other people who may be interested in traveling to China but don’t know what to expect. “Christina B. is currently a junior at SYA (School Year Abroad) China and a photographer for the Campus Reporter program. She comes to SYA from Hewitt School (NY)” What is School Year Abroad? Scho
!!Click the link below!! Almost a year ago my cousin Amanda Chin & my sister Sajeeda Chin took road trip to the SouthWestern part of America– we hit Nevada, Colorado, Utah and Arizona. The main attraction was the GRAND CANYON! We spent 3 nights sleeping in a tent on the North Rim and everything that could go wrong did but we managed to overcome all the obstacles. It made the trip interesting.
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One of the highlights for my trip to Alaska was vising the Alaska Heritage Center.Although I had mixed feelings about the performances, I loved touring the site and learning about the Native s of the land, the original people. I liked seeing many of the young generation of Native Yup’ik, Cup’ik, Inuapiat and many more because we could feel the love of their past and their thirst to revive their culture. I talked to so many people just to fully understand what they were going
August 2014 This summer has been one of love and learning. Everywhere I went, I had some family waiting for me, helping me and just showing me around the area. Making me feeel at home around the world. Tanzania: How can I have family in Tanzania? Well I do. So there was our of us that traveled to Tanzania; 3 girls and 1 boy, so the way they had the housing set up was me & PQ are living in the dorms, the boy(Parnell) has his own dorm room and the other girl (Camille) will live
take me back to the land of my ancestors, the land of the great Kings & Queens and Warriors & Engineers take me back to the Shukrans && the Shukranettes take me back to the Red Sea, the natural curly pudding, the hair elixir take me back to the sisterhood, the family, the infamous fellucaa ride take me back to the seminars, the ethnographies, the teamwork, the cool & warm feedback Take me back HOME, Kemet International Youth Leadership Institute (IYLI) Egypt 2010 – Live, Laug
I would like to highlight some of the amazing things people around me are doing to get us all inspired to think, to live and to laugh. Volunteers Around the World: Cambodia with Maleeka Maleeka is a senior at Stony Brook University. She will obtain her Bachelors of Science in Health Sciences this upcoming May. She loves to bowl and eat ice cream. I interviewed her during and after her recent trip to Cambodia with her university. 1. Where are you and what are you doing there?
Baby Eisah & I recently took a quick trip to Seattle, Washington to visit some family and I really enjoyed traveling with him. I was a little nervous at first to get on the plane with him by myself but after traveling to China by myself, I really couldn’t fathom letting nervousness and a 4 month old, stop me from going. Where there is a will, there’s always a way. It was a little tough not having another person to swap with to have a break but besides that I would totally rec
I decided to open a platform and share what people around me are doing in their lives to maybe inspire and motivate others. The first person: My little sister,Sajeeda. Sajeeda Chin is a teacher, a student, an engineer. She graduated from Howard University in 2015 with a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering. Currently she works as a teaching fellow with Citizen Schools extended day program at The Academy for Future Leaders in Harlem NY. Once completed with the program in
Traveling with an infant is a journey in itself. Baby Bear caught his first cold just days prior to us leaving for Puerto Rico and I was so nervous to bring him away from home while he was sick. I had to have faith that we had everything he needed to get better. (Breastfeeding and the warm weather helped). Traveling with an infant…it can be done, but you just have to be prepared AND it’s always best to travel with a partner! It may not be a ‘vacation’ but you can definitely t
I asked my husband to share with us some insights into being a new father. Here are excerpts from our interview. Click the links to listen to the entire interview! Enjoy & Share with the other new or soon-to-be Dads you know! 1. How does it feel to be a Father? “I was blessed to have a father growing up and the thing about being a father I think about him, my Dad, Brother Munir. I think about somebody who is a superhero. Whenever you need something, whenever you need somebody
He told me “Do what you do best, find a way to travel.” That’s what my husband told me when I started to feel down about my lack of prospective travel. I felt I couldn’t travel anymore because I had a baby now. It’s much easier to travel when you have 2 people bringing in income, however, once I stopped working, my spending on luxury items and travel also slowed down. Before I could delve deeper into my own abyss of ‘pseudo depressed non traveling state of mind’; he told me t
“Creativity is Intelligence having Fun” -Einstein
Harbin, China Harbin, China- July 4, 2013 For the past 5 months or so, I have been ‘blessed’ to NOT have an oven =/ [not]…Well, it is kind of a blessing as in it forced me to get my creative juice flowing in making and baking things that I really wanted by other means. All I have to work with is 1 hot top stove top, a wok, a rice cooker and a microwave ANDDD our circuit breaker thing shuts off anytime we use more than 2 elect
Happy Children’s Day!
Harbin, China Harbin, China- June 1, 2013 June 1st ALREADY!!! I can’t believe I have been here almost 5 months and I’m going home in a month!! ahh! lol –Today in China is Children’s Day! A celebration for Children! =) Parks, School and Centers all around the community have performances, arts and crafts, toys, & loads of snacks for them! I still had normal class schedule but during my break, I went outside to enjoy the festivities my school was putti
Welcome to May in Harbin!
Harbin, China Harbin, China- May 17, 2013 May is my favorite month, if you can’t tell! Happy Birthday to all the May babies! I spent my first birthday away from home and it felt so weird. Im used to just going home to moms house and eating her homemade cake like we eat every year, this year I spent my birthday weekend in Beijing and when I came back to Harbin, I had a nice quiet birthday eating pizza with my roomies. May in Harbin is full of activit
A day at the park…
Harbin, China Harbin, China- April 19, 2013 Going to the park on a semi nice day outside there is always so much to see. Old people working out, men playing MahJong or ChineseChess, women doing a Chinese fan form of tai chi, children crying to get what they want…, its great going people watching. There is so much to learn. I love every moment of my me-times at the park or just strolling the town. I had no idea this park was this close..it amazing what alit
Truly Me Time..
Harbin, China Harbin, China- April 8, 2013 Its kind of crazy growing up in such a big family. You always have someone around you, taking your stuff, or asking you to do something. Not that any of such has changed since ive been here: thanks to Skype and e-mail, Maleeka and sajeeda still ask me for random things as if im sitting at grandmas house on my computer, oh well it keeps us close..eventhough im almost 9, 000 miles away. (Yikes!) On that note of being t
Food, Food & more Food 🙂
Harbin, China Harbin, China- April 3, 2013 Oh goodness! At the start of this trip I just knew I was going to have a horrible food experience and come back home emaciated from malnutrition! BUT BUT I am learning to love Chinese food. At home, I didnt really eat the NY style chinese food because ot wasnt so healthy and usually made me sick. Thats not chinese food! Funny thing…the one day I had eaten something that looked and tasted slightly like somet
A quick Grand Tour of my hood…
Harbin, China Harbin, China- March 21, 2013 Everyday I’m woken up by this man or woman who rides his bike up and down the streets banging on the back of this bucket! At first, I had no idea what the heck it was and called it the ‘rooster of the north’ ..however I figured out that it was the make-shift recycling guys who are telling people that they are coming to collect the recyclables. hehehe.
My area of Harbin may not be the best looking pla
The Chinglish Language!
Harbin, China Harbin, China-March 15, 2013 Today at school I decided to tape some tidbits of my kids! I didn’t want them to be distracted so I couldn’t tape so well. One of my TA’s told me she had a dream about me the night before about me coming back to their school! lol I just love the kids here: Always giving me massages and trying to teach me some Chinese terms and they love it when I try to learn it! I get a round of applause! Lol =) I’m gonna mi
These things only happen to me! (before 9:00a)
Harbin, China Harbin, China- March 15, 2013 Well, Of course! The one day that my roommates have a day off from work–I have to go into work by myself. That’s all fine and good except the bus ride went all but smoothly! I left my apartment at 7:30a to be at Xin Yang Lu Xue Xiao for an 8:55a class which leaves me with more than enough time to get there and still do some last minute lesson planning. I get to the bus stop and the 22