When this place became home…
Harbin, China Harbin, China- July 19, 2013 When, in one’s life does a new place become home? For me…it took about 3 months of nestling in Harbin, for it feel like home. As I walk to my 5:30 p.m. class around the corner, I know when to cross the street at the perfect time to ditch the holes and the puddles as I pass by the familiar scent of the bakery. Whenever I go inside, she knows exactly what I want–the chocolate almond cookies, sometimes coup
Oh China, I will miss thee…
Harbin, China Harbin, China- July 9, 2013 This antique yet up-to-the-minute country has become like home to me and I will miss alot of things about it! 1. Seeing elders strolling and hanging out at the parks all day long
2. Being able to go right outside to buy mangos off the street
3. Spending no more than $20USD on loads of groceries
4. Being able to say whatever I want and know that 99% of the people don’t understand me
5. Learning somethin
“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
Meet my Students…
Harbin, China Harbin, China- June 22, 2013 The school year is coming to a close and soon so will the end of this journey of mine. It was life-changing, motivating, and amazing experience! To be a teacher to children in another person’s land is a notable task and a distinguished responsibility because, a country like China, that cares so much for their youth and their future invest so much in them to ensure success. So for someone to put that weight and resp
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
Things we take for granted…
Harbin, China Harbin, China- March 23, 2013 In the U.S , especially in New York, we take so much for granted.
1. Like being able to eat a variety of food from around the world within a couple block radius.
2. Hot water being integral in every household without the need of a water heater specifically for the shower.
3.An Oven! ( I’m find creative things that I can make in a rice cooker)
4.toilet paper roll holder – it falls and grts wet -_-
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
Harbin- The Place of Extremes
Harbin, China Harbin, China- March 12, 2013 In one day here in Harbin, I felt a 30 degree temperature difference. In the morning, it was about 3 degrees and by 12p in the afternoon the temperature was about 36 degrees! That is why, I think I’m getting sick! I was so cold the other night walking around Central Street, I thought I was going to die, the temperature had dropped to negative something and I could not feel my toes anymore. We had gotte
1st FULL week of Teaching COMPLETE!
Harbin, China Harbin, China Oh Goodness! If you think teaching little 4 year old students is hard…imagine trying to teach little 4 year old students who don’t speak your language! Such a challenge but I love every minute of it. How much can we learn from one another! #school #harbin #China #teacher #solotraveler #Medinah #laoshi #Travel
How does 17 degrees feel like SUMMER!?
Harbin, China Harbin, China-March 3, 2013 It’s “Spring time” now in Harbin and everyone keeps saying its WARM! I tell every single person that can understand me that warm is a relative term. You have to say WARMER because it is DEFINITELY not warm. 17 degrees F is warmer than the -10 degree weather that greeted me to Harbin. It feels so much better not to have to be in terrible pain from near frostbite when you are leaving work. People
5 Days NO internet!
Harbin, China Harbin, China- March 2, 2013 Its been 5 WHOLE DAYS without internet connection! ….It’s like a 3 day fast from food for me! …I read alot and explored the surroundings alot and moved and made our apartment more homey….I moved into my very first apartment on Tuesday!! YaY Me! It took forever to get the wifi up and working since its an older building but thankfully its up!…The bed I have here is bigger than my twin size at home!..I dont know wha
The Journey to the Coldest Place I’ve ever been
Harbin, China Harbin, China- February 23, 2013 Leaving Shanghai this afternoon, the last four from CIEE boarded the ChinaSouthern plane Northward to Harbin (Ice City) , where we will begin the rest of our journey in China to be teachers!! On our way to the Pudong Airport you can definitely see all the Smog that the pollution has created. It made me feel like I was getting a headache from all the haziness. The air quality in tha