Follow Me on the New Blog Please

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For some odd reason, when people subscribed to my blog, it directed them to this one. WordPress account ish.

I don’t want you to miss out so if you would like, please subscribe to my new blog at https://toochineseforu.com

Thanks loves!

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Goodbye to this blog and hello to new!

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toochineseforu.com is live and active!!

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Got my own blog host and domain!

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Toochineseforu.wordpress.com is MOVING ➡️ toochineseforu.com

While waiting on my worker’s permit to return to China, I thought it was finally time to get serious about blogging. 

I am open to any suggestions or tips regarding this new blog! It’s still in the making as I need to restructure the blog and import some posts. Be patient with me.

Thank you all for reading and following this blog, I hope to see some of you at the main site!

💕Tyra

Top 10 Things to Bring to China

Top 10 Things to Pack for China
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As I am waiting for my work permit to finish processing, I am thinking about things I should bring back to China. This is my fourth time embarking on a trip to China and will be my second full year of teaching.

Top 10 Things Tyra is Bringing to China

1. Deodorant


There is only roll-on deodorants in Jinan, not much options. So I will be going to Sam’s or Costco to buy a year’s supply.

2. Bras/ underwear


Chinese bras tend to have this thick lining at the bottom that annoys me. Also, their bras are not attractive at all. I like to feel good in my underwear so I bought some here.

3. Tampons


Particularly the ones with an applicator. Ob brand tampons are not for me.

4. Facial cleaning products


So many products in a China has whitening in them. I am a proud black woman, I just want to clean my face not whiten it.

5. Makeup foundation


Chinese women do not like to be dark, so the makeup foundation options are limited. The darkest color I have found was like natural beige. This is very light for my skin.

6. Medication


It takes about 8 Chinese ibuprofen pills to equal like 1 western pill, so I’m bringing my mess, especially for cramps!

7. Hair products 


I’m fortunate to have found online vendors on taobao that sells hair, but hair products for ethnic hair is sparse and expensive in China, so I’ll be stocking up on my coconut oil, hair brushes, grease, etc.
8. Body towels



80 yuan for a body towel in Chin! Our house has ton of towels at home. I just need to steal two and take it with me…or I can purchase a microfiber one, but I’m a cheapo.

9. Sunscreen

Can you believe sunscreen in China has whitening in there! TF?! The purpose of sunscreen is to protect my skin, not to whiten it!

10. Teaching Supplies



Dollar Tree and Target have tons of useful English and Primary School materials which are more useful then the Chinese made ones.




MISC stuff I already have in China but would be useful for first-timers



Travel adapter, shoes if your size is above 9 or 10, snacks from your home country. I was going to put razors, but you find some at Miniso in China.

BIG TIP:

don’t bring any valuable clothes. It will get ruined in the washers, cause there washers on China aren’t the best. There are also no dryers…..but dry cleaning here is CHEAP!


Let me know in the comments if I’m missing anything!

Missing China

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我想念中国的三大事情。 Top 3 things I miss about China.

1. 我学生们和朋友们。My students and friends



2. 我跟中国人聊天。 Speaking Chinese


3. 美团外卖。Takeout food 

Two Months of Traveling: 中国

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Another reason I was MIA on this blog during March and April is because I was travelling every weekend. I didn’t know if I was going to be staying for another year so I crammed four trips in one month to Linyi Hot Springs, Zhangjiajie Mountains, Chengdu, and Beijing of course. These were the most exhiliterating yet stressful months of travelling. For the remainder of April, I went to Tokyo and then Shanghai Disneyland before returning to the US. I’ll write about those trips on the next post.

Linyi Hot Springs

BEST Rexalaxing Weekend Ever. Did not expect the hot floors room, this many spring baths, a water park and TOWELS on TOWELS on TOWELS. You can find this place in the Shandong Province, home of many natural hot springs. Comment for the name of the resort we went to. 



Zhangjiajie Mountains

Arguably known as the Avatar Mountains because the director of the movie denies he got the inspiration for Pandora from this mountain range. Yet, China has embraced it by putting several statues of characters from the famous movie. It looks identical to me.



 Chengdu

Roughly did the the same thing I wrote about last time but got to experience it with different people. BUT we found donuts🍩 and a beautifully lit tower!



Beijing

I’m always down for another section of the wall, art, and delicious food. Stayed in a new area and managed to sleep comfortably in a 10 person hostel.


Look forward to the post about Shanghai Disneyland and Tokyo and also some tips about how I managed 6 trips in two months 😀

Reconstructing Life

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These past few months have been H E C T I C!  During the whole month of March and the beginning of April, on the weekends I was travelling, and during the week I was preparing for the big move and my trip to the United States.

Spoiler: I bet after you guys saw that photo of me on the Great Wall, you may have assumed that I was moving to Beijing maybe. Nope! I’m just moving to the other side of Jinan, however I am moving to a different company! Sayonara to Best Learning and Hello to AMIO. I’m excited!

Since I am home in the US for a month, I should take advantage of nice computers, and fast internet. So please expect 3 things.

  1. Blast from the Past posts
  2. China Year in Review
  3. Posts about all these trips I’ve been having

Hopefully I get all these things done. A bonus would be developing a schedule and a better format for this blog. I’m even contemplating buying a domain and getting more serious about this. However, for now. Let’s start with these three things. Keep me motivated! Thanks.

Below are some pictures of my new place. Uh, it’s still a bit dirty and I haven’t even got to unpack that much since I moved in literally 3 days before I was leaving China.