Missing China


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


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.


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!


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 😀

Blast from the Past: Chengdu Street Food and Weird Art


Finally! The street food photo essay I promised you like 4 months agao! Blast from the Past VII: 成都






Sorry there aren’t more pictures! I ate all the food. Haha! However enjoy some weird art I found in Chengdu near a bridge! Caption it yourselves!




What is your favorite street food? Let me know in the comments below. I’m always scoping out a night market in whatever place I visit!

Look out for the next posts!!

Blast from the Past VII: 成都


I forgot a subject in the email-04.18.2014

“It’s time for another update! I apologize for it being late. Last week was Spring Break so I did a lot of traveling. I know some of you were able to see a couple pictures on facebook, since I had the chance to update a few. During our spring break, I went to Chengdu, Guilin, and Yangshuo. Between these three cities, I have a lot to say, but I’ll spare a few details so I can tell you when I get back to the states (sorry, has a nice ring to it).

I’m going to separate these three cities into separate posts with a bonus Chengdu street food picture essay post 😀 ENJOY!


The highlight of this trip was volunteering with Pandas! I was able to feed 6 different pandas bamboo shoots and panda cake(a mixture of different nutrients pounded in dough). Unfortunately I didn’t get to hold them because we went to the original place, Yan’an, where they first found the pandas so they are a bit wild. Because it was a holiday the place was very packed but feeding the pandas allowed us to be away from the crowds and up close to a panda. Many pictures were taken with me and a couple of my classmates. We took pictures with students, families, wives, etc.

My second favorite part in Chengdu was traveling up Emeishan (Mt. Emei). That mountain is HUGE! Because we were pressed for time, we decided to take the bus to the second half, rest there, then hike to the cable car to take us to the peak, then hike to the Golden Summit. The golden summit is a row of elephants leading up to a giant bodhisattva statue-made temple. It was really beautiful, yet interesting. What surprised me is that every year monks make this long trip to Emeishan’s Golden Summit  to do their religious duties. That weather was very foggy during our time at the mountain. One minute you will see the temple, the next , it is hidden behind fog and it seems we are in our own cloud.

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I survived Sichuan Hotpot. I tried to stay away from so many peppercorns though. One of my classmates was sweating pretty hard and my face was somewhat red. The restaurant we went to was packed that we thought we had to wait in line for about half an hour, but I kid you not, a minute later they called us to a table. I’m guessing it was because we were foreigners because there were more than 10 Chinese families or couples waiting for a table.



Chengdu street food is amazing…I wish picture sharing was much easier here…”-I still didn’t catch on to the idea of blogging…

NEXT POST: Chengdu Street Food Photo Essay