Top 10 Things to Bring to China

Top 10 Things to Pack for China

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.


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!

Ninja Turtles Graduated! : 济南


My first class in China consisting of, sometimes adorable and sometimes crazy,   3-5 year olds have graduated on December 29th. I watched these babies grow in their English over the past 8 months and I can’t believe how talented they are. They went from just learning how to sing the ABC song to learning each letter’s pronunciation and how to spell three letter words. Their writing still of course needs work because they’re babies, but they all can write their names and the entire alphabet.

Their oral English has improved greatly. I think this new Chinese app of dubbing short English videos had a role in that. But anywho I am proud! Enjoy the pictures!

One of my kids sent this to me using her graduation gift I got her.

Damon from day 1 has been one of my best students!

This is a text convo between me and Allen’s mom about how Allen after graduation thought he wouldn’t see me anymore, so he cried. Only until his mom said he would see me in like 3 days, he was able to go to sleep. D’aaaawww.

Damon, Matilda, and I

Allen and I. He is so tall for a 5 year old!

Graduation Dinner

My diva Cecelia and I.

Graduation Dinner. Yum pizza, pasta, lol.

Sophia and I. Quiet yet really competitive!

My cuties Grace and Dora!

Wow, they are pretty still. Even though they are looking at different cameras…

They just started the M2 level yesterday! I can’t wait to see what they will accomplished ❤

Halloween 万圣节: 济南


I celebrated Halloween for a whole week! Why, because I am a teacher. I have 6 classes and I threw a party in every class. I also went to a couple of parties myself. I did the same games in every class give or take a few depending on the age group. We played mummy wrap, pumpkin bowling, find the glow in the dark spiders, witch hat ring toss, eyeball ping pong toss, do a trick for a treat, and made banana ghosts. Here is the class by class photo 😀

  1. Longhorns Beginner Class 

    I got punched in the face by Jack who supposed to be a superhero…


    Maxine brought back memories with this scream mask. Too bad she doesn’t know this movie, nor will ever know.

  2. Ninja Turtles M1 Class


    Combined Birthday party and Halloween in one. Efficient

  3. The Force Beginner Class


    Dope Costumes.

  4. Moonlight Beginner Class


    I was sliced to death by Max the skeleton pirate…

  5. Zootopia M1 Class


    The cutest bunch ever…but the baddest.

  6. Banana G1 Class


    Older kids can celebrate Halloween like bosses too.


Now some personal Halloween photos. My makeup was crap but IDC.

Yeah Halloween was dope this year. Look out for a girls day post. We had many. Dancing, painting, cooking, etc.img_20161101_053147

Week 15-22: 济南



Teaching Moments

Ninja Turtles M1 Class

I decided to do an awards ceremony and class competition for my babies. The parents loved it! I was so surprised to see a couple of my four years old give a self-introduction such as ” Hello, my name is Damon. I am 4 years old. My favorite color is blue and I like to eat sandwiches.” Can you believe in 5 weeks a 4 year old is able to confidently come up to the front of the class and give an introduction in English?! I was blown away. Some of my students even came up to the board to write their name as well as read a book to everyone in the class. I am SO SO proud of them!
Of course one thing they still struggle with is staying still for a picture. Look.

The Force Beginner Class

I also did the awards ceremony and class competition with this class! I was really surprised at their ability to spell their vocabulary words! This beginner class knew no english before they came to my class, yet they are able to spell words such as orange, hairdresser, owl and so on.

Banana First Grade Class

I took over this class from another teacher and this has been my most difficult class to plan for, but after three tests they have improved on their reading comprehension charts!

Longhorns Beginner Class

This is a new class that I started a few weeks ago. Yes, I named it after my alma mater. They are a crazy group, just like their teacher. The boys each class quickly try to finish their writing so that they can air guitar with me to the song “Immortals”by Fall Out Boy. This. Happens. Every. Class.

Zootopia M1 Class

I only see these babies once a week and I swear the only thing they can remember is London Bridge is falling down only because it’s their favorite game.  By the grace of God they were able to pass their test haha.

Moonlight Beginner Class

I took over this class a week ago from another teacher and one thing I am happy about is that it’s 9 sweet students. So much easier to teach. I look forward having more updates about this class
So in total I have 6 classes. I have a full schedule and it has been crazy busy so far. I’m currently planning Halloween Activities for the kids and they are excited to wear costumes to school. I can’t wait to show you guys those photos. And sorry about the lack of photos for the other classes, I’m seem to forget to take photos haha.
Quick Beijing Post up next. It’ll probably only be about burgers.



I promise this blog is not dead! Ive been without proper functioning wifi for the past few weeks! 😦

Anywho, I went to Beijing with the other foreign teachers. I helped compile and edit a video. Here it is.

BTW “waijiaos”= foreign teachers.

CLICK THE LINK BELOW…i know it seems sketch but it’s not, I promise.

               Beijing Unrated

Week Nine: 济南


I pulled off my first test week. I had three test to prepare and give out.  One in my beginner class, “The Force”, one in a a pre-k 2 class, and the third one in my G1( 1st grade) “Banana” class.

The banana class’ test was more of a diagnostic test. I needed to personally know where they stood in understanding the material since I took over that class mid-way through the schedule. Here are some pics of how anxious they look >__<!


Week 10’s post will be about me and my coworkers’ recent trip to Beijing. I am currently editing a Beijing video. So once that is done then I’ll publish that post. Maybe in the mean time I’ll post those Chengdu pics I still owe you guys.


Week Eight:九如山


I still can’t believe we did so much on this weekend! On our Monday off, me and a couple of foreign teachers decided to accompany our chinese coworkers to Jiu Ru Mountain(九如山)。 Ticket prices were the standard 120 something kuai, but I got a student discount because I conveniently still had my university student card( even though i graduated)!

The place was very pretty! Of course most things like the stairs and the closures to the waterfalls were man-made, they still did  a great job maintaining the cleanliness of the environment. You know you have been in China long if you think a bathrrom is fancy because it at least has soap and/or toilet paper 😛 But really, their restrooms were very very nice!

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What I liked about this mountain is that is was very peaceful and didn’t really give you the tired feeling that you are climbing a mountain. It had plenty of shaded resting stops, swings, and free tea.

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I definetely recommend this if you want to take a casual and light hike and maybe have a picnic. It could be a good date spot too!

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It was super easy to get to from Jinan. We just had to get on bus 312( and pray that there were seats because there were 40 stops until we got to the mountain. Standing up for that long would not have been good). Thankfully there were seats!

Oh! One cool thing happened on the bus. I got to improve on my chinese speaking skils as this 爷爷(grandpa) started speaking to me in Chinese. In about 45 minutes we covered politics(US elections and  US-Sino Relations), the standard “foreigner questions” that must be printed in a handbook somewhere because EVERYONE asks them, where I have been in China, and some things to go to in Jinan. That was the hardest conversation I have ever had! I could only fully understand him 65% of the time, and sadly had to guess what he meant. I didn’t realize he was asking me about the US election until he said something that sound like Hilary’s name. haha! Hopefully I can take more classes here in China to improve more.

Well, after the mountain a few of us went home to shower to get ready and go to Papa John’s. Papa John’s was a wonderful treat after a long day of hiking!

Tuesday I went to this really good brunch place called “Across Brunch” that had a young looking chef, then went and played soccer, tutored a kid, went bowling, and then watched Alice through the Looking Glass! Of course I fell asleep during that movie because 1) I was exhausted, but 2) the movie was not that great! I feel like that plot could have been covered in the previous movie. There was no need to make a whole new movie!

Anywho, I really need to work on a blogging schedule or maybe do a challenge to help motivate me to stay on top of this. I do enjoy it at times, it’s very relaxing to take a pause from life here in China.