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 


A Holly Smoggy Christmas Part 2:济南


What did I do after celebrating Christmas with my kiddos? 


On Christmas Eve, my roommate and I hosted a little get-together at our place. It was originally supposed to be girls, but the boys felt left out so then we invited them. [i just wanted to lounge around in my pjs and glasses while drinking hot cocoa and watching Christmas movies. Was I mean?] I made some Oreo balls, my girl-friends came over and  made guac and salsa, cupcakes, a cheese and fruit Christmas tree, popcorn and some fruit salad with passion fruit. GAAAH such delicious food. 

We watched my favorite movie Elf using a projector and seriously just had a homey time as we laid our yoga mats and covered them with blankets and pillows!

Christmas Day we went to the Crowne Plaza for a buffet. Of course there wasn’t any Christmas-themed food there, but it was nice to be together with all our friends since we are away from home. 

And, I was happy to have scored this cute Christmas sweater on Taobao. Jingle Ladies.

On Christmas Day I heard that I had a package sent from my godmother and I couldn’t pick it up until two days later because of the weather. I was anxious and wanted to pick it up, but I waited and when I opened it I screamed!

She, She, She sent me Takis and Hot cheetos and and leggings and homemade cookies and a new pajama set and fuzzy socks and my sister made made me a card. Best gift ever. I was so happy to get a taste of home during this holiday season.

If you read down to this part, you will finally know why the heck this post is called holly smoggy Christmas. It’s because Jinan was terribly polluted during the Christmas week. The famous tall building Ludi, Greenland I think that is what it’s called, completely disappeared. It is the city’s defining landmark, similar to the University of Texas Tower in Austin. Look at the pictures. It wasn’t until after Christmas that it cleared up. This was my first time ever experiencing a gray Christmas. I’m glad we didn’t let it ruin our time though.

Look out for a blast to the past post and a special edition post about my recent New Year trip to Shanghai! My ninja turtle babies graduated last year (hehe) on December 29th. I’ll probably bombard you guys with cute photos soon.

How many of you have experienced Christmas in a different country?

Thanksgiving in China:济南


So instead of Taobao post let’s talk about Thanksgiving in China.

Thanksgiving is my second favorite holiday! Christmas being the first, Thanksgiving being the second and Halloween the third.


Since I’m living in Jinan, a turkey dinner is much harder to find. So without stuffing, cranberry sauce, and your favorite aunt’s macaroni and cheese, how did I celebrate Thanksgiving?!

Funny story, maybe.

So, the school tells us a week before in a meeting that they are going to prepare some food for us on Thanksgiving Day since we have to work.

“Hey, guys we are going to have some food for you at 12:30 pm on Thanksgiving. We are going to prepare pizza, chicken nuggets, bread, this type of things.” – Foreign Teacher Supervisor (who is Chinese)

I can accept the thought that counts, but us foreign teachers were like what?! pizza?! I suggested they just get the Beijing Duck and some Chinese vegetables since it’s the closest to what may be a Thanksgiving Dinner in America.

Did they listen?

Nope! They never listen. They ask for suggestions, but never listen. It’s the thought that counts right?

So, on Thanksgiving day,  a couple of us teachers arrived maybe 5 minutes past 12:30 thinking that things will be all nice and set up. Yeah we were delusional.

We walked into total madness, chaos, plastic gloves and smacking! They didn’t even wait for us! So much for “it’s the thought that counts.”


Thanksgiving Chaos only in China 🙂

I literally only ate a couple of oranges and two dumplings because everything was just everywhere.

After being let down, after work us teachers went to this restaurant called Fancy for a Thanksgiving Dinner It was okay. They tried their best to give us a meal as close to Thanksgiving as possible. However I was really missing “everybody aunt’s macaroni and cheese”. I also was craving stuffing, dirty rice and dinner rolls. I didn’t get any of that but it’s whatever.


Our Turkey Dinner at Fancy

All I know is I cannot miss another Thanksgiving. If I do, I’m either eating duck or hotpot.

Look forward to my posts about Christmas parties in class, our school’s Not-So-Christmas Shindig featuring a CLOWN and New Year’s in China.

I’ll probably post all this after New Year’s. All the holidays have sucked up my time. Anyway the blog is still alive, just slow.