Happy Year of the Rooster! ❤❤

This is one of the people in my neighborhood. He and Glenn had a great chat yesterday on the street. Sweet man. Chinese people love children and are always so happy to meet ours. 

This is our first year we’ve stayed in Shanghai for Chinese New Year as I have to say that I just love it. The streets are quiet but the people that are here are in an excellent mood. I actually walked out in the middle of Hongmei lu to take this picture. No scooters or cars around at all!  


We also met this cutie who was very interested in meeting our friend’s dog, Normie. ❤❤


Today we are going to the home of one of Glenn’s business associates for a traditional Chinese New Year meal. It is on Chongming Island which is about an hour drive from where we live. I’ve heard it is beautiful there so I’m looking forward to seeing it. I can’t wait to meet the family and experience their traditions. I’m pretty sure there’s a blog post coming up on this experience 😁😁

新年好! Happy Chinese New Year to all of you. The year of the rooster is going to be incredible.  

Until next time!

Only joy, only love,

Michelle

xo

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CNY Train station people watching. 

My beautiful friend, Lisa Browne, and I went to the Shanghai Railway station today and the Hongqiao Railway station to do some people watching as they all head home for the CNY holiday. Crazy amount of people and if I had my children with me and actually had to go somewhere, it would have been overwhelming but just hanging out and enjoying was a laugh. We had people stop to ask us if we needed directions because we were basically the only two Lao wies (foreigners) there and I think they thought we were lost 😂😂. But very kind! We also met a new friend, Mandy, from Anhui. She asked us if she could take a selfie with us and we chatted for a while in Chinese and English. We going to get together after the holidays for us to practice speaking Chinese and she can practice English. 👍👍 

There was only one cranky security guard that wouldn’t let us in the Shanghai railway station because we didn’t have a ticket anywhere. He kept saying “bu shi” which means No and we kept pleading our case and finally he said “NO”. We should have asked him for a selfie….he probably would have said “NO”.  😂😂. Beautiful people all around and Lisa captured some specil moments. 

Lisa is an amazing photographer and we have her booked to take our family photos at a couple different locations around Shanghai in February.  I can’t wait for that. Check out her website http://www.capturingthefabulise.com or on instagram capturingthefabulise. She is really gifted and always on the go taking cool photos. 

So here are some photos from our day. 

Our subway home. Completely different from the ride there.


They really wanted to let us in the train station but weren’t allowed. Sweet sisters. Lisa’s blonde, curly hair was like a homing beacon in a sea of people.  I would have lost her otherwise 😂Photo credit: Lisa Browne http://www.capturingthefabulise.comPhoto credit: Lisa Browne http://www.capturingthefabulise.comWhere’s Michelle?? 

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Photo credit: Lisa Browne http://www.capturingthefabulise.comWe followed this lady carrying this huge fish through the train station. She gave us a huge smile when she realized we were photographing her. 

Photo credit: Lisa Browne http://www.capturingthefabulise.comThis is the Chinese character 福 fú meaning good fortune; blessing; happiness. I was proud that I knew the character. Thank you YCIS Chinese Corner 😃😃

Photo credit: Lisa Browne http://www.capturingthefabulise.comPhoto credit: our new friend, MandyHe woke up when he heard the camera go off. 😂😂So many people. Snack anyone?


What a fabulous day with fabulise! 

Until next time!

Only joy, only love,

Michelle

xo

YCIS Chinese Corner and another Newfoundlander in Shanghai. 

CNY is in full swing. I had so much fun yesterday at the Chinese Corner at YCIS making CNY paper crafts and trying my hand at chinese calligraphy. They have a beautiful parent room at the upper school Gubei campus and only a short walk from my house. It was fun to learn about the meanings of all the characters and traditions. 

One of the opportunities that YCIS offers parents is various language classes. And they’re free! I have no idea why I haven’t taken advantage of this is the past but I’m going to start attending after the break. I’m really making an effort to improve my Chinese so this is a perfect way to practice and meet more parents in our YCIS community. Special thanks to The YCIS parent coordinator, Carol Mao, for some of the photos. 
Here are some pics from our get together.  

Then in the evening, Glenn and I met our friends, Siobhan and Fraser Brown, for an adults only “last supper” before our ayis head home for the holidays. 😃😃  While we were out we met a Newfoundlander from Marystown!  Darryl Harding is a school administrator living in South Korea. It’s always so nice to meet people from home. ❤❤

This is us. 


This morning, I’m off to meet Lisa Browne at the South Shanghai Railway Station to people watch as people head home for the holidays.  Did you know that people traveling home for Chinese New Year is the world’s largest migration?  Should be some good people watching and blog material. Stay tuned!

Until next time!

Only joy, only love,

Michelle

xo

Wow! 14 countries! 

Just wanted to share that yesterday was my highest reader day in 14 different countries. Thank you so much for reading my blog. I love connecting with all of you. 

Don’t forget to click the “follow my blog by email” icon on the right hand side of my page to receive all my posts in your inbox. I’d love to hear from you. 

Only joy, only love,

Michelle 

xo

My happy place

The first time I visited Shanghai, I went to the Confucius Temple on Wenmiao Lu and fell in love with the place.  I bring visitors there, my family have been several times and I like to go their by myself, as well.  It is so very calm and I instantly feel better when I walk through the gates.  It is more of a museum than a working temple but locals do go to light incense and write wish cards, mostly written by parents or the students who are wishing they do well in school.  I always learn something new during the tea ceremony….the oolong ginseng has become my favourite tea in China.

I wanted to share a few pics of my happy place.

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You would never know that the temple is through these gates.

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The busy street you walk down to get to the entrance.

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Confucius himself.

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Mom, Dad and J hanging their wishes.

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Isn’t it just beautiful?!

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G cracking me up, as usual.

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The girls with Glenn’s mom, Margaret Antle.


My Aunt May and her sister, Trudy came to visit us. 

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My sister’s in laws, Sue and Phil Quinlan, and our sweet tour guide, BB.  We spent the day together last fall before they started a tour of China.  So nice when people are passing through Shanghai. 😂😂All of the tour guides are students that volunteer at the temple.

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I always learn some thing new at the tea ceremony.

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Come visit and I’ll bring you here too 🙂

Only joy, only love!

Michelle

xo

 

and Chinese New Year begins….

Warning….lots of photos in this post. Too many good ones to share.  😃😃

I love this time of year with Chinese lanterns hanging everywhere. It is so beautiful and festive and we get to add it to our list of family celebrations. How lucky are we?! The girls get 1.5 weeks off school and work is slow for Glenn because the country really shuts down and almost everyone goes home to their family. We’re having another staycaytion in Shanghai and are so looking forward to it.
Our weekend started out with a CNY celebration at the girls school – YCIS Hongqiao. I just LOVE this school and the education and experiences our girls are getting there. It truly is incredible. And this event was so well put together and a perfect way to kick off CNY. 
Here are some pictures of our day. 




Then we went to another one of my favourite places, the Hongqiao bird and flower market, to buy more CNY decorations. I love how everything has meaning and that J & G are teaching us what they are learning in school. Their Chinese study classes are always so interesting. I’m going to do a series of videos of the girls explaing all the meanings this coming week. On Tuesday, I am attending an event for YCIS parents to learn about the different traditions of CNY. I can’t wait for that! 
Here are some photos from the flower market. 


The flower market is another place that brings me peace in this crazy busy city. I love puttering around there. The people are lovely and are so tolerant and warm when I speak my “Caveman Chinese” to them. 😂😂 

Tonight we are hosting Glenn’s staff for supper at our house for a CNY celebration. We have ordered hot pot. My first time to try it. 

I’ll post about that tomorrow. 

Have a beautiful weekend. 

Only joy, only love,

Michelle

xo

The stats

I just love writing this blog. It has helped keep me focused and helped me find my voice and place in this crazy busy city. I feel like I’m buzzing all the time and it’s an incredible feeling. I’m sleeping better and I’m calmer all around. We’ve had a lot of challenges over the past few years but my home and family are truly happy and working in sync again.  It’s a beautiful thing. 😃

One of the cool features of WordPress is that I can see the stats on my posts. The stat I love the most is where it tells me the countries where people are reading. I just love connecting with all of you. It makes my world feel smaller and definitely more joyful. 

Check out my country stats on today’s post. How cool is that?! and everyone is mostly still asleep in North America. 

If you like reading my blog, I’d love it if you would follow it and sign up to receive my posts by email. Never miss one again. 😂😂

Until next time…

Only joy, only love,

Michelle 

xo

Update: I’m up to 9 countries now. Who’s in Singapore? Or do you think it may just be different VPNs?