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,
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.
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Only joy, only love,
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.
You would never know that the temple is through these gates.
The busy street you walk down to get to the entrance.
Mom, Dad and J hanging their wishes.
Isn’t it just beautiful?!
G cracking me up, as usual.
The girls with Glenn’s mom, Margaret Antle.
My Aunt May and her sister, Trudy came to visit us.
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.
I always learn some thing new at the tea ceremony.
Come visit and I’ll bring you here too 🙂
Only joy, only love!
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.
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Until next time…
Only joy, only love,
Update: I’m up to 9 countries now. Who’s in Singapore? Or do you think it may just be different VPNs?
Glenn runs a small Canadian environmental company called West Mountain Environmental that transfers Canadian environmental technologies to China for both soil and sludge treatment. He has a small but fierce team on the ground who are working tirelessly to make this company successful. It’s exciting to build a business in China. Everything does seem to take longer here and it is a marathon, not a sprint but after 6 years of working in China, they are really earning a reputation as a company that has high standards and operates with integrity. I’m so very proud of Glenn and his team. The year of the rooster is going to be a good year!
In the past we’ve gone out to a restaurant to celebrate Chinese New Year. This year we decided to invite everyone and their families to our home and order in hot pot, which is like fondue. It was fabulous and so easy as they dropped everything off and then picked it up again when we were finished! It meant that we could really enjoy our guests without having to work too much. The kids were able to play and relax and it was lovely spending time with them all. There was a lot of laughter.
The year of the Rooster. Jack works so hard to support the West Mountain projects. He is an outstanding project engineer. He and his sweet 3 year old son, 豆豆dou dou, came from Wuxi to be with us. Lisa, Julia and Georgia hanging out Georgia loved not being the youngest. She took her job to take care of him very seriously. Julia and Lisa had so much fun playing together. They are the same age. Chris is Glenn’s right arm, left arm and both legs! 😂😂 Seriously, she is a saviour for him and always goes above and beyond for the company and our whole family. ❤❤Steve is in SH from Vancouver. He’s the VP of Business Development. We always love when he comes over for work. Steve, if you’re reading this I have to ask….when are you going to bring Louise over with you?? 😁😁So much food! Beef, veggies, shrimp, fish balls and tofu. All ridiculously good. We had two types of broth-normal and super spicy. The spicy was delicious and I couldn’t stop eating it but my whole mouth was on fire! Yummy! The lady wearing the green shirt is our Ayi. Her English name is Lucky and I tell you what….we are so lucky to have her working for our family. The girls love her and she bring a beautiful energy into our home! I have a feeling she will be with our family for a very long time! ❤❤
We had to be reminded of what the characters meant. From top to bottom they mean Luck, Longevity, Health and Peace.
I had to hang some decorations outside our home too. Love the red!
For those of you in Shanghai, I highly recommend this hot pot restaurant. It is called Hai Di Lao海底捞 and they have several locations around Shanghai. It’s a fun experience in your home and again….so easy.
That’s all for now! More CNY pics coming up this week.
Only joy, only love,
Seeing this tourism video of my home town (St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada) just made my morning so I had to share. The video is so beautifully done. The city really is as amazing as the video portrays and it is exactly what our summers at our home look like…..always ending with the weekend long Folk Festival in Bannerman Park. I’m so incredibly grateful to be from here and to be able to spend our summers surrounded by such beauty….the landscape and the people.
Yesterday afternoon I was in the DVD store and found FRONTIER right at the front of the shop! I may or may not have freaked out a little bit. The owner of the shop now knows more about Newfoundland than he ever wished to. 😂😂 For those of you who don’t know, Frontier is filmed in Newfoundland with an incredible amount of NL talent involved on the screen and behind the scenes. I can’t wait to watch it! Hurry up and get home Glenn Antle. ❤❤
And to top off my sunny morning, I’m listening to Cory Tetford’s album In the Morning. Country is not normally my favourite genre but this album is incredible. Cory is a Newfoundlander, an uber talented musician and a super nice guy. His rendition of Amazing Grace will make the hairs stand up all over your body. Check him out on iTunes!
So all things Newfoundland today. It’s a beautiful day and only 8:45am.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone.
Only joy, only love,