Janaline’s China Journey

Preparing to Teach English in China

Moving to a foreign country to teach English is a huge step and needs preparation; mental, financial and physical. It can get hectic trying to figure out what you will need to do and at times you may feel overwhelmed. I always make myself a checklist of all the things I need to do or […]

Windows of Shanghai

The windows of the houses – even if the house is ramshackle – are always beautiful because windows represent light!      Mehmet Murat ildan

Celebrating China’s Dragon Boat Festival at my Local Temple

One of the main reasons I love travelling and living abroad is getting to experience and learn about other cultures. I have heard about China’s Dragon Boat festival, but admit I thought the whole festival was about racing dragon boats. So when I was invited to attend the Dragon Boat celebrations at my local temple […]

Making a Traditional Chinese 团扇Tuanshan( round silk fan)

If someone mentions silk fans I think of China and hot summer days when I see people in the street fanning away the striking heat. Chinese fans boasts a long history of over thousands years. You can easily find Chinese fans in many stores all across China but making my own sounded so much better. […]

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #102: A Quiet Moment

How many times have you noticed that it’s the little quiet moments in the midst of life that seem to give the rest extra-special meaning?~Fred Rogers Ii is quite startling how quiet the city of Shanghai has become during the pandemic.  I can hear the birds in the morning instead of traffic and while exploring […]

10 Things my first months of Living in China has Taught me

Moving halfway across the world to live and work abroad is always a big challenge, but also hands down my favourite way to explore this amazing world. I’m still feel new to Shanghai, China but reflecting on the experiences and lessons I’ve learned in this short period of time I know this has been a […]

Bird’s Nest Soup

I’ve heard plenty of stories about bird’s nest soup. These edible bird’s nests are particularly prized in Chinese culture due to their rarity, high nutritional value in nutrients such as protein, and rich flavour. I’ll be honest here – I don’t actually know what goes into bird’s nest soup. I know it’s a nest, as […]


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