Janaline’s China Journey
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 […]
Alleys provide great opportunities to walk through something a little more intimately scaled. Sometimes they provide a refuge from the city. But Tianzifang is the opposite of a refuge. It is tucked away off the French Concession in Shanghai and is a maze of alleys and shops that was definitely more than slightly overwhelming the […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly our whole life would change.” Buddha “Minds are like flowers, they open only when the time is right.” Stephen Richards
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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