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China
Abroad with two children in tow.
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We often walk by the Drum tower and a couple of weeks ago they opened it to the public. So what better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than in the drum tower and enjoying the views. One interesting fact about the Drum tower is that there was no Drum.... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2017 at Living and Teaching Abroad
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Yesterday we walked down the street and low and behold we were stopped for a photo. If I posted all the photos I have like this we would have thousands from our 6 years here in China. But to be honest my boys are great about it, they understand for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at Living and Teaching Abroad
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Having been to Beijing many, many times, on our last visit were traveling with friends and decided it was about time we went out for some authentic Peking duck. What is interesting about eating duck in China is that many of the ducks in this part of the world come... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at Living and Teaching Abroad
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We had the window cleaners round today...3rd floor no harnesses. Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2017 at Living and Teaching Abroad
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Bing is a traditional street food here in China. It is one of those safe options. You always know what you are going to get. It is like a pancake batter with egg. You then choose a flavouring sauce, spicy or non spicy. A crispy batter can then be inserted... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2017 at Living and Teaching Abroad
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Zip lining in Thailand...turns out any age can do it! Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2017 at Living and Teaching Abroad
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Harbin in the north of China, is one of those once in a lifetime trips. The optimum time to make the trip is during the ice festival which, normally takes place in January/February each year. Dates do vary so check it out in advance. If you do make the trip... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2017 at Living and Teaching Abroad
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So we are now in the year of the Monkey and it passed peacefully. We went to Beijing to enjoy the festivities and were not disappointed by the fireworks displayed from every street corner. Considering all the new regulations in place on the sale of fireworks, only on certain days,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2017 at Living and Teaching Abroad
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For the last couple of years every summer we have left the children with my Mom for a couple of days and we have headed off to my favourite county in Ireland, Donegal. One of the reasons I love Donegal so much is because we can hop in the car... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2015 at Living and Teaching Abroad
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If you ever fancy a wee bagel when in Beijing I know just the place. It is a little hole in the wall kind of place with a small table outside and two stools. I like to call in on my way home, pick up a salmon and cream cheese... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2015 at Living and Teaching Abroad
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Victoria harbour, Hong Kong. Last week we travelled with some friends to Hong Kong for the Chinese National week holiday. They had not been before and were excited by the prospect; I was a little apprehensive as I am very aware of what it can be like to travel around... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2015 at Living and Teaching Abroad
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Nanluoguxiang 南锣鼓巷 is one of my favourite places t... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2015 at Living and Teaching Abroad
I do not speak Chinese which after almost 4 years here is disgraceful. I use the excuse that I work full-time and am way too busy to learn. I am fortunate that my children do speak Mandarin. My youngest has excellent language skills but is reluctant to speak it outside... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2015 at Living and Teaching Abroad
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This weekend, I was asked along with my family to the wedding of a Chinese colleague. I was excited as I had never been to one in China before and couldn't wait to go. This was not a typical Chinese wedding as my colleague was marrying an English man so... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2015 at Living and Teaching Abroad
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The entrance to the zoo looked promising. Today we went to Tianjin zoo. We have been to plenty of zoo's in China so know what to expect and were not really all that surprised to be the only Westerners wondering round. Generally zoo's do not come anywhere close to western... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2015 at Living and Teaching Abroad
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A weekend of dining. A very modern decor and it was surprisingly quiet however it did fill up after. A couple of weeks ago I had two new dining experiences. The first was Coco Curry House in Aqua City mall, Hongqiao. It is a really easy dining option with a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at Living and Teaching Abroad
Being eight and a third culture kid (TCK) is definitely an interesting life. The other day I was thinking about the idea of home. It always amused me how growing up our 8 year old would always refer to hotel rooms as home... what does home really mean to someone... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2015 at Living and Teaching Abroad
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In the last five months we have visited the Jing Jin city 3 times. When we visit we always stay at the Hyatt Regency. I originally heard of Jing Jin, one of the famous Chinese Ghost cities through a friend. I had read about Ghost cities before and was very... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2015 at Living and Teaching Abroad
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There is a lovely little restaurant in the basement of our local shopping centre, Aqua City called Amico cafe. I discovered it a couple of months back and now it has become a bit of a regular haunt. Originally I thought it was a Muslim restaurant and assumed it would... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2015 at Living and Teaching Abroad
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This week we got an invitation to a Chinese New Year party that was being organised by the management company of the compound we live in. With such strong wording we felt we had to go along. So we got up early on Sunday morning and made our way over... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at Living and Teaching Abroad
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Today we visited a restaurant that was recommended by some friends. We have visited several times and not been disappointed yet. TJ Tex Mex has two outlets. We go to the one in Joy City shopping mall. It's located on the third floor. We have sampled many different things now... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Living and Teaching Abroad
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I noticed a new food kiosk one day in the basement of Aqua City. It is called Sugar. Being someone who absolutely loves chips I had to take a closer look. I must admit I was slightly put off by the name however some of the pictures on the menu... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at Living and Teaching Abroad
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Villa Matanai 2, A 4 bedroom villa for rent. This year for Christmas instead of traveling back home we decided to go to Bali. We invited my father to join us and we were all very excited about the holiday. I had never been to Bali and really had no... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at Living and Teaching Abroad
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Today myself and my youngest went down to our local indoor market. Da Hu Tong is 5 minutes on the E bike from where we live. Da Hu Tong is absolutely huge. There are thousands of little shops and markets. The electrical section. Chinese people like to drink hot drinks... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2015 at Living and Teaching Abroad