Sunday, December 18, 2011

word of the week: fei zhu liu + kelsey's birthday

this week's word of the week is fei zhu liu [pronounced fei (as in tina fey); zhu (sounds like jew); liu (sounds like leo)] -- which is a slang term used mostly by the post-90s generation. in general, it means something that is strange and odd...not necessarily in a bad way -- just different from the norm.

my friends love using this term, and if i throw it into any conversation, the crowd goes wild! fei zhu liu is used mostly about a person's style (i.e. clothing,  hair), so for kelsey's birthday, we dressed in true fei zhu liu fashion -- i'm talking glasses without lenses, big bows, mismatched patterns and sparkles.

zhu ni shengri, kelsey! wo ai ni!

Friday, December 9, 2011

a little turkey & a little traveling.

this thanksgiving, we really went all out! beth, anne marie, and cat decorated the "dining room" really pretty and our table was so chic and beautiful! we had so. much. food. including (drum roll please...) TURKEY! (fun fact: did you know that china does not have turkey? so that's a big deal that we had it this year.) we had a very yummy day. thankful for a great family here, though i miss spending the day in warner robins with the terry/cretors' family! (love y'all!)

the day after thanksgiving, we had a conference and the annual turkey bowl in our home away from home in china. it was a great couple of days with other china friends from around our region. this year, the SEC and the ACC tied. it's not a W, but we'll take it...especially considering a player on the other team got his tooth knocked out! bless his heart! (he's doing ok...thank goodness!)

lots to be thankful for this month and always. :)

Monday, November 21, 2011

an autumn outing.

this semester, our crew got to go on a retreat for some time of bonding and sight-seeing! we travelled only an hour by plane to a city most famous for the terra cotta soldiers! and that was our first stop! 

my favorite thing we did was bike around the ancient city walls! we biked six miles on really rickety bikes, on really uneven bricks...and it was hysterical! 

we ate at...(drum roll, please)...DUNKIN' DONUTS!

and we saw BEAUTIFUL autumn leaves!

it was a really fun weekend! i'm glad we got a chance to get away and spend time together!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

maddox turns one!

the littlest member of our family here just turned the BIG o-n-e!!
 and we LOVED fussing over him on his big day!
it was so. much. fun.

 the cake.

the decor.

the birthday boy.

the gift.  
( an IKEA tunnel his aunties gave him. :)

the balloon banner! 

LOVE that boy and soooo thankful for his sweet life!

read more about his party at his mom's blog here!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

there's a snake in my boot!

After much deliberation, our crew finally decided that TOY STORY would be our theme for Halloween! We went into the city with our other friends for a fun night with Tex-Mex food!

Will as Woody
Kelsey as Jessie
Hughes as Buzz Lightyear
Anne Marie as Barbie
Chris as Ken
Me as Bo Peep
(Check out my HOOP SKIRT!! 
Me and Kelsey made it from scratch with a hula hoop! Who's proud??)
Chelsey as an Alien
Anna as Mrs. Potato Head
Tyler as Etch A Sketch

Our other friends in the city were the characters from the video game, Mario Kart. 
So hilarious.

My favorite costumes of the night were Barbie and Ken! Chris and Anne Marie rented their outfits from a costume store close to our apartments. 

 I loved Will's pull string, too! So clever!

We had such a fun time making our costumes and spending time with our friends from around the city! Any excuse to be together is fine by us!

a very stupid and dangerous trend.

 "planking is a very stupid and dangerous trend. basically, you lie like a plank in weird places. that’s it. sometimes you get run over. welcome to the internet." (oscar, the office)

‎this summer, my dad left this AJC article about a new fad called "planking" on the stairs for me to read. (the stairs are the typical place to exchange interesting news articles, trinkets, etc. in our family. that kinda sounds strange now that i wrote it out...haha)

after reading the article, i just knew i had to incorporate planking into my life in east asia.

then, one of our first weeks back in country, the office aired an episode featuring, you 
guessed it, PLANKING!! we were so excited.
(here's the clip about planking.)

here are two of the best of our planks thus far.

‎"planking is one of those things where, hey, you either get it or you don't...and i don't, but i am so excited to be a part of it." (erin, the office)

i couldn't have said it better myself, erin.

my country tis of thee.

In October, the university students have a whole week off of school for National Day! Though we still worked during that week, we did have a few days to play! 

We decided to go to a really beautiful part of our province about 2 hours is a valley where you can hike and see beautiful scenery, including waterfalls! Lauren and I had been there before in the Summer of 2009 and loved it!

Kelsey and me

 me, Kelsey, Harrison, and Lauren

For the weekend, we headed to our favorite nearby city. I've mentioned it before in this post.

Of course, one of our first stops was IKEA! And lucky for us, we witnessed this little one literally making herself at home!

We ate lunch at the Sultan Turkish Restaurant! We sat on the floor and everything! Love it.

We visited an "ancient" part of the city -- circa 2004.

We ate pizza DELIVERED to one of our friend's house!! I can't express how BIG of a deal this was! Food. delivered. to your house. What a concept!

And we ended our weekend at the newest music district in the city--a refurbished factory/warehouse! It was really, really cool! I can't wait to go back when more places are open there!

We so much enjoyed our little break to see the sights and experience new things!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

i see the world in team colors.

i guess growing up a fan of all things college (well, actually, all things georgia tech), i learned team colors (and mascots) at a pretty young age. and in the south, what you wear to games can be just as important as your team winning the game. you better believe sara beth and i always were on the hunt for anything yellow and black for the next tech game. (though now, it's orange and blue dress shopping! war eagle!) 

i've noticed since being in college and being overseas (maybe it's a coping mechanism), i often think things like, "oh, that could be a cute game day dress..." or "a (insert college name here) fan would like that..."

so from my travels during my teaching abroad in europe and my time here in asia, check out these collegiate people, places, and things!

war eagle to this orange and blue benz taxi!
slubice, poland

ramblin' wreck man van
berlin, germany

go gata to this lady in our neighborhood!
east asia
(if you don't know what i mean by that...check out this video. you won't regret it.)

roll tide on that sand...only for you, kate!
east asia

to be uga fan.
east asia

and my favorite....
there's a beer here called "tiger" and its label design is even orange and blue!!
east asia


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

dazzled and overwhelmed.

I love my new school. (Literally across the street from my old one.) It's actually on of the top fine arts schools in our region and in the country! And it's gorgeous! Here's a little pictorial tour of the campus...from pictures taken throughout last year.

(me and Sara Beth last march!)

I also love text messages from friends. They can be so hilarious. This is one I got this week:

Hey meg. How are you! Today I went to your classroom. We were dazzled and overwhelmed by the endless array of beautiful flowers. And climbing plant with dark green shiny leaves. They are Boston ivies on the wall. You and your classmates are warm-heart. Wish you have a good time. 

So, with no further ado, here are a couple of pictures of my dazzling classroom!

lauren, anna, and scott
(notice the window on the left! the wall is entirely glass)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

happy fall, y'all!

i am thankful that september is here. in august, i felt like i had one foot in america and one foot in asia, and it's just a weird feeling. september marks the start of a new month. a new season. a new school year.

while many of you spent your labor day weekend tailgating at a college football game or jet-skiing on the weekend consisted of these things:

dinner at a "western" restaurant with other friends from our city

a midnight viewing of the defending national champions' first game!
(i stayed mostly awake until 3:30 in the morning. so i am especially glad we won! war eagle!)

a trip to the junk market to search for some "treasures."
(i bought an old, wooden trunk for storage in my room. the lady i bought it from said it was from an old dynasty...hmmm...mulan, anyone??)

a visit to the hair salon to get our hair washed!
this country does this funny thing where they turn off the water without warning. 
(read my post about it here.)
total cost of a hair wash and style: $2.35

a trip to the meat and produce market on monday morning.
 it was bustling! and always a sight to see!

so, even if it is still 100 degrees here and the leaves are still as green as they can be...
happy fall, y'all!