Same, Same on Planet China

The weather here is starting to get steamy.  It gets ridiculously hot and humid here and on top of it, sometimes it rains.  I might have mentioned this before, but a funny thing happens in the streets of Shekou during this time.  Because of the sticky weather, the men pull up their shirts halfway and walk around like this.  Now, look, I am not one to judge – okay, even I had to laugh at that one – but as far as different cultures, I usually just try to go with it.  It’s a when in Rome type thing.  However,…

A New Hong Kong

Being an upper grade teacher usually involves field trips.  For me, it’s akin to going to the gym.  I don’t like the preparation, but once I am there, I am usually glad I went. This was the case for my most recent overnight field trip on Lantau Island. As a rule, I try not to talk about my job too much.  It seems that some teachers tend to talk about their classrooms just a bit too much for my taste.  I mean, as a teacher I don’t usually want to hear about it; I can’t imagine how boring it must…

Ni hen ai nide shouji.

English translation: You love your cell phone. What’s surprising to me is that the Chinese language isn’t that difficult.  The grammar is actually very straightforward.  For instance, if I am going to Hong Kong tomorrow the structure is ‘I tomorrow go to Hong Kong’ – subject, time, place, verb, object.  I am simplifying it, but that’s the gist. For me though, there is one aspect that makes it very challenging: Pronunciation.  Sure, some of the words seem similar -natian, jian, tian- but take for instance the word ‘nali’. Depending on how you say it, it means two different things. One…

A Half-Dressed Chinese Man

There are two Chinese men in my apartment and one is half-dressed… it’s not as scandalous as it sounds, unfortunately.  They are the workers I hired to paint my place.  And you probably thought things were just getting interesting for me over here! I have been sticking close to home lately, just working and hanging out with friends.  It’s been an introspective time for me personally.  I am really looking forward to coming home this summer.  I literally can’t wait to hug my nephews and have my mom make me a sandwich.  I do love my mom.  Oh!  And head…