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Qianshan National Park

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Bingyu Valley was a no-go last weekend. Instead, the girls and I ended up hopping on a four hour train ride north to another city, Anshan, to visit the well-known Qianshan National Park -aka- “Thousand Lotus Flower Mountains”. This densely, wooded, mountainous park has a religious history dating back 1200 years.
What’s fascinating about this park are the Taoist and Buddhist monasteries, temples and nunneries scattered all over the park – hidden between mountains, some located on the mountain peaks.
My friends Emma and Eunice were troopers and kept at a good pace. Being that this was their first trek, they did alright. At the end of the day, I asked if they would ever do it again. They looked at me, and in unison, both said, no way! I’d have to pay Emma a million bucks and get Eunice, Sean Opry (no clue who he is, she mentioned he was a model) to get them to trek again 🙂 Obviously, I’m not of resource to give them any of that, so I suspect that I won’t be doing anymore treks with the girls in the future.

It was a short two day trip but nonetheless, a nice getaway from the city that’s for sure!

” I love China!!

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Lazy post, pics inside =)

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Many Chinese spend their mornings playing cards or chess on a sidewalk. Every morning, I walk by this particular group. Sometimes I get lucky and catch some of them in an upset; which includes cussing out loudly at each other while slamming their cards on the cement lol, but of course it’s all in good fun. This morning was particularly different, hence the toilet, so I had to snap a photo 🙂
My usual breakfast: Shao Mei 3RMB (50 cents)
Chinese “takeaway” for small vendors (3RMB)
Zhongshan Square ~ a big circular park in the middle of downtown. It may not look like it, but it’s supposedly a popular hangout at night especially during the summer.
Sunset near Xinghai Park – they say it’s the biggest park in Asia. I have pictures of Xinghai Park but I’m holding off on them. Why? Because my camera sucks ass, especially at night!! So I’ll spare you all the crappy photos. Working on getting a DSLR…
Picture for the fam 🙂
3392350724_333e250bfb_m-1.jpgI apologize for the lazy post….. but pictures are always nice right? :)Yay for the Chinese holiday this weekend because I have off! It’s rare that I get weekends off so I’m definitely making good use of it. I’ll be heading over to Bingyu Valley, a three hour bus ride north, for the weekend for some hiking and nice scenery. Yahooo!

Scorpions, sea horses, silkworms!

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

Bizarre delicacies - Oh how I love thee! Literally. My eyes light up each time I come close to sampling such dishes. Tarantulas in Cambodia, crickets & worms in Thailand, balut (duck embryo) in the Philippines, you name it, I'll ... [Continue reading this entry]

Biggest purchase thus far

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

With the help of a friend (Thanks Echo!) I was able to find a decent gym conveniently located a minute walk (literally) from my building. So no more “it’s too far, I’m too lazy to drive” excuses for me. Surprisingly, ... [Continue reading this entry]

Got China Milk?

Saturday, March 14th, 2009
I’m not a milk drinker at all. Sure I’ll have it with my cereal/oatmeal in the morning but besides that you wouldn’t catch me with a glass of milk, not even with cookies.  So there I was at the dairy ... [Continue reading this entry]

So far so good

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009
Four classes so far…. and I think they all went pretty well. I’m going to be honest and say that I was a bit nervous going in. Wait. Hold on. Minor correction. I was extremely nervous! I was “what if my students ... [Continue reading this entry]

It’s official

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009
I'm trading in my beloved California burrito caburrito.jpg For some dim sum! dimsum1.jpg dimsum2.jpg I accepted a job in Dalian, a coastal city northeast of Beijing, for a school called ... [Continue reading this entry]

So the job search begins…

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009
Currently in Qingdao, home of the Tsingtao Beer! I know some of you guys so well that I know what you're thinking already and I'm going to save you the time..... my answer is No! I didn't single out Qingdao ... [Continue reading this entry]


Saturday, February 21st, 2009
What makes Xi’an unique is the enormous City Wall that surrounds the central block of the city. You can actually walk the entire wall in four and a half hours. The must see...Terracotta Warriors: ... [Continue reading this entry]

RIP Dan Kenn

Friday, February 20th, 2009
Dan Kenn, London, a friend and fellow traveler - Rest in peace brother. I met Dan back in Thailand, Sept 08. We, along with three others, also known as the crazy five, ... [Continue reading this entry]