Glutinous Rice Dumplings, “Bak Chang”

The rice dumplings smelled delicious! They are made with rice and pork chunks wrapped in a bamboo leaf and tide with a twig. These snapshots were taken in a water town called Zhou Jia Jiao. Enjoy!



Adventures of Our Concrete Hiking Trip, Shanghai

My friend and I took a concrete hiking trip in Shanghai to an area unfamiliar to both of us. We wanted and took the metro to a section of town that would be new to both of us. Line 10 took us to Tiangton Rd away from the glitz and glam of East Nanjing, one of Shanghai’s main shopping hubs.

The section of Tiangton Rd. we visited is an old town area in the process of being demolished. Shanghai is notorious for removing the old and putting in new high rise buildings. Sadly, some of the buildings do have to go as they are in a state of disrepair. However, some of the buildings had beautiful architecture designs.

The most surprising discovery of our walk was to see that life still existed within the rubble. Or to see a second floor caved in and the 1st floor with an existing business. Of course when I saw this I immediately shift into a questioning mode of, “why and don’t they”.



Water Town Photo’s – Day to Day Life

More photo’s from the water town we visited during China’s National Holiday, Labor Day, in Xitang, China. My favorite type of photographs are candid shots. You know the ones where you capture the day-to-day life of a person without having subjects annoyingly pose for the camera. Don’t misunderstand me, I do like posing photo’s; however, in this area if someone poses for the camera they end up making the peace or V sign with their fingers. I habit I find irritating and annoying.

Ok, enough of that… Onward with my story….

My favorite photo of this bunch is the pencil artist with the red shirt. His back was to the crowd and he seemed unfazed by the crowds and noise. I could have stood there and watched him work. Enjoy the photos!

Street Food in Xitang, China

Just a few shots of the street food and Baijiu tasting’s. The pictures are self-explanatory; but, the Baijiu is one I’d rather explain a bit further. To me, Baijiu is the strongest alcoholic beverage I’ve ever tasted. Imagine if you will trying to swallow turpentine. Immediately after getting past the smell of Baijiu comes the feeling, the feeling of your insights, your esophagus to be exact, catching fire. If you don’t feel it in your esophagus, you’ll feel the Baijiu as it cements itself in the pit of your stomach with a fiery feeling of hell inside your body. It’s definitely not for the week of heart, sense of smell, or stomach. Ha!

Bajiu Tasting

This was the Baijiu tasting house similar to a wine tasting event only include the fiery feeling as the Baijiu makes its way down to your stomach leaving a streak of fire along the way.

Caramel candy sticks

I believe this was caramel as it smelled like it. This is sold on one of the sticks you see in the pot.

Quail Eggs

Quail eggs, squid, pork, chicken, & I believe hot dogs for the grill are readily available at every turn. The smells are delicious and very tempting.

Steaming Crab - Xitang

I was hoping to find someone eating a crab leg as they walked along but I had no such luck. These crabs look delicious to me and I’ve often wondered how they taste; however, I’ve not worked up the courage to try one.

Beautiful Finds in Xitang, China

The following photo’s were taken in Xitang, China, a canal water town located in Zhejiang Province. It was horrific timing to be going anywhere in the area as Friday, May 2nd, was a National Holiday and part of Labor Day Holiday. I seriously didn’t know this day was a holiday. Everywhere we went the crowds were a mad crush. Shoulder to shoulder, hip to hip, I could feel the child behind me breathing on my neck, that’s how close we were to each other. Ha! I felt bad for my poor friends Linda & Frank who really didn’t get to see much as the crowds were just too big, I’m sure you’ll get the idea from the photo’s. More photo’s to come… enjoy!

Dear Family & Friends – I’ve Missed You.

It’s been a while since I posted anything on this blog. I’m sorry I’ve not been around for about a month and a few days. Life has been busy and I’ve been a bit under the weather. I’ve had a cold/ cough for about 7 weeks now. I’ve been to the doctor in Shanghai and was given some cough medicine and 2 different types of inhalers. I think I’m finally starting to feel better and this cough is starting to subside a bit.

I’ll admit I’ve tried every wives tale out in existence or so I think to rid myself of this cough. Vicks on the feet and chest followed by covering my feet with thick socks. I’ve tried a variety of combinations with honey from honey with cinnamon, lemon, and even apple cider vinegar. I’ve tried a variety of tea’s. Alcohol between the toes and even slept with a wet towel next to my head. Ha! Nothing was working. However, maybe it’s the combination of all the wives tales and medicine that is finally, finally giving me some relief.

I had to chuckle at my girlfriend who suggested I was perhaps allergic to mildew or mold. If that’s the case I’m living in the wrong country. I don’t know of any apartment in this area that doesn’t have some sort of mold or mildew. The building practices here are different from the western world.

Since April 1st, I’ve had a slew of tasks for both personal and school related. We had Easter to prepare for, parents night, and spring break. While it doesn’t sound like much, the tasks relating to each item was to say the least daunting especially when not feeling 100%. On a positive side, we have 6 weeks of instructional time left at school with 1 1/2 weeks of wrap up and clean up work remaining.

Yes! I’m on a countdown as I’m so looking forward for a little R&R and family time back in the USA!

I’ll be sharing some photo’s in the next day or so, for now I leave you with this magnificent view at the top of Moganshan Mountain. This photo was taken the end of April, during a hiking trip to Moganshan Mountain. Yes, even though I was not feeling the best, I had to take the girls on the already planned outing. I’ll share more soon. For now, just know that standing on that mountain top after a long hike, was so very worth it. A magnificent view that pictures just do not justify.

Mountain Top View