Happy New Year!! Wow… a new Year has come and I don’t feel much different. Anyway, life continues and it is still ridiculously cold here. Tomorrow is going to be 3 degrees Centigrade…UGH! There was tons of stuff going on that I am doing over the two holidays, Christmas and New Years. Too much to really include everything in a simple website like this…but I will try to throw a bunch of stuff in to keep you up to steam.
Here is a bit of a montage of stuff, the one on the left is one of my Christmas gifts from a teammate. The picture on the bottom right is me on New Years Eve with a bunch of people who were lining the walkway into a Haggan Dazs watching the preparation and sound check for the New Years Show on Nanjing Road… I crammed into their group and got a friend to take the shot… FUNNY! The last one is my at our Christmas Carol Rehearsal as I was checking to see how loud the students were being. The scarf that I am wearing was a Christmas gift from a good friend!!!
As the leader of my team this year in Shanghai I gave everyone a bunch of gifts for Christmas. I gave them really expensive picture frames and inside on the opposite side of the paper that was originally there I scribbled an original piece of artwork for their enjoyment.
That was pretty much Christmas. We had a day off on Monday the 26th since Christmas was on a Sunday. Students had a huge Examination on Christmas eve, and we hung out with a bunch of them that weekend after the exam. New Years Eve was no different. A bunch of students wanted to do something fun for New Years…so we did one thing that big huge groups can do together other than crowd into a KTV room, we went HOT POT!!! I love HOT POT… it is just the best idea and I don’t think I could ever get sick of it. I think and hope that my mom and dad will enjoy it when they come to visit me. BRING YOUR APPETITE DAD!!!
So a whole bunch of us went out to eat at HOTPOT on Huai Hai Road. This place is known for its decor and cheap prices. The clientele are sometimes strange and obnoxious. Not us of course. THere was a group of MIDDLE SCHOOL students there who were playing what looked like TRUTH OR DARE and this one punk was supposed to dance for us foreigners. It became very obvious when he was constantly kicked by what looked like his girlfriend. I yelled out TIAO WU TIAO WU!!! which in Chinese is DANCE DANCE which only made is refusals null and void. Here we are enjoying the wonderful bounty of HOT POT!
Since you eat so much at hotpot over a long period of time, you can get quite full and a good walk afterward is always the best idea. So, since all the good places on New Years Eve required buying tickets, because of the “STARS” that were supposed to be there, we decided to just walk on the busiest street in all of Eastern China. Nanjing Road. We got a bunch of great group shots amidst the oceans and mountains of people. Here is one of them…along with a random child who I pulled from his very happy parents!
New Years Day was going to be a great day and this student did not disappoint us!! One of my students from last year asked me a while back if I like dumplings, which is like asking if the Pope is Catholic or if Mao was Chinese!!! I said, OF COURSE! She asked if I wanted to come and bring the other teachers and help make some! I said YES! So 8 of us went to this student’s place and we met Mom, Grandpa, Grandma, Auntie, Cousin and 5 (that is right FIVE) dogs…!!! Here we are making the dumplings with some of the best teachers around… please excuse my goofy face, I was just really excited…
After making a crazy 300 or so dumplings and after consuming close to that much we were ready to go and we got a group shot. Apparently Grandpa was a bit camera shy, so he tried to hide his face… but what a great day and a great START TO A NEW YEAR!!! THANK YOU!!
Again Happy New Year to all of you! January 29th will be the Chinese New Year and the year of the DOG will be coming soon. I hope that you will all have a good beginning to the year and this year will be infinitely better than last year. Of course if last year was really really good…and you don’t think it could get much better than forget my hope…but for those of you who had an OK year or not such a good year, I hope this year will be better!!!
Don’t forget to check out the Cartoon this week so you can see how I rang in the New Year!!
Posted Thursday January 5th 2006 11:50pm[/lang_en]