Holiday #2: Chinese New Year

Holiday #2: Chinese New Year

  The Chinese use the same calendar we do (Gregorian calendar) for civil purposes, but their festivals are still determined by the Lunisolar calendar, which shifts with the sun’s longitude and the phases of the moon.  This year, Chinese new year fell mid- February, so oddly enough, we got 2 weeks off for Christmas break (international schools observe this but not Chinese schools) and then just 5 weeks later, we had another 2 weeks off!  So not long after we…

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Let’s Rewind… to the Holidays.

Let’s Rewind… to the Holidays.

A lot has happened.  My dreams of keeping this blog up to date are fading, but not completely gone.  I love this blog.  I just wish I wasn’t overwhelmed by marking and planning.  Let me never forget again the busyness of the first year at a new school. So, what have you missed? Well, at Christmas time GRANDMA JANNIE CAME! And we celebrated with some not-too-ugly sweaters with our buddies the Porters! And we went with Grandma to Vietnam!  Which…

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The Shanghai Metro Experience…With A Four Year Old.

The Shanghai Metro Experience…With A Four Year Old.

I am about ready to just quit taking my kids on the metro. I thought after 6+months in China they would figure out the proper metro etiquette, that they would look around and realize on their own that it’s not a damn party.  But no. That would be too simple. For me, the metro without kids is an experience in and of itself.  I have to take a cab to the closest metro station, then it is a good walk…

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Hangin’ in Hangzhou

Hangin’ in Hangzhou

One of the great things about living in Shanghai is that there is a myriad of travel we can do near the city that has rich history and wonderfully beautiful landscapes. We have also been lucky enough to find wonderful travel companions in our dear friends from New Zealand, the Porters. Our first weekend getaway was in November to nearby Hangzhou. The Porters have warmly welcomed us into their family here in Shanghai and they are wonderful people with warm…

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Way back in October…

Way back in October…

At this very moment I have no tests to grade, no writing to edit, and my next two weeks are planned. It is Saturday and I have a moment…while the kids play together (there is a sword involved, so I’m pretty sure a moment is literally all I have) to update this blog with our not-so-recent adventures. I forgot how busy a new job is. And for those of you who have been following the blog, I am sorry it…

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Brunch in Shanghai

Brunch in Shanghai

As I read about Shanghai in my preparation to move here I read over and over about the Shanghai brunch experience. As a person who loves good food, loves a good brunch (who doesn’t), and especially enjoys the treat of occasionally eating food I don’t have to cook, I was stoked to hit-up a Shanghai brunch or two. When I started working in the Humanities department at SSIS, I met a kindred spirit, Laura, and guess what? She has a…

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Observations

Observations

I have been teaching for six weeks now, and in that time I have made some interesting observations, mostly school related, that I would like to share. 1. Kids around here are allowed to be kids a little longer. They are much more innocent than many of my middle schoolers back home. Recently, at an overnight at school I saw 7th graders toting stuffed animals, and other cozy comforts. They know very little about drug and alcohol abuse (which my…

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Break Through!

Break Through!

A break through, people. A break through. This last weekend was a turning point…I think…I hope. It felt like a turning point. I decided to blog about it so I can look back and remember, and so you people don’t think this whole “the Kleins have moved to China” thing is all bad. This last Saturday I was a zombie. I woke up in a tent on the soccer field at SSIS to the sound of heavy traffic, kids voices,…

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School House Rock!

School House Rock!

Shanghai Singapore International School. Oh, where do I begin? My friends working in education really want a post about my school. I really want to tell you about it. There is so much to say, but it just isn’t the most interesting narrative. This post is for the Cassadies, the Sallys, and the Peters of my world that will totally sink their teeth into this international teaching business we have gotten ourselves into. The rest of you will all have…

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Culture Shock

Culture Shock

In stressful scenarios I find myself practicing visualization. For both deliveries of my kids, when I am about to teach a difficult lesson in class, that plane ride…I like to visualize what a positive process and outcome will look like. It works for me. Before we arrived in this new life I just couldn’t visualize this transition to Shanghai for the kids. I had a vague idea that there would be a lot of “hurry up and wait” and I…

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