Here’s to the last month of 2013, a rundown of past instagrams, and the first eight months of instagrams!
It’s been quite a while since i’ve hopped onto this robin blue blog of mine. The little breather I promised myself turned out to be almost a month. Good news is I won’t be running out of photos to post for a while now. Bad news is that this blog will have to contend with winter photos probably until the beginning of spring. But, if it had to be any season, I’m glad its the christmas-sy winter one. (:
I might be jumping around a lil’ with the photos but I thought “what better place to start than Christmas morning?”
We had just gotten to Dong Qien Hu* the night before and woke up to this cold, cold sunrise and decided to take a brisk morning walk. And brisk it was. As in the coldest-weather-i’ve-ever-been-in brisk and cold. Having lived for 12 years on a tropical island as I have, even in the winter the weather rarely dips below 15 degree Celsius. So I was quickly able to redefine certain words in my vocabulary such as “brisk”, “cold”, “freezing”, and “winter”. It did not, however, snow. <– and I was very devastated but, hey, at least I got a cold christmas!
A few little flowers that I can only describe as “petal pink”
My family that, woken up slightly from having eaten breakfast, were finally willing to stop and smile for a photo. The photos taken before breakfast? A bunch of sleepy backs huddled against the cold. They weren’t going to stop and turn around for a photo. How picturesque is that background? All that morning mist and haziness; loving it now especially as I write this in pleasant 18 degrees weather.
Oh these translations never fail to get me.
the name of our cabin; not as funny as the one above but it was ours ^^
Not the best at smiling in photos but I can tell you, this is him trying. And I quite like them anyways.
I didn’t want to bombard any unsuspecting person so I’ve (hopefully) broken up the photos into manageable chunks. Part II of the morning coming soon!
For all its more than a little late –
* and another thing; please forgive my rubbish pinyin that will probably be all over the place for the remainder of these China posts. I couldn’t even begin to write it out in characters so I figured I’d just do my best (:
i’m late for yet another holiday post *sigh* sometimes those spontaneous ones are just so much easier. For all the deadlines I assign myself, particularly with all the wrestling I have to go through with this proxy server here in China in order to even access the blog, december’s been a little slow month. But hopefully all of you have been spending less time on the computer and more time with your family as we have (: I’m going to go ahead and be all cheesy here and say that i think wholeheartedly that holidays are about family. I have some photos to share with you all after I get everything in order and edited but for now…merry late christmas! I hope you all had a lovely day filled with family, laughter, and food. (that wasn’t too cheesy was that?)
We’ve been in China for the past two days and I have learned one thing: I am more than a little sensitive to the co-co-cold. I’ve always considered myself more of a winter person and I really do love it for all the festive chilliness; Christmas doesn’t quite seem to have the same feel to it in 18 degrees C weather but being suddenly thrust into almost 0 degrees weather has been a little shock to my system. It is literally murder getting out of bed not to mention the shower. I don’t have a photo but those little heat pouches that are supposed to keep your hands warm? Literally my life right now. I can’t go out without one in my left pocket and one in my right. I have really bad circulation to begin with and my nose hasn’t felt warm since we got here. I’m not exactly complaining though…well let’s just say I don’t really mean it when I do. Despite what I say, I really am liking this cold winter–if only it’ll snow now!
It’s a little hard to tell from the photo but all those little stars had “material girl” written in them. After jie pointed this out I think we all paused and stared at it for a little while.
I contemplated making this the cover photo but I was afraid people who clicked on this in hopes of finding a decadent recipe would be disappointed. This bread was absolutely delicious however. I certainly wasn’t expecting it from a cafe that told us they couldn’t offer us coffee because their coffee machines had broke (the alternative they offered us was a latte without the coffee. I was pretty confused too. what does that even mean?). It wasn’t too sweet despite the mound of whipped cream on top. This was pretty surprising for me as I tend to find food here extremely rich and extremely salty/sweet.
I haven’t had perrier in years but in a coffee shop with no coffee or little tea, the options were limited.
I could almost say that these little oranges alone made the trip worthwhile but between them and the hot pot, crabs, and tofu, I would be hard pressed to choose any one over the other.
There are only 2 days until Christmas!
We’re going to some pretty sightseeing places over the next few days but are just a cozy tuck-in at home today so hopefully I’ll have more interesting things to talk about. (:
Until then, I hope you’re all enjoying your winter vacation! I’m off to go do some its-so-cold-i-need-toget-warm hopping around the house.
And no, it didn’t suddenly rain in this beautiful tropical island upon which i reside. Yesterday the tennis team exchanged gifts for the little secret santa we did and my gift turned out to be this little gentleman of a snowman. I was all too eager to put him together last night and am happy to say that I have rekindled my love for legos that goes all the way back to the 1500 piece set my sister and I received more than a decade and a half ago. Aren’t these miniature ones the most adorable things ever? I may just have to go start allocating time to playing with legos again.
It was also just what I needed. hearing them snap into place was very satisfying and even this doing this small task made me feel wonderfully accomplished.
My winter break officially starts as of Thursday. Here’s to wishing you all a jolly winter vacation filled with things that make you smile (: