The School Menu

This is what an international school’s menu looks like in China:

Main Entrees: Chicken & Cheese Fajitta, Pork Finger in Pepper Corn Sauce, American Fries, Broccoli

Main Entrees: Hash Chicken Patty Top Onion Gravy

I’m not too sure what a pork finger is – and I don’t want to. I would say the selection may need to change, or probably the person who translates the menu into English.

I have also seen “bacon debris” aka bacon bits on the school’s salad bar. Mmmm… delish!


The Hunt through Shanghai

From grooming dogs, working as a cashier clerk to making lamian (noodles) and crashing a stranger’s brunch – it was just a little Saturday in Shanghai.

Now don’t get me wrong – it was probably one of the most memorable sightseeing adventures in the city of 23 million people – and I have the photos to prove it.

It was part of a local charity’s scavenger hunt. Me, along with my fiancĂ©, Adam and two of our friends – Jamey and Vicky took part in the event. We, along with 37 teams, ran all over the city to capture pictures of the crazy tasks at hand. We had four hours to complete our missions.

Some ranged from clipping your toe nails in public to posing with a fancy car, or show off your bellies. At least one team member had to be in a photo, sometimes all of us. It was a great way to explore, donate to charity (proceeds for entering went to it), enjoy friends and take (some) crazy photos.

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Holy Astronauts – Nunchucks will take down Typhoon Saola

Here’s the view from space of typhoon Saola (courtesy NASA)

What a view. A view from outer space. It’s a pretty incredible picture, although – even though this storm looks ominous, it will likely be heavy rain. I’m no Al Roker – who is annoyingly kind of funny, but makes you cringe because you just want to hear the forecast.

This sucker is known as typhoon Saola. Say that three times – Saola, Saola, Saola. Yes, it’s like using nunchucks to fight off the sound – kind of like me trying to speak Mandarin.

The U.S .Consulate General in Shanghai sent out this alert to U.S. citizens:

This Emergency Message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens residing or traveling in the Shanghai Consular District, which includes Shanghai, Anhui province, Jiangsu province, and Zhejiang province, that the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau is tracking Tropical Storms SAOLA and DAMREY across the East China Sea. At this time both storms are expected to make landfall along the southeastern coast of mainland China and are expected to bring heavy rain and strong winds across Shanghai and coastal areas of Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces from August 1 to August 4, 2012.

I will say this – yes, Mom – I’m talking to you – it probably won’t be as bad as it sounds, or looks from the “astronauts'”vantage point.

I will phone home though.

And you better believe – the Chinese will be armed with umbrellas. Don’t worry, it’s almost like a third arm.

Goodbye blue sky and hot, sunny Shanghai days – hello, wind, rain and wellies (I’m not British, but it sounded better).