Adventures Wherever He leads.

Shanghai, Hong Kong, and beyond… immeasurably more than all we could ask or imagine

concentration August 17, 2013

Filed under: for fun,life in HK — chinabean @ 9:50 am

It’s important to concentrate. Often times, I find that I multitask so much that I get frustrated when I cannot. These past years I have discovered two things in which i cannot do while multitasking: 1. driving 2. playing piano.

Yesterday, I said good-bye to a dear friend, Janey who is leaving HK for now to go to Barcelona for MBA program. She decided to get her friends together for an ART JAM (where we pay a fee and get a canvas and four hours to paint out year hearts content).

My back and eyes were in pain at the end of four hours.. but it was such an amazing way to spend a really hard first week at work… So much fun to relax concentrate and just veg for the Friday evening.

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SO thus, I have added one more, as of last night, to my list of things i cannot multitask and do:

1. driving

2. piano playing

3. art jamming

it’s good to know, when i need a brain loadoff.


Beijing Jian Bing August 1, 2013

Filed under: for fun,life in HK,life in SH,palate of delight — chinabean @ 12:25 am

I shoulda learned how to make jian bing in Shanghai and sold them here in HK…  what a steal! Haha… Thankful I got my fix when I was there…



Once was once 3.5RMB has now become 31HKD. sigh.


T-3 days. Last 72 hours… July 17, 2013

Filed under: for fun,life in SH — chinabean @ 4:31 pm

#3. The Home of CNC.



All 168 square meters of it… the small details that my landlord puts into that makes it really a home. 🙂 I love my room, the space, the lighting, the secret rooms, special doors, mirrors, glass panels… and yes… even the seven flights I will miss. 🙂 We’ve also been blessed to have an amazing understandable and gracious landlord that Gd prepared to be my student’s parents! PTL!! I love CNC home on thursdays evenings especially when our amazing ayi finishes doing her magic at our home.  


City of Beijing July 10, 2013

Filed under: for fun — chinabean @ 2:41 pm

Beijing Empire State of Mind- hoping for one for SH one day… and maybe i should get started on the HK one now… 😉


T-13days til big move!


Happy Early Father’s Day! June 13, 2013

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Santa scares baby! December 24, 2012

Filed under: for fun — chinabean @ 2:09 am

Baby Gavin’s first Christmas!




china funnies September 24, 2012

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i cannot believe how incredibly funny i find these to be. if you’ve ever lived in one of these places… i hope it makes your monday blues go away… 🙂

for the shanghaier.

for the hong kongies.


you’re welcome.


Top Ten Myths About Introverts August 25, 2012

Filed under: for fun — chinabean @ 9:55 am

Whenever I tell people I am an introvert, I always get strange looks.

Top ten myths about introverts

Myth #1 – Introverts don’t like to talk.
This is not true. Introverts just don’t talk unless they have something to say. They hate small talk. Get an introvert talking about something they are interested in, and they won’t shut up for days.

Myth #2 – Introverts are shy.
Shyness has nothing to do with being an Introvert. Introverts are not necessarily afraid of people. What they need is a reason to interact. They don’t interact for the sake of interacting. If you want to talk to an Introvert, just start talking. Don’t worry about being polite.

Myth #3 – Introverts are rude.
Introverts often don’t see a reason for beating around the bush with social pleasantries. They want everyone to just be real and honest. Unfortunately, this is not acceptable in most settings, so Introverts can feel a lot of pressure to fit in, which they find exhausting.

Myth #4 – Introverts don’t like people.
On the contrary, Introverts intensely value the few friends they have. They can count their close friends on one hand. If you are lucky enough for an introvert to consider you a friend, you probably have a loyal ally for life. Once you have earned their respect as being a person of substance, you’re in.

Myth #5 – Introverts don’t like to go out in public.
Nonsense. Introverts just don’t like to go out in public FOR AS LONG. They also like to avoid the complications that are involved in public activities. They take in data and experiences very quickly, and as a result, don’t need to be there for long to “get it.” They’re ready to go home, recharge, and process it all. In fact, recharging is absolutely crucial for Introverts.

Myth #6 – Introverts always want to be alone.
Introverts are perfectly comfortable with their own thoughts. They think a lot. They daydream. They like to have problems to work on, puzzles to solve. But they can also get incredibly lonely if they don’t have anyone to share their discoveries with. They crave an authentic and sincere connection with ONE PERSON at a time.

Myth #7 – Introverts are weird.
Introverts are often individualists. They don’t follow the crowd. They’d prefer to be valued for their novel ways of living. They think for themselves and because of that, they often challenge the norm. They don’t make most decisions based on what is popular or trendy.

Myth #8 – Introverts are aloof nerds.
Introverts are people who primarily look inward, paying close attention to their thoughts and emotions. It’s not that they are incapable of paying attention to what is going on around them, it’s just that their inner world is much more stimulating and rewarding to them.

Myth #9 – Introverts don’t know how to relax and have fun.
Introverts typically relax at home or in nature, not in busy public places. Introverts are not thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies. If there is too much talking and noise going on, they shut down. Their brains are too sensitive to the neurotransmitter called Dopamine. Introverts and Extroverts have different dominant neuro-pathways. Just look it up.

Myth #10 – Introverts can fix themselves and become Extroverts.
Introverts cannot “fix themselves” and deserve respect for their natural temperament and contributions to the human race. In fact, one study (Silverman, 1986) showed that the percentage of Introverts increases with IQ.

This list was inspired by the book The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World by Marti Laney.


2012 ADVENTURES IN 上海 July 30, 2012

Filed under: for fun,life in SH — chinabean @ 10:51 am
I just posted photos onto FB. 🙂 Enjoy.
haven’t had a chance to update on the past year.. but theres been soo much that Father’s teaching me.. even to this day so much that i’m learning.. been wringing my sponge in my journal but haven’t figured out just yet how to articulate it into a newsletter. 🙂
for now enjoy the 220 fotots that are worth more than 220,000 words. 🙂

Miss Queen Christine June 26, 2012

Filed under: for fun — chinabean @ 2:06 am

It’s true that the influence you have over kids is impactful… I’m coming up on my last four days of the semester and am grateful to say that I really thankful for his year and am amazed by my kids constantly. 🙂

A lil secret is that my kids call me queen Christine because when we were working on the q sound… We were also learning about rhyming words. Therefore the catcheyness of queen Christine came in and hasn’t left them 🙂 here’s some drawings from the end of the year booklets… So adorable 🙂