Monthly Archives: April 2013

Emmanuel: My Meeting with Buddha

Every day truly is an adventure! Most especially the weekends!  In China, my weekends start on Fridays because college students are given Fridays off! So this weekend, a friend of my girlfriend asked me if I would like to come … Continue reading

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Alexis: I want to go home, but not just yet

你好 (Ni hao) everyone!  This week I’d like to write about something that we all experience when we’re away from our loved ones for a long time: the ever-increasing desire to go back home to be reunited with our family … Continue reading

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James: Encounters with Fellow Travelers and Some New Experiences

This weekend was quite an adventure.  I’ve been going out of where I normally go in the city and traveling to locations I could only reach by train, bus, and walking quite a distance. The first one of these places … Continue reading

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Shaka: China in Real-Life — Dinnertime with Locals

There are many ways to learn about a countries culture and how the people in it live their life. Many remain in their native countries and study other cultures. Some people actually visit the country for a short period of … Continue reading

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Emmanuel: The English Corner

Did you know that it is mandatory for many students in China to study English as their second language starting in primary school? I was amazed when I found that out! They knew more English than I knew Chinese! To … Continue reading

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Alexis: Let’s Talk Money

So you’ve been thinking about studying in the Chengdu American Center for Study Abroad but you really—like really, really, really—want to be sure that money won’t become an issue and that it won’t be the cause of uncomfortable or troublesome … Continue reading

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Shaka: Casual Update

Ni Hao readers! This week officially marks one month since I have been here in Chengdu and I cannot believe it! It feels as if I have been in China for about six months already. As expected, China is very … Continue reading

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James: Abundance of Animals and Multitudes of Malls

During my stay here I’ve noticed there seems to be a lot more animals around me than what I am used to, not only in wildlife but also domesticated ones.  In addition to all the animals I’ve seen here so … Continue reading

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Emmanuel: My Day with the Local Middle School Children

I never thought I would say this but… I would like to become a teacher. More specifically, an Elementary School English Teacher! These children really changed my attitude towards being a teacher. These kids have so much energy and talent … Continue reading

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Alexis: Getting Around Chengdu Safely

The time to confront the unavoidable topic of how to stay safe in China’s roads has arrived.  It is no novelty to those who keep up with international news even in a minimal way that China’s roads are among the … Continue reading

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