Sunday, May 27, 2012

My Birthday

Um...I know it's a little late to be posting pictures from my birthday but I just now got a free day from homework (since I finished it early, woot woot)!

So as you know I went to Disneyland for my birthday (kinda) but before that, my work threw me a birthday party. If you've never had a birthday in China I suggest you try it. First off they surprise you with it. Well, they try to anyways. I totally knew what was was the day before my birthday and I had been working there for a few months and had gone through a few of these. Secondly, after they sing Happy Birthday to you they go around the room and everyone says something nice about you. It's pretty awesome. Then you eat a magnificent cake, all the fruit you can stuff inside you, and some chips if you have room. You'll also get some chocolate and a journal with some more nice things said about you inside. I loved it!

Birthday message on the white board :)

 Everyone giving speeches

 Me, the other birthday girl, Anna, and Tracy (one of my Chinese teachers)

 My Chinese boss, Marie (she pronounces it Mary tho)

Me and all the Chinese teachers.

Thursday, May 10, 2012


I know it has been forever since I have written a new blog post but school has been kicking my butt lately and I haven't had much time. Hopefully after TV season finales (yes, that is another reason for my lack of posts) I will have time to dedicate to telling you all what we're up to.

As most of you already know, last week it was time for us to renew our visa again! 120 days down...crazy!! Anyways this time, since we had a holiday we decided to stay overnight in Hong Kong and visit Disneyland. There was a bit of confusion over our working days and non-working days but it all worked out perfectly.

I had one class in the morning so I went on ahead while Annaliisa stayed back for her classes. Oh on a side note, Annaliisa was moved to a new center within our company to take classes over for someone who is going back home to Canada.

So, I caught the 3:30 train to Hong Kong which was such and adventure for me. I have made two trips alone in my lifetime but none in a country where I didn't speak the language. Thank goodness we had already done this before because I would have been at a  loss at what to do.

Got to ride the top level of a double-decker train to HK!!

And then I checked into our hotel room. It was small but we were just sleeping there.
NOTE: To anyone who may one day decide to visit HK Disneyland.
Stay at the Silka Far East Hotel. It is located pretty much around the corner from the metro station
and the metro ride to D-Land is less than a half hour. It's a well priced hotel for HK and it's
a really nice place...and they have free breakfast if you choose it!! Good deal!

 There's a separate line that serves Disneyland alone!

And the metro train has mickey windows...
Mickey hand grips, plush velvety seats, and Disney character statues.
It pretty much looks like Anaheim D-Land but all the signs have Chinese
and it's much smaller.
There's the castle and people waiting to go in. 

We had an awesome time and it was the perfect park for a day trip. We got there at opening (10am) and were able to ride most of the rides and leisurely walk through the shops and we were done with everything by about 5. So we were able to go eat dinner and settle in for the fireworks. It was not very crowded, not by Anaheim standards anyhow, and the longest we waited in line for a ride was a little over half an hour but that was in the newest area of the park, Toy Story Land.

I mean, it's Disneyland so you can't really go wrong. The funniest moment was riding the Jungle Cruise. Luckily for us Californians we have an abundant supply of budding actors and entertainers who reside in the vicinity of Anaheim so the Jungle Cruise is always hilarious and just a lot of fun to ride. This is not quite the case in Hong Kong. While the tour guide was cute and sweet she did not have an acting bone in her body, nor a funny one. At one point she attempted the joke, "You know how you can tell the difference between a male zebra and a female zebra? The male is white with black stripes and the female is black with white stripes..." Pause for light laughter. "Actually I think they are the same." Really lady?!?! You just killed what was left of your joke. But it was still fun to experience that. :)

It is a must see for any Disney fanatic, but plan to see other things in Hong Kong or even visit Macau or some other country nearby because it is not big enough to warrant a whole trip to Asia specifically to visit.