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It was such an amazing day. The weather was a perfect 24ºC (75ºF) and there was a constant yet soft drizzle of rain that was just enough to feel, but not enough to get you wet. So, I took the metro down to Laoximen Station where I walked through the anime market which seems to be slowing dying ^sad face^, then through some really old neighborhoods that was so full of life… Read More

We came, we saw, we accomplished! Our rush to the embassy worked out great! We got our papers and I even got 25,000 steps in today as I explored Guangzhou on foot. I walked along the Zhujiang river, explored the Guangdong Museum, and did some luxury shopping at the IGC mall, though I bought nothing. Tingting had to work, so she spent all day Tuesday doing that….. 😦 anyway, it was still… Read More

Tingting and I came to Guangzhou today. We have a bit of snag in our travel plans to the USA and we’re hoping the US embassy here can help out. Otherwise, we took the evening and walked around our hotel tonight and enjoyed a bit of the local atmosphere. we found this old building / temple, but Tingting said it is not old, just built in the old style. Inside was lovely,… Read More

Tingting, Leo and I had a great day walking along Huhui Binjiang in Shanghai. It’s a really fun place, and great for kids. Tons of interesting spots such as a long public climbing wall with arches, retired shipping loaders that are converted into observation platforms, and much more. There’s also a museum or three along the path and several cafes, a couple that are really good! Xuhui Binjiang is a rapidly growing… Read More

Tingting bought a kiddy fence online 2nd hand, then we repurposed a small area rug and a picnic mat, and it looks great! Leo seems to love it, and is moving all over that space on his own. He still mostly moves by rolling over, but he is able to push backwards, and with great effort, he can move forward about 4 inches at a time.

Don’t ask me why, but I want these so bad! Ban Dai makes the coolest toys. I found these in Takashimaya. I did not buy them if course, as everything in Takashimaya is at least twice as expensive as it should be. Maybe I’ll hunt TaoBao later.

SCIS is remarkable! In the photo below, you can see 4 iPhones and at least 4 laptops laying around. The kids leave them when they go to the gym, lunch, etc. Nobody steals them, messes with them, or anything. It really is wonderful, to work someplace so safe.

Tingting takes so wonderful photos of Leo. All shot on her iPhone XR.

Tingting does not have a lot of photos of her childhood, but today she found this one. That’s her, kid of course. Her mom is on the left. It’s a great photo. I’m so happy she discovered it.