“Freedom” by Wham!

In the early 80s, I remember this popular music video showing George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley’s visit and concert in Beijing, China.

If you watch the video, you’ll see unedited shots of the group:
- touring around the streets of Beijing,
- a climb up the Great Wall of China,
- shots of Tiananmen Square plus
- a lot of clowning around by the popular duo, which included some nice shots of their female back-up singers having fun during dress rehearsals.

I love music and I love how fun-loving Americans can be!

Seriously, if there’s anything good that’s coming out of America, it has to be music and the American “can-do” attitude.

If anyone knows how to operate a Korg SDD-3000, an American is bound to be one of them.

In fact, one of my American colleagues had strongly encouraged me to sign my son up for guitar lessons back when he was around 6…

Well, this is easier said than done.

Recently, he surprised me by plucking out “Twinkle, twinkle little star” on a toy guitar – I guess I should step up my search!

Lanterns for Mid-Autumn Festival

Last year, we started our “Mid-Autum Festival” celebrations :)

First, I brought the kids to buy a paper lantern each. The big boy chose a Dragon for himself while the little girl opted for a Fish.

I can’t remember if I bought them mooncakes or not.

All I know is that we were quite busy with a lantern making competition at school!

At night, I helped them fix the candles into the lanterns and then we sat back to watch the warm glow in the warmth of their bedroom hahaha:


The following night, we joined in the “Mid-Autumn Festival” potluck celebration organized by the residents at our apartment.

To be honest, I found it boring because I only knew a few people there who were kind enough to chat with me for most of the evening. That’s the price you pay for being away for so long!

Anyway, the kids had some fun walking with their lanterns until the part where a naughty boy SNATCHED and BROKE the bamboo sticks for carrying the lanterns.

Since I was sitting down enjoying the fresh air, I didn’t see the kid who did that. Both of the kids were upset by it but since I couldn’t do it anything about it, I asked them if they’d still like to hang around.

They wanted to go home and that’s that.

This year, my son reminded me that we must celebrate “Mid-Autumn Festival” by:
i) lighting up the lanterns – need to look for new sticks!
ii) eating moon cakes – he’s already asked me to save one of the lotus paste ones for that special night and
iii) appreciating the beauty of the moon

Wow, my late grandmother (and his paternal grandmother) would be so proud of him for being sooo Chinese :)

Furthermore, the children’s daycare have also invited parents and children to celebrate the “Mid-Autumn Festival” together and we are looking forward to that!