Hungry Ghost Festival

We’re in the middle of August now but we’re only in the middle of the seventh month in the Lunar calendar, which marks the Hungry Ghost Festival. No other “festival” is fraught with fear as is the Hungry Ghost Festival for I remember it as the period when all hell breaks loose. Growing up under … [Read more…]

Children’s Day (六一国际儿童节 liù yī guó jì ér tóng jié)

Children's Day (六一国际儿童节 liù yī guó jì ér tóng jié)

China celebrates this special day on June 1. Actually a big marketing opportunity since many Chinese parents will dote on their kids on this big day. Any and every brand of “brain food” will be promoted and marketed to death. Pamphlets of bright, chubby and smiling children doing super intelligent activities i.e. a baby reading … [Read more…]

Exams are kǎo shì (考试)

Exams are kǎo shì (考试)

In the next few weeks, our son will be taking his mid-term examinations, which will include Composition, Reading Comprehension, Science, Math and Moral Studies in Chinese. He enjoys Science and Math but struggles with Chinese composition. As we do not have a private Chinese tutor, you can imagine how stressful it is for us to … [Read more…]

Takara Tomy CrossFight B-Daman eS

Takara Tomy CrossFight B-Daman eS

Both my kids are obsessed with Cross Fight B-Daman. Last Christmas, they begged me for it but since I couldn’t find them, they got home made Christmas cookies instead LOL. This year, we stumbled upon some fake B-Daman at the wet market that I bought them one each. Unfortunately, a plastic part broke after repeated … [Read more…]

My Father is a Rock Star

I love it when my kids hit me with a statement like this. After being dazed by a group of smart kids, I didn’t know what to expect of this grungy, grouchy group of big, beefy guys. First of all, I thank God that they were all scrubbed clean and other for the odd stink … [Read more…]

Pomegranates are shíliú (石榴)?

Pomegranates are shíliú (石榴)?

Like all conscientious Moms around the world, I try to introduce a variety of healthy and nutritious foods to my kids. One of these are pomegranates, which were found plentiful one summer in China. Seeing how Jamie Oliver cut the fruit into half and whacked the pulpy seeds out with a wooden spoon, I put … [Read more…]