My Trip to China: Dao Xiang Cun Treats

Ahhh! I am so sorry for not posting so long with school starting and everything but I made myself share this with you guys. I’m going to try to manage my time better and at least post once a week…

But anyway, this is still part of my trip to China, Beijing to be exact. My family and I were visiting the Bird’s Nest where Beijing held the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. And yes, it was sweltering hot (pictures of the nest will be in another post).

On our way out, my dad pulled us into this little shop, and I was so confused because he isn’t someone who really ever craves sweet things. But judging from the excitement in his eyes, I knew this Dao Xiang Cun bakery really had to be something special ( and it is, I later learned that it’s super popular in Beijing and the rest of China).
This was the pineapple pastry that I didn’t quite like. It’s called feng li su.  My family was crazy about it but I didn’t really like the filling. It just didn’t taste “real”. IMG_2068.JPG

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My Trip to China: Huangshan Part 3

With the wet and humid climate on the mountain, it really sucks when the hotel doesn’t have air conditioning. I got up at 4:30 in the morning after a hot and stuffy sleep.

It was pure darkness outside so my family and I went out with flashlights. It was cool and breezy outside. My hoodie felt just barely enough. Many people set out in parkas (in the summer?!)

The stone steps were still wet from the rain the day before but we still had to hurry for the sunrise.

We got there early, which was smart because the clearing was already crowded with people.

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My Trip to China: Huangshan Part 1

via Daily Prompt: Witness

(NOTE: Please do not take any photos- they are all mine. Thanks!)

My family and I had to take a really long ride (like 9 hours?) from Shanghai to Huangshan. Unfortunately, it was the rainy season, so we got caught in the rain with only two rain jackets. Luckily we avoided some of the rain under this mushroom stone structure. We couldn’t go anywhere with a storm more than a 1000km above the ground.

The peaks were dizzying but the day was so beautiful.

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Yes, Sucking is Frustrating

I’m sure it happens to everyone. You step out of your comfort zone (maybe you felt adventurous or someone forced you) and then when first start, it’s like “ugh, I hate myself” and “why can’t I get this right?”

I started debating last year. Yes, I was scared, but I knew it would help with my public speaking. My first speech was the most awkward thing ever. It was terrible- lots of blushing and sweating and stuttering and looking down at my paper. I really wanted to quit- I was embarrassing myself in front of others who knew what they were doing.

But I didn’t quit. The more I spoke and practised, the better I got. You get used to it and progress slowly creeps up on you. The fear of speaking slowly faded away. I learned there really was nothing to be scared of. Your audience isn’t there to mock you and laugh at you. They’re just curious and attentive about what you have to say.

It’s okay to suck for a while. It’s expected and normal. I learned to accept it; everyone goes through the same phase. I know you do too. With a little (err.. I mean A LOT of) experience and practice, you’ll get better. I promise.

Our Tiny Existence

via Daily Prompt: Miniature

We are tiny, but we don’t think it when we are rushing around with jobs to go to, bills to pay, and other errands to do.

Just stop for a moment. Have you ever thought about what’s beyond our Earth, our solar system, our universe…our “huge” problems?  We are surrounded by a vast mystery.

Let me give you a better picture of how tiny we really are.

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Image Source: NASA

 

That’s us!

compare to sun

Image Source: Relfe.com

And here’s our blue planet compared to the Sun.

other stars

Image Source: Co-intelligence.org

Ha! And you tough the Sun was big?

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Image Source: Co-intelligence.org

But guess what’s bigger? This is Antares, the 15th brightest star, and 1000 light years away. And how far away is that? The distance light travels in 1000 years!

But it gets even bigger. Here’s a video from Buzzfeed that makes you wonder “What really is out there?”

WOW! We really are nothing compared to the rest of this world. Doesn’t this make all the little problems in our lives seem small and irrelevant?

We are on this Earth only for so long. Why should we waste any time feeling upset? Why don’t we smile more and laugh more and live more?