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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She Cries (a poem)

Daily prompt:Storm

Thunder strikes and lightning flashes,
disappearing in a streak of light.
The unrelenting rain: it pounds,
on the rooftop.

I have been up for hours,
disturbed by the complaints of the sky. As she sobs,
I pad barefoot
to the window.

Behind heavy curtains,
heavy winds wail.
The sky weeps salty tears
that race down the glass.
She is enveloped with a misery that
no one else
can understand.

I try to comfort the poor sky;
how sad she is!
She continues to howl
as I drift into sleep.

the first glimmer of dawn
peeks through my window.

Summer Plans 2016

Droning lawn mowers, splashing of swimming pools, and mouth-watering aromas of barbecue can only mean one thing- summer is here! I love my summers because they are a huge relief to the long, busy school year. That being said, I want to enjoy them to the fullest.

Here’s what I want to do this summer:

  1. Write everyday.
  2. Blog as often as possible.
  3. Swim!
  4. Volunteer in my community (still waiting for them to call back).
  5. Finish writing at least 4 short stories, 2 poems, and 1 non-fiction prose.
  6. Help with the garden.
  7. GO TO CHINA!!! ( I am soooo exciteto sit on a plane; it has been too long. I know, I sound pathetic).
  8. Read a lot (get through my book list).
  9. Sleep earlier. (is 10:30 possible?)
  10. Eat healthy.
  11. Pig out on icecream. (only once… or twice.)
  12. Barbecue.
  13. Stargaze.
  14. Contact old friends.
  15. Watch the sun set.
  16. Get moving!
  17. Go shopping.
  18. Take a lot of pictures.
  19. Listen to music.
  20. Lounge around and do nothing.