SOCIAL MEDIA

29 October 2014

Things We See

Trying something a little different today. I like to focus more on words, because I recognize that photography isn't one of my or Angel's talents, but, recently, I feel like a lot of the little sights we see on a regular basis are so interesting, and I like to capture and remember them in mediocre photos.

 Making Powerpoints filled with faulty grammar--I will be assigning students to find what's wrong with the sentences and fix them. I'm focusing on using grammar points that my students find especially tricky.

 Dinner! The huge cabbage dish with garlic all over it was all for me, the wonton soup was for Angel.

 A cute message that my students wrote, decorating one of the blackboards in their classroom.

 These are the bus schedules/routes, conveniently located at every bus stop. Angel commented recently, "When I first saw these, I thought it was hopeless, and I'd never be able to figure out what bus to get on. Now, it doesn't seem so bad."

Granted, most of the time he's still relying on me to figure out which bus will take us where, and when to get off, but we're both growing to understand the public transportation system better.

 Very stylish man carrying a little dog in a bag. This is pretty normal. However, one day we saw a man waiting to cross the road with a giant live turtle tied by a rope to a stick. That was interesting

Da Mei Sha
 The colorful angels of DaMeiSha, one of the most famous beaches of ShenZhen (not that ShenZhen is famous for beaches or anything, but we wanted to experience a local beach).

 It's not a pyramid or a plate, it's a food pagoda! This just really made me smile.

 Dinner at our friends' home. All this food for only 4 adults and an infant! Actually, this isn't all, there was another vegetable dish, pork soup, rice, and apples and oranges, in addition to what's pictured here: tofu, "tree ear" mushrooms, grapes, shrimp, beef, fish, and chicken.

 Chillin' at the park with the rest of the neighborhood + an inchworm.

 I'm not sure I've ever heard a better description for Jenga than "The Tower for Sociality."
I mean, I'm pretty sure sociality isn't even a word, but you know exactly what they mean, don't you?


We like to hang out in pretty places, so we see couples getting wedding photos taken quite often, but this was my first time seeing an entire group, bridesmaids and groomsmen and all!

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What did you think? Is this the sort of post you'd like to see on The Random Writings, or should I stick to more words and cohesive topics?
Caravan Sonnet said...

Stopping over for the first time from the Peony Project Link up and I am so glad that I did! It was so fun to read about things that you see in China! I can't wait to come back and visit more with you in the future!
:) Rebecca
www.caravansonnet.com

Bethany Carson said...

The wedding party is beautiful, and it looks like there's a lot of good food! I thoroughly enjoyed this post and all the photos!

The Lady Okie said...

I like the pictures! Those bridesmaid dresses are pretty.

Miss Nutralicious said...

That bus schedule looks intense!

Interesting fact: In addition to China's Food Pagoda, France has Food Stairs, Germany has a 3D Pyramid, Hungary has a Food House, Japan has a Spinning Top and Canada has a Food Rainbow. Food is fun!

I like all of your pictures!

Krysten Quiles said...

Rachel you are living such a beautiful life. That wedding... my goodness. And your sweet students! And even that little inchworm!

Abby Barstow said...

My favorite thing in elementary school was finding errors in purposefully wrong sentences. And I still love editing papers! Ha I'm a nerd ;)

I love that the dog was just chilling in a bag like that, my parent's dog would just jump out every five seconds ha

Anonymous said...

Love the description 'Tower for Sociality'!! [I love these little glimpses in to life in China!]

Sarah Moore said...

I love this type of post! It's fun to see your surroundings! That bus schedule terrifies me, I don't think I'd ever get the hang of it!

Tayler Morrell said...

Your students' handwriting on the chalkboard is impeccable! I can't even write that well!

Lauren said...

I love seeing a slice of a person's life, so keep them coming!

Angi said...

This was such a fun post! You should do these more often. At least once a month or something. I enjoy experiencing where you guys live through interesting photos!

Tower for sociality...I think I'll just call it that from now on. I like it better.

Kristina said...

I liked it and the pictures were fine. :) Though I think the shrimp look gross...

Susannah said...

Thanks for letting us enter you lives a little more! These are fun pictures!

V. Nino said...

Mmm to that wonton soup. I love the communal tradition of Asian dining. My husband is Filipino-American and I love all the food (and varieties) I know I'm gonna get when we visit the in-laws.

The wedding looks so...American :)

Love the pics! Keep 'em coming!

Suzanne Carillo Style Files said...

This was very cool. Lots of random stuff but a nice glimpse into your life.

That tree ear sounds disgusting! LOL

biosus
Suzanne

Lily Grace said...

I like this post along with your other posts. You should continue to do what you do I like it all. Keep up the good work and good luck!

Lily
onedayatatimelily.blogspot.com

The Rachael Way said...

The wedding thing here is crazy! The brides are always so beautiful! I love your random posts :)

Saxon @ Lets Drink Coffee, Darling said...

Such fun pictures!! Those dinners looks sooo yummy, especially at your friend's house!

Kate @ Another Clean Slate said...

Angel's wonton soup made me hungry. And so impressed you can navigate that bus schedule!

Jennifer Prod said...

the DaMeiSha angels are beautiful! i vote for many more photographs <3

Britt said...

I love your "mediocre" photos!
Also the turtle story made me LOL!

Samantha @ Elah Tree said...

I liked all the photos! It was fun seeing everyday moments for you! Oh, and so much food! wow!

Ali Hval said...

Hey, I'm all for quick pics with captions, especially when they're so digestible like you did! I think it's the perfect amount and everything so stick with it if you enjoy making them, because I definitely enjoy little peeks with pictures like this. :)

Angela said...

I like this post a lot!! The food pagoda is so interesting! And I think I'd be hopeless with those bus schedules too.

Beka @ Sunshine to the Square Inch said...

I like the pictures! Super fun.

ha ha about all that food they brought out. That is typical Asia for you! AND a man with a turtle??? What is up with that? So strange.

Patty said...

That little dog in the shopping bag=so cute!! I love seeing couples do wedding photo's out and about...this summer we were playing Scrabble in the park and saw a couple get engaged!

AdriansCrazyLife said...

I kind of like these random bits of Chinese life. One thing I meant to ask you - another book I read by some Chinese teachers (The title is Pretty Woman Spitting or something like that) said that the students cheat outrageously. Apparently, in their culture there is more shame in failing a test than in cheating on it. Do you find that to be true?

Crystal said...

For some reason the angels on the beach remind me of Welcome to Night Vale!

Beth said...

Enjoying your blog and missing Asia.

Tina @ Girl-Meets-Globe said...

This was a fun post! Love seeing all that yummy food!! I can't imagine trying to figure out the bus times. Oiy!!

Erica said...

A man with a tortoise?! If only you'd got a picture of that :D I love seeing people on their wedding days getting photos taken, and I find it really hard not to stare!

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

Oh my goodness! So, it's been 10 1/2 years since I moved back to the States and I lived in a different city, but I very rarely ever saw someone wearing a white wedding dress! Things are changing! Usually it was the traditional red. And I don't think I remember there being bridesmaids/groomsmen at weddings either. It's crazy how westernized things are becoming. It makes me a little sad. But then I see that bus schedule and the man with a dog in a bag... and things seem a little more the same as they were before. :)