4.17.2014

Randoms.

Just a few homies seeing Captain America.
A bunch of random pictures that is. The above is a picture at our favorite, Sea Horse Sushi. It's amazingly good. Their Udon Noodle Hot Pot puts me in instant bliss.
Sometimes we take friends to have sushi with us, too. :)
Deliciousness. 
Elevator kisses. I know. I know. Gag me. Right? 
A watermelon margarita, yum and yummer.
A mango daiquiri. I'm feeling very Thailand with these drinks.
Fire works, fire works!
Oh my goodness. Did she really put ANOTHER kissing picture in this post?! I did friends. I did. I know, I'm ridiculous. But we never have those. I try. I really try. But they always turn out weird and awkward. Still awkward? Shucks! Who takes pictures while kissing?!
So, a few weeks ago my students and I found some ginormous and beautiful strawberries at the fruit stand outside of our house. We promptly bought them and were inspired to make some chocolate covered strawberries which led to the above. The chocolatation of Zachary's face. The girls were very pleased with their work.
We rolled those babies in sprinkles, heath bar pieces and mint pieces. They are delish.
Demolished. 
Roomie enjoying a strawberry.
Last but certainly not least, actually the best, Chara in my school vest.
Presh to the iss. 
The girls' got hips. She get's it from her momma. 
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4.15.2014

The Lady Sun Coffee

Coffee & Tea Street is a famous street in Qingdao that is lined with, take a guess....guessing? That's right, coffee shops! Coffee shops and Italian restaurants fill this street, which I must say, makes it quite a nice street to hang out on. Delish! At any time you can order an authentic style Italian pizza, baked in a stone oven, by an Italian or an amazing coffee. There are so many coffee shops to choose from, so I thought I'd help the locals & future Qingdao visitors out, by reviewing a few.  
Qingdao Coffee Street Reviews: Today we have The Lady Sun Coffee! 
Not a bad deal! 
The inside is super cozy and inviting. 
 The Lady Sun coffee shop and with every drink we ordered, to Korean style, they brought us out "service." We had forgotten how much we enjoyed & appreciated that in Korea. They brought us the most delicious little treats that paired so well with our cappuccinos and later our caramel macchiatos. Service in Korea comes in all forms depending on where you are. If you are at a Skin Care store you will get "service" of BB cream packets, face masks, etc. If you are at a restaurant, you will receive some side dish or drink as service. At coffee shops, it's usually little snacks. Love it.
 Their caramel macchioto was one of the best ones we've ever had.
 We did The Lady Sun Coffee right. That's what she said. What I mean is, we enjoyed every minute of our time there relaxing and doing what we love to do; reading, journaling, blogging, talking and drinking coffee.
 The top floor is lined with windows, making their window couches the perfect place to people watch. I prefer to read and journal over people watching, though.
 I loved all the little details in the shop, from the chandeliers to the cute decorations.
 Please excuse me while I swoon over these red antlers. Antlers as a lamp, love it. Every where you go in this little coffee shop, there is great lighting, comfy chairs and a cozy ambience.

Do you live in Qingdao? Have you been to Lady Sun Coffee? What did you think?

The Deets
Located on Min Jiang Er Lu (Coffee & Tea Street) 
Directly past Cafe Bene but before Vito's & Joy's Bar
Average drink price 30 yuan
They also serve sandwiches, breakfast, desserts and wine. 
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4.14.2014

Only in China

Only in China will you find people sleeping on curbs, in the middle of side walks and on metal wires.
Only in China... 
Will you see incredibly old people doing manual labor for new buildings, construction projects and landscaping.
Will you learn the signs of a man that's about to go pee. You see that back turn, the taxi pull over, the creepy walk to the corner, or the walk towards the tree, and you just know, look away, he's gonna pee, AND then he's going to turn around while simultaneously stuffing it back in, (they don't unzip, they just pull out), and if you're super unlucky and don't catch all the signs before hand, you're gonna get a good view of his thing-a-majing. 
will you get free corn juice when you buy a bottle of orange juice. 
Only in China will you constantly hear the hawking sound of gurgling down deep to get all the loogies up to spit out anywhere at any time. Even the ladies do this. It's sexy.
Will you put your hand in a giant blob of earwax on the bus.
Will you have an old man randomly start rubbing oil on your back on a crowded bus.
Will you be on all forms of social media from strangers snapping pictures of you.
Will your students say they saw you on the internet singing and playing guitar, because someone you don't know nor do your students know,  recorded you a week ago while you sang "We love Jesus" on the guitar at an Easter party. 
Will you so easily go viral on the local internet. 
Will cars park on the sidewalk.
Will cars drive any direction, in any lane, on any street. 
Will your students try to jump out the window or stab their class mate with a knife and be allowed back at school the next day. 
Will you see your Chinese friends get uber excited about their mail containing a bag of duck tongues. 
Will you see babies to 9 year olds pooping and peeing in public. 
Will you see faded Santa Claus heads decorating stores and restaurants in the middle of July. 
Will you be able to drink 3 Dick wine made out of 3 different animal penises. 
Will you get glared at while pregnant for eating ice cream.
Will you not be able to see out your window because of smog.
Will you be able to buy the counterfeit of any brand you could ever think of. 
Will you be treated to dinner by so many amazing and generous people. 
Will you be gifted with teas upon Chinese teas. 
Only in China will you see a  motorcycle loaded 10 feet wide by 10 feet high. 
Will you be able to buy underpants for fat men.
Will beaches be this crowded
Will you be able to shop in what appears to be a hazardous waste zone.
Will you be haunted if you peel an apple in one piece in front of the mirror at midnight.
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