ICS July Newsletter and the Kids…

The kids at their end of school year Concert: All the classes sang a song and did a choreographed dance, and Xavier also sang a solo as a finalist in the 'Kindergarten's Singing Idol' competition!
The kids at their end of school year Concert: All the classes sang a song and did a choreographed dance! Xavier also sang a solo as a finalist in the ‘Kindergarten’s Singing Idol’ competition! He sang the song, “What does the Fox say?”

Another short and sweet post, to share the latest ICS newsletter…where I actually introduce you to one of my new friends here, Sabine. A warm, open and generous woman who has amazing strawberry-blonde coloured hair (yes, I have hair envy!!!), who is from Germany, and also on her first Expat experience here in Shenyang. She also conveniently lives in our apartment compound! So I hope you enjoy reading the interview I did with her!

In other news, the kids had their end of year concert last week. I won’t say too much about it today, except to say that I am so proud of my kids to have the courage to get up on stage in front of about 100 Chinese families to sing songs and dance. The kindergarten took photos and video footage, and hopefully this becomes available to us in a couple of weeks. Once we have received this, I share this with all of you, along with other photos of their time at school.

I will also share this photo, where I took the kids to the movies for the first time in China! Both of them loved ‘Finding Dory’… Xavier loved Hank the best! Addy liked everyone!

Enjoying "Finding Dory" movie...the first movie Addyson sat down for, for the entire time! She is free in China...but has to sit on someone's lap. Xavier declined, so she sat on my lap!
Enjoying “Finding Dory” movie…the first movie Addyson sat down for, for the entire time! She is free in China…but has to sit on someone’s lap. Xavier declined, so she sat on my lap!

Okay… well I have to go do some study and other ICS business (designing the club’s new logo!)…so I will say ‘Ciao’ for now…

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Expat Coffee Group and ICS June Newsletter

The front entrance of Caffe Bene
The front entrance of Caffe Bene

A short but sweet post, to let you all know that most Wednesday mornings (from 10:00am) you will find me at Caffe Bene, where a group of Expats regularly meet for company; and to share advice and ideas for living in Shenyang. Everyone is welcome to attend… no special password or handshakes required!

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Dancing on Rocks, Smoked Meat Sandwiches, One Giant Pancake and One Giant Cocktail … A Typical Long Weekend in Shanghai!

One of the iconic structures of Shanghai... this was our view on route to the Shanghai Aquarium.
One of the iconic structures of Shanghai… this was our view on-route to the Shanghai Aquarium. Addy was not striking a pose for this photo and Xavier and I just didn’t know we were in the shot!

Last Thursday, we took full advantage of a Public Holiday (Dragon Boat Holiday, 9th of June) by flying to Shanghai for the first time as a family for a long weekend of exploration. (Steve has previously travelled to Shanghai many times for work). 

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International Club of Shenyang – Come Join Us and Connect with other Expats!

 

New friendships have been formed since joining the International Club of Shenyang! This photo was taken on a recent event - a historical walk around Shenyang. You can read more about it in the May newsletter below.
New friendships have been formed since joining the International Club of Shenyang! This photo was taken on a recent event – a historical walk around Shenyang. You can read more about this event in the May newsletter below.

We are now quickly closing in on our ‘one year anniversary’ of living in Shenyang, China and what an experience it has been to date! As a first time expat, it has been quite the ‘ride’ with both ups and downs, and moments of apathy in between. I won’t get into these details right now, but I will share information about the International Club of Shenyang, a club I recently joined, which has subsequently enabled me feel ‘more like I am part of’ the Shenyang community!

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Dandong…the city where China and North Korea meet

The view from Tiger Mountain wall...to the left of the river is China and to the right is North Korea.
The view from Tiger Mountain wall...to the left of the river is China and to the right is North Korea.

At the end of March my Dad came to visit us in Shenyang to see what our life is like in China (in other words he was on a parental reconnaissance mission, checking to make sure his kid was doing okay! Yes, I don't stop being their kid, despite nearing forty years of age!)

Well, Dad could see with his own eyes that Steve, the kids and I were negotiating life in China with enthusiasm and innovation (aka communicating through mime with a sprinkling of basic Chinese phrases!). We showed him around Shenyang and also took him on a trip to Dandong…the city where China and North Korea meet.

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