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second birthday

My second birthday away from home was a lot of fun. Last year I didn’t feel homesick, but this year was different. I missed my parents, my sister, my niece, all of my cousins. It was the first time I felt REALLY alone! I am loner, I like being by myself, I am never bored in my own company. But I really wanted someone here who KNOWS me. Someone who knows my crazy side, my dorky side, my vulnerable side… I still miss my family and friends very much, this […]

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Jimei life

My friends and my roommate seeing me off, helping me say goodbye to my Jimei life. I still miss my classmates dearly! I haven’t had much time to sit down and blog about my first year in Jimei. My Jimei life is and was amazing. Allow me to take you back to my last day here. I woke up, went for a walk in my favorite neighborhood. This place is my home away from home. Life in Jimei has been great to me. I met many great friends, learned Chinese, […]

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Government Class

One of the MCs of the night! I didn’t want to do, I was forced to. The Overseas Government Class Graduation was on July 4, 2016. My classmate and friend, Ae Kung, told me I had to be one of the MCs, there was no way out. ME? OY VEY! Since I’m the only Surinamese Government employee here, I had to represent my country. I told them to give me very few lines, and thank God they listened to me. I wasn’t thrilled about it at all, but there was […]

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teaching english in china

Before I moved to China, I spoke to a friend of mine who’d lived and studied here for over nine years. She lived in the north, very far from here. Her life here was a little difficult at first, for she missed her family a lot. But, she was also blessed to find great friends. Through her, I got to know many foreign students teaching English in China as a part-time job. Since my arrival, it has been clear to me, that the paler the skin, the prettier you are […]

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Chinese drinking game

It was a Saturday night, I was at my favorite coffee shop. A friend of mine, Hai Bin (海滨) invited me out for drinks. He and his girlfriend just broke up, so he was a bit down. Besides, his sister was in town, and he wanted us to meet.   I don’t know why I sometimes look like something a cat coughed up, but I do. It’s not always true that a picture speaks a thousand words, I’m cute, LOL! He has become a good friend, we often have lunch […]

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Looking back at my first year in China, is amazing. I have learned so much, grown so much, and also met a lot of amazing people. Some will be my friends for life! Before I continue, I need to apologize for the quality of the pictures. They were taken with great camera’s, but somehow, they look pretty crappy here. One thing these ladies love, is taking a good picture. All of them ready to pose for the camera. I guess it’s an Asian thing, because Chinese take selfies all day, […]

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birthday girl

Birthday Girl, that is ME! Happy 32 birthday to me! I thankful to be a year older, definitely wiser, and much happier than ever before. Extremely grateful to God Almighty for guiding me through hard times, taking toxic people off my path, and keeping me out of harm’s way. My life wouldn’t be so full of love and amazing family and friends, if it weren’t for God, Our Father. How did the Birthday Girl spend her first birthday abroad? Keep reading! Last year was my first year abroad, my first […]

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PMS binge eating

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) refers to physical and emotional symptoms that occur in the one to two weeks before a woman’s period. Symptoms often vary between women and resolve around the start of bleeding. Common symptoms include acne, tender breasts, bloating, feeling tired, irritability, and mood changes. Often symptoms are present for around six days. – Source: Wikipedia PMS is very real, people. Mine is different every single month. Some months I smell like wet dog, then I have to change deodorant. I always buy two types of deodorant, just in […]

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Guangzhou cuisine

Guangzhou cuisine! Time for some food! I have the afternoon off every Friday, so my friends and I decided to go to a restaurant. The good thing about China, is the opportunity to try different types of food. The bad thing, is the lack in good quality food. I have written about my trouble adjusting to the food here, that’s no secret. But, since a couple of weeks, I have come to love street food a lot! My roommate loves food, so she suggested we try this new restaurant. I […]

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grocery shopping

Grocery shopping in China is very interesting, especially if you’re a Black woman with braids. I have been in China for over a year. My first year here, I spent a lot of money on eating in Western restaurants. My tummy had a lot of trouble adjusting to the lack of food safety in China. I am used to it now (somewhat), and don’t have many problems anymore. Last year, we prepared our own food. I sometimes cooked, not always. Grocery shopping was interesting, for I didn’t (and still don’t) […]

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