Welcome! My name is Tiara Ray. Some call me "Crazy," others say I'm "Humorous." I'm just Me.

Everyone is given the same 24 hours in one day, but no one's 24 hours are identical. Mine are spent in a beautiful city on the other side of the world.

Life is what you make it. In 2015 I decided to treat every new day as an adventure, an opportunity to create beautiful memories. I moved to Xiamen, a beautiful city in China's southern Fujian Province. Learning new things are like air for me: if I'm not learning something new, I feel like I'm suffocating. I would love to hear from you, so don't be shy.

Always smile and remember to not sweat the small stuff... because it's all small stuff. Xx!
farewell

It’s about that time again, that time where we need to bid our friends farewell. 2017 has been a good year for me in many ways, but it has also been one of the hardest ones I’ve had in a while. The year isn’t over yet, so there’s plenty of time to change what I don’t like about some things in my life. After a vacation of a month and a half, my roommate returned to Xiamen for a couple of days. It wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t have […]

My Life in China

This is the Chinese version of a post I wrote last year. I had the good fortune to see Ronaldinho in real life. In case you can’t read Chinese (LOL) and would like to read about this experience, click here for part one, and here for part two. Though the post is almost two years old, I wanted to write about it, because my Chinese has improved tremendously. I can express myself better now (as you can see, LOL) 我不喜欢足球或者篮球。我认为它们是世界上最笨蛋的运动之一,尤其是足球。二十多人追一个球九十分钟左右,结果还是零比零。我承认,足球运动员的体形很迷人,所以大概五分钟看看一场比赛不觉得浪费时间, 哈哈。看看帅哥让我开心啊! 零比零!怎么笨蛋的运动之一! 虽然我不喜欢足球,但是我认识很多足球运动员的名字。是实在的,每个球类运动,我都不喜欢。乒乓球和台球是例外。来中国以后,我在华文认识了以为巴西留学生。我很喜欢跟他聊天儿,因为安哥拉和巴西的葡萄牙语有时候有些区别的。安哥拉学生的发音有时候怪怪的。我学会了巴西的葡萄牙语, 我是模仿巴西的发音。 我们认识的时候,他已经在中国四年了, 快要毕业了。有一天,刚刚起床时,我看到我微信朋友圈了。麦克,我巴西朋友的照片和短片很了不起了!麦克居然跟一位巴西传奇人在一起的!是谁?罗纳尔迪呢或称小罗。天啊!我挡下打电话给麦克了。 凤凰:“麦克,真的不是梦!” 麦克:”不是!我现在在跟他一起,看着他吃饭!“ 凤凰:SHUT THE […]

My Life in China - Chinese Version
中文

It’s has been quite some time since I’ve put up anything in Chinese. I had my computer reinstalled and they deleted all of my files. All of my essays in Chinese were save in a special folder. Well, thankful I have a good memory and am a good writer. *smiley face*. 我刚来中国时,我很喜欢跟中国人谈谈话,尤其是在出租车上。有一天,一位司机问我: 司机:“你是哪里人?” 凤凰:“我是苏里南人。” 司机:“是在非洲吗?” 凤凰: “不是,我不是非洲的,我来自南美洲。” 司机转头地沉默看看我,然后他从视镜又看了我一眼,好像我是世界七奇观之一。真的很可笑。 司机:“你真的不是非洲的吗?为什么你的肤色黑色?” 我真的不知道怎么回答,是很漠然了。 我闹了个很多笑话。有一天,还是在出租车上,我想要练习我的口语。 司机:“你从哪里来?” 凤凰: “从南美洲。” 司机:“哪个国家?” 凤凰:“苏里南。” 司机: “什么南?” 凤凰: “就是在巴西的北边儿。” 司机: “啊, 你是巴西人。” 凤凰: “不是,我是苏里南人,不是巴西的,苏里南是它的另据。” 司机: “对,你是在巴西北部出生的。” 我放弃了,不想纠正他了。司机高兴地又说上:“你来中国读书吗?” 那时我觉得这个问题很奇怪的。我一面笑一面回答:“我来中国不是为了看书,我来这儿是为了学习。我也可以在苏里南看书啊,我有很多书!我们也有图书馆!” 我说完之后,司机默然了。 我还有很多我想给你们讲,但是我很累了。睡觉!  

My Life in China - Chinese Version
goodbye

Image Source Saying goodbye to people is never easy, but it gets easier every time we do it. The connection I had with most of the people in my class last year, made saying goodbye almost unbearable. This year it’s quite different. Don’t know why, but while I’m in this “saying goodbye” mood, I’m listening to some of my favorite songs. My roommate came back this afternoon. She went to America with her grandmother. Everyone who still has their grandparents, you are extremely lucky, people. Cherish them. It’s been two […]

My Life in China
dinner

Chinese Food and I have not had the best relationship. Our rocky relationship started when I couldn’t pronounce one of the names correctly. Though Chinese language is interesting, it’s also quite a headche with those four tones. I ended up eating the same thing day after day, just because they couldn’t understand what I was saying. Want to know more? You can read about it here. My students invited me to dinner. They wanted me to try something new, it’s called 麻辣香锅. Though Chinese Food and I have had a […]

My Life in China
so long

So long, my dear friend! First the Bella left, now another friend has gone back home. In other news, I’ve also been planning some stuff for September when I come back from vacation. It’s been really hectic. I haven’t had much time to actually sit down to write something. Bad, I know, especially since I’m in the beginning stages of the blogging game. The Bella left in May, now Mauris is gone, too. Mauris was one of my colleagues at the new place I’m teaching English. We met in January […]

My Life in China
Google Chromebook

When I first came to China, I decided to buy a Google Chromebook. For me it was important the computer be fast, to be able to run on batteries for more than eight hours, and to be light. Some of the laptops are so freaking heavy! It was only after I came to China, that I realized how troublesome it really is to use a Chromebook in China. The first three to four months, it was great! Then, all of a sudden, I couldn’t sign on to the Wi-Fi network. […]

My Life in China
singing class

Singing class, singing class! Here we go again! Teaching English in China has been a challenge. I enjoy a good challenge, tho. One of the things that really annoyed me in the beginning, is that sometimes, there are A1 level students together with B1 students. All of them in one class. A1 means they are absolute beginners, there’s level A1 and A2. Then there’s level B, which is kind of like Intermediate. Like the A level, there’s B1 and B2, as well. I think the gap is too big. The […]

My Life in China
singing class

Before moving here, I had heard of “culture shock” before, of course, who hasn’t? But I never really knew just how much of an affect those shocks would have on me after my arrival. This is my first time travelling so far away from home, all the way to the other side of the world. I knew it would be a totally different culture with its own customs, but some things I think are just unacceptable and very nasty. Like what? There are many things that were quite a culture […]

My Life in China
fried rice

Fried rice in Chinese is 炒饭. Yeah, I couldn’t say this two years ago. Thai students always know how to find the good restaurants. The restaurants are filthy, but the food is SO GOOD! I guess (when it comes to certain things, wink wink) the dirtier, the better! The first time I came to this restaurant, I didn’t want to touch anything. I was sure I’d need a tetanus shot afterwards. But, two of my ex-classmates invited me to have lunch with them… I didn’t want to insult them by […]

My Life in China