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This is my 8th winter in China…..and every winter I tell myself that I will be ready… I order many pairs of socks, and leggings with fur inside.  I get more sweaters and clean all my winter blankets to get them ready.  Every year I tell myself…. I will not be cold and I will handle this like a champ.

This pre-winter was no exception.  I got everything ready to prepare for the China Winter season.   As with every winter thus far … I am again freezing my ass off.04snow-span-600

I don’t know what it is…. I just can never get warm in this freaking place.   I have floor heaters, scarves, gloves and hats… I layer my clothes and even break down and drink hot water… but I can never get warm enough.  It doesn’t help that everywhere I go.. every Chinese person opens a window… to let in “fresh air” …. which is ironic since Chinese has some of the highest pollution levels in the world.   I even have to remind everyday to shut the freaking windows….

At school is worse…. I am lucky enough to have heat in the classrooms and office.. however that heat has to be shared with students and co-workers… and it seems that they don’t feel the cold like I do.  However, when I walk through the hallways of our extremely large (someone is over compensating) school building .. its like I am walking through a winter wonderland.  Its freezing… all the doors and windows are open and its a damp cold… so the floors are all slippery with moisture…. so not only am I cold… i need to balance so I don’t fall all over the place.Humble-Administrator-s-Garden-in-winter

Its just too damn cold …. now if you look at the temperature.. its only about 25 degrees…. so they say that isn’t very cold why are you complaining…. but i have to remind people that the walls are cement, the floors are cement and there is no insulation whatsoever in anything, so we work and live in CAVES… like animals.    What is wrong with these people?

Of course I choose the seat by the sliding glass door off the balcony in our office .. because I wanted the view and the sunshine in the spring and summer months… however, come winter and fall…. the little Chinese people will come and open .. said door and tell me … they need fresh air…. I say… I don’t need the flu… shut the damn door.  They just giggle and walk away…. but the door is still open….!!!!

So you see me .. in the office at school… wearing … hat, scarf, gloves (typing with gloves is not easy) and a big coat on.  I look like I am about to travel to Alaska…. but actually I am only going to class to educate the future leaders of china. images

So my advice people…. if you are every coming to china… in the months of November to March….. which is the peak winter months….. my best suggestion would be…. wait until spring…..

 

until next time…..

I have been working my ass off…. there are so many things going on in my life…. I will probably be posting a lot of post in the next week to catch every one up to date.

I want to first say that Jet and I are still going strong… we get closer and closer every day.IMG_8744

I have started my hair/clothing social media business.  Yep.. I sell hair and Women’s clothes. Its going pretty well. I still teach and have the app company and the bar… I have Jet help me with the hair business .. he handles my packing shipping and helps me deal with the factories.  Its our own little business.  I will have a website up soon so you guys can check it out.

My app company is getting bigger and bigger.  I have added a Free Talk class to it.  It is now the largest global multi language app out there.   It is so exciting.  By the way I am looking for people who want to earn some money just talking to Chinese people thru an app in your free time.   Any language welcome.   contact my HR department (hr@freebao.com) if you are interested in joining up.  It’s just talking to people through my app and making a few dollars while you do it.  Chinese people just want to practice their English with a native speaker…. or Spanish, French, Germany, Russian, Japanese, Korean … whatever.   Not only for Chinese people… for anyone that wants to practice their language skills or learn some new language from a native speaker of that language.  I am very excited about this app… go Check it out Freebao.  IMG_7457

The bar is also doing well.  It now has a new kitchen… yep big time western food.   I don’t spend as much time there as I used to but I am still one of the shareholders of an awesome bar.

I keep getting more and more opportunities presented to me and I feel I should consider every offer seriously.   I never thought my professional life would end up being so fulfilling. You never know what life is going to bring you, I guess.

My family  back home are doing well, kids are living their lives and doing their best to be successful in their dreams.   Grand-kids are growing up fast.  I have to say… maybe moving to China was the best choice for me.

 

until next time….

 

 

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