Christmas in China
Went to a new mall yesterday and to my surprise the mall is decorated with so many Christmas trees like these….such a show ..I do wonder if they really know the true meaning of Christmas and if they do will they still give the same welcome for this holiday.
I’ts been a long time….I hope all is well with everybody. This is taken this summer , a new bridge in the city where I work. A friend and I spent one afternoon biking in the square and night time comes the place lit up and we a saw this beautiful spectacle. China is extravagant with its night lights , the city comes alive at night with colorful lights over buildings, trees and almost everywhere.
Kua Hai Bridge
Spent two months at home for the winter break. It was a refreshing respite to enjoy the sea, the sun and the sand of my hometown again. I am so blessed with my little island hometown that combines modern living and country living in a day. I come from a small city island that is famous both for its bustling city life and at the same time for its beautiful serene beaches where you can unwind from a busy day.
We just had our first snow of the year last week On my way to work , camera on hand took a few snow shots . Then out of nowhere caught two dogs playing and chasing each other, it was so fun to watch , it completely brighten up my cold chilly day!
I got the chance to visit a lavender farm last week in a nearby town from where I work.. But sad to say the lavenders are not in bloom or already had wilted. instead the farm has all other sorts of pinkish lavender verbanas and some other purple colored flowers but not even one lavender is in bloom . All i got to accomplish is smell lavender leaves which are also very fragrant. Hopefully I have a better luck next year!
This summer I had no chance to travel thus I’m stuck staying at home for the most of it. I have always love watercolor paintings. But they said it’s the hardest medium to control but I still tried my hand on it anyway . Along the way I find the need to sketch which to my surprise I also find quite fun. So the rest of my summer came and gone with amateur sketches and watercolors… Indeed watercolors are hard , I cannot seemed to get good ones on my sky and waters but it’s load s of fun and not giving up either.
There is one thing I have learned and come to like in my life here in China and it is the art of walking . Chinese people walk a lot. They walk the streets to shop, to sight see , almost to do everything and to go everywhere, the women walk and even climb the hills on high heels . What a feat! For sure they are the experts if walking is an art . I enjoyed walking along with them. My daily walk is made more enjoyable by the scenery along the way (like the one above) . I walk this path by the lake every day to work. But when the temperature soars up to the 30’s or goes down to the zeroes, walking the 20 minute walk becomes a daunting challenge. But still I admire the people young and old alike who made walking such fun and easy exercise!
Finally it’s here. It’s been a long, long wait. In this part of China winter last longer than it should. I took my first spring shots yesterday, saw a lot of birds swinging on willow trees but did not have my cam with me then when I went back I only found this lovely fellow by itself. Like all the birds out there I await spring with great anticipation, winter is not really my season. ..only spring can bring an extra sprite to my step, I long to see my favorite blooms come to life and kicking to hike the hills dotted with flowers…although I love autumn as much , spring is not far behind my list of favorite here in China.