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The China Memoirs #13

I forgot about this post and actually it has been sitting here in my draft folder for like 4 years now! Wowsers! Even the picture was still attached and uploaded. Well… I am glad for that because I had totally forgotten about this memory. I am glad to be reliving it now.

The lady that seems out of place, the redhead, is my wife, Jessie. We did this trip together during our first year of marriage. Literally a month after we got married (decided to do so 5 months before leaving for China), we left for this beautiful land. Glad we did. ūüôā

IMG_7357A picture in China is worth a 1000 Chinese words. ¬†That’s if I KNEW that many ūüôā

INSTEAD! ¬†Here are some really CUTE 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th Grade children at an English “Salong” or an English meeting to help the best students of each class learn a little more English from the foreign teachers. ¬†Usually these meetings are an opportunity for the English teachers from both China and America (or other natively English-speaking countries) to chat and learn more about one another. ¬†The Chinese are really wonderful people and everything you have “heard” about them is likely inaccurate. ¬†I am truly blessed by these people and I hope we have a chance to go back someday.


Sunny Suzhou

China Memoirs #12

My wife and I just went on a trip to Suzhou, China.  This city is considered the venice of China because of all the canals that line the historic district and beyond.  Below are some pictures I took on my panorama application on the iPhone 4.  I am going to imbed them as flat images and then link them to the website so that you can view them also as a panorama image.

Times Square, Suzhou



Blue and White Monstrosity (seriously LARGE…)



Ancient Wall



End of a random canal street

Suzhou.End of Canal Street


Isthmus, Suzhou Zoo



Jasmine Tree? (sure smelled like it!), Suzhou Zoo



The Wife (main event)



Scholars Hotel Garden (awesome hotel…)

Suzhou.Scholars Hotel


Humble Administrator’s Garden Part I



Humble Administrator’s Garden Part II



Humble Administrator’s Garden Part III



Humble Administrator’s Garden Part IV – Pagoda



I should have a few more posts before we come back from China.  We have about 6 1/2 weeks to go!  It has been fun, but our time is running out here.  See you soon family!

Dr. Derek


Wo ai cha!



China Memoirs #7

“Wo ai cha!” means, “I love tea!” literally in Mandarin Chinese spelled in pinyin. ¬†Green tea is a popular drink in the land of China, both mainland and the associated regions of Hong Kong and Macau. ¬†There are many varieties, 80% of which comes from the mainland of China itself.

Currently my wife, Jessie and I are imbibing a scrumptious and delectable drink called lucha (lew cha).  This the essential Chinese name for green tea on the mainland and specifically in Mandarin.  It also has Jasmine flower mixed in, to sweeten the bitter edge that can be associated with green teas.

My wife still loves her guihua (gway hwah) or osmanthus tea so much more, but when we decide to mix both the guihua and lucha together… well that is a party no one would forget ūüėČ

Well… today is a day of relaxation. ¬†With that I bid you adieu.