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The Philippines: Where Everything Went Wrong (But We Loved it Anyway)

Hey all! As you might be aware, China has just celebrated its Spring Festival, better known as Chinese New Year. Since Shenzhen is such a young city, most of its residents clear out in mid February as they travel back to their hometowns to celebrate with family. Another large group -- the foreign teachers --… Continue reading The Philippines: Where Everything Went Wrong (But We Loved it Anyway)

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Dongmen Market, Shenzhen: A Hectic and Sprawling Consumer’s Paradise

Hey all, Hope 2018 has been treating you well so far! For me, it's mostly consisted of counting down the days until our Winter term break, and daydreaming about sipping a fruity drink on the beach in the Philippines. That being said, we also wanted to make the most of our free time in Shenzhen… Continue reading Dongmen Market, Shenzhen: A Hectic and Sprawling Consumer’s Paradise

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December Recap: Christmas in China, a Vegan Yoga Picnic and Ringing in 2018 Shenzhen Style!

Hey all! So I am feeling a bit guilty about not having written this post yet, seeing as it's January 8th. Not that anyone else is keeping track, but it's mainly become a personal goal to write a monthly recap. The time is flying by so quickly that if I don't stop to reflect on… Continue reading December Recap: Christmas in China, a Vegan Yoga Picnic and Ringing in 2018 Shenzhen Style!

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PHOTOS // Christmas Eve in Hong Kong

Hi guys! I'm going to keep this post brief and photo-heavy because I'm planning to do a December wrap-up post very soon. Also, I've just discovered the wonders of shooting in RAW: for any non-photo-geeks, it's basically just a higher quality image that requires a bit more editing. I was amazed at how much better… Continue reading PHOTOS // Christmas Eve in Hong Kong

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November Recap: Top 4 Moments

I'm going to start by being completely honest: November was a little tough for me. No, there wasn't one particularly awful moment that made November a difficult month. I think it just happened to be around this time that the "Honeymoon Phase" of living in a foreign country began to fade, and the culture shock… Continue reading November Recap: Top 4 Moments

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Top 4 Adventures: October (Shenzhen and Hong Kong)

Just like that, another month in Shenzhen, China has come and gone. And what a month it's been! One thing I've learned about moving to a new place is that around the one-month mark, things start to level out a bit. The stress of getting settled begins to subside, and you begin to feel less… Continue reading Top 4 Adventures: October (Shenzhen and Hong Kong)

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Being a Vegan in China – A Survival Guide by Cody Hoffman

Hey guys, I wrote a little guide (originally published by my teaching agency) to eating vegan — as best as possible anyway — here in China! Read on for tips, mishaps, and some delicious street eats!

I am sitting at the table, at a fairly nondescript Chinese restaurant in Shenzhen’s Fumin district. Around me, my friends and boyfriend are beginning to dig into their meals happily, but I hesitate. I flag down the waitress. “Excuse me,” I say, or rather, I speak into Google Translate. “I asked for no meat. I am vegetarian. What is this?” I point to the offending chunks of Spam-like mystery meat that have been liberally sprinkled around my tofu dish. The waitress seems confused. I pass my phone across to her and await her translated response. “It’s pork sausage,” her message reads. “You asked for no meat. I thought this was okay.” At this moment, I start to question whether I have in fact moved to China, or if I somehow made a wrong turn and ended up on an entirely different planet, where pigs grow on trees, and nothing makes…

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