Chinese state church Sunday school Lord’s Prayer (video)

The cute last few seconds of the 7-year-old-and-under Sunday school class at the Chinese state church we attend on Sunday mornings (the very end is the best part!):

(It’s a YouTube video, so you’ll need a VPN in China.)

Learn the Lord’s Prayer and Apostles’ Creed in Chinese here.

How to make the most of your friendly neighbourhood Chinese seafood restaurant

Play with the food!

The smaller ones are called 八带bā dài); the one bigger one with the really long tentacles is a 马蛸mǎ shāo)。(If you’re in China, you’ll need your VPN to see the video.)
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When I was I kid, sharks, anglerfish, and octopuses were the coolest things in the ocean. This restaurant has everything but the sharks.
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This isn’t the only place we play with live octopuses, but it is the most convenient. This night we were able to see them change colour and squirt ink at us. Homeschool points +1000!

Free Chinese Sidewalk Calligraphy Lessons

Our daughter gets some pointers from a friendly security guard in Qingdao’s Licun Park (李村公园).
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The brushes are made with reused materials: plastic pipe, sponge/foam, plastic water bottle, and a couple small nails.

Pine mice (aka “squirrels”)

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Was passing through the market the other day (the pet section, not the food section, though that’s kind of a distinction without a difference) and saw these… chipmunks? Guy said they were squirrels (“pine mice” 松鼠).
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Happy Mid-Autumn Festival 2015 from Qingdao!

I’ve eaten lots of moon cakes 月饼 over the years, but this is the first time I tried to make one:
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It’s a :cicada. (Purple stuff is not supposed to be showing.) Each preschool class makes them every year.

Happy Mooncake Day!

The Littlest Sword Dancer, Licun Park, Qingdao, China

Last Saturday morning at Qingdao’s Licun Park 李村公园, there was a very little sword dancer:
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Sword dancing 舞剑 is similar to tàijíquán 太极拳, and usually practiced in groups in public by retirees.

Here’s a sword dancing photo gallery from our neighbourhood: Sunrise sword dancing & taiji