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Coronavirus Lockdown

Coronavirus Lockdown

Our blue skies during lockdown.

I should have actually written this during the lockdown, but was curious about what was waiting for us upon our return to Chengdu. My family and my friend who came with us for the Lunar New Year all got stuck in the village when the lockdown came into effect. For two weeks, no one was allowed to go anywhere including leaving the village.

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Hello Neighborhood Hospital

Hello Neighborhood Hospital

{Note: I wanted to add photos to this post, but I was super slow. So while reading keep that in mind.}

Last week, my husband went to our old hospital and got my pregnancy records so that we can move to the smaller women’s and children’s hospital in our neighborhood. Before switching to the smaller hospital, I had two important questions to ask to make sure the move would be okay.

Navigating Pregnancy Abroad

Navigating Pregnancy Abroad

{Note: this was written while I was still pregnant and never had a chance to post it.}

When I found out I was pregnant, I decided that I would give birth here in China for different reasons even though I knew that friends and family back home would want me to comeback and give birth there. They don’t trust the system, even if I had no money I could give birth for free at home.

Part of the lobvy of Sichuan Provincial hospital
Part of the lobby of Sichuan Provincial Hospital

A lot went into my decision, as I want to be self-sufficient and have a savings built before my child is born, which means I needed to work for as long as possible. Realistically, I could return home, but I would most likely lose my job and have to renavigate the job process to comeback to China, or I would have to work my ass off, save money and find a way to bring my husband to the USA. Both of which did not seem enjoyable to me at the ripe age of 33 . I’m an adult, I can provide for myself.

A New Semester, A New School

A New Semester, A New School

New Elementary School

Note: I started this post in September and finished it recently.


There is nothing like starting the school year and finding out that you won’t be teaching at the same school you have taught at for the last two years. In fact, I was quite sad about the news as I was told the school would no longer be working with Haida, my company, and they would have to find me a new school. While this means I will have a relaxing month of September, except for traveling to Leshan to teach at a kindergarten which luckily I only had to go once during the whole month.

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T. Lhamo Fashion Show

T. Lhamo Fashion Show

On October 20th, D and I decided to attend the T. Lhamo fashion show in Chengdu as one of our friends would be modeling in it. T. Lhamo is a Tibetan fashion designer who is originally from Khyungchu (Hongyuan) County. I actually forgot that I follow the brand on instagram, because I think helping Tibetan brands get more followers and exposure is important. So when I realized I already knew the brand I was excited to actually attend the fashion show in person.

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We Tied The Knot!

We Tied The Knot!

For a long time D and I have been planning on tying the knot. I think we have actually talked about it since last summer and originally planned on last autumn, but then it got pushed to winter, and then spring, and then well the other day it actually happened.

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Finding the U.S. Embassy

Finding the U.S. Embassy

It is always useful to know where the closest embassy or consulate general of your country is. Being a U.S. citizen I am lucky that we have an embassy in Beijing and several consulate generals in other cities across China. Luckily for me there happens to be one in Chengdu and it is fairly easy to get to.

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