Saturday, August 27, 2011

More cooking in the kitchen

First, instead of going to Hefei after two weeks orientation in Nanjing, I had the chance to go immediately to Kunshan and start teaching now.  We have been here for a couple of weeks and Ying likes it.  There are trees all over the area, canals criss cross the city, but most of all we have a huge three bedroom apartment all to ourselves. But more on that later.  Since we have been here Ying has made all the usual American foods I like, but tonight she decided to try Mexican and make beef fajitas.  I'll post the pictures and let you decide if they pass muster.
Beef w/ green pepper and onion, salsa and tortillas (all home made)

The final product (for the record, this ain't your Taco Bell kind  fajita--- It tasted wonderful, especially when accompanied with  beer)

Saturday, August 6, 2011

I was cast in a CCTV movie

Soon after we returned from our trip to Hong Kong, a friend of Ying's called and told her that the Chinese TV network, CCTV, was filming a TV movie called "My Home, Chang Bai Mountain" and they needed some foreign faces in a few scenes.
 The friend who got me the role and Ying

When we got to the filming I was told that I was cast in a speaking role as a "Mr. Johnson" who was in China to look for some acts to book in the US.  In an attempt to save time, unknown to me, they taped my rehearsal with the translator and they liked it so much they decided to use that instead of actually having doing it on camera.  They said they would just dub it over some action shots I did in a night club with the male lead, Bai Wei.  The last shots were actually at Chang Bai Mountain, which is similar to Crater Lake in Oregon.

The guy in the white shirt was the producer, Gao Ning and the other is the director (sorry, don't know his name).
This is a picture of Ying and me with the lead actors. The man is Bai Wei and the lady is Sun Qian.

This is the actress playing our "English speaking tour guide," but because she was having some trouble expressing herself, they asked Ying if she could do a scene and describe the waterfall flowing out of the Chang Bai Mountain lake.


These are some Russians who appeared with us...

I'm not sure as to when it will be broadcast, but I'm looking forward to seeing it when it does.