Friday, May 18, 2012

The Weather is Warm and Again Bellies and Knees Are in Fashion.

The days are getting warmer and again the people of China show their fashion prowess in their daily ensembles.  On another blog I like to read, Life Behind the Wall, Jo Gan talks about women/girls who wear skirts and shorts so short you see their kitty when they bend over.
 Not to be outdone, Chinese men have their own unique fashion style of dealing with the heat.  I'm talking about the China wide practice of Chinese men rolling up their shirts and pant legs in an effort to beat the heat.  It makes no difference where you are in China, be it the Northeast province of Jilin, the cities of Beijing or Shanghai, wherever it gets hot Chinese men will without shame bare their bellies and knees for fashion and comfort.


Saturday, May 12, 2012

The pregnancy is progressing

Fourteen weeks and little things are beginning to change.  Ying is slightly more mercurial in her moods, but I continue to take it all in stride.She is also beginning to show a small baby bump.  Every now and then I listen at her tummy for a heartbeat, but it is still to faint to hear.

 It looks like I might be transferred to another city soon.  The latest information is that I will be transferred to Nantong.  Unlike Kunshan, where I am currently the only foreign or resident teacher, Nantong has two other foreign teachers, so I will have somebody to talk to.  I called one of the teachers and he and his wife said that the apartment provided was less than desirable, but since it is not that far from us, Ying and I are going to take a train to the city to see if what they say is true or if they are exaggerating. If they are right, we might consider using the allowance to rent another apartment in the area.

Right now all I can do is sit around and wait for the company to decide what I'm going to do and when we are going to make the move.  I just want to get back to work and hopefully repeat the successes I had in Kunshan.

Until then I'm enjoying a short vacation.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Ying is 12 weeks along.  We went for an ultrasound and the baby is @7cm in length. I wish I could post a picture of the scan, but alas that isn't possible right now.  If it wasn't real to me before, it certainly is now.  No idea about sex, but I'm still hoping for a girl.