Sunday, December 26, 2004

Happy holidays from China!

Friday, December 24, 2004

Well, I know this isn't the greatest of pictures, but it does have a Chinese Santa Claus in it, so I thought it was at least in the right spirit. Last night our department treated us to a lovely dinner at what is probably the nicest hotel in town (a room there per night costs half my monthly salary, and I get paid a lot by Chinese standards). It came complete with Santa, whose English actually wasn't that bad. Anyway, happy holidays to you all!

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Alright, this might be a touch dark, but here's another pic from my party--my friend Aaliyah and I dancing a Sevillana (a type of Flamenco) as a performance. It worked out okay, but our styles were a little different, so I think it looked a touch funny. That and I still can't hear the damn Sevillana rhythm!

Sunday, December 19, 2004

This pic is also from the party. It's me losing in musical chairs in the very last round. Actually it was better that way, it's never fun when the teacher wins. At least I got to be competative though. As for yesterday's post, sorry for the typos. I posted it at like four in the morning, so I wasn't exactly all pulled together. I'm actually a little surprised it had so few :o). Hope all is well!

Okay, so I'm terribly behind with photos, but it has been becuase I have accidently left my camera at home during several good photo ops. This one, however, is one of my sophomore-level classes during a party that we had at the cafeteria of my foreigners's compound this evening. All in all, it was a good party, though I think I prefered the one I had with my freshman earlier this week--they went through two cases of beer and were fairly uninhibited, my sophomores went through only four bottles, one of which was given to a foreigner if I recall, and took some incouragement. But yay for fun times!

Sunday, December 12, 2004

He He. Well, it's Christmas time here in Kunming too, but sometimes the decorations just scare me, like this one. Hello, what is Santa up to? He looks like he's scared and screaming or something. That's one way to freak out little children though I guess.

Saturday, December 11, 2004

Much to my shock, surprise, and horror, I just realized that I have forgotten to post pictures for the last couple of days! Aaaah. My apologies for my forgetfulness, but I never promised that I would actually be able to keep up that pic a day. Anyway, this one is me hiding under a phoenix (in case it wasn't obvious). I was really having much to much fun that day with the pics...

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

This is a pic of one of my favorite things to do at temples: drop money in fountains. But you see, in China they make it more interesting than the US, they usually put a bowl or something inside the fountain (actually it's usually a ceramic frog or a fish or something with an open mouth), and your wish will only come true if you get it inside. I'm actually rather skilled at it (who'd a thunk!), so since this bowl was so big I made it more interesting by dropping the coin from a story up. I still made it in 2 out of 3 times if I recall correctly. Cool, ay?

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

This is actually a picture from a while ago, but since we did just go out karaokeing the other night, I thought it'd be appropriate to post now. Oh karaoke. I'm such a bad singer, but I absolutely love the stuff!

Monday, December 06, 2004

You know, sometimes you just need corn. Luckily, in China there are people boiling and grilling it all over the place so it's a good snack...although it could use at least some flavouring! I stopped half way through with this corn just because it was soooo bland.

Sunday, December 05, 2004

Fly away! I love these brooms, and they have them all over China. Maybe this is where all the witches actually live anymore...

Saturday, December 04, 2004

'Cause every once in a while, it's just important to tango!

This is a picture of the official first tastetest of Chesa's (the one on the left) creation of a kimchee and peanut butter sandwich. I have to admit that it was good stuff, really! Like it's something that I could eat for lunch. I guess I wouldn't recommend it for the faint of heart, but add some taro chips and I think we've got a best seller!

Thursday, December 02, 2004

And who ever said I didn't live on the wild side? :o)


Now that it’s up and running, I wanted to let everybody know that I’ve decided to split my blog in two: from now on we have Fun Fotos for wHeNeVeR that will be taking the place of Fun Facts for wHeNeVeR at and Fun Facts for wHeNeVeR which has moved to my new server, Fun Fotos for wHeNeVeR will be getting the new daily photo posts, whereas Fun Facts for wHeNeVeR will be keeping the good old diatribes about nothing. You yourself can choose what interests you, and go from there! The main reason for the split is that I was tired of not being able to see my blog here in China (those silly censors…), so moving (blog)spots (sorry for the bad pun) seemed as though the easiest way to get around that. Of course, after the move I realized that the photos would work on the new server, blah, blah. But actually, I think it makes sense to split the two blogs up, as they really are quite different. Anyway, I hope you enjoy, and can find room for both in your favorites menu!! :o)

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Okay, I'm thinking this will be the last of the Stone Forest pictures (but you never know). Here we are feeding the fish. Well, here they are feeding the fish. Personally I had a traumatic episode feeding fish when I was little and find the sight of swarms of fish ready to attack a bit unnerving...