China Once, China Twice

What I had never planned to do

The Scrap-Book For China, Chapter 7, Wedding Ceremony Begins January 26, 2012

It does begin with the dragon dance.  I was clueless, had no idea I would walk my son down the aisle.

Daisy is crying as we hug each other.  In a later chapter on the wedding ceremony, you will meet Jeff.  In front of 300 Chinese guests, he translated for me.  My words were simple,  “If I had to pick the woman to marry my only son, I would have picked Daisy.”

Traditional Dragon Dance

The wedding aisle

Had no idea I would do this

She is beautiful

An honor to do this

She is..........

Daisy said "yes"

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The Scrap-Book for China, Chapter 6, The Wedding Day Begins January 25, 2012

The entire scrap-book has 100 pages.  My intent is to share with others a Chinese wedding.  If you live in the USA, do not expect the same wedding traditions.

The next 5 scanned in scrap-book pages is the beginning of their wedding day.  I was not physically there.  These photographs are from the professional photographer, I created the scrap-book pages.

Please honor and respect, both copyright concerns and cultural differences.

May 10, 2011

Time to pick up his bride

Daisy is ready and waiting

Out they go and into the car

Off they go to their wedding ceremony

 

The Scrap-Book For China, Chapter 5, Mother’s Day In Wuhan January 24, 2012

My first trip to China in 2008 was planned around Mother’s Day.  I was with my son in Qingdao when the earthquake struck.  You can read more on that here.

Now in 2011 Daisy, Sam, his father and I were in Qingdao on Mother’s Day.  Together we flew that day to Wuhan and met Daisy’s family.

Here are the scrap-book pages scanned in that I chose to mark that special day.

The glass elevator & ceiling in the Howard Johnson 5 star hotel

Their wedding invitation

Two mothers and two kids

We were all together on Mother's Day (typo error in scrap-book, it was 2011)

 

The Scrap-Book For China, Chapter 4, Qingdao Dinner Party January 22, 2012

Sam moved to Qingdao in February of 2008 to teach English.  Today he is a service manager for the two Wall Street Institute School of English branch schools in Qingdao.

Daisy grew up in Wuhan.  She moved to Qingdao and graduated from Qingdao University.  She remained in this city and taught English at the TOEFL level.  As a side note, the TOEFL test is one of many administered by ETS (Educational Testing Services) located here in Princeton, NJ.

They met each other in December of 2009 at a local hangout bar.  Sam was helping a friend who also wanted to move here and teach English.  He asked around, who might be a good contact for his friend?  Someone pointed to Daisy.  She was sitting at a table with her back-pack still on.

With their large network of friends today, most would not be able to travel to Wuhan for their wedding.  Sam and Daisy hosted a dinner party in Qingdao to celebrate with their local friends.

Here are the scanned in scrap-book pages from this special dinner party.

 

The Scrap-Book For China, Chapter 3, Qingdao January 19, 2012

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I flew into Shanghai, and spent one night at an airport hotel to get over jet lag.  The next morning I caught a flight to Qingdao where Sam and Daisy live.  They own a home on the 13th floor of a highrise building.

In this series of scanned in scrap-book pages, you can see a bit of Qingdao.  You can see other parts I have written about, starting here.  Their home looks out on Mt. Laoshan, and that is a school at the bottom of the mountain view photo.  They don’t own a car, cabs are plentiful and inexpensive.  You will meet their two dogs, the big shaggy one is GuaiGuai and the other is Gino.  They are lively!

Qingdao is the home brewery for Tsingtao beer.  Qingdao and Tsingtao are homophones, words that sound the same (pronounced as Chin Dow), but are spelled and have different meanings.

GuaiGuai

GuaiGuai and Gino

 

The Scrap-Book For China, Chapter 2, Doylestown PA January 17, 2012

Two weeks before their planned visit to the USA, Sam contacted me. He announced that he and Daisy were engaged.  Their wedding date was set for  May 10, 2011, the ceremony would be held in Wuhan, China where Daisy grew up.

The next series of scanned in scrap-book pages are from Doylestown, PA.  A dinner had already been planned for their visit.  It quickly was changed into an engagement dinner.

A big thank you goes to Deb Fallows, author of Dreaming In Chinese, for the banner you will see in this chapter.   She found me an appropriate Chinese engagement phrase to use and translated it.  I did a lot of “copy and paste.”

A Chinese phrase to honor the newly engaged couple

 

The Scrap-Book for China, Chapter 1, New Jersey January 7, 2012

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The scanned in pages of the scrap-book are fairly self-explanatory.

Of interest, though, is the first meal Daisy had in the USA.  It was at an Italian restaurant where the menu had no pictures.  In China, menus do have pictures so foreigners simply point to order their meal.

This was Daisy’s first trip to the USA.  She is fluent, able to both read and speak our English language.  The real humor came when we were leaving the restaurant.  Outside, the owner of another restaurant was speaking Mandarin on his cell phone.  Only Daisy understood what he was saying.

Stay tuned in for Chapter 2.