To Buy or Not to Buy

What do you hope happens by the end of the year?

To be honest, I hope I buy some more long johns to wear here in Beijing by the end of the year. I only brought one pair from the US and I don’t think it will be enough. I strictly do my laundry once a week so wearing the same long underwear every day or close to everyday will get a little funky.

I am currently debating whether I should click the ‘place your order’ button on my Amazon shopping cart that contains 4 books and 1 pair of long underwear. The price of the order itself is quite low, but the shipping cost to get it to China is another story. Grrr I don’t know what to do. I am trying to justify it by saying I need the long underwear for the winter ahead, as well as winters following, and these books have been on my reading list for over a year. I really want to read them.

I pretty sure I can’t buy these books here in China and whatever long underwear will probably not fit me. I did ask one of my Chinese friends where they buy theirs. She said online. sigh… I have no idea if a pair of long johns meant for Chinese customers will fit me! At least with Amazon a lot of their customers are from the West and there would be a better chance of it fitting me.

Any suggestions on what I should do?

Bible Verse of the Day:
Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”
John 8:12 NLT

Song of the Day:
In Your Arms
by Nico & Vinz


Happy Halloween! I am not going to be celebrating it here. I have heard of Westerners dressing up but not very many of them do. Probably because they already have enough people staring at them and they don’t need another reason! I assume most Chinese people know of Halloween, given that a number of them watch American and other Western television shows, but they have never adopted the practice.

I was skyping with my mom this morning and we thought that for Halloween next year I could possibly be dressed up as a Dutch milk maid or my family dog, Taz, who is an Australian Shepherd.


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Last night I ended up not going to the gym with my hall mate, Rhea, because she had some English reading to do. She exclaims that reading English is difficult for her, since she is from China and therefore is not a native English speaker.

I went to dinner by myself in order to read the English assignment. One thing
that I have noticed over the past couple days is that I miss eating vegetables, such as squash, sweet potatoes, carrots, but especially corn and broccoli. So last night at dinner, my second plate of food was entirely peas and carrots (hehe). Not the most delicious vegetables I’ve ever eaten but they were still satisfying.

This morning I realized that I had left my bike at a bike rack in front of a campus building instead in the bike cage outside of my dorm hall. This is because I had walked back to the dorm yesterday while I was taking pictures around campus. So I had to actually walk to class this morning, which in my opinion, walking is too slow.

At the start of the evening, I went to extra Taiko practice. Taiko is Japanese drumming, and UCR has a club/team that I am trying to join. By trying I mean that it is not guaranteed that one gets to join the club, that is why it more like a team that you have to try out for (in fact the new people are even called “tryoutees”). They do teach us to be able to play/tryout, but they do want to see dedication. So, I am going to extra practice to work on the two songs we have learned and to work on my stance, called Kata. This extra practice I actually feel like I did well. I was there for about an hour, but I really felt in that one practice that my hits were getting stronger, and louder for that matter.

I got back to the dorm around 22:00 last night and ended up Skyping with Taewoo Yang until midnight. Taewoo is a really good friend of mine who is currently in the Korean military (he is Korean) so we do not get to communicate much because of that. We met in our junior year of high school. He was a foreign exchange student through Rotary and he ended up coming to our little Grove School and we became friends over the course of the academic year. He has been in the military since August of this year and he is planning to be discharged in August of 2016. It was really nice being able to speak with him again and share about the major and even minor stuff in our lives.