From: Hong Kong- France-France-The Philippines-Africa

This is the best party I have ever had.

I’m so happy to meet you guys!

The food we made are really yummy!!

 

Three Cantonese/Chinese food I contributed:

Green Bean Soup with seaweed

Stuffed red/green pepper

Stuffed eggplant

pan frying

and then we got ….wow!

Thank you Maricon’s French orange duck and baguette, Rey’s “home-made” food and wines and

George’s  really-African-food!

Last but not least, my favourite French Toast with Strawberry!Good job, Alain!

 

Thank you Alain! I’m glad to join this party!

 

You two are super funny!you always make me laugh!HAHA

 

The party was amazing because we all come from different countries,

and we could not only share our food but also our experiences and views on different topics,

girls,boys,travelling,languages,bars,careers,gays and lesbians,food,music,countries,politics……

I’m looking forward to meet you guys again!

*Thanks to the guys from Italy and Switzerland who joined us making this night more international! XD

 

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Taken in China, when I was 10-month-old. Mum’s smile is so sweet!

In a studio with my sister.

Mum was strong enough to hold both of us!

Cartoon: Greedy Sis. and Stingy Bro.

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Birthday party in kindergarten.

Kindergarten Graduate.

Honestly, I don’t really remember things happened during my childhood. But every time I saw these photos, I feel I’m so lucky because I have my grandparents,  mum and daddy, and sister, and they all love me .

Shanghai is so crowded , I don’t like it

but when you see the culture shock in Shanghai,

you may want to stay there longer.

 

I promised to share my knitting , and here we are:

oh my god... I still have one yarn

 

Finished ! finally...

The weather is getting cold….It’s time to tie a scarf everyone!

Scarf is always fashionable!

 

 

I miss Shanghai recently,

I can’t wait to grab a flight ticket and go to Shanghai alone!

Well, this post is not about this stupid thing.

I’m recommending a restaurant called 洪长兴 (洪長興 Hong Chang Xing ) in

Shanghai which provides halal food.

I went to Shanghai last year and found this restaurant in 云南南路一号 ( 1 Yun Nan Nan Road/ Yun Nan Road South)

The food price is reasonable and I ordered these dishes(partly):

highly recommended roast chicken! delicious! * * * * * stars !! Only $28 ( RMB) for one dish !!Cool

Nice! * * * * Stars!

nothing special, it is average so I give * * * stars!

a little bit sweet, I don't really like it, only * * stars

It’s hard to find 云南南路一号 ( 1 Yun Nan Nan Road),

if you don’t want to pay a taxi driver and you want to find out more restaurants in that district,

tips here:

take the railway and go to  exit 1 of Da shi jie (大世界) station

that is Nanjing Road East (南京东路) and the next thing you need to do is….ask people there

“Where is 云南南路一号 ( 1 Yun Nan Nan Road)?”

or

“Where is   洪长兴 (洪長興 Hong Chang Xing )?”

then,you should get there within 10 mins.

Good luck!

This is Liuqin柳琴, a plucked string instrument.

Some people called it the Chinese Mandolin.

It’s my second musical instrument, I have played it for about  6 years.

Liuqin has 4 strings ,from left to right,namely, (1) D2 string , (2) G1 string , (3) D1 string and  (4) G string.

We play Liuqin with a pick. Some may use a guitar pick but actually, a professional “Liuqin-pick” is more preferred.

Liuqin is the highest-pitched  instrument in the Chinese Orchestra, therefore it always takes the responsibility to play melodies.

Liuqin was first appeared in Tang  Dynasty, it had only 3 strings in that time and could only sound a very limited range.

Liuqin had been used for accompaniment  for a long long time until it was reformed to a 4 strings and 4 octaves modernized instrument in 1970s.

The producer(master)’s name is craved on the rear.

This kinds of Liuqin are usually more expensive because they are not mass produced.

I’m playing  Liuqin in a performance of  Chinese Orchestra .

You are right, I was crossing my legs….BUT

it’s not because I’m lazy !

Actually, this is a normal and appropriate gesture for a Liuqin player.

The reason is that Liuqin is too small,

when we’re playing it, we may need to bend down  if  we don’t cross our legs.

Liuqin  is very lonely in Chinese Orchestra because normally they only need one or two Liuqins. 😦

Liuqin is now a popular solo instrument, the sound of it is very clear ,  expressive and impressive.

Yes, you desire to hear its sound? here are some Youtube videos:

張鑫華 is a famous Liuqin player in mainland China

If once you think that Liuqin can only play Chinese traditional  music

You must be surprised when you hear this

I believe that Liuqin should have some relations with mandolin. Is there anyone plays mandolin? Let me know if you don’t mind.