4.23.2014

An Art Show

This past weekend we attended the Young Artists of the Year 2014 art show. By attended, I mean we went to, by Young Artists of the Year, I mean really young! There was art displayed from ages 4 to 18. There was even noodle art on display, super cute!
 
 The whole event was put on by our sweet friend Bruna for one of the local international schools. The exhibit showcased their students work to be judged by a group of judges. All the proceeds from the event went to a Chinese orphanage. We bought a few of these raffle tickets once we got there.
 And.....spoiler alert: We won all the above!! :) We are super excited! I know cans of soup, peanut butter and cereal may not look like much to you Western readers, but let me tell you, this is hitting the gold mine here.
 I loved these little taxi books that YCIS (the International school) made! They are filled with local attractions, restaurants and stores with their English and Chinese name & address to show taxi drivers. Such an awesome idea as a welcome gift for people who are moving overseas!
 Dave, Bruna's husband, giving Zachary the verbal tour of the art work.
 Dave, from the States, and Bruna, who put on the event, from Brazil. 
Zachary and I really loved this piece of art. It's about taking exams but we think it would be awesome if the book was instead in the shape of a heart with God's love & redemption type words, the hands were pierced, and the stuff running down was blood with lists of sins. Maybe we'll have to recreate it!
 Loved this, a sketch of all the different main attractions in major Chinese cities, Qingdao's May 4th Square tornado at center.
 Such a beautiful picture but dark. I really love the eyes.
 Nicole, Erin and Rosanna rocking the event by helping Bruna work the booths.
 Qingdao and Street food
 Bruna made these delicious bon bons for sale.
There were a bake sale booth with tons of goodies with all the proceeds going to the charity.
The children who attended the even got a real treat! I was a little jealous I'm not gonna lie! They have tons of fun colors, paints and glitter to create a masterpiece on their own square of canvas.
Fracasse de frango! Delicious Brazilian food was available for lunch! I'm definitely going to look for the recipe online! It was awesome.
The little guy was all ham. He kept coming over and playing with Zachary, when he saw Zachary was interested in playing, he ran away and came back quickly, decked out in glitter and glasses for Zachary's viewing approval. So cute!

We had a great time! Thanks Bruna for all the hard work you put into this and for your huge heart for Chinese orphans!
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4.17.2014

Randoms.

Just a few homies seeing Captain America.
A bunch of random pictures that is. The above is a picture at our favorite, Sea Horse Sushi. It's amazingly good. Their Udon Noodle Hot Pot puts me in instant bliss.
Sometimes we take friends to have sushi with us, too. :)
Deliciousness. 
Elevator kisses. I know. I know. Gag me. Right? 
A watermelon margarita, yum and yummer.
A mango daiquiri. I'm feeling very Thailand with these drinks.
Fire works, fire works!
Oh my goodness. Did she really put ANOTHER kissing picture in this post?! I did friends. I did. I know, I'm ridiculous. But we never have those. I try. I really try. But they always turn out weird and awkward. Still awkward? Shucks! Who takes pictures while kissing?!
So, a few weeks ago my students and I found some ginormous and beautiful strawberries at the fruit stand outside of our house. We promptly bought them and were inspired to make some chocolate covered strawberries which led to the above. The chocolatation of Zachary's face. The girls were very pleased with their work.
We rolled those babies in sprinkles, heath bar pieces and mint pieces. They are delish.
Demolished. 
Roomie enjoying a strawberry.
Last but certainly not least, actually the best, Chara in my school vest.
Presh to the iss. 
The girls' got hips. She get's it from her momma. 
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4.15.2014

The Lady Sun Coffee

Coffee & Tea Street is a famous street in Qingdao that is lined with, take a guess....guessing? That's right, coffee shops! Coffee shops and Italian restaurants fill this street, which I must say, makes it quite a nice street to hang out on. Delish! At any time you can order an authentic style Italian pizza, baked in a stone oven, by an Italian or an amazing coffee. There are so many coffee shops to choose from, so I thought I'd help the locals & future Qingdao visitors out, by reviewing a few.  
Qingdao Coffee Street Reviews: Today we have The Lady Sun Coffee! 
Not a bad deal! 
The inside is super cozy and inviting. 
 The Lady Sun coffee shop and with every drink we ordered, to Korean style, they brought us out "service." We had forgotten how much we enjoyed & appreciated that in Korea. They brought us the most delicious little treats that paired so well with our cappuccinos and later our caramel macchiatos. Service in Korea comes in all forms depending on where you are. If you are at a Skin Care store you will get "service" of BB cream packets, face masks, etc. If you are at a restaurant, you will receive some side dish or drink as service. At coffee shops, it's usually little snacks. Love it.
 Their caramel macchioto was one of the best ones we've ever had.
 We did The Lady Sun Coffee right. That's what she said. What I mean is, we enjoyed every minute of our time there relaxing and doing what we love to do; reading, journaling, blogging, talking and drinking coffee.
 The top floor is lined with windows, making their window couches the perfect place to people watch. I prefer to read and journal over people watching, though.
 I loved all the little details in the shop, from the chandeliers to the cute decorations.
 Please excuse me while I swoon over these red antlers. Antlers as a lamp, love it. Every where you go in this little coffee shop, there is great lighting, comfy chairs and a cozy ambience.

Do you live in Qingdao? Have you been to Lady Sun Coffee? What did you think?

The Deets
Located on Min Jiang Er Lu (Coffee & Tea Street) 
Directly past Cafe Bene but before Vito's & Joy's Bar
Average drink price 30 yuan
They also serve sandwiches, breakfast, desserts and wine. 
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