Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise

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This Easter dessert was a surprise. It’s tiramisu. I would never have guessed by seeing it.

1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced.

2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.

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Abroad: China

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Yes, we celebrate Hallowe’en – a little bit – in China.

At Parc 66 mall.

Sepia Saturday: Christmas Edition

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Ho, ho, ho. This week’s prompt invites Sepia Saturday participants to sift through images looking for pictures that bring back Christmas past. Here’s what I’ve found.

First an audio treat. A holiday radio program “Cinnamon Bear” from 1937 is available here.

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Source: George Eastman Collection, Flickr Commons

Christmas cards are so welcome. The real thing beats ecards, which I have sent, any day.

Source: George Eastman Collection, Flickr Commons

Source: George Eastman Collection, Flickr Commons

Look at the toys. Simple yet beautiful still. Batteries not needed.

Live Nativity Scene, Florida, Flickr Commons

Live Nativity Scene, Florida, Flickr Commons

I’ve never seen a scene like this one above, though I’ve been to San Antonio’s Gran Posada.

German Hospital, WWI

German Hospital, WWI

Abroad: China

Yesterday was Mid-Autumn Festival in China and the common gift is mooncakes. Above you see the ones my school gave me. Throughout the neighborhood there are vendors selling these cakes, which I’ve learned can be used as a secondary currency creating problems of corruption.

I don’t like the one’s with bean paste, but the nut-filled ones are okay. The trick for me is to eat about a quarter of a cake a day. They’re pretty heavy and the sweetness can get excessive.

The Motherland

Yesterday some of the teachers and a couple students had a concert for the Freshmen. The occasion was the upcoming National Day, China’s Fourth. The video above is an emotional ode to the Motherland.

We also had several songs including Edelweiss, which was done twice, and a skit about food safety and the hazards of buying candy outside of school. (I kid you not.)

The guard is beating a vendor who sold dirty candy