Wednesday, November 12, 2014

APEC blue.

APEC vacation - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

APEC vacation - Having fun isn't hard when you have a library card

APEC vacation - Cows ice cream

APEC vacation - Cows ice cream

APEC vacation - Birthday 3.0

I won't even try and pretend like I know exactly what APEC is or what it means for the world. Should I be embarrassed about that? Maybe.

What I do know, is that a bunch of important people came to Beijing and a lot of government offices and operations were closed and there were fewer cars on the road and much less pollution.

And for the last week, the sky has been a beautiful blue colour, almost what you'd see back home, and I've heard many people call it "APEC Blue." I think, maybe at least for the rest of my time here in Beijing, when someone asks me what my favourite colour is, instead of saying yellow or turquoise, I will say, "APEC blue." It's beautiful.

And funny enough, for a woman with a blog and an Instagram account, I don't have a single photo of the APEC blue sky.


APEC blue. A respiratory infection that won't go away. Brunch at Moka Bros in the warm sunshine. Window shopping. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in 3D, with a big bucket of caramel popcorn. Me singing, "Knock, knock, you're about to get shell shocked!" Tony asking, what's it again? And my answer: "Cowabunga!" Wearing my new favourite shirt. A waxing appointment, followed by hot pot. Cows ice cream, all the way from PEI to Beijing! Birthday Cake for him; Gooey Mooey for me. More window shopping. A one-hour full-body massage, followed by a one-hour foot massage (hooray for teacher discounts!). A one-hour foot massage for Tony at the same time, and he and the masseurs (is that what you call them?) talk the whole time. We find out one of them is also from Henan, and the other once had a foreign girlfriend, too. Surprisingly, I don't get annoyed when they talk for the whole two hours. Indian food and Italian food. Walking and breathing the fresh air. Laughing. Watching How To Get Away With Murder (HTGAWM) and The West Wing. A bath with a LUSH bath bomb. Reading Not That Kind of Girl. Putting our phones on airplane mode for almost two entire days. Staying off the internet for most of that time, with the exception of watching Netflix and calling my Nan. Drinking so much Cold 911 tea from David's Tea to try to help with this darn respiratory infection. Staying on the couch for the last two days of our "APEC vacation" because of this darn respiratory infection. Playing Mario Kart on the Wii and unlocking new cups and characters and vehicles. Celebrating Birthday 3.0. Toffee Nut lattes from Starbucks. Hooray! Holiday cups are here!


That is a quick summary of the last 4 days, in the style I used to use in my journal. I miss journaling sometimes. Been thinking about that a lot lately.


  1. I was so excited to get the first holiday cup of the year on Sunday! The sky has been so beautiful but brrr it's getting cold now. Did you get time off? My school applied to stay open and it got approved..whyyyyy??? (said every single staff member..!). Oh and I will email you about those 2 kids at some point too :-)

  2. You're right it's getting cold! Didn't stop me from opening our apartment windows for awhile today though :)

    We had Mon-Wed off, but now we have to teach later for 4 Fridays (we usually have early dismissal at 2:30PM on Fridays) and our 2 Parent-Teacher Interview Days this year have been moved to 4 nights, 6-9PM. I kind of wish we had just stayed open.

    I hope I know the kids!


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