A Summer Tale of Dracula: Bran Castle in Romania


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I thought to share my travel story of Bran Castle in Romania would suit the Halloween spirit quite well. Also known as Dracula’s Castle, I visited Bran Castle in the summer of 2015. (I also went to Greece and Bulgaria that summer. Read my story in Athens during Greece’s Referendum and the awesome free food tour I…

How to Help My Kid to Practice the Piano at Home: A Parents’ Guide


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How to help my kid to practice the piano at home is a question that many parents would ask when they start their children with piano lessons. Before we begin on the “how,” I want to first say that taking piano lessons (or other instrumental lessons) is not only about learning how to play. It…

Shanghai Qibao Old Town: Your Authentic One Day Escape


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Shanghai Qibao Old Town is a charming little ancient quarter. The town has more than a thousand years of history. It’s near Qibao Metro Station on Line 8, and it’s less touristy than Yu Yuan Garden. In my opinion, you can get a more authentic and pleasant experience In Shanghai Qibao Old Town. Walking from…

Travel to Shanghai: Cash or Credit Card?


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You plan to travel to Shanghai, and you don’t know whether you should bring cash or just rely on your credit cards. I prefer exchanging foreign currency beforehand if possible, or I’ll withdraw money at my destination’s ATM. I would usually put away my credit card until I absolutely have to use it. However, managing money when…

How to Eat Fresh and Safe in China: A Shanghai Grocery Shopping Guide


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How to eat fresh and safe in Shanghai is one of my top concerns since I moved here, so I decided to organize a Shanghai grocery shopping guide, especially since China doesn’t have a good reputation when it comes to food safety. Shanghai has great – not just great, but tons of amazingly delicious, excellent…

The Incredibly Honest Facts About Chinese Parenting in Contrast to the Rest of the World (And How to Deal With Them.)


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Stereotypically, Chinese parenting is known to be more strict, demanding, and controlling than parents from other parts of the world. As much as I dislike making assumption base on cultural backgrounds, some cases are just too stereotypical that crack me up and irritate me all at the same time. I’ve taught the piano in New…