By Mark

Reflections on BCIS

March is the season of Student Led Conferences at Beijing City International School. A year ago we attended our first, after we’d only been in Beijing a couple of months. We spent an hour each with both Miles and Sofi reviewing the school work they had done over the last year. Sofi was first, we … Continue reading »

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Best of March 2012

Here is another collection of the best of for the Month of March. Click through on any photo for more details and information. I was lucky enough to make it to the Great Wall three weekends in March, the most special part was when a late spring snow storm dumped on JianKou and I was … Continue reading »

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Jiankou in Snow

Those trapped in the languid places of no seasons can’t understand the way a winter will change a place; or the way spring will bring new hope; summer will bring sun and Autumn the golden end of a season.  I was saddened when Beijing had a few warm days in February that I’d missed my … Continue reading »

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Best of Jan & Feb 2012

January and February were busy months, we barely returned from the holidays and Kiah’s wedding when it was time for Chinese New Year, we headed off to Myanmar and upon return I headed to the States for work.  So this post is a big one as there were lot of amazing photographic opportunities.  You can … Continue reading »

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Ngapali Beach and Home

There is something about the ocean that attracts our modern souls; a respite for rest, relaxation and restoration.  Some aspect of the sun, the surf and the sand calms and soothes us; the quintessential paradise that we soak up.  Ngapali sits on a nice 2-3 mile beach of white sand on the Bay of Bengal.  … Continue reading »

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Inle Lake

Inle Lake is south east of Mandalay and is fairly high at 3000 feet above sea level. The lake is large, around 13 miles long with a surface area of around 45 square miles.  The lake is fairly shallow, around 7 feet and is long and narrow.  There aren’t really defined shores to the lake … Continue reading »

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The next morning our flight left Yangon at 6:05 am; another 4:15 am wakeup and another early morning flight. The weather outside was 60 and it was funny to see all the guys outside our hotel dressed in hats, gloves and coats while I walked around in my short sleeve shirt and thin hiking pants. … Continue reading »

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Chinese New Year In Myanmar

This is the first in a series of blogs about our trip to Myanmar (Burma) over Chinese New Year in January 2012. Our first interaction with Myamar began our trip back to the US in December for our daughters wedding. We landed in San Francisco and spent the night there before flying on to Salt … Continue reading »

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Ice Skating at HouHai

First thing to know is that despite the title of this post we found most of the ice skating was at QianHai, south of HouHai. When we started out we didn’t know that, but we wanted to beat the crowds so we parked outside HouHai lake at 9am between two trees on the side of … Continue reading »

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Logistical Renewal

In hindsight moving to China during the middle of Chinese New Year wasn’t such a great idea.   Trying to shuffle logistics with bureaucracy during the biggest Chinese holiday is problematic at best and very frustrating at its worst.  Then a year later you have to renew your work permit and you have to go through … Continue reading »

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