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Chinese Character Fun with UV Pens

We are traveling and my plan to bring the C-Pen didn’t work out since the shipment was delayed. I had to scramble for ideas on how to keep my kids entertained on our long cross-country flight. While brainstorming I remembered a bath activity my son loved that used a black light and glow paint. So I Read More

Theme Song to A Love So Beautiful

I love, love, love the song “我多喜歡你 你會知道” by Wang Jun Qi. It is the theme song to A Love So Beautiful, currently available on Netflix. There are also several websites where you can watch for free. Since my marathon of the show, I find  myself singing this song to my daughter all the time. It’s got an Read More

APPS and Websites to Watch Mandarin Chinese Shows

Dramafever has shut down forever. I had a great run using this streaming app to watch Mandarin Chinese shows. We shared so many 吳慷仁 marathons. Then one day when we were almost done with Substitute Princess and it was kaput. But why??? Who does the Substitute princess choose in the end, 吳慷仁 or that other Read More

Steamed Live Crab and Garlic Noodles Recipe

Thanksgiving in Northern California means it’s DUNGENESS CRAB SEASON!!! I am sharing my steamed live crab and garlic noodles recipe that I have been making for years. We don’t have family nearby and it’s usually just our little family for dinner so roasting a whole turkey is too much food. And since it is a holiday, Read More

Chinese Character Shirts

Ok, so I’m only planning to wear these Chinese character shirts as pajamas but they have already proven to be effective. These shirts arrived a week ago. My two littles were very curious so  we went over the characters on each shirt before I threw them into the laundry hamper. Yesterday I pulled them out Read More

Fruity Pie

One of my favorite children’s shows that you can watch on Youtube is 水果冰淇淋 (Fruity Pie). This show is the longest running preschool program since it’s first episode aired in 1998. The main characters are four curious puppets and their grandmother. Granny Fruity Pie is played by 趙自強 (Chao Tsu Chiang). He is a supporting actor in Read More

Turkey Coloring Page

Can you believe I almost forgot about Thanksgiving? Sure we’ve talked about what we are going to eat, but then all of a sudden it’s Tuesday and I’ve prepared nothing but this turkey coloring page! Seems like everyone else has too since the Christmas banners are already up in our town. Oh well, we decided Read More

Memory Game Template

I’m in the process of converting a few toys into Chinese learning tools. My sister found this Melissa & Doug matching game at the dollar store, probably due to the typo on one of the inserts. I’m sharing the memory game template in an editable Microsoft Word format and a free printable PDF file of the Read More

Magic Fizzy Chinese

Making magic fizzy Chinese characters was a blast for both kids. They love messy hands on art and science activities and I was able to combine both into this activity. This is similar to salt painting but less wasteful in my opinion because we can use the old baking soda that’s probably been sitting in Read More

A day in Shilin, Taipei

Visiting Taipei with kids? Here’s an itinerary for one of my favorite days in the Shilin area. It’s not MRT accessible but taxis are not expensive. Taipei Children’s Amusement park For breakfast I suggest fan tuan 飯糰 at a local vendor near your hotel, then hop in a taxi and head to the Taipei Children’s Read More