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Chinese New Year: What People Want to Know

Ever wonder what people want to know about Chinese New Year? I’ve been on this Google Trends kick. I find the data fascinating. For example, I learned that Singapore is the country most interested in Chinese New Year. This is based on data from the last 5 years on how many people worldwide searched the Read More

Chinese New Year Song for kids

Here’s my Spotify playlist of Chinese New Year music! Just kidding. Frankly, I’m not big on holiday music and even avoid malls after Thanksgiving. How can anyone shop with “Jingle Bells” playing on repeat? It did cross my mind that perhaps the kids should listen to some Chinese New Year music. After a quick search Read More

Chinese Songs for kids: Learn To Meow

According to Google Trends, the top search term related to “learn Chinese” on YouTube is “learn to meow”.  This insight is gathered from worldwide search data for 2018. Data from the United States included no meows, just a boring query for “how to learn Chinese”. As of today the top video result on YouTube for Read More

Reasons to Learn Chinese Infographic

Why I Stopped Learning Chinese There are so many reasons to learn Chinese but let’s start with why I STOPPED learning Chinese when I was a kid. I didn’t have a supportive learning environment. Chinese class was uncool. I was scared of the bullies that made fun of the “FOB” kids. There was a girl, Read More

Chinese Character Pancakes and Recipe

Kids love to learn Chinese with Chinese Character Pancakes. What kid doesn’t like pancakes?! Making pancakes from scratch is just as easy as making them from the box but they taste so much better! My son has been helping me make pancakes since he was about 2 years old. It’s messy but that adds to Read More

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