Alright, here’s the summary of the rest of my trip in China.

We went to Karaoke on Thursday night.  Wow was that interesting!  They really need Karaoke bars like this in America!  They are really nice!  Like huge fancy buildings with lots of rooms inside.  Each room has lots of comfy seating, a big screen tv, a little computer doodad for choosing songs, a coffee table for drinks and snacks….odd lighting and mirror walls…and buttons to push to make a clapping sound, laughter, etc.  Very fun!  And the best part – all the songs have the WORST VIDEOS EVER!  Like totally not the right ones.  It was awesome!

Favorite part – when Kimberly and I rocked out to You’ve Got It (the Right Stuff)! by NKOTB.  Yeah,…that was awesome, lol!  Oh and totally NOT their video either.  They were so not doing the dance right….

Other favorite part – when the girls sang Old McDonald Had A Farm.  It had a video of some kids playing on a beach.  Cause that’s where you farm!  And the verses rocked!  There was a Buck that said quack……a dog that said ouch!  Awesome fun!

Friday in Beijing was different.  I liked Tianjin much better than Beijing.  I think there is a lot more ‘community’ feel to Tianjin even though it has over 10 million people.  You get in a cab in Beijing….and they might totally rip you off… when you ask to go to the nearest subway stop and they pass like 7 and drop you within 2 blocks of your final destination.  Like that.

We did go to Silk Alley – that was an experience.  So many people wanting your attention.  “Hey pretty lady – want to come see my bags/clothes/underwear/etc?”  I put off a pretty strong *don’t touch me* vibe so I didn’t get accosted too much.  I am fine with the grabbing the sleeve a bit.  But when one guy grabbed my hand OUT OF MY POCKET and tried to pull me into his shop….that was a little much.  Kimberly started rattling off some Chinese at him…I’m pretty sure she told him to step off.  It was very interesting to see how the bargaining process went.  Like I wanted a silk embroidered robe for myself and for my SIL Tiffany.  They started out at 300 yuan each.  After much dickering that included Kimberly sharing pics of her girls, saying she was from Tianjin, etc….we got 2 robes for 95 yuan.  Much better!  And some people actually pay the original prices!

And here are the last pics I took there…..they are mostly from the hotel in Beijing.  Kimberly, Katie – aka the bed hog, Libby and I shared a supposedly King size bed.  That was tons of fun!


horrid angle on me, but cute shot of the girls!


Katie hanging out on the bus/van that we took to Beijing.


The girls wearing their tees I bought them at Silk Alley – Libby loves the Disney princesses and Katie loves Hello Kitty.  Katie was being special that morning.  This was just before I headed out to the airport.


Libby was in a much better mood though.  I am glad I was there then because I think it really took her mind off her surgery so she didn’t stress about it too much.


And Kimberly and I took a pic before we went to the airport.  We got like two shots together the whole trip!  We’re always the ones behind the lens.

Kimberly made hats for the boys – she mentioned the story <here> on her blog.  Adam’s was knit and the other two were crocheted.  They each have something different about them so I can tell them apart too.  They loved them!


Adam even slept in his – he calls it his China Hat.  When I asked if he wanted to take his Chinese outfit (a traditional costume) to school to show his class….he wanted to take this hat.


(That’s my bed though – he likes to fall asleep there and then we move him when we go to bed.)

So that’s all!  Several people asked why Kimberly and her family live in China.  I know I’ve mentioned it, but her husband teaches 3rd grade at an International school there.  They met in Hong Kong during a semester abroad program and have always wanted to live there.  This was their chance!   Thanks for following my journey!