13 Dec
Before moving to China, everyone and their mother warned me about how terrible the air pollution was. Half of these people had never even been to China but it’s no secret that China’s air pollution is not the best environment for those who are more sensitive. You can, however, use these next tips to combat the air pollution. Keep in mind that different cities have varying daily AQI levels. If you’re in a city with more factories or closer to the north, you’re more likely to have smog in the winter months. Before you freak out and buy an inhaler, do a little research on your city and keep up with your area’s AQI readings each day. China has been curtailing operations at large factories to help reach their goal AQI levels. Until then, try out these next five steps to protect your lungs. Quit Smoking This may sound like a no-brainer but you’d be surprised at how many people in China smoke despite the air quality. If you’re someone who has been smoking for a while, consider this one of the reasons to quit. Air pollution and smoking have very similar effects on the lungs so if you’re smoking…
06 Dec
Traveling and living abroad can mean different things to all of us. Here’s what living in Shanghai means to me! It’s different to anywhere I’ve been before and each day I am still astounded by the scenery and its beauty! I am living a life that is culturally different. It can be easy in times of difficulty to resort to habits I may have had when back home, so I make a conscious effort to embrace the culture here. I am able to travel pretty much anywhere!! Transport is easy and cheap to use, so exploring is a must. I appreciate the little things that I never noticed back home, but equally I value the new things here that I actually prefer. I am challenging myself each day. Whether it be trying to use some Chinese phrases I’ve learnt, or finding which exit of the metro I need. Everyone is/was in the same position as you are. I am never afraid of things I don’t know now because everyone has been there and people are always happy to help. I am always learning and growing. For me, being in a different environment every day opens up my knowledge and understanding…
05 Dec
Adjusting to a new environment takes some time for your body to adapt to. With your focus on adapting to your new life, you may have neglected your health as well. Keep in mind these tips to prevent catching something during flu season!     Kid Germs It's no secret that when you're working with kids, you're more prone to catching a bug. We all remember our younger selves and the questionable and sticky things we got on our hands and shirts. Keep in mind that this can easily be transferred to you. When you're teaching kids in a confined classroom, there’s no escape from 'Kid Germs'. Try your best to limit direct contact with your students and promote healthy hygiene. You'll be doing yourself a favor and have an additional topic to fill your lesson plan!     Hand Sanitizer/Wet Wipes With any sudden stop on the metro or bus, your hand automatically shoots up to steady yourself. More often than not you will have grabbed onto one of the many poles on the metro car. With more hands touching these poles than the door knob of the busiest bathroom in your office building, you will have been transferred…
04 Dec
Moving abroad can be hard at first, and for most people it’s a big decision. These feelings pass though and from there it’s mostly the best journey of your life. For those who are wondering what it’s like, here’s a few feelings you may experience when you get to China, and perhaps what you’re worrying about before you’ve decided to make the move! This is so new! Upon arrival, it’s totally normal to feel a little out of your depth. It’s a new place that you probably haven’t been to before. It looks, smells and feels different and most of all its big! A few weeks in though and you feel totally at home and may even prefer it to your home town. How am I going to get around? Will I be able to use public transport and taxis? Well, the metro is super easy to use and really inexpensive, as are taxis.  Public transport is maybe a little easier once you know where you’re going especially if your ability to voice your destination in a taxi is not quite up to scratch yet. If these aren’t an option, you could bike! Simply download an App and you’re good…


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