The Annoying Trip to Bali!!!!!!!!!

We finally got out of the house.  I never thought we’d get out.  We were heading to Bali, a wonderful place.  Except the ride was a little bit obnoxious.  Why don’t I tell you about it?  It started one morning, we were getting in the taxis to go to the Maglev.  For those of you who don’t know, the Maglev is this big floating train that goes as fast as you will ever go on land.    We went up to 400 miles an hour.  It made my head dizzy it was so fast!  Finally we stopped.  We got off at the airport.  Little did I know there was a big problem ahead of me.  We got on our first flight.  I took out my IPad, my headphones, and I took out one small polka dotted piece of pink fabric.  I put it behind my pillow. The fabric is my lovey, my blanket, my beloved Pinky!  I have had her all my life.  They discontinued this blanket the year I was born.

We got off the plane and I got off without a small piece of pink polka dotted fabric.  We sat in the airport for what felt like a long time.  We finally got on the next plane.  I went to reach out for Pinky but I realized when I put my hand in my suitcase… SHE WAS GONE!!!!!  I cried for the first three hours of the flight.  In case you were wondering, the flight is more than six hours.  I finally got over that I might not get Pinky back and so my crying calmed down.  And then my stomach didn’t feel so good.  So I got up and went to the bathroom about five times and then I said, “Mom, I think I might need a throw up bag soon.  Like NOW!”  I threw up six times on the plane then finally we got off in Bali.  My mom went back into the airport to see if they had found Pinky.  Meanwhile, we waited.  After what felt like a couple of hours, I threw up again.  Mom had the supply of throw up bags so I threw up on the ground in the middle of the waiting zone.  Finally, my mom came back.  She didn’t know that I had thrown up on the ground and she was shocked that me and my dad were across the street in the grass in case I threw up again.

Then we got in the car.  I threw up again and luckily my mom had one more throw up bag. The bad news was that this was our last one– the last one of them all!  We got to the hotel finally, the hotel where we were going to stay one night.  We got in our room after what felt like a hundred and sixty miles of walking.  Mommy had to stay with me and she was the one who had to put up with me throwing up the entire flight.  But luckily, I didn’t throw up again.  The next morning I woke up the latest of anyone even though my mom is usually the lazy bird.  Me and my mom went down to breakfast.  The boys had already had breakfast and were now swimming in the pool like little fishies.  My dad called to see if anybody had found Pinky.  Unfortunately, no one had.  My mom was looking at the Korean Air website at pictures of lost things.  She looked through pages and pages and pages, but Pinky (my beloved!) wasn’t there.

When we got to our villa, we first started picking out our rooms.  Then we looked again to see if anyone had found Pinky.  Still, unfortunately, no P-I-N-K-Y!!!!!!  We looked for three days and still nothing.  Finally, my mom did something smart.  She looked on ebay!  She looked at one hundred pages of pink baby blankets.  She found three identical Pinkies!  I was saved!  All that time crying on the plane– it wasn’t worth it.  We ordered two of them and my grandmom is sending me one of them.

We went to another villa where we spent one night and then we went back to the airport.  We got to Seoul, Korea, our first stop.  Our wait there was four hours and that is the same city where I lost Pinky.  My mom and I went to the information desk to see if we could find the lost and found.  They sent us on a wild goose chase.  They told us to go upstairs.  We went up and we asked.  They asked for our flight information and stuff like that.  It was pretty annoying but I had to deal with it.  We went back downstairs.  My mom was generous enough to let me stay at the gate with my dad and she went on the rest of the wild goose chase to see if they had found Pinky.  Of course, they hadn’t.  We got on our next flight empty handed with no special piece of pink polka dotted fabric.

We finally got back to China and I am waiting for my replacement Pinky.

P.S.  Don’t read this when you are eating.

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Finishing the School Year

It has been some rough times this school year, but I’m finally moving on.  My dad tried to move me at the beginning of the year to another school, but it didn’t really work.  All they would do is be a butt.  My dad thought it would be hard if I left my school at the end of the year because I would have made friends and it would be hard to leave them behind.  Leaving them behind would not be easy because it would give me a bad feeling.  Some of my friends live very close so I can probably see them a lot, but others I am not so sure.  I’m hoping to get the phone numbers of all my friends so then I can invite them over for playdates and sleepovers.  I hope next school year works out.


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Next Year

Next year I am going to change schools because we think Yew Chung isn’t the right fit for me.  So I am going to go to SAS which I hope will be a better fit for me.  Just to let you know, I’m not really lovin’ YCIS.  It is sort of an ok school, but it does a lot of work that I’m not really used to.  Everybody thinks that the work I do is easy but for me it is not.  I would be fine if I had to stay there but it just isn’t really the right place for me.

I will miss my friends there and they have already said they will miss me, but still, I have to do what is right for me.  I can have play dates and sleepovers whenever I want, but for school I have to do what is best for me, not what is best for everyone else.

I hope that SAS will be a better fit, but if it isn’t… there are always other schools!


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The Circus

It was one of the coolest experiences of my life.  I never thought someone could be that flexible– especially boys!  I always thought girls were more flexible than boys.  The trapeze would be the part that I could do the most of.  There was a huge crowd and my mom thought we had to dress fancy.  So she made us dress fancy!  I really like the acrobats who could do handstands while their legs were twisted up in knots.  It was one of the most exciting experiences of my life, life, life, life, LIFE!!!!!!!!!

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Shanghai Life

My life here is starting to unfold.  My life is like a path but I can’t see all of it.  I don’t like Shanghai.  It is becoming a very scary place.  I don’t know anything about it yet.  We don’t have a car here so it is difficult to get around.  We either have to walk, or take the subway, or take a taxi.  The walking is my least favorite part.  And I can’t really understand most people because I don’t know much Chinese.  It almost seems like I keep doing the same thing over and over and over again, not learning.  But anyway, I hope it gets better.

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I Don’t Like My School

My school is very boring.  There is only one thing that I enjoy about it.  Oh, well, make that two things.  They are: my friends and the after school Chinese dance class.  My school is boring because it is nothing like Park School.  That was my old school.  Almost everything was different there.  For example, art is a lot different.  We don’t do the things we did at my old school.  We don’t get to make whatever we want, we have to make exactly what the teacher tells us to.  P.E. isn’t anything like Park school.  I can’t exactly explain that.  It will never be as good as Park School!!!!!!


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My Birthday

Today was my birthday.  It started out a little bit crazy but then it got smoother.  I got to go to the fabric market with daddy.  It was fun.  Because for my birthday I was allowed to get a qi piao.  It is a traditional Chinese dress.  It was almost like the whole building is made of fabric, although, no, it didn’t collapse.  I thought it was going to be just like one store, but instead it was like the pearl market with only clothes.  You can have yours made or they have already made ones that you can buy right then.  We looked at a few stores.  The first store had tons of fabric, but they wouldn’t negotiate at all.  Then, as we were coming to the end of the market, there was one store with no one in it.  They negotiated and had really nice fabric.  It was the best store of the ones we looked at.  Did I tell you that I have to wait for a month and a week until it is done?  Yes, because they are taking a break for Chinese New Year.


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We just arrived in Shanghai.  The flight was really long but I enjoyed it.  I couldn’t sleep.  At least I got to sleep 5 hours out of the 14 hours.  The funny part is that Henry said, “There are servants!”  We were in business class– it was very enjoyable!  That’s why Henry said that.  I am scared and I don’t know what is coming next.  I was pretty much crying through the entire flight.

We are staying in a really nice hotel.  The funny part is mom and dad got two rooms.  Actually, that isn’t really very funny.  I was awake all last night because of jet lag and Henry.  I was very, very sad and I still don’t know what is coming next.  You can never know what to expect when you move somewhere.

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