Haruko Taiyaki

•December 29, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Despite the fact that I am living in China, I see a lot of Japanese trends, brands, even food around Guangzhou. I have seen these desserts in Hong Kong, but I have never tried them. So I figured since this place popped up behind 正佳广场, across the street from the Line with Friends, I decided that I would try it.

I choose to eat the Cheese flavor Taiyaki, but they have several different flavors ranging from 16-26 RMB or about $2-4 USD. One of the most traditional flavors would be the red bean paste, which one of our friends got (though I forgot to take a photo of her dessert). She did give my wife and I a taste; it was probably the better of the two. But I did enjoy the cheese flavor Taiyaki.

If you are interested in checking out this dessert place, the name is 晴子家 or pronounced as Qíngzi jiā and the address is 天河南一路90号 or pronounced as Tiānhé nán yīlù 90 hào.

You can find out more information about this website on their dianping page founded here http://www.dianping.com/shop/121873055

Don’t live near a place to buy your own? I have a really nice website and blog that shares how to make it. You can watch it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGrZClpDySA or get a detailed recipe at https://www.justonecookbook.com/taiyaki/.

圣诞故事- The Christmas Story

•December 25, 2018 • Leave a Comment

This is the time of year that we can give thanks for Christ coming to earth in the form of a babe and fulfilling His original plan for our lives. To restore our relationship with Him! God bless you all and Merry Christmas

中文的PDF在这里,你可以下载和给你中国的朋友们。The Chinese PDF is available here to download and share with your friends. Christmas Story CH

The English PDF is available here to download and share with your friends. Christmas Story En

A Quick Shout Out

•September 30, 2018 • Leave a Comment

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Hey everyone! I hope everyone is doing well, it has been a busy busy school semester already. I am still with the same company (but we moved schools), teaching history primarily, but now I have an increasing amount of English classes. Well, I started a new set of English classes at our new school and the kids were very excited. The first class was kind of an introduction, introducing myself and getting to know the kids. We used several resources in the class, we have a class website and we utilized plickers in class. I would recommend any educator to consider creating a class webpage and looking into plickers.

Anyway, one of the local Chinese teachers was so impressed with my class that she wrote a short blog about one of my classes. It really surprised me, but it was such a sweet post. It is written entirely in Chinese, but you can always translate it to English or just look at some of the pictures. I hope you enjoy! Local Teacher’s Blog

Such a Proud Father

•September 13, 2018 • 2 Comments

I haven’t posted in a while, but this is a post that I have been wanting to do for some time. This summer has been extremely busy, I have worked a summer camp teaching English with my company and we recently started school again. I am also taking some special classes that I will mention in another post.

So Noah is almost seven months old and he is doing so good. Currently, at the moment, he has three teeth starting to come in. He is learning how to stand and he can sit up straight without any help. I am so proud of him. A few weeks ago, we bought him a new little cup with a straw. The bottle said seven months, but we have decided maybe he is too young for a straw (plus the doctor recommended against it, she suggested eight months at the earliest). Anyway, before we stop using the cup, I was able to teach my son how to use a straw. I used it a couple of times in front of him and made some sucking noises to give him a better idea of what to do. After about twenty minutes of him fighting with me for the bottle, he was able to figure out what I was telling him. It made me so proud that it even brought tears to my eyes.

While I was teaching my boy how to use a straw, I finally understood something that only someone with a child would understand. I sincerely believe that God feels the same way about us when we learn something, especially about Him or when we grow as an individual. I know our dear Father in heaven delights in us and He has a strong desire to draw us closer to a relationship with Him. There are some things that we can only learn when we are single (and we should spend that time learning about the Lord and ourselves), but there are some things that can only be learned in marriage (or with children). I have only been a father for a few months, but I have already learned more about God’s nature through my son, that I have ever learned before in such a short time. God is a good God and He desires a relationship with His creation (you).

Update on our New Little Addition to the Family

•May 29, 2018 • 4 Comments

Hello everyone! It has been a fast few months. I cannot believe that our boy Noah has already turned 3 months old on the 26th of May. I have been planning this post for some time and have been wanting to give you all another update. I miss all my friends and family back home in Fayetteville, North Carolina. God has greatly blessed us, it’s hard to believe that I am almost finished with my second year in China. My company has decided to hire me on again, but we will be moving to another part of Guangzhou. We will be moving to an Ancient City that is over 800 years old. I will definitely take photos of Nansha 南沙 before we leave and I will also take some photos of our new location.

I’ll keep it short because I believe you guys are more interested in looking at the photos of Noah 诺亚 instead of reading whatever I have to say! Please enjoy the photos and remember to keep us in prayer. Please be praying for us to have the able to visit the USA soon, I have been really missing you all today.

Zhujiang River Tour

•May 11, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Well, this is not exactly the post that I have been preparing for the last couple of days, but it is one that I have been wanting to share with everyone. Guangzhou is the third largest city in China and it definitely has some really cool places to explore. If you have an opportunity to travel to GZ, I would really recommend taking a river cruise down the Zhujiang River. Especially at night, it can be a really amazing experience to see the beautiful lights and buildings.

These photos are from a trip I did with my friends the first year I came to Guangzhou. It was around December 2016. I went with some of my closest friends here, Jeremy, Sushma, and Kimberly (their little girl). It has been a great blessing to have them in my life. They helped me a lot when I first moved here to Guangzhou.

In the last photo, this is the tallest building in Guangzhou. It’s known as the Guangzhou Tower or Canton Tower. If you are interested in checking it out, you can go to the metro stop labeled 广州塔 or Canton Tower. Sometimes they will change the lights or have advertisements on the tower.

Anyway, I am working on some of last two year’s camera roll. I want to make sure to share more about my experience here in Guangzhou. This is just a quick post. Take care!

A New Howard Family Addition

•February 27, 2018 • Leave a Comment

 

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One of the happiest moments of my life.

 

The past year and a half have been completely life-changing. God finally brought me back to China, I met my soul-mate, I got married to her and yesterday God gave us the cherry on top Noah Connor Howard. This was one of the most difficult things I have ever experienced, but it was also one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

These are some of the photos of our new little Howard addition to the family. Isn’t he beautiful?! I learned a few things just within the last two days, that I hopefully will never forget. God has really blessed me with one of the most amazing women I have ever met. My wife Elizabeth is made of the strongest fibers. She was willing to go through the pain of childbirth because she deeply loves me and wanted to give our family children. That is one of the greatest acts of love any person has ever shown me. My only wish is that God will bless me with a full life to share my love with her and my gratitude for all she has done. Being with her during birth was a great time of reflection for me.

The second thing that I learned is just how much God really has blessed us. After they released Elizabeth and little Noah back to their room, we dedicated Noah to God and re-dedicated our family to the Lord. I want the Howard family to wholeheartedly serve the Lord. This birth has placed a lot of things into perspective for me in my life. My life was changed in a moment, but I wouldn’t ever wish to go back. I cannot see my life without my dear wife or Noah!

 
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