Thursday, August 28, 2014

I Had a Cry

So yesterday was a crying day. We were down to our last pennies and no one had taken us to the bank. We took a taxi to down to try to get to the bank and get our cell-phones up and running and we ran into major roadblocks.. No one spoke a word of english. At the cell-phone place I had to ask Siri how to say "bring me to the bank i need money" in mandarin. Then the people looked up the answer: THE BANK IS CLOSED. I had 7 RMB to get a taxi home (it costs around 20), we had no food, no utensils, no dishes, we were hot, frustrated etc... The taxi driver took us home for the reduced price because he thought we were pathetic and I got inside the apartment and broke down....

Thankfully today is a new day. We will go to the bank today, go to the grocery store, get our phones up and running and it will be better, but I just needed yesterday to feel sorry for myself, lol...

Luxu taxi (courtesy of my friend Maria's Blog)

Tomorrow we're going to Shanghai for shopping and Ian is going with a guy to check out the rugby scene! I'll take lots of pictures!!


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Tobi Or Not Toby

So here it is. My first blog post about our "great adventure" to Shanghai (more on that later) and alas, it's coming to you from Canada. There are a number of reasons why I wanted to start this blog, namely:
  1. To chronicle our adventure for family and friends

  2. To serve as a resource for other Canadians (or whomever) moving to China

  3. To share photos

  4. To have an online memoir of sorts to look back at in the future
I am horrible with paperwork and if someone told me about all of the "hoops I would have to jump through" to move to China a couple months ago, I might have hesitated a lot more than I did. Thank god I have Ian to keep me on top of everything because I might have given up a long time ago. Nothing ever goes smoothly for me when it comes to applications and loads of paperwork and this time is not an exception. 

Here's a little known fact about me: my LEGAL name is Toby. Yes, with a "y". Ewwwwwww.... That's how you spell Toby the boy, or Toby the dog, NOT Toby the girl! So when I was in the 7th grade I took it upon myself to change the "y" to an "i" and become Tobi. The girl. The girl that can sign her name with a heart on top of the "i". Did I do this legally? Of course not. Why would I bother? Who's going to care?!?!? 

The Chinese government, that's who... 

So because of that letter with the cute heart on top we had to delay our flights a few days until I went to a notary saying officially that Toby Crawford is the same person as Tobi Crawford. phew.... Done... Can we go now? 


In a few days I will get my visa in the mail, I can go to the Chinese consulate and get everything signed and THEN we'll be on our way... But for now, here's some advice: 

Don't be cute with your name. 

Just sign all your stuff with the proper spelling, 

And for god's sake, don't let important people like your 

Credit card companies or universities screw up the spelling either!!!