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  • Kids' Learning Games and Activities to Inspire Learning

    Play is work to children. Kids' learning games and preschool educational activities are the best tools to teach children. It is through play that kids enjoy themselves and find learning fun. This positive experience turns a child into a passionate learner in years to come. It helps to nurture the attitude and mindset of a child to be a keen learner since young.The child will take this positive mindset to adulthood. Having a right learning attitude is important since one can never stop learning throughout in life.With this strong belief, I turn from a professional executive into a stay at home mom to coach my children. To me, parents need to take responsibility to create learning opportunities for our children. This is what we have done..."What matters is that our children grow up to have a LOVE for Learning, and to be Life-Long Learners. It is a Marathon, not a Sprint."- Heng Swee Keat, Singapore Education Minister.

  • How to bargain when in China???

    If you want to buy something at a market in China, you should remember that you can buy it for at least half the initial price if you know how. Haggling is a true skill -- start honing your skills now.Wouldn’t it be great if you could BARGAIN for everything you wanted? Really, everything – from breakfast to lunch, T-shirts, umbrella’s, and…classes? In China, unless it’s a retail store, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to bargain for what you want. In fact, I was able to talk down the price of a Chinese Language Course, taught through a school, from 120 RMB to 80RMB per hour!Bargaining is a part of life here in China. Most Chinese people expect to haggle over outrageous prices at the market, but foreigners can often get lost in the shuffle. When the US Dollar to Chinese Yuan is 1:6.6, all of a sudden that 50 Yuan shirt is seen as “so cheap! It’s barely $8!” All of a sudden, Westerners are buying souvenirs at triple the price Chinese tourists are paying. Many Chinese merchants know that their Western counterparts are ignorant of the rules of bargaining, and they use that to their advantage. So for those of you who may be travelling to the Middle Kingdom soon, here are my 5 best tips on how to score the biggest deals…First, Foremost, Most Important and so on…NEVER start bargaining for something you don’t intend to buy. This is considered rude, and you could end up insulting the shop owner and making yourself look bad. If you don’t want it, a simple No Thanks or “bu yao” (I don’t want) will suffice. Sometimes you have to employ the old Cold Shoulder technique, but if you don’t want it, don’t act like you’re going to buy it. There’s something called “saving face” that works into this, but that’s an entirely different story that I’ll get to later on in the week. But I digress…1. Never act excited. I’ve always found that the less you appear to want something, the lower the price goes. Even if you found that ONE perfect item you’ve been looking for, appear disinterested. A lot of times the price will drop just so the shop keeper can hope to inspire a sale.2. Cut the price in half, then half it again. At many markets, especially markets with a large number of tourists, prices can sky rocket. A good rule of thumb is to half the price twice. So when a T-shirt costs 100 RMB, start bargaining at 25 RMB. You’ll likely to meet the shop keeper somewhere in the middle, which is probably closer to the price the shirt was worth in the first place.3. You’re not stealing their money. Bargaining is a game. When the shop keeper sees you eyeing that T-shirt, they’ll ask you if you like it. (Remember – act disinterested!) Reply with an “I dunno…how much is it?” You’ll most likely get an answer close to “120 Yuan, but I’ll give you a special price – 100 Yuan!” This is where you looked outraged, and say “100 Yuan?? Tai gui le!” (Too expensive!) The shop keeper will then ask you how much you’ll pay for it, and I always start out around 15 or 20 Yuan. So say “I’m not sure, I already have something similar…I guess…15 RMB?” Then they’ll look outraged and say “15? No! I lose money!” You’ll get loads of different answers – I’m losing money, I have to feed my family, that’s too little, I need to pay for my (insert a phone, electric or other bill payment here). The bottom line is – no one will sell you anything if they weren’t making money off it. If you really think that that T-shirt is only worth 30 Yuan, and the shop keeper won’t go lower than 45, don’t be afraid to…4. Walk Away. Walking away can often lead to the price of something being lowered. I’ve gotten all the way to another street when a vendor came chasing after me, waving my would-be purchase in her hands agreeing to my price. Walking away suggests that you’ll look to make another purchase somewhere else, and often a seller would rather sell you something of THEIRS for a lower price than lose a sale to their competitors.5. Shop Around. In the Yu Garden, shop keepers are all selling the same things, so often you can find that same, “one of a kind” item at another stall for a cheaper price. In fact, if you’re at the Yu Garden, there are many shops outside the Yu Market itself that sell the same items as the market does – and those are even cheaper. Don’t limit yourself to one shop unless it’s really something you haven’t seen anywhere else.

  • Newcomer :)

    Hey guys and girls!This is Mariola from Poland. She arrived here yesterday. We will do our best to make her stay in Shanghai enjoyable. Welcome to China, Mariola! :)

  • Testimony of one of the Au Pairs - check it out and see for yourself :)

  • Christmas Market is opening its doors once again!

    Get into the festive spirit and sort all your Christmas gifts with holiday markets, fairs and bazaars around Shanghai this winter. This list will be updated as more events are confirmed.Christmas Fantasy at Jingan Kerry CentreAdmission FREEDate Fri 27 Nov 2015 - Sun 03 Jan 2016Time 10am-10pmShanghai Medieval Christmas FairAdmission 50-70RMBDate 27 Nov - 25 Dec (Every weekday) , 28 Nov - 27 DecTime 5pm-9pm (27 Nov - 25 Dec), 11am-10pm (28 Nov - 27 Dec)Paulaner ChristkindmarktAdmission 30RMB Fri/ 60RMB Sat-Sun/ children freeDate Fri 04 Dec - Sun 06 DecTime 11am-10pm , 11am-10pm , 11am-9pmKTGA Winter FestivalAdmission 50 RMB Sat-SunDate Sat 05 Dec - Sun 06 DecTime 12pm-10pm , 12pm-8pm

  • A wonderful celebration of Halloween

    Six days ago, we've had an activity in Shanghai.Would you like to find out how we spend our time? Here are some pictures from this event, once you see them, you'd wish you were here with us. We went to Wetland Park, played games with kids, talked with them and laughed with them.We've had great time together.But, it's never too late to join us at any time :)

  • Join us in the Mid-Autumn Day

      Soon the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival will begin. Do you know the origin of the festival? Do you know how Chinese celebrate the festival? Please join us,let's go live with the Chinese family and eat with them,play with them,celebrating the Mid-Autumn Day so that you will feel the real experience of the Chinese culture. 

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