October 15, 2021

征文49 ▏Carla: Guangzhou is perfect for my curious soul
My story in China started when I got a job offer for a company in Guangzhou. I never thought of China as a place where I would like to live, I only considered it as a place to travel sometime in my life. Surprisingly, China has turned out to be the country that has brought me the most exciting adventures and experiences in my life so far.我收到广州一家公司offer的时候,我的中国之旅也随之开始。我从未想过,今后我会住在中国,我只把它看作是生命中的旅居之地。但令我惊喜的是,中国带给我的是最激动人心的冒险经历。
征文48 ▏Hanna: Always busy and so happy!
My first time in China was 18 years ago. I visited Xiamen as a tourist with my mum, my aunt and her daughters. Not many tourists came here at the time, and everything was rather cheap. We had booked 3 rooms in Mandarin Hotel but they gave us an upgrade to stay at whole Vila. Yes, we got a 5 stars vila all to ourselves! That was so beautiful, like a wonderland. An unforgettable first impression.我第一次来中国是在 18 年前。我和妈妈、姨妈和她的女儿来厦门旅游。当时来这里的游客不多,而且东西都相当便宜。我们在悦华酒店订了 3 个房间,但他们给我们升级到别墅房。没错,我们住进了一套五星级别墅!那里美得就像一个仙境。厦门给我留下了难忘的第一印象。
征文47 ▏Raj: Speaking Minnan made my life in Xiamen easier
The first time I step foot on Chinese soil was in 1997 when I went to Beijing for a work trip regarding the design of a hotel there. Coming here for the first time helped to dispel a lot of the misconceptions in my head and the rumors that I heard about living here. I heard that China was so crowded absolutely everywhere, that people misbehaved, that there were no proper toilets!  Well, of course, it was all wrong.我第一次踏上中国的土地是在 1997 年,我当时去北京出差,为一家酒店进行设计。第一次来到这里,打消了我脑海中存在的许多误解,那些关于在中国生活的传言也不攻自破了。我听说中国哪里都很拥挤,人们行为粗鲁,也没有体面的厕所!当然,这是完全错误的。
征文46 ▏Jenny: In China, I get VIP treatment
After my college graduation, I met up with my high school friend, Renelyn, who was at that time working as a foreign teacher in Xiamen city. After hearing her wonderful experience here in Xiamen, I asked her the procedure on how to apply to work as ESL teacher. At that time, the qualifications required for ESL teachers weren’t that stringent, basically, the requirements were to hold a Bachelor’s degree and a TESL  certificate. I was lucky enough to pass all interviews and landed my first job as a foreign teacher in Xiamen Educational College which eventually merged with 2 other colleges and renamed into Xiamen City Vocational College.大学毕业后,我偶遇了高中同学 Renelyn,她当时在厦门做外教。她给我讲了在厦门的精彩故事,然后我问她如何申请成为 ESL(以英语为第二语言) 教师。当时,对 ESL 教师的资格要求并不严格,基本要求是持有学士学位和 TESL(英语作为第二外语教学) 证书。我很幸运地通过了所有的面试,在厦门教育学院找到了我的第一份工作——外教,该学院最终与其他两所学院合并,更名为厦门城市职业学院。
征文45 ▏Biba: there’s nothing romantic about our story
My husband and I lived in Xiamen for almost ten years, but apart from colleagues or friends in groups involved in saving animals, we didn’t meet that many other foreigners. The reason is simple, we didn’t have time. 我和丈夫在厦门生活了近十年,但除了一起拯救动物的同事和朋友外,我们并没有认识很多外国人 。原因很简单,我们没时间。