It already feels like Fall in Shanghai. I love the cooler (but not too cold) weather. Feels great to be outside! We’ve been walking Kyle to school every day. He’s finishing up his 2nd week of school. So far, everything is going well with Ms. Jin. He doesn’t say much about school, but he seems happy at pick-up, and he doesn’t complain so I think things are fine. Yesterday, his teacher announced that Kyle gained 2 kilos - so Chinese! I have noticed that Kyle grew taller and heavier over the summer. He still wants to sneak into bed with us, but we are able to be more strict now because of our fear of being kicked and having it hurt!
Alan and I will be returning to the Pudi Boutique Hotel for our monthly (around my Day 14) get-away! I’m looking forward to it. Hopefully, one of these months will finally be a successful baby-making month…
Activities are filling up our schedules - nothing new with Alan and me! Last night we attended the opening of a new steakhouse called Roosevelt. The owner is George Chen who also owns Shanghai 1930s in SF. Tonight I’ll be going to a B&B dinner. B&B is a wine dinner club which originated in Australia as a men’s club. One of my friends, Julianne Huh, started a women’s version in Shanghai. The club meets once a month at a nice restaurant and beef and red wine are always served, of course. Since many of my friends are now members, I enjoy attending, and the meals are usually amazing! This month’s B&B will be at the new Hyatt on the Bund.
I’m getting more involved with marketing for Diva Life. With a new shop opening in Pudong this month, I’m motivated to see my efforts benefit two spas instead of one. I’m trying to keep my focus on event marketing - meeting new potential customers at events and getting them to visit our spa. There are many expat groups and events which offer plenty of opportunities for us to market to our target market. Today I’ll be interviewing two college students to be interns for Diva Life. I’m excited to get young people to help with side marketing projects (teaching English to staff, building a corporate database, etc), but I just hope I don’t find managing them more burdensome.
I also started taking aqua fitness once a week! Sad to say it has been almost 6 years since I last exercised on a regular basis. The class is perfect for me. It’s a group, and the exercising can be at my own pace.
What I wish I had more time to do is scrapbooking! I still dream about my party scrapbook business idea. Just waiting to find the right partner to plan and more importantly, help execute with me. I left my camera battery charger at home so interestingly enough, I have no pictures from the past few weeks, but I hope friends will forward copies to me so Alan can post on iTien.com. In some ways, I’ve more free without my camera. It’s like not having my phone! Text messaging is addictive here.
Saturday, September 8, 2007 (Eugenia is 17 today!)
The last 2 weeks have been crazy hectic, but admittedly, quite fun. First, I organized a Play Date Camp. Each day, a small group of kids went to someone’s house or on a field trip. The idea was to have each mom host one day. I ended up hosting 2 days and participating in another 2 days, and I organized the carpools every day! Although it was exhausting, the time spent with Kyle that last week before school started was priceless. My favorite day was the first day on Monday. We had a games and ice cream sundae play date. It was simply pure fun!
This past week, we have had 3-4 houseguests (Dennis, Cindy, & Ken, + Steve), SCU MBA students (hosted a Diva spa party and played tour guide for dean and professor’s wives), Aunt Rose and Emma visiting for one night, and Kyle starting school in his new all-Mandarin class! We’re opening a second Dive Life Spa in Pudong this month so I’m also now finding myself in business meetings…
Next week will be my SH expat womens’ groups meeting. There are 3-4 events, and I’m hoping to help get the word out about our new spa in Pudong, but also it’ll be nice to see old friends and meet new ones, too. Networking…. which is good because Alan is more motivated to do some grassroots marketing with geni and JUCCCE (Peggy’s energy project).
Kyle will be turning 6 in two weeks! We decided to cancel having a big party at Kidtown (maybe after feeling overwhelmed with people the last 2 weeks), and now we’ll have his Knights party at home with 5 other boys. We’re going to turn our living room into a big play castle and make costumes for the kids.
For October holiday, we’ll be flying to Bali for Joy and Jamie’s wedding celebration - yay! On the way back, I’ll spend 4 days in HK on my own.
I’m also planning to go back to the US in October for Chengy-Yi and Greg’s wedding, and also to visit family and friends. I’m not sure how long I want to be away from Kyle and Alan.
Alan and I are doing monthly get-aways and staying in a hotel over night. Last week, we were at an amazing boutique hotel called Pudi near Fuxing Park. We truly had a fabulous time (also at the Hawaii Hilton Village in July). It’s nice to have something to look forward to every month…!