The End of a Summer


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It’s the end of the Summer and even though temperatures still rise above 30 degrees, there is a feeling of Autumn here in Guangzhou. Or is it only because the Moon Festival is coming and October starting soon?

My research plan got the approval of my teachers and I have continued forward with my master’s thesis. Finding people to answer my survey has been harder than I thought, but I hope to get the required amount of answers somehow. I wish to do and write as much as I can before our baby arrives in the  beginning of November.

I noticed I haven’t written much about my pregnancy, but that’s because everything has gone so well. I’ve been feeling normal and continued studying and teaching as before. These days at 32+ weeks I need to take it a bit easier after a long day, to remember that I don’t have to run everywhere but can slow down as well.

The fact that I’m being pregnant in China shows in a few ways. I usually get a seat in the bus or metro, some people are even overly friendly and jump right up when they see me stepping into a metro. My doctor’s appointments are fast and to the point, no extra small talk about how I feel or how does the father to be handle the life change. Coffee shop staff always confirms if I really want my drink cold, as it’s not advised in China to drink cold drinks when pregnant. My mother-in-law makes special soups when we have dinner at their place once in a while. Other than that my pregnancy is going forward as anywhere in the world.

As the arrival of our baby is coming closer, I might not be as active here on the blog or can’t find the time to answer my emails. At the moment the fastest way to contact me and follow my life in China is through my Facebook Page. I do have lots of plans for my blog though!

I’m planning to write a series of Chinese textbook reviews to help all of us learning Chinese to find the right book to study Mandarin. Later I’m also going to write more about prenatal appointments and giving birth in a Chinese hospital. If you have any ideas for blog posts, leave a comment and let me know!

  • Brenna

    Hey Sara, is your questionnaire the one that you shared on we chat? If I’m in your demographic and it’s a different questionnaire, please let me know.


  • Robert Cox

    Sara, can you somehow send your facebook page?the link is not working. I am talking with a lady in Kunming Yunnan province, she is a novelist, I publish comics, and am in the process of having my comics tranlated into Mandarin. Hope your fall is wonderful, I know it will be when the baby arrives. Please remember Christmas, without Father Christmas it is always ice and snow with no gifts, very bleek, Christmas is about the Gift we are given, have a wonderful holiday always


    Sara Jaaksola Reply:

    Thank you for letting me know, I’ll fix the link! Here is the link again: Or you can just search for “Living a Dream in China”.

    Wow, your plans sound very exciting! This year we are gonna have a very special Christmas. First of all we have our baby with us, and then my brother and his girlfriend join us for the holidays!


  • That’s funny about the cold drinks. I think that happened to me too. I also drank a latte or coffee almost every day (my doctor in the US said it was fine) which was very worrying to everyone. I sometimes had other people order for me as I didn’t want to get scolded.


    Sara Jaaksola Reply:

    Yesterday I ordered an ice tea and the waitress looked confused and said “eh, you know there is ice in ice tea right? So it’s cold as ice you know?” It’s cute that they are very caring, but I believe everyone knows that ice tea is cold :)
    In Finland I think they say three or less cups per coffee per day is ok.