This year the Mid-Autumn Festival, or Moon Festival, falls on September 13th. This is the 2nd most important festival in China, after the Chinese New Year/Spring Festival blow out extravaganza. The Mid-Autumn Festival is a harvest festival that coincides with the autumnal equinox and marks the end of the summer harvest season, and its date varies from year to year because the Chinese can’t seem to let go of the Lunar Calendar. Of course, they’ve seen silverware too, but Jerry Seinfeld already did that bit.
Like everything else here, the history of the Mid-Autumn Festival dates all the way back, 3,000 years, to the Shang Dynasty, when the powerful sorcerer Lo Pan broke the curse of immortality by marrying a girl with green eyes…no, wait, that was the plot to Big Trouble in Little China. Here’s the real one, according to legend (or, Wikipedia, if you want to be a jerk about it):
“Chang'e and her husband Houyi were immortals living in heaven. One day, the ten sons of the Jade Emperor transformed into ten suns and scorched the Earth. Having failed to order his sons to stop ruining the Earth, the Jade Emperor summoned Houyi for help. Houyi, using his legendary archery skills, shot down nine of the sons, but spared one son (who conveniently became the Sun). The Jade Emperor was obviously not pleased with Houyi's solution to save the Earth as it involved Houyi murdering nine of his sons. As punishment, the Jade Emperor banished Houyi and Chang'e to live as mere mortals on Earth.
Seeing how miserable Chang'e felt over her loss of immortality, Houyi decided to go on a long, perilous quest to find the pill of immortality so that the couple could become immortal again. At the end of his quest he met the Queen Mother of the West who agreed to give him the pill, but warned him that each person needs only half the pill to become immortal.
Houyi brought the pill home and stored it in a case. He warned Chang'e not to open the case and then left home for a while. Like every other woman in the history of the world, she didn’t listen. She opened up the case and found the pill just as Houyi was returning home. Nervous Houyi would catch her fiddling with the pill, she swallows the whole thing like a stooge and starts to float into the sky because of the overdose. Although Houyi could have used his wicked archery skills to shoot her and tether her down, he couldn’t bear to do it and Chang'e kept on floating until she landed on the moon.
Although Chang’e missed her husband dearly, she wasn’t alone. She did have company of a jade rabbit that manufactured elixirs, and that of the lumberjack Wu Gang. The lumberjack offended the gods in his attempt to achieve immortality and was therefore banished to the moon. Wu Gang was allowed to leave the moon if he could cut down a tree that grew there. The problem was that each time he chopped it down; it would instantly grow back, effectively condemning him to live on the moon for eternity. Gods are tricky that way.”
So to commemorate this story, as well as the end of the harvest season, people throughout China gather their families together to catch up while eating moon cakes (discussed in more detail later) and pomelo. They also light lanterns to adorn their homes, temples, and even the sky. This last kind of lantern, called a, “sky lantern,” is really quite cool. They’re basically an ornate box kite that’s lit with a candle, but when they’re launched, after night fall, they make for a beautiful, candlelit sky. Add to this luminescence that of the full round moon and you’ve got yourself the makings of one festive evening. It’s also the perfect occasion to pull out your old Neil Young albums (namely Harvest and Harvest Moon) and rock out.
Alternate Uses for Moon Cakes:
Let’s face it; the moon cake is the fruitcake of China. No one actually wants them (other than for re-gifting purposes). They’re just the gift you give people to let them know how little you care for them. For the person on the receiving end, it’s really a slap in the face. The giver of said crap cakes gets to slide by on the kindness of the gesture, while you’ve got to work up a smile, and pretend to appreciate what is in essence, an empty, backhanded act of passive aggression. Giving someone moon cakes is the same as saying, “I’ve nothing but contempt for you, but I do plan on knocking you up for a favor in the next couple weeks, so try not to choke.” But all’s not lost because moon cakes can serve many other functions besides pissing all over the definition of cake. So as those decorative boxes of banality from all your condescending know-nothing colleagues at work pile up in your home, don’t think about how drunk you’re going to have to get to choke them all down. Get creative. Think like Martha Stewart, or just keep reading and use some of the ideas we’ve come up with. It’s a good thing.
Stabilize that wobbly chair or coffee table
One of the nice things about a cake that’s got the density of a brake pad is that it can endure a sizeable amount of force without breaking apart. That makes it one of the best materials to use to support that bothersome short leg on your table, chair, or bar stool. It also won’t scuff up your hardwood floors.
Serves as a fantastic replacement puck for ice or street hockey
Thanks to the moon cakes stout, cylindrical design, (It’s called, yeast, you a-holes! It’s what makes baked goods fluffy and delicious. Stop living in the past.), it has, not only the same shape as a standard ice hockey puck, but also, almost, the exact same dimensions. So here’s what you do. Take a box of these abominations and throw them in the freezer for a couple hours while you gather the gang for a good old fashion game of street hockey, or take them down to the skating rink at the MixC Mall and have at it.
Give to the needy
This is just to prove our point that these shit snacks are universally reviled. Go up to a homeless person asking for money and give them a box of these bastards instead, and see if you don’t get pegged in the back of the head with one as gratitude for your selfless gesture.
Protect yourself from stray dogs
It’s late and you’re stumbling out of the bar after a few too many with your buddies. Your senses are impaired, as is your sense of direction. You find yourself alone, walking down a dark street when you spot a mongrel dog that has shown an interest in you. You’re too drunk to outrun it, and it’s the only thing between you and your warm bed. What do you do? You pull out the moon cakes that some jackanapes forced on you and you force them right into the dog’s mouth. Like peanut butter on their nose, this should keep it occupied for at least 10 minutes, giving you plenty of time to make a staggering escape.
Whip at motorists who don't obey the traffic laws
How many times have you been on your bike, or in a taxi, and you’ve almost been killed by some motorist who thinks the rules don’t apply to them? If you’ve been here a week it’s happened at least once. Don’t lie to us. Of course, you want to throw something at them, but all you have handy is your cell phone and/or wallet and, obviously, you can’t throw those. Moon cakes combine the heft of a billiard ball with the softness of a dessert you’d still pass on in a hostage situation. You make your point, no damage to the target’s car, but the message was received. Everyone wins.
Earmuffs in the winter
Get creative this winter and be the first one on your block to chase away the chills with some homemade, moon cake earmuffs. All you need is a needle, some decorative, elastic yarn, 2 moon cakes (one for each ear) and a microwave. Cut 5 lengths of yarn at a measure of one and half times the circumference of your head. Work the yarn through the moon cakes laterally (through the sides). Adjust the position of the cakes so that each one rests comfortably over each ear, with your lengths of yarn going around your head like a sweat band. When you’ve got them positioned how you like them, tie the ends of your yarn together to ensure a snug fit around your cabeza. When you’re ready to hit the town, throw your stylish new earmuffs in the microwave for 30 seconds and prepare to laugh derisively at Old Man Winter.
Haze the new guy
Like snake wine and unicycles, moon cakes serve no purpose. They do, however, work well for gags, especially when the new guy in your office starts getting a little too big for his britches. Knock him down a peg, and remind him of his place by challenging his manhood with a moon cake eating contest. Basically, you just tell him that it’s a rite of passage we’ve all gone through and if he can’t eat 10 moon cakes in 10 minutes, no one will respect him. Whether or not he finishes them is beside the point. The point is, no one else is going to eat these things and they’re starting to take up space.
And there you have it. Seven great ways to get rid of your moon cakes, when re-gifting is simply not an option, but by no means, are these the only ways. Get creative and think up some yourself. You like building models? Build yourself a 1/10 scale trebuchet and see how far you can wing them. Or give them to kids. They’ll put anything in their mouths. Happy Mid-Autumn Festival, everybody!
This is not a drill. Your Fresh & Imported Grocery Experts are turning 8, and they’re going BIG! To celebrate their birthday, Epermarket is giving away a 5-star trip to Japan for four to one lucky winner. The trip includes flights and accommodation. To enter the competition, all you need to do is shop with them from now till October 28th, and you might just be in the hat for the grand prize! The surprises don’t stop there. They are also giving away 3000 coupons that you can win throughout their birthday celebrations. You can find out more about the birthday competition on their website!
Interested in giving this competition thing a try, but not sure where to start? Epermarket is also having a Birthday Sale where you can explore the best for less and enjoy up to 70% off on over 1500 products!
Discover everything you need from imported meat to dairy and pantry essentials, your favorite items are probably on their shelves, for less. To help you get started, we’ve compiled a list of products we think you’ll love!
Meat & Seafood
From premium meat cuts to fresh salmon and hormone-free chicken, Epermarket has selected a great range of meats to enjoy for dinner parties or even Thanksgiving. Whatever the occasion, only the best tasting meat and fish will be delivered to your door!
Fruits & Veggies
From organic vegetables to fresh and seasonal fruits, find a great range of local produce to add to your shopping cart. Epermarket sources their fruit & veg from over 35 partner farms, so you can feel safe in the knowledge that you’re buying some of the freshest produce around.
For the love of all things dairy, Epermarket has selected some amazing cheeses, fresh and alternative milk and butter for your daily needs. We’ve even found some favorite cheeses like cheddar, Laughing Cow and Mozzarella!
They also have a plethora of pantry essentials to stock up now so you can hibernate all season long without going hungry. From canned tomatoes to biscuits and even puff pastry, you can find just about all your weekly necessities for your kitchen shelves!
If you’re looking for a seamless way to discover more products from Epermarket, you can always scan the QR code below and browse through their Mini Program! Treat yourself to more than 5000 imported products, fresh fruits, organic vegetables and more!
The idea behind Epermarket has always been simple: a place for internationals to buy the food they love, from a source they can trust. They place quality and safety first, with all products curated by professionals, all passionate about food and living a healthy life. Whether you are looking for fresh fruit and organic vegetables, pantry favorites or even home care products, Epermarket has everything you need.
Suzhou, China - September 27 to 29, 2019 - W Suzhou keeps it up with its DETOX, RETOX, REPEAT lifestyle by providing fashion design workshop, live runway show, DJ line up, Sunrise Yoga, fuel your glow workshop @ AWAYSPA and more! With never boring activities and never enough energy, W Suzhou owns the moment for its 2-Gether gathering!
Hang out with Chicco Mao & Chloe Zhao! In afternoon of September 27th, award-winning fashion designer CHICCO MAO and actress Chloe Zhao show up in the EWOW suite of W Suzhou and came to impress! Chicco shared his unique fashion insights and his exclusive collection for guests to try on. Chloe amazed with her beauty secrets and fitness tips, guaranteed to make you dress to kill!
WOOBAR featured a fashion show by designer brands including CHICCO MAO, 1=X, Bronze Lucia, KP and makeup team Z-ONE. The customized "Like Elephant" collection was introduced by 1 = X to raise awareness of environmental protection in the fashion industry and invited Yuntian Zhu & Yunyi Zhu as project ambassadors. 1=X uses 3D transparent resin printing technology and seaweed bio-fibre clothing, calling for protection of elephant ivory. The ingeniously designed KING PING shoes brought high fashion to action, immerging footwear with art and culture inspiration. Last but not least, young fashion brand Bronze Lucia presented cross-gender styling ideas with its characteristic design, showcasing their concept of fashion beyond limits.
Sunrise Yoga with LULULEMON in W Suzhou Studio Garden was a hit! A detox and re-boost with morning workout and healthy juice provided by FRESH BROS. Appetites amplified at the lunch safari with an experience of 3 of W Suzhou restaurants (TORO LOCO+SU YAN+THE KITCHEN TABLE) and WOOBAR. Fuel your glow session at our AWAYSPA workshop; Unleash a retro side during the DJ class with W Suzhou music curator DJ Gin and ace the Mixology class with W Suzhou star mixologist Vlad.
Maobaobao, an independent fashion designer in China, graduated from Milan MARANGONI institute in 2013. In the same year, he founded the brand CHICCO MAO in Beijing. Chicco is gifted at expressing nature of oriental women with a western-style of tailoring, expressing his design concept of elegance, self-confidence and independence.
Chen Xi - Fashion & art curator，founder of 1=X and "1 Ton Project". Together with W Suzhou 2-GETHER, customized "Like Elephant" series for elephant protection.
BRONZE LUCIA is founded by designer Lucia in 2013. The brand has a strong Lolita style - retro, girly and brimming with literature and art.
KING PING originates from KING's extreme pursuit of art and craftsmanship. In the spirit of artists and craftsmen, every pair of shoes is presented with "heart and soul" in KING PING.
Z-ONE has been exploring feminine beauty for 20 years. From beauty looks to inner confidence, Z-ONE continuously provides professional beauty services that allow members to express beauty and charm beyond age.
FRESH BROS aims to bottle nature and health into their product and scientifically pairing their cold pressed juice, fresh juice and light food collection with hand-selected nature ingredients.
About W Suzhou
Located on the banks of Jinji Lake in Suzhou, 90 minutes drive from central Shanghai, W Suzhou is within walking distance of bustling parks and top attractions along the lake’s edge.
Owned by Suzhou Industrial Park Jinji Lake Urban Development, the hotel embodies a modern take on the city’s architectural heritage with a design story inspired by the region’s deep connection to nature.
Slip into a mystical setting of floating art pieces, W SUZHOU’s modern interpretation of the city’s architectural and verdant heritage through playful installations of glass, light and other fantastical elements. Mix and mingle in TORO LOCO-a stylish sanctuary with grilled meats, Spanish tapas and original cocktails. SU YAN's sleek, sophisticated presentations showcase the magnificence of local flavors prepared with global gourmet sensibilities. Indulge in THE KITCHEN TABLE's pleasurable edibles, accompanied by ample conviviality and conversation in a buffet format. Drop by WOOBAR for casual snacks and sips during the day. After sundown, it evolves into an eclectic salon where trendsetting ideas come to life against a backdrop of spellbinding beats and vivid libations. Extraordinary gastronomy and a vivacious cocktail culture complete this remarkable urban narrative infused with artfully surprising encounters. Kaleidoscopes of colorful details defy everyday gravity in exceptional guestrooms, while escapism entices with larger-than-life nature motifs at AWAY SPA, FIT and WET.
Take a Tour at Sam's Club with Us!
Happy National Holiday, everyone!
We're pretty sure you all had a grand time celebrating this golden week with family and friends - cruising to faraway exotic vacation spots, dipping your toes into that fine white sand, tasting good food, and finally catching up on some of the items in your bucket list.
With this long time off, we decided to take a quick tour at Sam's Club at Puxi to check out the latest happenings with our friends!
Whole rotisserie chicken gets sold 3,000+ a day!
At Sam's Club, where millions of meals were eaten, the catering area is particularly popular with its members. Many customers make it a point to go straight to the roasted food section to grab the famous rotisserie chicken!
This particular chicken gets sold more than 3,000+ a day during peak season and is a must-buy for Sam's Club shoppers.
Why? For 1.5 kg of chicken, you can already buy this at less than ¥40!
Also, only Tyson chickens, known leaders in the poultry industry as processors of live poultry from their origins, were selected. A private secret recipe was used for the marination of these chickens before being transported directly to Sam's Club stores for roasting. Sam's back kitchen is equipped with a German imported oven, which strictly controls the oven temperature and roasting time to ensure that each chicken has the same excellent taste.
Whole Rotisserie Chicken
¥39.8/ 1.5 kg.
Yummy Aussie beef up for grabs!
Sam's Club also prides itself with the beef it puts into the shelves - particularly the Australian beef kind. Only cereals were used to feed Australian "aboriginal cattle" for 100 days, growing in lush aquatic areas and equipped with professional dietitians from an early age.
Here at Sam's Club, beef from different parts are available to satisfy everyone's appetite, and they are pretty affordable too! Customers usually just spend less than ¥50 a piece with an average of 3 pieces in a box.
But the fun does not end there! You can taste these on the spot too, right after they are cooked in front of you!
Professional chefs randomly select steaks on the shelves, cook them on the spot and slice them into individual pieces for unlimited tasting. To highlight the advantages of steak, only salt and pepper are added in the cooking process, which does not hide the strong flavor of the beef itself, and the ripeness can also feel the temptation of popping juice.
When the steak is split, the fat part is especially removed so that every guest can have the best part.
Go ahead and line up to find out yourself how good Sam's Club beef is!
True Aussie Beef
*Price subjective to weight
Seafood is gaining popularity!
We also found more interesting things too at Sam's Club - particularly the seafood! There are a variety of cod fillets, salmon and sablefish steaks available for purchase. Here's a little trivia though - Sam's Club does not sell live seafood, but they have frozen seafood available. This assures its customers that all displayed seafood are safe to eat as the quality of the food is better controlled when frozen.
Just looking at that colorful, high-quality fish fillets makes us crave a tasty fish and chips dinner! Yum!
¥158.6 / 600g.
Frozen Pangasius Fillet
¥47.8 / 1.2kg.
12 Day Eggs!?
Another interesting find in Sam's Club is its eggs! Compare to normal eggs with a shelf life for 30 days, none of Sam's Club eggs can stay on its shelves for more than 12 days in order to keep them fresh for you. All eggs are tested already for salmonella and are marked with its "birthdate." All eggs that are past 12 days from its birthdate are taken off and discarded.
This totally takes freshness to a different level indeed.
All eggs are sterilized and source-traceable.
¥29.8 / 1.5kg.
FINALLY, Fresh Produce!
What is a supermarket without fresh fruits and a very efficient way to maintain them? Sam's Club actually has pre-installed coolers in their Produce Walk-In area to keep these fresh for its customers! Talk about cool!
No wonder these cherries, bananas, and kiwis are looking so fresh, despite coming from faraway countries like Australia and the Philippines! All ready for us to take them home!
¥19.9 / 1.4kg.
¥299 / 2kg.
Zespri Jumbo Sungold Kiwifruit
¥199 / 3kg.
Wow! That ends our quick trip to Sam's Club this National Holiday, pretty much excited with the fresh high-quality meat and produce we were able to take us home to try out! Certainly, this won't be the last!
We hope to catch you at Sam's Club soon!
To Make Your Life Easier with High-Quality Products!
Sam's Club takes pride in its end-to-end quality management system where product quality is preserved and controlled from its suppliers to its shelves, prioritizing food safety as much as you do at a great value.
Sam’s quality assurance standard for fresh fruits and vegetables strictly regulates the weight, color and appearance and the level of pesticide residues goods. Different temperature control and regular check towards different products are strictly conducted. Advanced frozen at sea technique and transports with entire cold chain equipment to eliminate food concerns and ensure food freshness and quality are also utilized.
Sam’s Club aims at providing high-quality products from the best origin at its best price, only for its valued members.
Sam’s Club provides an English App for you with same-day delivery and next day delivery service to your home or even to your work office. We have also fulfilled a 1-hour delivery service in most parts of our club cities for you to enjoy a quality and hassle-free life in China.
We ensure you that life is better in the club.
What is Sam's Club?
Sam's Club is a high-end member-only store with a history of over 30 years, over 800 clubs, and 50 million members worldwide. Sam's takes pride in its end-to-end quality management system, where product quality is controlled precisely from its suppliers to its shelves. Sam's aims at providing high-quality products from the best origin at its best price.
What is Member’s Mark?
Sam’s Club offers over 600 types of high-quality products at competitive prices through its private brand – Member’s Mark. Sam’s suppliers are of the highest caliber and they strictly follow product specifications during production to maintain product quality and integrity.
During the Golden Week Holiday, a group of students from grades 7-12 traveled to Spain to return with their minds and hearts filled with life-long memories, friendships and more importantly with the experience of having traveled to Europe, for the first time, for many of them.
Through the week the students took Spanish language lessons, tailored to their level and needs every morning, and during the afternoon they ventured out to explore the best of Madrid.
The visits included the impressive Royal Palace, where they learned how royalty lived; the Reina Sofia art center, home of "El Guernica", Picasso's masterpiece; and a day trip visit to picturesque Toledo.
During the trip, they also enjoyed different cultural experiences, including a wonderful Flamenco dance evening, and two Real Madrid soccer matches.
As they stayed at a local student residence, the students got a taste for college living and enjoyed delicious Spanish home-made food!
At HIS we believe in providing opportunities for students to gain understanding and experiences that link their learning to reality, and it was great to see how the students were able to put their language skills into practice, making historic and cultural connections to what they were seeing and experiencing directly.
Special thanks to the parents who trusted us and supported this trip, to the chaperones, and the accompanying parents for being such great companions.
Once a Dragon, always a Dragon!
HIS Parent Coffee Mornings
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Swim Meet Schedule
Parents and swimmers are asked to view the swim team page on the HIS website for details regarding upcoming competitions.
October 19 & 20: SCIS Invitational at Shanghai Community International School, Hongqiao Campus.
October 26: HISAC Meet at Hangzhou.
Parent-Teacher Conferences – October 22 (no classes for students)
Family Reading Night – October 24 from 5:30 – 7PM.
Families will have the opportunity to rotate through to different locations and will hear 3-4 books throughout the course of the evening in languages of their choice.
If you are interested in participating as a guest reader, please scan the QR code and fill out a brief survey so I can be in touch with you. We would love to have a good mix of staff members from upper school, lower school, the language/SS departments, etc.
If you are interested in joining these excursions, email Mr. Sanchez at email@example.com We are already looking forward to other travel opportunities for our students to discover, learn, and experience the world!
The 2020 admissions season is now open at Wellington College International Hangzhou. To learn more about what makes a Wellington education unique, read on below then register for one of their upcoming Parent Information Sessions.
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Joining Wellington is a rewarding experience for both children and parents alike. A year round range of community events ensures that the entire Wellington community works together to build an inclusive and caring environment for our children. Check out some of the community events below.
If you would like to join this close-knit International community, don’t miss the Parent Info Sessions Wellington College International Hangzhou will be hosting in the coming three months. It is a great opportunity for you to learn more about Wellington College, and to experience first-hand what makes Wellington unique.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 9-11am:
Pre-Prep & Prep (Years 1-6, ages 5 to 10 years old)
Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 9-11am:
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Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 9-11am:
Year 10 (Year 7 and above welcome to join)
Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 9-11am:
Year 10 (Year 7 and above welcome to join)
The Parent Info Sessions will include:
A meet-and-greet with coffee and refreshments
A presentation from the Principal
A tour of Wellington’s state-of-the-art facilities
A question and answer session where you can ask the questions that are important to you!
Wellington College has gained a strong reputation around the world as an educational leader, providing a progressive and exciting academic programme that is supported by strong traditions developed throughout its 160 year history. This continues at Wellington College International Hangzhou, where pupils are supported by world-class teachers, state-of-the-art facilities and an environment that promotes a highly individual education, ensuring that all Wellingtonians fulfil their potential and are given every opportunity for success. Wellington believes in a holistic education that develops well-rounded children, and that means they provide a wide range of both academic and extra-curricular activities.
In addition to this, Wellington College International Hangzhou offers a wide range of community activities throughout the year, where parents have an opportunity to engage with the school and help make the environment more inclusive and caring for the children.
You can also contact the admissions team at your convenience via phone at (+86-571) 8239 6366 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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