Nostalgia

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How are you all doing? Jade had her last day of work yesterday and Elvi is still working hard for school! We found some old pictures from us at school, in between classes, and looking at these pictures, do feel a little nostalgia.. With us following such different classes next year, things just won’t be the same, which is sad but also nice because we are moving forward, and change can be good too. Anyway, we just thought it would be nice to share some pictures that have the both of us in them! The quality is not too good, but they are nice anyway. ^^

Love, TNT! (We should start writing this without the comma, as in commanding you all to LOVE TALL AND TINY, who knows it might just work)

ps: look at Jade’s long hair, so different…

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Frightening and Relieving

Hi!

We’re still working really hard for our exams, which is so exhausting… But the end of the tunnel is getting closer! In about a week from today it’ll be over. That’s relieving as well as frightening. You see, on the one hand we want the exams to be over asap and go lie in the sun with a cocktail in our hands. But on the other hand, we want (and need) more time! We just have too many things to study! Elvi has an exam today, let’s hope it goes well! It should, because she’s been working really hard for it the last couple of days. So thumbs up for her everyone!

Check out these pictures we took a while ago. They were taken when we had to go to this ‘French Sinology’ day and attend lectures that were entirely in French. We had a whale of a time, really, it was super interesting. Considering we don’t speak French, that was sarcasm. Also, the parts that we did understand, we didn’t agree with. So it wasn’t really the bestest of days… But we attended and survived, the way we do!

xx Jade

Tall and tiny pink hair flower floral long


Do the peace thing

Hello!

Remember last Thursday when we got all emotional about our last day of school? Well, this picture was taken right after our last class. Don’t we look like almost-graduating sinologists?

Tall and tiny

No, okay, you’re right, we don’t. Maybe if we’d wear glasses and elbow patches…

jade glasses

Nope, still not working. But who cares? We look cool! And kind of Chinese, since Jade is doing the peace thing.

Last week we also let our good friend Cécile braid our hair together, it’s like all kinds of chocolate or different milkshake flavors mixed together.

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Darn now we’re hungry.


Kaishi! 开始!

Hi!

We had our first exam today! It was our most important Chinese exam, which mostly contains grammar and vocabulary exercises, and which basically is our theoretical exam. Tomorrow and Thursday we still have to do our practical Chinese exams. Then, two weeks later we have to do some other exams like Chinese literature, classical Chinese etc. It’s tough, but on the other hand, we have the summer ahead of us now. At least, we sure hope we do! We read in the newspaper today, that Western Europe is going to have the worst summer since 1816, that’s almost 200 years ago! Also, since our last summer kind of sucked (due to resit exams and working) we were really hoping to catch up on some summer… So please oh please let the weather be good, or we might just sink into a deep state of some kind of.. — wait let’s not think about the possible depressing consequences, let’s just hope it’ll be okay!!

Check out this picture from a while ago. See mister weather? That’s the kind of weather we like.

xx Tall and tiny

Tall en tiny


How do you say…?

Hello everyone!

When we tell someone we study Chinese, their first reaction is either “wow that’s so cool” or “you’re going to be so rich”. First of all, the rich thing? Highly unlikely for the both of us, since we aren’t interested in the business world. And now for the ‘wow cool’ part. It starts off with “Say something in chinese!” and then we quickly say anything that comes to mind, no matter how silly it is and make them go “that’s awesome” which makes us feel all proud of ourselves. Then comes the next phase: “Can you say this?” “How do you say that?” It’s like they can’t believe we actually speak Chinese, so they have to test us all the time.

“How do you say uncle in Chinese?”

“Uhh… Let me think… It’s uh… No wait it’s… Eh..”

“Geesh, you can’t even say a simple word like uncle?”

And then -BAM- away goes all the credibility of us being able to speak Chinese. Why is it that we sometimes find it hard to translate the simplest of words? Because Chinese is a very complicated language. Don’t understand what we’re trying to say? Check out the video below, and find out how to say ‘uncle’ in Chinese yourself. Good luck!


Red riding hood and Braids

Hi!

We took these pictures a couple of days ago but forgot to post them. Lai-Yan braided Elvi’s hair and it looks amazing! It is just so perfect, the way it is braided with all the colors… And check out Jade’s little red riding hood coat, isn’t it awesome? It was super rainy that day, so she was very happy. Who doesn’t want a coat like this on a rainy day?

Tall & tiny

cool pink hair braid updo red riding hood coat Zara  cool pink braid updoAlso, we’ve been working very hard in the library the past couple of days, and while doing that, Lai-Yan can’t help herself. She had to braid! So when we leave the library afterwards, our hair always looks amazing, haha!

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Another made-in-the-library braid :

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And remember this updo? Also awesome… ^^

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Have a lovely weekend, and wish us luck with studying for the finals!


List of awesome Part two (Tall)

Hey you!

After Jade’s list of awesome I can’t stay behind and I want to make my own list of awesome!! So here it is: The list with 35 reasons that describes why the last three years have been great for me!

1. I found a studio on the first day I went to leuven to search a place to live!

00 . leuvenhuis

2. my friends helped me pack my stuff before moving to Belgium

1. moving - xin 1. moving - qinchao 3. boxes

3. enjoying the first snow in the beautiful historic centre of Leuven 4. snow2 4. snow14. going to the first christmas market in my life

kerstmarkt5. going to the pizza hut for diner while making art at the same time

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mcflurry7. The first cake Lai-Yan made us.

5. cake LY8. the first time we went to the chinese movie evening at our school. A year later we made our own Chinese movie!

7. film19. Going to the prom / ball / whatever of our faculty. It wasn’t that interesting, but the best part is always dressing up!

ball10. Photoshopping ourselves as Charlie’s Angels

charlie11. eating al sorts of food, marrocain food, thai food, fries, cake we love it all!!

marrokaans friet hot chocolate12. enjoying the sunshine in the park (and then totally forgot about the chocolate cake we brought…)

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13. the time Laura made us cupcakes which accidentally matched our outfits!

cupcakes14. when we’re bored, we make braids!

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15. I made James Wong’s chicken soup to make me feel better!

james wong soup16. I tried a doggy biscuit, I just wanted to know what it tasted like, it ain’t that bad!

koekje17. The time we threw a surpise knitting party for Cecile at my place

knitting party18. the time I put red food colouring on all sorts of food at Laura’s B-day party.

chips19. the time Jade secretly put my name down on a list to attend the visit of Liu Yandong. I didn’t want to go, because we had to prepare an ancient Chinese poem. But after all, we did have fun!

china20. all those times we worked in the library, most of the time boring, but luckily the building is beautiful and we always went together! bieb1 bieb221. the time I had to leave my studio, but moved to another place where I could start redecorating again (that’s always the best part about moving)

lijstjes22. All the times me and Lara danced in my room while playing the Spice Girls really loud

spice girls23. The time I slipped out of class and played piano instead

piano24. The time when my Dutch friends came to Belgium to celebrate Sinterklaas & Christmas

sinterklaas25. the time we did our nails in the McDonalds

mcdonalds26. the drawing I made for a school assignment.

tekening27. The day I started running

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28. the time we made our own Chinese movie

04 11 0729. The time that Sofie finally convinced me to celebrate Carnaval with her. I dressed up like Cleopatra

6. carnaval30. playing with Jade’s dogs.

maltie31. Recording our first music video clip. We brought a lot of stuff and decorated the piano. (We still have to upload the video..) jade qipao clip32. The time when my Belgium friends came to Holland

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33. the day I dyed my hair pink

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34. studying during summer holiday in France, not such a great experience, but it’s better to study there than study at home!

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35. studying at night in the garden

buitenWell that was a nice overview of the last 3 years! Next year will be so different, I’m going to move to Antwerp and Jade will stay in Leuven. I’m really looking forward to it, although I’m going to miss the ‘normal school life’ with the four of us having lessons together!  Hopefully there still will be enough Tall & tiny stuff =)

Kisses,
Elvi