Needles, Nails and other Necessities…

Today marks exactly one month since we left Canada for our new life in China, and I am happy to report that I am slowly finding ways (and being forced in others) to embrace this new culture that we currently call “home”.

 Today, I was forced to embrace the healthcare system which, quite honestly, scared me to death.  Today Ben received his 2 month immunizations.  I’ve been dealing with a lot of anxiety about this for the past few days… make that weeks… ok, fine, months!  I’ve been thinking about this day for months!

 When we were back in Canada I did tons of research into when and where Ben would be able to receive his immunizations, and after much searching, I found a Korean Clinic that imports International Vaccines.  Thankfully, we are able to follow the exact same immunization schedule as we would in Saskatchewan – even if the clinics look a little different….

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The staff at the clinic were all pleasant and professional, and truthfully – it felt a little like our second home, being in a Korean Clinic!

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It turns out that no matter how much research you do, immunizations are difficult in all parts of the world… and the mommies always cry more than the babies!

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After successfully surviving our first appointment for the day, it was time to embrace yet another unique aspect of Chinese culture… although I have to admit, this one is just a little easier to embrace!

NAIL ART!

Our new friend, Olivia, took us to have our nails done, Chinese style, in the tiniest salon spa I have ever been in.  (Yes – that’s the entire salon right there).

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The options were were pretty OVERWHELMING for this nail biter!

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And some were… well…..see for yourself…

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I really tried to step out of my comfort zone in the “nail art” department and try something new, but I couldn’t bring myself to go with the giant gemstones or cartoon drawings just yet.  So I settled for ombre:

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Erika was a little braver than I was with her candy colours:

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All in all, this is definitely an experience I will happily re-live… once every 3-4 weeks!

We will see how brave I get!

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And finally, the last stop of the day.  Anyone who knows me well understands why this part of the day is called “Necessities”….

A little piece of home!

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I am officially going to be OK.

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