air pollution mask
The air quality index (AQI) in China is known to be generally poor. Our friend suggested purchasing masks to help protect us from the pollution. Richard did some research and found that this mask from Amazon works well. We will also download some apps to update us on the daily air quality, and I'll report back on which apps are most helpful.
Richard and I met with a friend of ours who has been living abroad for many years, and one of her suggestions was to get the Chase Sapphire Reserve Credit Card. We looked into it and found that there are many travel benefits! Some of the highlights include:
1) it covers up to $100 of Global Entry or TSA Pre-check every 4 years,
2) you can receive $300 travel credit reimbursements,
3) you can access airport lounges worldwide, and 4) there are no foreign transaction fees!
*Side note: The application fee is $450 but you will get most of that reimbursed from all of the benefits.
shanghai KICKOFF PARTY
All participants in the Shanghai 2018-2019 program were invited to a kick-off party to launch our community and journey to Shanghai. It was difficult to find a date and time for students to gather together, but a Friday night seemed best. We hosted it at Dr. Erbes's brother's house in Calabasas because it was a large home that could accommodate all of the guests, and it was close to campus. Students were terrible about rsvp-ing so estimating the numbers for food was a little challenging. If you keep your receipts and submit them to the IP Office, the University subsidizes the event (about $7 per student, though I clearly exceeded that!). All in all, it was fun to plan the event and think of activities to make the evening memorable!
LOVE IN THE DETAILS: I am a big believer that love lies in all the details so here are some details that were included in the kick-off party to make it special for the students. To watch the video of our Shanghai Kickoff Party, click here.