October 13, 2010
I was fortunate enough to be invited to a Chinese wedding about a month back. It was interesting, to say the least.
Not only was good old rice tossing replaced with colorful foam spraying, it was performed as an act of war between the bridesmaids and groomsmen. There were a lot of rockets going off, minor fireworks and in the end the four bridesmaids protecting the bride (me included) were coughing so hard from the smoke attack that we had to surrender and let the groom in to take away his bride.
As the day went on the lovely bride changed into her traditional Chinese dress (which I unfortunately didn’t get a good shot of due to stupid rain) and went around to houses in the groom’s neighborhood to light incense and other things as part of a buddhist ritual. She looked stunning in it indeed, but seemed quite stressed really. Unfortunately at that point I had to leave, so I actually missed out on the best part – the dinner. Though I was relieved to finally be able to jump into a shower and wash all the sticky glitter and confetti off me, I was slightly bummed out. Hai ah.
And again, here I am, all hungry >.<
August 24, 2010
1. A reminder of the time spent at Yaya tea & Coffee in Huadu, but in Shunde 2. Dessert can’t be anything other than 雙皮奶 in Shunde really… 3. Certainly nothing but a map of Guangdong.
It’s pouring down outside. I’ve survived my first thunderstorm in HK. It was pretty alright. Was skating with Charlie at the time, so didn’t really take that much notice of it, except for the occasional disco light in my face. And then I forgot I was hungry (thanks Charlie!), and woah, would you look at the time.
Anyway, I’m about to hit the sack, and tonight’s dream topic will probably be all sorts of food. Nomnomnom.
August 24, 2010
A few more chirps from the back of an electric motorbike in Shunde.
1. The lovely Nicole preppin our fighter for the ride 2. Some housing in the hood 3. Behind those trees hide nice stuff 4. Entering Bei Jiao town to begin our quest for a nail salon 5. Leaving Bei Jiao town in the nick of time after the full mani-pedi 6. Chasin storms
August 23, 2010
The Great Firewall doesn’t allow birds to tweet and blog. So here are some chirps from the past week in Mainland China.
1. Budweiser (!) Chinese lanterns hanging on the trees along the Pearl River 2. Favorite place to eat on Luju Lu 3. Best bar on Bai E Tan street, just because Rose loves me so.
It was strange going back there, to all those familiar places. Things were almost the same, apart from the huge building sites along the river (the area is getting a face-lift, just like many other places before the Asian Games) and of course the fact that it’s August 2010 and not F/W 2009.
I remember when Anja, Sigrid and I sat on little benches not too far from our favorite Tsingtao-selling lady. How Sigrid bought her beloved 60th Anniversary fan (against my will) on Luju Lu on October 1st. How a small group of us gathered to watch the lovely fireworks from the riverside and got covered in little black bits of paper. Smelling the streetfood and holding a gag. Coming back for New Year’s Eve and feeling the love in AMIGO from around 20 other TTCers. “Doing a Lucero” the next day. Coming back time and time again during January, establishing our own little “apartment” with Oley, Christina and Eva.
March 2, 2010
After Hainan it was time for El to hit Shenzhen and for me to… well, I wasn’t quite sure at the time. I ended up buying a ticket for Guangzhou, cancelling it, almost buying a ticket to Kunming and finally going with El to the airport and getting the first flight to Guangzhou after all.
I arrived late at night and was well received by the Huadu crew, so I managed to stay put and enjoy hanging out with good friends for a couple of days there. I even got a home cooked meal! Woo.
In Guangzhou I hung out with Oley and then some and we spent about a week moving about in the Riverside Youth Hostel. There was certainly a lot of girl power (Oley, me, Christina & Eva).
Oh, and I got inked. Yay!
March 2, 2010
As Xmas came closer and closer, so did the realization that we were not at home. The Chinese do try, you’ve got to give them that, but the Xmas spirit is far from present in the RT-Mall of Huadu as well as the streets of Guangzhou. But hey, we’re in China. Let’s do something about it.
Guangzhou stuff sent me an email about a week before Xmas and some saint named Andrew had organized an Xmas Day party at the China Marriott Hotel in Guangzhou (free bar and snacks for only 160kuai!). So Chocolee, Emmezing, Angel and me (also known as Lucky) went there, had a blast, talked to some people, had the most interesting cabride back to Nanhai and then ended up doing Boxing day at DJ’s and Lazy playing a set of clap-clap-animal sounds with a hilarious Chinese guy. Very happy Xmas!
New Year’s Eve turned out to be quite something. My work day (the very last one!) didn’t finish until about 9pm, so from Walton I made a motorbike rush to downtown Huadu, took a bus from there to Guangzhou, metro from Gz Railway St to Fangcun, ran out to Bai E Tan bar street and bounced into AMIGO where I found about 20 fellow TTCers hopping about. By this time it was only 10.30pm, so we did some more hopping until the strike of twelve, which rung in a lot of kisses, a bunch of hugs and a ton of “HAPPY NEW YEAR”s. After leaving AMIGO everything became pretty complicated as we were too many too keep track of each other and somehow ended up on Zhongshan San Lu in the horrible rain with no chance of getting a taxi.
The next day I did a “Lucero” and left the hostel dorm before everyone else woke up and went back to my sweet apartment in Huadu. There I was taken for the best lunch ever with the best colleagues ever (and their sweet girlfriends) at a dim sum place. Later that evening, Tilly joined and we went out for some AMAZING Dong Bei food. I’ve probably never been that happy from eating before. Ah.
The night ended at some massive Chinese club, which was the last of Huadu I got to savor. Lived it, loved it and let it go.
February 10, 2010
The plan after leaving TTC was this:
Spend Halloween-weekend in Foshan visiting Anja and Co
Head back to Shenzhen Sunday night with Charlie.
Get my stuff, leave my room and hop back to Foshan to stay with Anja for a couple of days on Tuesday.
Hit Sanxiang to attend a mini-reunion over the weekend with the lot there.
Monday was going to be the day I left the south behind to hit Beijing one more time.
However, this was where my free spirited nature kicked in. I ended up spending 2 weeks with the Sanxiang lot, staying at Tilly & Tina’s place. The mattress in their living room was my bed, and I spent aaall day watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S. and all evening talking, talking, talking and talking some more with the girls.
The weekend of the 21st we were all going to go to Guangzhou anyway for another mini-reunion and a birthday celebration, so the plan was to stay a couple of days after and head to Beijing from there.
Once you’ve let that spirit free, you can’t really cage it again… As it turns out, it wasn’t willing to leave the south and its warm climate just yet, so I ended up looking for jobs in the area and finally finding myself a place to stay with my former “placement agents”, supposedly helping them build an import-export company… Quite interesting, specially considering I wasn’t too fond of 2/3 of the trio or my rock hard bed…
Real life F.R.I.E.N.D.S were utterly missed.
I’ll be there for you, ’cause you’re there for me too.
February 10, 2010
The last week at SOEC Sigrid and I decided to be reeeeeally nice to Charlie (as we always are!). We were really sad to leave him, and have to split the three musketeers up, so we tried to make the last week as cosy and musketeery as possible. We ate at Pizza Hut, hung out at Star Bucks, watched Die Hard 4 and didn’t try to make him watch Sex & the City with us :D
The terriffic trio shall reunite once again!