Sunny, warm, and lots going on
06.03.2009 - 08.03.2009 15 °C
Friday capped a successful first week at work - the project is taking better shape (and growing like a mushroom!) I won't bore you with the details. It is quite interesting to see the terrified looks of any colleague I approach with a question, however after explaining and lots of hand gestures we are all smiles and ready to work together.
Fridaynight my colleague Amanda treated Emile and I to a traditional Chinese dinner at the biggest Chinese restaurant I've even been to or seen for that matter. Four floors of tasty Chinese cuisine... except the Beef Tenderloin which turned out to be Beef Tendons! (Amanda was surprised about us ordering this but went along with it - we have since explained if she doesn't think we will like it then we probably will not!). Oh and I learned what an ABC is = American Born Chinese!
After dinner we went to 3.3 a hotel / night club(s) there are several in one location. We had drinks at this super cool lounge/bar. This was the first time in a week I wasn't the only westerner. Mostly there are Russian and German people but there are few others of us hanging around too. Music was good and drinks were 2 for 1 until midnight. I met an American girl that has been living here 5 years and is really nice - we continued on for a drink at a different bar but Amanda wrote my address in Chinese sort of a "if found please return" card is comes in very handy but by the time we made it there my endurance was wearing thin and we called it a night shortly after.
Saturday I experienced Walmart the Chinese addition. Just like every where in the world they were handing out samples which proved to be quite interesting. I've got to give it to the sales girls they did their best selling me their various products even though I could not understand a word. I spent almost three hours there but left satisfied and understanding Chinese shopping habits a bit better.
Last night I met up with my new American friend and the colleague I met her through we had yummy sushi and then went for a drink in Houhai, a Chinese tourist place. It was all pretty low key because everyone was pretty tired. On a humorous note I instead of asking the taxi driver for the receipt I accidentally asked for a prostitute because there is only the intonation is different... it proved a good laugh for the driver and a red face for me
This morning was a early morning for a Sunday because I met with three of my colleagues for THE OFFICIAL CHINESE WOMEN'S DAY. It was pretty cool they had loads of sales and it was insanely busy every where. Probably a combination of the holiday and the fact that is was around 15 degrees today and sunny - amazing! After a morning of shopping, noodle eating, and a starbucks we went to Tiananmen Square. The television does not capture the magnitude of the square, it is massive! The forbidden city on one side and Mao's Mausoleum on the other - it was a strange feeling to be standing in this square that I had heard so much about - because it was very nonchalant we went shopping and then thought oh Tiananmen is around the corner let's go there... very strange but very cool.
I capped of the weekend with a massage which was 68 RMB around 9 euros which was an hour long and left me feeling more relaxed then I've felt in weeks. I picked up a pizza from Domino’s and decided to call it a night (pretty impressed with Domino’s though they had a pre-printed laminated note in English to explain how the coupons worked, because the coupon was in Chinese - excellent idea, I've never seen that any where else.
Not a bad first weekend in Beijing!
Alright alright now the pics