05.05.2010 - 05.05.2010 80 °F
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Today, so far, has been relaxing. It’s overcast which keeps the temperature down – quite pleasant out.
Most locals have the week off in celebration of Chinese Independence; not sure from who or what. Tradition has it that families must throw a brick of firecrackers outside of their front door in the morning… Wahoo! No alarm clock needed! Bits of red firecracker paper blow throughout the walkways.
My mother in-law pays respect to the Buddhist goddess, Quan Yin, once a month by lighting candles and incense at the main altar in the dining area and several smaller ones throughout the house. Quan Yin is the goddess of prosperity and good fortune (I think she also runs the factory that writes fortune cookie inserts too…). A wicker tray is set with three small cups of tea and some apples in a neat stack. This is placed in the front of each altar and good luck paper money is burned while the she says a prayer.
Lucas has signed up for the morning walk with grandpa tour package – they walk to the pond to look at the chickens and rabbits, then stroll down the road and around the neighborhood. They usually come back within a half-hour but Lucas gets bored and wants to continue with the program. They are currently out again.
Ada is busy helping her mom with housework and catching up on the happenings of daily life. We will be taking the electric scooter out for a spin in a bit. Perhaps I should ask Quan Yin for good luck on the roads, eh?
Back from the scooter trip – it was fun! No helmets required while on the back roads and it was nice to feel the cool breeze. We visited Ada’s grade school and sat on a bench under a huge tree that she sat under 25 years ago. Will have to go on a few more scooter trips later.
This afternoon Ada’s brother will take us shopping at a popular area in Guangzhou. I have to pick up a memory card reader that will work with my laptop as I have pictures from my smaller camera that go along with the blogs above.
Back from BT Mart – WOW! This place is like Target, Walmart, Macy’s and several top food boutiques all in one place. Our global economy is ever so present. There were name brand items from all over the world . I saw a funny display sign in the produce section that read: “Crazy Item for Members Only”. We filled up a shopping cart of food and house things for Ada’s mother and the total came to a reasonable $90 US.