05.06.2010 - 05.06.2010 81 °F
Greetings blog readers! I need real food today. I’ve maxed out on the Chinese food – sick of it. I need a croissant and some real coffee to start, then a ½ lb burger – medium rare with extra cheese, please. Anyone willing to FedEx a burger to me?
While we are on the topic of food… I’ve noticed that my in-laws are mostly self-sustaining. They grow their own vegetables; tomatoes, various Chinese greens and fruits, fish from the pond, chickens and eggs. They still get the occasional products from stores (Like BT Mart) but most food comes from their land. Even the water comes from a well. I guess I should be fair and say that they do consume electricity, LP gas, phone service and satellite TV.
Another funny thing is when one goes out to a restaurant, there is this pre-eating ruckus that entails pouring hot tea into the place setting items; first it gets poured into the tea cup, then into the rice bowl, then the tips of chopsticks… finally, it’s poured into a larger waste bowl in the center of the table where a waitress whisks it away. Talk about germ paranoia…
After another round of dim sum brunch with Ada’s friends, I asked if I could return home while the girls went clothes shopping. This was some good quiet time – uploaded today’s blog plus added some pictures to previous entries. After that, I watched “Defendor” on my laptop. Went downstairs when the movie was over and had a bowl of noodles while showing my mother in-law family pictures.
Found myself bored for the first time since I got here so I took the bike out for some exploring. I rode around for ½ hour and came across an abandoned town adjacent to the airport runway. It was strange not to hear or see anyone. Parked the bike and took some snaps of the old houses. It was eerie walking up flights of stairs and hearing the wind blow through the building with the occasional jet blast close by. Urban exploration at its finest.
Tomorrow afternoon I’ll be heading to India!