05.04.2010 - 05.04.2010
Today we went to dim sum brunch at a popular restaurant that is located in a huge luxury hotel. The entryway was nothing short of grand; marble, floors and walls complimented by glass and brushed metal. To get to the dining area, you have to walk through an “aquarium of eats” – the fish, eels, shrimp and many other aquatic delights in glass tanks get to watch their eaters pass by. Food was top notch and affordable but the funny thing was when I ordered a cup of coffee, there was a strange look on my relative’s faces and later found out that coffee is very expensive in this region. My 8 oz. cup o java cost $10! Go figure – we are spoiled in the US! Good thing I have Starbucks VIA instant coffee packets in my suitcase.
After dim sum we went to a relative’s business. He raises fish and ducks for local markets. I was happy to hear that we were going to visit his place and would have the opportunity to shoot at birds with a pellet rifle. Turns out this entailed sneaking along a bank of dirt then slowly creeping over the bank to take aim at graceful white egrets in the rice field. I couldn’t do that to such beautiful birds. If they were crows, maybe…
Due to a cleverly botched “sneak and shoot”, we walked the perimeter of the pond to the duck area where we saw hundreds of yellow chicks in the water.