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30 Apr

Laundry drying in student dorm balconies, Basketball // Sunset in Yinzhou, Japanese plum wine // Stuffed Chinese flatbreads cooking in an oven, Teppanyaki // Dave hard at work, Planning Bureau Yinzhou and cherry blossoms.



Beijing Bicycle.

28 Apr

One thing I noticed in Beijing was the dire taxi situation. We had it all: no available taxis, taxis that would decide not to take you once they realised where you wanted to go, taxis that changed their meter reading, taxis that claimed their meters were “broken”… Continue reading

A few more holiday snaps.

21 Apr

Why I Love China #4

3 Oct

I love China.

There’s few other places where the packaging for sliced salami would make my day.

I bought this beauty a little while back:

In case you can’t read the label on the shoddy computer cam photo, it reads:

“Hamburger Flavor from Country of Foodball”

A food ball? Haha! Where do I sign up?

Obviously what the manufacturers meant was “football” but what is less obvious is what country they meant? Is it America, land of the Hamburger and American foodball? Or is it Germany, land of Hamburg City, World Cup 2006 and many other sausage and meat delights?

It turns out, it’s Italy, land of Salami and cheating, diving-in-the-box foodball (sorry Dani but it’s true!).

The fun continues on the other side of the packet:

It reads:

“Instructions: (because salami needs instructions)

The best of traditional salami. Made by combination of Monaco traditional process and modern technique. (I can’t remember if it said Monaco and Morocco – I hope it was Monaco because this salami is predominantly made of pork.) Fresh material and natural spices (pepper, herb etc.) It is characteristic of local cate. (cate?) 1. Put salami slices, ham, lettuce, Mozzarella or Jack cheese between bread. It taste like sandwich. (Who’d have thunk?) 2. Slice fresh eggplant into 1/2 inch thickness. Do not peel. Between the slices , salami slices, Mozzarella or Jack cheese were put, and eggs were used to conglutamate the slices. (Frickin’ glutamate – managed to get in there after all!) Then roasted in oven or frying pan, with 15 minutes for each sides. It tastes more delicious when it is still hot.”

So there you have it, Chinese Italian salami. Instructions and good times included.

Why I Love China #3 aka My Future House

25 Sep

A lot of times while building are being constructed the land lot will be surrounded by a plywood advertising wall with photoshopped images of what the finished product will look like. There’ll be pictures of smiling people and beautiful furniture and lots of trees in the complex. And there’s usually some corny Chinglish advertising line like “Beautiful Villa, Happy Life.” As you can imagine a lot of times things get lost in translation and you can see some really funny claims.

Like this one that I drove past today:


Flats with included G&Ts AND they’re good for you!

Brilliant. Sign me up.

The Ningbo Picture Post.

29 Apr

Not much text but just a few pictures from my walk around Ningbo today: the Ningbo Bund, Laowaitan (Foreigner’s Town), Ningbo Museam of Art and Moon Lake Park.

Apologies for most of the pictures being squint, I don’t know if it’s me or my shoddy camera. I’ve dropped a few too many times and the dispaly doesn’t work so I don’t really know what i’m taking pictures of and can’t check if the pictures are level or not.

Portuguese church

I started my walk at the Portuguese church in Laowaitan (Foreigner’s Town)and then went to the Ningbo Museum of Art to have a look at their various exhibitions.

Ningbo Museum of Art

I then walked through Zhongshan which has tranquil pathways and not so tranquil pathways… particularly near the section where different outdoor karaoke stations compete with eath other. The pagoda is one such karaoke spot attracting predominantly senior karaoke-ers whose senior audience like to listen from the rocks by the nearby lake.

A pagoda and a statue of Zhangeanshui in Zhongshan Park

Senior citizens chillin'

I then headed towards the Gulou area which apparently has an interesting night market. Though it wasn’t night yet, there were still some interesting little shops selling lots of junk.

Ningbo skyline, Drum Tower in Gulou, promenade along the river & Sanjian Market in Gulou

The drum tower is a semi-famous Ningbo sight.

Lastly I walked through Moon Lake Park which is absolutley gorgeous.