China: Year 2 Week 7
Yet another week in China has flown by!
Start of our Juice Fast
If you have been following all week, then you will know that Justin and I started a 10 day juice fast on Friday. We have made it through day 1, day 2 and day 3 without too much discomfort. In fact, despite some headaches, stomachs growls, and our “foggy” brains yesterday, we feel completely normal. We are using the juice recipes found on this website: Reboot with Joe. We still have at least 7 days to go, and we are hoping to clear up Justin’s psoriasis in the process. Stay tuned for daily updates.
Earlier in the week (while we were still eating), we took a stroll to the Korean store in our complex. Usually we call them and have food delivered, but seeing as it was a nice evening, we thought we would take a walk there. We took Chara along too, and she loved sitting outside the store with us while we waited for our food to be cooked. We had a beer and some snacks while we sat there… It kind of reminded me of the good ol’ summer nights in Korea.
China switched the working days around again this week – so Justin had to work seven days in a row, and then he got three days free after that. That meant this week only had two working days – Great stuff! We made the most of our time: A hike up FuShan, brunch at Marina City, and some exploration downtown.
Coffee and a stroll down the pier.
Girl Time ~ Facials
A new friend of mine, April, called earlier this week, and asked if I wanted to have a facial done. She had organised a discount, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have some pampering for only 100 yuan.
This turned out to be some good bonding time for us. We chatted, laughed, and tried to communicate with the two sweet Chinese girls doing our facials. Neither of them could speak much English, but one of them knew a few words. My Chinese is basically non-existent but April has learnt a few words. Needless to say, trying to explain the simplest of things between the four of us was quite amusing. All of us giggled the whole time!
Taigu (Underground) Shopping Center
While April and I were being pampered, Justin took a stroll around the city and shopping areas nearby. He is such a great man! He patiently waits while I do girly things.
Justin found this awesome obstacle course area for kids.
He picked up some spicy peanuts and a beer, and then relaxed outside the salon we were in. He tried to sit in the foyer but the ladies working there chased him away, saying “For Women Only”. Haha!
This is a popular sight here in China: Kids practicing their rollerblading skills. We see it everywhere in the evenings. They are super cute in the their little knee and elbow pads! This is something that I wish I was good at… It looks so fun. Maybe I should join these kiddos for a lesson (or ten).
After the facial, April, Justin, and I walked back to Marina City. We felt relaxed and pampered, but since we were now without make-up, we thought of another fun activity. We headed to Sephora and “tried out” all of their make up. Once again, Justin sat patiently “waiting on his woman” (just like the song we like by Brad Paisley). April and I had fun playing around with the beauty products.
Dinner at The Canvas
Wednesday nights is half price off Mexican Food at The Canvas. We ended up enjoying this special with April, Denny, Zachary, Heather, and some other foreigners who had entered the restaurant. It seems that the foreigners in Qingdao all (well, almost all) know each other.
While we were having brunch at Swish House, a lady from our running club came over to say hello to us. Shortly after that we saw one of the students that I started teaching last week. If that wasn’t enough, we also ran into someone we had met over a year ago, when we came to Qingdao for my birthday weekend. Ironically, we also ran into Denny and April in the H&M clothing store just before our facial-date. I guess that Qingdao gets smaller and smaller the long you live here, and we haven’t even been here for two months yet.
Half-priced Mexican Food
After Falafel Tosadas for me and Chicken Tacos for my Boo, we sat around chatting for hours. It was great to laugh and enjoy the company of new and old friends. Our meals and a drink came to a mere 88 yuan ($14 / R140) – We were satisfied and feeling good. Not a bad deal! We will have to head back to The Canvas on another Wednesday for a date night.
Later that night we enjoyed some wine at 9+ Wine Bar, around the corner from “Coffee Street”. They offer free glasses of wine to ladies in the evening. We sat there for a couple of hours with Denny and April. I can think of a few of my favourite girlfriends in South Africa who would LOVE this special. What a pity that they aren’t here to enjoy it with me!!
After 3 days of no school it was hard to tell what day of the week it was.
It felt like we were on vacation!
On the way home, our taxi driver seemed to be taking an unfamiliar route. We kept repeating where we wanted to go (in Chinese), and he kept trying to explain something with a weird hand motion. We were baffled! He made some random chit-chat with us, asking us where we were from and what we were doing in Qingdao. At this stage, that is about how far we can get in a Chinese conversation, and honestly, Justin knows more than me. I feel like I know nothing at all.
Turns out the driver needed to fill up with fuel and that was what he was trying to explain. We pulled into a gas station, and then got jammed in. Perhaps fuel prices were increasing the following day because there was a long line of taxi’s waiting for a fill. Realising that it was crazy to keep us there, in the line, the driver eventually got out of the traffic jam and took us home.
We laughed the whole time… He was determined to talk to us.
As much as he tried, we had no idea what he was saying.
He too had no idea what we were saying. This happens frequently.
While I was having my facial done, Justin bought me a sweet little gift.
A pair of earrings. He saw them and wanted to treat me.
I am blessed with a thoughtful, loving husband! Thank you J!
It has been 3 days since we had any solid food. This was the last meal that we ate – Subway sandwiches. Just looking at pictures of food makes me salivate. Moving on…
This week has been AMAZING!!
Thank you for following along.
We hope that next week is a wonderful one for all of you!