Date Night: The Canvas
We have been laying low lately, trying to get through summer and pass the time until we get my final visa news. Who ever would have imagined that I would be eager to start work, but I am. When we arrived in Qingdao we wanted to start weekly/ bi-weekly date nights, but that idea soon fell by the wayside when each week we had to think about visas, paperwork, and PSB visits. Basically every couple of weeks we thought that I was leaving, so we were on our toes.
Although we don’t yet have the green light on my visa, with each day that passes it seems that the likelihood of me getting it increases! If you have been following along, you will know that the PSB (immigration office) has my paperwork and both of our passports. They said that we should give them 15 working days to process my visa. The problem is that the paperwork we gave them is NOT the right paperwork, but it was the best that we could do since the South African Home Affairs is taking months to issue the papers that we need.
To all those kindly asking where we stand right now –
We are still waiting. Our 15 day waiting period ends on August 1st.
No news before then is most probably good news!!
Refreshments: I like the Sangria (on the right)
After a day out and about downtown, we realised that it was Wednesday which means “Half Price Taco Night” at The Canvas. We have been here tons of times already, and we prefer to try new things, but who can pass up a great deal?
Chicken Tostadas for HER
Fish Tacos for HIM
All of that for 115 yuan ($18). We have realised that eating foreign food here is not really that cheap, so we try to stick to the specials. We still need to sniff out all the local places to eat because eating out here certainly burns money fast.
As I mentioned briefly before, The Canvas has a library area upstairs. All of the books on this floor to ceiling shelving are free to borrow/ take/ exchange. There are mostly English, Chinese and Korean books here… most of them placed here by the expats living in, or passing through, Qingdao.
Justin and I picked a few books and then relaxed here for a couple of hours.
After dinner we walked around trying to find a place to sit and enjoy a few drinks. A wine bar in this area offers a Ladies night on Wednesdays, so we headed there. Ladies drink for free all night long. When we got there we were told that men now had to pay a set price, and part of that included ordering food. What a fail! We caught a cab and headed home instead.
We changed into comfy clothes (because even at 9pm it was still hot and humid outside) and headed to the Korean grocery store inside our apartment complex. They sell a lot of the goodies we loved in South Korea, and recently they set up a wooden deck outside the store. The area now resembles a GS25 convenience store in Korea, so we decided to do what we love. We bought our favourite snacks and drinks, and settled at a table outside.
We have developed a liking for Soju (Korean rice wine) mixed with Crystal light. This combination contains much less calories than when we use Orange Juice, and it tastes great too. While we snacked and had a few drinks, we played a dice game called “Greed”.
This is a great game to play as a couple, or even with a group of friends. All you need are some dice (5 or 6 of them), a pen and some paper. Ladies, If you carry it around in your handbag you will always have a game for when you are sitting around socialising and want to play a game.
How to play “Greed”:
Greed is a game of dice in which players need to score 10,000 points to win. There seem to be various sets of rules floating around on how to play. Justin and I developed our own version, but we might try some of the other rules we have seen – just to change it up a little.
This game is simple but it takes quite a bit of explaining, so I will do a separate post on that.
Check that out here: How to play Greed
Sweaty but having a great time!!
The hours we spent here felt like the old days in Korea, BUT this is not Korea so the store closed before midnight. We then moved to the lake in the complex to finish our snack and drinks. I mentioned this before ~ It is normal to park off anywhere and drink! No problem!
We sat overlooking the water, but it was completely dark by then.
We sat here for hours talking, laughing and enjoying each others company. What a prefect way to end off a great evening. This is the kind of date night that we love.
Happy Date Nights Everyone!