It’s Sunday evening again. Time to write some blog again. Today has been quite active Sunday. I studied some Chinese in the morning, then took some of my belongings to my friend’s place. I’m in a happy situation, that I can give away my apartment for the time I’m travelling (2½ weeks), so that I can save money on rent. Also got to meet some old neighbors, which made me happy. Living alone is sort of nice, but today’s experience made want to be closer to people again. In fact, I actually don’t have many friends here outside work/kendo/Toastmasters. Or I keep telling myself, that I’m too busy to meet those few people I could meet. Also, I’ve been trying to be active even on Sundays, meaning that I try to study, exercise and prepare for the next week. I think, I should allow more free time for myself to have social life with people.
A funny thing happened. I decided to have a healthy dinner at McDonald’s. Didn’t really think what to eat so just got something familiar. I have to say, ordering at McD’s is so easy. They have a machine that you can use for ordering and paying with credit card. They will even bring the food to your table, so you can take all your time selecting what you want and sit down to wait for them bring you your meal. But back to the story, as I was sitting and fiddling my cellphone after eating my hamburger, a young Chinese girl sat opposite to me. She was wondering how to use a cellphone charger that was connected to the table. I started helping her and I could pick up few words she was saying. She didn’t even try to speak English to me, she was talking in quite clear Mandarin all the time. By clear, I mean that it was easy to hear the vowel and consonant sounds, although I wouldn’t understand the meaning of words. Her boyfriend showed up and sat next to her, with a tray full of food. They started offering me their food as well, so I started eating their French fries one by one (I had just had my own meal, so wasn’t that hungry anymore). How nice of them. I didn’t want to leave, so we kept conversing in my bad Chinese. The boyfriend had so thick dialect and fast pace, that I couldn’t really understand anything what he was saying. Problems have solutions, so we started chatting on WeChat. The girl left early and I stayed with her boyfriend chatting with bad Chinese. That was actually quite fun. I should do it more often 😃
I have also discovered, that the local Starbucks has some special handmade coffees as well. I tried a pour-over, which wasn’t a new thing for me, but was better than normal coffee. But what was more interesting, that the next day I tried something called Siphon coffee brewing (pictures below). They said that there would be more body and taste in the coffee, so I gave it a try.
So, I had coffee that looks like it’s made in a lab. Or with a bong. A new experience what so ever. Will try it again when I have time. I have also discovered, that there are many traditional tea stores close to my apartment. Funny, how you don’t realize these places before you have stay here for several months. Always pretending to be busy. I should start trying them more often. I think I’ve had local traditional tea only twice while I’ve been here.
On the other hand. Work has been going well. Have energy to do stuff. A Typhoon came twice this week, on Wednesday and now on Sunday. Preparing for next week’s trip to China and Japan. Going to be busy and fun, I hope.
See you next week!