Buildings, balls and Bonsai
Trip Start Aug 17, 2010
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Building works continue at a rapid pace at school. The new canteen was opened with much fanfare at 0600 on Monday morning - needless to say I didn't quite make it but could hear everything from my apartment!! We now have the workmen working day and night as they demolish the old canteen and adjacent buildings - with the assistance of a big "tonka" toy and jackhammers which start at 0600 and finish close to midnight - as well as others laying new concrete and marble tiles everywhere, replanting trees etc and so the noise goes on. My head is constantly throbbing with all the noise. Where have I put my ear plugs??!!?
In addition to the building works I have had the "pleasure" of listening to each class (all 67 of them) practising the school song day and night in preparation for the schools 10th anniversary in a few weeks time
To enhance my adventures from last week I was taken to see Deng Xiaoping's boat this week. It sits on the side of the river and is used when visiting dignitaries come to the city, special ceremonies etc....not for the common people like me!!
On my adventures into the city this week I discovered a new park decorated with the famous embroidered balls which this area is renown for. A local custom amongst the Zhuang minority nationality areas in Guangxi the embroidered ball represents love,so if you want to show your love for somebody, you give him/her an embroidered ball as gift. So if a female throws an embroidered ball to a man it means I LOVE YOU . They are made with silk and come is all sizes and many colours.....will definately have to buy myself one..regardless of the legend/custom!! Seen once in the park and now I have started seeing them everywhere but they are lovely to look at so I don't mind.
I also encountered Chinese bonsai this week. It is amazing how different they are between each of the Asian countries.
It is amazing what my students can do with a piece of paper as seen here by the "origami" pen holder.....unfortunately they have been known to use pages out of their textbooks much to the horror of their Chinese teachers!! You will be pleased to know that mine is made from plain paper but I still felt I had to sneak it home - not sure how I'll get it back to Aus without squashing it!!
Lastly this week I have to share with you some classic "Chinglish". I purchased some thermal underwear (in nice bright colours not like Nanna's!) in anticipation of winter and my visit North. Its cheaper to buy here as they dont really need them but sell them anyway!! For a good laugh here is the direct quote off the packaging;
"Breathe delightfully fresh with nature, finally understand, only there are pure comfort can let me am pleased, openning the heart"
Dont you just love it......bye for now. xxx