Trip Start Feb 08, 2005
10Trip End Jan 19, 2006
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Had a manic weekend. I think my life is getting back to normal after broken foot.
It started on Friday. I was having a nice quiet evening - oh no, it started on Thur. On Thur I went out for Taiwan tea with my friend Bill. I managed to pay for him which is an achievement coz he really is a firm believer that a nice man should always pay for the girl, even if the relationship isn't romantic. That was nice, because that day I had met lots of street kids and it was on my mind.
The street kids are professional beggars of a sort - I'm still trying to get to the bottom of it
Then there was Friday. It was planned down for a quiet night in, but I txted Yizhi then Bob, and went to Lao Difang (Old Place) for JDcoke. That was a nice chat, nothing crazy, but then Yizhi called, to Zero (Ling Dian), and Zero always turns into the most mental of nights out, I don't know what it is about the place. Crazy night with Yizhi and old schoolmates - whiskey and green tea or tonic water, drinking games, were the most prominent features. When I got home I drank some milk and water which tipped my poor stomach over the edge and I threw up for the next 14hrs, this has not happened in many years I wonder if it was dodgy whiskey
Sat night was a halloween party which was too expensive and not enough people. Also we ran out of alcohol, but I wasn't feeling well so this coloured my perception of the whole night. Yen was down from his work, which was good, and around two o'clock he finally took me to this fish place he's been talking about for ages. It's called shen hai yu (deep sea fish), and it's on chang ping lu. Excellent. And we asked for a pile of ginger to be stuffed in the middle of the pot, and ginger is a miracle cure for all digestive issues (well, things that involve throwing up).
Sunday had gan mian (Round Door rest.) lunch with Yen. Aft - windsurfing! Can you believe it! Windsurfing in Shantou! But they have it. It's on Da Hao. I reckon it'd cost about 50rmb in a taxi. I don't know the setup but there are boards and things - it's all in a little hut by a calm (and clean) bay. Don't know if it's an insider thing or what, can't be, they're out to make money after all. I liked that they had proper showers with doors on. Foot hurt a bit, still not very strong.
In the evening I went to Mei Yuan with Cecilia, her cousin +husband and kid. He cousin is my age argh she's married with a 13month old child. They're here to leave the kid in Shantou because they both have to work where they live, in Dongguang. Harsh eh? Harsh but necessary. At least he'll get looked after by caring relatives. Of course the kid didn't have a clue what was about to happen, being so young.
Must eat but there are the notes.
NB These aren't notes, they've been updated into sentences (as you might recognise)
Things to write about:
taiwan tea - tea.
shen hai yu
Argh so much, need pics