Back in the homeland

Trip Start Aug 03, 2010
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Trip End May 04, 2013


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Monday, March 19, 2012

My first couple of days back in England (London) was strange, it kinda felt that people were staring at me like 'hey look, it's that man, he’s back’ haha. I knew they weren’t obviously but it was just unusual being on familiar grounds.  At first actually, walking around London didn’t feel totally comfortable, I know this was just coming from within, but I didn’t feel safe...  Seeing Chinese looking people on the street was funny though! I wanted to say something to them, but they were probably born in UK and would think I was a complete weirdo.

The weather was different too, even though the same degrees in London, it felt distinctly warmer; the humidity in Chongqing made it feel about 10 degrees colder.

Nice to see Stratford all developed.  The place looked awesome all ready for the Olympics... nothing like what it was 18months ago.  Went to the Westfield Casino there a few nights after I arrived for my first time doing some real gambling and learnt a valuable lesson of not quitting while ahead... at one point was about 70 up, but ended the night around 100 down haha, quality night though!

Basically while back, I celebrated a few birthdays (including my own), went on a mini road trip to Bath which was a cool city, and saw in a Mother’s Day weekend with style in the Science Museum, on the London Eye and a family lunch in Pizza Hut which was great!  For the most part though, I just chilled out with family and friends!

Overall, had a great time, but remember why I left in the first place and realised that I’m still not ready to come back long term yet – 3 weeks was enough this time.  Also a bit strange sleeping in my old room for a few nights!  Felt a bit nostalgic!


PS A few things you take for granted living in a western country:

- Carpeted floors (don’t really see these in the East)

- Fresh milk and baker’s bread (and sandwiches)

- Being able to talk to strangers in English (like asking for directions)

- Drinking water from a tap (Sister looked at me funny when I asked where can I get water from in her kitchen)

- Civilised supermarkets with a convenient selection of clean, healthy food or even more convenient unhealthy-ish food if that is what you so desire

- Washing clothes with hot water

- Dishwashers

- Watching TV and listening to the radio
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