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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Hiya,

The cold got me good & proper for a couple of days, totally wiped out – soooo frustrating & fed up with being ill!! Thankfully back to my normal self now, and a full week at work is looking likely!!

Not too much going on last week, Andy had bowling, and his friend is back in Beijing from Kazakhstan so a few drinks were in order of course! I had a good work meeting Thursday afternoon, due to meet again soon.

Friday after work, well before finishing we tempted the boss with a quick beer in Paddy's, so off we went for a couple. I faded fast after 2 beers so decided to leave them to it, glad I did as they were out until 1am!

Saturday was preparation for the Irish Ball….. how very exciting! There are lots of annual balls here, mostly run by different countries, the British Ball was last November which we didn’t go to, and had a James Bond theme. The title of the Irish Ball was stars & shamrocks. I fell in love with a dress on Taobao, China’s answer to e-bay, ordered the dress but the seller disappeared off the face of the earth sadly, so I got a refund but no dress. Bad as I’d totally fallen in love with an emerald green & black number, perfect for a ginger for an Irish Ball!! Plan B, bought a safe black number the Sunday before just in case…. thankfully I did! There was a group of 22 of us on 2 tables, 10 of the boys had ordered matching green bow ties for the occasion in a cool Chinese print with dragons on, ok so that doesn’t sound so good – but trust me, they were cool! Andy met the boys to give out the bow ties at the First Floor pub, for a pre ball beer & lunch. The girls of course did girlie things! I met a few of the girls for coffee in the morning, which moved onto lunch, into hair do’s, finishing with manicure & pedicures, then to head home to complete the look & get dressed!

We got picked up by a driver arranged by our friend Dale, and off we went to the Kerry Centre Hotel, a lovely 5* Shangri La hotel in the CBD area. 700 people were at the ball, and we walked in to be served bubbly & Murphy’s, and stood there for a while people watching, and admiring all the beautiful dresses (worn by very pretty and very skinny Chinese girls – unfair!). We bumped into loads of people we knew which was great, and then headed in for dinner. A great 4 course meal was served, good quality considering the large scale of the event. Speeches over dinner, and entertainment in the form of Irish dancers, bands, and singers. Each table was decorated in green & black, with sparkly shamrocks on, and finished with a bottle of Baileys & a bottle of Jamesons…… plus the free flow wine all throughout the meal, nice!

After the meal a couple of bands played, lots of dancing, and good fun was had. Numbers depleted around 2am, but plenty of us were still there, Andy & I getting home to bed at 6am! There was a survivors breakfast the last 2 years running, so we were expecting it, but it didn’t come which was the only disappointing thing. It’s funny how everyone arrives looking perfect, then as the evening goes on bow ties are discarded, plus shoes, jackets, bags, people are adorned with the green sashes that were tied to decorate the chairs, plus the long strips of sparkly stars & shamrocks used as necklaces, hair do’s are slightly lop sided, make up a little messed up!!! It really was a fantastic evening, and definitely one for the calendar in the future.

Sunday we woke up at 12.30pm, remembering the plan to meet at the Irish Bar at 1.30pm, to get some food then watch the first Grand Prix of the season which was on at 2pm our time. We just about made it, in a slight hungover & tired daze…… I managed 3 pints of Guinness drank at a very slow rate, unlike Mr Perry who managed several more!! Met up with a group from the night before, and had a fun afternoon in there which turned into quite a party at 8pm when we left – but we needed to escape to bed, which we were in by 8.30pm!!

Monday another early night as still recovering! Tuesday a charity morning for me at the British Club, playing the dice game Bunco which was fun. Bowling for Andy last night. Yesterday it was a horrible grey day, it rained later on quite heavily, now apart from a bit last week we haven’t really had any rain since last November, so it’s quite an event. By the time Andy walked home from bowling it had turned to heavy snow, come this morning we woke up to nearly a foot of snow! The thickest covering we’ve had all winter. The beautiful thing was, it was such a sunny blue sky morning, usually after the snow here it stays grey & misty / smoggy / foggy, so it was really pretty. The sun melted the snow quite quickly though, so by home time there wasn’t much left. They are great here, it’s all hands on deck straight away to clear it up, everyone is outside with a shovel & a broom sweeping it from the pavements etc.

Andy is out on a work appointment tonight, so fingers crossed there. I’m chilling at home with some new DVD’s to watch after a wander into town after work & some street food for dinner.

Well that’s the latest Perry instalment. Will write again soon.
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