Last night we all went go karting once again in Gongbei! The experience was equally exhilarating as last time although I find myself lamenting the lack of propositions to engage in halotry – perhaps I looked considerably less desperate this time around. Who knows.
Let’s do this chronologically, though.
Before go karting, we, i.e. myself, Jamie, Leo, Nicolas, James and Andy(Andrea) met up at Alain’s Belgium Beer Bar (A’S BBB) to enjoy a few bottles of scrumptious Belgian beer along with some over-due dosage of western gastronomy. I had the most deliciously sweet beer ever. I would compare it to … nothing. Perhaps it is better described as what Willy Wonka would brew in his factory. I can just image the fat German kid aka Augustus Gloop downing the illustrious Belgian brew from the quaint waters (beer?) of the alcoholic paradise candy river. Yes, it was that good.
Most of us had a delightful pizza which was surprisingly lusciously toothsome. Although a no-contender compared to a real, fresh Italian pizza, the pizza at Alain’s was, nevertheless, legit.
When it came to paying the bill, however, the tides changed. Our favourite advertising/media firm Delta Bridges had a profile of Alain’s on their website and had a large image proclaiming that there was 30% off all alcohol from 17.30 to 20.30 EVERY NIGHT! The discount, however, was seemingly nonexistent! We pushed for it but the manager claimed that it was only valid for one type of beer. NB: the ad said ALL alcohol. After we pushed some more, the cheque went down again but for an apparently random amount.
Brief review of Alain’s: delicious food, illustrious beer and lacklustre management.
GOKARTING, as previously stated, was wonderful. It was Leo’s FIRST TIME EVER driving any type of vehicle and I must say that he managed quite well. After the first round, Jamie was 1st and I was 2nd. The second round, however, was a bit bizarre. During the first round I had noticed that they were wielding the frames of some gokarts together and I was lucky enough to have the pleasure of driving one of these polished turds for my second round. What a disaster. The car kept spinning out and was just plain crazy. Moreover, on my last lap, my brakes stopped working and I smashed into a barrier at the first bend. Wonderful.
Damn you, polished jalopy turd.
A typhoon is coming to Zhuhai. JOY!
Write to you all on Monday
PS – Make sure to check out the pictures along with the score cards from last night in the gallery!
Hello my lovelies!
Excuse my tardiness with this blog post, I know that you all probably spent all of yesterday frantically clicking ‘refresh’ on blog.com waiting for the site to come back up, only to no avail.
‘Twas undoubtedly an interesting weekend. After work on Friday, I played a game of pool with Jamie and Leo followed by some serious BBQ action in the far north of Zhuhai.
There wasn’t any BBQ because Jamie led us to a place that supposedly had a massive BBQ but upon arrival it was nowhere to be found. Upon asking the in-the-know locals, it was determined that the BBQ was there everyday except for that Friday because of “management”. Very peculiar. We settled for an outdoor restaurant with many fellow 珠海人 (Zhuhai-ers) dining at its tables. Headed off to an Irish bar in the Ningxi area of Zhuhai and then called it a night.
On Saturday we (myself, Jamie and Helen [Jamie’s FIANCÉE]) met up with some people in the CouchSurfing community and went to Dong’ao Island – about an hour ferry ride from Zhuhai Xiang Zhou ferry port. The ferry port was crazy – the citizens of Zhuhai are clearly huge fans of weekend getaways to Zhuhai’s 140+ islands!! We finally arrived and met up with everyone and got to an amazing secluded beach and swam, relaxed and played some frisbee. When diving for a frisbee and fighting over possession with fellow intern Frank, my right hand fingers sustained some damage and were pretty gross. Soon enough they were dripping an appetising yellow goo! Miamiamiamiam
After sunset, we all had a nice BBQ on the beach along with some brandy and beer and spent the rest of the night on the beach. We did spot a few UFO’s in the distance but fearlessly drank the night away!
Sunday we woke up early (sleeping in tents in Southern China is more akin to sleeping in an oven…) and headed back to Zhuhai and I headed over to the resplendent Sun Yat-sen University Hospital and got my wounds cleaned and bandaged and now they’re already healing quite nicely!
That’s about it for this past weekend’s escapes – forgive me for the lack of photos but my computer is not being cooperative at the moment so you’ll have to enjoy this generic picture of Dong’ao pulled from Google images!!
I cannot believe that my last day of work is a week from today and I am leaving China in 8 days to head off to Macau and Hong Kong!!!
Don’t worry, though, I am going white water river rafting this upcoming weekend so there will be one more good blog post come next Monday! 😉
Ciao i miei tesorini!
So this weekend, despite the fact that I did not go to Bangkok, I managed to have a ball in Chengdu!
Getting there was a bit rough, my flight was supposed to leave Guangzhou at 20.30 on Friday so I left work a bit early but by the time I had gone through security and waited a bit, the status of the flight was changed to delayed. Jamie had forewarned me about domestic Chinese flights being infamous for delays so I couldn’t say that I was too surprised. A delay of about 5 hours, however, was not expected. The mixture of frustration along with the propensity to complain by Chinese people was something to see – the poor airline employee was surrounded by an angry mob of flyers yelling at him. Don’t kill the messenger, guys! But never fear! McDonalds and bottled water quickly arrived and placated most of the crowd, although a few of the angrier ones went over to the Air China counter and demanded that we fly out on time, only to no avail. For me, it was a good 5 hours actually, I made the acquaintance of three Hong Kongers who were going to Tibet via Chengdu and we changed contact info and I plan to meet up with them in August when I am in HK!
I arrived in Chengdu and got to my hostel at about 5.00, much later than I was expecting! I slept for about 4 hours and then woke up and headed over to the “People’s Garden” which is a massive park in Chengdu with many tea houses where you can just sip on some longjing tea and read/chat/play mah-jong for hours. I opted for reading and thoroughly enjoyed Italo Calvino’s Eremita a Parigi.
The rest of the first day I wandered quite a bit – saw some nice temples, a science museum, the main shopping area/pedestrian street where I people-watched for quite a bit but actually found that people were often so interested in me that they’d ask for some photos and make small talk, often limited by a combination of my bad Putonghua and their limited command of English.
A note about the food: AMAZING. SPICES AND PEPPERS GALORE. I can truly only hope to hire my own personal chef from Sichuan when I am older 😉
Saturday night was a bit crazy and I met up with some people in the Couch Surfing community – thanks for the suggestion, Jamie! Went to a chill Jamaican-esque bar called “Hemp House” and played the illustrious dice-game and then went to the most ridiculous club I have ever been in my life! The only option was table service with either brandy or cognac – luckily one of my new acquaintances knew people and we didn’t have to pay! 😉 – The night went into morning and I didn’t get to sleep until 5.30, which normally isn’t a problem, but I had to wake up at 7 to go see the famous PANDAS. I managed and although I was suffering – the visit to the panda centre was well worth it. The pandas are so lively and playful – even watching them munch on bamboo is interesting!!
The rest of Sunday is a mix of eating, napping, wandering and reading.
Had to wake up at 5 this morning to catch my flight back to Guangzhou and then a bus back to Zhuhai and here I am.
I ADORED Chengdu and plan to go back there ASAP – the dichotomy of the “most relaxed city” in China along with the energy of the people leads to such a chill yet happening place.
This upcoming weekend, white water river rafting with my host mother and her colleagues is on the agenda so expect another good blog post then!!
Salut mes tendres chouchous,
Wednesday evening a group of us interns as well as Jamie, Jamie’s FIANCÉE Helen along with Jamie’s brother and his girlfriend got together for some real Guangdong gastronomy in Gongbei, the area of Zhuhai that borders the mythical SAR of Macau.
After some good food and 啤酒 (beer – TSINGDAO) we made the short trek over to the UNDERGROUND GO KART PARADISE. During our pilgrimage over the go kart paradise, I was fortunate enough to have been offered the chance to partake in the economy of the world’s oldest profession. Needless to say, I declined as the underground paradise of go karts was awaiting me!
The entrance to the go karting place was definitely sketchy; we had to walk down this hot, grimy corridor with some random businesses until we got into the go kart area. The waiting area/lounge was veritably kitschy in the best way possible. The plush sofas with some padding missing in prints ranging from a luxurious purple to a lavish cheetah print definitely set the mood. The plastic vines and leaves overhead reminded me of the time that I lived in the Amazon with the Pirahã people….NOSTALGIA.
The go kart course was amazing. It was a converted underground car park with these little go karts RIPPING through the course. Before getting onto the course and watching others drive, we all said that we probably wouldn’t be going THAT fast. After the first lap, however, we found ourselves in an ecstasy of speed-driven adrenaline pumping through our blood streams. After the first round, we were all smiles and giggling, recounting our crashes and victory moments, i.e. when we overtook Jamie 😉
A good time was had by all.
Hey, this is Jamie. I am now running our office in sunny southern China. Zhuhai is a pretty cool city and one of the best things is that Macau and Hong Kong are so close. On friday we walked across the border into Macau after work and booked into a hotel, which was pretty cheap, had a pool and was close to the big Venecian Casino resort. The casino is insane! Really huge and packed all day long. The best things in Macau are the portugese style restaurants and colonial ruins. You can get great food and the streets look very typically Chinese like you see in movies, but with some random portugese architecture mixed in.
Hong Kong is really awesome. I’m sure you all heard about it so I’ll just leave you with some pictures of what we saw there and in Macau.