Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Impressions from China - This & That

Been here over a month. Can't say I totally feel at home yet, but things are slowly & surely falling into place.

Our immune systems have been challenged. In total, the 4 of us have suffered from 5 bouts of URTI, & 4 bouts of GI-related illnesses in the short time that we've been here. Not fun, but I guess our resistance against new bugs has to be built up.

Chinese New Year is coming up & we're off to Shanghai to visit with some friends. People here get a whole week off for the "chun jie"(Spring Festival), as they call it here. Many return to their home towns & villages, & apparently bus & train tickets are impossible to get this week.

The tid bits I see being sold in supermarkets are not much different from those sold in Singapore. One big difference is that fireworks are allowed to be sold here for the weeks around CNY. We have already started hearing the booms of firecrackers being lit at night; I think this will escalate & peak on New year's Eve & the first few days of the New Year.

Another difference I see is that there is no "yusheng" here. Shouldn't be surprised though, since I think that is a Singaporean "invention".

Gong Xi Fa Cai everyone!

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