Thursday, May 26, 2011

Times they are a Chang'an

get it.. I'm in Chang'an, and it sounds like changing... ok I'll stop.

Two Days ago (5/24)

this is what I've written the last few days while I was in my room and too tired to come down to the bar to rock out to boy bands from the 90's (Baby, it's gotta be you. I will be true, it's only you...)

*** I’ll add pictures when I get home***

There have been so many weird things happening on this trip, there is no other explanation then it’s God.
  1.1.The VP and CEO/President for the company that I used to work for were on the SAME flight as me over to Hong Kong. Seriously. We didn’t plan it, God just put them there. I was asking for a familiar face cause I flew alone and I was a little nervous because I didn’t quite know what to do when I got to the airport, so they were very nice and helpful. So weird.

2.       2.I haven’t been sick in any way yet, and I don’t think I will get sick. I’m stoked on that one.
3.       There is one other thing, but I feel as though I shouldn’t write about it for safety reasons.

So, I guess there were only two things of that nature, but just keep reading.

After the 15 hour flight there was a 2 hour drive from Hong Kong to Chang'an village (yeah right! It’s 400,000 people and it’s a MEDIUM sized village). So after that we had food at the hotel bar (you will notice food is going to be a theme here). I had Indonesian (meaning spicy) fried rice which was yummy. Ji and Denny had steak sandwiches. They served as a side some shrimp chips, for which I will scour the Asian stores for in America. Those are amazing.
We have been working super long hours (12 or so per day here to be able to catch up on everything) and so we are all exhausted when we get back to the hotel after eating dinner. It’s ridiculous. I really want to take a nap like all the co workers in China do. It’s crazy. All the lights go dim after they get back from the canteen and they all pull out a pillow and take a little snooze on their desks. I wish I could do that, but I’m a hard core napper- 4 hours or bust- haha.

Onto the food & stuff...
The first full day I had dim sum for lunch. That was the first time I’d ever had it and it’s AMAZING. I could eat it every day. If you don’t know what it is, Google it, then look on Yelp for a place that is good around where you live. Do it. I am going to try to make it when I get back. Especially the pork buns, they are like little bites of heaven condensed down to a little ball of sweet rice dough with sweet BBQ pork inside, like a little present. YUM. So after lunch we went back to the office, worked for another 6 hours-ish and then we were all tired so we went to an American place called Gecko. They serve pizza, beer, meatball sandwiches, good salads and fries. It’s mediocre for America, but really good for China. I like dim sum better.
So after that we went to the hotel and went to bed.
When I tried to do my reading and prayer time the first two nights I kept seeing visions of an ugly demon flying at me, straight for my face. It was and still is so upsetting. After struggling with awful dreams I awoke Wednesday morning at 3:30 and just NEEDED  to read the bible on my phone. Not my regular bible, the one on my phone. The section that it was on was Psalm 57, and I’m so glad it was.
Psalm 57
A mitcham of David when he fled from Saul into the cave.
Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me!
For my soul trusts in you;
And in the shadow of your wings I take refuge until these calamities have passed by.
I will cry out to God Most High,
To God who performs all things for me.
He shall send from heaven and save me;
He reproaches the one who would swallow me up.        Selah
God shall send forth His mercy and truth.
My Soul is among lions;
I lie among the sons of men
Who are set on fire,
Whose teeth are spears and arrows,
And their tongue is a sharp sword.
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
Let your glory be above all the earth.
They have prepared a net for my steps;
M soul is bowed down;
They have dug a pit before me; into the midst of it they themselves have fallen.
My heart is steadfast, Oh God, my heart is steadfast;
I will sing and give praise.
Awake, my glory!
Awake, my lute and harp!
I will awaken the dawn.
I will praise you, O Lord, among the peoples;
I will sing to you among the nations.
For Your mercy  reaches unto the heavens,
And Your truth unto the clouds.
Be exalted, O God above the heavens; let your glory be above all the earth.

Yesterday (5/25)
Words learned (spelled phonetically):
·         Nihao – Hello
·         Nihao ma- How are you
·         Shei Shei- thank you
·         Ebay bingsway –one glass of ice water
·         Ar – number two, as in age not asking for two of something ( I can’t remember that one)
·         Tung – too hard (I’ll explain where this came in handy)
·         Pijiu- beer
Ji and I got some awesome sushi for lunch. The place looked just like any place in the US. It was nice.
After work yesterday we went for dinner to an AWESOME Korean BBQ place, you know the kind with the BBQ in the middle of the table and you cook your own food? Well it’s really awesome. Really great beef and this Korean pancake thingy to die for. We had to take off our shoes because we sat in one of those sunken dining tables, and I guess it’s customary.
After this Shawong and Denny went back to the hotel and Ji, Mike and I went to get a ‘foot’ massage. This is not your run of the mill foot massage. For 10 or so bucks you get one hour of really awkward massaging. There were so many terrible mistakes here, I don’t know where to begin- all I know is, I’m not coming back. First mistake- Ji asked for a male masseuse for me. I said woman, she said man. She won. Second mistake- I’m white. Seriously, everyone here looks at me so oddly. It makes me so uncomfortable and this guy did the same thing. Third mistake- I told them I was single. They asked if I was married to Mike and I said (vehemently) NO! So they figured I was single. And fourth mistake **pardon my crude language** but the men here are horn dogs. Fifth mistake- I’m ticklish. I mean really, really ticklish and I don’t know how to say in Chinese. Now onto the details of the massage and what makes this different:  it wasn’t just for your feet. They massage your whole body (with all your clothes on- except shoes). The man kept pressing to hard (this is where Tung became useful). [I was told they press hard to prove they can do it]. Being ticklish I kept laughing and they thought I was flirting, and I would say "no, no" but they thought I was being shy then. Anyway, I am not going back. It’s not worth it, even if it was very cheap I’m more tense today just thinking about it.

Today 5/26
Worked all day- lunch-meetings meetings meetings and right now we are going out for dinner with a gaggle of co-workers. I will make sure to take pictures at dinner. We are going to Hunan food (spicy northern China, not sure what will be on the menu but someone from the group will order for us, I’m sure.)

That’s it!!
Thank you all for reading my extremely long blog post! Sweet Dreams!

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