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Maly moves to China - Part I

By Lawrence Benedict 'Malystryx' Phillips
May 18, 2009 00:23



Massage from a blind man, seeing a turtle guillotined just some of the highlights so far in China.
A 25 hour journey including a 10 hour flight and a 5 hour drive from Beijing to Jinan and we arrived at my and my son's new home, and my wife's hometown. I'll be here for the foreseeable future unless I suddenly can not take the staring and open mouths anymore, and I hope to be bring coverage of Asian events to SK (finally!).

Jinan is quite a big city, boasting 6 million people, its about a 1 hour flight from beijing or a three hour train journey. Jinan is not a very international city which was the reason for me seeing no other foreigners at all practically. Aside from a group of four indians when I went to the hairdressers, who saw me as they passed then walked back to give me a polite wave (YES, THERE ARE MORE LIKE ME!)

The supermarket was the highlight so far, a massive place with several assistants on each aisle to help you choose the products you want. Also when you walk in 6 women bow at the same time to say welcome, which was a bit unnerving! I'm all for a bit of service but they seemed quite robotic and emotionless. The girls on each aisle dont smile or move, they just.. well.. stand there. Even my wife thought it was a bit strange, apparently its only a recent thing!

However, the shock so far was the turtles. Saw them in the fresh food area swimming about and thought they were to be bought as pets. Then I saw a queue of people and the head of a turtle which had just been cut off still moving while its body was being squeezed to get the blood out! Waa! I'm going to have to get used to this kind of stuff.

My wife made a good point that in the West we only eat the good bits of the animal but waste the rest, in other words actually wasting more food. I managed to find some food I recognised, my aim was Weetabix but I settled for Frosties and some Chinese Red bull (which does not taste as good).

People selling food off the pavement, 3 people riding one motorbike, China seems very free despite what people say. Rules seem to be not taken seriously, everyone just does their thing. I love it!! :D

I"m quite used to Chinese food as we eat it at home in UK most days but still nice to have something you're comfortable with as I'm not someone that can eat meat for breakfast like the Germans.

To finish the first day off I watched the finals of the Sudiman Cup in Badminton, China vs Korea in singles, (China always wins basically). It made me think why does eSPorts not have instant replays of pro moves, we still need to work on that.

I then went to have a massage from a blind guy in the area where we live. The sentence no pain no gain never had more significance as I was trying to control myself to not scream when the bloke would suddenly literally stab me with his hands. However, it was very good!!!

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