Since my last blog entry this is what has been going on.
January 12, 2014
Boni and two of her roommates, Lucy, and Jenny came over to the apartment. I played both piano and guitar for them and Lucy played piano and guitar too. Because Chinese students have sooo much to do she was only able to take piano lessons for a few years and she like me has taught herself how to play the guitar. Boni told me that all three of them and their 4th room mate are all fans of me and my music.
January 13, 2014
Jenny came over to make us a traditional Chinese lunch and stayed the day. She is the last of her room mates to go home. While she was here, she helped unlock the mystery of uploading to qq.
January 14, 2014
I crocheted a hair accessory that I modeled and my piano stand came in today from the T mall.
January 15, 2014
Chill and relax day, just went to a local restaurant for some sweet and sour chicken/pork?
January 16, 2014
Another Chill Day.
January 17, 2014
Nate and I had lunch with Shirley and her son Kevin at Wanda Plaza. We dined at the always busy Pizza Hut. Then after a walk around the mall Nate and I took the bus (126 to 45) home.
Then for dinner we tried a new, restaurant Jiahe Dumplings. It is a very nice restaurant but we need to have a person who can speak and read Chinese with us as the menu didn’t have pictures. The food was great and you knew it was fresh because you could watch them making the dumplings.
January 18, 2014
MY FIRST PIANO LESSON IN CHINA!!! It was great and my teacher is very knowledgeable about classical music. He is a Chinese man who studied for years in Parma, Italy. I found it very funny that he is fluent in Chinese and Italian but only knows a little English. We understood one another just fine though, he often played on the piano how he wants me to practice and lots of music terms in America are actually Italian so we were fine. My teacher asked me to practice for an hour daily and that will be easy! I posted to We Chat(weibo) and qq, (China’s versions of Twitter and Facebook) in Chinese
“我的钢琴老师王冠群。我是钢琴家。My piano teacher Wang Guanqin. I am a pianist.” Several students posted that I had correctly written my Chinese!
January 19, 2014
I met the Rick’s wife Pat. He is one of the teachers with EIE (Education in English). They have been traveling around China for the past two weeks and are here for a few days. Nate and I ordered new iPod touches online and they came in this day. I am now addicted to Plants vs. Zombies which came loaded on our iPods. While I have felt very safe in my apartment building, new security measures have been going in during this holiday (can’t sleep late here…RATS) The newest safety measure is metal fencing marking car and pedestrian sections of the entrance to the complex. The parking lot is of course in cement and the workers had a special drill bit that allowed them to cut a circle into the cement. I fondly called what they were doing Digging to America. I remember digging to China as a child in the backyard under my swing set.
January 20, 2014
Today I met another EIE teacher, Nina from Utah. She joins EIE and I know that they are happy for the addition as they were down two teachers from last semester. Rick, Pat, Nina, and I went for an adventure today as I showed them how to take the bus to get to Wanda Plaza. We caught the 45 bus here at the school and went to the intersection of HuaGong Road and Qingling Road where we caught the 126 bus. Once at Wanda we walked around the first floor until we came to the entrance of Wal-Mart, then we shopped till we dropped! I got a Chinese ornament to hang on the door to decorate for Chinese New Year. After our shopping at Wal-Mart was done; and that was neat because Pat was looking at everything with eyes that had only been in China for a few weeks and some of the things we see we forget how different they are from Wal-Mart in the states, we had a snack at Pizza Hut. I got bacon and potato soup and hot milk tea with caramel flavored pudding. This is something I will get often. The pudding really made the drink! We then walked around the mall a little more and went home on the 167 bus.