I felt so sorry to my ardent fans. You guys must have been reading my blog fervently, and a sudden long absence may have dampened your souls. Well, I have been away from a good computer for a full month of February (well, almost a whole month to be exact). And because my computer has been dead since late Jan (没有一架好电脑的日子真辛苦！！), and it is difficult to update without the constant snooping from my nosy brother, and also it is because I am away to experience a very different life with Panda and his family, experience late winter and wee spring, as well as learning a new culture and celebrate Chinese New Year, Chinese Style.
we have been planning this trip since July last year, when Panda and I were discussing about his home state in China. He turned to me suddenly and said: "I want to go home next year and celebrate Chinese New Year. I want to enjoy it for a whole month. Come with me?" I wasn’t sure if my parents would object with me on the idea as it would means not joining my parents for CNY including reunion dinner etc. But I feel like going so badly and see for myself the difference between Singaporean style CNY and Chinese style CNY.
My parents agreed easily without me giving many explanations. I was so surprised then, thinking especially my mom would object to the trip having clash with CNY. But so far, it was agreed then I am allowed to go and enjoy the season. Panda was so happy to hear about it as it meant meeting his parents for the first time and staying with him throughout the joyous event. so we start planning the exact date we are going and how long we will be staying. After that, we researched on the ticket pricing and the currency. Panda went to consult his sup, who allowed him to go on the February to have fun.
So there we went to Shanghai on a night flight (I swear arriving wee early at a destination is always a good thing..we can look for good bargains + stay), arrived at 5am and had someone to drive us straight to ZJ, yiwu, on a straight 7 hours journey (I had a peaceful rest while panda chatted happily with the driver). we reached Yiwu at 12 plus, took another bus for 3 hours, changed one more cab for 20 mins before arriving at panda’s house. His mother was so overjoyed to see him, she nearly wanted to cry (I swear!!).
We had a lot of travelling around ZJ, even went to see the location where they filmed 黄金甲, with Jay Chou!!! (AHHHHH!!!! I’m seriously crazy on that exxageration). We discovered a lot scenic caves, and had a wonderous Lunar New Year (I played crackers like mad-ivan for the whole 6 days with the youngsters as I had not played them for more than 15 years).
We didn’t really play so much at Shanghai as there’s nothing much to do there, except shopping and wanting to watch movie. (bloody 门徒 cost a whooping 120 yuan)..but overall, nice weather~~, good food, great culture exchange, and lots of fun!