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... up on I barely
recognised myself. I had tape on my eyelids (god knows why) and false eyelashes, plus a
fake bun attached to my hair.
On Sunday we went to Shanghai as usual. I met with a friend of Ms Liang’s
... her name. I think she's a bit scared of me due to her not being able to understand English too well, bless her. They ran around a bit, playing with balloons and hiding items and trying to find them, and eating chocs and biscuits. After the party it was bedtime, and I skyped home and spoke with everyone who was about to tuck into Christmas dinner :-) It was a good Christmas, and for those few days it did feel different and Christmassy ...
... half listening to the speeches.
After all the families gave their speech, some of the au pairs whose families didn't attend had to give a speech, then Francesca (English au pair) had to give her speech. Then some images of au pairs who had left the program earlier that year were shown on screen and the Lopair host waffled on about them. Then we sang Jingle Bells with the kids which ...
... for this favour, we have to sing a Christmas song for our host families and children. Total cringe. We should also be grateful it's only a song we have to sing and not a nativity scene we have to act out. For God's sake. Because they couldn't just have a party where people turn up, chat, eat food, could they? There has to be a point to everything. There has to be a program, we have to play games with the kids, we have to sing a song just au pairs, and then 1 with our host children. ...
... one in China. As the night went on the businessmen got drunker. The night ended with some rather drunken KTV with a couple of songs for the sober women, and an English song (Thank You by Dido, which I've been teaching to Ms Liang and Serena!) for me.
Once back in the hotel and with everyone going to bed, I decided to go for a walk with my newfound freedom :) I was looking for some chocolate, but actually couldn't find any so ...