First meal cooked in the apartment

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Ni Hao

We haven't got far with the language yet, apart from being polite!! Desperate to start learning, but to be honest - we can't do it all at once. Work is the priority at the moment & learning the script is difficult. Any ex students of mine reading will laugh at us being made to do role play yesterday & present our scripts in front of each other & the boss, scary!! That's revenge for me making so many people do role play over the last 8 years!

Left work yesterday & hit the local supermarket - there are so many choices, a bit further out there is Carrefour, the biggest chain (unbelievably Tesco haven't yet made an appearance here......!) and we have a convenience store in our compound. The ex pat supermarket chain is called Jenny Lou's, and we've been reliably informed they have the best price & selection of wine. There is one just outside our compound so we got a couple of things, I was feeling really rough with my cold so Andy cooked our first meal whilst I had a bath. Chinese people don't tend to use oven's and bake things, so the majority of apartments just have a hob, we have a 2 ring hob & a microwave, so had noodles, chicken & veg stir fry - even ate with chopsticks!

Watched some of our cheap DVD's in the evening, we'd really got into Alcatraz & it was only half way through the series before leaving the UK, so we were happy to find the box set & start watching again from the beginning.

Off to a networking event this evening at a Marriot hotel, see what that's like.

Seen some of the Jubilee celebrations on the TV - looks good.

Awaiting a few repairs in the apartment (registered at the police station yesterday so are now official Aliens!!), so once all sorted we'll take some photo's.

Bye for now,


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Lorraine on

It's funny that until you live in a Country you don't even consider how they actually live! Can't imagine how one could cope without an oven but I guess Chinese is mostly stir-fry-on-the-hob stuff so they wouldn't need one - not sure how you're gonna manage cooking roast beef and yorkie puddings in a microwave though!
You'd be 'well jel' of my afternoon tea table (post a pic later) we have scones with jam and cream, custard tarts with raspberries, rocky road (Nigella's recipe - sheer bliss on a plate), union jack pavlova (raspberries/strawberries/blackberries and blueberries!), Victoria sponge and, of course, union jack cupcakes (not made by me I hasten to add). As expected, the British weather has not let us down and the BBQ is currently swimming in a few inches of water so we may have to resort to plan B (an oven - remember those?!) for our meal later if, in fact, we can squeeze any more in! Off to see Red Arrows and then the Three Queens (QE2, Queen Mary and Queen Victoria) sail out of Southampton Water ... should be good despite the weather.
Sounds like work is going well for you - do the Chinese have the same working week as we do, i.e. Saturday/Sunday off? or is it different?
Of course, we're on half-term so no work for me now till next Tuesday then only six weeks to go before The Big Summer Holiday - yee hah!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend and good luck with the rest of your training - must be quite odd to be on the receiving end for a change :o)
Speak soon,
Lots of love

Kate on

Hey guys, well done on finally getting your apartment and getting settled down! It must be sooo good to finally have your own pad. Must feel like your brains are buzzing with new info at the moment - am sure the work stuff will embed itself within time!

Have to say I'm completely over-dosed on the Jubilee now! Highlight was our lovely Robbie Williams opening the proceedings outside Buckingham Palace with 'Let Me Entertain You'! Today has been a complete wash out - absolutely crap weather. Met Lou for coffee and cake at the Tea Tray in Southsea today which was nice, think she's missing her big sis! (Hi Lou! Hope Soton went well!).

Me and J are going to see Derren Brown in Southend-on-sea on Thursday night, bit of a last minute thing! So if I start wooffing like a dog in my next message you'll know why..

How weird that they don't have ovens in Bejiing!! Good that Andy is in his rightful place cooking for you Tracy ;)

Would be seriously great to come out and see you guys out there later on - will have to see how the cash goes this year in relation to perhaps something next year, am guessing fares are quite expensive? But would be awesome if I was able to raise the funds and you were up for a house guest at some point!

Anyway I'll stop bending your ears now, I dunno why but I can't post comments direct from my phone, the screen goes all funny, so I'm doing it off my laptop which I hardly ever use, hence me being remiss over the last few days - sorry!

Hope you are both well, miss you loads!

Kate xx

tracy-andy-pez on

Wow, Lorraine - the cakes sound amazing!!! Must see some photo's!!
The working week is the same as the UK, we're in the office Mon-Fri but 90% of our appointments once we're up & running will be out & about. If there is a need to meet someone of an evening or weekend, then that's accepted, however won't probably be the norm.

Kate, would be fab for you to come out here - sure you'd love it. Our flights were just under £500 each with Air China, probably varies at different times of the year too, spring is a popular time to come as is Autumn as the weather is better, summer very hot, winter VERY cold.... something to look forward to!!


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