The ups & downs of life overseas
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So it's been a couple of weeks almost since we last wrote. Hope you’re all ok, been enjoying all the snow updates on Facebook & the pretty pictures. At least it soon replaced all the Tesco horse burger jokes!!! It’s lovely how Facebook gives you a good flavor of what’s going on when you’re out of the country!!
A busy couple of weeks and unfortunately full of wobbles for me. Most of you know me well enough to know that I’m a glass half full person, and usually see the positive, well, the last couple of weeks have been tough. I decided that as this is kind of a diary for us which we chose to share with you all, that I need to report the highs & the lows. Lots of stuff going on, not all for sharing on here but Andy always gives a great analogy about boxes
Back to the usual reports then of what we’ve been up to. Had a couple of meals out with friends the week before last, and with some new people we met bowling. Already friends have left that we’ve got to know, and you realise that you need to keep making new friends too as your circle can change so quickly. We’ve mentioned the Migrant Childrens Foundation that we volunteer with, we met the founder for lunch and are organising a charity dinner at the end of February at an Argentinian restaurant that a friend has recently opened up. We met at the restaurant to discuss various ideas, and are putting that all into motion now which is exciting. The founder is a lovely lady, and they do some great work so it’s exciting to help raise money and awareness.
2 Friday’s ago it was the 5th ladies night through Internations, we arranged it at a cool hotel bar nearby, and had a really good turn out of 25 people and had a great evening, lots of newcomers too
The day after went to Houhai lake, which we put photo’s on before of the lake all iced over and people ice skating. This time walking around a different section of it, noticed some semi naked men just standing around, which was odd when it was -2 degrees…… there were about a dozen of them taking it in turns to jump into a small section of the water that wasn’t iced over, completely crazy….. it must have been so cold! So of course I had to take a few photos! I think they were enjoying all the attention to be honest, and were gathering a few crowds!
That night Andy & I went to a newish restaurant across the road and had a very nice romantic dinner, fab place – The Big Smoke, south American style BBQ food and great wine. The Sunday we wandered to the Slow Boat Brewery again for a beer & cheese tasting, a perfect combination actually, along with the slogan ‘because cheese & wine is so 2012’!! Another couple of ales sampled (Lou, I’m doing very well at this hey?!!!).
Last Tuesday the British Club had a Photography presentation by a lady called Chelin. She was really interesting, and showed some amazing pictures. I’ve enjoyed taking photo’s here, but not really done it seriously and it really inspired me to get back out there with my camera again properly and spend some time getting to know it again. We’ve kept in touch too and may meet up & go taking photos together, also she gave me a facebook group where they sometimes meet up too which would be fun.
Andy has been busy last week with bowling and badminton, so is doing well at keeping fit, unlike me still who can’t quite get into it…..!! I’ve run out of excuses now really! Whilst he was playing badminton, I went to a Viva networking event for ladies only, and they had a presentation, 3 women on a panel who were all journalists and lived here for various amounts of time, one has been here 30 years, and said in 1984 when she got here, you’d see about 20 cars on the road during a whole day, which is amazing to imagine now with so many cars on the road. An interesting evening hearing their thoughts & opinions on various matters.
Even though Andy & I spend a lot of time together, at work for one thing, but we realised that we needed to spend time when it was just the two of us as well. It’s so easy here to find yourself in a big group of people for dinner, or a drink, so we’ve introduced ‘date nights’ for just the two of us. Even if just the two of you go out, you tend to bump into people you know, it’s a small place really as far as the ex pat community is concerned, and you tend to go to similar places
Friday was a double networking evening, Australian chamber drinks at a hotel bar, then the Internations party. Both were really good fun.
Yesterday I met a couple of friends in town for manicure / pedicure / foot massage, then went for lunch afterwards. Andy was very excited yesterday, as he picked up his new scooter! Our friend Bruce has recently left here to move to Singapore, and has given Andy his scooter which is cool, as he was wanting to get one to make it easier to get out & about for work appointments (not for me though, I’m going to work up to getting a push bike, that will do for me!!). He loves it. It’s electric, and has 2 batteries which you bring into the apartment & charge up. It can go up to 40km on one charge. I probably need to be a bit more descriptive about it, perhaps Andy can add this!! Oh, it’s cream in colour, and is a classic vespa kind of style – really cool
It was our friend Megans birthday today, so last night about 25 of us went to The Big Smoke for dinner, so it was lovely to go back there & try more of their fab menu. A really good crowd, 10 different nationalities, great food again. Afterwards we went to a club for cocktails & dancing. Today we met up with her & a few others for a recovery brunch, then to a bar for a couple of beers & a few games of pool.
Been watching a few films recently too, Skyfall for one, it’s just come out at the cinema here but is quite censored, particularly some of the stuff in Shanghai, so at least watching it on a pirate DVD you get to see it all. Also watched the Hobbit too which was cool. Got Les Miserables too to watch sometime.
Keeping an eye on the tennis too at the mo, fingers crossed for Murray.
Well I think that’s all from the Perry household for now – will write again soon!