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Thursday, March 28, 2013


Another week in the Perry household….. The snow disappeared as quickly as it came really, mild temperatures & sunshine melted it all away, made for some pretty pictures though. Still not warming up as much as we'd have hoped, but all in good time!

Caught up with a few friends for lunch last Thursday, plus a new girl who has just moved here from the UK. Think we scared her a little talking about pollution & the harsh winter!! In the evening met 2 girlfriends for dinner & drinks at our favourite little Italian restaurant. Andy met a friend for a drink, and we joined up later on.

Work appointment over lunch on Friday, then an Internations party on Friday evening at a very nice hotel bar. A great evening catching up with friends & celebrating 10,000 members in Beijing which is quite incredible (around 300 actually went!). They had a band play too, plus some Flamenco dancers performed which was great to watch. I’m going to do Flamenco dancing as my next ladies event in April, so am sorting that out in the moment, thought that would be pretty cool to do.

Lovely day on Saturday, I left Andy to be energetic & meet a friend to play squash, whilst I met Tracey for a coffee, before heading off the the Olympic Village. I’d only seen the Cube & the Birds Nest from the bus when I was here 5 years ago & got a quick snap, so it was great to visit properly. There’s lots of wide open spaces to walk around, so it felt like you were escaping the city a little too. The Birds Nest is such a huge unusual structure to be up close against. We had a really good walk around, it’s a massive area with a big shopping complex, lots of gardens, and the Olympic Forest Park which we just walked up to, a visit for another day more in the Springtime – big lakes, hills, forests, really nice to walk around by the looks of it.

Saturday night was Internations bowling, I went but didn’t bowl as still a bit worried about my back even though it’s much better, I didn’t want to risk it. Andy bowled along with 55 others, a great turn out again. Pre & post dinner drinks of course, I went home but Andy went onto Spark club, the owner who’s a friend, it was his Birthday so Andy went to help him celebrate. I must be getting old & boring, coz I just wanted my bed!!.

Sunday was fun, our internet connection disappeared all weekend, so we popped to a local restaurant the Big Smoke to have a coffee & use their wi-fi. They’ve just started doing brunches, and we were initially enticed by crumpets! Yes, crumpets – yum!! Plus jars of deliciousness, peanut butter (although Andy wouldn’t agree) vegemite (nah, marmite for me), honey, and Nutella! Of course we couldn’t stop there, so also had an open salmon sandwich, and baked eggs with chorizo, wow….. they also gave us a free bloody mary as they were trying out everything, which was rather strong I have to say!

Andy has arranged a laser quest event for his 'boys want to have fun’ group on Internations, it’s this Sunday & he has around 25 people booked in for it, so we went to find it & check out the location, a bit further away from where we’ve been before, so another part of the city discovered.

Back to the James Joyce, the Irish bar to watch the Malaysian Grand Prix, wow what an exciting & eventful race, very enjoyable apart from Jenson Button’s retirement, and the controversy after the race in the media all week. Back home to watch a film, sadly without the usual Sunday evening chat to Mum & Dad, as still no internet (although it’s working again now).

Monday night I decided to go back to Heyrobics, post back injury – it was really good. I started with the beginners’ session, not too high impact, and enjoyed it. A bit of an ache, but all ok so I can get back into exercising again now. I won a year’s free pass to any heyrobics sessions, unlimited so there really is NO excuse now!

Tuesday evening we went to a new networking event via a group set up on Linkedin. We’d joined the group a while ago, and they put on their first event at the Fairmont Hotel, in the very nice champagne bar. There was a good turnout, not too busy – and lots of new faces, which was quite refreshing. Many of the events we go to now are full of the same people, so it was good to meet some new contacts. It started early at 6pm, so after a few hours you’ve kind of ‘done it’ and need to move on!! A quick bite & a beer at Tim’s Texan BBQ, before heading home, pretty weary.

A very good week for us as Andy has had a great week for business, really pleased & very proud of him, so things are going well there. I’m off to a ‘Power Beijing’ women’s conference & workshop this afternoon into the evening. It’s a company in the US that are launching their first event here, so that should be interesting and a good networking opportunity. There are guest speakers, and workshops to attend, so am looking forward to it. It should cost $250 but I managed to blag a free ticket!! One of the networking groups I belong to had 2 free tickets, so I got one of them & am going with the founder of the group.

Andy is getting ready for the 3rd monthly quiz night tonight, which I hope to make it to after my conference, so that should be fun again.

Hope you all have a lovely Easter, we don’t get Easter here (although there are a fair few chocolate eggs & bunnies in the ex-pat supermarkets!!) it’s not really celebrated. We get the following Thursday & Friday off for Tomb Sweeping Festival, not exactly sure what that’s all about, rest assured I will find out & update you at the time! Then the weekend after Tomb Sweeping we have 5 days off for the Shanghai Grand Prix, soooooo excited!!! Just booked the transport there this week, high speed bullet train there, takes just under 5 hrs, and then flying back.

Really nice to speak to Barbara / Mum yesterday on Skype & catch up, over 6 minutes long too Barbara, nearly a record?!!!! J

Happy Easter, hope the weather is kind to you all!

Tracy & Andy

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Sal and Ian on

Happy Easter to you both Trace, and believe me, you are better off without the cream eggs, yuk! Lindt chocolates eggs every time or malteser bunnies! Have Lol and Steven coming here after I finish work tomorrow (Sat) and then we are off to meet Alice and Marcus in Guildford at a new steak restaurant to celebrate all our birthdays. have managed to do some easter baking in between working this week and am really looking forward to some family time with my boys and their partners! Take care, with your back and everything, lots of love xx

Dave and Ellie on

Just caught up with lots of blogs as been without my computer for a while.All ok now thanks to Dave ,Rachel's Dave that is!
Your trip to Hong Kong sounds amazing.Great pictures too.
Really hope your back settles down.Tracy.Exercise is definately the answer.Strenghen the core muscles.
We are still freezing here.Had enough of it now.So long to get out and garden but not inviting at all.We are off for a long waik later with Laura.Tom has gone up to Scotland climbing .
Had a great day yesterday with your mum and dad ,Louise and Ollie coming over for lunch and meeting Oscar.He was so good and of course the centre of attention!
No news from Mike and Polly but watch this space!Just a little late but all ok.
Well best get some lunch.I am being very lazy today but so enjoyed catching up with your news with a nice cup of coffee -oh and some nice Llindt eggs..Yes I agree Sal.They are the best!
take care
Lots of love to you both

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