Sunday, January 25, 2009

What a blast!

The money we spent on the fireworks that went up in smoke, was money well spent. The compound we live in set up an area so people could come along and let their crackers off, but there were people in the streets around us as well.

Last Sunset of the Year of the Rat

It was just fantastic! We went over to a friend of ours for a bit of a do. They live in the block of appartments next to us in our compound and have an alternate and very lovely view of Beijing. Everywhere we rested our eyes, there were fireworks. So it's not like Sydney, where you have a main show in a designated spot, more like what firecracker night used to be like.

The Bloke lights one up

A couple of us at the party had bought some fireworks, so we headed downstairs at around 9pm to let off our crackers. First cab off the rank was the massive tube we bought, which had the guys running for cover after it was lit and Mr C diving into some bushes (we were too busy watching the display to spot him, much to his disappointment). So we let all of ours off and were satisfied, until one chap brought out this massive, suitcase sized box, which was lit and certainly no disappointment!

We lit up the compound!

We ended up leaving the party early as I am still unwell and Miss P hadn't yet exploded (we figured we would leave with our dignity still intact). We watched some remaining fireworks for a while and then suddenly, the place just went nuts! There were fireworks of every description absolutely everywhere! Yep, it was midnight! We could see everything from street level, to immediately outside our window, down the road a bit and out onto the horizon. Well... at least, we could see everything until the sky filled with smoke. It was an electric intensity I cannot even begin to describe, just incredible. Nope. I really can't describe it and unfortunately, the video footage I took dosen't seem to want to upload to anything...

Big Badda Boom!

We don't expect to be getting much sleep over the week. Fireworks have already been going off since the beginning of last week. It's a 24/7 thing and they're pretty random. Can make things a bit interesting when you're walking down the street and I am fully beginning to appreciate what shell shock must feel like!

But at any rate, next year, party at our place. Get yourselves up here, this is something you really have to see at least once in your lifetime!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Gong Xi Fa Cai

Heh heh heh... we just went and bought some fireworks!

Oh, this is gonna be so much fun!


Cabin Fever

We have had some very cold days, where the wind chill has taken the temp down as low as -18. I wouldn't rug us up to go outside even if Pers & I weren't afflicted with the flu. So as you can imagine, cabin fever is kicking in and I'm about to commit toddlercide.

I just need some ideas, what do you guys all like to do with the wee-ones when you're hovelled up inside your 23rd floor appartment?

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Modern Day Brueghel?

Maybe not, but I really like this photo, mainly because it captures life in a setting that is very foreign to me. Or possibly also because it completely contrasts with where I was last week, in the sun, on a beach.

So anyway, this is Ritan Park, not far from where we live. It is lush and green in the warmer months, not so much now, infact quite sparse and grey. But the colour, excitement and activity out there on the ice, more than makes up for the stark, wintery bitterness.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Good Lord, it's more than just a little bit nippy out there today! I'm telling you, that weather doovy in my sidebar is a liar.

So popped out with Misses S, R & R to Muxiuan (or however the hell it's spelt) to the fabric markets this morning. I want a pair of corduroy pants made for me, so and found some quite funky stripey stuff. Also found some lovely red corduroy to have a jacket made for when I want something a little funky.

Not only is it freezing bloody cold here at the moment, it is also very dry with humidity at something like 14%. Definately not what I had become accustomed to back in home. So not only is my belly stretching, it is also dry and rather itchy. Driving me nuts, frankly. Something to be said for moisturising! At any rate, my hair is as flat as a run-over cat and my lips and sinuses hate me. We will be purchasing an humidifying contraption tomorrow!

And for dinner tonight, I am thinking beef & Guinness casserole and golden syrup dumpings for dessert. There is no way I want to venture out into the cold this evening!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Stating the bleedin' obvious

And only because I know you're all frying back home in Oz...

Today's weather is expected to reach a high of 3 degrees C and a low of -9. And they reckon we're in a heat wave.

It's fricking freezing here. Literally. The pond is iced over and I saw people walking on it the other day. The water feature at Xiao Wong Fu (our fave family restaurant) has a rather groovy ice formation going on and I had to rug the hell up, just to pop over to my friend's place in the next building.

Oh. My. Lordy.

So today, I'm off to get a cashmere coat made and one of those furry Russian hats. Yeah, I'll make sure there's photos of the whole ensemble.

But in the meantime, here's a pic of Persmonster (the same one I put in my LJ), heading off to the quack dealer.

Which reminds me, I really need to find a pair of mittens for her little hands...

So we're back in Beijing and Timeling's due in April. There's a few things I'd like to do before he or she arrives and I think I will acutally book in for them.

- Prenatal Yoga classes here (seeing as aqua aerobics is kind of out of the question right now)
- Cooking classes here
- Photography course
- Trip to Harbin for the Harbin Ice Festival

That should keep me busy or am I being a little ambitious, do you think?