Well i’d like to think that i don’t fit into the second of those categories, but i certainly do in the remaining two, on this monday morning.
Blind is a given, with my -6.00 contact lens prescription. Even with the lenses in, i still struggle to see on the way to work as the dirty air of Shanghai rush hour clings to my eyes like bees to honey. I have been long enough from UK now to forget quite a few things, including how bad the London air is in comparison. Perhaps i look back at my favourite city with rose-tinted glasses now, but it is much cleaner a capital these days, with less polluted air [ thanks to the congestion charge ].
The Thames now seems clean enough to fish safely from too, which is more than i can say for Suzhou river in Shanghai.
As of this weekend it seems that i can add deaf to the list, too. I seemed to have developed some sort of internal cold which just clogs up one half of my face, so that i can’t hear anything, but leaves the rest of my body well alone. This is ok, but i can hear my footsteps in my head as i walk, which is kind of strange. Add to that the fact that i stayed up until 4am last night watching sport on the Internet and im not exactly firing on all cylinders today. Alas, there are only simple tasks for me today that i can easily get on with without needing to access the slurring neurons to my fuzzy bonce too often.
If you’ve a romantic heart, and are hoping to find a post detailing my love-laden valentines weekend then you’ll be sadly disappointed. Ruby sometimes is hard to read, and shows off that common asian-girlfriend trait of being overly-agreeable to a fault, but this friday she turned up from Ningbo and let me know that she really wasn’t that fussed about visiting Suzhou. I was not so disappointed as i got to stay in and watch sport, plus go further with my Russell Brand book which is quite entertaining thus far, if a
little lot disturbed.
With Suzhou, alongside Nanjing, shelved until March we kept Valentines Day simple. We treated ourselves to an Indian takeaway, her current favourite foreign nosh, and i treated her to a bottle of Baileys. I made sure she took what was left of it back with her, as it wouldn’t last long in my flat. I can get a little grumpy if i spend too long in the flat, but after making some headway with our shop on Google, plus with warmth and sunlight slowly returning to Eastern China, i was ok.
Since arriving in China budgeting has been tricky, and finances have been a common concern hanging over me like a grey Mancunian skyline. These worries have been lifted for the time being after some good developments at work, which should help me to even put a little aside each month, from now on.
I am now contemplating investing in a treadmill, though i will need a design which can accommodate my currently wide frame. I have been quoted around 4-5,000 Yuan (divide by 10 for British pounds) from the local Carrefour supermarket, but think i can get a better deal online. Online purchases in China is slightly more complicated than doing so in US or UK, with cards and websites less professionally set up, or with more security hoops to jump through. Therefore, i will only buy something online if it can save considerable amounts of money. This frustratingly slow process takes away the whole point of buying online, but hopefully in the future things will improve.
The week ahead – more of the same really. The company is organising a day out with Paintball and some food afterwards, which could be fun. They put on some pretty good events, fairly regularly as many foreigners in Shanghai dont always have so much to do, or people to do it with. For mid-week i shall just continue to balance work on my shop with mindless TV that i continue to enjoy.
Once my Eastenders omnibus is done i can continue with my History of Britain DVD.
Its fairly intense but interesting, as i only studied modern British history at school and have many gaps of knowledge to fill in. It has proven a bit uncomfortable to discover just exactly how many times our great land has been successfully invaded by all sorts of rabble over the years. Some of these dont seem to have had such a bad effect though, e.g. Take a look at Roman Bath
I have 5 DVDs to get through, so i’ll forget more than i learn, but i really appreciate being able to watch something like this when so far away from UK.