One day I borrowed JK’s bike to go back to school to join in on some sporting fun and discovered a whole new world (yes, Aladdin and Jasmine were basically on their magic carpet ride beside me singing the song along with me). The convenience and speed offered by the bicycle cut my travel time to and from school usually by more than half (walking = 20-25 minutes while biking = 7-10 minutes). I was initially scared to purchase a bike since the Beijing traffic and road rules (that are nonexistent) would mean that I had to literally fend for myself despite the “right of way” and blending into the pack of bikes. But after this one ride, all my troubles and worries quickly faded away as I looked to a whole new world of possibilities. Since I was also looking forward to all the different sporting activities that people set up every day (soccer, basketball, volleyball, and badminton) I was ready to take the leap and get myself a bike. Despite not being particularly fond of the color pink, this particular bike was basically calling my name as I walked up to the little rundown hut on campus that was selling used bikes. Everything from the size to the feel to the quality was just right when I tested it out and I bought the bike on the spot for 150 kuai (including a bike-lock, which is absolutely necessary considering the bike thefts that happen every single day).
Gotta love the bike! ❤ 😀
So here it is! This is how us waiguorens eat lunch 🙂 Since the cafeteria is always so jam-packed with people, we decided to claim an elevated platform right outside the cafeteria to congregate and dine in style. And yes, the overflow “tables” reach the mini-playground in the background. Gotta love lunch!
View from my balcony during one of the many Beijing thunderstorms. The winds were so strong that the droplets were basically coming down horizontally. Despite the deafening thunder, it’s oddly calming to study Chinese while listening to raindrops hit the building and windows.
I love playing cards and haven’t gotten the chance to do so in awhile, but that finally changed tonight! JK and I had a friend, SV, over to play some Rummy, which ended up also including Nines, Ninety-Nine, and more and more rounds of Rummy. Gotta love a Saturday night in with good friends and a deck of cards!
For some reason, AB and I totally forgot about Rory’s first birthday on July 3rd so here’s a post to celebrate her first ever birthday! Happy birthday to the best puppy in the world! Your mommies love and miss you so much!
A picture from my first game of Chinese Chess just a bit before I also suffered my first lost ever of the game. Woo! It might be because I’m not used to the game and the pieces, but I feel like the game requires a lot more thinking than the normal/standardized/international recognized game of chess. Learn how to play Chinese Chess in Chinese FTW. Photo cred: SV
So JK and I decided to finally take the plunge and wait in the LONG line to try the date cake (date as in the fruit). This hole-in-the-wall cake place is right across the street from our apartment building and literally has a line forming in front of it EVERY SINGLE DAY. So yes, we decided to take the plunge and after 30 minutes of waiting, finally got 1.5 kgs of date cake. I know, I know, it seems like a lot but well, buy half a kilo and get another quarter kilo for free! It was only 9.8 yuan for the half kilo so we just splurged and said heck, we’ll get ourselves a kilo of it and another half kilo for free. Yes, this is mostly because we were silly enough to think that three quarters of a kilo isn’t enough for us and that 1.5 kilos is a good portion. Verdict: very soft and moist, but there’s about 1% date and 99% cake. Oh well, it’s very addictive though and JK has been having it for breakfast every morning. Picture above is of the date cake and the woman quickly stuffing it into bags for the long lines of customers.