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Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou March 30th 2013

Saturday, 30th March 2013 to Sunday, 31st March 2013 Another round of dim sum affair greeted us at Jade Garden this morning. Located within Taikoo Hui Mall, the decor of Jade Garden followed a modern-fusion theme. It was weird that western teapots and cutlery could co-exist together with Chinese chopsticks and spoons. The attractive dim sum menu was colourful and the pictures were certainly useful for non-Chinese speakers. Food was ok at Jade even though our votes would certainly go to Guangzhou Restaurant anytime. After breakfast, it was time for some grocery shopping at Jusco Tianhe branch before heading back to our apartment. When it was time for us to say goodbye to Ascott at 1pm, we parked our luggages at the reception before continuing with the rest of our itinerary. Depsite the heavy rains in ... read more
The Guangdong Revolutionary Museum
Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall obscured by the rains
Unique dinner

Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou March 29th 2013

Friday, 29th March 2013 Happy Easter Friday We continued to make inroads into our Guangzhou trip this morning. First up was a fantastic dim sum breakfast at Guangzhou Restaurant, about 10 minutes walk from our apartment. While the prices did not come in cheap, the three of us agreed that this was money well-spent for the freshly made dim sum in a traditional setting. Our journey continued to the riverfront along Pearl River where the massive Canton Tower was located. Easily one of the highlights of our trip, we were impressed by the architectural feat of this modern, mega structure as well as the tastefully decorated promenade that was virtually crowds free. Tip: To capture the best view of Canton Tower, take the APM Line to Opera House station. Also within a short walk from the ... read more
Shishi Sacred Heart Catholic Cathedral
The Garden Hotel with its revolving restaurant at the top

Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou March 27th 2013

Wednesday, 27th March 2013 It was 7 years back since I last travelled with C and S, two of my greatest buddies from NUS. I remembered back then, the few of us travelled to HK & Macau as part of our graduation trip for 10 days. Actually, we did attempt to organise a trip to Bali a couple of years later but it had to be cancelled due to some security concerns. So there we were 7 years down the road. By this time, as working adults in our 30s, C and S had settled down happily. I was quite thankful that their better halves had given us their blessings for us to go away during the Easter long weekend. Our Guangzhou trip was decided quite smoothly during one of our recent meet-ups. Before we knew ... read more
Welcome to Guangzhou

Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou March 22nd 2013

As my students say, "Long, long ago, there was a man." Depending on who you talk to, the next part will either be that he liked pineapples, brought pineapples, planted pineapples, or was from the Kingdom of Pineapples (Magadha). No matter, he was a foreigner who came to China during the Tang dynasty and he landed ashore in Guangzhou. Then he left. And somehow, chickens are involved. There's a delightful gem of a write-up explaining this with more detail, though it is a bit Chinglishy. Every year the temple still holds a Pineapple Festival (with chickens) and this year a friend and I decided to check it out. It's one of the biggest festivals in Guangzhou--we mustn't miss out! We took the metro to the far eastern edge of the city (well, as far as ... read more
Shiny trinkets for sale!
Shiny trinkets for sale!
Good eats

Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou February 28th 2013

Skype to daughter - 'Hello, Freya, I'm in China!'. Hadn't said, apparently. She was a little bit speechless, which doesn't happen often. Information first: Can't get facebook on eother iphone or notebook - maybe it is banned here. Transitting through Guangzhou with a stopover. I have a 14 hour, overnight stopover here, as it was the cheapest flight I could find. The internet was full of conflicting information about this process, as follows: a. you are not allowed to leave the airport at all b. China Southern pay for a hotel if your stopover is more than 8 hours c. they don't do the above d. you can leave the airport, but only if you have a Chinese visa ( I don't) e. you can apply for a transit visa if your stopover is less than ... read more
6 pillow choices
Bathroom with electric blind
Bar with unkown-priced beer!


Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou February 25th 2013

When I was in Bangkok last summer, I became friends with a sweet woman from Mozambique. She was in my CELTA course, so we spent a lot of time together not only in class, but also on the weekends trying to think about anything other than class. As luck would have it, she's now accepted a job in China starting this spring. She won't be teaching in Guangzhou, but she stopped to visit me for 5 days before moving on to her job training and actual position. Since she's never been to China before, I spent a lot of time answering her questions and also preparing some fun getting-to-know-China activities for her and me to do together. Before starting her orientation training, she decided to visit me for a few days. My first visitor since my ... read more
In the Chini Market
In the Chini Market
In the Chini Market

Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou February 15th 2013

Guangzhou in a day! After spending 10 days in Hong Kong for the Chinese new year my first taste of China was Guangzhou, and what a shock to the system it was. I arrived by train slightly late as i had missed my first train, after i passed through customs and into Guangzhou station your greeted by what is a heaving mass of people. no one there spoke English, most the signage was in Chinese and nobody seemed very helpful, luckily i had been planning my trip for over 2 years and knew which subway line i needed and what stop to get off, the ticket machines have an English option but with everyone pushing and shoving it took longer then i wanted. I left the station by the correct exit into a slightly shady neighborhood ... read more
Bronze statues
Qing Ping market
Temple 6 banyan trees

Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou February 2nd 2013

Happy almost New Years! Chinese New Years at least. : ) Well, I’m a few weeks into my vacation and honestly it feels like it’s been forever since I’ve last worked. I can’t believe I’m getting paid for this! So anyway, my first trip so far was to Guangzhou to visit some foreigner friends. I got to talk with people who fluently knew English, eat some pizza and other western foods, and just enjoy each day without rushing. I made it so I got to have a plan for each day without being too busy. I arrived in Guangzhou on the 19 of January and was greeted by a couple who helped me navigate the metro from the airport to the campus area where they stay, which is far south. It took an hour and a ... read more

Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou February 1st 2013

GUANGZHOU(no photos, sorry!) I arrived in Guangzhou (gwong-joe) airport an hour past midnight. After 12 hours of flying time from SFO to Beijing, waiting 2hours at another gate in that airport, and then making a second, shorter hop of 4 hours from Beijing to Guangzhou, I think it’s safe to say that today was a LONG travel day. I make it through the customs checkpoint in Beijing hassle-free so walking off the plane in Guangzhou Baiyun airport was a cakewalk. My problems began w waiting at baggage claim. The room had emptied, the carousel stopped turning. My luggage did not make the transfer in Beijing. Boy, what a way to start a trip!! Baggage claim services filed a report and asked me in broken English to call them in the morning. With a worried look on ... read more

Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou January 20th 2013

So, winter break is here and I'm finally doing something with it!!! But first, lets recap since New Years has come and gone. ^_^ So after NY I pretty much was planning on wasting class time until the week of the 7th when exams would start. There was very little to teach, but I still was scheduled to have a slew of make up days during the weekend of the 5th, these however were mostly cancelled because the only snow I've seen in Nanchang yet decided to come down on the fourth. So, on the 7th I did my duty and watched a group of college kids take their exam for about 2 hours. Wow was it boring. The most exciting part was the fact that a good portion of the students planned on getting their ... read more
Sidewalk sale?
Leet Real Estate

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