Published: June 13th 2012June 13th 2012
Well of course I suffered from a bit of a Jet Lag but not too bad because I had to stay awake the whole time from morning till about 9 in the evening and when you start working on the second day of your arrival – it kinda helps too ;)
Well here are some short things I have realized so far:
Chinese like to stare at foreigner- ok I was used to that in Japan too – but they tend to make photos of you too!! So I ask my host mum and dad to tell me how to say “one photo – 5 kwai” (OH btw RMB/Yuan/Kwai all the same ;) )
Also I am not the only intern in my company! There is a nice guy from France, too! We actually went to Gong Bei Mall (Gong Bei is one of the districts in Zhuhai – and conveniently not only the craziest one, but also the one where I live AND work
On Friday my colleagues and me – we are btw only 8 people in total ;) – went out to KTV. It is basically a karaoke parlor! But the one we went
to is just right around the corner from my place and it is brand new! SOOOO GOOOOOD! Had a lot of fun!!
This week started out pretty slow and with the working hours being from 9am to 6:30pm you cannot really do anything anymore except to go home, have dinner and go to sleep. 7
On Monday eve however my host family picked me up at work and introduced me to a girl that wants to study in Germany in the future! We went to Yelidao Park and had a nice stroll and afterwards went to a chain restaurant called Happy Tom. The mascot is basically Ronald McDonald disguised as a cool/hip version selling pizza and other fast food. It was good, but I realized that with this heat I seriously cannot eat a lot and I feel so bad because my host mum hates it when I say “no thank you” to food!
On Tuesday I went to a language exchange organized by InternChina. I met really nice people from China and Britain and well tried to learn some Chinese.
Oh and on the way home I tried out the thing my host dad was
practicing with me (sorry it’s the way I pronounce it NOT THE RIGHT WAY TO WRITE IT!)
“Porsche – tschenshing huayen” which basically mean back gate of the place where I live.
Well and the taxi driver was just repeating it to me to ask me if he understood it correctly and there I was – what should I reply? Well one thing I learnt in China – Chinese say “Dwei” a lot. And well if I got it right, it’s basically something like “Exactly”. So I was looking at him and just nodding and say “DWEI!” so he turned around and started driving (an phoning). Damn I was so proud that it was right. But when he was finished with his phone call he tried talking to me – in Chinese, of course! So I was like “OMG?!” while he was babbling on and on and on. In the end and several “sorry…äh really sorry but I cannot speak Chinese” later he gave up and just went on driving. Oh and btw – on the way he started to race with another taxi driver!!! I was seriously afraid I was gonna die, because in china you don’t
wear a seatbelt in the backseat of cars…pretty dangerous people!! I fear for my life every time I get into taxis! And that is why I usually choose the front seat to sit – even though the Chinese look at me as if I am crazy then XD
That didn’t work out on the way from my company to the language exchange though – the front seats seat belt was broken …. OMG worst 10 minutes of my life! XDD
Ok so far for the first week!
There are more photos below