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Published: August 29th 2018
I will be honest. I have no idea how to title my blogs. But the hubby and I did routine maintenance the other We took it back to the basics
All of the hustle and bustle of city living, metro hopping, appointments for things like internet and light fixture replacement, locating a grocery store AND locating things in a grocery store .... and we were worn down. And it was only Monday!
So, like teenagers, we wandered around the mall with no destination. We ignored our phones unless it was to take photos of the scenery. We held hands and meandered through the different food stops...and even contemplated catching the train like we would do if Madison and Carter were with us.
Fashion Plaza Tianhe is unlike any mall I have stepped foot in. There are lights similar to EDM clubs mixed with odd teenage fashion. Lingerie shops and wedding photographers are sprinkled amongst eateries. And yes, smack dab in the middle of this underground oasis is a train track, cobblestones, and a single train car with conductor in a three piece suit and hat taking you slightly back to the early 1900s.
was a mixture of unhealthy foods that we said “eh. Sure.” After walking in a few circles, we stopped and took some photos with an Indiana Jones-esque motorcycle and side car. We walked into this remade section of the mall with wooden stakes that resembled an old market and shops. In it, a plethora of food shops with offerings of barbecued pig feet, chicken feet, vegetables, and deep fried goodies.
We settled on fried cheese and giant octopus balls. These dough balls were drizzled with a mayo and teriyaki sauce, inside exploded with flavors of cabbage and octopus. We finished that off with a cucumber lemon soda.
We then happened upon another “stuff on sticks” place. Blake wistfully looked at the meats, inquiring on what it was. I shrugged and made guesses. The vendor handed us a cup, and we said “sure!” ...9 sticks later, I was paying for our food when a girl approached Blake. She said something, and walked away. Blake held his hands up in confusion. A teenage boy knew some English just gave Blake a thumbs up and said “that’s very good. She like” ... so now we know he’s a total ladies man
Back to the red hot chili peppered stick items: fish balls, green leafy vegetables wrapped in prosciutto/bacon, bamboo shoots and vegetables. Squid, tripe possibly, chicken thighs, a prawn, and something beefy looking and tasting.
Mouths on fire, we then set out for legitimate coconut: I had bragged to Blake that I had found them, therefore I must deliver!
2,000 steps later, three circles, and finally surrendering to the fact I didn’t know where I was but the coconut stand was near the northeast entrance of the Grandview Mall, we came up from below: to a torrential downpour. I kicked off my Rainbows and waltzed in the rain, umbrella in hand. For 25¥ we had ourselves our giant coconut. And our burned tongues were very appreciative.
Walking with our coconut, not so oblivious to the stares, we find a facial bar where you could have a face massage and masks like American spas. After some translation mishaps, and a pregnancy assumption, we moved along to another beauty bar.
Once the manager (with her own mud mask on) realized both Blake AND myself wanted to get a facial, she was very revered and simply stated
she would give both of us the experience, yet had a joyful approach. We then found that not many men do face masks and pampering and boy were all the ladies excited!!!
We kicked back in a disk chair, towels wrapped tightly around our heads, Blake had to eye patches placed over his eyes to reduce his dark circles and puffiness. I got full makeup removal.
Did you know you could get an eyeball massage? Me either, but I certainly found out! The mascara was rinsed and gently combed out of my eyes, my face kneaded like dough. The most gentle toner was massaged into my skin smelled like cucumber and mint. The moisturizer like ginseng. My mud mask had no smell. Warm water eroded the mask and the facial cleansing repeated. We walked away feeling so relaxed and ready for bed!
Our evening concluded with a beer and some Dove chocolate while we looked at our city skyline view and gave each other foot rubs.
Routine maintenance in any relationship is definitely needed. We didn’t do anything extravagantly priced or a big show. We simply enjoyed each other’s company, laughed and told jokes and at
the end of the night simply concluded with some of the best sleep we have both had since we got here. I’m trying to figure out how to embed photos throughout my blog, but below is evidence of our evening
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