I remember when "Made in China" was a byword for cheap, plastic, easily broken goods. Seems like things have changed a bit!
This lady appeared in our local market today. I presume she's selling lotions, potions and elixirs, allegedly made from the snakes, turtles and crocodile she displays in stuffed form. I'm pretty sure she is not from the ethnic minority her clothes are trying to suggest. I expect that's also for show. All in all, a bit dodgy I reckon.
I didn't spot this cardboard thing on the floor in Robert's School's office this morning until I stood right on it. I then found I simply couldn't get it off my shoe. It took three blokes to tear it off and the glue residue on my shoe then stuck my shoe to the floor! Turns out it's a mouse trap, with a scent attractive to mice and a glue that will ensure they do not leave once they step on it. It certainly got me!
GoKunming.com is the main website used by expats in Kunming. They recently ran an article about a new discovery - a temple hidden away in a secluded forest. That's OUR forest! JD and my SECRET forest!! I do hope we don't get an influx of strangers wandering around. We went there today to build a den [see photo] and saw no one else at all, so that bodes well for now.
We're back in Kunming but JD still has a week to go before returning to Kindergarten. It falls to me to keep him occupied.
We bought him a simple clock in IKEA in Shenzhen last week, but it got smashed in the suitcase on the flight back. So today we made a clock ourselves with card, glue, scissors and a big black pen. OK, so it doesn't tick, but it was fun.
Ava headed off to the markets again this morning to buy stock for her shop, but this time forgot to leave the house keys with JD and I. We're staying at friends' flat in Shenzhen - they are away - and only have one set. So JD and I couldn't go out because we wouldn't have been able to get back in! Instead, we made a den from the dining room table and played various makeshift board games as well as watching TV. Once Ava knew she'd be returning in a couple of hours, we were able to head for the park knowing she would let us in by the time we returned.
We've been eating out in Shenzhen quite a bit and often our friends will insist on ordering the food (and then paying for the meal). With a menu like this one, I'm glad for the help. In Kunming they usually have pictures to point to, if not some English.
In today's hotel, I had a quandary. Preparing to wash my hands in the toilet, I saw two signs above two sinks. One said, "Only for customers of X restaurant" and the other said "Only for customers of Y restaurant". With X and Y both being Chinese names, I didn't know which restaurant I had been eating in. Not wanting to break the rules, I just rubbed my hands on my trousers and left with my head down!
JD and I took the subway to try and find the rather grandly named "Children's Paradise Park" today following a tip off from a friend of ours. It turned out to be a fairly low-key fairground in a grassy park setting. Unfortunately, JD was again unable to go on most of the rides he fancied, being too short of young. But we found 2-3 that he could enjoy and decided to leave going on the big wheel until the end, only to find it had was closed for repairs as we ended our day.
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