just had one great conversation now! . . . and i just can't resist not writing this right away in the blog!
the conversation was with some chinese friend of mine . . . let's call the person in question (the victim of my post) . . . well, let's call her Little Cloud!
Little Cloud: I never been to the beach!
Little Cloud: No! Never!
Nuno: you are really weird!
Nuno: Joy, have you ever been to the beach?
Nuno: Lisa, have you ever been to the beach?
Nuno: Robert, have you ever been to the beach?
Nuno: Cher, have you ever been to the beach?
Nuno: Little Cloud, you are weird!
Cher: Little Cloud, don't tell me you never been to the beach?
Nuno: Carlos, have you ever been to the beach?
Nuno: see Little Cloud, you're weird!...you NEVER been to the beach!?!
Carlos: You never been to the beach?????????????
Little Cloud: i never had time!
Little Cloud: I never had the chance! it's REASONABLE!!!
Nuno: it's reasonable?
Little Cloud: YEAH!
Nuno: I'm gonna write a post to you!....right now!
2 minutes after a seated in the desk i get this thought messenger (quoting Little Cloud): believe "me, it is common for people never been to a beach in China"
如果你说这样！- if you say so!
for "legal" purposes it's better not to mean the english name of my chinese friend!...maybe she can sue me! ;)
surprised ? ? ?
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
yesterday i had the funniest experience!
i went for dinning at Whale Inside Dark Restaurant (click it for more info)!
well...basically: the restaurant is a complete darkness and you can't see anything at ALL!...
the waitresses have night vision cams!
it's thrilling, terrifying and funny!...you really get the impression what it's to be blind!
just imagine waitresses that don't speak english, putting a dish in front of you and picking up your hand to show you the dish is in front of you!
...what do you do after?...well, let's say that your hands invade the dish, touch everything, get so scares and 2 seconds after you give up eat with knife, fork or spoon...you use your hands like Robin Hood!
is the most interesting experience! everything is shocking and astonishing!
you can't imagine the kind of sensations you've got!
my experience mates were alexandra, joão, claudia, ricardo, gonçalo, m.joão, antonio!...
a dinner to remember for sure! LOL
p.s. unfortunately it's not allowed to take digital cameras or anything that can give light! therefore there isn't any photo or any video of the dinner! (my guess is: they really don't want us to see the decoration of the restaurant!! LOL)
greets to all!!!
posted by nuno at Sunday, August 26, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
well... you would believe how much there is to tell about the chinese-style-beach!
it was an excitement going again to the beach one year after...and in china!...i was really anxious and without knowing what to expect!...
let's start with some curiosities/facts/rules you certainly will find once you visit a chinese beach:
- mostly everyone don't use a beach towel
...where do they lay down?... pretty much in the sand... and some on newspaper pages or plastic bags!
- no one uses parasol...they use umbrellas
in china, specially in the north people (woman) appreciate a lot white skin, therefore they all go the beach with their own umbrella, why? ... i think is because man love white skin, and for my understanding they believe white skin means purity!
at leas 70% of the skin product sold in china is all about whitening the skin!
- what do they wear on the beach?...well they wear what in europe was used maybe 50 years ago!...
bathsuits; bikini with big "top" parts and lower parts with skirt incorporate;
basically there is an intrinsic rule: you should be ashamed to show your body!...therefore there are ladies that even took bath with dresses!
just another tinny curiosity: the chinese parents totally dedicate their time to their children on the beach. So you just need to look around and watch parents doing sand-castles as well as other games/activities...it's rewarding! (for my point of view, in this aspect, they're rule models!)
well...let's cut the crap....where's some pics and video! (you can also click here to see the photos!)
. . . to be continued . . .
posted by nuno at Saturday, August 25, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
first of all let me introduce you to my trip mates to Qingdao...
see for yourselves (you can click here to see the pics)! . . . to be continued . . .
posted by nuno at Thursday, August 23, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Qingdao is a beach city in china one-hour flight southeast beijing!
it's known for it's annual beer festival!...and because it's one of the closest beaches from beijing!
Sketch map of Qingdao in 1906
the reason why i went there??? - 3 reasons:
- see the beach, ocean and swim on it
- check out the beer festival
- get outside beijing after 7 weeks here
this is just the 1st chapter...i have so many things to tell you! (lot of curiosities and stories to share with you)!
August 18-19th weekend, 2007 . . . to be continued . . .
posted by nuno at Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
- the game was played in Fengtai stadium on the southwest part of the city (maybe 30km or more away from my home)
- the game was in beijing, as you know, but you hardly hardly could found a flag of the home team! (chinese market thinking!)
- in stands, there were more foreigner singing for Beijing Guo'An than chinese!
- there was a slight police intervention: 3 foreigners (Guo'An supporters) challenge a group 100 chinese that were supporting for Barcelona
- antonio and ricardo were interviewed by the chinese TV and some days after they're passing in the nation-wide TV news!
- minor details - antonio speach to chinese TV: "I'm supporting Beijing Guo'An! I don't care about Barcelona stars! We have our own stars...but i don't know their names!"; "Guo'An will win 3-0!"; "I'm a Guo'An supporter since i'm a child!"
- minor minor detail - Beijing Guo'An was founded in 1992 and antonio was born in 1983!
small note: portuguese mothers don't let your kids watch the 1st video...(higher ranked shitty portuguese words!)
a supporting shear!...or maybe not!
who says Guo'An lost 3-0 after seeing this dominance!
posted by nuno at Tuesday, August 14, 2007
i should did this long time ago...
but, lately i don't have much free time!
but...i had to present you my best chinese friend...
...my chinese teacher...Zhao Yan...in english : Anita
my public BIG THANKS to you Anita!
she's been great to me!
a great teacher...you'll notice in my chinese next time you meet me! lol ;)
she's a big "source" where i can ask and learn about the greatness of the Chinese people and Culture...and beyond this, i own a real friend!
The guy in the picture is an ex-expat in beijing - João Medina - who left last month. Another great friend I made in China!...Abraço grande Medina!
posted by nuno at Tuesday, August 14, 2007