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It's merciful I'm not dancing tonight

Beijing, China


A menu with no pictures - what's a functionally illiterate girl to do? Ask for old favorites. But which ribs? There ate three on their menu. I opt for the mid priced one with the recognized 'fragrant' in the title. "How do you want your spinach stir fried? I recognize and go for garlic. Yum! Turns out the fragrant spare ribs are smothered in crispy garlic. Aren't you glad I'm not dancing with you tonight!

permalink written by  prrrrl on March 11, 2011 from Beijing, China
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tagged Garlic, Illiterate and Ribs

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When free is expensive

Beijing, China


Excited to do one more Facebook post before being blocked in Beijing I never put my phone down while in Toronto's airport. Unfortunately there are other ways for an iPhone to leave one's hand. Slipping onto the tile floor is one of them. The previously one simple cracked screen shattered into a cobweb of fissures. Tiny splinters peppered my fingers for the next 24 hours. The replacement took about half an hour and cost Beijing bundle. But it's fixed and I now hunt & peck glass shard free.

permalink written by  prrrrl on March 11, 2011 from Beijing, China
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tagged Glass, Iphone, Repair and Shatter

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Stopover in Canada

Beijing, China


My ride was probably losing hope.  So many people waiting, so many bags not making it off the luggage go round.  Those waiting with me trickled down from a full Boing 747 to three.  Lost?  The couple in front of me at the lost luggage counter were joyfully reunited with their bags.  The third person persisted at the carousel.  I was told my clothes, toiletries, sandals, gifts, snorkel gear and Chinese English dictionary were in Toronto.  Bagless, I was pleased to find that my ride waited still, "Jan Tu" sign in hand just past the 'nothing to declare' lane.  William and his wife graciously wisked me to an ATM machine and then my guest House.  So far, so luggageless...      


permalink written by  prrrrl on March 14, 2011 from Beijing, China
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tagged Waiting, Hope and LostLuggage

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Sock buying vocabulary intact

Beijin, China


Though pleased that long haul trans-polar flights are not sweat inducing, the more fresh clothes I have, the better.  On the flight I had attempted to eavesdrop on two mandarin speakers and was perturbed that I couldn't even get the gist of their conversation.  On the streets of after dark Beijing I came upon a socks out of a box vendor.  I purchased 4 pair.  You'll be happy to know that my sock buying vocabulary is most satisfactory.  Yao wadzi ma.  They were obviously not discussing footware on the plane.  If you ever are in China and have a sock emergency I'm the translator for you!  

permalink written by  prrrrl on March 14, 2011 from Beijin, China
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tagged Socks, Vocabulary, Translate and Eavesdropping

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"Please get ready for rival"

Beijing, China


Vowels are not given much consideration.  Consonents often come preloaded with a vowel sound. Children are not taught, 'b', 'p', 'm', 'f' but 'baw', 'paw', 'maw', 'faw'.  Ns come preloaded  with a leading 'i' so that a word spelled, 'tun' is pronounced, 'twin'.  What I heard on the bus: "Please get ready for rival". Turns out it was not an invitation to spar but lack of respect for the lowly first letter of our alphabet which, when preceding 'rival' helps us not miss our bus stop.

permalink written by  prrrrl on March 15, 2011 from Beijing, China
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tagged Chinese, Vowels, Consonents and Pronunciation

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But, but, butt....

Garner, United States


Yea, google voice for translating a butt dial of rustling clothes, footsteps in dirt, a starting car (BMW?) and Diane Reemes into a boy band song. If only I could copy & paste here. Trust me, it was funny!

permalink written by  prrrrl on March 15, 2011 from Garner, United States
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tagged Funny, ButtDial and Garner

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Phew!!!

Beijing, China


I JUST learned that the Philippines is home to chocolate production. All will soon be right with the world... I ran out of my S. American slavery-free chocolate yesterday. Only 48 more hours of forced withdrawal symptoms. (One symptom: bad spelling. Trust me, that's the obvious cause...)

permalink written by  prrrrl on March 17, 2011 from Beijing, China
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tagged Chocolate, Philippines, Addiction and Spelling

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