Hey Hey and G'Day to you all,
Hope you all had a great weekend and are full of smiles.
Mine was rather cool. Sarah (Canada/Baise) and Judy (Aussie/Tiandong) ventured to Tianyang Friday evening. Sara wanted to get a good ride in so she rode the 40kms from Baise. She nearly rode into some rather bad luck. Tianyang had been without water ALL DAY! In fact, all week our water had been off and on but for some reason it never really effected my building. Luckily for Sara water began gushing through my pipes about thirty minutes before she arrived.
When Judy arrived we headed to the market place for beer a 'side walk Wok em Up'. Poor little Tianyang, the three of us sitting together freaked a lot of people out. Sara's got pretty cool looking hair. She used to have long dreads but they are now very short and died blonde. It's kinda strange as she also has a normal fringe. Yes, sounds strange but it all looks rather cool really.
Sara & I eating BBQ Pigs Eyes. It was her first experience! In the large tray is Tianyangs awesome slow cooked fish. Man it is delicious!
The night was just awesome. I love this time of year in Tianyang. WOW, how cool is that, I've been here long enough to compare years and weather. The days are hot and humid and the evenings are mostly cool and comfortable. Most nights we get an awesome thunder and lightening storm to satisfy my storm hunger. Usually around three in the after noon huge dark clouds roll in from out of nowhere (figure of speech. Of course they bloody come from some where!). What I mean is, man do they come in fast! One minute the sky is blue, then it is dark grey and whamo, lightening is dancing everywhere followed by huge drums of thunder.
People's reactions are so funny. All the girls are so scared of the thunder. The lightening doesn't seem to bother them. I tried to explain that it was the lightening that would hurt them and not the thunder. But it didn't seem to matter. No, this wasn't to my students, these were adults! I was watching one of the female teachers, (we had been watching the lightening at play for about twenty minutes after English Corner), she watched the entire time with her hands over her ears. Yet, there was no thunder the entire time.
Now, that is a huge fear of thunder mate!
After a wok up we headed over to the bbq area for more beer and the famous Tianyang fish that is slowly cooked over embers on your table. Ow man, it is such an awesome dish. It has a heap of other vegetables around it, under it and over the top. Once you begin you can't stop! We sat and happily chatted over our fish and assorted innards and outwards from things that once moved.
I allowed Sara to choose. As she felt it was finally time to discover and live the Chinese bbq experience the selection was that of tiny snakes on a stick, innards and outwards and of course the famous pigs eyes.
I guess the time has come to describe the pig's eye experience
STOP LOOKING AT ME!
There are two ways to describe this experience. The first is clean and the second a little funky! Ok, first. I remember when I was young, Hubba Bubba Chewing Gum had this bubble gum that had a centre that squirted when you bit in. This is kind of what happens when you bite into a bbq pig's eye. You never eat them straight off the bbq as they remain hot inside for some time.
When you put it into your mouth it's kind of rubbery. When you bite down and the skin bursts a huge spurt of warm liquid fills your mouth.
That then takes us to the second description which I'll keep short.
It's as close as I'll ever come to the age old question...Do You Spit or Swallow!
Gee, wasn't the weather nice today.
Yes, yes I swallowed.
Before you begin chewing the skin and swallow the liquid you can actually feel the eye ball lens on your tongue! It's a strange experience but one worthy of a visit to China for.
Anyhow, back to the night. We had been pretty much left alone for most of the evening. But then it happened, a High School student wanted to practice her English and Sara made the mistake of talking to her in Chinese and whamo, they came from everywhere. We had a birthday party behind us and soon cake was brought to our table. Party members dropped in to raise their glasses with us. In the end Sara had to actually ask one of them to leave us alone as she continually pushed in and talked over everyone else. Luckily after this most returned to the Soccer on the big screen.
Oh and some guy threw up all over him self at the table up from us. His friends all stayed there and laughed at him, continued to drink and no one bothered to clean it up. We left soon after. YUKKY!
Saturday morning Sara and I were supposed to ride back to Baise. Well, another storm flew on in from outta nowhere (be quiet, I know!) and man did it bucked down noodles and beers (cats n dogs but the Chinese version). Luckily Judy made it to her bus in time also. She headed back to Tiandong for a dinner party that evening. We had to put our bikes on the bus roof and within minutes a Police car blocked our pathway and began questioning our bikes.
How farken strange and stupid is this.
You can fill your bus with chickens. You can fill the luggage section with chickens. You can even fill the roof with chickens piled high. BUT our bikes weren't chickens. Man, to question two bikes, both on their side and tied down, that guy must have had one hell of a Biajio hangover or never got laid the night before. It took about ten minutes before he allowed us to go. The bus staff would not give in to him at all and good on them!
We had been invited to one of her friend's parent's house for lunch. The food was awesome and luckily for me her friend was an English teacher so we had a great time talking. Her parents were so happy and continually smiled and asked questions about western food and people. Like usual the food was great but the person whom cooked it WAS NOT A GOOD COOK AT ALL! This is so normal in China. They can all cook but no one is actually a good cook. It all tastes incredible to me!
After lunch we head to a Tea Shop where I stocked up on Cool Teas. If you've read most of my travelogue you know why I need these teas. If you haven't heres the short run down. My body heat is huge. In winter I still teach in short sleeves and sometimes shorts. The kids run to me and hug my bare skin for warmth. I've been drinking gallons of the cool tea you by in cans but I wanted to have the same for at home. You can buy this stuff everywhere on the streets and believe it or not, IT BLOODY WORKS MATE and most of them are actually very nice to drink. Not long after drinking them you can actually feel your body temperature fall.
After purchase we all said our good byes and I headed to the bike shop to get my granks tightened. I then rode the 40kms back to Tianyang beating the afternoon storm by about twenty minutes. Pretty lucky too, the amount of lightening was huge. During the ride I found that though my cranks were not loose anymore they were still making huge grinding noises. I was hoping it was just because they were loose...Nu, the bearings have gone!
NOW THAT'S A BUGGER FOR ME!
Saturday night I spent on the computer doing Lesson Plans and creatively making up stupid and funny games for my kids using assorted teaching books. I hate teaching from a book so usually I make it into a stupid and funny game type thing and the kids love it. I mean, does anyone actually like learning from a book. Not at all, especially Primary School children who don't really speak much English. I headed across to the Market Place around eleven and after many hours of beers N noodles I made my way home, woke the happy gate guard and headed to bed.
Sunday I also spent on the computer creating stupid and funny games. Got some great stuff to if I don't say so myself! That's about it really, I'm outta here mate,
Beers N noodles to you all...Shane