A Travellerspoint blog

June 2008

The Last Last Supper & Mums 100,000 TPod Hits

Hey Hey and a Big G'Day toya, Let's talk about the Canadians Jo and Rob. So, those bloody Canadians hey! They've now left the building! Scampered N Bloody Gone! Buggered off mate! Now let's talk about that bloody Australian! They say he's gonna bugger off too! But They say a lot of things! But maybe They are right! He will scamper too! Soon to bugger off! So, the Last Suppers have been and gone and along with them Rob N Jo. Last Friday night the school and the Big Guys from the city took us all out for the Last Feast. It was a huge night mate and it left me battling my war injuries the entire next day. I simply sat on the couch watching episode after episode of 'The 4400' I don't think it ever made Australian TV but I was searching for something to watch last Thursday and found four seasons of what is called The 4400. Having no idea what it was I thought hey, it's in Eglish, all my other DVD's are now packed and I'm sure this will take me through until it is time for me to scamper. So what I thought was going to be some crappy TV 'Thing' has kept me awake till 5am each morning. Needless to say, I'm bloody hooked mate and I can't seem to book a train ticket out of town until I have finished the four seasons I have before me! Also on the 'To finish' DVD list is another what I thought was going to be crappy TV series that I got mainly because it was in English and it had several seasons worth of DVD's. The I.T Crowd mate, bloody awesome! British humour, love it! Daniel & Alexa! Right! Yeah! OK! So.....last night sadly Jo, Rob and I took Joyce, Candy and Jacky out for the Last Last Super. Well, it was the Last Last Super for Jo and the girls as she will not be returning to China. Happily for the girls though Rob has taken a job at one of the Private English Schools here in Shaowu City. He will be returning in three weeks. The lucky bugger will have an awesome job teaching ALL of my favourite and best students, the ones who want to learn and actually go there to learn. So now to me, this is my blog and now it's all about me! Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha! Trashy and boring and skip it you think? Move on to more important things? Yeah well maybe you're right! No, me me it's all about me! I'm in China and male! Me Me Me! OK! All my belongings (except my computer) are packed and I'm now living from my travel pack. I will be leaving Shaowu and Fujian Province and heading to the middle north to Shaanxi Province and will be either four hours south by train (or ten hours by bus) from Xi'an City in a little rural city called Ankang or two hours south east by bus from Xi'an city in a small town called Shangluo. I will be down near the Qinling Mountains so my climate will be sub-tropical and even more luckily for me I will be no where near the damn deserts of northern Shaanxi. I will be just up and over from Gansu, Sichuan and Gongqing provinces. So, what happens between now and then? On the 27th my school has some sort of awards thing happening for the students so I want to stick around for that which happily will give me time to finish off all my DVD's and have several smaller Last Last Last Last Suppers with friends. I know Yujing is away until the weekend so we can't have the big Last Super with Yan and Crew until this coming weekend. I'm still trying to decide whether to head to Yangshuo to leave all my stuff while travelling. Problem with that is I will be heading north to meet up with Luo Wei (Amigo) and we will travel together for a month and I will then have to head way back south again to collect my stuff and then head north again. But I haven't seen my boss and his family or anyone at Bucklands for two years so it would be awesome to see them. Luo Wei would love to see the Guilin/Yangshuo area so it would be nice to take her there. So what are the travel plans for this coming summer? Another huge city bop like last year? That really was awesome hey! I was thinking of heading east to where the Great Wall of China actually begins. They built the wall into the sea and I think that would be an awesome thing to see and that not many people would have seen where it comes out of the sea.

See what I mean?. HHhhhhmmm, do you think I could use the word 'see' one more time in that last sentence! I don't know, I'm thinking of keeping it down to maybe only one or two provinces.

Luo Wei and I both want to spend time in Anhui Province visiting Huang Shan which is known as China's most beautiful mountian and then village hop around the south of Anhui before heading across to Jiangxi Province to visit the European charms of Lushan and then once again village bop around Wuyuan Area. It would also be nice to see Jingdezhen city which was China's ancient porcelian centre. Who knows mate! You know me. I'll probably end up finally in Kashgar or anywhere other than the above. Like I say at the beginning of every holiday, I really do wish I was one of those people who have it all planned, the pages marked and little adventures penned in for along the way. It really would make the 'prior to leaving' weeks much easier. But no I have to chop and change my ideas every single time I sit down and confuse the shite out of myself right up until the minute I go to the train station to buy my ticket out as then I usely change again and buy a ticket to somewhere I never thought of going. Anyhow, Iguess when it's time to go we will all know at the same time where I'm going to go! Like you, I probably won't know until I get there! Beers N Noodles toya.....shane PS: What is the photo 'Li Ping'? Li Ping is my friend Joyce's real name in Chinese. Her sisters name is Li Hua or Rose in English as Li can mean 'beautiful' if said with the right tones and hua means flower so one is a beautiful flower and the other is a beautiful bottle...hahaha! PSS: Why the photo of the Travelpod screen? Have a closer look mate. Astonishingly I clocked up 100,000 hits on my blog at the end of last week. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my mother who has been pretty bloody busy reading my blog over the past few years! What are mothers for hey! I can't believe she has read it 100,000 times! Also thanks to the other few people who have tripped over it by accident! But to be serious, to the good friends I have made thought Travelpod.com!

PSSS: To Rob & Jo the Canadians... ...um....who? The Canadians? I must had too much beer last night. Wasn't I the only one? Me Me, it's all about me! REMEMBER! Ha ha...thanks you two buggers. We really did have an awesome year together..sniff sniff...simply wonderful, just wonderful! .....sniff sniff.....just wonderful.....sniff sniff....now pack ya bags and fark off! Quickly! PSSSS: Hey Canadian Rob, don't bloody forget my copy of the latest Black Crows album ya bugger! PSSSSS: Hey Canadian Jo, finish up dude and get ya butt back to China. No waiting all those years! Bloody Canadians! ________________________________________________________ The soundtrack to this entry was the awesome Nine Inch Nails. The album was 'Downward Spiral' * I often wonder what my neighbours think when I play stuff like Nine Inch Nails, Rage Against The Machine, Motorhead or Machinehead etc. Coming from such a small mountain city in the very unknowns of Fujian Province they must really freak out when they hear crazy metal stuff like that. Especially all the old people that live in my building! I hope I had nothing to do with the lady next doors heart attack a few months ago. I'm serious mate! Well, she is now home and she does still wave and say hello everytime she sees me so I think I'm pretty safe. 'Rancid' is now playing so I think she will be happily bopping around her kitchen floor 'Scar Dancing' with the best of them. Sometimes I can't help but wonder if it is like on Back To The Future when Michael J Fox puts the head phones on his 'younger' father and plays Van Halen. Or is it more Satanic in nature like they think I have several virgins up here in my room and ...um...I...um...?

No, that would be because I forgot to shut the door that time...haha! ________________________________________________________

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The Dragon Boat Festival Less The Festival

Hey Hey and a Big G'Day toya, Dragon Boats! Let's talk about Dragon Boats and Dragon Boat races. As this is China, you would expect crowds to be cheering and contestants to be paddling as if Qu Yuan himself was watching them from the depths below. You would expect brightly coloured Dragon Boats to be gleaming in the sunshine whilst gliding effortlessly through the waters of the local river. You would expect people to be clad in their colourful village minority silks jumping up and down cheering on their favourites whilst devouring baskets full of the traditional Dragon Boat Festival food 'Zong Zi'. So I find out that there actually were Dragon Boat races in Shaowu..... .....LAST FREAKIN YEAR!

I don't know how many people I asked and they all said the same thing. No, no Dragon Boat Festival in Shaowu. Today (a year later) several people said to me 'Pity, no festival this year. The Dragon Boat races last year were beautiful and much fun.' What can I say? The Chinese are not known for their communication skills. Turn up to class only to be told you don't have that class as the math's teacher booked it last week. Ask a million times when summer or winter break begins to be told 'we don't know' and then to be told at a later date 'summer break begins tomorrow'. Living in China simply put is like this; Make plans for the afternoon with a heap of friends only to be asked by the school; Are you ready? Ready for what? The big dinner in ten minutes. Oh gee, that. I must have forgotten all about it between not being told and never having been told. When was it organised? Last week/month/year/decade. Oh, I can see why I was never told. Spontaneous plans right! Had to wait for the right moon! Argh, the longer you are here the less it bothers you. Somehow it just embeds itself into your 'new way of thinking in Chinese' kind of thing. If it doesn't then you are in for one hell of a fight and a fight you will never win. Things just seem to happen here, kind of like; Oh, the school has no classes tomorrow. Why? Um.....public holiday. The public holiday is next Monday. Um.....no we changed it to tomorrow. When? Just now. Why? Um.....I don't know why. They can pretty much do anything at any time without question. The big guy of the school, factory etc can just change things or create something and within five minutes everyone's told, no one questions it and foreigners are left scratching their heads as to how a school or factory etc can simply change a public holiday etc at will. The Dragon Boat Festival public holiday was supposed to be tomorrow (Monday) and Yan and Crew called me and said, hey we are all going here and there tomorrow at 9:30 be ready. But I have classes tomorrow at 9:00am. But tomorrow is a Public Holiday. Huh? Wasn't Friday the public holiday? Anyhow, back to the Dragon Boat races. This morning I rose early and headed down to the river expecting or hoping to find cheering crowds and colourful Dragon Boats and what did I find. Nothing, not even a few wanna be young kids pretending to be in Dragon Boat races. I spent the day walking around the city trying to find any traces of the fact that it was actually the Dragon Boat Festival. Come on, the Chinese are known all over the world for their dragon boat races! I'm sure in China town in Melbourne more evidence could be found. Then I found a copy of the latest Indiana Jones film. It no longer mattered that it was the Dragon Boat Festival less the entire festival. It no longer mattered that there wasn't a single wanna be Dragon Boat dude hanging around the river. What mattered now was whether the audio would be in Chinese or English. (Or in Russian with Polish subtitles - that can't be changed of course!) What mattered now was whether it was a kind of good copy or a kind of goodish/baddish copy (Both of which would be filmed in the cinema as it was too early for a 'real' 'fake' copy). What mattered now was whether the movie would actually be on the DVD. (Among the other eighteen movies which also included the latest Narnia release 'Prince Caspan'). What did matter is that I had a bag full of my own Zong Zi. (Doubled as Canadian Jo gave me all of hers aswell) What did matter was that I had my own little cardboard Dragon Boat. (That one of my students had given me as a present). But what mattered most was the fact that I had Indiana Jones! Indiana Jones, I always knew that you would come walking through my door again some day! PS: below is a heap of information on the history of the Dragon Boat Festival. Beers N Noodles toya.....shane ________________________________________________ The soundtrack to this entry was the funky Rio Do Brazil The album was 'Do Brazil Disk II' ________________________________________________

<u>Dragon Boat Festival / Double Fifth Day</u></b> The Dragon Boat Festival which is also known as Double Fifth Day falls on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month. From what I can gather there are many different stories as to where and how this festival came to light. But the most popular version and the one officially accepted is about Qu Yuan, a minister during the Warring States Period. (475 - 221 BC). <u>Legend of the Dragon Boat Festival's Origin</u></b> At the end of the Zhou Dynasty (1100 - 221 BC), the country known presently as China had fallen into a state of conflict and despair. The Zhou Dynasty had now ruled for several centuries but many other states were trying their best to rise above being a feudal domain and become their own kingdoms. One of these states known as Qin finally rose above them all and once it became victorious it unified all of China under one rule for the first time in history. Qu Yuan served as minister to the Zhou Emperor. As he spent his life fighting against the corruption within the courts he was both loved and feared by the other court officials. Upon Qu Yuan's advice to avoid conflict with the Qin Kingdom along with his repeated advice aimed at how to deal with political corruption, these same officials pressured the Zhou Emperor whom soon removed him from the courts service and sent him into exile. During his time in exile, which lasted for many years he traveled far and wide. He taught and wrote poetry and here is how he became Qu Yuan the legend! In 278 BC the capital of Chu was lost to the state of Qin. Upon hearing this Qu Yuan wrote the following poem and in a state of despair he threw himself into the Milou River. <u>His last poem reads: </u>[/i] [/i] Many a heavy sigh I have in my despair,[/i] Grieving that I was born in such an unlucky time.[/i] I yoked a team of jade dragons to a phoenix chariot,[/i] And waited for the wind to come, to sour up on my journey [/i] Qu Yuan was adored by the common peoples whom then rushed to the river and on long boats they beat drums to scare the fish away. They then began throwing Zong Zi into the river to feed both Qu Yuan and the fish to stop them eating his body. For many years after this, local peoples would row their boats down their local river and throw sections of bamboo filled with rice into the water as an offering to Qu Yuan. Now the traditional food known as Zing Zi is thrown into the water as an offering to him. <u>The Modern Dragon Boat Festival</u></b> Supposedly from that time until the present, people have continued to celebrate Qu Yuan's death by way of the Dragon Boat Festival where they have Dragon Boat Races, eat Zong Zi and do many other fun filled activities. The Dragon Boats bring huge crowds to the river sides where they sit to watch brightly coloured boats race each other down the river. The boats themselves can be anywhere from forty to one hundred feet in length. Their front is shaped like a dragons open mouth and the rear is shaped as a dragon's tail. An unbelievable eighty rowers can power them as they race other Dragon Boats to grab the flag at the end of a water course. Along with the rowers there is also the flag catcher and a drummer. Prior to entering the race the Dragon Boats must be brought to life by way of a sacred ceremony when the Dragon Boat receives its eyes <u>Zong Zi (pyramid-shaped dumplings)</u></b> Some say that there is another part to the legend. Some say that someone met Qu Yuan's spirit on the same river bank. Qu Yuan supposedly told this person that all the food offered to him had been eaten by a dragon. Qu Yuan then told him that dragons fear bamboo leaves and 'five-coloured' thread. Therefore people began making the traditional food known as Zong Zi. Zong Zi is glutinous/sticky rice with a small filling of pork, beef or something sweet. It is shaped into a pyramid and wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves. It was traditionally held together with 'five-coloured' thread but now many people use normal thread of strips of dried bamboo leaves. <u>Talisman and Charms</u></b> As the Dragon Boat Festival is held at the beginning of summer, people also wear talismans to fend of evil spirits whom supposedly bring diseases. People also place a picture of Zhong Kui at the door of their home as he is the guardian against evil spirits. Adults can drink Xiong Huang Wine and children can carry silk pouches filled with fragrance to ward off evil spirits. Some also believe that if you can balance a raw egg on its end at exactly mid day, the rest of the year you will be very lucky! What ever mate, I'm just hoping to one day watch the coloured Dragon Boats and one day get through the billions of Zong Zi that now fills my fridge. Unlike Moon Cakes I actually love Zong Zi. Some foreigners say they are too bland but many like me really like their taste. How sticky are they? If a plane wing falls off in mid flight and if someone had Zong Zi onboard you could pretty much stick the wing back on and it would stay until something more appropriate could be used.

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Pigs Eyes, Chicken Feet & Bat Wings Snax Part 7

Hey Hey and a Big G'Day toya Here is the SEVENTH and for now LAST </b>of the; 'Uncle Shane Do You Eat Pigs Eyes, Chicken Feet & Bat Wings for Snax' entries. Besides eating Insects, Dogs, Cats, Rats, Bats and anything else that once moved I sometimes manage to squeeze in some normalish snacks when I'm feeling a tad peckish. Almost all of them are found on the typical Chinese three wheeler portable snack shop or eatery. For those who have never been any where in Asia this simply means a three wheeled bike that has been modified into some type of 'portable eatery'. Some can be found grouped together on the same corner most days and/or nights and others travel around the place from hour to hour to find where the hungriest crowds are. Those who have been to China will understand when I say that food and eating is pretty much a HUGE part of the Chinese life style. For those who haven't visited China then there really isn't much I can say as unless you have been here it really is too hard to comprehend What I mean by this is, I know you think you know how much they can eat! But the fact is you really don't have any idea! They spend hours preparing it and they then spend hours eating it. What they do during the in between hours is the reason for this and the following blogs. The Chinese simply snack! Snacks are on every street corner of every city, town and village and don't even get me started on what can be found near bus or train stations and market places. After a huge meal that consists of about twenty courses and a billion bottles of beer, before heading to the next destination my friends will usually head for the nearest corner for snacks! I can't do anything but simply shake my head in disbelief...it's all about SNAX! <u>TODAY</u></b> Today's menu of snax begins with a Snax that can be found in almost every city and town in most countries, Bakery Snax. Like in all bakery's here we can get a large range of different types of bread but sadly most have been sweetened for the Chinese sweet tooth and believe me it really drives most foreigners crazy! Also we can get a huge range of buns that have been filled with all sorts of 'stuff' that one would never expect to find in a bun, except for in China! Second on today's menu of Snax is a chicken hot pot for two. When you are not starving or still have a little more room to fill why not head to the Chicken Pot. Along with chicken you get to choose from a list of delicious fresh vegetables to add to your boiling hot pot. Love Hot Pot Eateries! As usual I skipped the chicken foot and allowed Joyce to happily munch away on it! Next are another of my 'quick time' favourite Snax. This one can be found just around the corner from my school and I'm sure they have a huge jar of vegemite hidden away in the little Portable Snackery. I have no idea what is in these ones but they really do have a vegemite taste about them and for an Aussie Roo from the Land Down Under, that is one hell of a bloody good find mate! Different types of these can be found all over China! Pretty much, make the dough and then stick it to the inside wall until cooked! The fourth Snax on today's Snax menu can be found in all Chinese Restaurants of the world. You can have them fried or in a light soup. Won tons my friend, where would we be without them! When winter finally gave in and headed Down Under to bother my family and friends instead of me I stopped making my hearty noodle soups at home. Each morning I now rise and shine an hour earlier and head out for a big bowl of Won Ton soup and then make my merry way along the river. Morning time is a special time here in China and one that takes quite a bit to get used to. I don't see it that often as I prefer the night so when I do join the silly buggers who rise before eight or nine each time I find a wonderful experience. In all parks and gardens, along river banks and even on street corners you will find groups of people gathered together to start the day by doing some form of exercise. Together they do Tai Chi, all types of dances that include line dancing, the waltz and an assortment of traditional dances, they gather and sing 'stuff' that hurts my ears and sometimes makes me dizzy for a second or two, they run, they jog and for me some painfully walk slower than a snail. I am serious! I do believe that the Chinese have to be the slowest walkers in the world! That is why we have the Facebook Site 'I seriously want to punch slow walking people in the back of the head'. Even when I'm walking at a slow and relaxing pace I somehow feel I am almost running, not even jogging mind you but running. It really can drive you insane as they walk in groups and spread themselves over the road or the sidewalk and make it impossible to pass. It makes me want to install a horn on my forehead or to simply punch the slow walking people in the back of the head! Ok, where were we? Oh yeah, Snax and other yummy delights! The second last Snax on today's menu are an assortment of little biscuits. I never have any idea what I will find inside and even after biting into them most of the time I still have no idea what it is that is in there. Luckily for me, most of the time what ever it is is actually delicious. Usually they can be found on a market street and usually you will have a large range to choose from. If you are like me, you simply choose the ones that LOOK delicious! Lastly and the most delicious and fun of all the Snax found here in my little mountain city is the KTV Whisky Snax. Found in a test tube and mixed with green tea these little Drink Snax become rather addictive after the first rack is finished. They also have a tendency to create all sorts of havoc in the room you are in, especially after many empty bottles can be found lying forgotten in the corner. KTV Whisky Snax! Like Chicken Feet, if you find yourself in China you really have to give them a go! And you did read right! They honestly mix whisky with green tea! <u>WALK-ABOUT PHOTOS</u></b> The walk about photos for this entry are from my 'normal' evening ride that takes me way out there and around the back of that mountain and then way over there through those villages and then finally home again. The children in the photo's wait for me most days to get their daily does of 'Photo's'. Life really is a wonderful noodle adventure! 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Pigs Eyes, Chicken Feet & Bat Wings Snax Part 6

Hey Hey and a Big G'Day toya Here is the SIXTH </b>of the; 'Uncle Shane Do You Eat Pigs Eyes, Chicken Feet & Bat Wings for Snax' entries. Besides eating Insects, Dogs, Cats, Rats, Bats and anything else that once moved I sometimes manage to squeeze in some normalish snacks when I'm feeling a tad peckish. Almost all of them are found on the typical Chinese three wheeler portable snack shop or eatery. For those who have never been any where in Asia this simply means a three wheeled bike that has been modified into some type of 'portable eatery'. Some can be found grouped together on the same corner most days and/or nights and others travel around the place from hour to hour to find where the hungriest crowds are. Those who have been to China will understand when I say that food and eating is pretty much a HUGE part of the Chinese life style. For those who haven't visited China then there really isn't much I can say as unless you have been here it really is too hard to comprehend What I mean by this is, I know you think you know how much they can eat! But the fact is you really don't have any idea! They spend hours preparing it and they then spend hours eating it. What they do during the in between hours is the reason for this and the following blogs. The Chinese simply snack! Snacks are on every street corner of every city, town and village and don't even get me started on what can be found near bus or train stations and market places. After a huge meal that consists of about twenty courses and a billion bottles of beer, before heading to the next destination my friends will usually head for the nearest corner for snacks! I can't do anything but simply shake my head in disbelief...it's all about SNAX! <u>TODAY</u></b> Today's menu of snax begins with a delicious bowl of beef noodles. Yes I eat so many noodles I even have them for a snack. Joyce and I headed to the latest noodle bar called 'American Noodles' and the beef noodles were awesome! Highly recommend 'American Noodles'. They can be found in many cities and usually near the train or bus stations. The next taste sensation is what is known as Baozi (say Boutsa - close enough!). They are steamed buns of all shapes and sizes. Some are plain, some sweet and others a filled all types of surprises such as meat and vegetables. The Chinese eat these by the tray full and have done so for uncountable years. They can be purchased almost anywhere. Portable Bike Eateries can be found on most corners and along many streets or lane ways you will find a small 'Bread Type Eatery' tucked away beside the worn cobblestones. And of course the one you've all been waiting for! Hidden amongst the Snax Photos had to be found The Chicken Feet Snax! I'm not usually a Chicken Feet Snax type of guy but I have been found several times pecking away at a foot or two. These ones were actually rather tasty. They had been marinated in a garlic sauce. Usually they have been soaking in a chili sauce for several days and are much too hot for my liking. So yeah, chicken feet! If you find yourself in China sometime, at least give them a try! Your next dish is green dumplings soaked in a soy type soup and a very tender piece of pork on top. Very tasty and very filling and very needed after a long walk or ride. Once again these can be found either on street corners or slowly passing you by. Simply whistle and they will stop and set up a little road side eatery just for you! The fifth dish in today's banquet is one that I love but sadly for me I can rarely ever find. It is a sticky rice hamburger type thing. As it sounds, the bun is made from two balls of sticky rice that are flattened out and inside you can find taro, cabbage, nuts and pieces of a Chinese bread stick. It's no Whopper but it does the job just fine! Last of all, how many people can actually say they've eaten a spring roll in China! I can and I can top that by having eaten Mongolian Hot Pot in Mongolia! Small claim to fame I know! So there they are spring rolls, a must for anyone with two legs out on a walk. It seems that even if you're not hungry these guys will find their own way into you stomach. Countless times I've been out walking and as soon as I see the Eatery within seconds I'm standing before it feeling like I haven't eaten in a week. They were a childhood favourite and the happy fact is they still are! <u> </u></b> <u>WALK-ABOUT PHOTOS</u></b> The walk about photos for this entry are a small selection of random shots from around the area. The photos of the water fountain are actually the cities Peoples Square Music Fountain. Most Chinese cities will have one of these and Shaowu boasts the largest on in the area. Of course it is nothing compared to the one in Xi'an which is truly amazing in size. The Xi'an music fountain is found in the north square of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. It covers an area of 110,000 square meters and cost something like 500 million Yuan to create. It is the largest music fountain square in Asia. [/i] [/i] <u>From Wikipedia the free Encyclopedia</u> [/i] [/i] These fountains, also generally called musical fountains, appear to respond to music but have been programmed beforehand. The earliest of these were played manually by a live operator, who usually controlled pumps or valves and sometimes lights by way of switches on a control panel. Music was almost always live. Later, choreography could be prerecorded on a punched paper card which was scanned by a computer; and even later, it could be recorded on magnetic tape or, in the most modern shows, on a CD along with the music. Even so, the choreography must still be painstakingly programmed by hand, some types of shows being played live from a control console and connected to a computer that records the operator's actions for later automatic playback. [/i] [/i] Beers N Noodles full of freaky snax toya.....shane _________________________________________________________ The soundtrack to this peckish entry was by Billy Joel The album was 'Greatest Hits' Awesome indeed! __________________________________________________________

Beef Noodle Snax

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Boutsa &#38;amp; Mantou

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Chicken Feet &#38;amp; Garlick Snax (if you please)

Chicken Feet &#38;amp; Garlick Snax (if you please)


Green Dumplings &#38;amp; Pork Snax

Green Dumplings &#38;amp; Pork Snax


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Sticky Rice Hamburger Snax

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