Found A New Home
Hey Hey and a Big G'Day toya,
Care to dance madam? How about a little Cha Cha!
What was almost a complete disaster actually turned out to be an awesome time had by all. About a month and a half ago Rick and I were told that we had to put on an Open Lesson for the parents of the Primary School students (my students, yes if you look at the students in the photo above, they are the total of my students) which would normally scare the besheezus out of me but we have less than thirty primary students so I figured why not.
Time passed and so did the time to practice the lesson we had thought up. All that happened was that six hundred and six thousand changes were made.
The problem was we weren’t the ones who made the changes nor did we ever get to practice anything to see if the changes were needed. It seemed that as the day drew near each morning we were told there was another change and then later in the day maybe another change was made. This continued right up until several days prior when we finally got a chance to head out to the sports ground and give it an actual go.
Changes were made and this time they were well needed.
More days flew by and it wasn’t until the day before the lesson that we got another chance to give the new changes upon changes a go. More changes were made and the evening prior the Headmaster wanted to check it out and yeeeup, you guess it a heap more changes were made which we only got a chance to put into practice the morning of the lesson.
We looked at each other and kind of said; Frakit, it will have to do!’
In the end Rick (who also teaches both his students (Grade 7) and mine PE) took control of the actual lesson and I got the cushy sweet job of telling each pair of parents how wonderful their little Johnny Wang and Suzie Wong are as students. Rick and I then had our picture taken with each family and all was well. So, the lesson began with Boxercise as a warm up, firstly teaching the students the actions and we then put them into place with a ripper of a song. This was followed by teaching them the words and actions of ball games such basket ball and to end it all off we threw on the very groovalicious Cha Cha song and invited the teachers and parents to join in Rick’s very awesome Cha Cha dance.
Thankfully Rick had been teaching them both the Cha Cha song and actions along with the Boxercise song and actions for several weeks as warm ups to PE because if he had not been the afternoon would have ended in complete disaster!
<u>Wondering Wanda Plaza</u>
What can I say, I had stepped in there twice before but only for several minutes while one of the teachers flew around and grabbed some 'woman’s stuff’ but I never really had the chance or need to head into town to really check the place out. It is THE PLACE in the city, the one where everyone goes on the weekend and the one that everyone knows and talks about. So when Rick and Lucy said they were heading into town to visit Wanda I thought, why not join them. I thought that it was going to be much bigger than it actually is, I had figured around six floors but when we reached the third floor I looked around for the next escalator and found none as it was the top floor.
As Plaza’s go, it has everything you need.
A cinema complete with IMAX, a million and sixty four thousand little girly stores, a couple of men’s stores (I guess we don’t shop much), a trillion six hundred thousand and one women’s stores (I guess they still shop a lot more than us) and of course the floor that is most important to me, the Food Floor where there is Indian (supposedly really Bad Indian), a Neolithic BBQ where I guess you can eat Neanderthals or Dino Steaks, fresh juice joints, a little sushi place and a small handful of hotpot and noodle joints.
Of course there is the usual crowd ie: KFC, McD’s and Pizza ‘plastic cheese’ Hut. We ended up choosing the rather talked about Dumpling Joint….deeeeelicious!
<u>So who are the Twins in pink?</u>
They would be Linda and Angel.
They are not my students but are the nieces of the people who run one of the little ‘Claypot Noodle/BBQ’ places I eat at. I first met them at the beginning of September when I first ate there. One of them (I think it was Linda, she has a little freckle beneath her right eye) was walking by and spotted me and raced over and said ‘hello’ and then raced of laughing. Then she came back but had changed from wearing jeans to a skirt in just a few seconds which really threw me. Then she returned again in a skirt but was still standing there in jeans.
It was one of those rather unexpected moments where it takes a few extra seconds for the grey matter to fire up and inform you what’s actually happening.
Since then I’ve been heading up to what we call Keg Street where their Claypot Noodle joint is and where their tiny little family store is found a few doors down. They are extremely NOT SHY, very wordy and for Grade 3 their English is pretty good. Now that it is winter I usually walk instead of riding and most evenings Keg Street (a pedestrian street that during summer had six thousand and sixty four little kegs on tables outside each eatery) is on my evening Noodle Walk because it ends at Wokup Street. Wok Street has a heap of outdoor street wokup places. So if The Twins are outside we ended up playing helicopters and stuff for half an hour or so during which I teach them a little more English and we dance our little;
‘Very Good, Very Good, Very Very Very Good’ dance which is kind of like an American Indian dance crossed with someone being slammed around in a moshpit and would go down a real treat at a DRI gig! Beers N Noodles toya…..shane ___________________________________________________________
The soundtrack to this entry was by Celine Dion The album was ‘Falling Into You’
Just messin with ya, but I gotchya didn’t I! Actually it was a compilation album called ‘Blues Traveller Four’ ____________________________________________________________
Hey hey and a big good day to you
I hear you all want to know about Consort Prince Lane and how life is. Are you sure as it is just a tiny little lane way?
Anyhow to answer your question on how is life, it is cold and it is getting really really really cold in fact colder and colder by the day which for me really really really sucks and if there is one thing in the world I hate more than pedophiles, racists, religion, war, drones, the desert, poverty, Kevin Costner movies, Kenny G, R&B, brusselsprouts, that stinky tofu you get from Chinese street stalls and warm beer and bad noodles is being cold.
I don't really like it when I get a puncture or when my peddle falls off my bike but I find I can live with that because it is better than being cold. Then again I also don't much like clowns either because they are scary little bastards and not nice to live with!
So there I was back at the beginning of the September when it was really really really hot and I was really really really happy to get out of bed each morning because it was not really really really cold and I was out on my first big ride after moving here to Huai'An city and about fifty minutes into it the road came to a tee intersection meaning, that I had to make a choice in which direction I should point my front wheel. I chose to point it right , off I sped and not long after a large pagoda came into view which of course made me extra really really really happy and my heart began to beat about as fast as my peddles were turning.
I just could not get there fast enough
When we did reach the pagoda I sadly found that it was part of a temple that was being renovated which sadly made it closed for the time being but with a happy heart and giddy feet I decided to continue in the same direction. When we turned to continue I found a city wall and its gate staring right at me which was really really really stupid because only the day prior I was told that there was nothing to see in the area I now lived but then again many Chinese seem to believe that if they were ride for fifty minutes they would end up in England or maybe South East Asia or that they could find themselves in Russia.
Or just wet if they rode in an easterly direction towards the east coast.
Since then Chuzhou city has become a majorish part of some of my bike riding here in Huai'An. I love all of its tiny ancient laneways, its back streets, side streets, old streets, new streets (mainly for the females found upon them) and of course the fact that it is like SnackadellicA heaven does not hurt a bit. Also the fact that there are several temples, a two thousand year old village, a Bell Tower and of course it is also where the author of journey to the west (Monkey King) is from and where he wrote much of the story.
Due to the above the Chuzhou area will be part of a number of my future blogs. Each ride is a separate ride and all are wonderful.
So if you are a new reader then for future reference when you read a new blog of mine that has the name Chuzhou city in it I should tell you that Chuzhou city is part of Huai'An city but actually where I live is more part of Chuzhou city but because Chuzhou city is part of Huai'An city that makes where I live part of Huai'An city but Chuzhou city was once the main city and much bigger than Huai'An city but over time as the canals and rivers changed course or dried up Huai'An became Huayang city which then for some reason became Huai'An city again and I have been told that Huayang city still exists and is now part of Huai'An city just like where I live is part of Huai'An city but really part of Chuzhou city!
Got that? No?
Chuzhou city was once the main city because the Grand Canal went through it so it became the main trading post where many people stopped for beers & noodles & a bed or if just rice wine they then past out in the gutter and most then continued to their destination (which was usually north towards Beijing) either by land or along the grand canal but the rice wine drinkers most probably continued the next part of their journey (in a south east direction towards the coast...lay of the land and all that) in the gutter even though it was probably in the wrong direction so when some of the rivers that helped connect the Grand Canal either dried up or changed course Chuzhou lost its charm and Huai'An city gained its charm and people said Oh my gawd how's that Huai'An city hey a pretty damn charming place so I think I will move there and then one day someone with self importance and the title of 'Rice Daddy' said Yo Yo Yo to those in the house followed by the words I think I will change this place to Huayang city and not long after another self important person with the title of Fifty Cent Noodles said Yo Yo Yo to those in the house I think that I will combine several of these little cities and make one big one and call it...um...
...let us change it back to Huai'An city and allow each of the old cities to continue to use their old names because that way there will be much less confusion than if we used only one name (?) because if we use three names then when people meet other people they can tell them they are from one of the three separate cities such as Chuzhou city and
The other who is asking and maybe from Beijing will ask where it is Um, it is east of west Chuzhou and south of north Chuzhou. Mr Beijing will then ask, Oh is it anywhere near Huai'An? Mr Chuzhou will then take him to South Park and KICK HIM IN THE NUTS!
<u>Consort Prince Lane</u>
Since I cannot find any details on the Chuzhou city walls I thought I would add a little bit of history on what is known as Consort Prince Lane which is an ancient alley in the northwest corner of the city. Yes the one you were all asking about. Supposedly after becoming the emperor during the Ming Dynasty 'Zhu Yuanzhang' made his nephew 'Wujiao Qingyang' prince and also made his buddy Huang Bao the Commandant Escort and gave him the name Huang Chen which means the 'son in law of the emperor'. Consort Prince Lane was originally named Wang Xian Lane but was renamed Consort Prince Lane around the same time Huang Bao became Huang Chen but during the year of our Lord 2014 it was once again renamed;
This time to the name SnackadellicA Lane by none other than myself; Consort Prince Eddakath!
So there you have it because I have known for some time that all of you were just dying to ask me all about Consort Prince Lane. I could see it in your eyes and for those who have no idea what I'm talking about it is the ancient lane in the photos that has the grey brick buildings and the little market and food stalls.
Beers N Noodles toya.....shane ___________________________________________________________
The soundtrack to this entry was by Prince The album was 'Symbol'.
For those who are not Prince fans continue reading below.
The soundtrack to this entry was by an entity that made music without a name and the album was a music cd that also had no name just like the entity who recorded it. The CD cover though had a little symbolly thing on it which is why it became known as 'Symbol' and even though the entity who recorded it had dethroned himself and took away his name for that which to be known everyone still knew exactly who he was. Therefore all still held him upon the throne of music and continued to address him by the 'P' word but;
Ssshhhh do not tell his old record label that. I think they are still looking for him and wondering who the new 'P' guy is. ____________________________________________________________