September 9, 2012
My books got a bit soggy, but will dry out. Yesterday was also the day that Dad decided to go exploring on his bike. He just made it to have lunch with Mum before it really started pouring with rain, but he left his bag outside which quickly filled up with water.
Look rain all week:
Back to last Sunday – we walked about & saw these things of interest:
A camera used to film some classic movies by Shanghai Film Studios:
Dad buying crayfish cooked in chillies:
After the second week at school I am getting into the new routine. I started French lessons this week. I also know how to do sandwich orders.
Today we went to Taobao City (a fake market) to buy Aunty Sarah a present, as her first birthday present is probably lost on its way back to China. This is what we heard:
hey lady, lady you want handbag, shoes, sunglasses
scarf – I have Hermes, come & look
Mr, Mr need a watch, I have watch
T-shirt for your kid – you want Teeeeeeeeshirt for your kiiiiiiid
very good price, you give joking price, this is very good price
I’m a good girl you know…… my name is Marie
After testing out gazillions of laser pointers, I bought one for a very good, Chinese friends cute kids price. I especially like the double-secret, secret, secret cupboards with electro-magnetic locks, where the Louis Vuitton & Burberry things were found. The reason for these was because the police have banned ‘resale’ of brands like hermes, and the police may do a raid.
After we went to the market we walked to a shop to buy a bowl. On the way we saw this:
Topic – Harvest Moon Cakes
Mooncake (simplified Chinese: 月饼; traditional Chinese: 月餅; Pinyin: yuè bĭng) is a Chinese bakery product traditionally eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival / ZhongqiuFestival. The festival is for lunar worship and moon watching, when mooncakes are regarded as an indispensable delicacy. Mooncakes are offered between friends or on family gatherings while celebrating the festival. The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the four most important Chinese festivals.
Typical mooncakes are round or rectangular pastries, measuring about 10 cm in diameter and 4–5 cm thick. A rich thick filling usually made from red bean or lotus seed paste is surrounded by a thin (2–3 mm) crust and may contain yolks from salted duck eggs. Mooncakes are usually eaten in small wedges accompanied by Chinese tea. Today, it is customary for businessmen and families to present them to their clients or relatives as presents, helping to fuel a demand for high-end mooncake styles. Mooncake energy content varies with the filling and size but is between 800 and 1200 calories on average, mainly from fats and sugar.
Great news – no homework due to rain! There was bit storm yesterday & my classroom flooded, so we couldn’t go back there after lunch. Not only did we watch 2 films at school yesterday (Tangled and The karate kid), but then we got no homework! Luckily I tried extra hard with my homework poster last week – here’s an excerpt:
Making a friend – Duncan – who likes reading Harry Potter books nearly as much as I do
Word of the week (in Chinese, of course):
qí – seven (pronounced Chi or Chee)
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