Sunday 10th February
Last Sunday, Dad & I went on a bike ride to Red Town for rugby practise – but Dad blew up the ball too much & it has split. This week at school was counting down to Chinese New Year. Tuesday was party on the school bus for Megan’s birthday – we had drinks (pre-ordered), lots of food, one party popper which failed to go off with a bang, music, presents & cards. I took a box of Cadbury’s chocolate fingers & a reserve speaker for the music. In the afternoon we had a school disco, with music from the school band. Dad went out to a dinner party, so Xiao came to babysit. On Wednesday at school we had a Chinese New Year assembly with dragon dances, singing & poems by students & authentic Shanghainese opera. Here’s a couple of pics of the opera singers:
On Wednesday Joan, Sal & Brett came for dinner – Dad made curry & I did a house tour. I think that Sal liked the view from the balcony! On Thursday we were packing up for the holiday & we did some Chinese calligraphy – fu (prosperity). Bad news – remember the nightmare beep-beep-beep? Well, it started again on Thursday night & because everyone is on holiday, it is still beeping. Dad covered the alarm with a towel & taped it up this time. On Friday, it snowed & we watched films all day until Mum came home. Mum was a bit too “sleepy” to go out on Saturday, so we had a lazy day at home doing the packing. As it was Chinese New Year, as soon as it got dark the firecrackers & fireworks started. There were big bangs all night – especially around midnight – the noise was deafening & Dad went out to see what was happening. Firecrackers were being lit in the road & buses had to try to go around them! I found a hongbao (a red packet/envelope – with money in it) under my pillow this morning – thanks Mum & Dad! We had an early start to catch a flight to Kunming. Kunming is known as the city of spring & has a 2,000 year history. More on that once we have visited. On the way to the airport this morning there were piles of firecracker debris in the streets! We had hongbao on the plane – with chocolate money inside.
Megan’s bus party
Mum was away
Chinese of the week:
Xin yen quai le (shin yen cwi ler) – happy new year
Wishing you all a very prosperous year of the snake!