Thursday, October 20, 2016

China Day 7: Our First Day in Shaoguan...

~1st February 2016~
First uncle booked three rooms. Mi madre and I were in one room. Our air-cond was turned to 30-degree to dry anything that's wet. Instead of resting in the room after a long journey, mother has some banking issues to settle so Pinky, mi madre and I decided to walk in the rain. The rain was not planning to stop falling. We had no umbrella but I went to the reception area and asked the staff to produce three umbrellas. They tried their best and came up with two umbrellas. There was nothing along the way and we dared not cross the road. It was just too risky to cross the road and we decided to trot back to the hotel room and lazed around.
Dinner was just around the corner and the junction to turn into the place was crazy. Cars from every direction was heading towards the same turning. We found a place where the car would fit. We just assumed it was a parking lot because I said so. Our eyes were looking at somewhere else.
We saw a huge building across the three basketball courts. It was Wal-Mart. Great minds think alike~! After dinner, we took umbrellas from the cars. Actually, mi madre and I wanted to go to Wal-Mart so much even if Pinky did't want to go, I would wish her goodbye and good night while we made our way to Wal-Mart. Pinky and mother were having the exact same thought so four of us were so happy to be in Wal-Mart. The Wal-Mart was so big and there were more things to buy buy buy. And we bought quite a lot to bring home to Penang. Buy buy buy.... buy buy buy ....
We walked back when the whole shopping mall was pulling its doors. My Loki was hung right on top nearest to the air-cond. I washed my hair but there was no hair dryer so sat below the hot air-cond.

China Day 7: Dinner at 添口福...

~1st February 2016~
Dinner was with mother's cousin. We went to this restaurant as it seemed very busy. There was an annual dinner held at the restaurant and we just joined in the cheery mood. 
We saw a barcode which we could scan. Pinky scanned an guess what? We got a 1 yuan offer for steam egg with fish. It was so delicious.
We were so cold that the soup with lots and lots of pepper was so good. Everything was delicious maybe because we were cold and hungry. We licked all plates clean~!

China Day 7: Road Trip to Shaoguan...

~1st February 2016~
Pinky said we would be going back to her hometown. The whole family was from there. Grandpa worked there as a high-profiled hush hush position which until today we didn't know. Grandma was teaching Chinese Language before being promoted to be a headmistress.
If we were to travel from Shenzhen I would go bonkers with the almost 4 hours drive. Our journey started at Shunde but it was still a long drive up north. I tried to concentrate and learn the route but I guess all car passengers would end up sleeping due to boredom. 
I felt like these chickens trapped in a small space. We used this bridge as it was the shortest route to arrive. There were two other routes which would take longer time albeit lesser traffic. After getting stuck in some stretches here and there, we decided to stop at the rest area. 
The rest area was completely different from what we have along our highways. They have really delicious food selling and there were so many people in every rest area, you would have no issues of perverts peeping at you while you're in the public toilet or some lunatics chasing after you where your shouts will only be echoed by your thumping heart. 
Second uncle thought he could make it all the way but in the end, he has to convince himself to let me drive. I was the only person who could drive. I woke up and I had to seriously convince myself that I could do it. It was too sudden and we were on a super highway. It was also a good practice to get use to left-hand drive. It was completely opposite where our speeding lane was on the right while their speeding lane was on the far left. If you want to drive at tortoise pace from 40 -80 kmph then stay on the far right. Large vehicles have to use second and third land, I consider that as middle lanes. Cars driving above 100 kmph must be on the first lane, on the far left. It was all painted on the road. And yes, two cars apart please. No hooligan driving on the highways. You only drive like assholes in city area.

When you're about to enter the tunnels, please smile at the camera. They snapped photos for two purposes - speeding and keeping a record on where you have been. Drive at 60 kmph in the tunnel, if not you can just smile in the dark, they have really good cameras where you couldn't escape. When I drove out of the tunnel, I saw this particular sign...
I was thinking which idiot would simply draw on it. I asked Pinky. Pinky said never seen before. We went through a few more tunnels and we saw the same sign again and again. Then, I was faced with my greatest fear - the ultimate traffic jam. I got to enjoy the view of the highway where the sides of the highway were strewn with empty bottles and plastic wrappers. It looked like a night market has been set up the previous night. There was so much rubbish along the highway it simply boggled your mind. We inched into the next tunnel and it was just a little scratch on the car's ass and both drivers were having the debate of the year in the middle of the road. No photos as all passengers were asleep and I have to stay focus.

Second uncle finally woke up and he asked me to speed off at the end of the tunnel. Only then he explained that the sign means you no longer drive at such speed, you must go beyond that speed. Oh, didn't tell me earlier. So after each tunnel I sped off like road runner *beep beep* 
I was excited to see the signboard with Shaoguan on it. I have to remind myself not to forget to turn, I do not want to end up in Beijing. That would take 18 hours to arrive. Before entering the city, I stopped the car at the side and second uncle took the steering wheel.
Shaoguan's city area will make you feel like you have been bullied by the traffic lights. When you wanted to turn, the straight from the opposite side was also given the green light. It was a competition to see who was faster. I could not understand why the system was so. That's why the use of honk was of utmost important. Spare thy honk, destroy thy life. Honk away~!!

China Day 7: Refuelling in the Morning...

~1st February 2016~
We went to another dim sum place but I couldn't find the name of the place. Either there were too many words or no words at all. There was water cut at the area as the water in the tank was frozen. It was serious winter problem so there wasn't much being served. 
I saw something I wanted and I waited for the lady to be free until it was my turn but suddenly from behind me, an old aunty just grabbed what I wanted. I looked at her in horror because she just cut my queue and took what I wanted and passed it to the lady. I did not know what to do but I was upset. So, I adapted to the current situation and started grabbing whatever I wanted without a care in the world. Back at Indonesia Seafood Restaurant, I would be served properly like a VVIP because of grandmother. Now grandmother wasn't with us and my VVIP status cease to exist in a foreign restaurant. *cry... I want to go back to Indonesia Seafood Restaurant*
The food was not too bad, nothing to shout about, but they served the best porridge and glutinous rice wrapped in lotus leaf. I like lo mai fan but that's the only one available thanks to my quick hand and the ability to adapt as it was the last one at the stall. *sigh* Pinky also loves sticky rice. We can be perfect partners for food travels. I can have the meat, she can have the vegetables.
It was still raining but we had to start our road trip. First uncle has arrived the previous night in Shaoguan. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

China Day 6: Private Dinner at Dream Home...

~31st January 2016~
Pinky and mother have gone to the restaurant ahead of us. Second brother came back to pick us. We're having dinner with everyone like one big family. It was a feast.
This Dream House restaurant transformed an old narrow house into a restaurant. It was for private dinners only where you need to book a place because you would be dining in one of the bedrooms. See, even the old wardrobe was not knocked out of its place. Just keep everything intact. 
The food was excellent. I'm not being bias... one should try Shunde's cuisine. I mentioned before, if I need Shunde's food, I would come straight to Shunde. Shunde is one true food paradise.
Hey, that's Dream House's phone number 22220996. If you're using international number, you can add +86 in front.