Wasup in de ‘hood – and udder places

BIG happenings in our neighbourhood this week.

The Planting

Our apartment is in Phase II of Spring Source and they have just finished up the building and selling of Phase III. I must say that they do things right here in China. They landscape every complex in order to make them both attractive and environmentally friendly – they add enough plants to soak up all the pollution in the air.

These photos are of the ladies planting the block long boulevard:

  1. Last fall they put in tall bamboo trees
  2. Last week they planted a stretch of grass approximately 12 feet wide. Each plant is individual and has about 5-8 blades of grass on it.
  3. Then came a row of photinia seedlings
  4. Then a row of some other kind of green plant
  5. Then a guy comes along and trims the tops of the green plants with clippers
  6. Then another row of trees
  7. Then they are watered in with a fire hose
  8. Remember now, these are all being planted is what amounts to nothing more than clay.
Behind these two women you can just see the grass.

Behind these two women you can just see the grass.

This is the photinia. Terry thought they were cuttings, but they actually have little roots - but are still just "twigs"

This is the photinia. Terry thought they were cuttings, but they actually have little roots – but are still just “twigs” – and check out the “soil”

The 14 or so women all sit on little stools all day

The 14 or so women all sit on little stools planting all day while the trimmer trims and the boss talks on his cell phone

Then comes the fire hose...

Then comes the fire hose…

And one day maybe it will be this colourful.

And one day maybe it will be this colourful.

 

Going to the Store

This week I am walking back from school, behaving myself, walking on the sidewalk and I see a car turn off the street and come up on to the sidewalk. Now this isn’t all that unusual since they also park on the sidewalk. However, this woman:

Drives a block and a half from the blue circle...

Drives a block and a half from the blue circle…

Up to the store, where...

up to the store, where…

she drives back on to the street, parks, gets out, goes in to the store, spends a little money and then gets back in to her car...

she drives back on to the street, parks, gets out, goes in to the store, spends a little money and then gets back in to her car…

makes a u-turn in front of an oncoming bus and drives away.  Aaahhh China...

makes a u-turn in front of an oncoming bus and drives away. Aaahhh China… (Ed. note: I was surprised she didn’t come back up on the sidewalk)

No Parking

I think I have written about this before, but it came up again yesterday. It was pouring rain and at least 4 scooter drivers had the temerity, the gall, the utter hutzpah to not park in the designated scooter parking area but rather to drive under the covered walkway attached to the mall ( a place where buses used to park, where delivery vans and trucks routinely go) and park and lock their scooters up. No, no says the guard , who generally busies himself doing — nothing. He proceeds to DRAG these 4 scooters sideways about 60 yards and puts them in the scooter parking area.

I can't imagine that dragging these thing sideways is a) good for them or b) good for you.

I can’t imagine that dragging these thing sideways is a) good for them or b) good for you.

Udder Places

No, these three photos have nothing to do with cows, but they are related to travel – sort of.

This was at the famed Replica Mall. Now we heard these two speaking German, so perhaps they don’t read Chinese or English or understand the no smoking symbol. On the other hand, the 4 Russians at the table on the other side of us were smoking too, so maybe it was us that didn’t understand the sign.

Perhaps these aren't actual cigarettes (although they had smoke coming from them and they smelled like burning tobacco) - maybe they are just small white sticks you put in your mouth.

Perhaps these aren’t actual cigarettes (although they had smoke coming from them and they smelled like burning tobacco) – maybe they are just small white sticks you put in your mouth.

(Ed. note: How is this one related to travel? Well, I wanted to tell them to F…) 

The second one is at the Hongqiao Train Station. This was a new one. The guy in white had come from the right and forced his way to the front of the line next to us, butting in front of the woman who was there. Not to be outdone, the guy in the black then completed a swoop from the left and pushed his way in front of the guy in white. However, since I wasn’t involved, there were no fisticuffs!

"I'm first", "No, I am", "No me".....

“I’m first”, “No, I am”, “No me”…..

And finally, this is self-explanatory

Hey, it doesn't apply to ME!

Hey, it doesn’t apply to ME!

The Shoe Blog

Today it is the complete ensemble.

I think the big blue bag makes the whole thing come together, don't you?

I think the big blue bag makes the whole thing come together, don’t you?

 

2 thoughts on “Wasup in de ‘hood – and udder places

  1. Lynne

    I have to say I enjoyed the cold beer after a hard morning’s haggling – even though they were somking! By the way, everybody in the world except Geoff and I disobeys the yellow line rule…. so we can’t explain why the rest of the world is so anal…. (love Martin)

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