Happy New Year

Well here we are – December 31, 2014. On the verge of another wild New Year’s Eve in China. Last year we were on the way to Macau with Ken and the year before in Shanghai. Tonight it is just the two of having a curry for dinner and then working on the jigsaw puzzle I got from Shelley, Rob and the boys for Christmas. I am going to break out and have more wine tonight, though.

Terry is just finishing up her blog and we will be taking some photos tomorrow to add to it, but I want to get rid of all the remaining 2014 photos, so here goes.

Signs of China

"Appreciating the beauty of Dress with coffee" What more could one wish for?

“Appreciating the beauty of Dress with coffee” What more could one wish for? (Ed. note: Why capitalize ‘Dress’?)

And literally right across the alley from “Appreciating” is..

Want to know what Pully sells? Well just trip on over to pullpully.com. (Ed. note: I would be interested in your opinion of the website.)

Want to know what Pully On Demand sells? Well just trip on over to pullpully.com. (Ed. note: I would be interested in your opinion of the website.)

Please help me. What do you think

Please help me. What do you think “Annals Deposit Lofty” could possibly mean? Dreams China is the name of the apartment complex being built behind the fence.

Hmm. This is another sign for an apartment complex so I'm not thinking there will be a golf course there. Plus the Chinese think only REALLY rich people play golf, so I don't know who this is aimed at. (Ed. note: I was the model for the golfer on the left)

Hmm. This is another sign for an apartment complex in central Jiaxing, so I’m not thinking there will be a golf course there. Plus the Chinese think only REALLY rich people play golf, so I don’t know who this is aimed at. (Ed. note: 1. Geoff was the model for the golfer on the left. 2. Terry thinks the guy in the middle has a Gumby arm and Geoff thinks he is swinging a cricket bat.)

Terry and Friends

Terry and a Short Santa in Shanghai

Terry and a Short Santa Bear in Shanghai – She couldn’t find anything in Old Navy

Terry and Rudlolf in Shanghai

Terry and Rudlolf the Red Nosed Bear in Shanghai

Listen to ME!

Chinese Domesticity?

Chinese Domesticity?

I was in a Shanghai Starbucks killing some time before my cardio rehab appointment on Monday. First of all, this woman got on my nerves because she was in front of me at the till and was talking on her phone instead of ordering. I finally caught her eye and she moved aside so that I could order, which I did. She then hung up and wanted to put her order in and pay before me – that wasn’t/didn’t happen. Then she went and sat down with a man. I don’t know what their relationship was, but for the next fifteen minutes – right up until I left, he berated her – and in the Chinese way, not quietly. Her face for the entire time was what you see in these two pictures – except for when she just looked down. She never said a word. Now, I left at 10:15 to get to my 10:30 appointment and when I came back past the shop, from my one hour cardio at 12:20 (Ed. note: Yes I know – but this is China and 1 hour can easily be 2 hours) they were putting their coats on to leave. I wish I had been able to stay and see if she ever spoke.

Grand Mercure Shanghai Hongqiao Hotel

This is the view from the 22nd floor (Ed. note: Actually the 20th since there is no 4 or 14). At the bottom is the restaurant. I thought it might be interesting to jump and land in the buffet. Surprisingly, Terry didn’t agree. That painting/mosaic on the right goes all the way to the 28th floor (Ed. note: Actually the 25th, since there is no 4, 14 or 24).

Look down, way down

Look down, way down

For Judith

I took this picture especially for you Judith. You were amazed at how the streets are so clean – and it is all because of this woman – and thousands like her. They each have a block or two and they are constantly sweeping up the leaves and litter. Must be like painting the Sydney Bridge.

She saw me taking the picture and smiled - I know it but it is hard to see behind the mask.

She saw me taking the picture and smiled – I know it but it is hard to see behind the mask, but look closely – those eyes are twinkling.

Travelling in Jiaxing

Dad driving the kids to school - really.

Dad driving the kids to school – really.

The other morning on my way to the bus I spotted this car. The hood was stone cold at 7:10 am, so he likely had left it there – in the middle of the road all night. (Ed. note: Just ahead of it you can see the median.)

"Parking, 50 cents" - where is that line from?

“Parking, 50 cents” – where is that line from?

This bus turnaround has just been completed. Apparently, it is for one bus – the 97 which goes back and forth to the train station. Seems like a lot for one bus, but on the other hand it is where we frequently see 3, 4 or even 5 #97s lined up waiting to go. I also wonder how long before the Chinese drivers start parking their cars here. They consistently park everywhere and anywhere and . (Ed. note: See previous photo.)

Bus Parking Only?

Bus Parking Only?

Okay, I am walking bag from getting train tickets today and I come across these cars parked on the street. What is so special about them? Well, if you look at the bottom right photo there is a red dot. That is where the first ones were (photo 9, bottom left). Distance to where I took this photo is about 100 yards. Photo 4 – top right is actually two photos, both Mercedes but different cars. Photo 5 – middle left, has 2 Mercedes in the background and photo 8, middle right is the Audi in the foreground. There are 14 luxury cars here: 8 Mercedes, 3 BMWs, 2 Audis and 1 Lexus. Although I wouldn’t say this is a normal sight, it isn’t unusual either.

Is Jiaxing a wealthy city?

Is Jiaxing a wealthy city?

Terry’s Pastime

Terry has just finished this 1000 piece puzzle. Good job!

Terry has just finished this 1000 piece puzzle. Good job!

The Shoe Blog

First we have a guest contributor. Becky Block, one of the new teachers on staff (Ed. note: And one of the finest young teachers I have come across in my long and semi-illustrious career) spotted these in the airport on her way back from Chengdu. Thanks Ms Block

Straight from Chengdu, home of the Pandas

Straight from Chengdu, home of the Pandas

And now, the final shoes for 2014 (Ed. note: Now actually they aren’t the last, since there are a pair in Terry’s upcoming blog, but they are already in place and if we had taken the photos earlier this week that blog would have already been posted so they really don’t count. Get it?)

From Marks and Spencer cafe. This woman didn’t look too westernish too me but they were quite the boots.

Yipee Kay Yay

Yipee Kay Yay

We are now 4 hours and 30 minutes from 2015. Terry and Geoff want to wish all of you happiness, peace and good health for this year and the many years to come. We cannot tell you how much our friends and family mean to us. Being this far away has only reinforced our feeling for you all.

Happy New Year

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(Ed. note: From 1947, this is the only version of this song worth listening to, by the only person who could perform it properly. Although the video which goes with it isn’t what I would have chosen, it is still a good set of photos of the most beautiful woman in the world in 1947.)

9 thoughts on “Happy New Year

  1. Dave

    It is going to take about a year for the video to load at the rate it is coming across today. Maybe a reference to the site? Pullypully shoes. Never heard of them, but they look good, at least on the floor. Maybe it’s the tie and the shoes are just backdrop. As to the site: well as you can see, I am not sure I can figure it out.

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  2. mary thomas

    Hi ho, you two. Here is all the best to the two of you in the New Years and many many more photos of the latest trend in shoes and boots to come !!! I have been homebound with this stupid and annoying cough/cold for two weeks but at last not needing magic blue happy pills for me to sleep through the night. Tonight, we head out for Chinese food ( yummmmmm) and then as usual, home bound before midnight but it does not matter. Somewhere in the world , someone is ringing in the new years and so shall I. Take care, stay healthy and Gon Hay Fat Choy ( Cantonese). Mary

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  3. Bruce

    Happy New Year. So glad you weren’t down at the Bund on NYE. I love the Guy Lombardo version as well. The tune is carried by those vibrating saxophones. He live a long life! All the best in 2015.

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  4. Gerry Marsden

    Happy New Year, Gerry Marsden here.. I wish to relate some of my adventures regarding my recent heart experience to you for comparison. Where do I write to? Do you have a seperate e mailaddress?
    Gerry

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